Sunday, May 26, 2024

Retro Beach Bliss


I am a recent random winner at the Classic Design Challenge. My prize was to choose three digital stamps from The Paper Shelter collection. One of my choices was "Retro Beach Bliss," which, as soon as I saw this adorable beach baby, I had to have!

I printed the digital stamp on X-press It Blending Card and colored her with Copic Markers. I layered the coloring a blue mat and adhered it to a white card. 

I added three small flowers to the lower left corner of the card.

 I had fun coloring and planning this cute card.


Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Baby Mermaid in Her Bubble Bed


The current unit in the drawing club at Awesome Art School is mermaids. This Baby Mermaid in Her Bubble Bed is a mixed media piece.

I followed Karen through several videos going step by step, beginning with drawing this mermaid on Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper and tracing a lot of circles from a template.

I followed her shading the figure in pencil with a paper stump and then added a bit of Jane Davenport watercolors.

I used my new Kingart Pearlescent Watercolors (Mother's Day Gift) for the bed of bubbles. I put additional shading around the mermaid with a Blackwing Pencil and a paper stump.

This piece was done in a lengthy process and I enjoyed doing it!


Sunday, May 19, 2024

Mushroom Zentangle

 After working on several of Karen Campbell's Zentangles and seeing her latest Youtube Video, I looked for ideas on Pinterest and found so many. Hu Art Drawing provides several step by step videos showing his progress. This Mushroom Zentangle was inspired by his work.

I enjoyed working on my Zentangle for two days  in my Strathmore Toned Tan Sketch book using Micron Pens and Molotow Blackliners.

I'll plan to make more of these in the future, they are so much fun!


Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Calamity Jane

 This Speakeasy Girl renamed Calamity Jane is from a bonus tutorial by Karen Campbell at Awesome Art School. This is the second time I worked on this tutorial. I wanted to have her in my Strathmore Toned Tan Sketchbook.

It started out just fine using my Faber-Castell brush Pitt Pens. But then I went off track and gave her face several additional highlights! Nothing I tried got rid of them.

Desperate to save this lovely girl, I resorted to paint! Paint is a no no on this type of paper! I have a Jane Davenport Matchmaker Acrylic paint set, that lets you customize skin colors. I mixed some skin tones trying to cover the white areas, with a limited amount of water. It helped a bit. Now she even has dark eye shadow.

The brush pens didn't work as well as I expected, so I painted her chest and shoulders also. I used Molotow pens for the black outline and the flower in her hair was done with the new Sharpie Creative Markers. I enhanced the shadow areas with Prismacolor pencils.

I'm very happy that I didn't give up on this lovely girl!


Monday, May 13, 2024

Confetti Owl


This mixed media owl was inspired by a tutorial from Tamara Laporte. I copied the line drawing using my Graphgear 1000 Pentel mechanical pencil onto Fabriano 140 lb. hot press watercolor paper. I began following Tamara as she brings her colorful owl into the light. Eventually, began to put my own ideas into this owl drawing. I used Jane Davenport watercolors, a Posca Pen and Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleed Proof White.

I loved working on this bird and enhancing it with additional lines and color.


Sunday, May 12, 2024

Winnie Sunshine Card

 I haven't worked with digital stamps and made greeting cards in awhile. A friend recently gifted me a coupon for Polkadoodles Stamps, so I picked a cute digital stamp. Her name is Winnie Sunshine Delights and she was a delight to color with my Copic Markers. I printed her on X-press It Blending Card.

I found some nice size rubber stamp letters and printed Hi at the bottom right of the image.

I made a white card from my stash of white card stock and adhered a blue sheet on top. I layered the sheet with the colored image adhered to the blue sheet.

This was a pleasant change, maybe I'll do more of these!


Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Evangeline Hall Graphite Sketch


I love that I am a member of Karen Campbell's Awesome Art School. I get to choose what I want to draw in the Fun Fab Drawing Club. I chose that club, wanting to improve my drawing skills. I do love the projects that come out of the other two clubs, but my focus is on drawing or sketching.

This graphite sketch of Evangeline Hall, a Mature Woman was made easy by following the step by step Karen has provided. It was fun to draw this lovely lady on Mi-Teintes Drawing Paper (Canson). I used my Graphgear 1000 Pentel Mechanical Pencil and a Blackwing Pear Pencil.


Sunday, May 5, 2024

Cruella in Copic Marker


I'm happy to introduce Cruella. She's from an outstanding step by step tutorial by Karen Campbell for Awesome Art School. This was a bonus lesson for members of the Fun Fab Drawing Club. There is a fun mixed media tutorial for all, but I chose to do this Speakeasy Girl (cross over lesson) in Copic Markers on Bristol paper.

I followed Karen using a Graphicgear 1000 Pentel Mechanical pencil and covered those pencil lines with Molotow Blackliner Pens. I put the white highlights in with Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleed Proof White. Cruella has silver trim on her dress and in the flower in her hair done with a Posca pen.

I love how Cruella came out, but I was so sorry she was unhappy! So to give her a more cheerful outlook, I turned the two ends of her mouth line up!

Karen Campbell thanks so much for this bonus tutorial, I love it!