Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Watercolor Wednesday - Thank you tag!

When I was on the Unity Stamp Co. Design Team - I had my favorite stamps and these Phylis Harris collections were definitely one of them! I just adore this whimsical childlike style and fell in love all over again once I started painting them with watercolors! 

I had a lot of fun with this tag. I stamped my image with Archival Ink in Jet Black. Then I used my Koi Watercolors to color her in - mixing my own skin tone. I then masked her off and added some paint splatters around the image. 

I am so excited to be joined this week by a good friend who is fab with her watercolor style! Go check out her blog for even more Watercolor Wednesday inspiration - she rocked my socks off with her project! Be sure to hop on over - you can find her on her blog Oh, Snap Lizzie

Until next week....

Products used:
Tim Holtz Tag
Arhival Ink Jet Black
Koi Watercolors

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Watercolor Wednesday - Be You!

I love these Prima Flower Mixed Media Doll stamps (this is the only one I have! LOL) and I was inspired by Sanketi to stamp and water color her. You should really check out her youtube channel! I stamped her with Faber-Castell Big Brush pens in a light color and used Koi watercolors to color her and the background. I then stamped the sentiment in Archival Black ink. I actually gave this my friend, Rosemary, who has always been kind, supportive and encouraging. It was fun to create something other than a card as a thank you.

I love exploring this coloring medium. It is so different from coloring Copics - more freestyle than anything. I have to let go of my perfectionist tendencies in a way - which I think has been good for me not just in my art but in life as well. I'm way too hard on myself. And while I hope to get back into alcohol markers some day -- I am really enjoying this new journey and where it may lead me.

Print by missjillmcdonald on etsy

Products used:
Watercolor Paper

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fears are...

Today I'm sharing a page from my art journal. This particular journal is an old book I found. I love using it to paint and experiment. For this page, I used gesso to prime the pages before applying gelatos to create the bold color block background.

My colors were inspired by this photo

After creating my background I added some stencils from Crafter's Workshop - Abstract Leaves and Silhouette Script. That one is a favorite of mine. 

I love using stencils. Especially with added dimension using modeling paste as I've done here. After it had dried, I added color using Faber-Castell Big Pitt pens and more gelatos. 

Here you can see the 2nd page with all the layers of color, inks and stamps. I used a prima clear stamp (romance collection - discontinued) and some Unity Stamp Co Donna Downey flower stamps. I purged a lot of my stamps but kept all my background and mixed media ones - I'm so glad I did. Doing so has given me more freedom to really explore my own style once I realized I was holding onto product I knew I'd never use again.

Another thing I'm glad I held onto for the most part - my letter stickers...these are great for adding titles to pages or highlighting certain words in my journaling. I created this page prior to attending an adult instruction class at a friend's church this past weekend and something the pastor really struck me: The first commandment says You Shall have no other gods before me ie. no idols...and that which we put BEFORE God be it fear, love, or trust IS an idol. I have been meditating on that this week. It is a pretty powerful statement when you really think about it. I definitely struggle with fear and never thought about how much I have made it into an idol in my life. Something I need to let go. Pray about. Confess. So grateful I am forgiven. When you really think about it...we always fall short. Always. But that's for another journal page..and another post!

What is an idol in your life?

I am entering this in the Design Memory Craft Take the Challenge With Mou July 2014 - create something you usually don't create - I don't usually create with such bright and bold colors as I've used here.

Products Used:
Faber-Castell Gelatos
Faber-Castell Big Pitt Brush Pens
Gesso (white and black)
India Ink
Crafter's Workshop Stencils TCW395 Abstract Leaves & TCW404 Silhouette Script
Dutch Doobadoo A5 Faded Dots Stencil
Unity Stamp Co - Purely Entwined
Letter stickers from Authentique, Cosmo Cricket
Scarlet Lime Permaball Pilot Pen  - black
Christy Tomlinson SheArt Doily Rub Ons
Glitz Design Roller Doodles - Feathers

Monday, July 14, 2014

Back with a fresh design, updates...and some splurges!

Well, it certainly has been awhile - 7 months - since I've posted anything here. Last year was pretty light on blog posts as well. I just needed a break. From blogging. From designing. It wasn't any one thing...but a combination of different factors that led up to my step back from blogging. One of the major factors was this:

The baby
Fab Four
Our fourth child was born on Jun 3, 2013. Our oldest just turned 9 two weeks ago. Perspective. Time. It goes by so fast. The things I let myself define me weren't necessary. 

Simplify. Intentional. Family. Faith. 

Those things became my focus...and in the process, that which felt like a burden became a blessing again - art found me in different ways as I began to purge. I sold more than half of my stash. I sold my copics. *gasp* I did! And I found watercolors. I found paint. I found color in different mediums and I'm excited to share all of that discovery again. 

My old blog design and lengthy name was weighing me down. I created it years ago and it was so busy. Cluttered. I've been wanting a new design for a long time. Reflecting this new me. Simple. Intentional. Soft. I found it at The Wonder Forest. I love her designs - I love her blog. I could never afford a custom design so I browsed the premade designs - which are all so beautiful. I found 3 or maybe 4 that I was hard to narrow it down. But I finally did. And I got in trouble. For spending $$ on something seemingly so frivolous...which it is. I am forgiven. Thank's hard for me to be self save...but I have come a long away from who I was in 2007. I will share that journey one day. Yet, I still find myself slipping. And last week I slipped big time. I bought a blog design and these (the yellow cuff, faith sentiment and shield):

Lenny & Eva Arm Candy

To say I'm obsessed with Lenny & Eva jewelry would be an understatement! I added to my collection this time from Carol and Company as there isn't really anywhere nearby that carries a decent selection. Carol and Company always seems to carry everything and I mean everything. I'd be in trouble if I could physically walk into their store and see this:

Carol and Company L&E Bar
Drool worthy, huh? So, I'm back to blogging. It feels good. I am tentatively...cautiously...excited to be back.

So tell me, have you ever taken a break from blogging, crafting or something you used to love? 

Friday, December 13, 2013

12 Days of Craft-mas - On the 4th Day of Craftmas...

I am so excited to be joining an awesome line up of crafty ladies for this special event! If you haven't checked out Days ONETWO and THREE, please do so NOW - then come back and see what I have crafted up for ya.

I have to admit, originally I wanted to share my December Daily album but in all honesty, it is STILL lying in shambles on my floor. I have all the pieces pulled out that I want to use but haven't quite made any of my pages yet - haven't even printed pictures yet. Sad, I know. So, instead, I bring you a crafty little project that you can make pretty easily using some buttons you may or may not have been hoarding (like I have!)

What you'll need to create this craftmas project:
  • a foam cone (I got mine at the dollar store)
  • acrylic paint
  • lots of buttons
  • strong adhesive of your choice (I used Helmar 450 Quick Dry - which you can NOW find at Hobby Lobby!!)
  • jingle bell or something else to top your tree
  • ribbon & twine
First you will want to paint your cone in a matching color of your main buttons. I used a green paint. Let that dry. Grab a bunch of buttons, you can use all green with pops of red, like I did or you can get really creative and use any color you like. I actually think white buttons would look super elegant for a center piece. Then, it's just a matter of arranging your buttons. Don't think too much on this part - the randomness of the buttons is what really gives this a homey, rustic cute look! To add more interest, I added bows using sparkly cream twine that was gifted to me on the red buttons.

This came together fairly quickly, probably an hour or so from start to finish after the paint had dried. I got a little nervous about halfway through wondering how it would look, but I'm glad I kept going. It really is a sweet Christmas decoration now and on its way to someone just as sweet. (She probably hasn't gotten it yet so don't say anything. haha)
I hope you have enjoyed my project and be sure to check back on each of these ladies during the next 8 days to find even more Christmas Craft inspirations!

I ALMOST forgot! I have a crafty little prize to give away - just leave me a comment and you're entered to win a mystery box full of crafty goodies. I have been doing a little clean up and have lots of stamps, paper & embellies ready to go to a new home for the new year! You have until the end of all 12 days to enter. Gives me time for more destashing and filling this priority box to the max! I will pick a winner on Dec 22. (US residents only, since I am using a priority box) Thanks so much for stopping by.