Thursday, April 16, 2015

Grimy Girl

We just got back from vacation in the Great Smokey Mountains and had a great time.  Picked up a few goodies while we were gone and one of my favorites was a new book to steal quotes out of - 1939's Building Good Health.   
Health books weren't nearly that good when I was in school.  Quirky touches in this tome include handwritten notes by the original owner and her name written several times throughout - I imagine she did most of that when she wasn't paying attention in class... 
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Our son, Caleb (aged 13), likes to play with my kneaded eraser - I never know what shape I am going to find it in - I love the alien.  Last night we were watching Survivor and this gem slipped out of him - "If I was Bill Gates I'd spend all my money on obstacle courses."
Kids - gotta love them!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Crinose girl

There was a cruel boy in class that would call her hirsute simply because he knew she preferred the adjective crinose.
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Monday, March 30, 2015

Illustration Friday - OUTSIDE

Haven't done a prompt from Illustration Friday in a while.  This girl was drawn in ink.  The cloud was too but was scanned in the computer and digitally resized to make the background sky.  I'm figuring that most people will view the topic OUTSIDE in a colorful way so I'm thinking this black/white version will be different from the norm.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The paper hoarder

Back in the day I was a scrapbook paper hoarder - I had a bad habit of buying several sheets of each pattern that I loved - or even liked.  Fast forward a few years and my papercrafting has slowed way down but my paper stash has grown and GROWN!  
Now, in an effort to grow my limited storage space and to shrink the unruly paper hoard, I've started cutting the paper into 4" x 6" sheets and using them for scratch paper, etc.   It sure is nice to grab a piece of paper and find a gorgeous pattern on the back.  In fact, when I turned a sheet I'd been using for the grocery list over the other day and saw the fun Basic Grey cloud paper I immediately grabbed a pen and sketched a girl.  Are you a paper hoarder too??
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

The difference between a house and a home

"The difference between a house and a home is like the difference between a man and a woman - it might be embarrassing to explain, but it would be very unusual to get them confused.  
                     - Lemony Snicket

This girl started on a gelatin leaf print on paper from a childrens' dictionary with help from a Balzer Designs chevron stencil and a sprig of leaves from the backyard.  Stencils don't often show up with my girls but when one does it almost invariably ends up being this chevron stencil - love the clean geometric feel that it gives to this layout.
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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Abstract Flowers with Color Burst - Part II

Loved the first abstract flowers so much I decided to make another piece featuring Color Burst by Ken Oliver - not sure what those weird little seed things that are coming out of the one flower are. . . 
This one puts the pot on the opposite side of the paper.  My family is divided - two of us prefer the first one and two of us prefer the newest one - which one do you like best?
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Abstract flowers with Color Burst

During a recent jaunt around the Internet I discovered the gorgeous art of Sandrine Pelissier and in particular her abstract flowers.

Take a few minutes and look around her site and you will not be disappointed!  She has an amazing grasp of color and composition and the way she adds texture with inked patterns makes me so happy!!
For her flower pictures Sandrine has been using YUPO paper - I had some in my hands at Blick one day but then ended up putting it back on the shelf - guess I'll need to drive back to the store and pick some  up to play!  I ended up using regular cold press watercolor paper that I taped to my board before sprinkling with Color Burst by Ken Oliver and then liberal amounts of water to make the background.
I drew a design and then started to paint the background white but had problems with the Color Burst soaking through so I took a few minutes to spray a fixative on the background and then added a thin layer of Liquitex Matte Medium to seal everything in place.
Used a variety of spray inks to paint more intense colors and to differentiate the flowers, leaves and pot.  Finished up with my favorite part - the ink work with gel pens and black markers.  Doesn't look anything like Sandrine's flowers but I am still tickled with this piece!!  The bright cheerful colors are a great way to welcome spring on Saturday!
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Art Journal Every Day

Any hints on how I can straighten up my warped paper??