Monday, April 24, 2023

Queen Ann's Lace Mini Page

 First I am so happy to be back on a DT with Fiona McTiernan at Crafting from the Heart. I will be showing you my mini art journal pages.

I enjoyed painting this floral piece from a tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art. I loved it so much and decided to make one for my mini art journal.

I used Jane Davenport watercolors for the blue and the white is Dr. Ph Martin's Bleed Proof White. I used Finetic Pearlescent Colours for the gold, with less water. The background has touches of salt added when the page was wet.

For added interest, I used a small rubber stamped butterfly on the upper left!

I adhered a sticker from Tim Holtz Idea-ology at the bottom of my design.

I hope you will try this fun piece on your own.

Welcome to the new just for fun challenge, at Crafting from the Heart!


Sunday, April 23, 2023

Road Trip USA


This Camper Van is the third road trip picture in the Drawing the Decades for those wonderful 60s. They were all great fun and brought back so many memories.

Karen Campbell designs the wonderful tutorials, which I am following in her Awesome Art School.

I drew and colored these images using a Pentel Mechanical Pencil, Micron Pens and Copic Markers on X-Press It Blending Card.

I'm really happy with these drawings and look forward to more challenges to my skills.


Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Fun Fab Glamour Face

 This Glamour Face is from a drawing tutorial from Karen Campbell at Awesome Art School. Back in the day when I wanted to draw pretty faces, I used some stencils I collected. I don't need them anymore! I've learned to draw without stencils at Awesome Art School.

I began drawing the face in pencil on X-Press It Blending Card and went over the lines with a Sharpie Marker. I colored the face in with Copic Markers. I used three shades for the face and three shades for the hair, plus assorted markers and pens to finish off the details.

No more stencils for me, I can draw!



Sunday, April 16, 2023

Into the Woods

This piece is from a tutorial by Tony Burt for the Sketchbook Revival online workshop.

I tried this project twice. The first time I copied the artist's demonstration in the yellow and pink. But then I caught the fever of this sketching project and messed around with my husband's old photo. It just happened to be on my computer.

I used Jane Davenport watercolors, a variety of of pens and inks and some Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleed Proof White.

I'm both surprised and happy with the outcome of this piece!


Thursday, April 13, 2023

Orange VW Bug


My VW Bug is a bit wonky, but it is so cute! My sister-law drove an orange VW Bug in 1969-70, when I was dating her brother! I had to make this mine! When we all lived on Long Island in New York State that car was the in car! This was a tutorial at Awesome Art School!

Sunday, April 9, 2023

Gelli Plate Color Collage

 This collage is from a tutorial by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer for a Sketchbook Revival online workshop.

Julie taught using a gelli plate with acrylic paint to create beautiful patterns, using stencils and other design elements, which can be combined into collages.

I used some of my gelli plate prints collection from 2020 to make this piece.

I focused on the color blue and adhered piece of my pages on to a page in my art journal.

I'm really happy with my finished page!


Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Stabilo Sister

 This portrait is from a tutorial by Karen Campbell of the Awesome Art School.

First I sketched a girl in a reference photo using a normal pencil and then I went over the lines using a Stabilo All pencil. I followed that up with a wet paint brush. I found it difficult to control the water and where to put the darks and lights. I used a white Sharpie watercolor marker for the highlights.

Although this portrait looks nothing like the reference photo, I learned a lot and plan to try another!


Sunday, April 2, 2023

Queen Anne's Lace Watercolor

I loved working on this painting so much, that I did it twice, so fun!

This floral piece was painted from a tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art.

I used Winsor Newton Cotman paint tubes for the blue and white is Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleed Proof White. I didn't have gold acrylic paint, but my Finetic Pearlescent Colours have gold, I used with less water. The background has salt that was added when the piece was wet. The paper I used was New York Central hot press 140 lb. watercolor block.

I loved playing with this painting, I might even do another!