Watercolor Bird Painting #6

Friday, October 2, 2015

I finished #6 in my bird painting series.  What do you think?

If you like these, I have a step-by-step of parakeets here. I have more colorful birds here, herehere, and here.  

Some prints of my bird paintings are available in my shop as greeting cards.


Watercolor Bird Painting

Thursday, September 24, 2015

This is a recent watercolor painting I completed.  #5 in my series of watercolor birds.  Read more to see detail shots.

Beautiful Things Art Journal Collage

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Here is a recent art journal page.  

The picture below shows the design before I added the text.  The words were computer printed and glued to the page.

I updated my header.  Do you like it?

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Painted Circles inspired by Kandinsky

Saturday, September 12, 2015

This is a circle painting "study" in my art journal/sketchbook.  I was inspired by the circle paintings by Wassily Kandinsky, a favorite artist of mine.  Here is his original.

School has started again and I am getting back in the groove.  I update my art teaching blog about once a week, so if you are interested in that aspect of my life, check out Art is Basic.  My classes this year (knock on wood) are really really good.  I mean, so far they are hard working, behaving well and fun.  I have much of the same students as last year, but it really makes a difference which kids are placed in each of the classes... balancing personalities is key and this year I think the classes are balanced really well. 

My daughter Daria started kindergarten this year!  Finally!  She is almost 6 and her birthday is just right after the cut-off so she is old for her grade.  I feel like she's been in daycare forever ($$$).  She is having a good time in kindergarten and everything they are doing so far is pretty easy for her, but she is learning some new things and meeting some new kids.  It helps her comfort level that our next door neighbor, one of our good friend's daughter and several kids from her preschool are at her kindergarten so there's a whole group of kids she already knows that she can play with at recess.  I think the transition to school would have been much harder if she didn't know anyone.  

Desmond, my son, is almost 17 months old and he is totally into all the stereotypical boy things... climbing, running, trucks, trains, cars, dirt, sand, hitting things and so forth...  He is super adorable (of course I think so) and happy most of the time.  He isn't saying very many words.. just mama, dada, "duh" for dog, Dah-i-a for Daria and we think he said ketchup the other day.  I don't think he feels like he needs to learn actual words because really he just points to whatever he wants or grunts and we can figure out what he needs.  

I miss updating this blog and honestly, I know it sounds like an excuse, but I just haven't had time.  In the summer, when I was home with the kids, if I'd try to get on the computer Desmond would come over and start banging the keys.. or Daria would want to go do something and I feel guilty if I'm "playing" on the computer.  Desmond does not sleep super well and still wakes up most nights.  He also often does not fall asleep until after 9 pm and by then, I am so tired I just want to go to sleep myself.  And then, same thing with making art, it's pretty hard to paint or do anything artsy when Desmond will come over and grab my paints or markers.  At this point, he is pretty young to be doing much with art materials and he just likes to put them in his mouth or color the walls! 

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Triangle Paper Collage

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Pam Garrison had a very fun art workshop on Creative Bug with different collage and doodling techniques.  Here is one of the triangle collage pages I made.

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Alcohol Inks on Yupo Paper

Sunday, September 6, 2015

These are experiments of alcohol inks on Yupo translucent paper. I played around with it a bit and discovered that if you lay the ink down too thick, it won't dry! Days later I came back and the ink was still wet. So the trick is to lay it down, dot other colors in it and then just leave it without building up colors too thickly.  

These might be turned into backgrounds or collage elements for other pages. Maybe I will write out quotes and put them on top.

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An Art Journal Page In Steps

Friday, August 14, 2015

Would you like to see me create an art journal page with a quote in steps?  Of course you do!  Here goes.

First I started practicing some watercolor lettering.  While the watercolors were still wet, I dropped in other colors to create the multi-colored or ombre effect in the letters.  The quote is going to read, "All the colors I am inside have not yet been invented." (Shel Silverstein)  I used a waterbrush and  Peerless Watercolors. But any watercolor paints will work just fine.

Then I prepared a background.  I started by selecting different patterned papers and cards from my scrapbooking collection.  I tore them and cut them into squares and rectangle-ish shapes.

Next I rubbed on some white acrylic paint and drips of lightened aqua and turquoise paint from the Handmade Modern line at Target.

Finally, I cut around the watercolor words and glued them on to background.
Voila!  All done!

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Stencil Craft Book Winner

Monday, August 3, 2015

Shelly Pruit of Drip, Drip, Splatter Splash... you are the winner of the Stencil Craft book.  Please email me your address.  Congrats!

Flying Koala Bear Collage

Sunday, August 2, 2015

I made this flying koala bear collage to show my art camp kids what they could do with magazines and paint markers.  It spoke to me because of the mama koala and her kid on the back.

Artsy Project Life Cards

Friday, July 24, 2015

I have some more colorful, fun Project Life cards in my shop.  I wanted to make my scrapbooking artsier (is that a word?) and more creative and fun... so I took some of my watercolor paintings and collages and printed them on to miniature cards which are perfect for Project Life and scrapbooking with pockets.  These little cards are also fun to write little messages on to tuck into gifts or you can use them as a launching spot in your art journal. 



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