Portrait from Reference

I’m in the process of moving some large files over to another external drive to make room for those REF files from my camera, so while that’s moving along in the background, I thought I’d share what I was painting the last couple of days.

This was done using a reference digital painting by Larry Wilson.  I decided not to make the girl an elf since I wasn’t feeling it at the time, but I do love elves!  I used watercolors by Jane Davenport and Copic Markers.

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WIP Completed

This is one crazy week.  Everyone in the family has a doctor visit of some kind except for the youngest child.  But, she’s not in the clear.  She has an orthodontics appointment next week.  Finally finished the wip…I think I’m done.  I might add a few stencils or stamping in the background.  I’m going to give it a few days to decide.

I used a combo of things for this piece: Gesso, watercolor, Heidi Swapp Metallic Texture Paste in Rose for her hair,  acrylics by Jane Davenport for skin and lips, white acrylic paint for hair and whites of eyes, Copic markers for eye color/cheeks/highlights, Tombow Calligraphy pen to draw in her face and trace, and Pentel Gel Ink in White to color her pearls and for dots in her pupils.

WIP In Mixed Media Art Journal

I’ve been following Jane Davenport and trying a few things her way.  Here’s a WIP.

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Quick Sketch and Mixed Media Art Journal

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.

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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.

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Digital Scrapbooking Challenge Days 13-19

This is the most I’ve digi-scrapped in my life.  Even when I was designing I never went as far as doing a layout a day.  I can tell you that I’m wearing out though.  Twelve more after this then I’m done.  I’ve got another challenge up my sleeve.  I just signed up for a sketching and watercolor art class through Studio Calico.  I’m hoping that class will help me with a project I’m working on for a friend.  I need the motivation right now.

Enjoy these:

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Love Is…

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To view the steps I took to accomplish this layout, go here.

Jewelry Brochure & Faith Art Journal Freebie

I wasn’t planning on blogging today but last evening my sister mailed me the finished brochure she and I worked on for one of her friend’s new jewelry store and I was just so excited to see the finished product that I wanted to share it.

My sister did the consulting and I was the photographer and graphic artist behind the brochure.

I’m very happy at how lovely it turned out.  I’m also grateful that my sister’s friend, Gabriela, allowed me to take all the photos, edit them, create the graphics, and the brochure (excluding printing).  Gabriela came over my house quite a few times with her beautiful jewelry to photo and even brought over pastries for my family!  She is a wonderfully sweet and kind person.

Gabriela’s website is currently in the works but I hope you’ll stop by her site soon and take a look at her jewelry.  She also has a showroom where she’ll showcase her jewelry in Colorado.

Faith Art Journal Freebie

I’ve decided to turn one of my recent art journal pieces into a free download.  You can read more about it on my design blog and download from there.  Or, you can click on the image below and go directly to the download page.