A Sheepish Birthday Card #Strathmore #Watercolor #

It’s my hubby’s birthday today.  I grabbed one of the Strathmore Series 400 Watercolor Cards that I won a few months back, and painted a goat.  That seemed masculine enough to me.

The inside says ‘Happy Birthday!  I hope it’s a Shear Delight!’.

Hmmmm.  Maybe that’s not so masculine.  He seemed to like it, though.



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Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration

The Summer of Color: Week Six . . .



Acrylic Painting Outside the Square

DIY Tracing Light Box for under $20

How To Paint the Red Hibiscus Flower In Watercolor - video



UmWowStudio and Susan K. Weckesser Inc. Summer Blog Hop & Giveaway-enter daily this week

WIN An Slickyboards And Slickynotes From EcoStatic Inc

Karaskustoms giveaway-chance to win a brass and copper Retrakt pen (Instragram)

Notebook Stories Review and Giveaway: Miro Notebooks

Journal52 Prompt Week 28: Technology ‪#‎Journal52‬, ‪#‎ArtJournaling‬, ‪#LifeImitatesDoodles

I really came up empty on the week 28 prompt–Technology.  After a week of wracking my brain, I flipped through my journal and noticed it had been about 8 weeks since I did a word-based page.  Curious, I counted back and saw that there was 7 weeks between the last two word-based pages.  Obviously, it was time for a word-based page!


A couple of things are different from my previous word-based pages, so I’ve pasted a little about my process below.



Technology is big news, so I decided to start with a layer of newspaper, pulled from the business section, on articles about some new technology.  It’s hard to see in the scan, but the text is more noticeable in real-life.


I used Decoupage medium because it’s fairly easy to write over.  I glued down strips and placed them with the text going in different directions so it would be more of a design element than actual text.  In the long run, this didn’t matter too much, because so much was covered.  I hadn’t decided what I would do at this point though, so I was keeping my options open.



I used a thin wash of Martha Stewart’s Canteloupe acrylic paint to cover everything, and applied dabs of Artichoke, just to break things up.



I used Sharpie Brush Tip pens to get started.  Because there is a layer of newspaper and glue medium, the Sharpies don’t bleed through to the back of the page as they normally would.  Notice that I blacked out one area, that I write on with fluorescent gel pen, later.



The second type of pen I used were Kuretake’s Clean Color.  It doesn’t really matter what type of pen or marker you use, but you want to be careful about interaction and whether a pen will write over the glue or medium you used.  For instance, I used the Sharpies first, because the Clean Colors are water-soluble.  That means anything wet would make them smear (and the Sharpies are wet).  It also means that while they write on the gel medium surface, they take a while to dry.  After this step I let the page sit overnight.  Even then I had to be careful not to rub against the Clean Color areas.


It’s always wise to test in a small area if you aren’t familiar with how your pen or marker will work on a surface. Remember, that the addition of acrylic paint, glue or gel medium of any kind will change the surface of your paper.


I finished up using Sakura’s Moonlight Gellyroll pens, and as usual forgot to photograph that part. Ah well, you get the gist.

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Prestwood variation

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Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration

Making Art Papers with Citra Solv and National Geographic Magazines



Simple Koi-Alcohol Ink on Yupo - Video

how to create fake calligraphy

Mixed Media Monday: Paint a Waterfall With This Fun Step-By-Step Tutorial



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Jetpens Pen Perks Giveaway: Field Notes County Fair Edition – 5 Winners

Another Reductive Pear #ReductivePainting, #RobertBurridge #LifeImitatesDoodles

Yesterday, I posted the latest page in my Journal52 art journal, explaining how Robert Burridge’s video of reductive pear painting changed my work.  I had so much fun painting reductive pears that I wanted to do more (it’s addictive, lol).


I was given a sheet of Schut’s Pigment Oil Painting paper to try out.  It’s a canvas paper.  I don’t paint with oils anymore, so I decided to see how it fared with watercolor and acrylics.


Using Manganese Blue Hue, Raw Sienna, Hansa Yellow Medium, and  Quinacridone Magenta, squirting each in turn directly on the page and used a small house painting hogbrush to spread the paint.  Then I used an Interference Violet to carve out the pear.

I love the way the paper kept the brush strokes, giving the piece a wiry texture.  It’s more pronounced in real life than in the scan.  The interference color was more opaque than usual.  Normally, it’s so transparent you can barely see it, but I think the sizing kept it from being absorbed and so more color showed.  The ‘glow’ at the bottom of the pear appeared where the interference paint was added thickly.  Instead of spreading it out, I applied more thick paint on the other side to get the glow there as well.

The watercolor…well, it didn’t work so well.  Fair enough.  I suspected that a paper meant for oil paint wouldn’t handle the wet media well.  The paper started pilling after the first wash, limiting the amount of glazing I could do.  The watercolor did lift, but even gentle scrubbing increased the pilling.

All in all, I’d defnitely buy the paper to use for acrylics, though I wouldn’t expect them to handle as usual.  I’d try different brushes to see what effects I could get.


Tuesday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal


Tangle Patterns: How to draw Sprigs

Tangle Pattern Muzulü

Tangle Pattern Zilla and Mosey

Ben Kwok template-Mandarin Duck (must belong to Facebook group Ornation Creation)


Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration

Writing Wednesday: 15 Thought-Provoking Prompts for a New Journal

Summer printables for Project Life



Kids Craft: Tissue Painted Canvas

DIY lined envelopes

A Happy Accident: Dirty Stencil/Modeling Paste Technique



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Easy Halloween Home Decor with your Cricut Explore…and TWO Giveaways

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Journal52 Prompt Week 27: Nostalgia #Journal52, #ArtJournaling, #RobertBurridge

So, I’m still busy with several projects that have an end of month deadline.  Not wanting to put much exploration or energy into this page, because I need both for my other projects.  I hesitated to go with negative painting because I’ve been doing that so much lately.


But, then, I was passing by the pears in the grocery store, and I suddenly thought–why not work with a nostalgia based specifically around negative painting!


Years ago, I saw this video of Robert Burridge painting pears.  This was before I had ever heard of negative (aka reductive) painting, and his 1 minute video wowed me.  It comes to mind every time I see pears, and I still think ‘wow’ whenever I watch it.  It makes me feel nostalgic to think about it, because that one minute had a great impact on my work going forward.


Because the technique is so simple, but so effective.  Literally, you can do a painting like this in minutes!


I’m not even going to write up my process, because if you watch the video, you’ll see it.  I will tell that I used Raw Sienna, Hansa Yellow Medium, Quinacridone Magenta and Manganese Blue Hue acrylic paints for my background, squirting the paint directly on the paper and then using a paper towel to spread them out.  I used Titanium Buff to carve out my pears.




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