Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Journal Time, Playing with Watercolors

Here is my Journal, and some of the pens, water color markers, and pencils I'm having fun with
I love to paint and I've been playing around with water colors for a while. a couple weeks ago I went shopping for craft supplies and ended up getting a few sketchbooks for my family to use.  My kids love to draw and paint too, so figure why not get a few.

I've been playing with different types of water color markers and pens and I finally got to try out some fun Gelatos too.

The following are a few pages from my mixed media journal from Strathmore I purchase and keep in my purse along with a few of the pens and pencils I've been playing with.

Learning on my own to use watercolors was a bit fun, but well I did purchase a book to help me learn how to color flowers, I figure it should be the same way as when I use acrylic paints or regular color pencils, shading, and giving the drawings a dimension once you start adding color.  I can lose myself when I get a hold of a paint brush, last Saturday I was so into my drawing and coloring, that when I looked at the time it was 4:00 AM, it was Sunday.

Just want to share what I've done so far, painting is so relaxing, I truly enjoy this very much.
Here I used water color markers and Gelatos to add color to his fun page

Just playing around with water color markers, love the colors, how they blend, happy with these pages.

Found this tutorial on how to draw water drops over at Craftsy, so I thought I give it a try and loved how these water drops turned out.

Below are some of the flowers I've done with my water colors, the first one, I traced, but the rest are sketched free hand, I don't like the idea of tracing or using images from stamps when I'm painting, I still have a long way to go, a lot more to learn, but I'm having fun doing what I love; painting. 

I decided to draw some faces, I wanted to make a cat, and here is my purr-fect kitty.

Just playing around trying to do a face with nothing but water color markers.

I have this friend Sophie, she's an incredible artist.  I purchased this cute little painting of what I called, the loss of Innocence because I think it fits it perfectly. So I decided to paint one inspired on hers, of course mine is nothing closed to hers, I'm not as good as her, but I still wanted to give it a try and well this is what I came out with. 

this is my little sketch - using black and red water color markers.

Here is a photo of my friend Sophia, the day I purchased this awesome painting that I called "the loss of Innocence".  That's what the painting says to me.  She's amazing you can go check her work on Face Book - Sophia Rapata.

Well, this is what I've done so far on my journal, I can't wait to completely fill it out and move on to the bigger one.  I love crafting, but painting is my favorite thing to do, if I can paint on it, I will. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


Hello everyone, welcome and thank you for joining us, we hope you enjoy this amazing and enchanted International Fairy Day Blog Hop, this hop is hosted by Leslie-Rahye!, please start at Leslie-Rahye's blog

I had all types of ideas, from jewelry to home decor, but I decided to go on a very different direction.   I love to paint, and recently I started to play with water colors, I have a few pencils and paints and well I decided to buy a few more products that I've been wanting to work with for a while. 

I decided to paint a Fairy, but not a full body, I drafted this face and wings and felt it was perfect.  I'm no expert with water colors, and this piece was a first for me, just playing with colors the way I would if I was using acrylics or regular color pencils.  Using water color markers by Sakura and Faber-Castell Gelatos was fun to experiment with. 

Here is the beginning of my Fairy, I had an idea of what I wanted to make and hoped that it all would work out at the end.  I did a light sketch in pencil and then went over the lines with my water color black marker by Sakura, I used a water brush and pulled off color in several areas many times to get different effects.  Now that all the black ink was done, it was time to bring in the water color markers and add lots of color.


Here you can see the face had a base coat, and I started adding different colors and mixing with the black ink. I worked on this a little bit every day, it felt nice to see how the idea I had was actually becoming real on paper.

Here you can see the hair is all colored and it was just a matter of playing with water, paper towels and colors until you reach the perfect blend.  I've found that working with water colors is very relaxing and fun to me, to be able to change the look, without having to erase anything, is like there are no mistakes, just new directions you can take until you find just what you are looking for. 

Now the face and hair are done, all colors look just right, it was time to start with the blue sky, at this point I had no idea what color I would use for the wings, so I left this alone for a bit, I had to think for a while what to use, and what I needed to go buy to finish this piece. 

Here you can see the wings, I decided to go with pinks and white and I actually used gelatos for the very first time.  I have to say I love how this product works, the blending with water was so much fun, and then I added the glittery paste, once I was done I took a red glitter nail polish and just brushed it in some areas to bring in more color and glitter to the wings and to the face and flowers.   I loved adding the tiny flowers and the different strings to bring in some more dimension to the piece.  

I didn't want to add to much, I'm still trying to get used to working with mixed media.  I feel that this Fairy is done and ready to spread some pixie dust.

My son gave me the words to add to this piece, I love it.  I'm very happy with how this turned out.  Stepping out of your comfort zone can be a very positive direction that can allow you to see how different can be good.   I can't wait to paint more. 

Here is my final piece, I can't wait to frame it up and hang it in my craft room, it will remind me that different is good, that you shouldn't avoid taking risks, learning new techniques, and believe that yes you can do that! as long as you have Faith and Trust in yourself. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and please make sure to check out all the blog links below so you can enjoy all the fairy inspiration and be kind to leave us some love in the way of a comment.

  • Materials used:
  • Faber-Castell Gelatos
  • 6 piece Koi Coloring Brush Pen Set by Sakura
  • Black water marker by Sakura
  • Small flowers
  • Flat back crystals by Tulip Glam-It Up 
  • Glossy Accents
  • Water brushes
  • Assorted cords
  • Sketchbook

Monday, June 1, 2015

Lucky to Have Met You!

Hi there, today I want to share a special project I made at my daughter's request.   She asked me to make her two key chains using two pennies, to keep it simple and focus on the pennies.   Her anniversary was coming up and wanted to give her boyfriend something special.  We've had so many conversations about relationships over the years and I've mentioned how lucky she was to have met the love of her life as a kid and to have found each other once again as teens.  So the lucky penny came into mind for this project. 

We searched and found two pennies with the year 2011, so to make them special I used tools from ImpressArt to add their initials and a heart around the year.

A very simple project and a first for me, I've never worked with metal, stamped or hole punch on pennies, so this was a learning experience, and I have to say I'm hooked on metal stamping and look forwards to making lots of projects and sharing  them with you.

Here's a list of the products/materials I used:
  • 2 Pennies
  • Black Sharpie
  • 2 Hole punch
  • key chain with jump ring
The following products were sponsored by ImpressArt.
  • Hammer 
  • Stamping block 
  • Stamp straight tape 
  • Basic Newsprint letter stamps - uppercase 
  • Lace heart design stamp

Step 1

Take your two-hole punch and make a hole on the pennies to add your jump ring.

Step 2

Decide where you want to stamp and use the stamp straight tape to hold the penny and mark where each letter needs to be stamped (see photo below)

Step 3

Hold your letter stamp tight and hit it with the hammer, this was my first try and after several practices, I had to hit it about 4 times in order to see the stamped letters on the pennies.  Make sure to not remove the letter stamp because trying to go back and stamp over again is nearly impossible, I got lucky a few times but it's best to just hold it tight and make sure you taped your metal down because if you don't it will slide off the stamping block.  

On the photo below you can see two pennies stamped, I stamped what my daughter wanted in two different ways, for her to chose what she liked best.

Step 4

Once you are done stamping you can take either some acrylic black paint or a permanent sharpie marker like I did, and go over the stamped areas, and wipe off the excess black ink, this will help the stamped images to be more clear, as you can see on the photos below.

Step 5

Now that all the stamping is done, it's time to assemble your items.  I purchased these key rings fully assembled from Michaels' craft store, so all I had to do was open the jump ring at the end of the chain with my flat nose pliers add the penny and close it back with the nose pliers.  Turned out to be a very simple project, that my daughter was very happy to give to her boyfriend.

Here is a close up, have you tried metal stamping? If not, you should, it's fun and can be addictive.   I'm really having fun with what I've learned and can't wait to make more projects to share with you, thanks for stopping by.

Hand Sculpting What I Imagine

Hi there, today I want to share something I love to do. I love working with my hands, and lately I've been sketching out ideas to make ...