Sunday, September 23, 2018


Good morning my friends!  Just a bit more Gelli Plate and Stencil play this weekend.  Card using Interlocking Leaves 6x9 stencil from A Colorful Life Designs and Art Anthology Splashed Clear Coat to add sparkle over a Distress Ink Gelli print.

A simple but elegant card for any occasion. 

Gelli Print with Distress Inks and Distress Oxide Inks

Taped Stencil down with painters tape so that glaze would apply smoothly.

 The sparkle is gorgeous, even if it doesn't show up in the picture very well.

The word hello was created on my Cricut Maker. I cut out 4 copies and layered them on top of each other to give it some dimension.  Once layered, I colored the word with Wink of Stella Clear, to give it a little shimmer.  I attached the word with foam tape to the layered card and it's ready to go!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Stencil Play

Life has been hectic the last year or so, and I have missed my blog and my creative community. 
I hope to get back to blogging and sharing my creations on a more regular basis. 

I had planned to clean and organize my desk, but just couldn't resist a bit of play with my stencils from A Colorful Life Designs and the Tim Holtz Distress ink pads, rub-ons and Chit Chat stickers that were laying on my desk while I sorted and put things away.  

I started with a gelli print from a stack that I had in a basket on my desk.  I just chose complementing colors of Distress Inks and used what was within my reach on my desk.  Nothing special...just a little bit of play time.  It felt good to just play and make a mess, since I knew I was going to be cleaning it all up in just a bit anyway.

I'm trying to start going through the piles of stuff in my corner (half) of the living room and throw away, organize, pack and put away in preparation for my move out to my new "she shed" studio in the back yard.  I know a have a few more months before it will be ready, but it will take me ages to get through all the piles and get it all organized and packed up.

In the meantime, I will still be playing in my inks and paints.  

I'm not going to pack it ALL up!

Hope everyone had a relaxing weekend. 
It's back to the day job for me tomorrow.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Doodle Tree

Tiny Dots and Doodles...

I always carry around a little Fluid Watercolor Block with me when I take kids to appointments, and a few pens and my Peerless Watercolors.  Usually don't get a lot done in the time I spend waiting, but over time it all adds up to a fun little doodle.  I seem to be into tiny dots lately...

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Flamingo #2

Still having fun with flamigos...

Spent the afternoon sitting along the water at a local restaurant listening to my friends' band play.
I always take my watercolors as it is so fun and relaxing to sit and listen and paint while enjoying the music.  Tried a bit of different palette for this one.
Holbein and Daniel Smith Watercolors. 

Saturday, April 02, 2016


Watercolor Play

    Just a bit of watercolor play tonight. 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Every Day in February - Days 1 and 2

I joined the Facebook Group called Every Day in February and we are visiting a different country every day. 
 As always I am running behind, but I'm enjoying seeing all the wonderful drawings and learning so many facts about each of the countries we are visiting.
Time to plan my sketches for Days 3 and 4!

Days 1 and 2

EDiF Group C - Day 1 Antartica

I got waylaid at the beginning of my tour when I was invited to join a scientific team in the deep ocean off Antartica to watch a brinicle form. It took a while for the conditions to be right but it was well worth the wait to see it being formed right before our eyes. "A brinicle (brine icicle, also known as ice stalactite) forms beneath sea ice when a flow of extremely cold, saline water is introduced to an area of ocean water, being the undersea equivalent of a hollow stalactite or icicle. When it touches the sea bottom, it spreads across the bottom freezing everything in its path."

EDiF Group C - Day 2 - Armenia

After so many days underwater in the Antarctic I decided I need some green and open space so I went to visit the waterfalls of Armenia.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Whooping Crane in Watercolor

I'm on vacation in Panama City Beach with my friend Sandee and we have been spending the week relaxing and painting.  I've been wanting to paint a Whooping Crane for quite a while and I decided that this would be the perfect time.

Whooping Cranes are endangered and many people 
are working tirelessly to bring these beautiful birds back from the brink of extinction.

If you would like to learn more about Whooping Cranes, check out Operation Migration, which is just one of the organizations working to save these wonderful birds.
You can also learn how you can help save these beautiful birds that are 5 feet tall once fully grown.

I volunteer and act as a moderator in the Operation Migration chat room and also to drive the camera at White River Marsh during training and it is one of my favorite things to do.

The colts are being trained to migrate south, by following ultralights and you can follow along with them and watch them live on the Crane Cam.

I didn't think to take step-out pictures of my sketch, masking or laying down the washes for the sky, distant trees and the marsh.  I used Holbein and Daniel Smith watercolors for the initial washes and Bruynzeel colored pencils and watercolor pencils for the grasses in the marsh.

Clouds were added and initial shading on the crane's wings and tail were next.

Then I started laying in the coloring on it's head and legs, building details a little at a time.

...more shading on the wings and laying in the color of the primaries.

...finishing of the details and adding the eye, and I'm calling it finished!
It was so nice to have uninterrupted time to work and it took me about a day and a half with drying time, etc. to complete this 9 x 12 watercolor on Canson Montval 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper.