An afternoon on Grandma's South Porch
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Friday, December 26, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
We are invited to my Brother in-laws house for Dinner tomorrow. I decided that I wanted to make a new beaded necklace to wear to dinner. I shopped my stash of paper beads to make this necklace. I made the beads from cereal boxes. I had the Bee pendent, and seed beads in my stash also. I don't remember where I bought the Bee, but I remember thinking at the time that it was a Great Find. I really like that way that my necklace turned out. I used 24 paper beads, and 75 seed beads.
Monday, December 22, 2014
I bought a package of alphabet index cards at a thrift store for 25 cents. I have made them into a small Art Journal for 2015. Each card is 4' x 6". If I do a 2 page spread I can do a 8" x 6" journal page. I put the pages onto 1 1/2" rings so that the pages can be taken out while I work on the pages. When the journal is open the pages lay flat. I have made the front cover and I am looking forward to 2015 so that I can start working in this journal.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
I made myself another paper bead necklace. I used a cereal box to make the paper beads. I bought the cereal because the box was mostly an olive green color. I used 26 paper beads and 83 seed beads to make this necklace. I made the pendent using Graphic 45 paper. The Couture collection. I recycle almost every cereal box that comes into our house. I use the boxes to make covers for journals, paper beads, and mixed media tags.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
Pen & Ink with Watercolor.
When I finished this painting I decided to put a quote on the page.
I used a stencil for the letters.
While writing the word, (doesn't ) I made a mistake with the letter E.
I almost cried because this is a Pen and Ink page. I tried to correct the E by going over it with more ink, that did not work. I was upset of course because I have just ruined my whole painting. Then I tried correcting the letter E with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, and it did the trick. You can still see on the painting where I had the problem, but it was way better then it was. You have to be sooooo careful when you put Ink on your page.
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Friday, December 5, 2014
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Friday, November 28, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Pen & Ink Old Door with a watercolor wash.
Photo reference - Cheryl Nielson
She titled the photo An old door, taken on the Island of Murano, Italy.
To paint the bricks I took a piece of plastic wrap and crinkled it up into a ball.
Then painted the bricks with the ball of plastic wrap.
Friday, November 14, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
I don't paint or draw trucks. This is my very first truck. It is a rusty old truck sitting on an old farm. I don't even ride in trucks very often. My husband owns a small truck, he just uses it to haul stuff, to the dump. So it is kind of weird that I would draw and paint a truck. This is a pen & ink drawing, with a watercolor wash.
When I saw the photo of this truck, I just had to draw it. The photo reference for this truck was taken by Joseph Honings, He titled the photo An old truck on an old farm.
Monday, November 10, 2014
Friday, November 7, 2014
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
This painting is Pen & Ink with a watercolor wash. The reference photo for this painting was taken by Max Hemingway. He named the photo Secret Door. While painting this drawing with the watercolor wash, I wanted to make the bricks look more realistic, so my husband swept our driveway for me to get a bit of sand. While the wash on the bricks was still wet, I sprinkled sand over the brick area. I think that the sand did make a difference, and helped the bricks look a bit more realistic. I am happy with this painting.
The inspiration for this altered glass bottle came from Mixed Media Artist Ilene Barrette McInnes. To cover my glass bottle I used torn book pages, a potion of the cover of the book, embroidery floss, 2 paper beads, 2 seed beads, & Mod Podge Antique Matt. I really like the way that my altered glass bottle turned out. :)
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
I have wanted to paint a window all summer. Just a window. Not just any old window. I wanted a window with character. Everywhere we went this summer I looked, and looked for the perfect window. I could not find one that I really liked and wanted to paint. Then I found a web site called Paint my Photo, and that is where I found the window that I wanted to paint. The reference photo for this Pen, Ink, & watercolor wash, painting was taken by Ruth Archer. She named the photo, Seem Better Days. I fell in LOVE with the photo and just had to paint it!