Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Recently my daughter sent me a link to a video about a Fairy Lantern project. She thought I might like to do the project with my granddaughter, and she knows I love fairies. So my granddaughter, Destiny and I made our Fairy Lanterns last week.
This was the video inspiration:
We didn't create our fairy lanterns exactly like what we saw in the video. We looked at several Fairy Lantern videos on YouTube to get lots of inspiration and then we just did our own thing. But you'll see in this video that they used paint on the inside of the glass to give it a frosted look. That is what Destiny did with hers. In other videos, most people used tissue paper that they Mod Podged to the outside of the jar to create the frosted look. That is how I created mine, so that we'd have experience creating them both ways.
Here is Miss Destiny with her finished Fairy Lantern, which she loves.
We added some twine and roses to the outside of our jars, and a little glitter here and there. And we used flameless battery-operated votives for our lights on the inside. We also added a few star stickers on the inside.
Here's a pic of my Fairy Lantern--the one with tissue paper on the outside.
By the way, the fairies we used were pre-cut cardstock fairies that I purchased from a shoppe on Etsy. You can find those by clicking here: MentalEpisodes
I really love how both of the lanterns turned out. They both have a different look. If you want a smooth finish then I'd suggest that you use the paint option on the inside of the jar. We just used regular acrylic craft paint. I like how the tissue looks on the outside though too.
If you need more inspiration, just have a look around YouTube; there are tons of videos on how to make your own Fairy Lanterns.
Monday, July 18, 2016
I've loved poppies for a long time. It may have to do with growing up on the west coast--there were lots of poppies in California where I lived. Whatever the reason, I've always loved them. So yesterday, as I was looking at a stained glass project of poppies that I made for my mom in high school, I decided I'd paint some poppies while in my studio.
I did these on watercolor paper instead of a canvas because I was in the mood for a bit of watercolors. So I created these using Neocolor II crayons, some colored pencils, and a Stabilo All pencil in black. I added some music stenciling in the background too--because I wasn't feeling like it needed solid color. But it needed something, so I settled on the stencil. And a little butterfly never hurts. :)
I've been doing the One Little Word project this year (by Ali Edwards) and my word is 'Believe.' At the start of the year when I began the album for this project, I also decided that I needed a logo or symbol for my word, so I chose a flying pig. So when I was in the studio yesterday--for the first time in almost two months (thanks to an abundance of grad work and busy life in general)--I decided that I was going to create my own mixed media version of a flying pig. And this is what I created.
It's difficult to tell, but I added glitter to the tips of my piggy's wings, to give them a little sparkle. He's just a cute little flying pig, created on a background of torn scrapbook papers. He's mostly painted with acrylics, but there is also some stenciling added and some little embellishments here and there. This little guy is going to hang in my studio, to remind me that I need to believe that anything is possible. I think we all need to believe that sometimes. :)
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
I'm rather obsessed with Outlander, and I'm feeling a bit blue now that the season has ended. I've just started to binge-watch all of the series episodes to try to fend off the Droughtlander blues for awhile. And I also created this digital art to spotlight the emotional goodbye between Jamie and Claire near the end of the show--when Claire gets ready to travel back through the stones to her own time.
Sigh. That was a tissue moment for sure. I hate when I love a show so much...it makes it so difficult to wait for the next season to begin. But alas, I'll wait as long as it takes for Outlander to return. I can't wait to see Claire travel back in time once again to find Jamie twenty years after the Battle of Culloden! But if Claire can wait twenty years, I guess I can wait until next year when the series returns.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Since today is Frida Kahlo's birthday, I created some digital art in honor of the occasion.
Happy Birthday, Frida, who was born on this date in 1907. One hundred and nine years later and she is still an inspiration.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
I don't know why, but for some reason I have this thing about drawing and painting pink-haired ladies. I love pink or blue hair in artwork and I have no idea why, but I do! :). So today, when this pink-haired muse asked me if she could come out to play, of course I said, yes.
So now she lives in my art journal in all her pink-haired glory. When the muse strikes...you gotta go with it!
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
I had planned to go into my studio on Sunday, but since it was such a nice day I decided to grab some supplies and an art journal and just go get creative on the porch. There was a nice breeze blowing and the Hubs was working in the yard. And since I was surrounded by flowers I guess that inspired my first bit of journaling.
I just used some watercolor pencils and water, and a black pen, and just drew what came to my mind. Pink and blue flowers, in this case. :) After that I started working on a fairy. She's not finished yet, but at least it's a start.
So I didn't accomplish a whole lot out there on the porch, but at least I got to be creative. And since I don't have a lot of time for that right now with my grad courses going on, I took advantage of the little bit of time that I had. And that was enough.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
I've just been having so many great wildlife encounters this week, I feel like Snow White or Cinderella. Now if i could just get these little critters to do some housework for me. :)
This little bird was out by my door, chirping and chirping and chirping this morning. I opened the door to see him sitting there and chirping away. We had a nest in one of our trees so I'm thinking he may have come out of there. I hurried to get my camera so I could snap some pics.
He sat there and posed quite still for me, long enough for me to get a few digital photos. This one was the best. I went to get my phone to get a few pics on there too, but when I got back he got spooked and flew away. I'm glad I got this shot though. Such a pretty little bird.
Here's to capturing even more nature over the summer.