Friday, April 28, 2017

Fairy Caravan

Wow, I have been slaving away, painting and building a "fairy caravan" for Meadow's garden, and yes, I do name my fairies. ­čśť I removed her old weathered house and replaced it with this gypsy style caravan. You can watch a short slide show of what Meadow's old garden looked like here, personally, I think this new garden is much better!


I cut and glued on popsicle sticks to a carton... 

( I think I have the rounded tips to the popsicle sticks that I cut off lying around my craft room somewhere, everywhere ...those little suckers just fly off!! Wear eye protection when cutting them off, one flew off and hit me on the cheek and boy did that smart!! )

 ...and then painted it with a combination of Tattered Angels in Navy Blue and gesso through the April StencilGirl club stencil designed by Jennifer Evans. 
It's cool to note that gesso and Tattered Angel's navy blue produces an aqua colored blue...weird, but the proof is in the pudding...errrr...paint!

I love the back ♥ and the rhinestone wheels covered with Buckle Boutiques clear diamond sticker sheets. I mean fairies without bling is like ... boring!

A little detail from above...pretend you are a fairy flying over, go ahead...imagine...I won't tell :)

The pi├Ęce de r├ęsistance for me was the door and the steps, I love how it came out, especially those steps. I wasn't sure how I was going to make them but it came to me while I was in bed almost asleep, and you guessed it...out I came in my nightie to the craft room to make them! lol 
Have you done that? I know you have!

I added some other small items new to her garden like the pot of flowers I made and I had to buy new plants so I am trying out some miniature Pennywort and will see how they hold up.

and I purchased a small water fountain...

And the observant fairy might notice the string of solar powered lights surrounding her garden, I also have some tucked away inside the caravan and I can't wait to see how they look at night. I hope we get some sunshine today to power them up, we have had like 3 days of rain here, great for Sandee's garden but not so great for the fairy garden, lol

If you like to fairy garden and want to show off yours 
or just like looking at what others are doing then
feel free to join us on my Facebook Fairy Garden Art page.

Entering Meadows gypsy style caravan in

and don't forget to leave a comment here for the  #SGPCCBmatchup, you have to the end of April to win!!




Saturday, April 22, 2017

New moon ritual

According to the law of physics, 
thoughts direct energy and energy follows thought.


Last night was the new moon and I decided to do this ritual   ( or at least close to it ) I'll take you step by step how I interpreted astrologist Molly Hall's suggestions. Whether or not you believe in the power of the moon is not important, but practicing rituals of positive thinking will indeed benefit you.

CREATING A NEW MOON RITUAL:

 Gather Sacred Supplies: I had purchased these stones on a day trip with one of my friends Marcy up to Asheville so I thought they would be perfect for adding a symbolic property to my ritual. Being an avid art journaler I knew I was going to like this ritual as it said that having a small journal on hand was a great way to record your intentions.


Preparing for the Ritual: I didn't have sea salt nor a bathtub as suggested but I had a sea salt scrub and a shower so I went and took a shower and scrubbed away all the negative energies. Using my previous mantra from the full moon rituals I kept repeating "this no longer serves me" after thinking of a negative action I wanted to stop doing to myself.

Grounding: This worked out well, as one of my stones is Jasper, a grounding stone so I visualized the suggested technique while holding the stone against my heart.

Your New Moon Wishes: and Dreams of the Soul: I combined both of these into one and wrote everything down in my journal with a water soluble pencil because I planned on using an "underwriting" technique common in art journaling when you really don't want to have what you wrote to be visible to anyone else.
Underjournaling, where your writing is hidden but seen at the same time

Symbolic Acts: This is where the article states, "it's time to be creative" and I can smile at that because my creative juices began flowing the minute I started reading the article, lol I would like to take a moment to express that the only thing I am adamant about is NOT releasing helium balloons, they are harmful to our wildlife and to our environment but you get the idea, she means to use something to inspire your intention-setting ritual. For me, that turned out to be journaling, and for you, it may be something entirely different.
Practicing drawing shadows


Keep them Alive: To do this I have placed my stones in this lovely pouch and placed them by my bed so that every night up until the full moon I can take them out and mediate what I worked on in my journal. Meditating/praying is also a great way to relax you before sleeping to clear your mind and it takes time to learn to focus on one thought and not letting your mind wander so don't be discouraged but keep working at it.
Placed where I can remember to use them every night before sleep

And here is my completed art journal page.

I hope this inspires you to think positive thoughts and to get into the practice of meditating every day on them and hopefully you will begin to see some results. I also have a Facebook group called Moon People if you would like to join us. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Bibliophile superpower!

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I stand proud atop a mountain of books scanning the horizon for novels to be perused and discovered...for I am Bibliophile Woman...watch me conquer the libraries one book at a time....

OK, OK, that may be a slight exaggeration but I do make a list each year of books to read and I like to mark them off as I go along to see if I can accomplish my literary feat set before myself. I created a list using my trusty manual typewriter ( have I mentioned how much I am enjoying using it in my journals? ...me thinks I have a couple of times, lol )

The painted frames came about from prints I was pulling off my gel plate on a scrap of paper and I liked how much it looked so I kept it in...my continuing pile of papers that I seem to keep, but at least I do use them as evidenced below!

 I have a book series which I included in a small booklet as a flip out from Canvas Corp. 7gypsies Starter Journal - Kraft Mini decorating it with the 7gypsies Wanderlust: Open New Doors papers and then stenciling the Planner Spiral Notes 4 stencil by Mary Beth Shaw for StencilGirl. After the paint had dried I placed it in my typewriter and typed all the books in the series. I plan to be finishing off the first book in the series today so by the time you read this post I will be starting the next book.

Enter my subtle but not to be overlooked superpower in

And don't forget ye villains and superheroines to visit this page and leave a comment so you can be entered to win this!
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Have a book you'd like to recommend?
 I would love to hear from you!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Earth Angel

This month StencilGirl Products is collaborating with Canvas Corp Brands 
to show you unique ways to use StencilGirl stencils with a variety of 
Canvas Corp Brands surfaces and Tattered Angels Paint Kits!

Be sure to check out the details at the end of this post on how you can win a wonderful prize package worth over $50 in goodies from StencilGirl Products and Canvas Corp Brands!

My matchup continues with the 7gypsies Starter Journal Cover 8.5x11 from Canvas Corp. and the Angel Circle stencil designed by Kate Thompson. I love continuing the halo effect outward to cover the entire page. 

Totally digging the typewriter! After tearing out my wing ( using water to paint the shape I wanted, letting it soften the paper and then tearing along those lines ) I inserted it into the typewriter to type on...so cool, right?

Linking up to



What would a matchup be without a fun prize!!!!

Here’s your chance to get your hands on a products from StencilGirl Products and Canvas Corp Brands.
All you need to do is….

  • leave a comment here on any or all of the Matchup Posts during the month of April with StencilGirl Products and CCB.
    You can leave one on each post for more chances to win. Don’t forget to include the hashtag #SGPCCBmatchup so we can find you!!!
  • and/or leave a comment on the CCB Facebook page or StencilGirl Products Facebook page. Don’t forget to include #SGPCCBmatchup so we can find you!!!
  • and/or leave a comment on any of the CCB Instagram posts or StencilGirl Products Instagram posts where you see any of the projects from the CCB team or the SGP team.
    Don’t forget to include #SGPCCBmatchup so we can find you!!!
  • You can follow along by searching #SGPCCBmatchup. If you love what you see and would like to join the Facebook group CCB Collective – ask to join today.
  • You can find all StencilGirl Products in our shop – www.stencilgirlproducts.com
  • Shop Canvas Corp Brands at https://shop.canvascorpbrands.com 
  • We will be sharing projects the entire month of April – learn new techniques, see how new products are used and be inspired with great ideas from members of the SGP and CCB creative teams.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Hoppy Birthday card

Just got my latest card back from the printer, I think it's so cute but then I do love bunnies https://www.colourarte.com/product-categories/twinkling-h20s-shimmering-mica-watercolors https://www.colourarte.com/product-categories/twinkling-h20s-shimmering-mica-watercolors.I do have a video of me making it and if you would like to watch it then please click HERE. It's very short, just a speed drawing and water coloring.



I've been out in my flower garden weeding, planting and watering.
How are you enjoying this Spring weather?

Friday, April 7, 2017

Clouds are like your imagination



 This month StencilGirl Products is collaborating with Canvas Corp Brands 
to show you unique ways to use StencilGirl stencils with a variety of 
Canvas Corp Brands surfaces and Tattered Angels Paint Kits!

Be sure to check out the details at the end of this post on how you can win a wonderful prize package worth over $50 in goodies from StencilGirl Products and Canvas Corp Brands!

For my project this week...
I painted this lovely mountain scene in my 7gypsies Starter Journal Cover 8.5x11 from Canvas Corp. using  StencilGirls Rural City Mountainscape stencil by Andrew Borloz as my starting point and then added some fluffly clouds and some wording. I was very pleased at how well 7gypsies Starter Journal - Ivory - 8.5x11 pages did with all the paint and I love that I can order more pages to add to the journal itself. It says the cover can hold 3 booklets so I'll need to order 2 more! Canvas Corp., you enabler you! lol
Linking up to
Paint Party Friday :)

 I hid a bunny ( maybe you can see it in the picture below ), a bird, an angel, a heart and a fish in the clouds. See if you can find them :)




What would a matchup be without a fun prize!!!!

Here’s your chance to get your hands on a products from StencilGirl Products and Canvas Corp Brands.
All you need to do is….
  • leave a comment here on any or all of the Matchup Posts during the month of April with StencilGirl Products and CCB.
    You can leave one on each post for more chances to win. Don’t forget to include the hashtag #SGPCCBmatchup so we can find you!!!
  • and/or leave a comment on the CCB Facebook page or StencilGirl Products Facebook page. Don’t forget to include #SGPCCBmatchup so we can find you!!!
  • and/or leave a comment on any of the CCB Instagram posts or StencilGirl Products Instagram posts where you see any of the projects from the CCB team or the SGP team.
    Don’t forget to include #SGPCCBmatchup so we can find you!!!
  • You can follow along by searching #SGPCCBmatchup. If you love what you see and would like to join the Facebook group CCB Collective – ask to join today.
  • You can find all StencilGirl Products in our shop – www.stencilgirlproducts.com
  • Shop Canvas Corp Brands at https://shop.canvascorpbrands.com 
  • We will be sharing projects the entire month of April – learn new techniques, see how new products are used and be inspired with great ideas from members of the SGP and CCB creative teams.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Archetype: Spirit Animals ( Crow )

 I'm up on StencilGirls Throw Back Thrusday today and I picked the Three Crows stencil designed by Kimberly Baxter Packwood who was inspired by crows that played happily on the roof of her house. The crows gathered crabapples from the ground then flitted up to the roof where they dropped the crabapples just to watch them roll off the roof.

I created a small booklet that is inserted into my larger journal. The first crow was stenciled using ColourArte's shimmering Twinkling H20's watercolors and I just love all that shimmer and shine that shows through!


The middle insert talks about the crow as a spirit animal archetype. Mary Beth Shaw turned me onto this book: Art Journal Your Archetype: Mixed Media Techniques for finding yourself which I really loved because I learned so much about myself.
( And yes, you can find the awesome Mary Beth Shaw from StencilGirl in this book too! )

The next crow was created by tracing the image onto some cardstock which I then added some brown ink over it to distress it some and cut it out and glued it onto the paper. I really like the writing used as a grounding tool.

And as you can tell, I have been enjoying my manual typewriter too. It's been a lot of fun to insert my art and type my journaling. I'm sure you will be seeing more of this technique in my art and lots of typos too, lol

And yes, there are 3 crows on the stencil, I'm saving the third one as a surprise ;)
three crows stencil kimberly packwood

Hope you are having a wonderful day, thanks for stopping by!





Wednesday, March 15, 2017

February #ARTifact - Bearfootin' Bear

artifact an object made by a human being, typically an item of cultural or historical interest.
Cultural artifact, anything created by humans which gives information about the culture of its creator and users.


I am joining in on Seth Apter's #ARTifacts. It's a collaborative project for 2017 documenting adventures in art and since I have so much going on right now I figure this will be a great year to record. We are suppose to make a physical artist book to hold these memories so I am going to make a toilet paper cardboard tube booklet with removable tags.

This is my first time making one of these tube booklets and I was surprised how small it is... ( not sure why ) lol

StencilGirl stencils:
Decorative Filigree Ornament stencil, designed by Gwen Lafleur
Planner Spiral Notes 4 stencil by Mary Beth Shaw
ColourArte paint:


I have  am learning that it is harder to use a manual typewriter than I remember! Technology has once again spoiled me but I still love using it. The bottom portion of the tag is a bit messed up and I'll have to tape the tag to a sheet of paper next time instead of just sticking the tag into the platen.
( the cylindrical roller in a typewriter against which the paper is held )
I had to look that up :)

I have a little catching up to do, making the cover and making one for January but I think I'll be able to catch up quickly.

Visit HERE to see what everyone made for February, it's quite interesting :)

Monday, March 13, 2017

in between "stuff"

Daisy Mae is doing great, she still tries to eat the fringe on my afghan and is a real stinker about it. I am now foraging for her, picking fresh (pesticide free) grass for her and some violets. Her favorites are the white clover flowers but they haven't bloomed yet...soon Daisy Mae...soon.

We had a not so untypical snowfall the other day, that's life in the mountains, it was actually all melted by the afternoon. I love the pop of red from the Maple tree flowers against the snow.

Still chugging along on the Bearfootin' Bear, was very lucky to have had such warm weather to work on her outside for the last month and a half but that has not been the case these last few days. I do love however dressing her up for photoshoots since I am not allowed to post full pictures of my work until the big reveal.

And speaking of other things I'm not allowed to reveal, the Artscape of Hendersonville show coming up. Our artwork is going to be displayed on small banners hung from light posts throughout the city for a year. I can't wait to see where mine will be hung, AND I got picked by one of our local magazines to have an article posted about me...they even sent a photographer for a photo shoot...yikes! Nervous and excited about that, lol

So anyway, just thought I'd check in with you :)
So how ya doin'?
( said in best Joey voice from Friends )

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Spring Lamb - #ccbchallenge

"Re-birth"

I am sure that wherever you live there will be an abundance if new births come springtime, even flowers are re-born each year. I live close to the Carl Sanburg home and everyone really enjoys the baby goats born each spring, they even announce their birthing schedules!

 I recently did a video for my ColourArte team called Spring Lamb where you can see me draw and paint the lamb in my 7 Gypsies journal. I also adapted a Stencil Girl stencil that is intended as a rose but I used it as a sun :)
 ( One day I may actually use it as a rose, lol )

But for right now I am entering my art journal page over in the 

Spring officially arrives in 15 days although we've had springlike weather for the last month and already have daffodils blooming. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Happy Birthday to me

Yep it's that time of the year again when the old birthday smacks you in the tush and reminds you that you're still alive and kicking just OLDER than you ever thought you would be, lol BUT on the one hand I am still doing things I never thought of too, like being on a fabulous design team like StencilGirl. TODAY marks my first day over there so if you want to leave me a birthday gift, I would LOVE for you to visit me over there and leave me some loving, it would really make my birthday to welcomed in style over there. Here is a sneak peek of the project and for all that go over there, a big THANK YOU!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

water color and stencil are a match!

I am up today over on the ColourArte blog today with TWO journal pages and of course my usual video. Stop on over and give me a wee visit why don't ya...
( oh, I think I swallowed a Leperchan, lol )

Not only do I love this technique ( 2 prints are always better than one, right? ) but I love this stencil. Love Story, designed by Cathy Nichols for StencilGirl, was inspired by her painting “If You Want to Get Lost, Follow Me,” and it depicts a couple holding hands walking through a magical forest. 

Sometimes you have to get lost in order to find your way. This stencil contains rich patterns, trees, and flowers, along with spaces in the tree roots where you can carve or paint in the words of your own love story.




Friday, February 17, 2017

Mirror drawing for #BeOurGuest

OK, so last Friday I drew a portrait with my left hand, this week I am experimenting with mirror drawing...that's using both hands at the same time! My video can be found here :) I used my Elegant Writers pens, and I'm still not loving them like I was hoping I would...guess I just need to work more with them.


And I LOVE the stencil I used for the background, my new favorite :)

AND I get to add her to my 29 Faces, so this makes 11.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Haven't seen me in awhile?

Well, that's because my world exploded on me...in a very good way!
First off in case you aren't a friend of mine on Facebook ( friend me, I don't cuss much and I don't do politics, just art! ), then you might not know that the bears have arrived. I'm talking about the 5' fiberglass bears that artists paint and the city auctions them off for charity. This will be my 4th year doing it and you can see my other bears HERE if you would like.

So first, we go and pick them up from City Hall, thats Lisa White, John Buchanan and Shirley Walsh helping me pick out the perfect bear.

Then I start sketching designs for my sponsor ( Hendersonville Sister Cities ) to approve. They took me to lunch at Sol Y Luna on mainstreet which sure was nice of Lisa and Shirely to do so

Also, when I got back from the beach I had a surprise waiting on me, the magazine Just Cards! had published their issue of Just Mixed Media! and had sent me a copy. I do love seeing my work in publication and I'll definitely send in more submissions to them.

AND then I was accepted into a juried show called Artscapes which made me super excited that my piece called Balance made it into the show but also meant I have to finish painting the sides of the panels quickly before having to take in in to be professionally photographed...and wired. I wish I could share the photo but they won't allow that yet.

Lastly, I have been asked to be one of the judges for a show called Young Artists & Authors Showcase sponsored by Hendersonville Sister Cities.


So whew...right?
29 Faces will have to be put on hold...too much to do for right now.



Saturday, February 11, 2017

Collage Girl #10

Getting a little bored with faces...there, I admitted it.
I'm in trouble, and I'm not even ½ way through! 
Yikes!
I grabbed a whole bunch of painted paper, some from my mono prints and some from paint run-offs papers to create her.

I also re-visited a previous page, and now I am unsure...did I ruin it?
Here it is in its original state which I loved.

And then I added words...late at night...I knew better but...I did it anyway.
So, should I have stopped? ugh
the answer is yes, I know it is...banging head on desk...

Friday, February 10, 2017

Left handed girl #9

Handedness is the preferred use of the right hand, the left hand, or one or the other depending on the task.

I am right handed in all tasks.
So I challenged myself to see if I could draw a face using my left hand.
 It was fun to do and I learned:
 1. that by turning my paper more often helped me to draw a straight line better,
2. also holding the pencil for shading helped too. 
3. My hand cramped more and got tired faster but that's from not being use to holding a pencil.
4. Also the drawing is a lot "lighter" than my normal drawings so I guess that makes sense that I wasn't pressing as hard with my pencil as I normally would.

It actually came out a great deal better than I thought it would.
Are you impressed? Well, even if you aren't, I sure the heck am....lol



Have you ever tried this?

I am entering this in Paint Party Friday :)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

#7 and #8 of 29 faces

Catching up but still behind, such a frustrating feeling!

However, I am in love with both of these "faces" and they were so simple and fun ( maybe that's why I like them so much, lol ) The first one is simply a stencil, I mean really, don't you just love a stencil that can simply become art? 
Sometimes we just need that.

I took the angel stencil and did it once stenciling ColourArte Shimmering H20's through it and then kept turning the stencil over and over to capture the swirls coming off the head.


This page was inspired by Carolyn Dube and her Colorful Place to Play challenge to use left over scraps. I began with a background that I created while playing with my StencilGirl Scrappy Cat stencil by  Suzi Dennis and  ColourArte Shimmering H20's . I took out all my painted scraps and had an idea of what I wanted to do but a "spark of inspiration" took me in another direction. The little face just stared back at me and from there it was history. This "different" little girl just came into being and I actually love here, kooky as she is.

So while I am still behind I am sticking to it, better than I do dieting and exercise...oh if only I had the will power to keep up with that too.