Bagged Produce

Now for something a little different – This painting was done with Prismacolor colored pencils as I followed a lesson by Lindsay Weirich, aka The Frugal Crafter. Over the years I have learned so much from her blog and videos.

Bagged Produce
Bagged Produce

I’ve never worked on black paper before but really had fun with this one. Can you believe tomorrow is July 1? Summer is flying by!

Dahlia in Prismacolor

This dahlia in created with Prismacolor as inspired by a tutorial in my Gary Greene book.   I am still rather slow at this medium but was happy with the results of all the layers and blending.  The background is a subtle “linen” technique that lets the flower bloom in all its glory.

Dahlia in Prismacolor

Dahlia in Prismacolor

We just returned from a terrific cruise vacation on the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas, which is currently the largest ship in the world. We had so much fun exploring all its “neighborhoods,” my favorite of which was Central Park, and the islands we visited were nothing less than stunning.  The trip was perfect until our return flight was delayed by three hours, but that gave me time at the airport to catch up on all the week’s blog posts I missed.  I have a few photos of inspiration that I hope to turn into art in the next few weeks – nothing like a warm vacation in February to revive the soul.  If you are in need of a little escape, this picture might be helpful.  Happy Wednesday!

Beach on St. Maarten

Beach on St. Maarten

 

Zinnia in Prismacolor

This week I have been creating with my Prismacolor colored pencils. I followed a tutorial by Gary Greene to draw and color this zinnia and found out a couple things.  To use colored pencils the right way, one must be patient.  Lots of layering with light strokes make for the best results. This takes a long time (at least when compared to watercolor painting)!  I was too heavy handed and a little impatient with my first try, but this second version turned out a bit better. Also, Prismacolor leads break a lot, which I had read about, but that doesn’t bother me too much. Someone said I should put them in direct sunlight on a hot day and the wax core will fuse back together, but that will have to wait a few months since it is only February. Any other suggestions?

 

Red Zinnia in Prismacolor

Red Zinnia in Prismacolor

 
I really like how the Prismacolors blend with a blender pencil or a colorless Copic.  I have also used Gamsol and a paper stump for blending and that works well, too. I ask enjoy the variety of gray shading colors Prismacolor offers. 

I think I’ll leave the Prismacolors on my desk for a little while before I start back up with my watercolors, but that is easier said than done. I have so many ideas swirling in my head, and some days I am in the mood to use one medium over another.  Decisions, decisions.  It’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind, right?  Happy weekend to you all!

Cards for Jacki

Kim is always doing thoughtful things like picking up cool craft supplies when she sees them and sharing with all her friends. To show my appreciation of her generosity I made a batch of special cards for her to give to her sister, Jacki, who has been hospitalized and battling leukemia for a while now. Jacki is quite the fighter and even on her worst days she is an absolute inspiration. When reading her care pages, her love of God and unending Faith show through her writings, and her fierce and complete trust, confidence, and love of the Lord and her family are quite moving.

You Lift Me Up My Favorite Things

You Lift Me Up
 My Favorite Things, Flopsey

Some Bunny Loves You My Favorite Things

Some Bunny Loves You
My Favorite Things, Funny Bunny

Just Fur You My Favorite Things

Just Fur You
My Favorite Things, You A-Mews Me

I've Got My Eye On You My Favorite Things

I’ve Got My Eye On You
My Favorite Things, I Spy

Sending You Sunshine My Favorite Things

Sending You Sunshine
My Favorite Things, By the Seashore

I Need Some Face Time My Favorite Things

I Need Some Face Time
My Favorite Things

I Love You S'more My Favorite Things

I Love You S’more
 My Favorite Things, Flopsey Goes Camping

Most of these images were colored with either the new set of alcohol-based blending markers, which Kim found at a bargain price, or with colored pencil and gamsol for blending and shading. I enjoyed getting out all my stamp sets and picking out just the right ones as well as finding patterned papers, marker colors, embossing folders, and embellishments to match. All of the stamp sets are from a company called My Favorite Things and the papers and embellishments are from my stash.

Please remember Jacki in your prayers as she continues to fight her battle with such grace and determination.

Happy Easter

Happy Easter!  Today started out to be a bit damp and dreary but really turned into a lovely day with beautiful blue skies and sunshine.  Here is an Easter card I made with my Honeypop set by Inky Antics.  The images were colored with regular colored pencils and blended with gamsol and a paper stump.  I really like this technique but sometimes it is tiring for my fingers and hands.  I love the retro feeling of the honeycomb paper and the 3-D egg adds a nice surprise to the card.

Easter Honeypop Card

Easter Honeypop Card

   

Center of the Honeypop Easter card

Center of the Honeypop Easter card

    

Looking down from the top of the card into the center to get the 3-D effect of the honeycomb paper

Looking down from the top of the card into the center to get the 3-D effect of the honeycomb paper

I hope you had a terrific day and were able to spend it with those you love and enjoy being with like I did.  This week I will be getting ready for a girlfriends’ weekend at the Crop-A-Doodle-Do, a bed and breakfast spa retreat that focuses on crafting!  I am so looking forward to it and have so much to organize in my head and in my rolling craft bag.  I can’t wait to start packing.