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Great Falls, Montana, United States
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 doodles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label doodles. Show all posts

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Getting My Spring On!

It may be too early for most of Montana flowers to show up yet, but never too early to doodle them! 
 I like shiny, sparkly, colorful pens!  Above:  Sakura's Gelly Roll metallic pens. And below: The Glaze pen.
 My satchel bag with many of my favorite pens and pencils ~ ready to go with me.
Some of the doodles below are the result of using the Souffle and Glaze pens; both made by Sakura. I love their raised, textural look and feel.
And I love to doodle!  
And color. Hours and hours. Since I was a small girl.  Didn't you?  I still do! It has changed forms however... be it stitching, sewing, or coloring!
Glaze pens leave a shiny, raised texture and the Souffle pens leave a chalk-like, raised texture. They are very fun Easter basket gifts -- for anyone --- younger or older! 

As I was going through my sketching & scrapbooking supplies, checking my pens to see which ones still worked properly, I practiced some designs and doodles in my big sketchbook...
This is a so relaxing for me, and great practice.  Works out for some fun ideas;  for envelopes, cards & quilting motifs!
I've always loved the simplistic style of of these adorable, tiny pink roses... an easy quilting motif, really.  Nothing but an egg shape with a swirl on the top.
On to blue flowers with nothing but simple little circles that form the cone shape.  I also thought that this  hyacinth shape would be a fun quilting design...

I always have a fun time when I make time for a play date with my pens and sketchbook!

How about you?
Have you got your 'spring on' yet?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


The "T" Word.  TIME.  Lately, I haven't had alot of time to put my doodling to practice underneath my machine.  But I have had some smaller bits of time in my work-day that I often overlook...

Here's a few examples: 
  • A 15 minute break at work (twice a day!)
  • my lunch hour --- 'leftover minutes!' (sounds like a cell phone advertisement)! 
  • waiting in the doctor's office at appointments
So it amounts to this, at least for me.  I get to be creative... about the time I have to create. Whatever that might entail. To practice.  Explore.  EnJoy. 

And  I really enjoy my new little sketchbook.  I just bought it recently, (about $4) and it fits in my purse at 6" x 8".  So when I'm with my Mom for Dr. appts, (which are sometimes 3 hours long),  I have my sketchbook and my pens.  Love my pens!  These are some of my favorites:
  • Glaze Pens by Sakura (they give a raised, shiny appearance) Very cool effect!
  • Sakura "Souffle" pens - they are chalk-like, but come in very pretty colors, too.
  • Gelly roll pens (the glittery ones that shine)
  • Sharpie pens or Sakura Micron pens (not just in black either!)
  • a watercolor travel set with a "Koi" watercolor brush included.
  • a pencil and eraser.  Absolutely essential!
Time to create! 
Or how about just TAKING TIME to take something in. 
There's a thought.
I totally get the 'nurture your artistic side" thing that appears everywhere you look.  In a magazine or blog. (like here!)  And there's lots to say about that...maybe.  Another time, perhaps.
 And when viewing new projects, ideas, or challenges that are out there... I'll admit to thinking, "Yeah, when would I have time to make that happen?!" I'm already challenged!
I get the point.  Challenge is good.  It's just well, time-consuming... and challenging!  So I have tried to change not only how I think about the time I DON'T have... but how I manage the smaller increments of time I DO have.  Making choices.  Setting goals.  Taking time to learn something, or try something new... as I keep those things in focus!
 Let me say too, I don't have answers. I only have ideas - some of them work - some of the time!  I try not to put it in a box.  There will never be (really) enough time in the day to create, doodle, sew... take pictures... take a new class, study, read... and more.  Because I would love to do it all.  (Say it isn't so!)  Does anyone out there nod their head in agreement?! Raise their hand?  Get on that soap box?!

Part of it is Discipline. (capital D intended!) If it's important enough, you make time for it.  Art-quilting-sewing-creating may not be a part of, or absolutely critical every day.  Gulp. Did I really say that?!  YES!

Because my day belongs to God, first.  HE OWNS it!  And I'm really glad about that, cuz He's way smarter and wiser than me!  And I try to listen to Him --- FIRST, and be sensitive to know how and what - I'm being called to do throughout those minutes... hours... and days.  And we all know how the days turn into months and, well, you know how the rest of that sentence goes!
 So that's my focus.  My time to create IS important to me.. but it's even more important to know that when the intended schedule falls through; family or friends pop in to visit unexpectedly, and jobs, chores, to-do lists,  summer, and life happens... there is a time for everything.  I won't  - can't - and don't need to do it all, all the time. 
 I just need to listen.  
And I want to be a good listener.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Schmoodles of Paper Doodles

Inspiration abounds endlessly within you!  And be encouraged! Creativity can be learned, practiced, and developed.  

The more you do... the more your creative engine is 'sparked' and it's a wonderful, endless circle of looking and learning in a new way!

The best way to quilt feathers... is to practice them FIRST on paper!

It's truly amazing what you can transfer from your hand to your brain... and it's a quick hop from drawing on paper to quilting with needle and thread.  This is a wonderful learning technique I have used for many years.

I KEEP almost all of my doodles... and store them in what I call my RESOURCE notebook.  

When I have a dry spell and need a jump-start, this is where I go to re-think... refresh... and RENEW my design engine. 

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