Thursday, November 20, 2014

Little White Pitcher ...

Sometimes I think it is hard to get back into an art space after you have moved or even just rearranged your place.  I kept trying to sit down in my new space and work.  But the view is different, my supplies are in different places and the smallest little distractions kept taking over every time I tried to get to work.   But yesterday I finally pushed through the 'noise.'  I had a sketch of this white pitcher in my book and so I cut it out and got started!!  It felt SO good to get going, I had almost forgotten in the middle of moving, how much I just love creating!!

I created this piece on a big piece of wood. I started out by cutting out my shapes ... the pitcher and the wood stems. I also cut out my original letters, but I changed my mind and didn't use them in the end!!


I gesso'ed my paper down to create a background!

I wanted to add this shape, but not as a stencil.  So I sprayed the Dylusions onto my craft mat and 'dipped' the stencil into the ink.  Then I placed the inky stencil onto my paper.

I also used my Dylusions to watercolor the branches ...

At this point, I wanted some texture on my canvas, so I grabbed out my Linnie Bloom Canvas shapes.  I had some flower shapes that I had  sprayed for another piece, but hadn't used.  So I took those flowers and used the flower edges to make hearts!  SO versatile!!  I do find that if I paint gesso or paint on one side of the shapes, they are easier to cut and hold their new shape better!

I used plain white gesso to paint the flower for the middle of the pitcher!

Then I assembled my pieces, glued them down and did a little bit of doodling!

And then, whew, finished!!! 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Card to Canvas!!

I AM SO EXCITED!!!  My artwork has been published in the new Cards To Canvas book written by Colleen Schaan and published by Annie’s, publisher of the popular CardMaker magazine.  Cards To Canvas is a book designed for crafters who want to LEARN some stamping and cardmaking techniques, DABBLE in some mixed media fun, and then APPLY those techniques and mediums to canvas wall art (or desk art)!  

The 80-page book includes a wide range of product information, step-by-step illustrated instructions for each technique, and 26 beautiful full-color projects (with instructions) that showcase a wide variety of products and techniques.  Some of the topics include: mark-making, stamping and doodling, collage, embossing and adding texture, adding color, faux finishes, and creating backgrounds.  

Projects range from whimsical to artsy to vintage and feature something for all skill levels.  The team of talented designers include: Elizabeth Allan, Mindy Baxter, Karen Crossen, Jill Foster, Michelle Houghton, Vivian Keh, Kate Palmer, Sharon Parcel, and Rhea Weigand.

The book is available in either print or digital formats and can be purchased from many of your favorite crafting stores or online bookstores.  Also available directly from Annie’s at:

Monday, November 3, 2014

Still here!!

Well, since we bought our new house .... I have been painting ... a lot ... but not on canvas!!!  I have been painting walls and furniture!!  And on top of painting, unpacking the never ending line of boxes that seem to keep appearing every time I turn around!!!  I finally got the last of the boxes out of my new art room, so hopefully I will actually manage to get in and SIT down to work in my art journal or heck, I would be happy with sketching in my sketch book!!!

Painting whole rooms, trim included takes so much longer than I thought it would!! I also let my girls pick out the colors for their own rooms.  Luckily, they didn't too badly picking out fun but not too crazy colors!!  Although, my little one still wants me to paint grass on the wall under her rainbow ... and I think I might just do that for her!

 I painted a gorgeous Gray in our master bedroom!!  Metropolitan Gray from Benjamin Moore!

 A super sweet purple, Spring Lilac by Benjamin Moore!

An eye-popping and bright blue .... Serenity by Benjamin Moore.

And a subtle blue with a bright rainbow .... in your eyes by Benjamin Moore and Americana craft paints for the rainbow!

And then I organized my desk and art room .... now to get in there and work!!!

And I have also been refinishing furniture that didn't match the new paint colors .... projects seem neverending around here right now!!!