Last weekend we for my husband's family Christmas, we rented a house in Branson, MO. It...was...awesome! No one had to clean their house...it was so huge that the kids could be else where in the house and the adults could actually converse without interruption. (GASP! LOL)
While I was doing family time, I totally forgot to share my ornament on the Graphic 45 blog!
I can't believe I just said that! Haha! But...I couldn't help it!
Today, I want to share with you a new drawing. I had seen a few videos on You Tube where they used Watercolor Crayons and I found a small set at Hobby Lobby, so I decided to give them a try...and I LOVE THEM! I'm not the greatest with regular watercolor because I like more control. I feel like I can get that from the crayons.
Here's my foxy lady!!
I was singing at both services at church yesterday, so I made a little graphite sketch while we were hanging between services.
I thought she would be a lot of fun to test out my new watercolor crayons with!
In progress...I'm not sure the best way to use the crayons, so I just started with coloring in my fox like I was just using regular crayons. I then used a slightly damp paintbrush and blended like you would regular watercolors. The watercolor crayons came with a paintbrush, but to me it seemed to fluffy so I used a smaller square brush (I will test the fluffier brush out and let you know how I like it!)
Once I was done I added some black outlines using my Faber-Castell Black PITT pens. (Sorry for the bad picture! Lol)
I have been practicing my sketching and drawing lately, so I can't wait to share more!!
Hello All! I wanted to drop by and show you an acrylic piece I just finished.
She is a brown-eyed-purple-haired beauty that I am so proud of. I just recently started playing with faces and moving beyond papercrafting, so there are times I just sit down and play. And like all art...have a learning experience. There are things I like about this piece and there are things that next time I will do differently. I'm not going to say "I don't like them." Because it's all about the EXPERIENCE of trying to things and finding your style.
So go out there and LEARN hands on...sometimes you'll learn what you like...and sometimes...you'll learn what you don't.
I hope you are doing amazingly well and digging out all your warm fuzzy sweaters and boots!
Later this week I will be posting my monthly UPDATE of what has been going on in the studio (as well as some sneaky peeks of what's to come!), but today I wanted to share with you a new little venture I have started.
I don't talk a lot about my faith, but for those of you who might not know, I am totally, 100% a Christian. And as a Christian, when things happen in my life, I do my best (bc that's all God asks from me..my best...not perfection!) to do things according to the Bible, which I believe to be truth and a guiding light in my life.
So...I decided to start a blog called "The Grace Journal" and it's a place of me just being open and honest about my life...the good parts and the bad parts. I want it to be a place of hope and healing for those who might have gone through some of the same things I have and maybe a place of encouragement when things aren't so great.
You can find it here:
Today...I am talking about being a Blame Thief.
Here's a little pic I made with the Rhonna Farrer app to go along with it.
My rug is made from a piece of paper that was fringed. How perfect?!
Behind my dress is a collage of vintage inspired wall decor. Like my other wall, my frames are made from blank necklace bezels. That beautiful cameo was found at an antique market (it's a reproduction though) and my key is from Graphic 45.
I LOVE my little scene! My shoes are compliments of my neighbors little girls and their huge Barbie collection! LOL
To finish my project, I wanted to make my cover reminiscent of a wedding bouquet.
I used Petaloo Flowers, Prima Marketing Flowers and flowers from The Paper Studio and Michaels. I added bits of lace and a G45 Key Hole.
So there you go! I hope you enjoyed my "little" project! I hope it inspires you to try something new!
I haven't been blogging as much as I would like too...I'm going to try to pick it up. :)
Lately..life has been a little rough. There are a lot of outside circumstances that are weighing on my heart, but they aren't things that can be easily fixed and my personality...I'm a fix-it person. I can't stand having to stand back and watch people I love hurting.
So...i decided to pour some of those feelings into an art journal spread.
Sound familiar to your situation?
I have a huge love for vintage music, particularly vintage hymnals, so I started looking through an old one I have and was just reading the lyrics, looking for comfort. I came across the hymn "Blessed Assurance" and the lyrics jumped off the page.
Here is where they led me....
I used acrylic paint and Heidi Swapp Color Shine and stencil to make my background. Then I layered pieces of my hymn and allowed it to speak to me. I highlighted lines that stood out to me with a stabilo pencil.
I used white gesso with a Crafter's Workshop stencil. I love this shape but once I was done, I realized it kind of looked like teeth (weird thought, I know), but then I took a closer look at the left page...
I realized that the starburst from my Heidi Swapp stencil seems to BURST through the "teeth"...which fits perfect with the hymn title "Blessed Assurance."
As a Christian, it's because of the Assurnace in Christ that we can break through and be triumphant no matter what the situation.
Here is a closeup of a few other of my favorite places.
I hope today has not only inspired you creatively, but has empowered you to take hope that no matter what the situation, you have an Assurance of victory in Christ.
Until next time...xoxo.
PS. I made the quote pic using Rhonna Farrer's app, layered over a pic I took and edited with PicFX.
Today, I want to share with you a super fun layout I recently did, using some techniques that I have never used in scrapbooking.
I wanted to do something a little different from my normal scrap style, so I decided to try my hand at doing something more mixed media. Trust me...it was DEFINETLY out of my comfort zone. I tend to like to find fun paper and let it do the talking for me. BUT..instead I chose to tell the paper what it should be saying.
Here's what I came up with:
To show you my process, I made you this Snapguide!
Many of you know that I have a total heart for an organization called Saving Grace, which is a home that houses and helps girls between the ages of 18-early 20s who have aged out of foster care, are homeless or have a living situation that is unhealthy.
Last year I was asked to come to their mentor/mentee retreat and do a project with the ladies. We did crowns and dress because the them was "What Not to Wear."
This year I am so honored to be asked back again. This year, the theme is "Fight Like a Girl" and I was asked to design a paper mache dress form.
Here is what I came up with:
I was able to use this piece on a mixed media website that I was asked to do a guest post for.
As an artist in this business, it is so easy to get so caught up in "assignments" that you never create just for yourself.
Last week, I felt that tug in my creative spirit. I thought...when was the last time I sat down and created with out an agenda? An honestly...the answer was close to 5 months.
So, I decided to change that.
I pulled out this old canvas that I had played with last year, but never finished. It had mod podged newspaper covered in Tattered Angels spray ink, with a green glittered fleur-de-lie kind of shape in the corner. Ya...I had no idea where I was going when I started this one! LOL.
I've been wanting to work more on my painting skills, so I decided to use this project for some fun experimenting on my painting style. I just played....
This is what I came up with:
She's not done yet, but I love her. I plan on adding a quote and some other fun elements, but even if I never finish it or it takes me another year, it's still a symbol of what I can do and reminder to do it more often..just for the fun of it.
So there you go...a quick little update on what has been going on in my studio.
I promise, now that school is back in session, I WILL be more faithful to blogging. :) or atleast I'll try.
Until next time friends, remember to make your art an intentional part of your life and not an after thought.
P,S. Did I mention my YouTube Channel "The Creative Life Studios?" I've got a lot in the works for it!
P.S.S. Did I mention I am taking a "Belts Bracelets" class from Christy Tomlinson? Ya...super excited. More on that later. :)
Layers of Life is a monthly subscription where you get a beautiful stamp set delivered to your door every month for only $11.99 (including shipping!) I have never been disappointed when I open my little envelope!
Here was July's Set:
I loved it so much that I sat down and made this mixed media piece the DAY I got it!
I made a Snap Guide to take you step-by-step through the entire process!
Today, I am so excited to be participating in a blog hop with my fellow Graphic 45 team members and the amazing designers at Scrapbook Adhesives.
Today, I want to share with you a mixed media art journal piece I made using Graphic 45's new An Eerie Tale and great adhesives from Scrapbook Adhesives.
Here is what I came up with for you!
I do have to tell you a funny story about this piece...last month I was on a long road trip with my family and I decided I wanted to challenge myself to CREATE in my CAR. yes...this was all created confined in the passenger seat of my sequoia on the way to the beach.
I took pictures along the way and made you this Snapguide when I got home: