By the way, I removed something from the original picture. Can you find it?
Sunday, February 27, 2011
By the way, I removed something from the original picture. Can you find it?
Friday, February 25, 2011
Sketching and painting in the car
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Thursday, February 24, 2011
Little Quilted Pillows
Teesha Moore (she is always is inspiration to me) and her fabric journals. These little pillows are fun to do although it took me several pillows before I got the hang of it. I have done very little hand needle work except for sewing on buttons so I had to get familiar with the needle and thread. I think it will be fun embellishing them with buttons and other charms. Now for the making of the book. Well, that was another story. It was difficult for me to piece the little pillows together but after working all day--yes, all day--I finished the book. I wanted to post it but my camera was out of batteries... argggg. I hate it when that happens. So I will have to wait to post it next time. And speaking of next time...today we are traveling back up to Greenville to stay with baby Marc while his parents attend a wedding in Charleston. We are very excited to see our little guy. He is beginning to say combinations of words...his favorite right now is "no way." Not sure if his mama thinks that one is so cute. It is amazing how they pick up these things. I will try and sketch while I am there so if I get a chance I will post but if not you know that I have my restless hands full!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
On my walk today...
Bucky and I went on our walk today with a mission...to try to sketch something really fast. I have always loved fire hydrants I guess because there was a red one in my front yard when I was growing up and I was always so comforted that it was in MY front yard! I actually felt sorry for the houses that were far away from it. Those were the olden days when we would hear the fire siren and Daddy and I would jump in the car and go try to find it. It was usually a fire because there was not a 911 call back then. And this was a very small town so there was not much excitement.
I put the border on this and then said, "oops, maybe I shouldn't have done that," so I posted it without the border also.
Ok, now for the pansies.
I debated about posting them because I didn't like them at all. Why I didn't paint the background green I don't know-- since that was the color of the actual background. Well, we learn by doing things we don't like so we can correct it the next time. I can go back out there and try again, this time without Bucky pulling me saying, "Come on, let's go!"
I am loving Alisa's class.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Sketches du jour
Here is one more that I did really fast.
Monday, February 21, 2011
This is Grace and she is drawn in my Bible right before 2nd Timothy. If you look closely she has Words from the Bible from the previous page on her face. I had to flip her so it would read correctly. I will paint her at some point for for now I like how she is.
Below is Grace with some Photoshop effects. Kim Klassen has great Photoshop classes and if you aren't real good with Photoshop yet, then this is the place to learn.
Here's one more...
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Yes. I will admit, I am Martha Lever and I am an art-oholic.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Letters Mingle Souls and another Alisa page
I am thinking that maybe one of these days I will paint something on a canvas again but for now the journal is the most fun. I love letters of all kinds and in my journal I am free to explore all kinds of letterforms and not worry about straight lines and consistent angles and line widths. It really doesn't matter in a journal. That's why they are FUN!
These, just like the other page of the art supplies, were drawn quickly with pencil first then with a pen. I tried not to stress about too many of the details and just get the shape and shading. I think that this class might be just the thing to help me sketch without getting that pain in my head that I always get when I draw. No pain in my head! That a good thing!
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Meditate on the Fruit and Alisa Homework
I am finding that going ahead and putting something on the journal pages, whether it is a collage or a word or a border, then I can come back and write something or maybe put more elements. As I said before, I like to finished up a journal page in one sitting but I am ok with working this way also. These are two journal pages that I actually did today. I added the Calligra-Fun letters on the top then I wrote on both of them. This journal is filling up. I love the deckled edges on this journal that I kept from tearing down the Canson Edition papers.
I am really enjoying Alisa's class so far. Last night about 11:45 rather than going to bed I had to try to draw something really quick and add some color like Alisa does. This was one of the many things on my desk in the art closet. I think that this class just might be the thing that unlocks my fear of drawing. Understand her philosophy about drawing and seeing her do it has been extremely helpful for me! I highly recommend this class!!!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
A little bit of drawing...
Alisa, here I go!
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011
I love all colors but purple is my least favorite. I think it might be because it doesn't look good on me when I wear it. Actually, I take that back, a dark eggplant color is good for me but lavender washes me right out and I look sick. What does that have to do with this journal page. I wanted to draw a girl (they are all me really) who actually looked pretty good in purple. So actually, I guess I should say, I look pretty good in purple! She is brushing her flowing red hair back off of her face...something that I have always wanted to do since I have never had long hair since I was---
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Monday, February 14, 2011
Happy Valentines Day
Sunday, February 13, 2011
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Friday, February 11, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Waiting...but not bored...
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
More in the BIG FUN Journal
I really love this big journal with the grid because there is something really fun about it. It really doesn't take watercolor well at all but it's ok with collage and ink pads. The colors are from ink pads which doesn't warp the page but still gives a great color for the background. I think that this one is my favorite journal.
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011
LINES--lines--I love lines
This is certainly a mish mosh journal page that came together by the hardest. I carved the lines and stamped them and decided that they were way too thick. I kept whittling away at the lines and got them as thin as I could with my apparently very dull stamp carving blade. The sunflowers are on tracing paper and I cut them out and pasted them in and painted them. The girl is a collage of a girl that I had in my file and I repainted her face. I really don't know what the heck that border on the left is. Kinda looks like a wayward squid or something. Anyway, all journal pages are certainly an adventure for sure.
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Monday, February 7, 2011
Hello Sunday---on Monday
Actually, that was last Sunday in the journal but day before yesterday "on the counter" at Macaulay's house. We had a wonderful time in Greenville. Now I think that things can calm down at bit here at home. I have finished up the envelopes as you know so I am looking forward to leisurely working in the journal and pushing myself to sketch. For me, sketching is difficult but Alisa Burke says that it gets easier. I want to get to that "gets easier" stage where I can actually enjoy it. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy it, it's just hard.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Fun at Monkey Joe's--no kidding--really!
Here we go...
WEEEEEE...very fast and really fun. I had to do it several times it was so fun.
Going home tomorrow. Always sad to leave.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Happy Is Your Choice
I am heading up to Greenville today so I will probably not be able to post anything so I will be back next week sometimes. See you then!
I have downloaded "In the Company of Others" by Jan Karon, for my 6 hour drive up to Greenville. I just love Father Tim and I am hoping that this one lives up to her Mitford series. I actually thought the last one she wrote was rather boring but I have hight hopes for this one!
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Simplify Your Life
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