My kids have been busy with summer activities so I haven’t had much time to do anything really. Both the girls have left the world of dance. One moved on to Poms and the other to swim – although swim is only for the summer. I haven’t decided if I’ll be putting her in anything in the fall and winter. She isn’t too enthusiastic about physical activities, except for maybe running, but even that I don’t think she takes very seriously. I’m still looking for a voice coach for her because she’s very passionate about singing but I just can’t seem to find anyone in the area.
With the “no time” I have, I’ve somehow managed to finish four layouts I’ve tried to finish since March. These layouts are from a year-long course I’ve been taking online by Wilna Furstenberg who is an amazing artist. I’m actually taking two of her online classes: Art to Heart and Artventure. Art to Heart focuses on the self following scriptures from the bible and Artventure focuses on family. I’ve learned so much from these courses. I’ve learned not to be afraid to mix different types of media and it’s been very fun and stress relieving, except for the journaling part. I always have a hard time journaling. I find that strange because I love to write. The mind is so mysterious.
Here are the latest layouts. As mentioned, they were started in March and I completed them earlier this week.
Here are close ups.
On a side note, I purchased a couple of different coloring media: Derwent Watersoluble Pencils and Caran D’ache Neocolor II Watersoluble Pastels. I’ve been watching YouTube videos on these two products and comparing them to Prima Marketing and a few other brands with similar items. I chose to go with these two because they’ve been in the market longer and I wanted to get a feel for them before trying the newer brands.
I’m taking a free class through Jane Davenport. I believe these are sample classes to get a feel for her products and her art style. I’m liking it and find it fun and inspirational to practice my drawings using different techniques. I have a few items of Jane’s but didn’t purchase any facial stamps or inks. I have quite a few brands of inks around the study, plus, I bought a really nice set of Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus Watercolors a few months back with a 60% discount coupon at Michael’s that I really should start using. Also, instead of using Jane’s calligraphy pen, which I do have, I decided to use the Tombow Calligraphy thick liner pen. I tested the two and Jane’s pen smears under water while Tombow’s didn’t. I think I was supposed to go with the smeared look but I just didn’t want that look for now.
Sometimes I like to sketch starting with the nose. This was one of them. Most the time I start with the eyes but for some reason I was itching to get the nose right first.
Two birthday’s ago my husband surprised me with a beautiful leather covered unlined journal. It was so beautiful that I was afraid to mark in it, but last week, I made the plunge and created my first mixed-media art journal page! I used gesso, matte medium, gauche, acrylics, hard pastels, and ink pens.
At the desk sketching.
Kylie’s first day of school.
Aspen damaged by the hail storms.
Crafting supplies from a swap.
The 3rd book of the Lightbringer series!!!! Now I just need the author’s autograph.
My 6-year-old painted this awesome zebra at school.
For Mother’s Day, I spent time with my youngest daughter and nephew. They painted birdhouses as gifts for their mom’s. My daughter said, “Mom, don’t look until I’m done painting,” and added when she saw me with the camera, “But you can take pictures.” My nephew had so much stuff to carry home that he forgot to take his birdhouse. He was really excited about giving it to his mom too!
My nephew had spent the night Saturday and all day on Mother’s Day at our house. He really loves it. One of the sweetest thing my nephew said out of the blue was, “I feel like this is my house.” I told him it was his house too but then my daughter said, “It’s not your house. It’s my house and my mom’s house.” I reassured him that when he was over, it’s his house too.
I created this layout using a photo of my sister and the kit, Turning Leaf Apothecary, by Lorie Davison. I’ve also updated my logo banner with it. To see how I transformed my sister into a fairy and see some closeups, drop by my art blog here.