Friday, April 10, 2015

Where I Create, There I am True - Mixed Media Heart on Canvas

This is my newest painting in the, 'Hearts and Flowers' series I'm working on.

I was inspired by, 'Take the Challenge with Mou'

My April prompt for you is CREATIVITY. How are you creative, your favorite creativity quote, is creativity your life style or just a hobby... whatever it means to you, create a project around the idea of creativity. 

I have been wanting to illustrate this quote for some time and this was just the push I needed.

All the shading and details were done with Stamper's Big Brush pens (especially the white one) over acrylics on  canvas. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Mixed-Media French Press Cozy

My husband's coffee kept getting cold so I made a cozy for our French Press. It's a great way to use up smaller pieces of painted fabric.  It's quilted and the closure is made from a large button and a (new) fabric covered hair elastic.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Easter Week

Easter is my favorite holiday... by quite a bit; and I thought I'd share some of what we've been up to.

I made this cake:

Neon food coloring is AWESOME! So vibrant and doesn't muck up the taste. Yum!

And then there was peeps on a stick:

I made a lot of them to share with my lady friends.

And we shopped for baskets:

The next day I surprised the kiddos with anticipation jars... sort of like a preview of Easter baskets to come. They are my teeny jam jars with little bunnies and edible grass.

 I made a girlfriend an Easter bouquet filled with treats:

And this morning we started our day with bunny buns:

Next time I'm going to make a large one, like a babka using orange challah with bittersweet chocolate and cinnamon filling. But not much compares to watching your big teens rolling out ropes of dough to make their bunnies. My boys are good sports. 

There are still several more days of treats and surprises ahead and that's not taking into account Easter dinner. HOORAY!

What do you do for Easter?

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Just like our eyes, our hearts have a way of adjusting to the dark

Just like our eyes, our hearts have a way of adjusting to the dark

Deep 12x12 canvas

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Moody Urban Flower Painting

I really love exploring different color schemes to figure out what adds excitement and energy to a piece and what makes a mess of things. 

With my last flower being so light and bright, it seemed fun to bounce off in the other direction and make something moodier; a little bit more urban. 


Add purples, white and stamping

Block out flower shape

Darken background and start outlines

Add stencils, paint and doodling.

Have a terrific day :)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Flowers and Rainbows

I think this might be the most spring-colored thing I've ever painted. By a wide margin.

But instead of freaking myself out entirely, I popped in a bunch of neon, a bit of yellow and made rainbow. Which might be my favorite color.

Here's my steps:

Base Layer:

2nd Layer:

Blocking out the flower:

Add in some neon pink... dots and details

Finish off with more paint and some stenciling.

Thanks for visiting :)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Butterfly Tag with Hand Carved Stamp

Playing along with the March 12 Tags of 2015 by Tim Holtz and I got to use a stamp I just carved this week.

I was on the fence about making it (I'm so busy right now with art deadlines I wasn't sure I could spare the time) but then I saw Corrie's absolutely gorgeous version of the tag and I couldn't resist.

Have a great weekend!