Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Smaller Lino Rugs


Here are two more Linoleum hand painted rugs. They are 371/2 x231/2. Just right for under a kitchen sink or bathroom sink.  One is for the sweet lady, Sandy, at the Floor Club here in Jacksonville for going out into the hot wearhouse in the back of the store to get me a very large piece of vinyl flooring---for free.  But we had just bought flooring for a bedroom so I guess we kinda paid for it. But one is for her for doing that, the other one with the butterflies was a paint over of the yellow Indian one that got damaged. Too bad cause it was a pretty one.
Materials used: scrap vinyl flooring, Benjamin Moore Dry Sage paint, 
Annie Sloan Old White, Annie Sloan Lacquer.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Week 35--Add a Face!

I love to draw and paint faces so I was excited for this challenge.  I actually combined a previous week's challenge to use our under papers which I didn't get completed.  So there you have it. Week 35 and week 33.  My planner is certainly getting chunky!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Since I have completed Sketch Skool I am determined to draw challenging things and this table was beautiful but definitely a challenge. And the greater challenge for me is to just go for it with a pen. No pencil and erasing.  It was fun to go over to my friend, Rynda's house to sit, talk and sketch. It took about 2 hours. The light was shining straight on ---and I am glad that wonky is allowed!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Week 34-DLP--Put numbers on it!


I love this verse in Psalms so I decided to get out my Speedball C nib, which has become my favorite,
and write out this verse. This is an Italic variation that's fun to do. My Documented Life Project art journal is getting very chunky. And you know how I love chunky!



Monday, August 18, 2014

That first cup really is a good one isn't it?  I am really trying to draw little quick sketches of things around me everyday. It's amazing how much resistance I get just trying to sit down and do this. Sketchbook Skool was very inspiring and just like painting it takes just one simple thing...
practice---and lots of it!



Thursday, August 14, 2014

Comfort Zone page


Ok well actually my plan was to sketch in my journal today. I have just completed two semesters of Sketchbook Skool with some of the most talented journal sketchers in the world. I have enjoyed watching them so much and have said to myself everyday---OK, today's the day I will go out and sketch in my journal.  Everyday, I have a very good excuse---mostly that it's just too darn hot. But I did draw the Mod Podge on my desk but then got carried away with lettering.  I also was going to do my Documented Life Page with the underpapers and haven't gotten to that yet either. I was doing pretty good and was on a roll then we went on vacation and all went ca-poof! 
(Is that a word?-- ca-poof)
So this is my comfort zone---lettering.
And if any of you are wondering--- and I am just so sure you all are waiting with bated breath to know this...---I am still oil painting but not posting them. Some are pretty good and I feel like I'm making progress then one comes along that stinks so bad I have to send it down the 
refuse chute as I say, "Good riddance, stinker! Burn baby burn!"


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Lino Rug #2--Indian Design


One of the most fun things for me to do is to stencil things. I think that the "pounding" motion of stenciling must be therapeutic. Plus something pretty always comes of it---well most of the time anyway. This is a 22x34 inch linoleum (vinyl) scrap for about $5 painted with some Annie Sloan Old White Chalk paint, some leftover yellow and my new Indian design stencils. It came is 5 stencils to a pack and was pretty tricky to get everything lined up. The sample on the outside of the stencil package showed it painted in black and white and it was really stunning. Maybe I will try that next time. This one will go in the guest bath since it matches the paint and wall paper. 
  I use Gripcoat Ultra on the back and they never slide and don't harm any floors. I had to so some digging to find that out.  And also I use Annie Sloan Lacquer on the painted side.
Had fun making this one.




Saturday, August 2, 2014

Week 31 Documented Life Project---Add a Pocket

I am one week late this week. My sweet hubby had to go in for a heart oblation and this held me up for a few days. Thankfully so far so good and no Afib!  So these are my blessings for this week--in a pocket of course. I did some spraying with my Adirondack Color sprays which I LOVE and used my Neuland alphabet stamps that I carved--which I also love to use.  And sewed on the pocket.




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Week 30 for Documented Life project

This week was "Make a Smash Book" page.  Well, I had heard of a smash book but I have never made one. But actually I had kinda made one years ago but called it something else. So I had to go and Google Smash book to fine out what it was. Actually mine is not really right. I didn't have any labels or receipts that were interesting looking. So this is what emerged. Whether it right or not it was fun 
to make. I am waiting for them to say it's Collage Week!  Then I will be sitting pretty!
Have they already said that one???

Monday, July 14, 2014

Week 29--Make a Wish List

This was a fun week so I put my top wished for this week and next wee too. Actually Chauncey and his A-fib procedure actually goes first but Zach and their booth at NAMM in Nashville this week is hight up there too!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Got the Rug Bug

After painting Zach's large red and blue rug (see previous post) and wanted to try another one. This remnant was from Lowes for about $20 for two pieces that were 4x6.  I used Benjamin Moore Dry Sage left over paint for the base color. I got the large all over stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils.  I used Annie Sloan Paint for the stenciling and used her big brush to stencil. The next step will be to lacquer it and it is suppose to be completely scuff proof!  


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Week 27 of DLP and a rug!


Last night at 11:00 after painting this rug all day I got the bug to do my DLP page. I was going to let this week slip but I got some extra energy last night.
I do love to do puzzles but couldn't find any pictures of them and I must admit I have never done a Sudoku puzzle. I think it might involve math---or numbers?  Maybe that's why this severely left-brain challenged girl has never done one. Or maybe I am missing out on something fun!
But I did enjoy painting this linoleum rug. It was hard work! It's for my son, Zach's, booth at Summer Namm in Nashville coming up in about a week or so. They are putting up a small booth and will sell their beautiful Peruvian  guitar straps and other guitar accessories. The rug has the colors in the Original Fuzz Logo.
It's 5'x6' which is the size of their small booth.
Wish them luck!!!



I had so much fun painting this rug I think I will paint some more smaller ones. I have plenty of stencils.  I painted on the back of the linoleum remnant. Cost about $20 dollars.  I did have to do some extensive research as to how to do this. I hope it will be durable. It has lots of coats of polyurethane. Should hold up.  

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


I love to write Scripture so this was a fun week for me.
 I do have many scriptures that I love but this is one of my favorites. 
I did this with CalligraFUN letters with different colors of
Pitt brush markers by Faber-Castell.



Monday, June 16, 2014

"Delightful" Hearts--Week 25 of DLP

I love this Scripture so when this week of "Documented Life Project's" challenge was to put hearts on our page I was excited to write out this Scripture. I used cold press watercolor paper so sometimes my lines are rather squiggly but actually that's the point of this lettering style.  Watercolor hearts are always fun!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Week 24 of Documented Life Project

Enjoyed painting these poppies on this book page. The page was very brittle and soft so I added a coat of clear gesso.  I love to paint poppies when ever I can.  I have been known to paint them on wedding invitations to give to the brides. They turn out really nice except you only have one shot at it so it better be right the first time! I wrote the word "Poppies" with 3 shades of red gouache and used a Speedball nib for the lettering.

Also, don't forget my SUMMER SALE on all my online classes !!!!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

June Summer Sale!


All classes are on sale starting today for the whole
month of June! My prices on my classes are already really low 
so now is the time to stock up.
You can check out the classes on the right side of my blog--just scroll down to see them all--and you can go here to purchase.
Thank you all!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Week 22 of Documented Life Project

This week was put a house in your journal. I just love to create this little funky wonky houses.  And I do love that Scripture too.


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Week 21 of the Documented Life Project


This week's challenge was to stitch something on our journal page and I LOVE to stitch on paper with my sewing machine so this one was really fun. Just all sorts of fun stuff going on---stenciling, stamps calligraphy, CalligraFun and of course---stitches!

Better not be color blind to see this page!


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Week 20--Documented Life Project

I had trouble thinking of a different way to use stamps which was the challenge this week.  I think I have done it all! So I carved a star, colored it with a Tombow and spritzed it--which is always fun to stamp that way. It makes it look like watercolor.  And I always love to use my carved alphabet stamps. So, this was another fun challenge for our journals!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Week 19 of Documented Life Project



It's always so fun to do do these challenges for the Documented Life Project.  This week's challenge was to record a random act of kindness that we have done. I couldn't think of a specific one that could be documented but I do strive to be kind everyday.  And sometimes that's hard!  That's why it's a Fruit of the Spirit. We can't really do that alone very well can we??

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Perfect


More letter doodling. I love to do this type of letter doodling. For me doodling consists of any type of
drawing that moves the hand and relaxes the mind. 
IMAGINE---PERFECT---PEACE
Peace-->tomorrow

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Imagine


"Imagine---Perfect---Peace"
Perfect----->tomorrow's post
Peace--> day after tomorrow's post

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Week 17---Documented Life Project

This week's challenge was to put some favorite shoes on the page. Well, that was easy for me because I love Keds and have worn them since I was a little kid.  I even wore then when they went out of style and you could barely find any cute colors. But now, on my goodness, Taylor Swift has endorsed them and the style are so cute. Even Kate Spade has styles. I guess what goes around comes around!!












Monday, April 14, 2014

Week 16 of Documented Life Project





This is week 16 and this week's challenge was to use some cardboard from some food on the journal page in a creative way. So I cut up a couple of boxes and collaged them on.  The dove is from the Ezekiel cereal box.  This is a fun project and a good diversion from the easel. Although I do love the easel-- sometimes I don't love the easel! It's a love- hate relationship I have with my paintings. I guess for me, learning to oil paint and to be a really good one is happy agony. Yep--that's what it is---happy agony.  All painters say "aye!" And probably writers, musicians, ....inventors...etc...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Little Brown Wren

I love to paint birds and this little guy was just so cute I had to paint him.  I found the photo on the Paint My Photo site.  I do appreciate this site because sometimes I just need a little inspiration and ideas and this site is completely copyright free.

Monday, April 7, 2014

DLP Week 15--Monochromatic

This week's challenge was to create a page in all monochromatic colors.
No, it's not belated St. Patty's Day but it ended up looking like it didn't it? Well, maybe I should have chosen blue as my color except I love green and I love spring.  I made some of the flowers from the deli paper and did a little calligraphy and spraying. It was fun!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Great quote



Yep! That's for sure!
Do you ever wonder who originates these quotes on Pinterest?  Sometimes they are really profound but sometimes there is no author on them.  This is one of those. So I just let Mr. Pinterest have the honors.
This is a vintage border from my early days and some lettering from yesterday.  Since I have been oil painting my lettering has somewhat gone to the wayside but I certainly don't want many years of lettering practice to fade away---no matter how much I want to be a good painter. If you don't use it you'll lose it. That's for sure!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Oriental vase


Switching gears from my DLP journal and pulling out my oil paints for our get together with my painting buddies. We are still painting from Greg Kreutz's book, Problem Solving for Oil Painters. He is a fabulous painter and teacher. We love his classic style of painting yet it's still enough impressionism to appeal to me.  We have fun on our painting days. We learn so much from each other.  Normally I am more of a high key painter than this (painting in brighter, lighter colors) but I like this classic style too. The vase is fairly high key as well as the apples so that was fun.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Week 14 of DLP


I am enjoying doing the challenges for the Documented Life Project.  
This week's challenge was write your name and embellish.
Fun!!



Saturday, March 29, 2014

Color Drop Flowers

Here is another page in my calendar moleskin planner for the DLP project. I love making the fun color drop flowers and sewing around the edge. It's always so fun to finish off a page like that.  Today we will be given a new challenge for next week's page. Hopefully it's a fun one---!

And I just had to share this one from our grandson, Marc, who will be 5 in May.  It's a Ninja Turtle and they'rrrrrre back!
 It's been 25 years or so since my son, Zach, used to love to watch them on TV.  Well, what goes around comes around.


Friday, March 28, 2014

Documented Life Project



Since I started the Documented Life Project late and missed about 10 weeks I have gone back and filled my calendar in with more pages. I have really enjoyed doing the weekly challenges so far and love seeing on the extremely talented people on Facebook doing this project. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sometimes...


Sometimes I just need to do some calligraphy. It's good for my soul. This is an Italic variation I like to do that I learned from a  Connie Ferguson workshop.

I wrote it out , scanned, did some Photoshop magic and placed it on this old mixed media piece that I had saved in my files. It's always fun to do and gives new life to old art pieces.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Documented Life Project Week 13

This week's challenge was to have someone draw on your page. My grandson, Marc, had just sent us this precious little drawing so I just had to use it. 
This is such a fun project and gives me a diversion from the easel--although I do love the easel.
You should join in!



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Put a Bird On It


I thought I'd better skip ahead and "put a bird on it" before it got to far ahead of me. He's a happy bird.
Week # something or other in The Documented Life Project. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

"Drawing the Girls" Online class starts today!

So excited about this new class. I absolutely love drawing these girls.  I am been trying to catch up on the Documented Life Project.  If you haven't seen this you should check it out! It really looks like lots of fun and a great way to keep your life organized. And it's free! I have been using the pages on the Moleshine calendar for my girls. Here are a few pages where I have used my girl drawings.






I haven't put my tabs in yet so when I do that I will show you. If you have signed up for my class I send you a BIG 'OLE THANK YOU!!!
And if you have any questions or comments please don't hesitate to email me or message me from within the Typepad class.  And don't forget to post your images your draw! I want to see your new friends!  Give them a name too!

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