Sunday, November 16, 2014

November Sketches

Here are some of my recent sketches in my Moleskine sketchbook.
Using Pen and ink, gouache and rubber stamps.
These pictures aren't as vibrant as the actual ones.....could have used some photo editing.
But at least you get the point. I hope you get some creative time too.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Black & White with Gouache On Top

I adore my Moleskine sketchbook and here is another adventure in my current one.
Start with black stamping, stenciling and doodling. The butterfly was a cut out of clip art.
My favorite paint. #GouacheLove
The whole page covered now wait for it to dry.
Next an encounter with my trusty waterbrush, can I just say.....I've had this one for about 12 years. It truly is a remarkable tool.
Waterbrush used in various places and then a tissue to soak up and remove the paint.

The lovely tissue in the aftermath....I seriously considered collaging with them but then I got control of myself.
Add some colorful paint accents.
Black and white scribbling.......
Now the Instagram picture.  Which you can follow me here...thank you very much...

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you were inspired.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Happy Halloween 2014

 I know it IS  November 2, but here it is anyway.
My ghost stamps carved and ready to make some spooky impressions.
I sketched out some different guys to see who was to be carved.
This first ghoul seemed a bit scarier in the drawing on the right. But....that's how he came to life for me.

Then I decided to carve two more smaller yet different ones, 
the one in the center-top disturbs me a bit, not sure why. 
Well, okay one more small random little rascal ghost. 
Next they were stamped on watercolor paper, masking fluid on top of them. Painted and stamped background......

Then I added some orange hues and white accents to these ghosts.

This painting below, the ghosts stayed white and the sky didn't get stamped. 
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you are still enjoying the haunts of this  Halloween weekend.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Visual Diaries Sustain My Creativity

Summer has gone and as I reflect on my creative accomplishments in past season I reluctantly admit I didn't complete what I had hoped. But I did indeed keep moving and had many entries in my art journals. I believe that is the most important thing is to keep going, keep making art.
It doesn't matter how profound or inconsequential your artistic
effort is....because it all contributes to your creative growth.
Sometimes I have a specific expression I set out with when I open to a blank page. Other times I just want to connect with my creative self. Yes, there are times too when I am simply bored and entice myself with a new pen, paint color or newly carved stamp. Here is a collection of varied pages in a few different journals.
I almost exclusively use gouache for my paint of choice.
I don't see many mixed media artist using it but I have fallen in love 
with it. I anticipate to share more about the various and wonderful 
uses of gouache here in the future.

The page below was created because I had some left over 
acrylic paint from a project I did for my home.  I had an old faded door
mat that I brought back to life with paint. Of course instead of throwing
out the left over paint on the went right onto some pages.

Here I blurred out my words in Photoshop, (for privacy) and then this page
had some paint bleed through from another page...but I don't care.
As much as I adore using my own hand carved stamps I have been trying to do more doodle and illustration work. Recently I purchased Jenny Doh's book
Craft-a-Doodle and was inspired to try several of the doodle exercises from contributing artists
like Cori Dantini, Dawn Sokol, Carla Sonheim and 15 talented others.

I think I tried to copy too much without finding my own voice in the illustrations. 
Unquestionably, the doodling skill takes practice, as with everything we attempt in
the process of making art. I will continue to play the techniques in the this book and would 
certainly recommend it if you are interested in learning some fun and basic 
doodle illustration methods.
It is so much more rewarding to explore and develop your own artistic voice. Take what other talented and respected artists offer and make it your own.
As Jenny states in the book these "exercises are designed to infuse your creativity with
playfulness and exploration".
So I reverted back to my own expression and of course my stamps make their appearance on
the page, as they always do.
Here I explored the mixed media style of Flora Bowley, but unlike her 
I used gouache instead of acrylic which creates a different 
result throughout the process. This will take some more experimenting.
As I do that in the future I will share with you my efforts.

So, there you have a glimpse into my creative explorations lately. 
Thanks so much for stopping by I hope you too are inspired to keep the flow
of your creativity going. 

By the way, I hate to admit moments of boredom because as I tell my children "intelligent people are never bored". They won't read this so it doesn't matter. After all, I did use my 'intelligence' to cure my 'boredom' with art. ;) 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Art Journal Page With My Stamps

Well, I actually filmed this with dialogue but that turned into 
some rambling that I decided to spare you from.
You can check out my stamps available here.
Thanks for watching.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Newly Carved Stamp

I just finished an impromptu random stamp carving of a primitive flower.

#stamping on #gouache in my Moleskine. 

Instant satisfaction. I hope you are all having a great day. I certainly am...#LoveStamping

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Robins Egg Blue and Peony Wedding Notes

 It seems like all year long is Bridal season. If you are a Bride to be than I am positive you are in the planning stages all year long, or if you are getting married in a few months then you are in super planning mode. Here I show two stylishly simple card sets that you could make to add to your suite of paper needs. 
These could be used by the bride for Thank you notes, special messages or gift enclosures.
Or you could stamp out a set of these A2 size with stamped envelopes (of course... I always stamp envelopes), tie them up with pretty ribbon and give as a handmade gift to your Bridal party.
Above, I used VersaMagic Spring Peony chalk ink and below I used Colorbox Robins Egg pigment ink. 
But in order to create your own set of these sweet card designs, you will definitely need my sheet of rubber stamps. Available in my Etsy shop.
See it here.
Okay, so your not a future Bride, well than please feel free to share (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest) with anyone you know who is. Or you could make my day by just clicking the  Favorite heart in my shop. 
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Summer's End

Here we are at the end of summer. Yes, rhymes with bummer, however there is still much left to enjoy. Like sunshine, creative time, real flowers and stamping flowers.
My hand carved posey stamp here is stamped on watercolor paper using markers.
 I can't even bare to waste a partially inked stamp so I make another impression. After the first impression I stamped a second one in my sketchbook. I do enjoy the feel of this faded or muted look. 

Grab some extra time for yourself these last days of Summer and create something that makes you happy.
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