Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Finding Inspiration to Draw

5.5" x 8"
Fountain Pen and Pencil Crayon

On a wet day I paint from photographs.  The daffodils were from Paint My Photo, a wonderful site offering copyright-free photos for painting.

Another inspirational site is Make Awesome Art.  A recent post inspired me to draw a watercolor sketch from a photo I took in China:

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Try Your Own Handwriting

4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Bird Stamp by Inkadinkado

Often it is difficult to get the right size greeting stamp for your card, so get bold and creative and use your own handwriting!  The recipient won't mind and you'll save yourself some time and money.

Monday, September 19, 2016

What Can Be Done With a Solid, Collage Stamp?

Artist Trading Cards
Butterfly Meadow Stamp by Crafty Individuals, on Various Patterned Paper
Peel-Offs for Trim

Look at all the things you can do with one stamp:
and with similar stamps, I've also
I'm sure there are lots of ideas that I've missed.  If you can think of one, leave a comment and I'll try it.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Another Card from the "In Process Box"

Handcarved Stamp
4 1/4" x 5 3/4"

Unfortunately, this card had to go out the door as soon as it was made.  I hope the recipient is soon feeling better!

Friday, September 16, 2016

It Pays to Shop Locally

It took so long that you might have thought that I was bluffing when I first mentioned it, but I finally got my canvas pencil case made!

It was made possible by a small, local art supply store, Rath Art Supplies.  I went in to buy a Col-Erase colored pencil for drawing, and in the "free" box there was some lovely canvas just the right size.  It already had a coat of gesso on one side so I was all set.

First, I applied a glazing of acrylic paint:

After it was dry I added the designs:

Some lining and a zipper, and voila!

I got the idea from Alisa Burke, who sells similar pouches in her on-line shop.  Unfortunately, she doesn't ship outside of the US, so I made my own.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

ATC's from the Projects in Process Box

Floral Collage on Various Patterned Papers
Stamp by Crafty Individuals
2 1/2" by 3 1/2"

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Strathmore Online Workshops

Strathmore's latest online workshop has started:  Colorful Creation With Marker.  Week One is about drawing people in a sketchbook.  We haven't got to the marker part yet, so I added a little watercolor. 

The instructor, Will Terrell, recommended I Am Chicago for photos to draw people from, especially if you're reluctant to go out and draw people where you find them.  I do both, but these are from I Am Chicago.