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
Labels: art journal. handmade book, sketchbooks
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
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 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.
Labels: art journal, documented life project, oil painting, tuscany
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!
Labels: art journal, calligraphy, documented life project
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
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!
Labels: art journal, documented life project
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
This was a fun one!! I love painting fabric!
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Add a "Tab"
Labels: chunky versals, documented life project
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Add some leaves! Week 44 of Documented Life Project
Labels: autumn, calligraphy, documented life project, fun lettering, leaves
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Quickie Watercolor from my Imagination
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!
Labels: flowers, fruit, still life, watercolor
Sunday, October 19, 2014
DLP Week Sketch what's right in front of you
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Labels: art journal, calligraphy, documented life project, lettering, sketch
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
I need to just be ok with a little white space!
Labels: art journal, colors, documented life project, journal page
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.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Documented Life Project--week 38
As as you can see the book is getting very chunky !
Labels: art journal, chunky versals, dancing birds, documented life project, illustrations of birds, lettering, tail feathers
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Week 37--Use a White Pen
Friday, September 5, 2014
Black and White Week--36 of DLP
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Smaller Lino Rugs
Here are two more Linoleum hand painted rugs. They are 371/2 x231/2. Just right for under a kitchen sink or bathroom sink. One is for the sweet lady, Sandy, at the Floor Club here in Jacksonville for going out into the hot wearhouse in the back of the store to get me a very large piece of vinyl flooring---for free. But we had just bought flooring for a bedroom so I guess we kinda paid for it. But one is for her for doing that, the other one with the butterflies was a paint over of the yellow Indian one that got damaged. Too bad cause it was a pretty one.
Materials used: scrap vinyl flooring, Benjamin Moore Dry Sage paint,
Annie Sloan Old White, Annie Sloan Lacquer.
Labels: linoleum hand painted rugs
Monday, August 25, 2014
Week 35--Add a Face!
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Labels: drawing, Sketchbook Skool, still life
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Week 34-DLP--Put numbers on it!
and write out this verse. This is an Italic variation that's fun to do. My Documented Life Project art journal is getting very chunky. And you know how I love chunky!
Monday, August 18, 2014
That first cup really is a good one isn't it? I am really trying to draw little quick sketches of things around me everyday. It's amazing how much resistance I get just trying to sit down and do this. Sketchbook Skool was very inspiring and just like painting it takes just one simple thing...
practice---and lots of it!
Labels: art journal, coffee cup, drawing, Sketchbook Skool, sketching
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Comfort Zone page
Ok well actually my plan was to sketch in my journal today. I have just completed two semesters of Sketchbook Skool with some of the most talented journal sketchers in the world. I have enjoyed watching them so much and have said to myself everyday---OK, today's the day I will go out and sketch in my journal. Everyday, I have a very good excuse---mostly that it's just too darn hot. But I did draw the Mod Podge on my desk but then got carried away with lettering. I also was going to do my Documented Life Page with the underpapers and haven't gotten to that yet either. I was doing pretty good and was on a roll then we went on vacation and all went ca-poof!
(Is that a word?-- ca-poof)
So this is my comfort zone---lettering.
And if any of you are wondering--- and I am just so sure you all are waiting with bated breath to know this...---I am still oil painting but not posting them. Some are pretty good and I feel like I'm making progress then one comes along that stinks so bad I have to send it down the
refuse chute as I say, "Good riddance, stinker! Burn baby burn!"
Labels: art journal, art journal pages, calligraphy, doodling, lettering
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Lino Rug #2--Indian Design
One of the most fun things for me to do is to stencil things. I think that the "pounding" motion of stenciling must be therapeutic. Plus something pretty always comes of it---well most of the time anyway. This is a 22x34 inch linoleum (vinyl) scrap for about $5 painted with some Annie Sloan Old White Chalk paint, some leftover yellow and my new Indian design stencils. It came is 5 stencils to a pack and was pretty tricky to get everything lined up. The sample on the outside of the stencil package showed it painted in black and white and it was really stunning. Maybe I will try that next time. This one will go in the guest bath since it matches the paint and wall paper.
I use Gripcoat Ultra on the back and they never slide and don't harm any floors. I had to so some digging to find that out. And also I use Annie Sloan Lacquer on the painted side.
Had fun making this one.
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Week 31 Documented Life Project---Add a Pocket
I am one week late this week. My sweet hubby had to go in for a heart oblation and this held me up for a few days. Thankfully so far so good and no Afib! So these are my blessings for this week--in a pocket of course. I did some spraying with my Adirondack Color sprays which I LOVE and used my Neuland alphabet stamps that I carved--which I also love to use. And sewed on the pocket.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Week 30 for Documented Life project
This week was "Make a Smash Book" page. Well, I had heard of a smash book but I have never made one. But actually I had kinda made one years ago but called it something else. So I had to go and Google Smash book to fine out what it was. Actually mine is not really right. I didn't have any labels or receipts that were interesting looking. So this is what emerged. Whether it right or not it was fun
to make. I am waiting for them to say it's Collage Week! Then I will be sitting pretty!
Have they already said that one???
Labels: art journal, calligraphy, documented life project, lettering, smash book
Monday, July 14, 2014
Week 29--Make a Wish List
This was a fun week so I put my top wished for this week and next wee too. Actually Chauncey and his A-fib procedure actually goes first but Zach and their booth at NAMM in Nashville this week is hight up there too!
Friday, July 11, 2014
Got the Rug Bug
After painting Zach's large red and blue rug (see previous post) and wanted to try another one. This remnant was from Lowes for about $20 for two pieces that were 4x6. I used Benjamin Moore Dry Sage left over paint for the base color. I got the large all over stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. I used Annie Sloan Paint for the stenciling and used her big brush to stencil. The next step will be to lacquer it and it is suppose to be completely scuff proof!
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Week 28 of Documented Life Project
Labels: art journal, calligraphy, documented life project
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Week 27 of DLP and a rug!
Last night at 11:00 after painting this rug all day I got the bug to do my DLP page. I was going to let this week slip but I got some extra energy last night.
I do love to do puzzles but couldn't find any pictures of them and I must admit I have never done a Sudoku puzzle. I think it might involve math---or numbers? Maybe that's why this severely left-brain challenged girl has never done one. Or maybe I am missing out on something fun!
But I did enjoy painting this linoleum rug. It was hard work! It's for my son, Zach's, booth at Summer Namm in Nashville coming up in about a week or so. They are putting up a small booth and will sell their beautiful Peruvian guitar straps and other guitar accessories. The rug has the colors in the Original Fuzz Logo.
It's 5'x6' which is the size of their small booth.
Wish them luck!!!
I had so much fun painting this rug I think I will paint some more smaller ones. I have plenty of stencils. I painted on the back of the linoleum remnant. Cost about $20 dollars. I did have to do some extensive research as to how to do this. I hope it will be durable. It has lots of coats of polyurethane. Should hold up.
Labels: art journal, calligraphy, color, documented life project, puzzles
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
I love to write Scripture so this was a fun week for me.
I do have many scriptures that I love but this is one of my favorites.
I did this with CalligraFUN letters with different colors of
Pitt brush markers by Faber-Castell.
Monday, June 16, 2014
"Delightful" Hearts--Week 25 of DLP
Documented Life Project's" challenge was to put hearts on our page I was excited to write out this Scripture. I used cold press watercolor paper so sometimes my lines are rather squiggly but actually that's the point of this lettering style. Watercolor hearts are always fun!
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Labels: art journal, calligraphy, documented life project, hearts, pointed pen lettering, watercolor
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Week 24 of Documented Life Project
Also, don't forget my SUMMER SALE on all my online classes !!!!
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Week 23 of Documented Life Project
Don't forget the SUMMER SALE!!
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Sunday, June 1, 2014
June Summer Sale!
All classes are on sale starting today for the whole
month of June! My prices on my classes are already really low
so now is the time to stock up.
so now is the time to stock up.
You can check out the classes on the right side of my blog--just scroll down to see them all--and you can go here to purchase.
Thank you all!!
Labels: art journal classes, calligraphy classes, Online classes, painting pears, painting poppies, sale, watercolor classes
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Week 22 of Documented Life Project
Labels: calligraphy, documented life project, houses, Scripture
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Week 21 of the Documented Life Project
This week's challenge was to stitch something on our journal page and I LOVE to stitch on paper with my sewing machine so this one was really fun. Just all sorts of fun stuff going on---stenciling, stamps calligraphy, CalligraFun and of course---stitches!
Better not be color blind to see this page!
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