Thursday, May 30, 2024

Sunflower - Keep Your Face

I was with my Crafty Dozen gals today and my pen and colored pencils wouldn't stop... this is 1 of what I created...
size: 5.5w" x 6.5"h
On Genoa Bond calligraphy paper drew the half sunflower image and then I said it needed some words...Using a Juice Up pen in Weaver style writing. I love this hand but you need room... Colored with Posca pencils and blended with a Lyra Splendor Blender..

words: Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows it's what the sunflowers do. Helen Keller

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Gelli Print Weave - We Sleep


I had a bunch of left over strips from gelli prints and decided to weave them.
size: 10.5w" x 8"h
Gelli prints done on Columbia Mills LBS End Paper then adhere to 65# cardstock. Text written with a brown Juice Up pen.

words: We sleep, but the loom of life never stops, and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up in the morning. Henry Ward Beecher

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Leeloo Ruling Pen - Maybe


I love my Dreaming Dogs Ruling pens but don't get around to using them very often.I should rectify that...

size: 7w" x 5"h
On Black Black paper using a Dreaming Dog Leeloo ruling pen and Gansai Tambi gold paint. Added a white colored pencil highlight. And lots of spatter...

Monday, May 27, 2024

Scribbled Lives 2023 Bound



I'm on a roll and now 2023 for Scribbled Lives is bound... 14 pages plus covers - That's it till 2024 year end...

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Scribbled Lives 2022 Bound


I'm on a roll and now 2022 for Scribbled Lives is bound... 16 pages plus covers

Size: 8.5"w x 11" h x 1.5" thk
I mounted the artwork onto an unknown brand cardstock that feels like 120# or heavier white cardstock. Didn't even know I had this stuff... hidden behind some other things. sigh!! There are quite a few that I only have images for since they were 3 dimensional. Covers are the same white cardstock. Punched 3 holes using my large Crop-A-Dile and used a brown 4ply waxed linen thread in an altered Slip Knot binding. Added home made beads from eons ago - I think FIMO, as well as some paper beads.

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Scribbled Lives wk 21 - Cow Girls - Good Girls


Scribbled Lives Wk 21 - Cow Girls
size: 7" sq
On Canson Mixed Media paper wrote out some words (Madagascar - Fontstruct.com) and a basic monoline for the rest using a Juice Up pen.

Painted the interiors with a very diluted mix of Jacques Herbin inks (Emeraude de Chivor and Cornaline d'Egypte) both have some metallic mixture in them... more so the Cornaline and very little in the Emeraude - sigh. Not very happy with these inks and they weren't cheap... The metallic did not show up at all.

words: Good girls are made of sugar and spice cowgirls are made of whiskey on ice.

Friday, May 24, 2024

ECS Env Exchange May 2024 - Betty Locke


Another month of envelopes...

Env: Created a stencil from 2 layers of 110# Staples cardstock and embossed into the Elephant Hide paper. Added a shadow line with a Posca light brown colored pencil. Address done with Juice Up pen.

The gem card was made with some artwork I created a while back... layered onto several colors of cardstock/papers 

Thursday, May 23, 2024

ECS - Envelope Exchange May 2024 - Geri Arkell


Env: On Genoa Bond calligraphy paper stamped the hand made Notebook rubber stamp page inked with Distress Oxide pads and misted with water. Lettering in Wes Wilson style lettering using a Zig Writer for the outlines and Mattehop pens to color.

Card was made with some artwork I created a while back... (stencils and I think Distress pads). I added the "Hello My Friend and adhered to a cream toned card base.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Dogwood Card - Hello My Friend

I took a ZOOM class with Pat Blair - Wedge Brush florals (May 16 & 17th) and this is something I created the 2nd day. I decided to turn it into a card.
size: 5'w x 7"h
On Fabriano 1264 WC paper painted the floral image. Added the text with a Juice Up pen

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

WC Cherry Blossoms


I took a ZOOM class with Pat Blair - Wedge Brush florals (May 16 & 17th) and this is something I created the 1st day.
size: 7"w x 5"h
On Fabriano 1264 WC paper painted the floral image. Added the text with a pointed nib and Sumi ink.
words: a rose is a rose is a rose or maybe it's a cherry blossom.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Scribbled Lives 2021 - Bound


I finally got around to binding all the artwork I did in 2021 for Scribbled Lives... 17 pages plus covers (8.5"x 11")

Size: 8.5"w x 11" h x 1" thk
I mounted most of the artwork onto 65# off-white/cream toned cardstock, there were quite a few that I only had images for since they were either sold or 3 dimensional. Covers are made from a double layer glued together of the cream cardstock. Punched 3 holes using my large Crop-A-Dile. Used a dark blue and a turquoise 4ply waxed linen thread in an altered Slip Knot binding and then added various hand made paper beads.  

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Scribbled Lives- Wk 20 - Word Play - Natterschmoozing

Well it's another week's challenge done. Not one of my favorite challenges... but I love the word... I only had to write it out 3 times before I got all the spelling right. ROFL

Size: 8.5"w x 5.5"h
On a geli print done on Columbia Mills LBS End paper wrote out the word in a made up alphabet using a Speedball Elegant Writer 1.3mm pen. The definition done with a Juice Up pen. 

Saturday, May 18, 2024

WC Eucalyptus

Not sure when I created this... I think about a year ago... but it's been sitting in my Fabriano WC pad. I finally scanned it...
size 9"h x 6"w
On Fabriano 1264 WC paper drew out the design with a blue ZIG Writer, then painted the background watercolors. Added the title with a black Zig Writer in a Tadelus Wastowicz Type Design style

Friday, May 17, 2024

Neuland Thanks - Dry Embossing


I find dry embossing very hard to get the results I want... it never comes out as pronounced as I would like. I'll keep trying. I guess I should try on art paper instead of regular cardstock... but thanks Sue Greenseth for a wonderful Neuland and embossing class.

Created my embossing template from regular cardstock. adhered a piece of thin paper like tracing paper to the good side, adhering drop out pieces like in the "A" and gluing down the pointy contours to prevent them from deteriorating while embossing.

On blue Recollections cardstock embossed the word "thanks" then using a cotton ball applied Pan Pastels all over. Rubbed a clean cotton ball to remove the pastels from the high points then adhered to a card base. 

I turned them into cards...

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Doodle - Square - Imagine


Again something I saw in my Pinterest feed that inpsired me...
Size: 4.25"sq
On Genoa Bond Calligraphy paper using a Zig Writer, Juice up pen, Speedball Elegant Writer 1.3mm and Posca colored pencils.

words: Imagine 

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Misc Doodle & Dandelion FLuff


I must admit my Pinterest feed email had some good stuff in it...

The group image is approx 4"sq

On Genoa Bond Calligraphy paper using a Zig Writer, Juice up pen and Posca colored pencils.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Scribbled Lives 2020 - Bound


I finally got around to binding all the artwork I did in 2020 for Scribbled Lives.. (25 pages + covers)

Monday, May 13, 2024

Doodle - Floral - Sweet Dreams


Again something I saw in my Pinterest feed...
Size: 4.5"sq
On Genoa Bond Calligraphy paper using a Zig Writer and a Juice up pen created my circle/border/dangly elements. Colored with Posca colored pencils.
words: Sweet Dreams

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Doodling - Citrus - What Do U Like


I saw these doodles that looked like fruit slices in my Pinterest feed...
Size: 4.5"w x 4"h
On Genoa Bond Calligraphy paper using a Zig Writer and a Juice up pen created my citrus elements. Some coloring with Posca colored pencils. Text in an art Nouveau style.
words: What do U like?
Limes - Lemons or oranges - or all citrus?

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Scribbled Lives 2024 - Wk 19 - Brush Play - Pentel Brush Color Chart

I spied one of my color brush pens in my stash... and then went searching for the rest of them...

Since I was in a quandary of what to use/do for this week's challenge I went with creating a sampler. I notice I had put a sticker on one of them from 2015, and that was for the refill. Yup - I've had these pens for a loooong time and they still work. WOW. 

As per my database of art supplies, I started buying them in 2006 and I seem to be missing 7 colors from this chart... I'll have to search for them. I'm missing purple, yellow orange, pale orange, green, blue, steel blue, brown,

Friday, May 10, 2024

BVCG June Galleria - My Boots On


This was the 1st piece I created for our next galleria "Under the Western Sky" which is the theme for Stampede this year. Definitely not happy with my cowboy lettering. Not clean enough... Hence the other piece I uploaded yesterday which was cleaner and I liked a whole lot better...

size: 6"w x 4"h
I used another rubber stamp I created of just a plain border, inked with various colors of Distress Oxide pads, misted with water and stamped onto Canson Mixed Media paper (I think...). A ZIG calligraphy pen which I couldn't get the clean lines like with a broad edge nib... Highlighted with a white Juice Up pen.
words:
I may not have much but I still have my boots on.

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Embossed - Wild West


Our next galleria will be "Under the Western Sky" which is the theme for Stampede this year. This was my 2nd piece for the theme... but didn't like the 1st one too much... I really like this one though... and my embossing finally worked the way I had envisioned...
size: 8" sq
On black Full Spectrum Color Line I embossed my "WILD WEST" words using various sizes of embossing tools. Highlighted it with a white Juice Up pen. and wrote the rest of the text with a gold Juice Up pen.
PS: I cut my stencil from 2 pieces of 110# Staples cardstock glued together. I really massaged the paper with the largest embossing ball I had to soften for stretching it... but it worked...

words:
In the heart of the Wild West I found my soul.

Truer words couldn't be said for me...

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

BVCG Env Exchange - Leslie Cropper - May 2024

May's BVCG envelope exchange.I played with Art Nouveau lettering. Love this style... Colored pencil shading. The card was made during one of the summer workshop weeks - loose watercolor florals.


Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Env & BD Card - Harriet


Since I've been taking an Art Nouveau class with Violet Smythe recently, I thought I'd continue using it for the envelope and quote...
Envelope on Columbia Mills LBS End paper using Zig Writer for the name and Posca colored pencils for the flowers.
The floral image on the card was done in 2020 and I finally attached it to a card base... Also added the quote using a Juice Up pen.
words: We can complain because roses have thorns or rejoice because thorns have roses. Alphonse Karr

Monday, May 6, 2024

Slip Knot Booklet - Creative Ponderosities

A good friend sent me another batch of interesting questions...
Size closed: 5.25"w x 6"h x .5"thk

I have since altered the technique of the basic Slip Knot Binding by binding from the back page to the center page and from the front page to to the center, then tying the ends together. Much neater.
I used a cream toned Value Pack cardstock. Turquoise 4ply waxed linen Irish thread.
For the decorative part of the pages and front title I used a hand carved notebook rubber stamp and various combos of Distress pads misted with water on Genoa Bond calligraphy paper.
I LOVE this stamp I carved... it's approx 4"w x 6"h with 1/2"h row height.

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Celtic Key Pattern - C - Coffe


Size: 4.5"w x 5"h
On Canson Pro Layout paper drew out my 1st pattern then copied it multiple times...

Colored the background with a dark brown Koi watercolor brush pen. The cream colored letters with Prisma colored pencil. It almost looks like the dark brown section says "cup"... but it's really just in-between 4 "C's"

Text with a Faber Castell Pitt calligraphy brown broad edge pen pen and the corner of the pen for the rest of the text.

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Celtic Key Pattern - NZN - Comfort Zone


This time only used a ruler to create my design...

Size: 5"sq
On Genoa Bond calligraphy paper drew out my 1"squares, drew in the "Z" and then the 2 "N's" using a Faber Castell Pitt artist calligraphy pen (1/10"). Added design element to distinguish each letter (white dots, dashes and gold mini squares). Colored with Posca colored pencils. Outlined the borders with a red Zig Writer. Text written in a kind of monoline/Art Nouveau style.
words: create a NEW comfort ZONE NOW

Friday, May 3, 2024

Scribbled Lives Wk 18 - Word Chain - Calligraphy Words


Felt like using a monoline style from an exemplars from Julie Wildman

Size: 5.5"w x 5.25"h
On Canson Pro Layout marker paper using a Juice Up pen in Monoline variation. Added some flowers, leaves and alphabet border colored with Posca colored pencils. Square dots with a Mattehop gel pen.

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Celtic Key Pattern - O - Okay

For this one I went straight to designing

Size: 4"w x 5"h
On Canson Pro Marker paper created my O-Emerald design border using a Faber Castell calligrapy broad edge C pen (1/10"), colored with Posca colored pencils.
Lettering with a Juice Up pen
words: Okay

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Celtic Key Pattern - T - Lift Off


Size: 6"sq
On Canson Pro Marker paper created my design border, colored with Prismacolor broad edge markers.
Lettering with a Juice Up pen
words: T minus zero
and we have lift off.

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

ECS Env Exchange - Cecilia Traverse


Env: geli print on Columbia Mills LBS End Paper & lettering in a funky Art Nouveau style.

Card was made with the off cut and text with a white Gelly Roll pen