While going through a drawer in my work table the other day, I found a file folder full of some card makings that I designed in the 1980s or early 1990s. These were done when “country decor” was the hottest trend. These card fronts I had made were definitely “country” and a quilted fabric heart was attached to the outlined heart on each one. I don’t believe in throwing things away, so I began to redesign some of them to use on card fronts today. The lettering on these were all calligraphy done by me. On some I have left the calligraphy, and on others, I have typed in the sentiments. The colored hearts are drawn on watercolor paper and then colored to make them look like a quilted heart. I will use some of the original drawings along with the revamped ones. I think these will still look good today. Thanks for stopping by.
Several months ago, my brother David, was in Hawaii and had some wonderful photos on his blog.(Community of the Holy Fire). One picture in particular caught my attention, and I decided I wanted to paint that scene.
This is my painting of that scene which I finished last week:
Enjoy! Thanks for stopping by today.
Strathmore Paper Company is sponsoring a card making contest. The rules are to use a Strathmore Card as the base, and use any medium. I am submitting these two for consideration. For the first one, I drew the outline of the leaves on the watercolor paper (140 lb.) Then watercolored, using the negative painting technique, and outlined the leaves with brown Sakuro Micron pen.
On the second one, I stamped the bough on white card stock near the top. Then stamped the ornament once on green, blue, lavender cardstock. The images were cut and layered to make a 3-D ornament. Embellished with a Sparkle pen, and colored the hanger with gold pen. Glued to bough with tiny gold cord bow. This was layered with the 3 colors of cardstock to the Strathmore card. This iswhat it looked like. The stamps were from Outlines Rubber Stamp Company, which is no longer in business.
This is a nationwide contest, and there will be entries from professional as well as amateur artists, so the competition is pretty awesome. Wish me luck. Cash prizes are $500. $250 and $100, plus $50 worth of Strathmore supplies. I will know how I cam out in a couple of weeks.
Thanks for stopping by, and see you soon.
I’ve been neglecting my card making recently, so have decided it was time to do some cards to show you.
i recently came across a blog that I really liked. It was by Joanne Fink www.zenspirations.com. I really liked her style, and thought I remembered having a book by her. There in my stash of Zentangle books was “Zenspirations – Letters & Patterning.” I began doodling and practicing some of her techniques. Here are three cards I came up with using her style
I really enjoyed drawing and coloring in this style, so I will probably show you some more later. OR you may receive one of these in the mail. I drew and colored the original, scanned and printed copies for the cards. (I can make them any size) They are so versatile and could be used for any occasion. I liked these so much I ordered another of Joanne’s books. Can’t wait to see it and learn more about her techniques.
Thanks for dropping in today. See you again soon.
One of the highlights of my week is Monday afternoon when my daughter, Carol, and I attend a mixed media painting group at the Pittsboro Senior Center. This is a “mixed” group, from all walks of life who enjoy sharing with each other our various works of art. At the beginning of each session, we have a “show and tell” where we share the projects we are working on, or have completed the previous week. It is nice to get the critiques from all the members of the group. The medium for the majority of the group is watercolor, but some do graphite drawings, pastel chalk drawings, pen and ink, acrylic, etc. For the next two weeks, we will have one of our local artists come and demonstrate different painting methods. Her name is Shannon Bueker, and she is well-known in the area for both watercolor and acrylic paintings. If you would like to see some of her work, click on Not Now Kato on the right under blogs I follow. It will take you to her blog and website. Here are a few photos taken last Monday.
The picture at the beginning of the post is of Christine de Graffenriedt, Carol Newnam and “Z” Hazel Le Blanc. Sorry, Several of our “regulars” were absent from the photos. Will try to get a photo of Shannon on Monday. Thanks for coming by.