Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Filling up the Card Box

The birthday card box was empty again so I made a few cards with a (handcarved) shadow stamp and an old flower stamp from Hero Arts.  The greeting is brush lettering.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Monday, December 30, 2019

Christmas Mail

One of the things I particularly enjoyed this Christmas was the overseas mail.  The cards we received from Britain and Wales are different than you get here in North America, and it is so special to touch base with family and friends from afar!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Lettering Lyrics Part 5

Pointed Pen, Sumi Ink, Watercolor

And we do! We do!  Merry Christmas, everyone!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Friday, December 20, 2019

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Westcoast Calligraphy Society Lettering Lyrics Challenge

The Westcoast Calligraphy Society is having an Instagram Challenge.  Each day there is a different Christmas carol to letter.  Because it is such a busy time of year, gift tags were suggested - quick and easy!  I forgot how much I love making tags!

Stamp by Magenta with Brush Lettering

Stamp by Coronado Island with Akim Cursive

I made a little video so you could see the tree tops glistening:

Monday, December 16, 2019

Sketching France

I've been practicing my one point perspective, after reading this book by Stephanie Bower.  This is a sketch from a photo taken when we visited Rouen in 2005.

Friday, December 13, 2019

I Might Have Anticipated This...

I'm so taken with these little art deco flowers that I made some hand carved stamps.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Christmas Bookmarks

I made bookmarks for the Christmas card exchange at the Westcoast Calligraphy Society.  I made fifty, and only have a few left over.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Watercolor Workout - Lesson 1

6" x 9"
Wax Crayons, Watercolor

One of the classes in Art Bundles For Good is Angela Fehr's Watercolor Workout.  The class is all about "play",  which I love.  This is from the first lesson.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Documenting Life, Art Bundle for Good

Visual journals are a great way to document life.  This is a drawing of a little cake that hubby bought me to help celebrate my recent birthday.  

He also gave me an Art Bundle for Good.  This will keep me busy for a whole year - over 100 on line art classes to enjoy, and 25% of the purchase price went to a good cause.  A double win!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Colour Palettes

Changing colour palettes is a good way to extend the life of a series.  I've also used different formats and different media for these art deco flowers.  Most importantly, they are so much fun to do!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Christmas Tree Lighting and Caroling

On Saturday our local merchants association lit the big Christmas tree on the church lawn.  I led the carol singing, and came home full of the Christmas spirit.  I was painting Christmas trees everywhere!

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Auditioning Bookmarks

I am making bookmarks for the card exchange that we will have at the Westcoast Calligraphy Society Christmas tea.  This was not the final design I decided upon, but still worth posting here.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

And Why Not Cactus?

These are for Janice, who asked "Why not cactus and palm trees?".

They're done in my Fauxdori traveler's notebook.  I'll add journaling in the areas left blank.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Sunday, October 27, 2019

A Month in My Journal

Last week at the Westcoast Calligraphy Society meeting we learned how to paint watercolor art deco roses, inspired by Mackintosh and Hunter.   They are fun and meditative to paint.  These were done with a very small brush - 2/0.

It is hard to believe that we are almost at the end of October!  I haven't done too much in my journal, but in the last month I've got a new chair to draw...

....cleaned out my watercolor palette again...

and of course, drawn my slippers once.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

What Can I Do With All Those Gelli Prints?

I often try and ask Mr. Google this question.  The best answer, as usual, is within me.   

Recently, I had a whim to print with gold paint on black paper.  I made an artist trading card (above), and a few Christmas cards (below). 

Friday, October 18, 2019

Last Peel-Off for Awhile

Peel-Off Sticker and Watercolour, Paper by Memory Box
4 5/8" x 6 7/8"

I've used all of these peel-offs, so I'll be moving on to something else.  A hand-carved stamp, perhaps?  I also want to try stenciling through the negative peel-off leftovers, so who knows where the play will lead!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Christmas Pretties

These cards were inspired by @ceecee.  She calls them her "pretties" - recycled artwork cut up to make cards. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Christmas Cards

My cleaned out studio has inspired me to get moving on some Christmas cards.  The photo doesn't show the sparkle on the cards or the twinkle in my eye!