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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Working on Angels


While trying to work out one of my sketches, I decided to work it out on a surface. I notice so many times when I am working out designs - its either in my journal, my sketchbook or on scrap pieces of paper...but never on the kaZILLION surfaces I have stocked away.

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What am I saving these pieces for?

Sooooo...I bit the bullet and tried putting the angel on the box. I used Jo Sonja texture paste on her wings, and though it is hard to tell from the photo - also on her hair. My son - my most honest critic - immediately touched the hair and wings...and said it was cool...awesome...and that I should keep it. (not paint over it)

So, here is the first of many angel designs - always a work in progress for me.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas All


Here's wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. My only resolution for 2010 is to fully embrace my style of art...to try not to be discouraged when I hit a block - or look at others work and "wish" I was as good. My Christmas Angel is in the beginning stages, and I promise myself to "Just Paint" ...
and be happy with my own results.

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

2009 Christmas Cards Using Print of Santa Sketch

I have yet to make a scrapbook page - but boy, do I love making cards. These 4 cards will be what I'm sending out this year. I went for non-traditional colors, using Tiare's November 2009 Classy Pak Plush Kit.

The Santa, is from a sketch I did a couple of years ago. I printed off different sizes of the Santa face, and also tried sepia tones and green tones. I am VERY happy with the results.

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Supplies:
Merry & Bright Collection
Nov. 09 Pak, Kit 3
3 12x12 Merry & Bright Patterned Papers
2 12x12 Chili Cardstock*
1 set Merry & Bright Die Cut Shapes and Phrases
1 yd Brown Ribbon

Thursday, December 10, 2009

F is for Fuhgetaboutit

I am happy with this one ... I used a combo of acrylics, some dauber ink sticks. It was messy.. but fun. I also used JW Undercover as a base this time, and the file folder did not buckle - but I couldn't use the watercolors..which was why I went with the acrylics and ink sticks.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

E is For Ears ....

For the life of me, I can't draw ears. I can't doodle them right, I can't paint them right...I can't do them....but I'll just keep at it.

C is For Cold....

I seems I have been battling a cold forever. Dayquil, Nyquil, HALLS, Delsym and a little Albuterol if things are really hairy.

A to Z Sketch Challenge

Okay ... I'm catching up ... with my quick A to Z sketches! I have to thank Sandy for putting this challenge out there, because it's a fun one - and its forcing me outside of my box. I find myself doing these quick little sketches at work, so I "force" myself not to THINK too hard about it ... just focus on something and sketch it!

I added color to all but my "C", which I misplaced ... but while looking for it, I decided to REALLY make this challenge useful for me, I'll do the rest of the alphabet on file folders. This way, I'll have a cute, quirky set of folders when it's all said and done, instead of putting these in a journal.

Now ... some will be plain...some will be more elaborate...I'm just REALLY trying to not over think these little diddies. LOL

D is For DAYQUIL
- I did this at work while stuffy, achey and left with a nasty tast in my mouth. I colored with highlighters on my desk.


B is for BEDTIME
- I think the commentary says it all.LOL


A is for Apple
- I went back and colored this one with Twinkling H20 Luminares (LOVE these watercolors!)

Monday, December 7, 2009

The Color Of Christmas

I am taking a break from coloring the last of my A to Z sketches, to post some funky Santa Bottles that I've been painting and putting around the house for the holidays. These are so much fun...and free handed using acrylic paints.

My Funky Santas


This tin bucket is one of my fav surfaces. You can hand them on the wall, let them stand alone on a table ... and use them for just about anything. This one, I call my Peace Bucket. I'm not quite finished - need to add some details, as its looking kind of plain ... but I think its a fun little piece.



Saturday, December 5, 2009

Tip Toe-ing Along


I finished this today...for now. I still don't like using all this color...I kinda like the whiteness of the page. maybe the problem is I sketch first??

Friday, December 4, 2009

Journaling, Doodling, Sketching My Heart's Content

Ever since I was a little girl (in the seventies...EEEK) ... I doodled. Curly ques, little faces, eyes, flowers ... whatever struck my fancy. My Mother is an artist, and while she painted portraits - I scribbled away in my black and white composition books ... and now, in a world full of Zentangles ... I find myself smiling that something that I did absently as a child, teen and even today ... has been branded with a fancy schmancy name....Zentangles. In our house - it was called Doodling!LOL

Anyhow ... there is a ton of journaling, doodling and sketching going on...not just by me...but everywhere I look....and its fun!!

The Art For The Creative Mind Group, we're doing a journal self challenge after being inspired by Teesha Moore. Now, I get an instant creative block when I try to do someone else's style...so I have to slowly find my way...my inspiration.
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Then...there's a cool blog Sketches, Messes 2nd time Around ... and she is doing an open ended doodling/sketching challenge of the alphabet. This one is FUN!...and I find myself thinking about these and doodling them at work. I still need to add color, and as soon as I do - I'll post them.

So pick up those pencils and pens and enjoy a little doodle!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Non Traditional Holiday Colors


This is my experimentation using non traditional holiday colors. I normally experiment with ATCs - a nice small surface, quick to paint...and of course fun to trade.

For both ATCs, I used an Aqua Brush and H20 Twinkling Luminare watercolors. For embellishments, I used some sparkly crystals from my scrapbook stash.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Experimenting With Watercolor

Hello All!! I apologize for the big lapse in posting. The summer went by so quickly .. and then work took over (lots of traveling)...and for the past 2.5 weeks I have been battling the flu. In between all that my creativity just seemed to fall off a cliff!!...but I've been slowly getting back in the swing of things...I did a free hand with watercolor called Lovely... and I also managed to work on the Boys Rule a bit more, my son giving me some input..LOL


I'm thinking about using Boys Rules, once it is finished, as a Birthday Invitation. My son will be 12 next year, and I have begun doing "all boy" parties - less drama!!! This year will most likely be arcade, movies and Pizza Hut with about 4-6 of my son's closest friends.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Boys Rule

My son always paints with me ... he's very artistic - but has often commented that most everything I paint - is for GIRLS!!! Now, I've done things for boys...but I must admit that I paint lots of flowers ... lots of things that boys would frown upon.

Sooooo....the other night, as my son and I watched a movie - I took out my sketch pad and decided to draw something just for him. It wasn't too bad ... and he looked over and said.."HEY!!!...that's me!!"

I outlines the sketch with a black pigma pen...then just took out my Aqua brush and some H2O paint...and decided to wing it. I'm not finished yet...have no clue what I'll add...but this is what I have so far:

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Welcome To Brown Sugar Baby Brushes!!!

I realized that my other blog is really all about Paper Crafts...my new fixation....so this blog is totally devoted to my Brown Sugar Baby Brush creations. Instead of reposting items that I have in my albums and on Brown Sugar Babies Talk - I'll just keep moving forward here, with new creations.

Right now, I'm working on tins. I am doing these buckets freehand - and while I was planning on selling these on Etsy - I believe I've made a mess of things already.

These started out as Angel Tins for Christmas,but I messed up the wings and added daisies to try and hide the mess...and now...its in the ugly stage!!LOL
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They are still looking plain...so I'm letting them sit while I work on the sister can, which I will post some time before the end of the week.