Monday, March 18, 2013

My First Whimsy Girl Canvas

Hello Bloggers,

Today I have the day off from work, just a random day that I wanted to devote to art, and was able to finish up my first Whimsy Girl Canvas.  As mentioned in a previous post, I signed up for a workshop and have been playing ever since.  I had such a blast and am planning on using the technique I learned and make some Whimsy Girl boxes for my nieces.  The workshop is still open for enrollment, so check it out.  You won't be disappointed.

I call her "Bee Girl".  She's on  a 6x6 canvas.  The workshop teaches you how to draw the girls, color them and apply them to either a canvas or journal page.

This first canvas is for me, so the sentiment is quite meaningful.

I used both copic markers (skin, hairband and eyes) and acrylics (hair, lips and tunic) to color her up and used some gorgeous papers for the collage on the background.

Side of the canvas; love all of the glitter and sparkle.

She's temporarily hanging in my kitchen right now.  I have to find a better spot!

This is a journal page that I completed last week with of the very first girls I drew and colored.  This one was colored entirely with copic markers.  I wasn't entirely happy with the results, which explains the meaning behind the sentiment.  Practice, practice, practice!!

Check out the YouTube video below for more info about the workshop!  Toodles for now...

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Whimsy Girls Workshop

Hello Bloggers,

Just a quick post to share a link to a wonderful workshop that I'm currently taking.  If you'd like to learn to draw, color and incorporate these adorable girls in your projects, then this is the class for you.  I'll be sure to post my soon.  Have a great weekend!

Link to video

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Blizzard of 2013

Hello Bloggers,

I thought I would share a few pictures from the last few days and how we're dealing with snow removal.  In our town, we had 33 inches and as you can probably guess, it's quite the feat to move it all.  I hope everyone is safe and warm...  Have a great weekend.

My husband trying out the new snow blower Friday afternoon.

It always has to be a Honda.  LOL.

It sure was cold and the snow hit you like little knives.

Zoe trying to find a place to do her business.

Rocco was a bit more adventurous, though he is a bit bigger than Zoe. 

Check our Rocco's head by the tree.  He found a spot that wasn't quite as snow covered.

Rocco heading back.  He loves the snow!

The neighbor across the street trying to get plowed out.  The plow got stuck and they returned with another truck only to get that one stuck too.  I think both were damaged as the driveway still isn't plowed.

Barry clearing out the area under our deck.

Making his way up the driveway to get to the walkway.  We're still waiting for our driveway to be plowed.  Our guy may need to bring his back hoe to get ours cleaned.  The snow at the end of driveway now is about 4 feet deep due to the municipal plows.

Finally, the walkway is all clear.  It took almost 2 hours and that was with 2 of us.  I had to take some of the snow off the top with a shovel and Barry followed behind with the snow blower.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Final TP Container Project and All Wrapped Up!

Hello Bloggers,

Tonight I thought I would share the final TP Valentine container and also how I wrapped them all up for gift-giving.  I followed the same process as I did with the other two I made and posted a few weeks ago, but colored up a different image, one that had remained uncolored until now, and used some long forgotten Valentine's papers that I had in my stash.  It felt good to finally use all of these beautiful ribbons, laces, bling and flowers that I just had to have, but once I got them, I never used.

This sweet, little cutie is another Tiddly Ink image; Wryn-Close to my Heart.

I colored her up with my copic markers and cut her out with one of my Spellbinder dies.

I pulled out my Tim Holtz stamps for the Happy Valentine's ticket and popped it on a memo pin.

I filled it up with some Hershey's Kisses.

This is how I bagged them up.  I used some cello bag from my stash and made a toppers out of designer paper.  I punched couple of holes with my hole punch and threaded some tulle through them and tied a big bow.  How cute!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Valentine's TP Container

Hello Bloggers,

I'm back tonight, after a long hiatus, to share a couple of Valentine's projects that I just completed.  I was perusing YouTube the other day and watched a great tutorial on how to make these cute little candy/gift containers using empty toilet paper rolls.  I thought these would make cute little gifts to send to my nieces for Valentine's Day!  I have tons of empty rolls that I had saved a couple of years ago for some tp minis that I wanted to do.  Well, as usual, my plans fell through, so this was the perfect project to use some of them up.

I also decided to use these projects as an opportunity to use items from my stash that have to this point, remained unused.  I was very pleased to be able to use some trims and lace for the first time ever.

Keeping with the same theme with using what I already had in my stash, I decided to use this darling image from Tiddly Inks.  

Here you can see all of the trims and lace I used.  I dyed the hangers on both with my Distress Stains.  The colors matched the papers perfectly.

I made my own sentiment using a heart punch and some Glossy Accents.

Of course, I colored up the images with my copic markers.  The paper I used to cover the tp rolls were older paper stacks from My Minds Eye (Lost and Found-Blush) and Fancy Pants (Love Story)

I lined the insides with some remnants from old bridesmaid dresses that I've had in my closet for years.  I really did use everything in my stash. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Fairy Tag

Hello Bloggers,

I hope you all are enjoying your weekend.  It's a beautiful, warm, Fall day here in the Northeast and a wonderful reprieve from all of the foul weather that has plagued the region over the last few weeks.  It will definitely help with the recovery efforts that are still taking place.  My thoughts and prayers to all of those that are still suffering...

Today's share is yet again, another tag.  I just can't seem to get enough of them lately.  I was inspired by a wonderful, young artist, R. Maria Sabina (aka Lollyrot) who is a new addition to the Tiddly Ink design team.  When I saw her tag, I fell in love with and just happened that I already had both digi images.

The image is one of my faves, Wryn.  The suitcases are a freebie and I've had both for quite a while.  I did use the suitcases in another project, but Fairy Wryn was patiently waiting to be colored up.

I followed a tutorial using sprays, stamps and an iron for the background.  Here's a link to the tutorial; check it out, it's wonderful! 

I'm happy to say, that I also was able to use a couple of items in my stash, that I just had to have, but haven't used yet.  One, is the the banner punch form Epiphany Crafts.  I like being able to make my out embellishments.  The other is a die from Cheery Lynn Designs that I used to cut the vine out of vellum.

I'll be entering this tag over at Tiddly Inks in their latest challenge.  My inspiration was the color palette.  

Mixed Media Projects

Hello Bloggers,

Just a quickie post to share my most recent mixed media projects.  I have to say, that art journaling is quite addictive and I'm thoroughly enjoying trying all the different techniques I've viewed over the last few years.  

My first attempt at drawing.  On at least 2 occasions, I thought of throwing it out, but I remembered what Tim Holtz always says:  "Embrace Imperfection" and this is one of the reasons why I started the journal to begin with.  Not everything is perfect and especially art.  I thought it would be an appropriate title.  I used my colored pencils and acrylic paint and followed multiple tutorials from YouTube.  She does though kinda look like Paul Stanley from KISS.  LOL

This is a fun, whimsical page that was just, well FUN!  Can't wait to do more.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend.  I have tomorrow off, so hope to spend some of it my studio after my "chores"...

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