Sunday, May 22, 2022

Durwood Duck

 This is a painting, I did at the request of my husband Sandy Brooke. Before it was even finished he named him Durwood and he loves it! This is from a tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art.

I used Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes on Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper.

Since Sandy loved it so much, I will have to look for another version, maybe for Father's Day!


Wednesday, May 18, 2022

That's Entertainment an Art Journal Page

 The plan was to use my feather stencil and use a picture on Pinterest as a reference, but it didn't work out. So I made some changes and added a few stickers I had in my stash. It's painted with acrylics.

I'm very happy with how it turned out and that I finally got to use those great stickers in my stash!


Sunday, May 15, 2022

Parrot Line and Wash

 Here's my Parrot Line and Wash from a tutorial by Paul Clark. It was fun and an opportunity to experiment with wet-in-wet. You had to put down the color quickly and in doing so I lost a bit of the yellow.

This bird is painted on Canson 140 lb. watercolor paper, using Winsor Newton Cotman tubes. The Bombay black India Ink was applied first  with a dip pen. Salt and a white chalk pencil enhanced the painting.


Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Tinkerbell in Mixed Media


I'd like to introduce you to Tinkerbelle a Mixed Media painting from a tutorial by Tamara Laporte.

I used Jane Davenport watercolors on Canson 140 lb. cold press paper. The other supplies I used included a bit of white acrylic paint, Caran d'ache water-soluble crayons, Posca Pens and Micron Pens.

I really enjoyed working on this painting of Tinkerbell!


Sunday, May 8, 2022

Dream in Color

 These pages were inspired by a tutorial by Erin Duncan, who demonstrated using Caran D'ache Neo Color II water soluble crayons.

Since I really enjoy working with these crayons, when I saw this tutorial, I couldn't wait to get my art journal out to give it a try.


1) Cover the two page spread with watered down white gesso and let dry.

2) Cut out floral prints and adhere them front and back using acrylic matte medium.

3) Draw girl with long flowing hair.

4) Color around items on pages with the crayon slightly touching colors.

5) Sponge brush the page with water activating the colors and let dry.

6) Use crayons to color girl and activate them, let dry.

7) Additional colors to background and some white gesso. Let dry.

8) Fill in details of the girl using Posca Pens.


Friday, May 6, 2022

What Makes Me Happy, an Art Journal Page


This opening page in my new Art Journal was inspired by artist Jesse Peterson.

Here are my steps:

1) Spread watered down gesso on the page and let dry.

2) Water down 3 colors of acrylic paint.

3) Paint the colors across the page in 3 stripes and let dry.

4) Pick my photo, print it and cut around it.

5) Adhere the photo to center bottom of painted stripes.

6) Use Posca Pens to decorate around photo with dots.

7) Use Micron Pen to write things that make me happy around my photo.

I love this page as the opening to my new Art Journal and look forward to more ideas to do in this great book!


Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Wild Beautiful and Free


This is the inside cover of my my Dylusions Creative Journal. I picked out two photos of my granddaughter wearing a sundress, which I designed. 

Here are my steps:

1) Paint watered down gesso on the page and let dry.

2) Print saying found on Pinterest and use a scallop die to cut it out on my Cuddlebug Machine.

3) Paint the page using three watered down colors of acrylic paint and let dry.

4) Cut around the two baby pictures and adhere them and the saying in place.

My husband Sandy suggested the theme of this page and I love it!



Sunday, May 1, 2022

Tiger in Watercolor


This Tiger is from a tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art. It makes a nice addition to my watercolor painting wild animal collection. I transferred the available outline to my Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper using a light pad.

I used Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes to paint this Tiger.