Sunday, December 10, 2017

What I've been doing

Hello everyone!

I've been so busy crafting up a storm that I literally haven't had time to blog or post a video.  Every  year I get so busy crafting for my Etsy shop that I never get the quality time to craft for my friends and family.

This year I decided to craft for friends and family first, and boy am I glad that I did.  If you follow me on social media you've seen what I've been up to.  What most don't know is that a lot of my images (stamped or digital) are hand colored and with the help of my Cricut Explorer Air, cut out.  As you can imagine, it can be very time consuming, which is why I usually have a limited supply of the same card online.

My goal was to have my cards in the mail Friday, and I was able to do that....YAY me!!  Everyone received a personal card and two other items, a gift tag that could be used as an ornament and a Christmas card.  I included a note asking that they help me spread cheer by passing one or both of those items along.

Here's a recap of what I've created:

I started out with this holiday couple

Then this lil cutie (baby girl) came about

Everything is colored, printed, cut and ready to assemble.  I'm also using 3D christmas stickers that I bought (some had to be recreated...thanks Cricut)

So there you have it.  And that's just my first wave of items.  I'm hard at work on the next set of images.  I may not be able to make anything for the shop this year, but I'm trying. If your interested, some of these images are available as digital stamps in my shop.  You can check them out here.    

Thank for todays visit.  Until the next blog...enjoy!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

What's in my art journal? Be authentic


This post is more on a personal note, I hope you find it useful.  I was talking to one of my older sons last night.  He is very talented in the world of cinematography (yes, I may be biased), and we were talking about our paths as artists.  We talked about working on our skills, learning new skills, being vulnerable, taking risks, putting your work out there, etc. We spoke about the importance of being authentic no matter what.  Other wise what's the point? 

That's what this  art journal page is all about. I believe this is a repost.  (not meant to be political in any way, I happen to adore elephants)

Be authentic - nobody does you like you do!

Thanks for today's visit.  Until the next blog..enjoy!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

What's in my art journal - Funny Girl

Hey folks!

I got a new lady I want to share with you.  Funny Girl.  I know, I know, she's not a girl but I liked the name for her.  She represents something I LOVE doing and that's laughing. My girlfriends and I are hilarious together.  Sometimes it's a full on comedy show with us.

Starting from this sketch.  I wasn't happy with the hands.  Hands are hard for me to draw yall!

Then traced out to smooth out lines and fine tuned.  Of course I had to make a few cut outs using the Cricut Explore Air.  (it cut between those fingers so precisely!)

And then she went on  to a journal page and here's a video showing that process.

I'll be sure to let you know when Funny Girl is available as a stamp.

Thanks for your visit today, I sure do appreciate it.

Until the next blog...enjoy!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

What's in my art journal? Final Inktober recap and a video

Hello everyone!

Got a few things for you.  I wanted to share my final sketches from Inktober, which ended October 31st and I have a video for you using a couple of my Inktober sketches.

Here's a look at how my sketch book pages looked towards the end of Inktober.  I really started to get into a rhythm.  Again, I was going by Jake Parkers daily Inktober prompts.

Notice the figure in the top right for the prompt "Climb".  You will see the front side of it when you turn the page

Notice the figure top left, it is front side of the figure mentioned above.  That day's prompt was "United". 
I'm most proud of the final entry.  The last prompt was "Mask" and you see me masking off some artwork with a banner.  I'm also taking a bow because I'm very proud of myself and was surprised at how much I grew and learned as an artist in such a short span of time. totally unexpected. I really see the importance of drawing everyday.  

Lil side note:  I also had a lot of fun placing him around the studio and snapping pictures of him in action.

Next up, a video of how I took a couple of the above sketches and made stickers and a greeting card.

Thanks for today's visit.  I hope I've inspired you to re-use your art elsewhere.

 Until the next blog...enjoy!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Look what Lori-Ann Ball did!


Today's post is special to me.  Words can never truly express the feelings I get when someone shares the art they've  created using my stamps or stencils.  It's like warm sunshine, such an amazing feeling, I'm so very grateful.

Lori-Ann Ball recently shared a couple of projects she's  made with one of my Funky Girl Stamps and stencil,  I wanted you all to see them.

The Maddie stamp set was used to create this card.  Maddie is  one of my favorite stamps and I love how Lori-Ann did her hair and sunglasses.  This is such a colorful card!!

She also used the Patricia stencil on her handmade bag.  Again, using yummy colors and stenciling within a stencil.

Lori-Ann thank you so much for sharing your talents with us, looking forward to seeing more!

Lori-Ann is kind enough to let us follow her along on her creative journey while she learns the world of mixed media.    Please check her out on Instagram @stampingtherapy and on her blog, while your at it, go ahead and click her follow button.

 Take a look at my Funky Girl Stamps and Stencils in my Etsy shop here.  And by the way, if you know anyone in the Hampton Roads area that may be interested in my Art Journal 101 Workshop that is happening on Nov. 4th (that's this Saturday) at the Courthouse Way Community Center in Newport News, VA  pass this registration number on to them.  757-886-7929 or 757-926-1400.  We'll be making a 16pg  Art Journal and learning some cool background techniques.  And the best part is that all the materials are provided!! Email me if you have questions, hope to see you there!

I'll be popping in on the last day of October to finish up Inktober2017.  I've been having such a blast.

Thanks for today's visit.  Until the next blog...enjoy!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

What's in my Art Journal? - Inktober 2 week recap


So, here’s a recap of what I’ve been doing for Inktober since my last post.  I’m really enjoying this challenge and I dedicate just an hour a night for this.  During the hour I decide what I’m drawing and look at any reference(s) if I need it. Again, I'm using (mostly) the prompts that Jake Parker (Creator of Inktober) has on his site.  You can find that list here.  

As you can see from these drawing and past drawings that I have a couple of different styles.  The styles waver between doodles and more defined drawings.  I was going to use this challenge to do more defined drawings, however, those take more time for me and my evening time is limited. Since all of my drawings begins with doodling first anyway,  I’ve decided that the Inktober drawings would all be doodles.  Remember Harold and the purple crayon?  That’s me, I doodle on EVERYTHING. It’s such a loose process, I love it.

Anyway, here are my Inktober doodles:

Prompt 8 - Crooked - This made me think of the crooked man that walked a crooked mile, etc. etc. 

9 - Screech - I didn't watch the show Saved By the Bell, but one of the characters in that show was called Screech.  This is Screech umm screeching

10 - Giganic - James and the Giant Peach.  The think about ink is that if you make a mistake your just stuck with it.  I have shadows in all the wrong places here.I 

12 - Random doodle - I attended a Payroll Conference for a few days and drew what was on my table (I skipped 11

13 - Random doodle -  Still at the conference

14 - Random doodle - Leaving the conference

15 -  Mysterious - I ended up not posting this because it was more weird than mysterious.  Looks interesting upside down though.  

16 - Fat - I usually get a fat lip when I'm having an allergic reaction to something I've eaten, among other symptoms..ugh!

17- Graceful - This is actually a remake of an older drawing.  Sometimes you've just gotta dive into your drink.

18 - Filthy -  I don't care if there is nothing in the toilet, I hate when this happens

19 - Cloud - Who doesn't like looking at the clouds and finding shapes within them.  This first one I didn't post, I thought it might be perceived as creepy or inappropriate, so I posted the next one instead.

20 - Deep - Just a picture in a word

21 - Furious - so much that he hit the ceiling.

So that's what I've done so far, thanks for taking the time to stop by.  I appreciate your visit.

Until the next blog...enjoy!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

What's in my art journal? Inktober Recap

Hey you!

Hope your all enjoying your weekend.  I decided that I would participate in Inktober this year.  For those who don't know, Jake Parker (an amazing illustrator) started Inktober in October 2009 as a way to improve his skills as an artist by drawing in ink everyday for the month of October. The rest is history.  If you'd like more info or  to participate, here is the link to his website.  The rules are simple, draw something in ink , tag it #inktober, #inktober2017, @jakeparker, @inktober,  post it.  He has a list of daily prompts that you can follow or simply do your on thang. 

I'm going by the prompt list because I can interpret the prompts how I want. I've really been enjoying it because it's been challenging me to draw things I normally would not draw AND I'm sure my drawing skills will be better by the end of this challenge.  Also, I'm using different ink pens to see how they really work.  Even if you don't participate, check out the ink work that artist are posting by looking up those hashtags on social media.

Day 1 - Swift - I rarely draw animals so I went with the Swift bird

Day 2 - Divided - Clearly I'm thinking of emotions here and I'm trying to be clever.

Day 3 - Poison - Here I realized ink is unforgiving and every mark counts

Day 4 - Underwater - drawing bodies are very challenging for me and I don't draw enough men in my life! This guy represents me...I don't go underwater so he's just pointing to where underwater is.

Day 5  - Long - So I've been dealing with should bursitis all week and this was a painful day in which the drawing and the ink would not come together.  I posted even though I don't like's about the process right?

Day 6 - Sword - I love the story of the Sword in the Stone.  But what if everything is not quite like it seems.  Take a close look.

Day 7 - Shy - I have the cutest reference picture of this little girl that I've been trying to draw for the longest time.  I'm never close to capturing it the way I want.  This is the closest I've ever come to it....her as a grown up. LOL

If you haven't noticed, I'm doing very little shading, cause I'm SCARED.  As I continue to learn about these inks, there will be more shading (fingers crossed) I hope you get a chance to check out Inktober there is a ton of incredible artwork out there.  Thanks for your visit today.

Until the next blog...enjoy!