Friday, September 11, 2015

Every New Beginning...

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end  -  Seneca

I've been playing along with a Facebook challenge group by Tracy Scott to create 100 faces. I started my faces in November of last year and finished my 100th face for the challenge this morning.

She looked a little melancholy to me, kind of sad that the challenge was over (yes, I know I sometimes read way too much into things). Anyway, I'm pretty sure the expression meant I was not done with faces yet. So... I am going to do Sharon Tomlinson's 100 face challenge as well.

And I am off and running - meet #1.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

just face it

I spent a day at the pottery painting shop last week and I received the anxiously awaited email over the weekend that my project was ready. I could hardly wait to go pick it up this morning.


It's one vase, I'm just showing all sides. 

Having so much fun with this new obsession; we are going back this weekend!

What are you doing today?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Everything Happens for a Reason

If I ever thought much about my motto for life it would probably be that everything happens for a reason; we may not always understand the reason right away (or ever) but there is a reason.

I just got home from having lunch with my brother and sister in law, Arvid and Shirley. While we were waiting for our meals, Shirley handed me a pretty gift bag. She said she saw this and thought of me. As I opened the bag she told me the story behind the gift.

Shirley and I have thrift shopped together quite a bit and she knows I am always drawn to hands. She is also and avid garage sale shopper, so when she went to a garage sale of a woman (Kathy) and saw these hands she bought them for me.

Have you ever met one of those people who, for one reason or another, almost feel like they have a more direct line to God? Well, for me, Kathy is one of those people. She has touched my life in many ways over the years and each time I've always felt a spiritual closeness with her.

A few years ago Kathy worked at the assisted living facility where our mother spent the last months of her life. When Mom passed away it was during a shift that Kathy was working and it has always been a comfort to us knowing that Kathy was taking good care of Mom as she passed.

So when Shirley went to Kathy's garage sale and saw these hands she bought them for me as a reminder that Mom was being lovingly cared for by Kathy's hands as she left this earth. 

When Kathy put those hands on her garage sale she probably didn't put a whole lot of thought into it. But when Shirley bought them and now gave them to me it all came full circle. 

Everything happens for a reason.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Make Your Mark(er)

A few people have asked for a tutorial about how I've been doing faces with markers so I've done a short step by step in pictures.

I started with a 4 x 6" index card which I had already covered with assorted acrylic paint.

These are the supplies I used.

Step 1. Lightly draw the face.

Step 2. Use a white Sharpie paint pen to highlight a few areas (forehead, nose, cheeks, eyes, chin, throat, lip, neck). Next use 3 Permapaque markers (I used brown, orange, peach) and color a small area in the hollow of each cheek. Blend with a white Permapaque marker. You can add more color as desired. If your white marker picks up too much of the color on the nib, just scribble on a blank paper until it is clean.

Step 3. Similarly to the face, color areas of the neck with the same 3 colors using the darkest color for the most shading. Once again blend the colors with the white marker.

Step 4. Use dark blue and light blue markers for the eyes and begin shading with a charcoal pencil.

Step 5. Use the charcoal pencil to outline face, neck, lips, eyes, hairline. Do a little shading and contouring with charcoal pencil and use a cotton swab or your finger to blend.

Step 6. Finish the background. Use a black Permapaque marker on the bottom section and before it dries wipe it with a tissue. Use a white Sharpie paint pen for the top section. Put down a few drops or scribbles of paint and spread with your finger. For the midsection draw a strip of orange and then blend with the yellow marker. Outline and add details as desired with a black gel pen. Edge the entire piece with black ink (I used Stazon). Enjoy!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Excuse my absence

Gosh, it's been such a long time since I've blogged anything I debated over even posting today. Obviously the "yeas" beat the "nays" and here I am....

In the Spring I worked on a big (big for me anyway) sewing project that sort of took the wind out of my sails for a bit. I guess I was so excited about it that when it was finished after several weeks it was sort of like the let down after Christmas or much-anticipated birthday, I went sort of blah for a bit.

To the rescue, Tammy Garcia of Daisy Yellow fame once again hosted her Index Card a Day (ICAD) challenge; that kept me occupied during June and July.

I won't post all of the 61 cards, just a few from the pile. If you have never played along with this challenge I would strongly encourage you to play next year. All it takes is an index card and whatever medium you like to use. 

I started out the ICAD challenge using a variety of paints, markers, stamps, etc on my cards. Toward the middle of the challege I got in the habit of working on my cards in the evening while watching TV. I have a little basket with a bag of markers and a tin of pens, pencils and such that I can carry around the house with me. In the marker bag are several Permopaque markers that I had really not spent a lot of time using until now. While doing my ICADs I finally started using these markers and my Sharpie paint pens and got hooked. 


I ended up with a great system. I would get several cards prepped with gesso and acrylic paint or a little paper collage and keep them in my basket so in the evening I could just grab a card and finish it.
Here is a group of cards that I prepped one day.

Here are the same cards after finishing them.


The challenge is over for this year but I am still playing on index cards and am still hooked on the Permopaque markers by Sakura. 

I am currently in between projects and I never like that feeling of not having a purpose. I will be searching about for a new challenge and hopefully I will be a better blogger too (possibly)... 

Until next time...

Friday, June 19, 2015

Black & White Challenge accepted...

Stampington issued a "black & white" challenge and I accepted. My submission made it to the upcoming July/August issue of Somerset Studio.

This little dog did not make the cut, but several of his friends did. 

Pick up your copy July 1st at your favorite craft store, Barnes & Noble or online at

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Stampington Blog Post

Woot, Woot! I am excited to be the guest artist on the Stampington blog this week.

At the time they asked me to come up a project to share I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of Spring so I had flowers on the brain. Just when I thought Spring had finally arrived here in Minnesota, we had a frost warning last night! Not sure what's up with that but I have my flowers anyway, just on my wall instead of in my flower bed.

See the blog post and project instructions here.

Sending out a big thank you to Sarah at Stampington for inviting me to share a blog post with your readers. I am very honored and grateful for this opportunity <3