Tuesday, October 21, 2014


OK, this is ART????   Day 6 has come and gone.  I'm just now having time to post my practice subjects for you to see.  Sorry about the terrible shot of "blue" dog.  You can see what is most important - the DOTS on "blue" dog.  That is not patterned paper, it is not a background from the other side of the paper bleeding through.  That's right... this was done on purpose.  Sandy showed us how to use the Copics blender marker for this dastardly deed.  Do you ever feel like you can't mark up something in silly ways?  Well, this was the "DO YOUR SILLY STUFF DAY".  It wasn't called that, but it certainly was creative and fun.

Do you have the compunction to STAY WITHIN THE LINES?  Well, if Jennifer can color gleefully outside the lines, then I told myself, I could too!I practiced some shading on "Brownie" and making fur on his buddy "Orange" 

Now, I totally loved doing these two darlings.  Kelly is responsible for these cuties, well, she didn't color them, but she made it fun and easy to create these dear sweet things.  Those are T #s (grays).

 Kelly offered up reasons for using cool or warm grays.  Use warm grays on live things, animals, etc. and use cool grays on inanimate objects like robots, machinery.

I was totally out of my comfort zone on this one.  Of course lines are just there to be colored over.  I actually think it doesn't look half bad, well, we'll see how good or bad it looks when I cut it out.
As you can see, DAY 6 was full of ideas and creativity, but then, I don't know a day that wasn't. This really was one of the best classes ever.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


I'm a bit late with publishing my Copic coloring class.  This was Day 5.  Practice, practice, practice.
A wonderful ballerina to practice shading.

Faces and Hair - I need lots of practice

Thanks to all the artists to show that there are all kinds of right ways to do things.

Happy Days for this shaded girl.
The class is fantastic and I'll be reviewing the videos too.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Scramble over at Hero Arts quickcard 95

Join the scramble at Hero Arts at 11:00 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, Saturday, October 11, 2014.  The scramble will last TWENTY Four (24) hours, but you have to adhere to the 90 minute rules.  I know you'll all be honest, so when you can put in the time, start your clock and check it for 90 minutes, including time to upload.  This way, if you have trouble uploading, it's ok.

I see so many Autumn cards all over, so I thought we'd do a changing seasons card.  You can do spring or autumn.  This is my sample for an Autumn card.   Lots of room to write and lots of orange and brown.with a bit of green thrown in for good luck.

Here's a sample of my SPRING card 
Lots of green with a bit orange thrown in.

Visit Hero Arts for the 90 minute scramble - 24 hours to do 90 minutes!  Read my post on Hero Arts Flickr group.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

DAY Eleven NO Such Thing as a Mistake

I desparately need to put new batteries in my other light, but I wanted to put these two images I colored together so you could see where I goofed on the image on the right.

 You see the wonderful red Xmas cap, well, it bled red and for the life of me, when I fixed one side, the other side reddened and not where I wanted it.  You see what I did to hide the red on the upper left of the cap and the little white trim on the cap?  Yes, I die-cut small holly leaves and little berries, colored them with Copic markers and covered the spots nicely.  I think it worked out well.

Covering mistakes can lead to something new and even better things.  I will be making  cards out of these in the near future.

Hope you liked lesson 11, covering up your mistakes.  I really did have a messy spot of red and knew I had a way to keep that image after I had colored all of it.

Monday, October 6, 2014

When You Love to Color

I really like this larger rendition of Scilia Fairy because I enjoyed coloring larger quantities of hair and dress.  I added some Memory Box die-cut blooming fuchsia and Circle Border.  Crafty Sentiments Designs is sponsoring Die Cut Divas this month, so hop on over and join the fun.

The large yellow flower the fairy is holding and the Yellow Green tones on her dress just make me think of Autumn.I obviously love this digital girl because I couldn't make just one card.

I think the wonderful red tones in this image remind me of the beginning of spring with everything so fresh and bright.  What a lovely image.

Because of the yellow on the edges of the flower and the darkness of the dress and slipper color, I feel Scilia Fairy represents fall.  She is so versatile.  
You color at your own risk - it's addictive!  Happy Autumn.and Happy Spring, wherever you may be.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

She's Autumn to Me

It's the first of the month and a new challenge at Die Cut Divas.  Be sure to visit - this month it's all about the changing seasons, spring and autumn.

I love how I was able to change this little gal from Christmas to Autumn with a wealth of Fall colors.
This is a rubber stamp from Crafty Sentiments Designs and you can find her here, all done up in Christmas colors.  She's just so sweet.

I thought a close-up might be nice to see all the wonderful details in the image.  I used Copic marker E37 on the cape and boots, but it didn't look quite right, so I added YR07 directly on top of the E37 and it was PERFECT!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Penny-farthing for your Thoughts...

Do we all know what a penny-farthing is?  Well, I knew what my card design looked like, but not what it was called.  You know, the funny bicycles with the large front wheel and the small back wheel.

I love this nut, she cracks me up!  I've started with a Copic marker color base of E30 and then dotted her with E31 as well as giving her a shadow on the bottom left side.

Here's a close-up of the Shopping Nut and you can get her here!

Directly from Wikipedia: The penny-farthing, also known as the high wheel, high wheeler or ordinary, is a type of bicycle with a large front wheel and a much smaller rear wheel. It was popular after the boneshaker until the development of the safety bicycle in the 1880s. It was the first machine to be called a "bicycle".
Although the name "penny-farthing" is now the most common, it was probably not used until the machines were nearly outdated; the first recorded print reference is from 1891 in Bicycling News.   It comes from the British pennyand farthing coins, one much larger than the other, so that the side view resembles a penny leading a farthing.  For most of their reign, they were simply known as "bicycles". In the late 1890s, the name "ordinary" began to be used, to distinguish them from the emerging safety bicycles, and this term or hi-wheel (and variants) is preferred by many modern enthusiasts.
About 1870, English inventor James Starley, described as the father of the bicycle industry, and others began producing bicycles based on the French boneshaker but with front wheels of increasing size, because larger front wheels, up to 1.5 m (60 in) in diameter, enabled higher speeds on bicycles limited to direct drive.  In 1878, Albert Pope began manufacturing the Columbia bicycle outside of Boston, starting their two-decade heyday in America.
Although the trend was short-lived, the penny-farthing became a symbol of the late Victorian era. Its popularity also coincided with the birth of cycling as a sport.