Sunday, October 23, 2016

Painting Workshop

This weekend I taught a painting/notebook workshop at my house with some of my sisters and dear friends. We played with lots of yummy colors and got them all over our hands!
Below are lots of pictures from our workshop...
My sister Maryl
My friends Laura & Nily
My sisters Diana & Pat
My sister Diana, Pat and friend Valerie
My friend Lois, sister Maryl and friend Andra
My friend Lois
My friend Valerie and me
My sister Maryl & Andra
My sisters Diana, Pat and friend Valerie 

Some of our finished notebooks
Group shot
Valerie & me
I had a great time playing with paint with everyone! Thank you all for your kind, yummy and creative gifts, you're all so thoughtful! It was a lovely day spending time with each of you! xo...Connie

Sunday, October 16, 2016

More Painting & Making Notebooks

I've been having so much fun playing with paint and making color background papers. This time I used the Target brand paints, they have such great colors.
I reused some of my previously painted Paige dolls and put them on my new backgrounds for new cards
I came up with the 7 new card designs..
As you might noticed, each of these new cards uses a small piece of an old chalkboard calendar boarder under the girls.
I also added my signature scribble flower on each card.
I almost love my under cover paper, that I use to protect my table as much as the actual background paper. It could make great wrapping paper, don't you think?
Then, I decided to try making notebooks with my card designs. I experimented with a bunch of different styles and sizes.
Mini notepads with glued adhesive on one side. 
Sewn & stapled pocket notebooks
Wire bound notebooks
Plastic and disc bound notebooks
I think my favorites are the mini glued adhesive pads, great size for carrying in your purse for small notes. These are about 2" x 3" and really quick to make. I got so ambitious making notebooks that I invested in a stack cutter.
This baby can supposedly cut 400 sheets of paper like butter. I've only tried cutting a stack of like 30 pages and it works great. More notebooks to come. :-)

I'm teaching this Saturday and hope to show them how I make some of these notebooks, among some of my other painting tips.

Hope you had a great weekend!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

More Paige Dolls

I've been busy painting more Paige dolls on my latest background pages. Below are photos of my new pieces.
I scanned each picture and for a limited time I'll sell a set of my 10 cards (with envelopes) for $12 plus shipping & handling..
The cards are 3"x 4" in size. If you're interested in a set, please email at: with your mailing address and I'll calculate the shipping costs and arrange payment.
Thanks for stopping by, hope you had a great weekend!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Playing with Paints

Today, I decided to play with paints and create some background pages for future use. I took one of the pages and created this piece below....
I combined styles from Mindy Lacefield, Roben Marie Smith and Christina Romeo. I love all the colors. This will make a cute card, tag or journal cover.
Here's some photos of my day creating...
 I started with white Canson mixed media paper and glued on random pieces of text paper.
Then I just added lots of color with a pallet knife.
The final touches were adding white spats and my tissue flowers. It's comforting to have a stash of background papers ready for future projects.

Hope you had a great weekend!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Painting Black Flowers & Loops

I just finished a quick project painting flowers & loops on tissue paper. I use these painted black flowers and loops often in my art journals and cards.
I use Japanese Sumi drawing ink and a Japanese calligraphy paint brush to paint the flowers.
It did take awhile to cut out the flowers individually, but it'll be so handy to have them ready to use going forward.
Below are a couple of samples of how I use my painted flowers & loops.
The best things I like about painted them on tissue paper is that it gives me the option to preview how it will look before I glue them down vs actually painting the drawings directly on my originals and I also love the transparency of the tissue over my drawings.
I hope you had a great weekend...Happy Labor Day!