Monday, December 8, 2014

Baking Day 2014

What a great weekend! We had our 3rd annual Christmas Baking Day and we all survived! 

I think we made 13 or 14 different kinds of goodies this year. Some of them were a success and some not so much. 

As you can see we had a bottle of wine ready and waiting for us at the finish!

A good time was had by all.

It was also the first time our little grandson, Jonah, came to visit our house so that was really the best treat. Here he is chillin' with Auntie Chelsea the day after cookie baking.

The traveling kids, grandbaby and granddog left around noon on Sunday and I think I spent the better part of the rest of the day on the couch. 

From what it looks like Jonah was ready to crash and burn on the way home as well.

We were all pretty tired but I am really enjoying this relatively new Baking Day tradition. 

May your holiday season be blessed and joyous and may all of your traditions be treasured and memorable as well.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A few things that I've been working on

Tracey Scott started a 100 faces group on Facebook so I thought I would play along. Don't worry, I won't post every face!

Here are just a few for starters...

In addition to playing in my art room I've been decorating our house for Christmas. As I was pulling out Santa figurines one after another I decided that until Christmas I will post a Santa a day on Instagram. You can find them at reneestien on instagram.

I hope you are enjoying the holiday season. Thanks for taking the time to stop by.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014


I seem to have lost my art focus lately. I truly believe that the best way to stay creative is to work at something each and every day. However, that is not always possible and then it's hard to get back in the swing. I am working on getting my focus back and today made this little motivator.

I hope you find time to pLay today too!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Art Journaling - Autumn 2014

I am excited to have one of my journals included in the new issue of Art Journaling magazine. And ... as an extra added bonus my friend, Roc, has one of her journals in this issue as well. And ... as if that wasn't enough Roc's journal is her journal from her trip to my house for a week last fall. It doesn't get much more fun than that!

Pick up your copy at a book store or craft store near you!

Friday, September 12, 2014

a new background tutorial to share

Robin Mead is featuring a "technique of the week" video on her Facebook page each Friday and today is my day to share. When Robin invited me to participate I started wondering what I could share that hasn't already been seen and done multiple times.

I got to thinking that many people need a little boost of encouragement to get the first bits of color on their page (or canvas) so I focused on that. One of the quickest ways that I know of to add color is with the wide assortment of spray colors available. My biggest problem with the sprays is that I'm kind of cheap and don't like to waste so much of the color by blotting with paper towels. I came up with this easy technique using gesso and spray color as an easy way to add color with little or none of it going to waste.

Thank you for watching my video, I hope you try the technique and if you do please let me know - I would love to see your work.

Thank you to Robin for including me in the fun. Check out Robin Mead Designs on Facebook, her blog and her Etsy shop,  RobinMeadDesigns to see her gorgeous work.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Baby J is on the way...

Our daughter and son in law are expecting our first grandchild any minute now. OK,  not exactly any minute but within the next 3 weeks or so. We are not privy to the name so we've just been calling him Baby J for the last several months. 

We are all getting very excited to meet him. People that are already grandparents keep telling me about this bond you feel for your grandchildren like none other. I can't grasp the feeling yet but they all assure me it will happen. Until then I will just have to be patient.

Meanwhile here are some little monsters on canvas that I made for Baby J's room.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

My ICAD finale...

The 2 month Index Card-a-Day challenge has drawn to a close today. It's been a fun 2 month challenge and I appreciate Tammy Garcia of Daisy Yellow for making it happen.

These are my remaining cards for the challenge.

Day 50 - This card also doubled as my card for a "monochrome"challenge on the Community Thrives site.

Day 51 - I started out with a collage of an assortment of text paper background and then scraped on some random acrylic paint. The girl was found in the background and the text just seemed to fit.

Day 52 - Another play with acrylic paints and black gesso.

Day 53 - She is done in acrylics with gel pen and Sharpie paint pen accents.

Day 54 - I felt like something different so went with my take on a color wheel and some practice in lettering.

Day 55 - She began from a random acrylic background. After painting the face I added the blue around her face so you can't really tell that it started out multi-colored. She still feels a bit unfinished, maybe I will still add a word or a quote of some type.

Day 56 - Acrylic and black gesso. This was intended to be a dog but as it turned out I believe it's really a dog crossed with a hyena.

Day 57 - Another dual purpose card. This time for a one-word art challenge on Community Thrive  - "wander".

Day 58 - A little collage piece today. The background is a collage of assorted text pieces which I then colored with spray inks and gesso. The face, body and piece behind are from a few different books and vintage collections.

Day 59 - Acrylic background with a black gesso bird.

Day 60 - Acrylic background. The bird was punched from a magazine with a large circle punch. I painted around the bird with black gesso. I used dictionary text for the dress and crown.

Day 61 - The finale - the 2 month challenge is completed!

I am grateful to Tammy for providing this challenge and am happy to have met a new group of creative and supportive people that played along as well. Thanks to all of you that have followed my progress along the way.