Saturday, January 13, 2018

Art Journal Update-Learning from Day 9

Following Jenna Rainey's Demo on Instagram: December 17, 2017
Hello everyone! Above is a cheery promise that spring will come again. It has been a chilly winter in Central Texas, but a much-needed one. Last year I think we only had a half-dozen days of freezing temperatures. This year, we have well-exceeded that! And while the temps have been colder than normal, it hasn't been so cold or icy that we are confined to quarters. Getting back into the swing of practicing art and creating has been a challenge because our days really been beautiful!

The return of Themis to the McLennan County Courthouse dome
Last weekend, my husband and I celebrated my birthday by heading to the Farmer's Market in downtown Waco. The day was stunning as you can see in the photo above. I had a glorious time walking around downtown...which was something I used to do regularly as a kid. Our downtown area is seeing a revitalization, and I am so excited to see the growth. While there, we were able to watch a crew settle our refurbished Themis on the dome of the courthouse. I don't think I've ever stopped to really appreciate the architecture of our courthouse. So glad to get this shot!

Day 9: Everyday Watercolor by Jenna Rainey
If you have been following my posts, you may be aware that I have been working through Everyday Watercolor by Jenna Rainey of Monvoir. I started the journey in earnest but quickly ran into a couple of roadblocks along the way. Instead of pressing onward, I reverted to my old habit of avoidance. When I picked up the book again, I came across this lesson and realized why I stopped [besides being Christmas]. I couldn't quite wrap my head around this exercise, honestly. But I gave myself a good talking-to and continued through the process. After I finished, I found a demo on Instagram that Jenna had posted on December 17th for her new book. I carefully followed her path, and the Larkspur painting above was born. Below are a few things that I learned from Day 9 and how I plan to continue that exercise as a warm up.

Other News

Inspired by @mlomisc on Instagram
I so enjoy finding artists on Instagram, and the warm-up above was inspired by a monochromatic on Instagram by @mlomisc. This was painted before exploring Day 9, so it's easy to see that I was tentative about layering. I tend to try to fill the white spaces and I'm very concerned about creating layers that do not make sense. However, in order to learn placement, one must let go and experiment, right?

Conical Shapes
Finally, this is an update of my drawing class on-line with Sandy Allnock. I sketeched this on January 2nd, and due to getting back into the swing of work, my birthday, etc., I haven't completed the first lesson. But, that is on the schedule for this weekend!

I'd love to hear what your artistic goals are for the New Year. Please leave a comment below, so I can see what you've been up to!! Thanks for stopping by!

What I learned from Day 9

  • Letting go during a warm-up exercise is essential. 
  • Stop listening to the inner know-it-all, she doesn't know much at all.
  • Using complementary colors with your exercises helps you see how the layers work.
  • Loosening up with layering helps give confidence when tackling a new composition.
  • Layering helps you see the complexities of a subject.
  • It's fun!

Links to Previous Posts:

Everyday Watercolor: includes information about Jenna Rainey and her book.
Drawing 101 with Sandy Allnock: includes information about Allnock's online classes

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Blending & Masking Success!

Appreciation Card for Local Charities
Hello everyone! I hope the New Year is treating you kindly. To be honest, it feels as though it should be January 10th and not January 4th. However, no sense in speeding through the will pass quickly enough, right?

Today I'm playing along with two challenges: Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #308, 2017 A La Carte and Simon Says Stamp Monday: Something New. I will start with Papertrey's 2017 A la Carte. For the card above, I mimicked Betsy Veldman's tutorial for Make It Monday #290: Combining Stenciling and Masking. Below is her card. Since she used the stencil from Make It Market Herb Garden, I thought I would be a purist and use a stamp from the set, too!  I chose parsley since my card is a Thank You card. The sentiment is from PTI's Gathered Garden, and the inks for the parsley are Simply Chartreuse and Spring Moss. The border die for the vellum is also PTI's latest border die set. To be honest, I admired Betsy's card so much, I bought the Herb Garden kit for the stencil alone!

Betsy Veldman's card for Make It Monday #290
For Simon Says Stamp, Something New, I chose to sponge Barely Blue premium dye ink over the background after masking for the parsley sprigs. I love the softness of the blue with this ink, and I think the sponging represents a lovely blue sky. I also used My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle Die: Zig Zag to cut the focal panel down to size.

All-in-all this was a very simple card to make, so I made two cards! I will also make a third card out of the remaining parsley sprig die-cuts. I made these cards to be combined with a small donation to two deserving charities: Mission Waco and Caritas. Both of these organizations work tirelessly to help our homeless and citizens who need help with food and bills. For me, it's always a blessing to help out as much as I can. However, I got to thinking: How often do I actually thank them for the work they do? Why not create a card to accompany my gift and tell them how much their ministry means to the community? I cannot wait to send these off!

In the meantime, thanks so much for stopping by! I truly appreciate your support and feedback!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Best of 2017: Happy New Year!

Happy New Year's Eve everyone! If you follow my blog, you may be wondering...what's up with this girl?? Well, one goal I had for 2017 was to have at least 200 blog posts. I fell short of that, so the next best thing? At least 100 blog posts for 2017 and then try again in 2018!! Quality over quantity, right?

For the last post of 2017, I thought I would do what several blogger friends are doing, and that is to recap some of the best of the best. Below are a few of the top posts of 2017. On the right, you'll see the top post for 2017 which was a card I created for a Papertrey Ink Blog Hop earlier this year.

Again, thank you so much for your support! It means the world to me, and I pray blessings for you and your family during 2018! See you next year!

Top posts of 2017--

Papertrey November Blog Hop--My favorite Christmas Card, ever!

 Papertrey November Blog Hop

Papertrey May Blog Hop--My first successful attempt at an all-over print--

 Papertrey May Blog Hop

A top post from Pinterest--For this painting, I followed Jay Lee Watercolor on YouTube

Here is my personal favorite. This is a watercolor I created for my sister and mother to commemorate Gene A. Davis, father to my sister and me, and loving husband to our mom--

Top nine likes from my fellow Instagrammers for 2017--
My best of Instagram 2017
If you are on Instagram, I'd appreciate a follow: caboney1. Also, I'd love it if you would consider following this blog. It truly makes my day to know that my content inspires or helps you through your creative process. Once again...Happy New Year, and blessings to you!! I'll see you in 2018!

Art Journal Update: Happy New Year!

Sketch Exercise: Rectangles
Good evening everyone! This post is an update to what I've been doing artistically for the last few days of 2017. Shortly before Christmas, I realized that if I was going to progress with watercolor and paint more complex subjects, I probably need to learn the basics of drawing. Then, magically on Instagram, Sandy Allnock announced at new Drawing 101 course. I signed up, and I'm so glad I did. My plan was to be through the first course by New Year's Eve, but that is taking a little longer than expected. The sketches above are various objects that are rectangular and/or square. I have had a lot of fun with this course so far, and I've learned a lot not only about form but also about myself as an artist. These sketches are not museum quality by any means, but I truly didn't think I was able to draw anything other than simple shapes. If you're interested in her drawing course or her other courses, click here. If you would like to know more about Sandy Allnock, the artist, click here.

Wet-in-wet: Getting to know my palette again!
This post will also update you on the small amount of watercoloring I've done in the last 24 hours, literally! Because I was so behind with all of the things I needed to do for the Holidays, my paint brushes have had a long winter's nap. But, they're awake again, and many projects are floating around in my head.

Watercolor panels for greeting cards
Today, I managed to create a few cards with original artwork by yours truly! It's exciting to think that my original art might brighten someone's day. In fact, as I've been painting in my art journals, I've wondered if it would ever go anywhere. This leap of faith is confirmation that perhaps, just perhaps, the things I've been planning for a few months may actually take off! For more information about the inspiration for this card, click here.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Taking the time to read my posts warms my heart! I appreciate any and all feedback you have. Until next time...Happy New Year!!

Watercolor Panel: Thinking of You!

Sunday Stamps Challenge #169: Cool Winter Love
Hello everyone! As of this post there are approximately 10 hours left in 2017!!! Because it's wintry outside, I decided to spend most of this day working in the craft room painting and creating cards. A goal for 2018 is to make cards that incorporate watercolor as much as possible. When I saw the inspiration photo for Sunday Stamps Challenge #169: Cool Winter Love, I was excited!

 Sunday Stamps #169

For my color palette I chose the coral, navy, and gray. My accents are white and kraft. While I understand the goal is to use up to three colors in the inspiration photo, the pillow with the flowers and leaves caught my eye. I decided instead of stamping a focal point, I would watercolor a panel instead. I eventually cut my panel down to two smaller panels and was able to get two cards for my efforts.

Second card: Thinking of You
I haven't quite decided where these cards will wind up. I recently mailed cards to Card Care Connection, so these will probably travel to Lasting Hearts [for more information on my Card Drives tab at the top]. Below I've listed supplies for the card and watercolor panel. Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a Happy New Year!

Card Recipe--
Paper: Papertrey Ink Enchanted Evening, Classic Kraft, and white cardstock
Ink: Papertrey Ink Enchnaged Evening
Dies: Papertrey Ink Stitched Rectangle Die
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Keep It Simple: Thinking of You
Embellishments: The Paper Studio Pebble embossing folder; Hemp Cord by Hemptique

Watercolors & Brushes-- 

  • Coral = W&N Cad. Red & Cad. Orange; Grumbacher Red
  • Navy = Academy Ultra Marine Blue; Cotman Payne's Gray
  • Payne's Gray
  • Joe Miller #8R Signature 50/50; Princeton #6 Long R Velvetouch; The Fine Touch #3R

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Watercolor All-Occasion Card

Simple Watercolor & Embossed Card
Hello everyone! I'm in my craft room today making the most of the rest of 2017! Today, I'm making cards to replenish my stash at the office. In the past, I've made cards that reflected the seasons with sentiments already stamped. The only problem with that is if I needed a "Thinking of You," I usually had a "Happy Birthday" card. Sometimes the cards would have a 'beach' theme, and that wouldn't work so well for a February birthday card. So, I'm wising up by making a simple card that can be personalized for just about any occasion!

For this design, I followed the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches #318. The simplicity of this sketch lends itself to many applications. For my card, I used the sunflower from Papertrey Ink's Botanical Blocks. The focal point is embossed with black embossing powder. Then, I pulled out my dusty watercolors and filled the image in. I wiggled outside the lines a bit so everyone would know I'm not perfect--just kidding: actually, it's because I'm a little rusty. 

 Freshly Made Sketches #318
For interest, I used Avery Elle's Postage Stamp Die and used the outer portion to surround the 'artwork' with a frame. For the banner, I used Papertrey's Simply Chartreuse Bitty Big and mounted all of that onto a panel of Spring Moss. This card probably is more suited for spring/summer, but I think I can also get away with using it up until Halloween.

Close-up of flower detail
Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Designing Masculine Cards

Masculine Cards: Simple Palette w/Loads of Texture
Hello everyone! The year is coming to a close, and I'm already looking forward to 2018! I have so many goals I've established for myself that I need to get started now--stat!! One of my goals is to actually do something with all of the cards I make. With that in mind, I have organized all of the birthdays in my family. I'm the only one with a birthday in January, so I'm starting the year ahead of the game by creating three masculine birthday cards: one for my brother-in-law, my son, and my sister's fiance. All will be mailed in February 2018!

The Key to Masculine Cards

For me, the key to masculine cards is to choose the right color palette. I typically think of earth tones or strong colors like navy or bold red. Next is to think simple lines with a pop of texture. For my card, I started with earth tone colors like soft gray and browns. To add texture, I embossed a piece of kraft cardstock using a 'pebble' embossing folder. Instead of using the positive side, I flipped it over and used the negative side. I added interest by sponging Dark Chocolate ink over the pattern. This added a lovely shadow to the embossing.

Sponge ink over the embossed panel to add a shadow effect.
For the focal panel, I used a die that added stitching around the panel. The zigzag pattern adds another slight texture to the card. Finally, for masculine cards, I think it's important to find something organic to add. For this card, I added variegated hemp cording to the focal panel in the photo below. I eventually switched to another style of hemp cording that was more flexible. For the sentiment, I used a piece of soft gray cardstock and stamped my sentiment using Dark Chocolate ink. This helped tie everything together. See below for a list of supplies.

Add an organic element to masculine cards.

I'm playing along with two challenges today. The inspiration sketch for my card is from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #244. 

 Atlantic Hearts Challenge #244

I'm also playing along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes! Love it when Anything Goes rolls around!! There is still time to play along with both challenges but Atlantic Hearts closes in a couple of days.

Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes

Color Palette


Card Recipe--
Paper: Papertrey Ink: Soft Stone, Classic Kraft, and Dark Chocolate
Inks: Papertrey Ink: Dark Chocolate
Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Birthday Tags [I's an old set] & Birthday Cheer [inside sentiment: To a very special you]
Dies: Papertrey Ink: Limitless Layers/Oval; Sketched Shapes [inside banner]; My Favorite Things Die-namics Zig Zag Rectangle Dies
Embellishments: Hemp Cord by Hemptique; Pebbles embossing folder by the Paper Studio
Tools: Foam dots; Sookwang skor tape