Monday, August 24, 2015

Carving Your Own Stamps

Ever feel like making your own rubber-stamps?  

SKETCHES: I was working in my art journal the other day and felt like adding some wings to my design.I got out my sketchbook and drew some wing patterns. I thought it would be a great idea to create some rubber-stamps out of these designs so i can use them over and over in my mixed media art.

TRANSFER: I traced my sketches using some tracing paper and a charcoal pencil. This soft pencil helps make a nice transfer. I then placed my sketch facing down over a Speedball Carving Block. Gently i retraced over the wing to get a reverse design on the block. 

CARVING: I then used used a Speedball Linoleum Cutter to carve out my design, switching blade size for large and small areas. I wanted to carve a positive image so i carved away the light areas of my image.

TRIMMING: I used a larger blade to trim off the excess and finished it off with scissors.

TESTING MY STAMP: I inked my stamps and stamped them on white paper to see if i needed to go back and carve some more. I was pleased with my design. 

Time for stamping!!!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Very Big Sketch Book

It finally arrived! My Very Big Sketch Book! I ordered it with the idea of keeping all of my sketches in one place. When i opened the Amazon box i was extremely surprised to see just how big this sketch book was. It is huge!!! 

It contains 600 pages of acid free bright white paper. If you were wondering in ordering this sketch book you will not be disappointed! Can't wait to start sketching :)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Rubber-stamp Company Logo

I am in love with my new stamps! I took a Skillshare class called "Get Inked! Create Your Own Custom Rubber Stamp" by Teela Cunningham and learned how easy it was to order my very own rubber-stamps! She teaches you how to save and upload your artwork to
Here are the three that i created.  

Now i can personalize and stamp away!:)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

August is Art Appreciation Month

In honor of Art Appreciation Month, I have been graciously invited by Patience Brewster, to start a conversation about the wonderful artists that inspire us everyday. Patience is the artist behind the lovely Christmas ornaments her company has been producing since 2001. When she invited me to participate, i thought is was a chance to share with you about the artists who inspire me and a great opportunity to mention some of the very talented women artists i follow online.

Growing up i loved Monet, VanGogh and Degas. I could stare for hours at their beautiful use of color and brushstrokes. I also admired their creative thought process. They inspired me at a very young age to love color and appreciate art. 

A few years back i walked into a bookstore and found a mixed media book by Kelley Rae Roberts called "Taking Flight". This book inspired my love for mixed media art. 

I went home and researched this wonderful new medium and found so many talented women. Christy TomlinsonJunelle Jacobson, Donna Downey, Danielle Donaldson, Jane Davenport, Tamara Laporte and Danita

The world of art opened up to me again! I wanted to know more about the materials and process they used, so i started taking some of their online classes. It was so exciting to be inspired again!!! I've enjoyed learning from their techniques. Their art has encouraged me to introduce more traditional media into my digital illustrations. I have also found a joy in watercoloring!

Art has and will always be an important part of my life. Between the pages of my sketchbook, some gesso and washes of color, i have been able to improve on my own creative process and experience a joy through art.

Thank you so much for joining me! I would love to hear what artist has inspired you!:)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mexican Watercolor Girls

Summer break and warm weather are finally here! Just enjoying the days sketching and painting some new Mexican watercolor Girls! What are you all up to this summer?

Friday, May 29, 2015

my Watercolor Girls

Hi everyone! With all this rain we are getting here in Texas i decided to make the time and do some watercoloring. i found an online workshop by Danielle Donaldson called CreativeGirl: Storybooks and studious girls. i love her work and i enjoyed the class very much.

The workshop helped me get some creative time in and start sketching again.

This is a sneak peek at some of my new girls! absolute fun!!! :)

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Documented Life Project-Week 16

April Theme
Color Safari (Exploring Inks & Paints)

April 18-Art Challenge:
Gelli® Arts Gel Printing Plate
Journal Prompt: 
A lot on my Plate

My blog is not directly connected to the Gelli Arts® business.
Gelli Arts® trademark is owned by Gelli Arts® LLC

Thank you for joining me in my 
creative journey!

"My plate is full of many blessings
in my life"

If you are interested in creating 
some art and joining the group, here is the link: 

Gelli® Arts Gel Printing

i recently received my Gelli® Arts gel printing plate in the mail but haven't had the time to use it until today. i filmed my process and will be posting it soon. 

it's so much fun to see the textures, patterns and colors that turn up when you lift the paper. SO FUN! :)

My blog is not directly connected to the Gelli Arts® business.
Gelli Arts® trademark is owned by Gelli Arts® LLC

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Documented Life Project-Week 15

April Theme
Color Safari (Exploring Inks & Paints)

April 11-Art Challenge:
Journal Prompt: 
Cry Me a River

For this journal challenge i decided to try something new and make a video of my process. i have created a few videos before but this was my first art journaling video. 

Also, i did not use the prompt because i found a quote that i wanted to add to this journal entry.

Thank you for joining me in my creative journey and discovery!

"The only limit to our realization of 
tomorrow will be our doubts of today"
-Franklin D. Roosevelt

If you are interested in creating 
some art and joining the group, here is the link: 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Documented Life Project-Week 14

April Theme
Color Safari (Exploring Inks & Paints)

April 4-Art Challenge:
Journal Prompt: 
It's Water Under the Bridge

i was excited to find out that this journal entry was about watercolors. it gave me the opportunity to practice my Color Drop Flowers technique by Martha Lever. she was the featured artist, March 28, on the DLP group! love her class! :)

1. so to start off i poured some Liquitex inks over a page that i had already stenciled before

2. i then covered an old dictionary page with some Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground to prepare it for some watercolors

3. next i glued down the piece, with Matte Medium, over the right side of my journal. 

i felt the left side needed some text paper. 
so i added some torn pieces, following the same steps as above

4. i poured some more of the Liquitex inks over the journal and let them drip down 

5. here i painted my flowers following Martha Lever's class. this part was absolutely fun!:)

6. for this step i added some words of affirmation to my page using one of my stencils, black paint and a makeup sponge 

7. i felt the black letters needed something more so i went back and placed my stencil to the top and left of the words. i then applied some titanium white 

8. to finalize my page i added some more texture with stamps and paint

If you are interested in creating 
some art and joining the group, here is the link: 

Thursday, April 9, 2015


Taking time to let go and just paint. Watercolors have always been one of my loves but have never really gotten the chance to really practice. I found a class called "Color Drop Flowers" by Martha Lever and thought, why not. I signed up and have really enjoyed following her videos. She is absolutely sweet and of course, very talented. I think i might include this in my next journal entry!:)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Documented Life Project-Week 13

March Theme
Making Your Mark (Doodles & Mark Making)

March 28-Art Challenge:
Make a Custom Element
Journal Prompt: 
"Ride the energy of your own unique spirit" 
-Gabrielle Roth

I really like the quote used in this challenge. I wanted to include photos of my family because they are the energy that 
gives my Spirit wings to fly :) 

1. To start off my journal i tore up pieces of paper,from an old dictionary. I used Matte Medium as my glue and covered both pages 

2. Once dry,i watered down some gesso and applied a thin coat over the pages

3. As one of my custom elements, i  used a flower stencil, i designed, and sprayed some Lemon Zest Dylusions Ink Spray

4. Using the same flower stencil,i added some Vibrant Turquoise Dylusions Ink Spray 

5. I continued adding layers of color, now using another custom stencil and some Funky Fuchsia Dylusions Ink Spray

This is what my background looks like with all the sprayed layers. 
It sort of looks like an Easter page 

6. Using a dry brush, i covered a dictionary page with some watered down gesso. I let it dry, then used it as my printer paper to print the quote on(i used an inkjet printer) 

7. I tore the paper around the quote to give it a more grungy look. 

8. I used another gessoed paper and stamped a butterfly using some Memento ink (the butterfly is another custom element)

I then cut out the butterflies and glued them down with a glue stick 

9. I created some mini polaroid frames and cut them using my Silhouette 

10. Using my inkjet printer, i printed out some pictures and glued the Polaroid frames over them 

To finish off my page, i glued down my mini polaroids and drew a clothesline using a Stabilo Pencil and some pen marks

And that's about it! Hope you enjoyed my creative process. I had fun creating this page :) 

If you are interested in creating 
some art and joining the group, here is the link: