Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:11


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Computer Woes

Just when I was getting started my computer goes and crashes on me.  I'm offline line for a while.  We'll try to stop by and visit my favorite blogs when I can.

Hope to be back soon!

Friday, September 23, 2011

FREE 2012 Online Worshop Series - Strathmore

Registration is open for Strathmore's Online Workshop Series.  The best part is that it's FREE.  Yes my friend it's free.  Go register now!


REGISTER

Be blessed!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Stacks of Inspiration

A fun online collaboration hosted by Seth Apter went on today over at The Altered Page.  I wanted to participate, but everyday life took over and I was unable to.  Hop on over here to see the beautiful stacks of inspiration.  Who knew that inspiration could be found in paper stacks?

Forgot to add that Annie over at Bohemannie Art  linked me to this fun challenge!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday Afternoon Sketch

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
Proverbs 25:11

Enjoy your week!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Junk Journal


This is a page inside of one of my junk journals/sketchbooks.  I keep little inspirations in them like pictures, sketches that I've drawn, dada mail, color swatches, etc.

I hope to do a video soon.  I just wanted to post a quick share.

Thanks in advance for looking and leaving a comment.

Enjoy your weekend !




Thursday, September 8, 2011

Unfurl

Gilbert, 2 1/2 x 3 inch, watercolor


This is Gilbert.  He came about because zentangles sounds good in theory, but when you have toddlers running around it's not so good.  I ditched that idea and instead found inspiration from a painting in the children's wing of our local museum. While my children were engaged I hurriedly sketched this guy and colored him when I made it home.  I've seen a couple of art bloggers suggest doing this as a way to get your mojo flowing.

He's so imperfect and it was difficult for me to share, but I think part of the art process of UNFURLING is to share your work too.  So here he is...Gilbert. 

Monday, September 5, 2011

Happy Labor Day!

Orange Beach, Alabama


The last days of summer of here.  I'm looking forward to fall and cool weather.

Enjoy!


Friday, September 2, 2011

Zentangles!

This month's theme over at the sketchbook challenge blog is Unfurl.  So I'm tempted to try zentangles as a way of unfurling my artistic techniques.

Found this cool tutorial here over at Milliande.com. Looking forward to our 3 day weekend so I can give this a try.

In the meantime.  Be blessed!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Handmade Art Journal/Sketchbook -Tutorial Linked

This super easy art journal/sketchbook was made using some old jeans and watercolor paper I cut to size.  I hate to throw anything away so my son's old jeans came in handy. 

I made this book as a travel sketchbook. 

Here's a link to the tutorial.
In September I will feature tutorials on my blog on the first Friday of the month and archive them here for you to check out.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Practice random beauty and senseless acts of love. (Anonymous)









Sunday, August 21, 2011

Art Inspiration

My children's artwork and my guitar always inspire me to make something. A sketch, a card, an altered something.  I even write a ditty or two after being inspired by my children. 

The picture at the bottom far right was done by my 1 year old.  He made the strokes himself.  No help from me.  I'm pretty impressed! 


What are some of your art inspirations? Who inspires you?  And what are you inspired to do?

This will be one of many random Sunday posts.  I will periodically post ideas, thoughts, quotes, whatever is on my mind that day.  I also plan to post weekly a blog inspiration beginning in September. 

I have my first follower and I want to give a shout out to her.  Thanks Kimberly...it's appreciated!

My blog seems to be moving right along.  Posts...check. Comments...check.  Follower...check.  Now I just need to work on a banner to make it all purty.

Enjoy your week!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Free Mini Class

One of the artist over at the Sketchbook Challenge is hosting a free mini workshop on watercolor.  Go check her out Diana Troutman .


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Serendipity


 A couple of months ago I purchased a DVD From-Art-Journaling-to-Art-Drawing-Watercolor-and-More-Techniques-for-the-Mixed-Media-Artist-with-Jane-LaFazio.  Once I sat down to watch it I was immediately inspired to draw daily sometimes more than once. This is a big deal to me as I am drawing challenge.  I've never been a painter or considered myself as an artist really.  I'm a self taught scrapbooker that ventured off into cardmaking and other papercrafts.  I wouldn't have imagined that I would end up here...drawing and journaling my everyday life.

Jane's teaching style made me feel so at ease that I felt like I was taking a private art lesson.  And I'm not getting paid to say this really.  The DVD literally changed my life...


So imagine my delight when I Googled Jane's name (looking for more inspiration) and ran across a sketchbook challenge site where she is hosting the challenge for this month.  I felt it was meant to be.   The theme for August is Everyday Objects.

I've made my own sketchbook to put my sketches in which I'll try to share this month.  I sketched this teddy bear that belongs to my two year old who has a penchant for bears.  As soon as he saw this he said "Bonnie!,"   I used colored pencils for color and the other elements in the book were already there.  I sketched over and around what was on the page to make it work for me.  I'm pleased with how this sketch turned out.

I made this blog to share my sketches and other art inspirations.  I hope to meet new artist and reconnect with my  scrappy and papercrafting friends.  For newbies that happen across this blog I hope that I can share and teach what little I know because that's how we artist get down. :)

In the meantime...be blessed and don't stress the small stuff!
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