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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?
Showing posts with label Christy Tomlinson. Show all posts
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Friday, November 9, 2012

My Watercolor Cards ~ GiveAway !

Hi there!  

Oh my gosh ~ Winter Storm Brutus is here, and our fireplace is a wonderful place to be!  Soooo thankful!  
 And I'm so excited to be home for a long four-day weekend, as I took today off! Yay!
 I have really, REALLY enjoyed an online class I've been taking "The Wild Art of Abandonment" through Christy Tomlinson's website, and this class taught by the sweet Junelle Jacobsen.
 I've been making these little watercolor sketches over the past three weeks, during the class.  Last evening, I finished all of them by putting a coat of modge podge sealer, and glueing them to a corrugated card; a folding note card that you can write on, and comes with a matching envelope.  I will be listing them in my Etsy shop... soon.  In the meantime, however... I'm going to give some away, too ~ that is, if anyone wants one.




Each one is handsigned. 
They are very simple drawings, and I have more 'fine tuning' to go... not that I'm not happy with them... I just want to do more, and figure out more techniques!  What I really appreciate about art, is that the love for me is the process of   l e a r n i n g  ~ 
making  m i s t a k e s  ~   b l o o p e r s   
and most of all ~~~  
h a v i n g  F U N doing it!
 I used these art supplies:  Plain ol patterned cardstock, in about 6x6 size; white gesso.  Once dried, I applied either Inktense watercolor pencils by Derwent; Neo Color II watercolor crayons, or Twinkling H20's, with accents of black pen, either a  Sharpie, or Pitt Pen, and the Wite-Out Pen. I finished everything with a coat of sealer to protect the watercolors.  This was another learning process as watercolor will reactivate and bleed with another water-based product.  A very light touch is all that is needed, and no continuous swiping!



I'm giving away some of them... I haven't yet decided how many... if you like them, please leave me a comment, and state which is your favorite if you'd like.  Winners will be able to choose their favorites, in order of who was drawn first.  I will choose {winners} tomorrow ~ Saturday November 10th! 
Oh yes, I want to remind anyone out there... don't forget about my Grip N Stitch Give-A-way here.  And just like the Grace of God... there is always more.  And you cannot outgive Him, but I will be adding to the drawing tomorrow, giving away a couple non-quilting but sweet artistic items also!  


What are you waiting for?  It's nothing... but a sweet FREE gift... of grace!

Joining up with BEAUTIFUL JENNIFER at STUDIO JRU for In the Studio Friday!

Be WARM ~ Inside... and Out ~  
I'm THANKFUL today for you all~
SOLI DEO GLORIA!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Love One Another ~

Hi there!  Happy Friday!  

Well... here is the last of the mixed media pieces I've made this summer and fall.

One of the things that is so fun for me, is to play with the layering effects... it's such a fun surprise to see  colors and myriad textures that can be achieved.  I'm especially addicted fond of the process of peeling off the sticky letters... to reveal the excitement of the colors and textures underneath.  It's like finding a treasure chest!


Lower left, in the lime green... tar gel!  I love this medium. I added a bit of lime green paint to it, then scraped it through a stencil.





It's been fun to discover new techniques in my online class from Christy Tomlinson, and to contemplate how I can translate them into the fabric world of my imagination!   

This piece is quite large; 11"x16," I believe. It's also a 2-inch deep-edge canvas, which I think makes these pieces special; easy to hang, or stand up on a table, or wherever you like. This one is going to Chester for the November Art Show entitled "Expressive Color" which I am so blessed and excited to share in conjunction with my high school teacher, Katie Twedt!  It will be offered for sale, as well as "Choose to Shine." 

Here's the art supply list: Acrylic paint. Tar Gel. Sticky-back letters. Stencils. Glitter. Liquid Pearls dimensional and pearly, paint. Black Pen.  Paper.  Stamps.  Punchinella. Rubons.  

So... sharing with STUDIO JRU link-up party!  I love this party - it encourages me... more!  Jennifer has a beautiful story she's been sharing... and I almost forgot - some awesome young women on fellowship fridays!
 ~Be blessed~
 Encourage one another. 
Forgive.  
Pray for one another.
LOVE one another, as yourself. 
Amen!


Thursday, October 25, 2012

A World of Octobers ~ Sketchbook

Happy Thursday everyone!

Thought I would share some highlights of my noon-time stroll yesterday along the river...of course, all I had was my iphone {as I wishing for my 'good' camera!}  but... nonetheless... it was COOL.  {literally and figuratively!}  And it provided inspiration for my sketch {below}... I hope you enjoy it, too...
And a fresh new coating of Fall {en} snow!

Cloudy and calm.
Those leaves that hadn't fallen yet ... well, they got their little stems froze off!

This is a beautiful one, isn't it?  
I had such a good time with my splashes... may have gotten a little carried away, not knowing when to stop??!



I just loved the sweet curly-curvy brown edges on that leaf.  I used my Peerless, and Inktense pencils for watercolors to attempt to highlight it... while I didn't quite get the effect I wanted, it was very fun.    

The leaf is my version of a project from the class "Wild Art of Abandonment-2" class from Christy Tomlinson, taught by Junelle Jacbosen.  COOL.  

Can you believe October is fast leaving us ~ going to gone... gone... gone?!  
EnJOY!
"I'm so glad we live in a world of Octobers."  

Anne of Green Gables.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Angel By Your Side ~

This mixed media canvas was inspired by a song I recently heard on the radio, and one of my newest favorites to listen to on my ipod: "Angel By Your Side" by Francesca Battistelli.


 I can't say that everything's okay
'Cuz I can see the tears you're crying
I can't promise to take the pain away
You can know I won't stop trying


I'll be the angel by your side
I will get you through the night
I'll be the strength you can't provide on your own
'Cuz when you're down and out of time
And you've think you've lost the fight
Let me be the angel, the angel by your side
 I know it feels, like you're running out of faith
'Cuz it's so hard to keep believing
If I can bring a smile back to your face
For a moment, you'll forget all about it

 Cuz this won't be the last time you need a little hope
And I wanna be the first to let you know

"God's angels are marked by indescribable strength.  Paul says Christ " with his mighty angels" (2 Thessalonians 1:7).  From the word translated mighty, we have the English word dynamicAngels pack dynamic force.  {courtesy of my Max Lucado devotional 9/21/12)
The song lyrics continue:
I'll be the angel by your side
I will get you through the night
I'll be the strength you can't provide on your own
'Cuz when you're down and out of time
And you've think you've lost the fight
Let me be the angel, the angel by your side
"Angels minister to God's people.  God has put his angels in charge of you to watch over you wherever you go"  Psalm 91:11 NCV

I hope you'll enjoy listening to the music and contemplating... angels...
Thank you Lord, for sending your Angels to be among us.  Amen.

And of course... the joy of joining Studio JRU is just one my favorite JOYS of a Friday... as well as fellowship with ChristianMommyBlogger.com-- good stuff!

Soli Deo Gloria 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Farmer's Market Pumpkins ~

Here's my fall parade of Farmer's Market Pumpkins! This is a mixed media canvas that is made out of wood, with a primed, gesso top, size 9"x12."  I really like this hard surface, even better than the fabric canvas tops.  It holds up to stamping real well.

Who doesn't love to look upon a field of ripened pumpkins, or in a stack at the Farmer's Market?  And each one seems to have such character, in textures, colors and shapes. Is it any wonder we love to carve them up into all kinds of ways?
I used punchinella in various forms; hearts, circles, swirls, flowers.  I added a dab of translucent glitter paint, accents with rubons in black and white, and my pitt pen.  The pumpkins were cut from printed cardstock, so some of that pattern comes through the background. 
My style of pumpkins here is borderline whimsical, if not actually so... although I did try not to do that as much... and tried to make them just a tad bit more realistic... what do you think?  Or are you as undecided {or unpersuaded!} ... as I am? 






Bright.  Fun.  Fall.  All things I love!  It's a  fun piece that represents some of my favorite color combos of Autumn.  And part of a super-fun class I'm just loving ~ from Christy Tomlinson and Junelle Jacobson, and others.

So what do you think about fall?  Got a favorite quote, picture, or scene?  Favorite color?!  I dare ya to pick just one!  LOL.

EnJOY your Fall Day! It's a beautiful day to be out picking some pumpkins {even if you're picking them out from a box at the grocery store!}  Go getya some!

Grateful~
Leslie

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Tissue Paper Heart Collages

These pieces were created as a result of an online class from Christy Tomlinson. It was called  "Creative Color"   and the last part  of this class detailed a sweet technique for tissue paper, collaged hearts. It's quite simple.  You randomly cut squares from tissue paper; not exact squares either ~ {love that} ~ scrunching n' twisting them, and attach them to a cardboard-type base with either mod podge, or hot glue. 
I also added a small randomly cut fabric piece of pink organza (on the right in pic above).  I adore the sheer translucence of it, and delicate fiber texture of the fabric itself.  It 'mod podges' beautifully!  {is that like dancing the two-step?!}
The green heart below is actually a paper towel I saved, after cleaning up some lime green~turquoise paint on another project.  It's so fun to add this in; I loved the  added dimension of the multiple colors, with the extra texture of the 'bumpiness' of the paper towel.
The purple tissue heart is created from a decorative, gift-giving tissue I had in my wrapping paper closet that had purple pansy-like flowers printed on it.
And of course, using my 'old' scrapbook supplies from over ten years ago, like my chipboard words...
I added a tiny bit of glitter ...
... and in cleaning/reorganizing scrapbooking supplies ~ lookie here ~ a jute canvas coffee bag I had saved... who knew?!  So I cut it up and slapped it on with some mod podge, and white paint... for 'what the hey' ~ let's just go for it! 

Learning when to stop ~ hmmm ~ {workin' on that!}
But it was FUN fun fun!  
I have learned how MUCH I enjoy 'seeing up close' --- so much so, that I have come to realize that seeing those details, and being able to focus on them is a great pleasure to me, visually. 
And I've kinda had to 'wing it' in taking close-up pics, too!  I can't 'quite see' it the way I used to...
Listed in my Etsy shop~
By the way, I basically started with three inspiration colors:  lavender, pink, sage green.  Colors I'm not particularly fond of personally, {like purples} although I think they're beautiful colors.  Just not ones I usually gravitate to, {except the lime green} lol. That was also part of the class, picking colors outside one's comfort zone.  

Speaking of life back in the zone, I need to edit pics of the lake, catch up on friendships and emails... {wait for my new reading glasses~yay}... show you some fabulous  fabric I received in the mail {happy mail} from Chris Daly, and more ~ get back.... to life "In The Zone!"
EnJOY~

Soli Deo Gloria
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