Category Archives: Mixed Media

Life Book 2015 – Week 34

This week we continue with the Healing & the Feminine Archetype theme.  This lesson was taught by  

Alena Hennessy who showed us how to paint a muse!

Alena talked about the different goddesses and what they represent.

I chose again to go back to my roots and explore the Aztec goddesses.

I chose the goddess Chicomecoatl. (chico meh, co atl)

Her themes are fire, providence, energy, community, abundance, fertility and strength.

Her symbols are hot spices (especially chili peppers), corn and fire.  In Mexico the goddess presides over maize and all matters of plenty during the time of harvest.  She is also the earth goddess and provides warmth, energy and fertility to those in need.

I chose her because she represents abundance and strength and because I love corn tortillas and chili peppers.

According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art : “the headdress is known as amacalli(“paper house”); it is the most typical attribute of the corn goddess.”

One aspect of the Aztec gods and goddesses were their insatiable thirst for blood.  I will spare you the details of how she was commemorated every September.

She comes in various appearances: a girl with water flowers.  She is regarded as the female counterpart of the maize god Cinteotl, their symbol being an ear of corn.

I really enjoyed drawing and painting this girl. I used watercolor paper, Pitt markers, india ink, and acrylic paints, and color sprays.  I might have taken too long and not be too intuitive, but I wanted to include all the symbols she represents.

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The title – Chicomecoatl goddess of Maize and Strength

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Corn,

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Chilies,

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Strength and Abundance

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Her sweet face 🙂

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That is it for now, friends, posting this goddess made me hungry for tacos!  LOL

Keep having fun and thanks for coming to visit!

Carmen

It has come to my attention that the image I used to create “Chicomecoatl goddess of Maize,”  was actually posted on a blog  without the original artist’s permission.  I publicly apologize for this omission, but just as I explained to the artist, Oesparza12, (sorry, she didn’t leave her full name on her comment on this post) I used Google’s search engine and it took me to the blog where this art was posted.

Several Cards I Have Created in The Last Few Weeks

Here are some cards and other mixed media projects I’ve created, but haven’t posted.

My grandson Sage stayed with us for a few days this summer and wanted to surprise his girl friend.  He said he wanted a folder to tell her how much he loved her.  “Grandma, can you make something for Emma?”  What do you want me to make?  “Oh, just take a folder and do your stuff on it!”  He loved it!  You should have seen the look in his eyes when I gave it to him.

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I used stencils, spray paint, acrylics and a black marker

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The back of the folder with a silhouette of a person dancing.

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Close up of the stencil I used and the word Celebrate!

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This is a mixed media canvas for a dear friend of the family who just found out she has Ewing’s Cancer, a rare form of bone Cancer.  She is so sweet and only 14 years old.

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A closeup of the quote:

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It didn’t take long for her to start loosing her hair, so I sent her a card to cheer her up!

I used a couple of Unity stamps for this one.

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One of my cousins asked me to make a Sympathy card for a coach who just died, so I dusted off my Cricut and cut out a few images from the Basketball cartridge.

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I also used my single stamps and stamped the inside.

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Finally, I’ve been taking some Craftsy card classes and these are a few of the cards I’ve created.

The lessons were given by Catherine Pooler – so much fun!

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Road Trip to Mount Rushmore – June 2015

One of my husband’s life long dreams was to see Mount Rushmore!

My daughter and my grandson joined us and it turned out to be one of the best vacations ever!!

We started out going to Santa Fe and spending a couple of days.  We’ve been to Santa Fe, but didn’t have the time to look around.  This time, we spent the whole day enjoying the city.  Here are a few pictures:

My husband has heard so much about the Loretto Chapel where the mysterious spiral staircase is located that we made our first stop here:

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We also  did the tourist thing of shopping for bargains:

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haa haa, I don’t know what I was demonstrating,

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We couldn’t leave Santa Fe without going to the Georgia O’Keeffe museum.  So inspiring!

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We checked this place out because it had smoothies,

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I ended up having a virgin red chile bloody mary, yumm!

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Having a great dinner!

Now on to Colorado to stay at our time share near Vail.  This is the scenery on our way there.

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The closer we got, the more snow we started seeing on the road.

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We finally arrived at our destination and were glad we left the snow behind!

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We had nice weather all around and got to enjoy long walks to the lake,

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and the creek,

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The water was perfect for white water rafting!

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The lake was peaceful, though.

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 enjoying nature,

Tulips

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A bee searching for honey in a lavender bush.

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and pretending we were kids again!

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 We sat at this cozy garden and watched people go by.

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We also visited Eagle, down the road and admired the bronze art on the sidewalk.

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Midweek we went to Denver to pick up our grandson and went through the one mile long Eisenhower tunnel.

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After picking up Sage from the airport, we went to visit our old neighborhood in Aurora, Colorado.  We hadn’t been there since 1983 so we couldn’t find our previous homes. After some searching and googling, we found our house on Olathe St. in the Mission Viejo neighborhood and the Berry home in Smokey Hill.

We couldn’t leave Denver without visiting Casa Bonita.

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This restaurant used to be a Safeway store and was remodeled and converted into an old Mexican villa, complete with caves, waterfall, and a gorilla.

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My daughter was reminiscing how she and her brother would love to go there not for the food, but for the entertainment.  The menu hasn’t changed a bit; it’s still not very good, but eatable.

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When you get to your table, they present you with a flag you can raise when it’s time for a refill or some of their famous sopaipillas.

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We headed back to Avon Colorado and began the fun part for Zonia and Sage.  They went hiking, biking, and water rafting!

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Biking near Vail Valley

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At the end of the week they went white water rafting on the Eagle River, but I haven’t been able to find their pictures online.

When we lived in Colorado, we used to visit the towns in the rockies – our favorite town was Estess Park.

This is a picture of the famous Stanley Hotel.

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We drove to Cheyenne, Wyoming and went to an Hispanic event.  It was their first so it was held at a small park.  Adjacent to the park is a railroad museum and this is where we took this picture.  I’m too short for this!!

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The next day we started on our trip to North Dakota.  There was so much rain and flooding we had to be rerouted and it took two more hours to get to Keystone.  This is where both Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial are.

Since it was still early enough in the afternoon, we decided to go to the Crazy Horse memorial because it was on the way to Keystone.

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Can you believe this is as far as they’ve gotten on the monument?   Everyone’s question is “When will it be finished” the answer from the guide is always “When we get enough funding.”

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This is a replica of how it will look when it’s completely done!

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You can pick a rock from the left over rocks to take home.  No, Sage, you can’t take that on the plane!!

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Are you kidding me?  You want to take that big rock home, honey?

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Finally made it to Mount Rushmore.  The monument is a lot smaller than the Crazy Horse Monument.  It fits in the head of the warrior.

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The family in front of the monument..

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…and this is a closeup after walking up 252 steps!!

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We were all so happy to be there finally!

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We just had to stop at Sturgis where they hold the biggest motorcycle rally in the world!!

But the biggest highlight of my summer was when my sister and I attended the Imitate Jesus Regional Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  Best convention to date!!

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Next post, I’ll be downloading the projects I’ve completed for Life Book 2015.  Until next time, happy crafting!!

Life Book 2015 Week 20 with Jenny Doh

This week’s lesson was by Jenny Doh is – Unraveling Through Mark Making.

First of all, this lesson was way beyond my comfort zone.  Some people are able to make awesome intuitive creations, but I had a hard time with this.

I created two today because the first one was done totally without thinking, spent too much time on it, and I feel it was a total mess.  I used fluid acrylics, high flow acrylics, fine line applicator, Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils, and palette knives.

I started out by dropping two colors of ink and using my spatula to make marks on the paper, then I switched to the fine line applicator and some black India ink.  I didn’t like what was going on so I started on the left side of the paper just using the red and violet.  I could see what looked like a red hat, so I went with it; then added the face.  I call her The Red Hat Lady.  She’s looking pretty sad because she just saw what was behind the curtain on the right side.  That’s my story and I’m sticking with it!  LOL

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This is a closeup (she’s so sad!)

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I also dripped some of the paint and added red lines – doesn’t it look like a shower curtain?  LOL

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The next piece is my sort of non intuitive painting – I didn’t know what I was going to make, but after laying the paint and making some circles, I decided very soon into the process that I was going to make a face – yeah the face of punk girl!

The word for this one is Just Be – whatever you want to be – Just Be!

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Close up of the face (purple mole, or is it just a stain?)

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I used a pink neon high flow acrylic paint for the title and made other marks with the violet, red, and black inks.

Well, I’m just glad I did it and got it over with.  Maybe I wasn’t in the right frame of mind for doing this type of art, but I gave it a try and hopefully next time I will like it a bit more!

Thanks for stopping by and…

Keep on crafting!

Carmen

Life Book Week 19 – Shadow and Light

Wow, two posts in one week!!  I must really be behind!  Nah, just taking my time, LOL!

This lesson was presented by Jessica Swift.  She is an awesome pattern designer from Portland, Oregon.  She designs hand carved stamps and other media.  You should go to her shop and see all the amazing things she creates!

This was so much fun!  I got to use some of the stamps I created myself when I took Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s Stamp Carving Class a while back.  Please go visit her too – she is obsessed with carving stamps LOL.  I also purchased her book Carve Stamp Play which is full of wonderful carving and how-to pictures!

But I digress, sorry about that.

I only made one stamp for this class because I tried to make the one thing I have difficulty with – circles!

Since I will be creating a big journal at the end of our creative year, I opted for creating two pages on one large watercolor page.

I divided my page in half by adding painter’s tape to the middle and right hand side so I could have a border.  I will be cutting off the paper on the left side, then folding the whole page in the middle.

The left side is the light part.  I used acrylic paints in greens on the bottom layer and Speedball block printing ink in turquoise for the stamps.  I used a favorite stamp of mine at the bottom because this is the one my grandson’s friend made for me.  It has two small ants at the bottom of the flower, cute!  Then I stamped the leaves on the borders followed by one small stamp I turned right or left to make a border.  Then I made lines with my dotted home-made stamp for journaling.

The dark side on the right is a combination of different shades of purple acrylic paint and then I used a pink Speedball block printing ink with the home-made stamps.  I also added some white dots with the white paint marker.  My husband was really impressed when I showed him this page .  Made me happy!

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This is the upper part of the light page.  I added black dots with my Pitt pen.

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A close up of the border I used between the two pages.

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Sorry about the picture bellow, it warped a bit on the right hand side.  You can see a closeup of the 1/2 flower I made with the leaves on the dark page.

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The bottom right with the line stamp and white dots.

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And the closeup of the flower with the white dots.

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I was really happy to use all the different types of pens and materials I have accumulated in the past seven years since I started playing with paper.

I go to Joann’s, Michael’s or Hobby Lobby and go straight to the clearance section to find anything that is on clearance I can use  in the future.  I have found quite a bit of goodies every time!

Next week we will be having a substitute instructor – I promise to be nice to her, LOL!  Apparently Flora Bowley is having some family health issues and will not be posting so Jenny Doh will take her place and Flora Bowley will do her class in the summer.

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned, lovely friends, and see what new project I have in store.

Until then,  happy crafting!

Carmen

Life Book Week 18 – Here’s Looking At You Kid

This week’s lesson was interesting in that I had never done marbling with paints.  So Kristin Van Valkenbergh showed us how to get the kid inside of us to come us.  The interesting thing about Kristin is that she makes such cute mixed media pieces with whimsical wide eyes girls, but she showed us something completely different.

I used watercolor paper again on this one.  I created a marbling effect with only four different colors of acrylic paint.  I then attached my favorite photo and painted an aura around it. Then cut out a small door where my inner child would appear.  She had us write a letter from our “kid” about never loosing that inner child and representing our childhood with bright colors of acrylic paint.  I think if I do this lesson again, I’m going to use more neutral colors.  I think it came out too dark.

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I used molding paste on one of Tamara Laporte’s whimsical stencils on the upper right hand corner and then used oil pastels (first time ever!) to color and add dimension.

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For the door, I used card stock that looked like wood and Washi tape for the “hinge” and enhanced it with acrylic paint, stamps and more pastels.  I don’t remember the stencil I used on the bottom, but I also added more pastels to it.

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My inner child used bright neon acrylic paint, chipboard banners, hearts, spirals and heart confetti.

The picture ended up looking like a lime sherbet cone!

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After I uploaded the above picture, I decided that it did look like a cone so I outlined it!

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Well, I am keeping up with the classes up to now, just not posting as soon as I finish because real life gets in the way some times.

Until next time, friends, happy crafting!

Carmen

Life Book April Weekend Bonus Lessons

I got busy this weekend and created two girls from Tamara’s bonus lesson.  She talks about creating in different size of journals.  This is a FREE YouTube lesson go see it it’s Linked Up!

It looks suspiciously like the previous girl I created for Week 17, but I made a second one using my own imagination and I think you will see the big difference.

Well, get a cup of coffee and relax by looking at a few pictures.

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The difference between this one and the one I did last time is the face.  The other one was 3/4 and this is full front.  I followed along with Tamara, but it ended up looking too much like her work.  Never the less, here are a few closeups.

This is the upper left with my whimsical town and flowers.

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In the lower right, I used my own handwriting to write Live Lightly and Love your Life.  The flower on her neck is on that Tamara used – I like it and will use it again in another project.

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This is the closeup of the girl.  She has such a sweet face – so serene.  Don’t you think?  I used my white paint sharpie and added doodles as well as my black pitt pen to add the black zentangles on the upper left.

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The next day, I pushed myself to create my own girl and I just went with the flow.  While I was talking to my sister, I drew some zentangle doodles on the upper part of the page.

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I used an older watercolor piece I started but never finished.  All I had on this page was the drips in different colors.  I used clear gesso after I drew the face and finished it up with acrylics.  I also used some transparent paints on her hair and love the effect!

You can see I used my black pen and outlined the drips creating segments where I could zentangle.  The doodles on the top are called dangle designs.

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I colored each segment with different colors and wrote words to create a mosaic.

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You can see the house with the dangle designs and the word FAITH.  Isn’t that bird cute?  Yes, it’s a bird, I know it looks like a fish LOL!

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I think the little bug on the upper right corner looks like an ant!

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This is the closeup of the face.  I have a thing for green eyes and red hair.  I must have Irish in my blood!!

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I hope you enjoyed looking through these projects as much as I did creating them!

Until next time, happy crafting!!

Carmen

Life Book 2015 Weeks 16 and 17

Wow, it is almost the end of April!  Where did the time go.  I was so busy with family matters last week that before I knew it another week passed by.

For this week’s post, I combined two Life Book lessons because I didn’t have enough information to fill up two pages.

Week 16 was with Alena Hennesy.  She is such a sweet girl – I just loved the way she led us through her “Quick Be Here Now” lesson on intuitive painting.  This was a bonus lesson so it wasn’t very detailed, but I got to spend 15 minutes just using color and making marks.

I used all kinds of paints on this – fluid acrylics, watercolor crayons, and black and white markers.  She said:  “just pretend you are a little girl coloring in a state of abandon.”

This is what I created in 15 minutes.

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For Week 17 Jenny Wentworth showed us step-by step how to create a portrait in an intuitive way.

I was really surprised how fast I was able to create this girl.  I’m thinking that because I have taken so many different classes on drawing and coloring whimsical girls, that I intuitively and automatically put down color and shading.

I didn’t think too much about it, just went with the flow.  My husband and my crafty friend, Maria, were very impressed!

I started out with a painting I didn’t finish on watercolor paper and applied gesso to cover it up.  She only used a handful of  supplies and I tried to do the same.  I didn’t have the sepia color she used on the background and for the shading; so I made my own.  Sepia is a mixture of dark brown and black.  I don’t like using black too much, so instead of using black I added ultramarine blue to burnt sienna.  It was a bit too dark, but I watered it down.  I also used watercolor pencils, soft pastels, fluid acrylics and regular acrylics.

Here she is!!

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And the closeup:

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Don’t you just love her eyes?  I hope I remember how I created this piece because I wasn’t thinking about what I applied first or anything, I just made a circle here, a line there and added color here and there.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my creations today and I thank you so much for stopping by.

Happy crafting!

Carmen

Life Book 2015 Bonus Lesson from Tamara Laporte

I finally had the time to work on this lesson by Tamara that she shared at the same time Jane Davenport gave us her fabulous lesson on drawing and painting whimsical girls.

Both artists are amazing; and both artists have their own style, so it was great to try both ways to draw the girls.

Tam shared a lesson from Life Book 2014 where she went in-depth and step-by-step on how to draw an angel.

I followed her step by step and this is what I created.  I think she came out very sweet!

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I love the serene look she has.

I used Canson 11×15 watercolor paper, acrylics, watercolor crayons, graphite pencils, gesso, and Dylusions sprays on top of a few collage papers.

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A close up of her face.  I added a few butterflies to her hair and shoulders.  I started out drawing flowers, but they turned into butterflies, LOL.

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This is the close-up of her left wing.  I really liked the way the graphite pencil enhanced the feathers.

Go and sign up for Life Book 2015 – there is still time, and you will learn many, many different techniques!!

Thanks for visiting, and happy crafting!!

Carmen

Life Book 2015 Week 13

This week we had the wonderful Juliette Crane give us a video on how to create a whimsical owl.  I saw a picture of three owls someone posted and it inspired me to create the three owls on a trunk.

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I made each one with a different face and stance.

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I first laid a layer of lock of acrylic color then using a stabilo pencil drew in each of the owls and painted the different layers.  Lastly, I covered all the layers up and dotted the background with white dots to simulate stars.

I added molding paste to the stump and a stencil to simulate the tree.

I will have to make more of these creatures and more, I had so much fun!

Thanks for stopping by,

Carmen