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Reality continues to ruin my life...Bill Waterson

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Getting arty

Happy Sunday morning!  It's another gorgeous sunny day in Colorado, and I'm almost all the way caught up on my "work".
My goal this year is to spend more time exploring other art mediums and setting aside my "teacher's" hat and the medium I'm most comfortable with and get a broad range of knowledge. Oh and to also post on my blog no matter how yucky I may think the work turned out:)

This painting doesn't exactly count as a "class" in the traditional sense.  My girlfriend and I ditched the kids for an afternoon and went to the studio Painting with a Twist.  The image for the class was predetermined, but of course I didn't exactly follow directions as the class was more like paint by numbers with a drink in your hand:)  It was a lot of fun to play with acrylics and I'll do another one of these classes but not for a while because I'm surely not going to hang this in my house and it's way to big to put on a card!

Now yesterday was a true experience of being absolutely and completely clueless!  It was a 6 hr PanPastel class.  I've never touched these things, never worked with sponges or the other tools...dang it was uncomfortable.  Oh and did I mention we had 7 colors to work with to create the colors for the art?  And toss in some papers other than white, I definitely was living outside of my comfort zone. I kept wanting to reach for blending groups!

 I can't I'll be say framing this and putting it on a wall any time soon.  But not too bad for the second attempt and just using a photo as a reference guide.  I couldn't find my landscape picture which was the first piece I worked on.

Now don't go running and screaming:) Keep in my mind, only 7 colors and done on cool gray paper and only a black pastel pencil for the details of the eyes!  It was definitely a day full of challenge, but also fun to be uncomfortable not knowing a darn thing...makes the learning process a little easier.

Thanks for stopping by today, and hope the rest of your weekend is fabulous.



Friday, January 23, 2015

Swishy Skirt

Happy Friday! I'm definitely looking forward to the weekend and a little bit warmer weather.
Just a quick post today to show off another of the wonderful new Whimsy stamps.

This sweetie called Swishy Skirt is from Time for Tea Designs and available at Whimsy Stamps HERE.
The sentiment is from the newly released set called Simply Stitched Circle and the coordinating die called the Slider 2 die.


Thanks for stopping by today and hope your weekend is fantastic.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Postcard

Happy Tuesday to everyone.  I hope your weekend was good and you found some time to craft and get your creative on!  
I got a little more organized and edited some more pictures I found on my camera.

I can't remember who makes this stamp, but it was fun to color up.  I colored the background with E41 and just added random drops of colorless blender to give it an aged look.  The rest of the image was colored with a variety of alcohol based inks.

Don't ya just love a short and sweet to the point kind of post:)?!!

Enjoy the rest of day and thanks for visiting today.



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Watercolor Christmas

Okay maybe I'm a little late on the Christmas theme or maybe just 11 months early!  As I mentioned in some previous posts, I've been trying to break free of just using alcohol based markers for my coloring.  I've become too comfortable and the markers aren't really challenging me to the level I need. And I thought my creations were getting predictable and stale. I find that even though frustration is well...frustrating, it's really after the frustration has passed that I can look back and see any kind of progress in my work.  I realized I couldn't ask my students week after week to take on new challenges and experience frustration if I was unwilling to do it myself!
So here was my first go at water coloring with Tombow markers just for the sake of having fun and not worrying about whether it was perfect or up to anyone else's standards.

 I used one of the AI stamp sets which had instructions for colors which I promptly didn't look at.  Dang was it hard to let go of control and just allow the water, ink and paper to do its thing.  I kept telling myself it's not supposed to blend like alcohol markers, it's not supposed to blend like alcohol markers, I just want to go home Toto, I just want to go home...Oh and look it really is just paper and the world didn't come to an end because it didn't turn out exactly like some high end artist!!!

So that's it for me today...Go forth and try something new even if you don't know what you're doing...Fake it til you make it:)


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Whimsy Day 2 Preview

Welcome to Day 2 of our ...
January Rubber Stamp and Die Release

Over the next 3 days we will reveal 16 *BRAND NEW* red rubber stamps/stamp sets and 1 *BRAND NEW* die/die sets. They will be available to buy from the Whimsy Stamps store and from selected Whimsy Stamps retailers on Wednesday.



Today we are excited to show you the brand new  Mi Ran Designs and Krista Heij-Barber stamps:

Oh my goodness aren't you in love with this stamp?  It is so stinkin' cute, and it's from the new Whimsy artist Krista Heij-Barber.  This stamp is called Two Peas in a Pod and the sentiment is from the new set called Stitched Circles.


PRIZE ALERT ... We have hidden a fabulous prize of a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE at one of the stops on today’s hop! We will draw the lucky winner from the comments left here and on today’s design team posts (listed below), so be sure to visit everyone and leave a comment at every stop to be entered into the draw.











Thanks for swinging by today and best of luck with the hop!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Whimsy's January preview Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of Whimsy's..
January Rubber Stamp and Die Release

Over the next 3 days we will reveal 16 *BRAND NEW* red rubber stamps/stamp sets and 1 *BRAND NEW* die/die sets. They will be available to buy from the Whimsy Stamps store and from selected Whimsy Stamps retailers on Wednesday.

 Today we are excited to show you the brand new Crissy Armstrong, Time for Tea Designs, Lizzy Love and Denise Lynn stamps and dies being released this month:

This fantastic new stamp is called Sally Hang Heart by the wonderful new artist to Whimsy...Lizzy Love!  The brand spankin' new sentiment is from the new set called Simply Stitched Circles.




PRIZE ALERT ... We have hidden a fabulous prize of a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE at one of the stops on today’s hop! We will draw the lucky winner from the comments left here and on today’s design team posts (listed below), so be sure to visit everyone and leave a comment at every stop to be entered into the draw.













Stop by again tomorrow for peeks at more new products and for day 2 hop.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and best of luck on the hop!!

 
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