Scribbles Designs. After framing it, I added the bow. Still so plain! So I rummaged thru my lace leftovers and adhesive bling and found things to complement the card design. I like it and I hope my friend will feel the love.
Monday, March 20, 2023
Path of Positivity New Challenge Card
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
My journal page today features my magic ribbon. I drew it from top to bottom with a black ink gel pen, then filled in the "pockets" with doodles. I used Copics to color the page, then I started adding sequins, adhesive pearls and gems and a patch I found at the bottom of one of my craft drawers. I added coordinating colors of Stickles to bring out my ribbon. And I finished off my page with a Washi tape border.
I call it my magic ribbon because after I drew its lines, I was inspired to "go all out" with my page. Usually I use ink, marker and magazine cuttings and that's it. But I look at my finished page and it makes me so happy. I wanted to share it with you today...
I am glad I finally got out of my slump. I've been sick for the past 2 weeks, and my healthy eating and cardio workouts have suffered. evidently, so has my confidence and my inspiration. As I get over my bronchitis and sinus infection, I feel creativity returning. Thank goodness!!
Challenges I am Entering:
Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Finding Zen in Butterflies and Blossoms
Anyway, I discovered a new challenge blog called Birds, Butterflies & Blooms. I'm so happy that my doodling fits into their challenge this month! And I'm trying out the Outlawz challenges after a long time away.
Tuesday, March 7, 2023
My Zen is Back!
Feeling a little under the weather today. Sinus headache and scratchy throat. Hoping it's allergies. Meanwhile, I doodled a page in my art journal. It pretty much shows my mood. At first I just used colored markers and drew leaves, but I decided to outline them in black. Once I inked in the words, I added a few words, I reached into my craft bag of tricks (leftovers) and pulled out a few faux leaves and glued them onto my page.
And that's all I'm feeling today. Hope to get my crafting mojo back before the end of the week. I'm working on another Halloween decor item, this time kid-friendly. Hope to show it off soon!
Challenges I am Entering -
Creative Artiste - Anything Mixed Media Goes
Art Journal Journey - Anything Journal page Goes (ink, Copics, sequins, Halloween decor)
Sunday, March 5, 2023
Only 240 Days until Halloween
Today I started working on my Halloween Decor for a Fall Craft Fair. I mean, it's not too early - there are only 240 days until the Big Night. I found myself in Michaels last week and my store still had Christmas items on clearance! Everything was 90% off, and when I found these Christmas calendars, I grabbed all they had - which was only three, but it's a start. And they were only $2 each! Here's what they looked like before I waved my magic wand over them:
Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Sheep Thrills can be had while Crafting
My Muse continues to inspire me in both card making and doodling. Today I have a card that features a Scribbles Designs freebie. It's called #F185 Woolley Wink. Even though I spent 8 years (and had my son) in southern Missouri, I am definitely a city girl. I didn't know the difference between a lamb and a sheep. Do you? The answer is at the end of my post.
Meanwhile, I doodled the image I chose instead of coloring it with my Copic markers. That's a switch for me. Usually I doodle around images. I had a lot of fun doodling Woolley. The Scribbles Design store has some wonderful Zen design images for sale. My favorite is actually listed in the Cats category. It's called #A87 Peek-a-Boo - check it out HERE.
Back to my card. I printed out the digital image, fussy-cut it and doodled all her lovely curls. I tried several different backgrounds, but found my favorite from a page in a decor magazine. I found two pages of small rugs in a color scheme I liked. After playing with their placement, I decided to make a color block background, highlighting the edges with black ink.
I used cardstock letters to spell out my take on the word Unique, and gave it a tiny bit of bling with a few leftover strips of adhesive-backed pearls. I even dotted the "I" in ewe-nique with a pearl. I finished my card off with a thin strip of gold washi tape around the edges, and I now have a card for my cousin. Hmm, now that I look at it, I think I'll re-place the word "ewe" as it looks too crowded to the rest of the letters...
Don't forget to check out the challenge at Scribbles Designs Challenge blog. And for those of you still reading my post, a Lamb is a young sheep, while older sheep are just plain Sheep. (Of course, a female sheep is a Ewe...)
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
My "troll" is from Ike's Art, one of a set of Gnomes available at her store. I chose the plain gnome so that I could color in clothes. After I did that, he looked more like a Troll than a gnome. So of course I added the HAIR! LOL I had some leftover tie-dye fur from a previous project and used it for his "up-do".
Then the page below that swervy line looked awful, so empty and white. So I had to stick in a bit of doodling, which I think improves the overall look.
Monday, February 20, 2023
I Will Always Walk on the Path of Positivity
I have always tried to walk the path of positivity, but it's been a long time since I created something for the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog. After my husband passed, I needed time to grieve and settle in to being mother, houseowner, handy woman, landscaper, snow blower, gardener, carpenter and painter--by myself.
Then Covid hit, and all our lives took a detour along that path. Once I had time to myself, I stretched out into all kinds of crafting and art styles. I created memes, upcycled thrift store finds (my favorite), painted canvas, wood, metal, doors, light switch plates, outlet covers, and walls.
I crocheted, sewed, carved, wired jewelry, along with a number of new techniques and media. And I'm still reaching outward and challenging myself to create positivity with my artistic endeavors. I can't say all my "experiments" were successes, but I learned and practiced.
One of my favorite ways to create has been journaling. Whether I am Zen doodling, collaging or writing, I have filled several journals, some of them over-sized, some small travel books. So when I finally revisited the Path of Positivity's challenge blog, I was inspired by the "twist" to this month's challenge.
I've taken this month's "Fashion" twist in a different direction. I created a journal page of my dream room. I pulled photos from 3 different magazines (Elle, HGTV & Good Housekeeping) and collaged them to hopefully look like a real room. I love the colors I found; teals and aquas are my go-to paints. I like wooden floors but know the value of a good carpet or two. I just wish I had a floor-to-ceiling bookcase in reality, but in this "fashionable" room, the windows were needed to bring light to the space. What do you think?
The challenge over at the Path of Positivity is Anything positive Goes, but they always offer a "twist" for your inspiration. This is the midway point to the challenge, and prizes are offered from Scribbles Designs for winners each month. I hope to see your positive project there! Meanwhile, keep crafting!
Friday, February 17, 2023
I'm Being Followed by a Moon Shadow...
Since I drew the doodle in a perfect circle, the the thought of a moon popped into my head. A moon with flowers?? Yes, have you never heard of the Flower Moon, which blooms at the start of Spring? It's a little bigger than a crescent, and using powerful telescope, you can see the outlines of flowers where the "hidden" part of the moo lies in the night sky.
I cut out a crescent shape from some designer paper for the part of the moon that shines down on the Earth. It covered up the imperfect doodles that came out of my pen. To keep both sides of the moon cohesive, I used a yellow colored pencil to fill in between the flowers I drew. Not enough to make a difference, I added a little shading within each flower with same colored pencil.
I cut out a circle from some shimmery dark blue paper and framed my flower moon. I sprinkled this night sky with stars, using my Posca white paint marker. Look, there's s shooting star.
Make a wish!
Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Inspiration Hits Today
My cousin set me a pic today and suggested that it would be a great piece to Zen doodle.
Monday, February 13, 2023
Fluid Acrylic Painting is Difficult
I don't care how easy it looks on You Tube, fluid acrylic painting is difficult. After months of practice I finally came up with a decent ratio of paint, flow aid and silicone to create cells, but it's not 100% fool-proof. As you can see from the photo above, not all my paints reacted the way I wanted them to. But I still kind of like this canvas, so I'll keep it.
Friday, February 10, 2023
Once I drew and colored the flowers and grass. I adhered the flowers onto my pet (again) and then adhered her onto my new background. I found a cute hedgehog quote on Pinterest, but then thought to add the "disclaimer" at the bottom. It reads, "not really. I walked thru the flowers, got scared and came out this way." Those quills are pointy and sticky, aren't they?!
You can find at the Scribbles Design Store HERE. It is actually a FREEBIE at the moment, and is called F#188 Dust Bunny. This artwork is a page in my Art Journal. I really like her, and shall name her Dusty.
Thursday, February 9, 2023
Be your Own Version of Beautiful
Lucy is a digital image from Scribbles Designs (the image is not called Lucy, that's my pet name for her). After printing and coloring the image with my Copics, I dug through my stash of sequins. It's a good thing Lucy and I are friends, because adhering each tiny sequin to her fabulous ensemble was pain-staking work. I even gave her earrings with a few sequins. Her dress was created from paper doilies, and her necklace is a piece of leftover trim.
I wanted her to stand out as well, so I adhered her using dimensional tape. She is
walking sliming (?) her way up the path of positivity, which I created with floral stuff and a couple roses. Speaking of the Path of Positivity, their challenge this month is to create something inspired by Fashion. I hope my canvas inspires you to enter their challenge. In the meantime, have fun crafting!
Challenges I am Entering:
Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Let's Mix It Up!
So after I titled the books, I doodled around them. Then I wanted to say what I was feeling about the doodling, that I LOVE words in all their forms, shapes and conjugations. To enhance the subject, I created a couple bookmarks and added them to the page, as well as ripping parts of pages from magazines to add even more words LOL
If you want to know more about me, zoom in to the book titles. You may be surprised...
Sunday, February 5, 2023
My New Art Journal
I broke down and bought a new art journal, as my last one was on its last blank pages. And the new one is HUGE, 9x12! Since there are only a few pages I've used, I thought you might want to take a peek. When I get a new journal, I give it a fresh new look. The cover is simply a piece of designer paper, bordered with washi tape and just one artsy quote, "Creative minds are rarely tidy".
I decided to completely cover the inside cover with Art and Creativity quotes from Pinterest. Some of my favorites are adhered to it, along with washi tape borders.
I started the first page at the end of January and decided I would date my pages, and occasionally write a short note on the why, what and how I felt at the time of the
crime drawing. I used a small tag as my inspiration and colored it with a teal Copic.
Here I drew intersecting squares and then filled them with various designs, trying some I had not drawn before now.
I'm not that good at creating Mandalas, probably because I don't use rulers, nor do I have a compass. After my two colliding circles were filled in, they looked lonely on the page, so I surrounded them with flowers.
Keep crafting and have fun. That's why we do it, right?!
Friday, February 3, 2023
Here There Be Dragons
My fave colors are in the teal/aqua line, so I used both as a base and to add dimension. The wings got a base coat of green, then swiped with the blues. I used a sponge to lightly over the wings and scales with gold paint. His claws, beak, horns and the ridge on his back are pure gold (paint).
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
It Didn't Move So I Painted It
Today's project features a raw wood-carved animal that I spied on the bottom shelf of a thrift store. Lord knows why I bought it. I have so many items to use, and projects are always stirring around in my head. But I think she winked at me while I stooped down to pick her up. She was half-price, which is always a bonus for me and my wallet.
After adding Gesso and giving her a gleaming white base, I decided to go whimsical with her. I've had a lot of success selling animal figures that I "renew" with paints and my imagination. I gave her (by the way, after much thought I decided she was a llama) a pastel purple base. From there I used a stencil and gave her designs on the front of her neck.
She's wearing a rug of multi-colors, painted with acrylics and my Posca paint markers. There are patches to give the illusion of a stuffed animal. The rest of her neck displays a colorful rainbow. Her head is raised high, but she is not snooty. She stands tall as a proud
woman female animal.
She's not heavy enough to be a doorstop, which is what my other painted animal figures became, but she makes an interesting silhouette in my front windows. I like it, so I'll continue to be on the prowl for other large animals to paint.
I'm in the mood to paint so that's it for today. Happy crafting!
Friday, January 27, 2023
Painting my Thrift Finds
So I took out my trusty acrylics and was able to get a pretty good likeness of Wilson. What do you think?
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Back to Canvases Today
I made such a mess of paint around my canvas that I had to open another canvas and create a second one. I used more white in the second canvas, but I like the swirls better than my first. They make a good pairing, and I already have it hanging in my hallway. I wonder if my daughter will notice the artwork when she comes home from work...
Monday, January 23, 2023
Look at That! I Made a Card!
Scribbles Challenge Blog, where the newest challenge is to feature at least one penguin on your project.
I loved the image so much, I printed it several times, flipping it around and even changing the size slightly. Then I had to use multiple colors for my pals, whether they were realistic or not. You'll even find a few of them inside my card, which is a pop-up.
Friday, January 20, 2023
Impatient for Spring
Merging Doodling with Drawing (Zen squared)
Today I tried my hand at drawing cute Kawaii animal bodies to match the faces I found on Pinterest offered by FreePick. According to one artist on YouTube, "anyone can draw, they just need to PRACTICE, A LOT"
So I cut out these cute animal heads, and tried to give them cute little bodies. Some were cute, some okay, some awful. They're all here on my post. And to really make my art journal pages count, I pulled out my inner Zen and doodled around them, filling the pages. Then I shaded with a black colored pencil.
I've also printed funny and/or positive quotes from Pinterest, adhered them to my journal pages, and let the words inspire my doodling. I call these pages Zen squared, which in math terms means Zen doubled.
Do you have an art journal yet? It's very addicting. You can start with cutting pics and words out from magazines, creating scenes or collages, and from there the sky is the limit (really, try drawing clouds around your cut-out pics).
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Art Journals are Fun
I never had a journal specifically for my art, which is weird, because I am a journal junkie. I have a gratitude journal, self-discovery journal, travel journal (the list goes on, including a journal of lists)...
Now that I started a truly ART journal, I am exploring more techniques and ways to expand my creativity. Like the Zen Doodling I started, I have been practicing my drawing ability. Above is one of my first pages of pencil drawings (after I erased the pencil lines and went over them with pen). I call it When Flowers Dance.
I was inspired by Elle magazine and my friend, Renita. She delivers my mail and packages and has been my Muse when it comes to art and losing weight.
Shout out to all postal workers! Since we all seem to have given up writing letters and sending holiday cards, not only has US postage increased, but letter carriers are given larger routes and having to work until the evenings delivering mail, also due to a decrease in employees through layoffs and retirements.
Monday, January 16, 2023
Who Uses Coasters Nowadays?!
I don't care! I found a set of wood slice coasters at a garage sale last summer. It was 50 cents!! Living by my new motto, "I'll paint anything that doesn't move", I tried to match each shape of wood slice to a fruit or vegetable. After painting my pineapple, pumpkin, avocado, coconut, watermelon, apple and strawberry, I added a Gloss varnish to preserve them from drippy drinks. I also cut felt into the shapes and glued them onto the backs of my produce project.
A while back, I did the same thing to a wooden spoon & fork set. I painted their tops as pineapples with goofy faces. Yesterday the city came by and cut down a tree on my neighbor's parkway (the grassy part between the sidewalk and the street). I was itching to get my hands on some wood slices, and I did! I gave the crew a Dunkin Donuts gift card as a thank you for taking the time to do the cutting. It was enough to get them each a coffee. According to my daughter and sister, I am not allowed to use a chain saw...
Saturday, January 14, 2023
Better Late than Never - a Christmas Shadow box
*English Major question here: Why is the word "a" used in front of the word "unicorn" when the word "an" almost always comes before words starting with the letter "U"?
Thursday, January 12, 2023
I Get By with a Little Help from my Zen (Ringo for President)
Tuesday, January 10, 2023
And Zen There Were None
For those Agatha Christie fans in blog land, The title of my post is a nod toward you.