This page of daisies was a doodle session for me a few days ago. I should have taken the picture before I started working on the back side of the paper as the wet medium I used warped the picture. That’s journaling for you though. I used a combination of chalks, pastels, and a bit of white acrylic as a undercoating for the flowers. This is just a simple summer page that was a way to unwind as I put my ankle up on fluffy pillows at days end. Today I wood-burned six mini 4×4″ paintings. I have some paint on four of them at the moment. I like to have more than one painting going on at a time to allow for drying time. It’s incredibly boring to watch paint dry and once can only play so much FreeCell between coats. ☺I’m up to my elbows in paint and I need to hit the kitchen and finish off dinner preparation so I’ll say g’day until tomorrow! Short and sweet today! Enjoy your Hump Day evening.
♥ Blissful Blessings ♥
This journal entry was super fun! I had a certain idea in mind when I started to tackle this page but it took a turn of it’s own. This happens quite often actually. I see something and the canvas sees something else. I always put my “head” aside and let what will be … be. This prayer for blissful blessings took on a more peaceful approach that what I was thinking… but then isn’t that what blessings are all about? Her robe is made from a lot of layering. I started by washing the paper with a purple color and layering ripped mulberry paper over it… then I added a lavender paper napkin that I had peeled the layers from and crumpled. I let the mulberry paper fibers hang off the edges and then layered some fun fur that I twisted to the inner edge. I also added some silver leafing and topped her robe off with a rubbing of purple mica powder. She’s amid flowers and fireflies and is peacefully praying in her garden. I LOVE how she turned out. She’s special to me for some reason. Maybe it’s her peaceful praying. Or maybe I love her robe. I truly don’t know why I like her so much. But I find that she makes me smile… a lot! And now….. she’s going to smile too.. because it’s time for Tammy’s Toys!
♥ Tammy’s Toys ♥
This funky pencil sharpener is awesome! His chest opens up to reveal where to insert your pencil.. then after you’ve put a point on your graphite… he’ll walk…. the sharpening winds him up and then he’s ready to march across your desk and do his ditty! NOW.. if I could only train him to pick up paints and brushes on his merry way we’d have the perfect relationship!
I wanted to make a separate post about this wonderful surprise that I got to on Saturday morning when I awoke and checked my email. I had a comment on a blog posting I had made and Veronica replied with a invite to her blog and a gift for me! I was more than delighted. I have been thinking for the past few weeks how I want to add some color to our overly neutral living room. I had a color scheme in mind too! I wanted… blues/greens/ and a just a touch of pale yellow. I was invited by Veronica to pick a painting from her Etsy shop and I found one with the colors I knew would work for me. I have yet to tell the hubs of my plan to alter the “beige/brown” blah that has me incredibly uninspired. So when this painting arrives I’m putting it us ASAP along with some goodies I’ll be buying to do a mini makeover! We all need change to help us grow and to give us a fresh outlook and I want to thank Veronica for helping to aid that change I have been seeking for so long! God Bless you girl! Visit her here and admire her wonderful paintings! Thank you with all my heart Veronica!
♥ Rhythm & Blues ♥
Journal play time again. I’ve seen other monochromatic faces and thought I’d give one a try. It was quite a challenge using all blue for this play day. Blues can beextremely uncomplimentary to each other if not chosen carefully. Next time I think I’ll give green a try. I did enjoy playing with quite a few different mediums here. I used colored pencils, acrylic paints, watercolor pencils, felt markers, rubber stamping inks, pastels, chalks and Ranger Distress crackle paint in “faded jeans.” I bought the crackle paint several months ago and this as my first time using it. It’s super thick! It comes with it’s own paint brush attacked inside the lid but it’s very large, so I took a smaller brush and applied it to see what would happen. I love it. It crackles wonderfully and I love how parts of it falls off. I’m sure if it’s sealed that wouldn’t happen. It’s always fun to try new products and to experiment and find ways of fitting them into your playtime.
Yesterday I spent the better part of the day outside on the deck in the sun varnishing 22 mini paintings – front and back. It was perfect weather for it, the varnish dried quickly and it wasn’t too warm. It was absolutely perfect! I enjoyed a huge icy mug of Diet Pepsi… (an unhealthy weakness of mine.) and got all my paintings done. Now I just need to attach some hangers and put the rest of them up on Etsy and see if I get any nibbles.
What have all of you been making lately? Are you playing in your journals or learning new techniques? Taking classes or maybe giving some? I’d love to hear your comments and see what’s new on your easels or in your journals. Don’t be shy! Happy Sunday everyone and God Bless YOU! ☺
♥ Wilder Combs ♥
This is a gift I made for someone who’s helping in caring for my mom while she recovers from her ankle injury. She’s a neighbor of my parents and owns a hair salon beside her house. The name of the salon is Wilder Combs. Her maiden name was Combs and she married a man with the last name of Wilder. How ironic is that. What a creative name. She’s extremely talented with hair and when I go down to visit my parents next time I’m going to her to have my weeds whacked!☺All that’s left to do to this little painting is to varnish it and add a hanger and mail it off. I’m very pleased with how it turned out and I thoroughly enjoyed adding all the “bling” to this to make it pop. I hope she likes it.
It’s actually hot today…I guess the sun finally got the “it’s summer” memo. We’ve had rain, after rain, after rain…which I’m fine with, but it’s refreshing to see the color blue once in a while when I look out the window. I think I’ll buy some flowers to plant for our deck this weekend. It’s been a dull and colorless winter/spring for me as I’ve spent most of it on the couch with my leg elevated. Dreariness gets amplified when you have to stare at it day in and day out. I guess that’s why I’ve been so busy painting colorful happy girly paintings. Now I’m off to the kitchen to fill a glass with ice and find some juice to toss in it. Happy Sunny Summer Wednesday!