Thursday, July 30, 2009

Inky Impressions 2nd Design Team Call

Inky Impressions Rubber Stamps is having their 2nd Design Team Call. All submissions are due by August 3rd, 2009. My submissions are above. The first is a card made with an Inky Impressions LiLi's secret stamp. I stamped the girl on canvas, then colored her in using Coptic markers. After that I sewed her into a little doll and put a magnet on her back. Another magnet was hidden between the layers of the card so that it is not visible, but the doll sticks to the front of the card. The doll then becomes a very cute refrigerator magnet.
My second submission is an altered project I did about a year ago that turned out fabulous. I painted an old small dresser with wicker white paint, then I covered the fronts of the drawers with Basic Grey papers. I then cut squares of the same papers and glued them to the top, making a kind of faux inlay tile look. To finish it off I stamped a few Basic Grey images on the papers for added depth. I love it and it is proudly displayed in my hallway near the entrance to my house.
There are so many fabulous ways you can use rubber stamps that are often overlooked. You can use them for cards, scrapbooking, home dec items and even on fabric or as little added elements to journal pages or paintings.

Friday, July 24, 2009

2nd Portrait - A Boy

Here's my second portrait in my moleskine for my Suzi Blu portraits class.

1st Portrait - A Girl

I've been talking Suzi Blu's portraits class and Lesson 2 involved drawing a portrait in our Molskine journal, shading first with graphite and then shading the face with colored pencils. The background of the page is left blank for Lesson 3, but this is what I've come up with so far. I'm in the process of working on a boy's portrait as well and I'll post that when I get it completed.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sisterhood Through Art

This is a piece I'm doing for a mixed media group I'm in called The Creative Underground. The theme is "Sisterhood Through Art." My original idea was to add the word, "When I grow up I want to be just like you," but now I don't know if I want to add them or not. Since I haven't collaged them down yet, tell me which way you like it better, with or without the words and then in a few days I will decide what to do.

Friday, July 17, 2009


I'm still busy with work so I haven't done much painting for the last week or so. I have managed to play around with some backgrounds, which is a good way to relieve stress, especially when you have no expectations, just playing around with paint to see what you might come up with. So here are three canvases that I have ready to begin painting on and hopefully next week I'll be able to start them. Until then...

Monday, July 13, 2009

Journal Page From The Past

I've been busy with work lately, so not a lot of time to create. I thought I'd post a journal page I did about a year ago when I first started art journaling. It was a time when everything was going wrong, or so it seemed, so I journaled that every black cloud has a silver lining.

I've started a couple new pieces. Hopefully this week I'll get some time to work on them and I'll post them soon. I'm also starting Suzi Blu's portrait class on Wednesday, so I'll be busy with that too.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Fourth of July

I'm finished. I decided the pastel colors weren't working so I went with lime green. I added a little bunny because last night I watched two bunnies hopping through the yard, playing as if they didn't have a care in the world. Since my little rag doll girl doesn't have a care in the world, I felt it fitting she be playing with her bunny.
Happy Fourth of July!!

Friday, July 3, 2009

What I'm working On

Here is what I'm currently working on. I used Golden Crackle Paste and got the most fabulous crackle texture ever. It's funny, sometimes it cracks just like you want and sometimes it has a mind of its own. I find it's just hit or miss. My little ragdoll girl will be swinging and playing with some sort of little creature, a teddy bear, a monkey doll, I haven't yet decided. I was trying to work with a high contrast between the vivid background and the pastel colors of the focal image. I'm not sure yet how I'm liking it, but since I'm just experimenting, I am going to follow it through.