Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Abstract Doodle - Hello My Friend

I was doodling one of the designs I love to use. Love these abstract shapes... and decided to make it into a card.

Size: 5"w x 7"h
On Genoa Bond calligraphy paper created my abstract design blocks using a Juice Up pen, colored with Prisma Colored pencils. Doodle in some of the blocks. and wrote out the words "Hello My Friend" in others. Trimmed down and layered to  yellow cardstock then onto my blue card base.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

In & Out Holes - Hello My Friend

Checking out Instgram stuff again and came across the in and out design which I love doing so created the card with it.Size: 5"w x 7"h

On Canson Pro Marker paper created my inter-woven rope design using a Juice Up pen. Wrote out the words "Hello My Friend" with the Juice Up pen and colored with Prisma Colored pencils. On a dark green card base adhered strips of my geli print and then the artwork.

Monday, February 19, 2024

ECS Envelope Exchange - Feb 2024 - Arlene Bowles

Env: Columbia Mills LBS End paper. I'm taking a 3 day class with Amity Parks "Write On" Les Wilson style lettering so thought I'd practice...using Derwent Inktense w/c pencils and a Sharpie pen for the black areas. Hearts colored with Prisma colored pencils

I created the Celtic knot pattern for a group I belong to and thought I'd create a card with it.

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Doodle Bubbles & String

I was playing with the gals again and this emerged... I love drawing bubbles and circles...
size: 6"sq
On Genoa Bond calligraphy paper using a Juice Up pen, drawing circles with my circle template then adding the interwoven lines. Colored with Prisma colored pencils.

Don't ask me about the words... I guess it was a play on Shakespeare's "Double Double...")

Words: Bubble Bubble Toil and Trouble.

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Wk 7 - Emboridery - Love Is The Thread

I used to do a lot of embroidery, crewel, needlepoint and knitting more that 25 years ago... When I moved to Calgary, I seemed to stop all my textile art forms...

Size: 7.5"sq
On misc very very heavy cardstock penciled in my words and then embroidered them using variegated thread (pinkish and a reddish) in a beaded long stitch, adding  rosebuds (French Knot) and  the Woven Wheel "O". Text with a red ZIG marker and hearts outlined with a stitch pattern and shaded with a Stabilo pastel pencil and Q-tip.

words: Love is the thread that binds us

Friday, February 16, 2024

ECS Envelope Exchange - Feb 2024 - Barbara Keir

Env: Columbia Mills LBS End paper. I'm taking a 3 day class with Amity Parks "Write On" Les Wilson style lettering so thought I'd practice... Colored with Derwent Inktense w/c pencils and a wet paint brush, then inked the  black areas with a Zig Writer.

Card: created while playing

Thursday, February 15, 2024

BVCG Env Exchange 2024 - Annette Wichman - Feb

On Columbia Mills End Paper. Juice Up pen in Vyaz style writing, hearts in colored pencils.

Went in a Celtic direction for the card using gold paint and text in Neo Orient Type lettering. 

words: You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. Dr. Seuss

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Env Adrienne Waller Feb 2024

Since I goofed reading the list of mailing exchange names I made a 2nd envelope for Adrienne...
I went in  a Celtic direction for her envelope. Since it's Valentine month added hearts... The card was made during one of the Workshop onLine classes I took.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Wes Wilson - If It's Not Your

This was our final day and while Amity was demoing... I was creating...

size: 5"sq
On Bee Super Deluxe paper drew my circle and painted inside with 3 waves of color blending where they overlapped. Then painted around the circle with Winsor Blue (red). Drew my Wes Wilson inner text in a spiral layout and painted the negative areas with a ZIG Writer and Sharpie... Wrote the outer text with a pointed nib and Bleed Proof white ink.
Since this style is hard to read for many people, I wrote it in monoline around the circle... I shortened the quote by not using the words "if it' in the 3rd sentence and "if you"in the last sentence.

words: If it's not yours, don't take it. If it's not right, don't do it. Not true, don't say it. Don't know, shut up. Japanese wisdom 

Monday, February 12, 2024

Mini Lettering Classes with Nadia

I signed up for 8 days of some playful mini lettering classes with Nadia Munarolo-Kurjata. This is from day 3 & 4. My day 1 was ugh!!! and day 2 was OK but didn't get around to scanning it yet

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Celtic - What Fills The Eye

I saw this kind of design and really liked it...
size: 7"sq
On Canson Mixed Media paper drew out the knot design, inked with Zig Writer and painted with Derwent Inktense w/c pencils and a wet brush.

Text written with a Speedball 2.5mm Elegant Writer in an Uncial style.

words: What fills the eye fills the heart.

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Amity Parks - Write One - Wes Wilson Style

I'm taking a 3 day class with Amity Parks, playing with Wes Wilson style writing. This is what I created in Day 1... It's a funky style - hard to read but right up my alley.

Friday, February 9, 2024

Wk 6 - Wes Wilson - Alphabet Border - If Plan "A"

I'm taking a class with Amity Parks and thought I'd practice what I'm learning...
Size: 7"sq
On Canson Mixed Media paper using an Orbis Circle Scissor drew out my large outer circle, then created the wavy line. Painted the interior of the lettering band with Derwent Inktense w/c pencils and a wet paintbrush. Inked the black areas with a Zig Writer.
Inner text with a Juice Up pen.

words: If plan "A" doesn't work the alphabet has 25 more letters, 204 if you're in Japan. Claire Cook

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Double Accordion Booklet - Socrates

I came across this structure while looking for something else... I was intrigued...

YouTube by Camille Riner (

I used Columbia Mills LBS End Paper for both accordions, one of them with a geli print, the other I wrote a quote using a 2.0 calligraphy marker pen.

Covers made from a very heavy weight white cardstock - I think 165# covered with the same geli print and tied with narrow/narrow ribbon.

Words: Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. Socrates 

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Celtic Knot Alphabet - Slip Knot Booklet

I can't believe I've finally finished my Celtic Knot Alphabet challenge.. and it's all glued in on the pages and bound... it took exactly 4 months...

I used a Slip Knot Single page binding technique which I love.

Instructional video HERE by Sea Lemon

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Celtic - Z - Gilded

And finally the last letter of the alphabet. Now to finish adhering everything in the booklet I made for it...

I decided to gild the negative areas rather than the letter itself.

Size: 4.5"w x 5"h
On red cardstock outlined my Celtic letter with a Zig black pen. Applied Gerry Tresser gold size and gilded with C. Roberson 23K Red Gold Leaf. Added a couple of gold rhinestones.

PS the pic was taken at an angle to show the gold. Sorry the bottom of the letter turned silver in the pic...

Monday, February 5, 2024

Celtic -X

Only 1 letter left to do...

Size: 4.5"sq
On Recollections Purple cardstock using silver Uniball gel pen for the outline, Black Edition pink colored pencil for the shading.

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Celtic W - Doodled

Thought I'd do my last 3 letters on colored cardstock... And Kelly Barone challenged us while she's healing, She'd love it if we shared with her some fun things we're working on! And if we can't think of anything fun to share, maybe try out her Zentangle pattern BrrSt! 

You know me can't resist a challenge...

Size: 4.5"w x 5"h
On blue Recollections 65# cardstock outline my "W" using Kuretake Silver Mica ink and a Nikko G nib. Balance of artwork with Metallic and regular Juice Up pens. Colored the centers if knot work and diamonds with Black Edition colored pencil.


Saturday, February 3, 2024

Celtic - V - Gided

Size: 4.25"w x 4.5"h
On Black Black cardstock outlined my Celtic letter using a pointed nib and Bleed Proof white ink. Gilded with Mona Lisa Variegated Leaf using Gerry Tresser gold size.

Friday, February 2, 2024

Scribbled Lives 2024 - Wk 5 - Universe - Albert Einstein

Size: 8"w x 7"h
On Canson Mixed Media paper sprinkled Brush powders (yellow, red & Ost blue). Used a 6.0 Parallel pen for the large word and 3.0 for the smaller letters. Shadowed the large word with a light blue Juice Up pen.

Words: Only two things are infinite the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. Alberta Einstein

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Friends Are The Whipped Cream

I love reading and am going through an Amish series by Beth Wiseman and came across this quote in the book. I thought what a nice saying and so true.
size: 6"sq
On Canson Mixed media sprinkled Brusho powders (Yellow, Scarlet and Ost Blue). Large word with a 6.0 Parallel pen and smaller text with 3.0pen. Shadowed with a Caran d'Ache B pencil and paper stump.

Words: Friends are the whipped cream on the pie of life.

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Collage Letters - Artists Don't Think They

I was at a ZOOM meeting "Calligraphy Italia" introducing Lieve Cornil's Collage Master Class and thought I'd play a bit... I'm NOT into collage... But this just popped into my brain...
size: 6"w x 7.5"h
I have scrap ends of geli printed papers next to me at my desk and just started cutting out letters (while listening to the talk) and then adhered them to this PINK cardstock...

That sentiment is exactly what I do. I don't stress over what or how to do something - it just pops into my head when I hear a word or topic and I put it down as quickly as possible... sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't - c'est la vie

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Polychromo's - Glass Vase

I took this glass vase colored pencil class at  Kensington Art Supply here in Calgary taught by Joel Matthew Warkentin. I really enjoyed it.
I've had a full set box of Polychromo's I bought in 2017 and never used... They're a nice pencil... I just read up on them and they're break-resistant, water-resistant, smudgeproof

Size: 4"w x 5.5"h
On Fabriano Black Black paper using Polychromo colored pencils (white 101, ivory 103, warm grey 270, brown ochre 182). As a final touch added a bit of Bleed Proof white ink using a pointed nib to the strongest highlights.

Monday, January 29, 2024

Pentel Color Brush - Great Ideas

I was at our Guild's play day on Saturday and one of my friends who is a fabulous calligrapher demo'd using a Pentel Color Brush pen. I bought all the colors waaaay back when they 1st came out. I haven't really used them in quite a while even though they're in my cubby holes on my desk...
size: 6.5"w x 8"h
So on Canson Pro Layout Marker paper using a different color for each word, wrote out my thoughts... I heat set the ink since it smudges really easily on this paper...Shadowed with a Caran d'Ache Grafwood 3B pencil and paper stump.
colors: light green, red, orange, pink, turquoise, olive green

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Scribbled Lives 2024 - Wk 4 - Dragon - Year Of The Dragon

Size: 5.5"w x 6"h
On Fabriano 1264 Mixed Media paper drew out the oriental word, painted with Pental red color brush and outlined with Signo Unibal gold gel pen.
Note: Oriental symbol was enlarged from a Canadian postage stamp from a few years back...
Sprinkled Brusho powders (red & yellow) onto paper and text written with a 6.0 Parallel pen and water. Graphite shadowing.

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Meandering Lotus - Funnies

I was in a mood to create another Meandering Lotus booklet...

It's created from 13 x 3" squares of paper.

Friday, January 26, 2024

ECS Jan 2024 Env Exchange - Catherine Harris

ID: Catherine Harris (Jan 2024)
Env: Geli print I created on Columbia Mills End Paper. Fine and medium point Sharpie pen and a funky lettering style I came across.

Card made a while back using stencils

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Illusion - YES

size: 6"w x 8"h
Something I saw on Instagram by mr.indianchitrkar and fabiosa_tips_tricks

He did the word "colors"
On  white cardstock created the artwork, cut around it and adhered to the black cardstock to finish the illusion.. Prisma colored pencils, Zig Writer and Juice Up pen.

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

ECS Jan 2024 Env Exchange - Valerie Louis

ID: Valerie Louis (Jan 2024)
Env: Geli print I created Columbia Mills End Paper. Pointed pen and Sumi ink in an unknown lettering style I came across

Card: created in a Barbara Close recent class. Sponged blocks.

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Celtic U

I went in a very graphic style..
Size: 4.5"w x 5"h
On Fabriano 1264 Mixed Media paper outlined the letter with a Zig Writer. Painted, bended with Derwent Inktense w/c pencils and water. The knot work with Gansai Tambi "Champagne Gold". Graphite shadowing.

Monday, January 22, 2024

Celtic - T

I saw this bird image on line and said to myself it would make a great cross line for a "T"...
Size: 4.5"sq
On black cardstock inked with white Juice Up pen, painted the border with US ArtQuest Mica paint "Copper Pipe". The inner design colored with Black Edition greenish pencils.