Thanksgiving is over, so now it is time to start turning our thoughts toward Christmas. There are two Christmas tasks that fall on my list right after Thanksgiving.
1. Set up the tree
2. start working on the Christmas card mailing list
I have to admit I am not too good at getting either of those accomplished in a timely manner! But I do enjoy hearing from family and friends through the good old fashioned mail with a handwritten note. There is nothing quite the same!
Through the years, I have gathered some of my favorite Christmas art into this set of eight greeting cards. Maybe this year I will get them sent BEFORE Christmas!
Half of my set are mother and child…
And the other half is an assortment of watercolor and rice paper batik.
Find these card sets in my etsy shop! Now is the perfect time to shop because through Dec. 1, EVERYTHING in my etsy shop is 20% off! Just enter coupon code THANKS2015 when you check out!
As my gift to you as you bustle into the busy holiday season…. a little encouragement to take a pause and do some restful coloring. Simply right click, download and print the image below
I have been a bit lax on my magazine submissions this year, so it caught me by surprise when I received the Winter 2016 issue of Somerset Studio Gallery and found my black and (almost) white “Looking Up” hidden away on one of the back pages.
I love all of the Stampington Company magazines…. such beautiful quality and loads of inspiring art.
If you would like to purchase a print of this piece, find it in my etsy shop here.
For you local folks, I will be at Mead Street Gallery tonight for Final Friday, 6 to 9pm. Stop by and say hi!
Also be sure and visit Tessera Gallery where I have new wall space and my mixed media supplies will make their debut!
In the spirit of Thanksgiving I dedicated a spread in my art journal to gratitude… something I make an intentional effort to practice each day of the year. The more gratitude I express, the more aware I become so that gratitude seems to grow and bloom!
The line art was made with pen and carbon ink. I love that it doesn’t run when I use marker or paint over it, and it has a super fine line. So great for random doodling!
The green watercolory look is actually a mix of blue and yellow Dylusions inks in an aquabrush. A great way to do ‘on your lap when you should be sleeping’ painting.
Hope you all have a wonder full day overflowing with Thanksgiving!
I love using decorative paper napkins in my artwork. Just peel apart so you only have the layer that has been printed. Like in this piece…
or in this one…
It not only adds rich color and design, but also gives the artwork a bit of interesting texture. But, I realized I didn’t need a whole package of each kind of napkin, I just needed variety. So I have created this variety pack of napkins to use in mixed media artwork. One each of ten different designs, and an extra thrown in for good measure!
Now available in my etsy shop, or at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita for $5.00.
Using a copy of one of my own Citra Solv altered papers as the base, I reverse painted an elephant, and whimsical plant life around him using gesso and paint. I added shading with my Derwent Inktense pencils, and did detail work with an ink pen.
It is fun to just let my imagination have its way once in awhile!
I was privileged to be able to fill my weekend with workshops! Saturday was two sessions of artist trading card making at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita. We used a deck of playing cards and got at least a good start on all 52 cards in 3 hours. Needless to say, these participants did some fast work!
The results were great, and so many imaginative ideas of what they are going to do with these cards! Some added photos or Christmas images and are going to use them as personalized gift tags. Others plan to hang them on the tree as ornaments. Still others plan to drop a card a week into the mail as a special gift of cheer. It got me to thinking of some ideas of my own…. maybe a Thanksgiving table gratitude project!
The next day I held a private workshop in a home to make leather cuffs. We painted with Angelus leather paints, stamped words, used embellishments, riveted and snapped… with truly amazing results!
Such a fun and talented group! Now I am in the mood to do some of my own creating!