Saturday, 6 January 2018

Random Art Pick

Hello Friends,

Yesterday I shared a system I made for helping me to get passed the "What do I do?" stage of creating art. Today I used the system for the very first time and it was terrific. I wasted no time trying to figure out what to do, and just got down to the task straight away.

For my "Tutorial or Media" I drew a folded paper slip that said, "Water colour". If I had chosen a tutorial for a specific type of art, that is what I would have done.

From the "Subject" drawer I pulled out, "Flower". The "Item" I chose was "5x7 painting". My final step was to choose something from my "Art Supplies" list container. I took only one paper slip and it said, "Sprays".

Wanting to get started right away, and having no real flowers at hand, I brought up a tutorial from my favourite You Tube artist, Lindsay Wierich (The Frugal Crafter). She is a great teacher and has tons of water colour tutorials on her channel.

And here is what I made. It is actually a mixed media painting because I used Prisma colour pencils and a white gel pen for definition. (Following Lindsay's example) To complete my day's assignment, I gave the finished piece a spritz of Heidi Swapp Color Shine in gold.

I think I will make this into a card for my dear cousin in Scotland who recently lost his beloved wife.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have been able to have a creative break at least once this week.

Blessing hugs,

Friday, 5 January 2018

Choices, Choices, Choices - OH MY!

Hello Friends and welcome to 2018!

As a mixed media artist and all-around crafty person, I often become overwhelmed with all the wonderful choices open to me in my studio. On Cloth, Paper, Scissors today I came across an ingenious idea to help de-clutter an artist's mind. Carol Dube created a set of dice for mixed media artists. Inspired by her creativity, I decided to come up with a system of my own.

I first made a list of tutorials for art I would like to learn or improve in. Next were the art media I enjoy working with or want to learn. Then I listed the items I most often make or want to make - cards, paintings, gifts, etc. I wrote down subjects (faces, animals, landscapes) I like to illustrate. Finally, I made a (in-exhaustive) list of my current art supplies. I cut these all into strips, folded them and inserted them in the drawers (and container) of a box I picked up at the dollar store. I wrote on them in chalk so I can easily change what doesn't work for me.

If you are strictly a paper-crafter or painter, your lists will be simpler than mine, but I will include mine as a sample. If you know of a way to attach a pdf file in blogger, I would be happy to know how to do it.

Thanks for stopping by and happy 2018.




Digital stamp

Embossing folder


Texture paste

Rarely used art supply



Flowers, leaves or feathers





Ribbon, lace, fabric or trim

Sparkle or shine

Abstract - Intuitive

Beads, buttons or embellishments

Rubber stamp

Die cut

Clear stamp


Tutorial – drawing

Paint – Acrylic


Tutorial – encaustic

Paint - Encaustic


Tutorial – mixed media

Paint – Water Mixable Oils


Tutorial – acrylic

Paint – Water Colour

5x7 piece of art

Tutorial – art journaling

Drawing or Doodling

Paper beads or box

Tutorial – water colour


Painting on canvas or board

Tutorial – pastels, other media


Art Journal

Tutorial – water mixable oils


Make a gift for someone

Tutorial – paper crafting

Recycle Something

Monday, 1 January 2018

2 Crafty Critter Crazies - 10th Challenge

Happy New Year!

Today marks the beginning of a new year and the beginning of a new challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies. Fabrika Fantasy is our sponsor for January. I used their digital image Cute Toy 1 for my surprise box card.

This is a Christmas card I made for dear friends who have 8 beautiful children. I flipped, resized and altered the images (something you cannot do with regular stamps) to represent each member of this big family.

I hope you will join the challenge at 2CCC. You can enter any kind of craft as long as it contains a critter of some kind. A dog sweater would count because it will definitely contain a critter. :)

Thanks for dropping by.

Hugs & smiles,