Saturday, October 31, 2015

Random Art Cards -- Part 1

Here is another set of random Art Cards that I have done this year. They get placed into my folder and forgotten about until I go through them and realize that they weren't posted yet.

Title: Slick
Date: April 15, 2015
Medium: Watercolor
Type: ATC

Title: Catching Some Sun Rays
Date: September 30, 2015
Medium: Watercolor
Type: ACEO

Title: Hmmm
Date: September 30, 2015
Medium: Watercolor
Type: ACEO

Title: Jesus
Date: September 30, 2015
Medium: Watercolor & Ink Pen
Type: ACEO (Doodle)

Title: Prayer
Date: September 30, 2015
Medium: Watercolor & Ink Pen
Type: ACEO (Zen Doodle)

Friday, October 30, 2015

Watercolor & Stencil Art Cards

Painting with watercolors using stencils is a fun technique once you get a handle on your watercolors. Elise from Grow Creative has a very informative tutorial with lots of photos. Here is my try at it.

Title: Stenciled Palm Tree
Date: October 5, 2015
Medium: Watercolor and Salt
SwapAI: Stenciled Watercolor + Salt ATC
Title: Stenciled Mouse
Date: October 5, 2015
Medium: Watercolor and Salt

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Round Robin #31

Here is the latest from the Round Robin Cross Stitch Sampler swap. This is a very small and fun sampler. Since it has lots of blue in it and the fact that the owner of this piece likes Disney, I decided to stitch a tiara to represent all the Princesses in the Disney world.

Round Robin #31

Source: Cross Stitch Crazy magazine
February 2012/Issue 160 (Page 20)

Title: Tiara (Crown)
Date Completed My Section: October 21, 2015
ThemeAnything Goes with the following in mind:
Colors: Blue, Green, Purple, Teal
Dr. Who or Disney

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Cute Monster ATC

I'm not into those scary or gory Monsters that are out there these days. I love the cute ones. So, for this swap, the requirement was to make a cute monster. Mine is cross between a Mummified Pumpkin Dressed as a Hippy. What do you think? And yes... it was Zentangled.

Title: Cute Monster ATC
Date: October 19, 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

White Crayon Resist ATC

It's been a while since I've done a White Crayon Resist ATC. Here is a link to Gina K. Designs video tutorial on the technique if you are interested in trying it out.

Title: Dedication
Date: October 17, 2015
Medium: White Crayon, Stamp and Ink Pad, Watercolors
Swap: White Crayon Resist ATC

Sunday, October 25, 2015

4" x 6" Paintings

I've been slowly working into larger paintings to see if I can do it. Here are two recent paintings that I've done thus far. One was a gift and the other is offered for sale on my Etsy shop. They are a combination of watercolors, Zentangle, and salt.

Title: Purple Sunset (1)
Date: October 10, 2015
Medium: Watercolors, Ink Pen, Salt
Size: 4" x 6"
Given as a Birthday Gift

Title: Purple Sunset (2)
Date: October 11, 2015
Medium: Watercolors, Ink Pen, Salt
Size: 4" x 6"

For sale on ETSY

Friday, October 16, 2015

Zen Doodle Owl ATC

For this swap, I made a Zen Doodle Owl ATC. My inspiration came from the book, "Zen Doodling" by Carolyn Scrace. Materials used were Ink Pen, Watercolors, and Salt.

Title: Zen Doodle Owl
Date: October 15, 2015
Type: ATC
Medium: Ink Pen, Watercolors, Salt
Inspired By: Zen Doodling by Carolyn Scrace (page 82)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Swap-bot's 10th Anniversary Mail Art Swap

It is Swap-Bot's 10th Anniversary. Because of this, Rachel hosted a fun swap for us. A mail art swap. Never done mail art to this extent. But hey... it was a challenge and absolutely fun. I used Ernie the envelope as inspiration with the art of Zendoodle and it took off from there.

First off.... The Envelope:

The front features the USPS Eagle, surrounded by flowers.

The back features Ernie the Envelope (Swap-Bot's Mascot), in disguise.

Next... The ATC:

The front features Ernie sending Swap-bot some mail art.

The back features the envelope sealed with a heart.

This ATC has been drawn with ink pen, colored with colored pencils and sealed with gloss medium on both sides.

These works of art are traveling to a fellow swapper in Canada.

As I was sending off this colorful envelope at my local Post Office, the Mail Clerk was is awe of my drawings and delivered wonderful comments about my work.

** Have a safe trip Ernie!!! **

UPDATE: I was notified on October 23rd that Ernie arrived safely to his destination.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Cute Halloween ATC

I thought long and hard for something as a Cute Halloween ATC and came up with this one. A boy hugging his new friend "Jack". Of course he is a pumpkin (Jack o' Lantern), but he doesn't mind. Friends come in all shapes and sizes. 

The lettering is a downloadable font, Shaded Chalk Hand Lettering, that I thought would be fitting. However, I did not download it, just copied the lettering onto my card.

Title: A Boy with his Pumpkin "Jack"
Date: October 6, 2015
Medium: Colored Pencil, Watercolor, Salt
SwapAI: Cute Halloween ATC -- Sender's Choice

Trick or Treat!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Zentangle Butterfly ATC

Here's another Zentangle ATC that I created. I used the butterfly pattern from the Painting on Glass blog and went from there... adding a splash of watercolor.

Title: Zentangle Butterfly
Date: October 3, 2015
Medium: Watercolor and Ink Pen

Monday, October 5, 2015

Cross Stitch ATC's 0 and 9

This is the first time I have ever made cross stitched ATC's. These ones are part of a number series, so I thought they would be simple enough to try. Nope. It was hard to find charts with special stitched numbers on them. So, I dealt with the basic ones and went from there. When I was done stitching them, the hardest part was to decide how I wanted to place them on the cardboard and decorate. They turned out good, but wish they were better though. As the number series goes on, I'll try different techniques and see if those would work out better. We'll see. So here they are... Introducing numbers 0 and 9.

Title: Cross Stitch ATC #9
Date: September 29, 2015
SwapBCS: Number Series 0 & 9 ATC
Number 9: Cross Stitch & Country Crafts Magazine: Sample Issue (pg. 5)
Hearts: The Cross Stitch Nursery #3554 (pg. 11)

The chart for the #0 does not exist. I eyeballed a chart from The Cross Stitch Collection magazine and went from there. It's not exactly the same, so it's my own design. I started out with the outline and filled it in (which I have never done before). This one was fun.

Title: Cross Stitch ATC #0
Date: September 29, 2015
SwapBCS: Number Series 0 & 9 ATC
Chart Inspired By:
Stitch Collection: September 2011; Issue 200

Don't forget to check back next month
for numbers 1 and 8 in the series.

Friday, October 2, 2015

More Pumpkins... LOL

Here are some more pumpkins that I have drawn / painted last month. The swap links are in the photo captions.

Title: Zen Doodle Pumpkin
Date: September 25, 2015
Medium: Ink Pen and Watercolor
Type: ATC

TitleWatercolor Pumpkin
Date: September 25, 2015
Medium: Watercolor
Type: ATC

TitleZen Doodle Pumpkin
Date: September 25, 2015
Medium: Ink Pen and Watercolor
Type: ACEO

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Halloween ATC's

There are two swaps that went hand-in-hand with each other because of the Halloween theme and that they were in the same group. Here are my Halloween ATC's. 

I absolutely love Black Cats. I had one for 13 years named Mr. Bip. Can't wait to get another one in the next few years. And of course.... I love to draw pumpkins as you can tell by this blog. lol

Title: Peek-a-"BOO"
Date: September 29, 2015
Medium: Mixed Media --- Colored Pencils,
Watercolors, Ink Pen (White), Glitter, Stamp Ink
Swap: EASU: Halloween (Black Cat) ATC
Remember Zen Doodle Jack? Well, I did some modifications and added some glitter and lines. What do you think? He is on his way to a new home.

Title: Zen Doodle Jack (Modified)
Date: October 1, 2015
Medium: Mixed Media --- Watercolors, Ink Pens, Glitter, Stamp Ink
SwapEASU: Halloween (Pumpkin) ATC