Friday, January 25, 2008

Playing with the Girls

These are just a couple little drawings I played with while sitting at the computer. I was thinking of doing one for each holiday. I would do them in something other than a No. 2 and Crayons ... but you get the idea. And of course, my Katie girl had to get in on the act. She has a different vision for her girls, apparently she thinks we should make zombies with green teeth. Who am I to say no?

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Word Up #18 : Still

Word #18 is STILL . And, instead of just planning to do this challenge, I decided to do it right away. I grabbed what I had on my desk and around it for this page. Okay, so the fact that I have my easel right next to the desk helps with the paint, but other than cardstock I did not have any papers to use. So, this layout consists of :
Plaid "Apple Barrel" acrylic paint
Art Studio by Battat watercolor and acrylic paints
Sharpie marker
Crayola crayons
Glue Stick
The Paper Company cardstock
File Folder (for backing)
After painting the background the paper was wonky, so I used an old file folder to straighten it out.

The word "still" made me think of a few different things. The word was supposed to be meant as "still" in the since of time ... not as in standing still (though I am sure it would not have mattered if I chose to use it that way). I first was thinking that I still love to get messy, painting and crafting. So, I started slapping some paint down, and when I painted the heart I thought about my family. I thought about how it still amazes me that everyday I can love them even more. Each little thing they do endears them to me. My daughter dancing and singing along to YouTube videos of her favorite songs. Her little feet pressed up against the shower door. My husband snuggling our son. My daughter and son together. Watching Katie do her own crafts. And the pic of her in my sons bassinet reminded me that she is still my baby. Be still my heart? NEVER! Grow and grow!!!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Stealing Inspiration

One of the bloggers that I absolutely love and have to stop by everyday is Suzi Blu. Well, about a week ago she had a post about a new painting she had put up on eBay, and it is gorgeous! So I rushed right over to that eBay link ... but there is no way I can even enter into a bidding war on her piece. I would LOVE to buy some original art. I have NO art on my walls. I have two mass produced sepia-toned shots of flowers in the living room, and while they do seem to be my 2 month olds favorite thing in the world, I don't think they qualify as art. Also, my daughter is a little green-eyed blond with a penchant for dressing in black to dance and sing (Ali and AJ style). So, hopefully Suzi Blu will not mind that I am ripping her off. Isn't imitation the sincerest form of flattery?? In this case it really is! Anyways, this is what I have so far for my daughters wall. It is 14x22

Saturday, January 05, 2008

BE complete

Decided to use this very first canvas to do my one word for Ali. And then my daughter decided that she wants it. Is there anything that makes you feel good like a five year olds praise??? I could just glow with how much she loves this. Sure, she is no art critic (thank goodness) but she is my love and her opinion is so much more important!! Now if I could just be sure that she won't try to paint/draw over it!! Might be an improvement ;)

Friday, January 04, 2008


I was surfing through crafty blogs and got a sudden bug up my butt to play with some paint. I have been spending a lot of time at Donna Downey's blog , Paulette Insall's blog , and just stumbled onto the Journal Revolution blog. I have been all over the web. Jumping from one blog to another. I just LOVE when people include a list of blogs they like!! Anyway, I decided to bust out some of the stuff that came with my new easel. So, I popped the top on some watercolors and acrylics and played. Learned something right away. When I finished my watercolor background I wanted to have some lighter spots, so I dribbled some water on the canvas and then lay a Bounty papertowel over it to absorb the excess ... made a really cool pattern! Oh, and I also learned that I have A LOT TO LEARN!! I am not exactly the most accomplished artist out there ... I just hope I am not the worst!!
Here is what I have so far :

Wednesday, January 02, 2008