Some Facecinating girls and LifeBook catch up time!

Hi everyone, I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend–I know I sure did. We spent all day Saturday and Sunday at my daughter’s basketball tournament, so Monday was a welcome break 🙂 Although we did end up spending most of it out car shopping… my vehicle is getting up there in miles and it’s time to replace it.

Anyhoo….I’ve been a bit sidetracked from my LifeBook class over the last 2 months. I’ve really been wanting to master doing faces and when I saw the Facecinating Girls 3 week online course from Andrea Gomoll, I decided to jump in. What I love about this class (other than sweet Andrea) is that it comes with a clear stamp set that really helps take the pressure off as far as trying to draw a perfect face. I’ve learned a lot about shading, which is really something I needed. The class really is a great value and I highly recommend it if you are looking for an easy breakdown on face painting.

Also, for my birthday I received Mixed Media Girls by Suzi Blu. I’m just going to say that I think she is AWESOME and leave it at that. I can’t wait to sign up for some of her classes, but I think I need to get through LifeBook first. Between that and the new Frog Dog design team there isn’t room for much else, and I am ok with that. So here we are. I just wanted to share with you a few things that I’ve been working on in my art journals as a result of these classes and such.
This first sketch is done with just some basic shading with a Faber Castell Gelato:
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This one was done with PrismaColor pencils:
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This one was done with the PrismaColor pencils and Inktense blocks:
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The next two are fully completed using acrylic paints, the PrismaColor pencils again, and the Inktense blocks, and Gelatos:
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And a few sketches based on Suzi Blu’s book. I know these need quite a bit more work. Practice, practice!!! 🙂
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And finally my project for Life Book 2013 – Week 16 – Bottoms Up with Aimee Meyers Dolich:
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And that’s it for the day! Hope I didn’t overload you too much 🙂 Stay tuned for the reveals at Frog Dog Studios this weekend–so exciting!

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Exciting News to Share!

Hi everyone!! I have some exciting news that I would love to share with you all…I have been invited to be on the creative team for a new mixed media kit club 🙂 I am joined by these talented ladies: Tina Walker, Martha Richardson, and Rita Barakat.

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Frog Dog Studio was created by Tina Walker, and is an awesome new kit club featuring mixed media products. Here are Tina’s words describing all of the goodness: “Frog Dog Studio is a monthly Mixed Media kit club. We have a talented team of designers who will share video and photo tutorials on how to make kit projects and use kit supplies, in easy, fun, and creative ways. We pride ourselves on making the world Mixed Media friendly and want to share our excitement and passion for creating art with our subscribers. We believe that Mixed Media is the window to the soul, and embrace individualism, and self expression. Getting our hands messy with paint, ink, and glue is a natural part of our lives. If you would like more information about our kits and what we have to offer, please visit our website, Frog Dog Studio.”

The kit will go live on June 1. Let me just tell you all that there are some fabulous goodies in these kits! I was really inspired when I got my first kit to work with. Tina has done a great job of finding really cool and fun things to use. And by having all of the tutorials, it really shows you just how flexible you can be with the kits. FUN!

You can check out the Frog Dog Studio Blog here for news and updates.

Thanks for stopping by!! 🙂

How to Make a Vintage Bird Nest tutorial and a Sneaky Peek…

Good morning! It’s a beautiful day here in Texas 🙂 I am planning to sit and do a bit of sketching later after I get the boy down for his nap–fingers crossed!! In the meantime, I wanted to share with you a project that I created last week as a creative challenge submission for Stamp Antonio Arts. The challenge was called “Feather Your Nest” in honor of the arrival of spring. Participants were challenged to create a bird’s nest with eggs out of any type of materials. I have been wanting to do something different lately, so I jumped right into this challenge. I decided while I was at it, I may as well create a tutorial on how exactly I created my project in case anyone else might be inspired to make one. It turned out really cute, take a look:
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To see the full tutorial please check out my Snapguide “How to Make a Vintage Style Bird Nest”.

Remember that big news I told you about last week? Well, here’s another teaser…
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I hope you all enjoy your day today!! 🙂

I’m Dylusional!! :)

When I get obsessed I go all out…and that is exactly what happened when I discovered the awesome stamp sets by Dyan Reaveley!! I’ve been using the Dylusions spray inks for quite a while now, but never looked into any of her other products. Don’t ask me why, I can’t believe it took me so long 🙂 So I had myself a mini spending spree and ordered several stamp sets and stencils, as well as her Art Journal. Let me just say that I have quite a number of art journals with all different types of papers, etc., but this one takes the cake! The size is perfect and the papers are just made for mixed media. They hold up really well to all of the spraying, layering, and stamping. No buckling or curling at all. I am in love 🙂 With that said, I’d like to share a few pages that I whipped up using the stamps, inks, stencils, and magazine bits. I also used the Silks by Luminarte, which I am also in love with. The colors are really vibrant and I love playing with them!
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I have another journal that is small (5 x 7) filled with a kraft colored paper that I occasionally work in. I am using a heart theme throughout this one. I thought I’d share a few pages of this one also. It is still a work in progress 🙂
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Well, that is all for now. Stay tuned though, I have some really big and exciting news to share with everyone later this month. I can’t wait! 🙂