Tag Archives: watercolor

ATCs- “Kiwi” and “Pear”

A continuation of my fruit series. The first two can be seen on yesterday’s post. Again, wax collages. These two I created for the green challenge on Inspire Me Thursday. I’m not quite as pleased with these as I hoped. Doesn’t help than my scanner doesn’t seem to get along with green.  Oh well. Here they are. We’ll see if I continue this series. I’m somewhat less enthused now that they are going so poorly.



See the first of the fruit series.

See my other ATCs.

ATCs- “Grapefruit” and “Pomegranate”

After doing my grandmother’s birthday present, I was inspired to do more fruit. Specifically, I wanted to do half a pear. Then, it occured to me that I could do lots of other fruits as well. Thus, the first of a series of fruit half collages. Even better, there is a “Fruit” challenge on the Created by Hand website, so these first two will be entered there. Because my newest toy is a mini iron and a block of beeswax, these (and likely the rest as well) are beeswax collages. The wax smells like honey and I’m really enjoying this!



I may create a tutorial as I put together one of the fruit ATCs, if I clear off my desk enough to get my tripod up there.

See my other ATCs.

Protected: Keep it a secret!

This content is password protected. To view it please enter your password below:

A New, Artsy Look

This should have been done a month ago, but finally, my page has a decent header. I didn’t plan on changing the theme, but I found after I made the header that I had envisioned, it didn’t fit quite as well as I planned, so I chose something that would mesh better. I still have plans, but I can be satisfied with the overall look (should those plans never come to fruition). Even so, I am open to suggestions, if anyone has any.

I am especially satisfied with the artwork that went into the header. As is the usual case, it looks better in person.  I enjoyed painting the newpaper and bookpages that went into this, and although my tweezers got a good work-out inking the edges of those teeny-tiny leaves, I enjoyed the collage part as well.


Now the question is, what do I do with the physical artwork? Don’t be surprised if it at some point makes its home in a journal…

Old Art Journal Pages

As I mentioned before, I have often started journals only to unintentionally abandon them. Some of those were written, some were sketchbooks, and a few were intended to be art journals. I thought I would share a few pages from one. I haven’t permanently abandoned it, but for now, its set aside.

This first page was started over the summer, and the finishing touches were made this last fall. Some of it I don’t like, but it looks a lot better than it did. As you might guess, I was having a pretty rough time over summer. Excuse the angsty sort of theme.


This second page was completed during the fall. I was having a bad day, during a time where bad days were the norm. Again, sorry for the angst. I promise not all my artwork is angsty!


Not thrilled with the aforementioned angst, but oh well. Its something.

The Beginnings of an Art Journal

I’ve been a naughty blogger and haven’t been updating on my artistic pursuits. Shame, shame. Part of it is I’ve had some distractions, although artistically oriented. Part of it is, I’ve had this post in mind and wanted to get it done before I moved on, but I was too lazy to get to a scanner.

Back in January, I started preparing background pages for an art journal. Since I am notorious for starting a journal and leaving most of it blank, I decided that instead of starting with a book, I’d make the book as I went. I cut paper into 7×5 rectangles, gessoed both sides, and started preparing backgrounds onto which I could paint, draw, collage, write, stamp, etc. I wanted them stiff, so I could bind them with binder rings and not have to worry about the logistics of construction while working on the pages themseves. I may only use one binder ring in the corner, I may use 3 along the side, or 2. I’m really not sure.

Here is a sampling of my backgrounds, as they are at this point.


Technique (Or lack thereof…)

For the fun of it, I’ll share my process, unplanned though it was. Once I had the paper cut, I started out with pretty generic, boring gesso applications, via paint brush, then started to get more creative. I dug out one of my old college ID cards to use as a palette knife (you know you’ve moved on when you use your ID to spread paint/gesso). I tried spreading it in glops, drawing in it, writing in it, making designs with the brush, and anything else I could think of. When all pages were dry, I used my very expensive, professional grade watercolors (also known as a cheap crayola kiddie set) to paint the pages. Watercolor behaves interestingly on a gessoed surface. It moves around quite a bit, as the surface isn’t as porous, and when dry, has a matte finish. Its easy to rub off or move around with a damp cloth or paint brush, and splattering paint onto an already painted page yielded some nice results.

The trouble is, when you put mod podge over it, it disturbs the paint as well.Mod Podge also makes the colors a bit brighter and shinier (even when using the matte variety). Some might like the brighter colors, but I like more muted colors, and I prefered the matte look. In the future, I will probably get out my acrylic paints and skip the watercolors, but I was lazy. Its so hard to pull out too many supplies when I know I only have a few hours before it has to be put away. Oh well. It was a learning experience. As stuff is going on top of it, I suppose it doesn’t much matter if its too shiny or if my textures were altered. I had fun at any rate. Feel free to try the same. Expect to see development on these pages from time to time.

My Uninformed Artistic Interpretation of Tuscany

tuscany-atc-real-sizeI had a request for an ATC from a person that liked European themes, such as Tuscany. I think that’s awesome, but I’ve never been to Europe, so its hard to really do it right. I looked at some pictures, and came up with this. She also preferred no collage elements, and lately, that’s a challenge for me. I might end up doing another more suitable for her, but I’m pleased with this one.

Materials used: Cardstock, Watercolor, pencil sketching, stamps, and ink.

See other ATCs here.

Trade ATCs with artists worldwide at ATCs for All.