Monday, December 10, 2018


Every story has a beginning and an end and every story has the possibility of change. This story began with a 12" x 36" stretched canvas on a wood frame and three stencils from StencilGirl Products. 

                                                            The beginning

                                            I  love this stencil by Carolyn Dube,
                                    "Words to Live By"
               It was the perfect choice for the top of my painting.
                      Here she is still becoming.
 Her Heart is a  stencil called "Love Collage" by Traci Bautista. I knew this be a perfect fit. It is also one of  my favorites. Clicking on the link will take you right to it at StencilGirl where you can see more of the actual stencil.

Right away, I can see she was going to need something to 
frame her face, so I added a bit of lace and butterflies.

I actually really loved the black robe (in the 4th photo) but I wanted her to look like she was wearing some beautiful fabrics, possibly made from tapestries that would compliment the added lace around her face.

The stencil at the bottom says: "Live Your Beautiful Life". This stencil is by Maria McGuire from her Brave Girl Collection. One of my favorite things to do is to make Cyanotype prints. I use these often in my art.
Next, I added a Halo and some gold illuminations above her head.

 I am very happy with my finished piece. There were certainly a lot of changes along the way and there was fear and anticipation. I have learned to "Not" be just satisfied with what is, but to listen to my heart that says, "go further, you can do more". I am being open to taking more risks with my art and in life, and to answering the voices of challenge. In doing so, I learned that the reward is outside your comfort zone.
Thank you for being here. If you visited, please leave a comment, I would love to know that you were here. 
Be Open, Answer the Calling of Your Heart and Live Your 
Beautiful Life!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018


Today I wanted to share with you how much fun I had working in the small disc bound journal by Joggles using the Graphix Aqual Watercolor Pens by Marabu. The journal pages are fine watercolor pages that are easy to pop in and out of the journal and make placing your pages and working on them flat, a snap.

This journal is 3"x5" and I loved the size of it. The birds I used are from Joggles Art Parts, already cut for you in the same quality watercolor paper. This little journal was brought to life by Graphix Aqua Watercolor pens and Fineliner Pens by Marabu. These pens deliver intense color and are easy to use. I have used them on several projects now and the pen and brush tips are still amazing and the color is still delivering. 
  The first thing I did was to cut the small tabs on the birds and remove them all from the page they come on. Next I drew their faces and body designs right on the birds using a black PITT pen. On some of the birds, I used small rubber stamps.
Once all my birds were designed I used the Aqua Watercolor Brush Pen and a water brush and colored in my birds. I then set them aside to work on the background of all my pages.
 It doesn't really take a lot of the watercolor when working on a page, if you use a water brush, you can spread around and blend the colors with ease.  
 Once my background pages were completed and dry, I went back and added a stamp to some, wording and doodles. On each adjacent page, I then glued on a bird using matte medium and added words and other doodling on the page.
I was extremely pleased with the bright colors packed in the little Bird Journal.
                             Back and front of Journal

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Happy Creating!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018



When I found myself in need of a label, I grabbed one of the Joggles Art Parts I had in my supplies. The 6" circles made from 140lb. cold press watercolor paper fit my needs perfectly. I added some Woodland Fairy stamps by Kristin Peterson and used some of the Graphix Aqua Watercolors Pens by Marabu.  I loved how well it turned out so I made a few more and ended up with this cute set of package labels. Who doesn't love receiving a Happy Package!


Speaking of Happy Mail, I was recently included in a group of some very creative sweet souls to trade some Artist Trading Coins and to make some Happy Envelopes for them to travel in. I'm beyond thrilled to have these coins in my collection from artists that I admire. There is also a good artsy possibility that these envelopes will end up being a little mini journal. For more inspiration, be sure to click on their name.
                                           Created by Linda Edkins Wyatt
                                              Created by Jill McDowell
                                               Created by Astrid Maclean
                                             Created by Jackie P.Neal

I'm so Thankful for these creationships, family, friends and pumpkin pie!
Happy Thanksgiving and don't forget to 
Create and Inspire!

Monday, November 12, 2018


I started out playing with the large watercolor tags from Joggles. After creating the tags, I decided to actually use them in one of their disc bound tag journals. This one is actually a watercolor disc bound tag journal 8" x 5". I used matte medium and adhered the tags I created to a tag page in the journal. It was easy to do since you can pop out the pages and keep them flat. Once I attached my tags, I popped all the pages back in the journal in the order I wanted them. 

The cover of my journal is made from two stamps I had in my stash. The body is from the Unity stamp by Christy Tumblinson and the face is a Woodland Fairy Stamp by Kristin Peterson. I stamped the face onto one of Joggles 2.5" watercolor trading coins and used the Marabu Graphic Aqua watercolor pens to color it. Then I glued the stamped coin onto the large tag covering the unity stamp face, leaving just the body of the Unity stamp showing.
I also used the 2" watercolor trading coin by Joggles and sewed an elastic ribbon to it to keep my journal closed adding the words "Abandon Yourself to Curiosity".  It doesn't need it right now, but I like the look and eventually, my journals like to get fat. I can't say enough how nice it is to create each page individually and then just pop them in a journal. If you don't like a page you created, you can just pop it back out.
Here are some of the inside pages I created just for fun for the journal using Marabu Graphic Aqua Watercolor pens.

By gluing the tags I created onto the pages of the journal, I still have plenty of room to journal around the tags. I left the back sides of each page blank for extra journaling.


 Here in Central Arkansas, it is Fall Y'all! I hope you are all enjoying this welcomed time of year.
This is my back cover. "Set your Muse Free". Do that thing you think is hard. I never knew how easy watercolor could be.
I could not be happier to have the Marabu Graphix Aqua Watercolor pens in my arsenal of supplies, a quick favorite! I don't know why I waited so long. You don't have too. Take the leap.... the Marabu Graphix Aqua Watercolor pens, fineliners and inks are all on sale now saving you 50% for a limited time only.

                                   Aren't you curious?

Joggles Disc Bound Watercolor Journals
Joggles Watercolor Parts/Artist Trading Coins
Marabu Graphix Aqua Watercolor Pens- Octopy Set
Marabu Graphix Fineline Pens-Hypnotize Set
Faber Castell Pitt Black Pen
Posca White Paint Pen
Tim Holtz Water Brush by Ranger
Liquitex Matt Medium
Golden -Iridescent Gold Acrylic
Woodland Fairy Stamp by Kristen Petersen 
Unity Stamp by Christy Tumblinson