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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 moleskine journal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label moleskine journal. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

the sparrow ~ from my sketchbook

hi there ~

looking forward to seeing the spring sparrows... and while they haven't quite made an appearance in our yard yet... they surely have made an appearance in my sketchbook!

{thank goodness!}

and while i'm at it...

every sparrow needs a little bit of glamor, right?  let's just call it ... frost!






yes!  i know so, too!

sweet spring... sweet spring ~ not to worry, 
for we are ready for you to spring into action!
xo
leslie


Saturday, March 1, 2014

walking the line{s} ~

hello lovelies ~ 

i think i've finally begun to realize i don't always enjoy "coloring within the lines" ... and in saying that, i also recognize that it was one of those 'under the radar' suggestions that became "the rule" i remember growing up with from early childhood when our main art tools were coloring books and crayons.

it's time to break some of those barriers, and as i've said before here on the blog ~  just because i can! after all this is art.  this is freedom.  it's not like i'm breaking any laws!  

so i continue to "go out... and see what i can see!"

from my large, moleskine 8.5" x 12" journal...  a study {of sorts} ~ in contemporary feather play with watercolors, specifically, the twinkling h20's.







what is it i learn? 

sometimes ~ lines are merely suggestions. 
sometimes ~ lines are fun.  
sometimes ~ it's fun to draw them
other times ~ it's fun to let them draw me in.
sometimes ~ it's fun to just ignore them 

this is art!  there's lots of choices, but none of them...

have. to. box. me. in.

this may make sense {or not} to some of you, whether you quilt, draw, paint, or love art. but this much i know.  it's an exploration of the learning process that i find fresh, fun, and fascinating.  

and i think this little watercolor "feather" study will be fascinating to look back upon, as i ponder how i may want to turn it into thread play...

can't wait to get started on another exploration!  


enJoy!
xo
leslie

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

from my sketchbook ~ pure in heart

hi friends ~ it's a beautifully simple message.  perfectly on the mark for valentine's week.

full of hope. 

full of promise.

and it's {always} a matter of the heart.

because... that's where it truly must begin.






thank God... we can do just that when we put our heart in His hands.
{thankful for that miracle}
soli deo gloria ~
xo
leslie

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

sketchbook ~ livin' on a prayer

hey friends ~

here's a bit of a sketch and a prayer. 
or a prayer and a sketch.

i like that.
alot.

or... {if you need further inspiration, you can rock out to bon jovi's song "livin' on a prayer!"} lol


in my recent memory ~ albeit 'sketchy' {forgive the pun?}... i recently saw a geranium somewhere... maybe it was from a stamp in a catalog... regardless, the image stayed with me, and this is what i ended up with:




it's one of my favorite sketches.  and i'm finding that when think about it, and break it down to simple shapes... guess what? it's pretty simple!  


the geranium was sketched out, with pencil, very, very lightly. i began by drawing a very basic, large round shape, added a stem,  & leaves... and then filled in that round "ball" shape with mini flowers and other small petal shapes.  you may notice that some are even heart-shaped, and some are just round circles.  


i began with a light pink wash in places, and then added medium pink, and a bright green, highlighted with black pen and the signo white pen... and just a touch! {of the gelly roll glitter pens!}  the last thing was to apply a light blue wash around the perimeter, and let it dry.  i wrote the prayer, which is accomplished with the uni-ball signo pen.  you can't really see it... but i like that. 


simply yours ~
leslie
xo



Sunday, January 26, 2014

mixed media flower ~ winter's daisy

hi ~

this is a mixed media-styled watercolor piece, created in my large scale, moleskine watercolor journal.  it's size is 8.5" x 12" {and i love playing in this larger venue}

this is the photo story, of how the piece progressed {the best i can recall, that is!}

the first photo below shows the initial color, using sennelier watercolors, and then my first pass at glitter and micro beads.
 and then i added black doodling, even writing in the outside edges, as well as defining areas of the petals better.  and detailed application of microbeads, in varying colors for the center, which make it visually more interesting.  and finally, lime green and black to further differentiate the pod.  that's really my favorite part of the entire piece, and helped to become more interesting visually.

i apply microbeads with glitter glue.  i also used a fine-tip, which certainly aids in placement.  and what also aids... is being patient to wait for the glues and watercolors dry.  

at this juncture i added "blops" {as i call them} of white acrylic paint through a stencil {this one is "crackle" by seth apter, from stencil girl products} with fairly small openings. {lower left corner in the photo below}

i added random droplets of watercolor, but this time, mixed with twinkling h20's, in navy blue. they will have a bit of shine when they are dry.

 and more glitter... but mixed up with clear microbeads, and this was lightly placed in the outer corners of the piece. 
 ... deepening the blues and greens, below with twinkling h20's:

 and at this point, {below} i felt it needed more dimension and depth in the flower petals...
i attempted this by applying it with my sakura 'glaze' pens, adding to the petals, and into the center. i used a warm golden yellow, and a purple-blue in the outward parts. because these pens are a clear, yet raised type of glaze-ink, they not only add transparency, and vibrant color, but depth as well. 

i also added white doodles with a pen that has white ink ~ this is the uni-ball signo pen. {i purchased mine on amazon} and so far, it's the best kind. i have certainly bought several other brands that were completely, and utterly worthless.
{and why not a few more microbeads in the corners}

 this photo shows the sakura glaze pens, and the writing i added:


yup. 
my favorite part is the center.
and a few more marks with pen... and i think it's time to say "enough!" {at least in my book}  i worked played on this piece almost every evening over the past couple weeks, sitting in front of the fireplace with brian and the dogs! 

it was a very enjoyable discovery, and i look forward to more!


soli deo gloria
xo
leslie

Friday, December 20, 2013

healed and whole ~ sketchbook

thank you all ~ for your kind words, your prayers, encouragement, and love. i am thankful to each and every one of you.

my mom passed into heaven today.  sweetly embraced in the Father's arms forevermore; "the wounds this world left on my soul, will all be healed and i'll be whole."

I thank Him for a mom who loved me and my brothers and sister with all her being.

these two pages from my journal are lyrics i illlustrated from a favorite song "all my tears" by the group, selah, which i created in my moleskine watercolor sketchbook a year ago in october 2012.  i know that every word of it is true, and it soothes my hurting heart for my mama.  

God Bless you mom. xoxo






Friday, November 1, 2013

fear not ~ sketchbook love

greetings on the first of november ~

we all know ~ life is full of challenges.   particularly as i contemplate "what's next" in the decisions i must make for a depressed and addiction-oriented parent ~ my mom. now struggling with confusion, physical limitations, medications and many ongoing emotional issues, which she has had for as long as i can remember...  


"fear not" ~ i've been told those two words are mentioned 365 times in the word of God. 

not surprising.  that's one for every day of the year..  

and for every moment in this life.

these words command my attention in my watercolor sketchbook.  this page expresses the color story and lettering ~ strong and bold ~ to convey the fullness of the command it really is ~ that live-it-now and keep-it-deep-in-your-heart-so-you-never-forget-it kind of command.

be strong.

and courageous. very courageous. 


and so i get to know more of what it takes to walk by faith.  i am grateful to know that when i place all the burdens ~ the questions, the frustration, bitterness and disappointments in the bigness of His caring and gracious palm of His hand, that there is nothing He does not already know, cannot handle, and does not already have a plan for.  there is nothing He will not see me through! 

there is peace when i think on those things. 

be fearless. {not reckless}.


nothing more.  

nothing less.

it's a wonderful, hope-filled and fearless day!  Thank God.

and in the studio with friends today.









xo
leslie

Friday, August 16, 2013

child's play with gelli prints

hey there ~

i love making gelli-printed papers. the whole process is fascinating just playing with the color and textures... then there's the challenge of  actually using those pretty prints in some type of artistic expression.  this time, i cut them up into petal shapes and glued them into my sketchbook, using gel medium.  


and who doesn't like to cut, glue and paste?  it's just good, clean, child's play!   i hope i never grow out of the joy of this simple, and timeless activity!    

i added  black pen highlights in a lighter, more fine-tip of a permanent black ink pen, and white dot centers with a sharpie white paint pen.

the background is just a watercolor wash; a combination of peerless watercolor paper and a dab or two of twinkling h2o's, too.

and while these petals are all flat, i think it would be more visually interesting to ruffle, tear, and crumple some to make wrinkles and extra texture.  next time!







i finished these two pages by adding a phrase written by one of my favorite authors and christian writers, max lucado. 

it's time for a little lake vacation with my favorite girls ever at the swan family cabin on flathead lake.  we are sooo blessed to have this week together.  what a special treat. i've packed my fave recipe book {i love to cook/bake for them}, some reading, my gelli plate, paints, and all kinds of fun art supplies for us to play with for just a little slice of heaven on earth for the week...
 
i wonder if i packed too much art stuff? {just maybe!}

enJoy
xo
leslie 
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