Sunday, March 30, 2014

Another ATC for the Trade

I bought this little guy yesterday at Dollartree.  He is a little bobble head.  I thought he was just so cute I had to put him on one of the trade cards I'm doing.  I also got a little angel.  These words are printed on her: " Make your actions inspire others."  I think she will be another trade card even though my plan was to do all animals.  

This is colored pencils and Micron pen on Designer Sketchbooking paper.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

New Wetcanvas ATC Trade

 One of the ATC cards I have been doing for the new Wetcanvas Project.  The theme of this trade is "Artist's Choice".  When you give me a choice, expect to get animals.  May very favorite subject. 

 I will do something personal for the trader if possible.  I know a few of them from other trades.  This one will go to a person who loves cats.  I have 6 of the cards finished.  So far I need 14.  Still one more place to fill in the project tho.  The other 5 finished are, a dog, giraffe, cow, bunny, and flamingo.  Working on another dog now. 

 Having a ball and never tire of doing animals..

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Last Day for Friday

This video was taken the day we took Friday in the have her put down.  She was having problems with her hips and had a hard time standing or sitting without pain.  This is the last picture of my husband taken before he passed away 3 months later.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Flamingo ATC

 I did this little atc for trading.  It is from a photo by Jean Ogden.  Staedtler pens, colored pencil, on Patterned Designer Scrapbooking paper.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words."                                                                            Unknown

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Seagull Posing

I did this for the Weekend Drawing Event on Wetcanvas. This is another done on designer scrapbooking paper. 6x6 inches. Micron pen, white gel pen, graphite, and colored pencil . Photo provided by Scattykat.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Something New

Lately I have been trying something new.  I have been drawing on Designer Scrapbooking Paper.  I love using this paper.  I can't use water on it so will be using graphite, Micron pen, and colored pencils.

I got the idea from my friend Teresa.  We were in an ATC trade and she made her cards using this paper.  She did little flowers, hearts, etc in Kuretake Sumi Ink 60 and adds a little shiny color with Gelly Roll Gel pens.  The followed that up with some sayings or quotes in fancy lettering.  

I noticed how nice the ink went onto the paper.  No blurred edges.  It just looked like it was part of the paper.  Teresa was kind enough to send some samples of the paper to me.  I haven't tried the Sumi ink yet but the Micron pens, colored pencils, and graphite work perfectly on the paper.

This cat is Tigger.  A client of a Facebook friend, Andy Mathis, veterinarian/photographer.  I used his photo with his permission.  He has a really nice opportunity for great photographs of his clients.  Some of them he has followed from their first shots thru adulthood.   And he has been so gracious letting me use his photos.  He has a FB account under his name, Andy Mathis.  

I bought a few groceries today and many of the vegetables I bought just to use as subjects for drawings.  I plan to try some Mexican onions, possibly broccoli, yellow onion, and some carrots on the scrapbooking paper.  I can't wait to see how those do on the paper.  And it's nice to have a ready-made background and not have to worry about doing one.  And I even like that the pattern on the paper shows a little thru the artwork.  

Saturday, March 08, 2014

A Little Cottage in Ireland

I finished my cottage.  The photo was by Anne Kelly.  I met her thru Facebook and she has graciously allowed me to use any of her photos.  I loved this one.  It's about 9x12 inches on Strathmore 140lb watercolor paper from a Visual Journal book.  I used Micron pens, watercolors, and colored pencils.

I was really worried when I started the sketch.  So many little twigs in the trees and such gnarly trees.  The next day I did some refining of the sketch and started to put some watercolor down.  When I got to a certain point, I went to the colored pencils (Albrecht Durer brand watercolor pencils). I used the colored pencils both wet with a waterbrush and dry for texture.   And before, during, and after I added micron when I felt the need.

Friday, March 07, 2014

New Painting

I got permission from photographer Anne Kelly to use a photo of hers.  Here is my start.  It isn't too clear as I took it with my cell phone.