Friday, August 29, 2014

#56 - seeing poppies I was experiment doing flowers on wet and dry surfaces.  I still need work.

Here is the art journal.

The wet on wet technique is on the left and dry on dry on the right.  I really don't know which one I like better.   So I had to try doing another wet on wet.

Better, but still needs a little more work.  Perfect timing though because tomorrow I am taking a watercolor class.  It should be fun.

I hope you have an safe and artful holiday week-end.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

#55 of 200...Monochromatic

Today is 55 of 200...sounds like a BIG challenge, doesn't it?  I have had some nay-sayers about this challenge.  But this is a new day and I did a great job so far.

The watercolor challenge was to do a monochromatic dream scape.  Dream scape was a little too challenging, so I went with monochromatic.  Here is my sketchbook.

I decided to go with my signature color, orange.  What fun just pull out my red and yellow watercolors.  I wasn't too happy with the sketchbook, but somehow it sort of looked like a cactus and a sun set, so I will go with that.  Just because this is going to be am art journal I added my black lines and left a space for writing.  Georgia O'Keefe has been on my mind this week, so maybe one of her quotes would work in this page.  At the end of the 6 weeks, I will share how I embellished some of these pages, for now you will see the rough watercolor experiments.

Back to the little purple canvas...monochromatic water colored canvas, my pen and ink circles and coated with a was medium. The fiber piece was created by laying fibers and wool between two pieces of water soluble stabilizer and free motion stitching.  They are a blast to make.

Now to decide which direction it should be laying on the easel, but I guess that is up to whom ever purchases it off my Etsy shop of Facebook page.

If you are interested in this piece or want to request a special order, please contact me.

Have an artful day! ~Judy

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

#54 of 200...I'm back after a break

I miss doing my daily blog post, but mainly miss doing a daily art challenge.  So I am back!  And I hope you are back to reading my posts, pinning them and getting inspired.  I know I have inspired a friend to take up painting and a few more have my art hanging on their walls.  Thank you!

I am still wanting to continue my 200 works and this is how I am going to do it.  My darling husband, Keith, bought me this book, One Watercolor A Day by Veronica Lawlor. 

I have been drooling of the pages for a few weeks and thought I just have to do it or do something!  So I bought a watercolor journal to start.  Here is the secret, I have always wanted to work on an art journal but have no idea where to start, but this would be a great way to add color to pages and as I get going I may get braver.

The first day was to just add color to the page, swipe it, drop it or smudge it.

This is my page, was not happy with my color choices so I started doodling on it.  Something about adding black little bubbles on the page felt good.  I think I need to continue with some circle and words but the number one thing is I started!!

Although I took this as a starting prompt for me to do a mini art canvas.

This little canvas has the same philosophy.  Add color, let it blend together and see what you have.  Oh my, it needed my little bubbles!  I think I really like the idea of doing watercolor with pen & ink.  Does this make me a mixed media artist?  But I didn't stop there...I pulled out my cold wax medium and sealed this work in wax.  I am listing this mini on my Etsy shop and there will be many more to come.

Still excited that I started a art journal, did an abstract watercolor, added a new medium and got me off my butt and into the studio to do some art.

I hope to see you again.  Enjoy the next 6 weeks of watercolors with the Judy spin.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

#53 pen and ink with orange!

#53 of 200...Some night I sit there a doodle while watching TV and here is a little doodle.  Actually I bought these little 4x4 watercolor tiles by Strathmore.  I think they are really cool to play with.  Thought it would be a great way to do a doodle everyday.

The had part about the 4x4 size is finding a picture frame to put them in.  I found this frame at Micheals in the clearance bin, so I bought the last two that they had in Reno.  But I really like how this looks on my accent wall in the kitchen, plus testing out a color change for the kitchen too.
I want to keep the orange wall but I want to paint the blue walls light grey and the cabinets a darker grey.  So this little painting is a color study.

 Here are my kitchen inspirations
A symphony of soft gray tones in Susan Greenleaf's kitchen.grey/orange kitchen

I like the Grey cabinets but I have the brown/beige granite counter tops and a orange wall in the sitting area.

So what do you think of the color study?


Friday, July 25, 2014

#52 - Watercolor Purple Petunia

#52 of 200...I thought I would share a petunia that I drew.  A little abstract, but I like the composition.  But wow!  I really like saturated colors.  Some people like the translucent colors of watercolor, but today I used some new paint that was from the instructor from the last class I took.

I placed the painting in this frame but the opening is 4.75" rather than 5".  I am not sure i like how much it cut off.  maybe this means a quick trip to Micheal's tonight.

I have to say I used a pen to draw this, but since I used such a saturated color you can not see much of my pen lines.  I may have to try this again and in orange!

Happy Friday! ~ Judy

Thursday, July 24, 2014

#51 - Dragonfly

#51 of 200...I am starting to feel creative again.  I think sometime you just need a break and some very encouraging friends.

Today I am sharing a pen and ink drawing of a dragonfly.  The push for me was trying to do a waterylook watercolor...kinda messy or should I say free flowing.  It was hard for me to let the paint go outside of the lines and give it an extra spray of water to encourage it to feather.

I look really good on my dresser since my master bedroom is grey and teal.

Here is a pict without any filters.

Have a artful evening! ~ Judy

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

De-stashing my art supplies

I have taken a few days off from creating art and decided it was time to let go of art and craft supplies.  This week I am purging stamps sets and fabric.  The new items will be listed on my Etsy shop, under Craftroom De-stash SALE!

The de-stashing is for lots of reasons: I have too much stuff and I feel like my life is being over-run by STUFF, I have a desire to help the family out financially, I would like to have walking room in my guest and office and maybe a possible move.  All these are weighing really heavy on me the last couple of days that has made creating difficult.

I will try to post a few times this week.  If you see anything on this blog that you would like to purchase please contact me.


Friday, July 18, 2014

#50 - Felted waterscape

#50 of 200...I am sharing a piece that I did for my art debut.  It is a felted seascape made with merino wool.  It is a made up location on my head, so no sunny beach that I have been too inspired this one.  But I am sure some of you do have that beach in your head.  Something about water has a calming effect on people...I need some calm in my life right now.

This piece is for sale, framed or unframed, however I don't have it listed on my Etsy shop but you are more than welcome to email me about it at 

Have a peaceful week-end.

~ Judy


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