And NOW, I will stop changing the themes and share this…

LOL.  I’ve also joined a journal swap at Willowing, am taking the Strathmore workshops again (sooon—Starting March 1, go sign up now and join me in anxiously waiting it out!!), and am finally following through on some artist/sketch journaling that I hope will lead to some stand alone art pieces.  I gave up painting and knitting about the time my youngest opened her beautiful little peepers because her vision is great and her hands are quick!! The great thing is she is quite the artist herself, like her big bro but he didn’t take to it quite as much and has entered that self judging stage where his art is concerned *SIGH*.

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Stately Lady–my journal cover to honor those strong ladies who inspire us.

Rockin' Robin--journal page

Rockin’ Robin–journal page

So you’ve wondered where I’ve been…here’s a few more…

Infectious Smiles--my first attempt at a portrait of a real subject

Infectious Smiles–my first attempt at a portrait of a real subject

Think the house is headed to bed.  Thanks SO much for visiting!!

Day 8—internet delays and holidays

Sending Christmas Greetings

So I had my day 8 post ready to post but something happened.  :(.  When I got home and got the chance to try to figure it out, I had full strength signal from the modem but no internet service.  I’m guessing the wind and rain did something.  ANYWHO—another row house.  The window is printout of a painting I did to use as a prop for a Christmas play.  I added a Recollections stamped swag overhead and a wreath, along with a lovely lady reflecting from Gecko Galz–I think she’s from the postal collage sheets set for December. So, better late than never, I guess.  Be back for another Smeared Ink feature day tomorrow and don’t forget to check out the Smudgy Antics blog for this week’s challenge (Inspired by a Poem, Book, Movie…).

Rock n Rolla Challenge–Smeared Ink—Heavy in Your Arms


My post for today is an altered canvas with a wink to this week’s Rock N Rolla Challenge on the Smeared & Smudged Ink group site. May’s challenge is sponsored by Simply Betty and you could win 3 regular zombie digi images but just for playing you will receive the adorable “Artie”, the graduation Grumpie from Smeared Ink. This month we looked at the song “Heavy in Your Arms” by Florence and the Machine. I really wanted to set my entry somewhere besides the shore, where the video is largely set, but that image is very compelling. So here goes….

I began with a hardboard canvas sized 8″x10″ and added Golden Fluid Acrylics (yellow ochre, quin. gold, pthalo green (blue shade), pthalo blue (green shade), titanium white, Retarder) and Liquitex Dioxazene Purple (you will find this color used somewhere in almost any acrylic that I paint—I LOVE IT!!! and it is so handy to mix in to use for shadows.). I used these to concoct an overcast sky at the shore with a trouble sea. It didn’t quite come out the way my head sees it but my painting skills are sadly very rusty. Nonetheless this was fun to work on and I can accept the outcome.

The images are digis from Smeared Ink, she is d-dancer 1 and he from the Deadly Battle, which was a freebie for playing in the challenges last month. (See what you miss if you don’t play along in the challenges??? There’s several different types–surely there is one that gets your mojo moving–give it a whirl!). I isolated the skeleton from the battle and added just a touch of sepia colored pencil & cut him out, leaving the other fighter for another day. Her skin is colored with the tan Sharpie layered over with blue and purple colored pencils. Her hair and skirt were colored with Cretacolor watercolor pencils, then her skirt was glitzed up with Distress Stickles. The orientation of the digi has her dropping from the sky with broken strings (somewhat like a marionette freed), but I trimmed the strings off and flipped her over. I layered the images and glued them directly to the canvas, then used a white Elmer Paint pen to add the title.

What do you think?? Be sure to check out the challenges–there’s still some time to play and you will receive the Artie digi from Smeared Ink just for joining the fun!

Vintage Note Cards with decorated envie swap, a surprise and…

Can’t find a satisfactory way to upload the video and am somewhat bummed. Could try AGAIN with the webcam built into the laptop OR –this gets my vote–photo tutorial to come, step by step. It won’t take too many ;).

I made these note cards for a swap at ISC hosted by my friend Marsha. Hope they are OK. The pics are some I bought in a lot and scan for projects like this. The backgrounds are dinner napkins, mounted on freezer paper, then trimmed to fit. The diecut elements were made using the Making Memories Slice and the Vintage Findings design card (thank you!!). Some Fiskars clearstamps and InkaStamps unmounted stamps to decorate the white envelope with Timber Brown StazOn.

"Vintage" note cards with decorated envelopes for ISC swap

And this last is created by one of my budding little artists here–a collage on a big piece of kraft paper by my 5 yr old. Think it may still be a work in progress but I’m impressed. So grateful that both of my kiddos enjoy making art and crafting & that I am able to support & encourage them in their efforts. (The shoes and water bottle are only paper weights –so far 😉 )

Little Miss Artiste's collage 3-10-11

Happy Crafting!! –P

Jolly Blogger–Smeared and Smudged Ink–Day 6

Day 6--Snow covered serenity

It’s Day 6 in the Jolly Blogger Blog Hop for Smeared and Smudged Ink! YIKES! December days are passing by quickly.
This piece is in honor of my youngest who can only remember snow from last winter, and what a winter that was! She’s been inspired this year to go out and make snow angels and build (or try to) a snowman. Poor fellow looked as if he had been a bit too long in the sun when he was first born. LOL. No worries—we’re expecting a snow on Sunday that should be good for a day or two out of school and better snowman building materials. (And WARMER! which gets bonus points in this assistant builder’s book).
So this piece will go as part of the cover on a mini album to commemorate our fun in the snow. The base is blue textured cardstock from DCWV that was lightly impressed with Spellbinders Impressabilities snowflakes plate. On white cardstock, a lovely scene from Northwoods Rubber Stamps Inc. circa 2009 was stamped with Archival Ink by Ranger in Black. Cretacolor watercolor Aqua Monolith pencils were used dry to tint and highlight throughout. (I specify dry here because you could do this again with either wetting the pencil or using water on a brush to add a paint effect for a whole different look). This gave me the opportunity to play with the Snow Writer that Tori had used earlier in the hop, to add dimension to the snow on the pines and here and there. Then used the Studio G glitter writer in clear to add sparkle to the new fallen snow. I mounted this carefully onto the base (you SHOULD do this before the dimensional and glitter bits are added, OR wait until they have dried well. You really should). And then I added a silver snowflake (I think it was from Walmart last year, but it may have been Michaels. Sorry I don’t remember for sure.) for dimension and interest. Hope you enjoy it and that it is warmer where you are, unless you really enjoy making snow angels!. Happy Crafting, P.

PS. I apologize. I was trying to remove the links for two who were unable to complete the hop and somehow managed to anihilate the link for Meredith.  Despite my best efforts, my skills are lacking so that I cannot fix it tonight so until I can get some help here’s her link:  http://www.papercanteen.com/ to her blog.  Be sure to visit each of the blogs and leave a comment to be eligible for the Merry Hopper prize! You’ll be glad you did!

Hey–do you like to draw, sketch or paint for fun??

If you love to paint, sketch and draw for FUN, I belong to a Yahoo group at http://www.groups.yahoo.com/group/DRAWSKETCHPAINTFORFUN/
and we’d love to have you take a look and join in. We’re here to have fun, challenge and encourage one another. We’ve started having some monthly challenges and sketchbook skillbuilders prompts. This month’s challenge is “The Forest in the Night” (June) and there is a prompt to be working on for a chance at a prize in December, so you can be working ahead. I hope to be posting mine for June sometime after Father’s Day. Any media are welcome—hope you’ll visit and check it out. We’re a young group that’s open to growth for those hoping to grow in their skills and Steph is trying to light a creative fire for us!  I look forward to having you visit and hop right in!  Happy Crafting! P

Something a little different

It’s been a wild week. My work is most often busy the last week of the month and the first week of the next. Since my boss was at Disney World celebrating her birthday, this week was a bit more. Thankfully my hubby finally got some positive news in the battle of the kidney stones after having laser lithotripsy on Thursday. 

 Meanwhile the house, as usual, needs cleaning, lots of it.   While I was at it, I decided to take a break to take a peek at the contents of two jumpdrives.   Amongst the baby pictures, I was pleased to find I had photos of some old paintings I made.  Before I became a mom the second time, I was able to stay up late and paint a bit. (Yep–it’s been a while) in watercolors and acrylics.

See, there are certain things that make me smile and remind me of spring. One thing is the blooming of the crocuses, which we have this week.  I love the happy faces of daffodils and was thrilled to find pictures of these paintings. 
Some of these have been shown locally but I don’t think I’ve ever put them out there for the world to see.  Here are some of my happy daffodils to brighten your day. HopeDaffodilsNarcissus

GeckoGalz Design Team Member July 2011-July 2012

Smeared Ink Design Team