Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Sketch Day

Page two of my sketching journal has been filled!  Yayyyy, I'm really liking this art journal for getting paintings accomplished quickly (well quick for me anyway).  I'm entering this in Dion Dior's Friday Sketch & Giveaway.
This was painted using watercolors in a Stillman & Birn Zeta Sketchbook.  Thanks for stopping by.  Ann  :0)

Also posted at:  Creative Every Day
and Paint Party Friday


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Super Sales at Paper Temptress

It's a great time to refill your supplies at Paper Temptress; head on over to see all the specials going on now!  Here's a card I made using beautiful Vintage Silver Lustre:
I also used Paper Temptress' Sour Apple for my card.  Here's the link to the sale:  Paper Temptress; have fun!!!  Thanks for stopping by!  :0)


Monday, April 7, 2014

Watercolor Pencil Class with Dion Dior

My favorite online instructor has a watercolor pencil class launching in September of this year.  Dion Dior is very thorough in her instruction; always including plenty of videos and feedback.  I've learned so much helpful information about use of products from her classes in mixed media, as well as, shimmering watercolors and acrylics.  This week she'll be giving away 5 spots for her Watercolor Pencil Class ~ here's a link to get all the information, sign up, and have a chance at winning a spot ~ Link for Giveaway Good Luck!
Artwork Below is Dion Dior's:

  Thanks for stopping by!  :0)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sketching Bananas

I finally started a sketchbook which I've been meaning to do for the past couple years.  My first entry is very basic because I think it'll take some time to improve my drawing skills.  So here's some bananas that I've done in a Stillman & Birn Zeta sketchbook:
A wonderful artist Dion Dior has a Friday Sketch posting on her website here; so you may want to stop by and join in, or just browse the artwork.  Thanks for stopping by.  :0)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring Colors

When I was in the early grades of elementary school, girls wore dresses to school.  All throughout winter I endured itchy, uncomfortable tights because of the colder temperatures.  Back then, one of the exciting changes spring brought was wearing knee socks or ankle socks to school once again.  I wonder if anyone else associates this with spring?!  Well spring has arrived and with it the urge to use the beautiful colors of the warmer months.  I pulled out a variety of Paper Temptress paper that reminds me of spring and flowers.
The shimmering border is Amethyst Mica, and the following are the colors used for the flower background:  Razzleberry, Orange Fizz, Sour Apple, and Blu Rasberry; all as delicious looking as their names sound.  My Michelle Perkett digi image was colored on Cryogen White card stock and the die-cut paper is a wonderful thick card stock called Classic Avalanche Linen White.
Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by.  :0)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Slumber Party

Recently, I've become a member of the Paper Temptress design team; an online store that sells an abundance of gorgeous paper.  Maybe this will finally get me to take some photography lessons, as photographing the wonderful textures of the paper can be challenging.  Here's a little close up shot of a memory box die:
The silver metallic glossy paper has a very soft metallic sheen and the paper is extremely smooth, and you can see the beautiful sheen in this photo of the rose quartz mica metallic paper.  In this photo the white feltweave color isn't accurate, it's more of a soft white, but you can see some of the texture here.  I really love the color Blu Rasberry; it's scrumptious!
   My stamped Gilli image is on Cryogen White which is one of the easiest papers for Copic coloring because of the smooth blending.  Thanks so much for stopping by ~ please have a look at Paper Temptress site for more inspiring paper projects!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Strawberry Watercolor

Lately I've been determined to improve my watercolor skills so I'm taking online instruction from Anna Mason.  Her site is called Watercolors with WOW in case you're interested in watercolor painting;  I've found her instruction very helpful.  I chose to paint a strawberry for lesson one, and who would think that this could be so difficult, eeeeekkk but it was.  Fun, but required much concentration for me, hopefully with time it won't be such a brain strain.  Here's my painting:
My watercolor was painted on Arches 140 lb Hot Press paper, hot press is new to me, but I like the smooth surface.  Thanks for stopping by!  :0)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014