Sunday, January 31, 2016

Studio Sunday Watercolor Play

It is scary how fast life goes flying by!  I lost all of last weekend due to an intense but fast moving head cold then I immediately began prepping for a colonoscopy LOL.  I worked all day yesterday finalizing the article I am writing for one of the Interweave magazines and today I've got some intense designing I need to work on.  I was inspired to try this idea that I had been thinking about with watercolor paints and I think it came out pretty cool.

First of all, that ugly mess in the middle is supposed to be rocks and grass but I haven't defined anything yet with my Pitt Pen LOL.  I used a stencil of a tree that I drew and added lots of paint brush leaves in a few tones of green to create all the leaves.  I had to add some sky. 

I think I will call this my "Save the Planet" painting (half joking).  I love the look of the watercolor leaves and the canopy created as I added more leaves.

This was a fun idea which I will probably continue to work on when I have more time.

For now, back to work and Happy February everyone!!!


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Studio Sunday and Stuff in the Works

Last weekend I was in Anaheim, California attending the annual CHA tradeshow with Barbara from  This was either the third or fourth time I've been able to attend with Barbara and we always return with tons of inspiration and lots of new ideas!  This year the weather was much more pleasant with temps ranging in the 50's to 60's.  I guess I had just missed a strong hail storm before I flew in which made me really happy!  If you follow me on Facebook, you have already seen this photo of me with Danielle Donaldson!  I was soooo excited to meet her in person as I am loving watercolors now because of her inspiration!

Later I ran into Danielle again at the Interweave/FW booth where I was meeting one of the editors I am working with on a current article I am writing for one of the magazines (more details soon).  Thankfully, I received a more formal introduction so Danielle didn't think I was stalking her LOL!!  

Barbara threatened to pretend she didn't know me when I again did a little "fan-basing" when I ran into Christine Adolph at the Prima booth!!!!  I literally turn into a 15-year-old (I'm 48) when I meet artists who have totally inspired me!  Christine's work had been featured in the Stampington magazines years ago and I always connected with her designs and they really inspired my earlier artwork and even today's.  Barbara is bringing in Christine's foiling products which I can't wait to get my hands on!  Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture with Christine but I received the sweetest email from her which I will cherish forever!  LOL

I was loving this new line of products at the Prima booth called IOD (forget what it stands for) but they had beautiful designs on large stamps and large rubber rollers for applying to walls and fabric.  They also have these sensational silicone molds to create all of those cool scroll designs for attaching to wooden frames and other projects!  It's a little hard to see the detail below but above you can see the curtain was painted using one of the large rollers and large stamps were applied under the chandelier.  So detailed and sooooo distressed!!!!  Luv Luv Luv it!

So of course we always return with tons of inspiration and new ideas.  After meeting the amazing Susan Lenart Kasmer and super talented and sweet Jen Cushman, we've got some ideas to explore using ICE RESIN and jewelry elements.  We were able to get into a workshop that Jen was teaching on the basics and can't wait to get to work.

I see lots of fibers and stitch as another component of these ideas!  I'm super excited to be working on stamp designs and more stencils with some of which will play into this work so stay tuned!!!  Barbara has her laser running and the options are endless!!!

I also ran into Seth Apter who was demo-ing his newest rubber stamp line and chatted with Dina Wakely as she was demo-ing in the Ranger booth.  She has new paint colors to add to her current line with Ranger.  Everywhere you turn, there are beautiful products, artwork and tons of inspiration.  Next year, the CHA tradeshow will be in Phoenix, Arizona and later in January which will make a lot of people happy since the current show dates fall immediately after Christmas and all the preparation that goes into exhibiting keeps all the artists and exhibitors busy throughout December.

So what is in the works?  Stamps, stencils, an article for Interweave on my Medallion Master Template stencils and more art!  I plan on doing more videos but haven't had the chance yet.  I have received a few requests and I will follow-up as soon as I can!

Have a super creative weekend and see you next week!


Sunday, January 3, 2016

Studio Sunday and Dahlia Flower Stencil

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year!  I went out on New Year's Eve for the first time in probably 20 years!  Still home before midnight LOL

After spending a super-creative day with Barbara from, I woke this morning at 4:30 and couldn't stop thinking about building and cutting this 11" Dahlia stencil.  By the time I got out of bed around 8:00, I knew exactly how I wanted to create it and got it designed and cut within an hour.

I'm still working with the same watercolors that are currently in my palette and I need to mix up some new ones but this combination is so soft and soothing.  I was given a sample of the Peerless watercolors which contain explosive color and you can see that intensity in the magenta.  I love those!!!

Of course I am loving the watercolor effects with the stencils and I'm hooked so you will see a lot more of this technique for sure.  Sometimes I cut stencils on heavy card stock instead of acetate and this one is on black card stock because it was the only 12" size I had but you can see the flower design very clearly.

It was fun to dream up and even more fun to use!!!  I've got to direct my creative juices to a project that I am working on that I can't wait to share with you!!!  Soon!!!!

Have a super creative Sunday and ease yourself in to 2016!!