Sunday, March 30, 2014

paper flowers

Can you say "attention to detail" (read: very anal)?

I pulled out my paper and die cut machine and made some mini daisies. I love them! Besides being tiny, they look real. I also made a tiny lady bug to go on the tiny daisy leaf. All this was inspired by the designer of the flower dies, Susan Tierney Cockburn.  She also has a book on paper flowers. I really enjoy paper crafting, attention to detail and small things, so these so appeal to me on many levels. I have no plans for them- most likely they will end up on a card.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

no crafting, more painting

As is my usual way, I am into more painting these days than crafting. I seem to go in a cycle with it. I learned years ago to honor it and go with it. So, for now...there is more to see over at my pastel and painting blog these days. I know it will cycle around again, just don't know when. 

To see my painting blog, please click on the pastels over on the right.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

having difficulty with blogger

lately I can't seem to post on Blogger...not sure why. I've reported it- let's see what happens.

I've posted in my fine art blog - new painting experiments. Have not done any paper crafting lately. Had a huge head cold for 2 weeks and just starting to feel human again...

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

YUPO exeriments with watercolor

I played with yupo paper and watercolors last night and today. First I put down puddles of colors and introduced stencils into the puddles and let them dry over night. Today I painted flowers into areas. This is all experimental for my online class I am taking, The Year of the Fairytale with Carla Sonheim. Great class! 

Monday, February 24, 2014

YUPO journal

In the online course I am currently taking, we will be using YUPO paper for experimentation in our illustrations. I had one huge piece of Yupo that was too large to comfortably handle, so I decided to cut it up and make a journal. It turned out quite nice and I am pleased. The size is 8" x 5" which is the perfect journal size for me. That's the size of my favorite journals and sketch pads. This journal has 11 pages or 22 pages to use.

I look forward to our experiments. I am enjoying this online class- if you love to draw you might consider this course. It's for all levels of artists. 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Watercolor/pastel painting for my "2014 - Year of the Fairy" online course

I am really enjoying this online course taught by Carla Sonheim! If you enjoy fairy tales (and who doesn't?), then you might want to check this out. It's a year long and each month we will be learning about illustration and fairly tales. This first month we are focused on an old Russian folktale, the Princess Frog. We are learning about character development and spot illustrations this month. My mind is busy with images and I am so enjoying playing with my watercolor and pastels. This painting is from a wonderful photo someone from the group posted. It made my head swim with possibilities! I drew the frog and snail pretty much as it was in the photo and the rest is what I imagined. The frog is Vassillisa, she was turned into a frog by a wicked king. She is on her journey now and takes this moment to look back from whence she came...

"From whence she came..."

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Year of the Fairy - online course

I am really enjoying this online course - "2014- the year of the Fairy" taught by talented artist Carla Sonheim.  It's a year long online course about illustration. Each month we will be exploring different fairy tales and illustration. So far I am loving it!  I drew this one night in my sketch book while watching TV.