Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mixed Media Batik-ish

This was from a guided lesson I bought from Katie George.  Her batiks are so beautiful so I thought I would purchase a few of her batik step by step lessons to make sure I was doing it right.  I lost my way at some point but saved it with painting the whole thing in acrylic. I am sure it was just me not following directions properly. I am "follow directions" challenged sometimes. She is great so if you want to learn to batik--she is the one!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Russell Portraits

Precious little Russell, the Piglet.

Monday, February 16, 2015

More Batik Pears

I decided to paint this pear design again with different colors and added Sumi ink for the final coat. I learn something new everything I do one of these watercolor batiks. They are really fun--and you never know what you'll get!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

What Lies Beneath--Cover up the Good

This is a combination of a couple of weeks about this month's theme for DLP
February Theme
Layers You Will Love!
February 14
Art Challenge:  Cover Up Good Stuff
Journal Prompt:  Going Undercover

A few weeks back I didn't get a chance to do the "What Lies Beneath" challenge so I decided to just try and combine a couple of weeks.  What lies beneath the layers of paint in this one is sticky shelf liner and an image from transfer paper. I still haven't been able to get the transfer paper to work properly but it was enough to see the girls face.  I haven't don't this type of mixed media layering in quite a while and it was fun to go and revisit!

This is Batik #3.  This one is ok but I don't think I am experienced enough in batiking quite yet to do something so intricate.  It's all still really fun though but actually quite time consuming with all the steps.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Pears Watercolor Batic on Rice Paper

This is watercolor batik #2 on rice paper. I think it's such a fun process but it really is like a box of chocolates--you never know what you're gonna get.  I had to do a little color correcting in the background with some acrylic and I lost some of my wax splatters but for try #2 I'll say it's done---and ok.  You know how I love pears!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Don't stop!

I wanted to do a double page spread in my DLP journal for this week for the challenge but couldn't figure out what to do with the quote, "Don't stop till you get enough."    All I could think about was Michael Jackson who BTW I loved and was so sorry when he died. I think that this is what ultra superstardom does to people. It's a curse--not a blessing. But so much for that...
I decided to give myself about 30 minutes and not stress too much over it and just get come color down on the two page spread. I always love spraying paper with spray inks and adding some lettering. The quote is stamped with my hand carved Neuland stamps. I always love using them.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Batik Watercolor on Rice Paper

I have been researching how to do this batik technique on rice paper and today I decided that I had read enough, watched enough and was ready to jump in.  It's a rather lengthy process with hot wax used as a resist for the watercolor but I think it will be something that I might enjoy doing more of. I love texture in paintings and with this technique there is definitely texture! I think this one is a bit too much texture but I think I know how to fix that, hopefully. I ripped the paper in the process hence the "deckled" edges. Anyway,  here's to embarking upon a new fun creative adventure!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Thy Word

I love this Scripture form Psalm 119.  I am really enjoying journaling in this "journaling Bible" with the wide margins.  The journaling does take quite a while to figure and lay out how all the letterforms will work together. Trial and error for sure.

Thursday, January 29, 2015


This is my latest entry for Journal Bible Community. 
Love this Scripture about Love.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


I have been drawing and doodling in my bible for years. I can listen to the sermon and draw. But I have always tried to sit on the end on the row with Chauncey to my left or right so no one will see me.  But now this Journaling Community has given me "permission" to come out in the open and draw, doodle or sketch in my Bible. I think it's great and I am really enjoying thinking about the Scripture that I am featuring. I am thinking that I will try and fill 2 up for my grandchildren as an heirloom for them.  That will take a while!

And here is the painting from yesterday. It's the lighthouse on Sapelo Island near Darien, GA.
Fun to paint.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Today's Art

I have a couple of things to post today. I am in two groups that I am really enjoying but are keeping me busy. But busy is good! Here is my lasts entry for the Bible Journaling community.
I love this Scripture.

And here is my painting from Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 days but I will certainly not have 30 paintings when the month is over. But I do have some. Here is today's painting. It's wet on the easel.

This is the Sapelo Lighthouse near Darien, GA. It was fun to paint. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Bible Journaling-TRUST

I am suppose to be painting 30 paintings in 30 days but I much prefer journaling in my bible.

Here are the tabs I made from a circle punch. I used painted papers that were thin enough to punch from my stash.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Bible Journaling

 I have joined a new Facebook group called Bible Journaling. I just got my new journal
bible in yesterday with wide margins so there is room for art journaling. 

This is the first page on my bible.

And this is my first entry.  The paper takes the markers pretty well.

I will be busy this year because I am apart of several Facebook groups including the Documented Life Project 2015 as well as 30 Paintings in 30 Days so...
I think I better go paint something!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

St. Catherine's--30 paintings in 30 days

I won't make 30 paintings in 30 days but if I can get 3 a week I'm doing good!  This is St. Catherine Laboure right across the street. I have always admired this little gazebo so I decided to paint it. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Documented Life Project 2015

 This is week one and two combined along with the journal prompt quote. I think it's a good quote!
We were to use book paper and the next week was gesso.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Blue Hydrangeas

I had a still life all set up ready to paint when I found this partially painted hydrangea that I started who knows when and decided to finish it. I didn't have a reference so It was rather challenging to paint from memory--especially the glass.

I am not sure what painting this is in the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. I am pretty far behind but any day I paint is a good day. Brush miles!! I need my 10,000 hours.  Any one who as read Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers" will know what I am talking about.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Day 9 of Painting Challenge

These are the same tulips as yesterday in a different vase. The tulips were beautiful and lasted for two paintings.  It was fun and challenging to paint them. Flowers are always a challenge and the challenge is to not put in every detain you see. That's actually hard!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Tulips Day 8

It's Day 8 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. Looks like I will get one done  about every 3 or 4 days!  But There's always tomorrow!
12 x 20 Oil on canvas
"Tulips in Blue"

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Painting #3 for 30 Day Challenge

Very month I get together with my painting friends, Rynda, Betty and Sylvia and we paint a picture for an artist we like. This painting is inspired by the great Florida artist, Roger Bansamer. Since this was painted from his painting, I don't sign it and can't sell it and give the painter credit. It was fun to paint and hopefully I can go out and paint something like this in plein air.

Thank you Roger Bansemer for your great paintings and TV show too.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Painting #2--Pink Peonies

This is Day 4 or Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. Although it's Day 4 it only the 2nd painting for me.  These are Peonies set up and painted from life.

"Pink Peonies"

Saturday, January 3, 2015

30 paintings in 30 Days--Day 3

Not sure if I will paint all 30--actually I am 2 days late but at least I will try. That's the ONLY way to get better---JUST PAINT!

"Wine and Red"
12 x 12 Oil on Panel

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Thank you so much, Art to the 5th Gals!  What a great year it was and what a great job y'all did.
Thank you again for the honor of being a Spotlight Artist.  It was the icing on the cake for my year!

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 26, 2014

New little handmade sketch journals

I really enjoyed making these little handmade journals to add to my sketch journal travel pack. I had so much fun making them. I love to sew books and this is a type of a 4 needle coptic stitch that I did. I would show you the simple stitch but I think where I learned it from is copyright protected. But there are many ways to sew a book in a coptic stitch where you journal will lay flat.

I used paper that I had in my stash that I sprayed with my many stencils and Adirondack spray inks. I even did some lettering on them. It was fun!

Happy New Year!!
# Liz Steel,  #Kilimamjaro

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Documented Life Project--Artist of the Month!

So very honored that the Art to the 5th gals have chosen me to be the December Artist of the month! It has been such a wonderful journaling year with the Documented Life Project
and I am looking forward to next year---which will be here soon.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

This week for the DLP challenge was "Arrows".
So here is my arrow. Stay tuned, the DLP Facebook Art to the 5th gals have chosen me to be the spotlight artist for next week.  I am very excited about that!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

This week's challenge for Documented Life Project was to journal about a place we would like to vacation--no matter the cost. Of course on my bucket list is to fly first class to Tuscany with one of my favorite painters and paint. Maybe someday I will do it!

This little painting was part of a larger painting that I did that didn't work on a larger scale and I cropped this part out. I think it worked better after the crop.  I put a Photoshop filter on it to make it look----cooler.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

DLP Challenge--Trace a Hand

This week's challenge was to trace a hand. So this is my hand with lots of calligraphic "hands" on it. FYI--different styles of calligraphy are called "hands" not fonts.  Only computers have fonts.
This journal is really getting chunky and I want it to make it till the end--which is drawing close!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving and Black Friday Sale!

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Thank you all and have a blessed Thanksgiving!!!

Sunday, November 23, 2014


This week for the Documented Life Project journal the challenge was to show gratefulness in a creative way.  I think this is week 47 or maybe 48? Just a few more and the year will be completed. You should see my chunky journal. I will take a picture of it when the weeks are finished.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Week 47--Add a Map!

Yes, these are very special places indeed. I absolutely love Jacksonville but you can never take the "Georgia" out of the girl!  
This week was a fun one and I got it in just in time!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Just look at the beautiful arrangement Zach and Brooke give me for my birthday! So beautiful I had to paint them---because when they're gone---there gone.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Week 46 of Documented Life Project--Add Fabric

Oh man, did I ever have fabric just itching to be used. This is Ranger ink sprays on this canvas fabric which is so fun to do. Then I used my Sailor Fountain Pen with just regular ink to write the quote.
This was a fun one!!  I love painting fabric!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Add a "Tab"

This is very literal!  I added a tab to my DPL book. Actually I added three tabs.  I enjoy using these Chunky Versal Letters.  Always fun!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Add some leaves! Week 44 of Documented Life Project

I really love Autumn although we don't have much of a change of leaves down here in Jacksonville. But the stifling weather eases off and it is a wonderful time of the year.  I guess it takes me back to football games every Friday night and fun school things. I loved that time of my life---but I would never go back. Life is good now too!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Quickie Watercolor from my Imagination

I have been watching Charles Reid's watercolors and I am fascinated at how wonderful his watercolors are. His techniques are quite different. I'm going to practice his style. I need to be doing some leaves for DLP before the week is up and I get behind!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

DLP Week Sketch what's right in front of you

 The journal is getting so chunky and yummy. I am determined to make it through to completion at the end of the year. I wonder if the book will even hold that much more. I thought I should do a close-up because the whole book is getting harder to photograph with the pages not laying flat.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Friday, October 3, 2014


I have been enjoying all the classes in Sketchbook Skool in fact the third semester starts today! I don't sketch as much as I should but when I do I enjoy it.  Right now I am just trying to sketch what it right in front of me. I drew Bucky as he was lounging on the porch and
here is the one I did the other day while I was waiting at the Audi service department.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DLP Week 40---Three colors I don't use together--Journal Page

Well usually in it strongest tints I don't use these colors together but when I paint I am sure that I do use variations of these colors. As I wrote on the bottom, I was going to use mauve, tan and mint green but I just couldn't stand to look at them!!

I edited out the dots because it was getting too busy. If you say the Facebook page you can see the dots.
I need to just be ok with a little white space!

Monday, September 22, 2014

DLP-Week 39--And some splatter and drips

This week was a fun one because I decided that I would really go for it and put some Italic lettering as well as some pointed pen lettering.  Since I taught my Italic class the past Thursday and Friday I was feeling confident to just write it on the page.
Fun challenge!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Documented Life Project--week 38

This week's challenge was to use a feather on your page. I couldn't find a feather but one of my hand carved leaf stamps did the trick for this challenge. I just kept hearing that song in my head, "Shake your Tail Feather."  So hence the two boogie birds shaking their tail feathers.

As as you can see the book is getting very chunky !


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