Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July 16 Watercolor Fest with Grace

My sister, Grace, and I had so much fun playing with watercolors last Sunday. I had been showing her some of my watercolor painted faces lately. We christened Grace's new set of 18 Sakura Koi watercolor pans, using aqua brushes and 140 pound cold press watercolor paper.
Grace said she wanted to try and draw a stormy sky. The scene above is Grace's artwork.

I'm still trying to draw lady faces.  I added the pink background at home, using the color called "Best Friend" from Jane Davenport's Petite Palette Brights. I used Jane's Inkredible pen to add detail to the eyes and the neckline trim. It writes beautifully-rich, opaque, dark black ink.

I was inspired to draw and paint these cat faces after seeing Cindi Banach's wonderful cat faces. She made 8 of them sharing on the Jane Davenport Mixed Media Facebook Group. Again, used JD's Inkredible pen for the black accents.

Grace and I had  so much fun watercoloring! Looking forward to our next watercolor fest!

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

June 12 Stampfest at Lynette's

Lynette and I had a great time at her house on Monday. 
We spent time visiting, making cards and working with watercolors.
She found a new toy at a garage sale: a Cricut cutting machine!
After a little trial and error, we figured out how it works
and found that the highest setting for the cutter worked best.
Her machine takes paper that's 6 inches wide by 12 inches long.
We cut tiny "ladies" and made cards using doilies, printed paper, dry embossing and ink sponging.

Here is Lynette working on our cards.

Using 140 lb. watercolor paper that we cut into card sized layers,
we sketched faces with a and then used watercolors.
Our inspiration came from Jane Davenport's book,
Drawing and painting beautiful faces.

It was fun and relaxing to draw and then paint the faces
in the Jane Davenport style with her watercolors.
You can see we used her neutrals and brights pallets.

By Lynette

By Laura

By Lynette

By Laura

By Lynette

By Laura

I'm always amazed at how relaxing it is playing with papercrafts and paints!
It was a lot of fun using Lynette's "new" Cricut machine too.

Materials list:
distress peacock feathers ink,
will have to find name of Cricut cartridge with lady cutout
dry embossing folders
Faber Castell Pitt pen-black
Sakura microperm pen-black
Canson 140 lb watercolor paper
Jane Davenport watercolors, neutrals and brights
aqua brush pen

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Flower Sketched on Watercolor Backgrounds

I find so much inspiration online.
Fell in love with Tracee Murphy's Poppies Watercolor and Ink.
Saw it first on Pinterest, but the pin was bad. 
So I searched for the correct image and pinned it here.

On the watercolor base I tested Portfolio Binny Smith watercolors that Lynette gave me.
She found them at a garage sale!

After the watercolors dried, I used sequin waste as a stencil and sponged with broken china ink.
Added white acrylic paint to the top portion using a paint brush.
Wasn't happy with the look, so I placed sequin waste over the wet paint, 
then rubbed with a cloth to remove some white paint. 

I drew the flowers with a Sakura fine tip marker. 
Used Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers to outline them.
Stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment with Versafine black onyx ink.

Here is another background layer. I like to make multiples when I have the watercolors out. Notice the warping of the paper.

In the card above, I tried Jennifer McGuire's method to attach the watercolor layer to the card base. I cut a piece of craft foam slightly smaller than the  watercolor layer. The craft foam is about 2 mm thick. I was happy with the way the craft foam layer helped to flatten the warped watercolor layer.

Click here to see Jennifer's YouTube tutorial showing how she uses craft foam instead of foam tape to attach large layers to cards. She demonstrates how the mail processing machines added wrinkles to the large layer that had been adhered with strips of foam tape.

I used Scrapbook Adhesives super high-tack tape on both sides of the foam to attach it between the watercolor layer and the card base. Jennifer advises that any strong double sided adhesive will work. She shows a couple of methods to attach the craft foam in her video.

Materials used:
Portfolio watercolors: 620 cadmium yellow, 136 phthalo blue, 375 sap green
Distress inks: broken china, Versafine black onyx
White acrylic paint
Sequin waste
Jane Davenport mermaid markers: pirate's gold and seaweed
Sakura microperm ultra fine 05 pen
Hero Arts stamp
Craft foam, 2 mm thick
Scrapbook Adhesives super high-tack adhesive tape

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Wishing you love and peace!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter 2017

Happy Easter!
Here is my lamb cake for this year. 
I will bring it to my cousin Claudia's who invited us for Easter dinner later today.
I also made some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies to bring.
Wishing you Easter blessings!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

File Folder Card and Hand Cream Box

My daughter gave me a tube of L'Occitane hand cream a long time ago.
I have been saving the cool looking box.
The design reminded me of a stamp!
So, I cut out parts of the box
and added them as embellishments to this file folder card.
And added an old library pocket card.

For the inside "file" I sponged some distress scattered straw through a mesh bag
that contained lemons from the grocery store.
The Michael Strong mini flower is stamped in distress broken china.
I drew the stem and leaves with a peeled paint distress marker.
I'm not sure how I will use this card, so I left room for the sentiment.

Here is what is left of the hand cream box.
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