Sunday, December 20, 2015

Studio Sunday and Beautiful Messes

Time in the studio is so limited these days and I can't wait to get back to a normal schedule with lots of time to play.  Five days til Christmas and my studio looks like Santa's workshop!  I played fast and messy last night with my watercolor paints and stencils again and created some beautiful messes.  I love the colors and the soft subtle blending when layering the applications and I really want to create some fabrics with this look, in the future.







Have a fantastic weekend and carve out a little studio time for yourself!!!!

Margaret

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Studio Sunday - Watercolor Pages and News

Happy Sunday!  The sun is not shining today and the remnants of dead oak leaves on the tree outside my window lends to a dreary scene but there is plenty of color and light in my studio!  I sat down with my coffee and watercolor journal and messed around a little which is always a good way to start the day.


A while back I had made a bunch of little decorative envelopes (for some reason that sounded good at the time).  I've got all those little pieces to use and I kind of like how they are their own little framed pieces.  


Add a little screen-printed deli paper which is so beautifully transparent so that my watercolor stenciling with one of my Jess collection stencils is still revealed in the background.  I added the words with watercolor and a flat head brush then outlined in with a Pitt Pen.


The color on the envelope was made with Dylusions Sprays and pops out nicely on top of the watercolor.  Just enough...

I'm super excited about some news I got this week that I have been approved to develop an article in a fairly new magazine by the Interweave/FW Media group using my Medallion Master Template stencils!!  I can't let the cat out of the bag just yet but will share details in the future!

I hope everyone is ready for the holidays and don't forget to squeeze in that studio time for yourself!!

Margaret

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Studio Sunday and Watercolor Wings

This time of year is extra busy and stressful right now with projects at work and shopping!  Whew!  The days are flying by and I haven't been able to sneak in creative time but I woke up early this morning wanting to do something in my watercolor journal.


I had a great phone call catching up with a close friend of mine Saturday night and all I could think about after that were spiritual thoughts and open questions about why certain things happen in our lives and if we have the ability to change the course of our lives to prevent certain outcomes.  Yep, sometimes I go deep :) LOL  So this morning I searched for my drawing of an angel wing that I had done a couple of years ago.  A little manipulation in Illustrator and I cut my stencil on my Sizzix eclips2.


This is the perfect image to use the watercolors with.  I controlled the application so it wasn't too diluted because I wanted enough detail, slightly more than suggestive.  I used my XS Pitt Pen to go in and create sketchy outlines.  I may try another version with more detail on top of the watercolor and experiment with the amount of water on my brush.


I am loving using larger brushes with the watercolor.  They cover a larger area more quickly and you can still control the amount of water your apply.  Click here to see the types of brushes I am using for applying watercolor through my stencils.

Back to shopping on-line and hopefully more watercolor play!  Have a super creative weekend and keep on creating!

Margaret