Sunday, February 19, 2017

Still Painting...

I bought a expressive painting book by Annie O'Brien Gonzales and tried my hand at painting some of her designs and adding my own touch with my metro tissue paper and black and white stripes.

I like how you don't have to paint realistic flowers, but just an interpretation, it's so less stressful.
I like the look of the bold black and white contrast.
And then I had to go back to painting one of my Paige dolls. I can't decide which I prefer drawing, flowers or dolls. I'll have to play with incorporating both.

Then I had a play date with my good friend Lois today. We played with watercolors and stamps.
We used the Prima and Jane Davenport watercolor sets.
And the Dina Wakley's face stamps.
Lois's dolls
My dolls's and flowers
I glued a couple of items in a 1941 year book from Lois - thanks, love it!

It's been raining so much here, that painting is a perfect indoor activity. More rain to come next week.. .I guess I'll be doing more painting!

Have a great week!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

More Fun Painting...

I've been taking an on-line watercolor class from Jeanne Oliver and having so much fun painting with watercolors. Below are some of the pieces I've made...
I've been using the Prima and Jane Davenport watercolors.
Pictured below, are painted in my small Jane Davenport butterfly journal.
I recently bought some new stamps from Roben Marie Smith and did a couple more art journal pages...
And last, but not least, I had to share these adorable mini desserts my daughter, Rachel, made...
You can watch how she made them using an easy bake oven on her YouTube channel Kawaii Sweet World.
Have a great week!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Playing With Watercolorsl

I've been playing with mini watercolor sets, some from Prima and the new one Bright set from Jane Davenport.
Mindy Lacefield has been posting watercolor girls that are so adorable, so I thought I'd try making some too.
After I painted the head, I cut her out and put her in my new Jane Davenport butterfly journal.
I used the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star paper I found at Michael's for the dress. That tissue paper with the line marks also was at Michael's, I used for the legs. The striped paper for the arms, I bought from Hobby Lobby. As you can see, I'm a sucker for anything black and white!

Below is a picture of a couple more girls I did with watercolors.

So much fun to play with paints!

And on a last note, with the help from Shutterfly, I turned one of my journal pages into a 252 piece jigsaw puzzle.
It was so much fun putting it together, I was very impressed with the quality, I can't wait to turn more of my pages into puzzles!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Jane Davenport Mixed Media Line @ Michael's

Let me just say, I've been to Michael's 5 times in the last 2 days in search of the Jane Davenport mixed media line.
This is the cover I painted on her blank canvas butterfly notebook. Of course, you can see my style inspired by two of my favorite artists: Mindy Lacefield and Roben Marie Smith.
Pictured below are some of the products I purchased from Jane's line...
And here are some photos of my work in progress...
Back cover
And some photos of my inside pages...

Love the washi tape holder

And her pocket inserts

I re-purposed a Kate Spade folder into one of my inserts - love that script print

I had lots of fun playing with these products! I can't wait to start using my new notebook.

Have a great week!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Dina Wakley Small Face Stamps

I just picked up some small Dina Walkey face stamps at Michael's. I've seen them before, but finally decided to take the plunge and buy another set of stamps.
I love the sketchy look, because it allows you to be a bit more abstract with the coloring. These will be fun to add to tags, cards, journal pages, etc.

This is how it started. I first just painted some random water color splotches on paper. Be sure to leave some white areas.
Then I stamped the faces over the paint. I like to have the face image cover at least two colors of paint.
Then roughly cut out the images...
Add additional color, black lines and stamp on black marks/texts.
I also stamped a set of faces onto some of my left over scrap painted background paper.
These are some of the supplies I used for the embellishments. Stamps from Ashley Goldberg, Dina Wakley, Rubber Moon and Donna Downey.
Fun stamps to play with, I hope I've inspired you to use some of your supplies to create something different.
The background paper is from Michael's Recollection collection - Twinkle twinkle little that script.

This is last minute, but if you're interested in a short mini workshop to create some of these images this Thursday, Jan 26th 10:30-12:30 $15 message me, I'll send you the details.

Happy New Years!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

I made this holiday pin out of a match box. I love making things with small boxes. The small china doll fit perfectly inside.
I added Sculpey around her legs in the shape of a full skirt and baked it for 15 min. and then wrapped mini garland around her.
I lined the inside of the matchbox with some red paper and then glued glitter around the outside. I added other embellishments: gold bow filigree, twine bow, black striped border and pearl drop.  I think I might have to make more things out of small boxes.

And lastly, pictured below is my Christmas cards for this year. I only made a few of them this year, as I got a late start and ran out of time to make more.
Thanks to Catherine Moore for designing the beautiful stamp from her Paris Flea collection.

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Artful Box Girl

This morning I decided to make this girl made from a small box.
I used random pieces of scrap paper that was sitting on my desk and glued the box to an old tag.
 The face is taken from an old doll making book.
I found like 50 of these mini boxes at East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse about 2 years ago and today I finally made something from one of them.
It would make a great way to wrap something very small like a charm or ring in one of these boxes. I can't wait to make more...or it could be an activity to make at our next family gathering. :-)

Happy Christmas Eve!