Living an ART filled life...“Creativity is a God-given ability to take something ordinary and make it into something special. It is an openness to doing old things new ways…The creative spirit is part of our heritage as children of the One who created all things. And nurturing our creativity is part of our responsibility as stewards of God’s good gifts.” - Emilie Barnes, The Spirit of Loveline

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Personalized Watercolor & Ink

Personalized Watercolor & Ink

Vacation Memory Box Tutorial

Vacation Memory Box Tutorial

Click on the photo above to go to FROG DOG’S Blog for the complete tutorial using the AWESOME  July Mixed Media Kit Below

Copic Doodled Photo Block Tutorial

Copic Doodled Photo Block Tutorial

June with Annabelle June…a photo block tutorial

Copic Doodled Photo Block Tutorial
Copic Doodled Photo Block Tutorial

It all started with some doodles using Copic alcohol markers and Faber Castell multi liners.Copic Doodled Photo Block

Copic Doodled Photo Block

Copic Doodled Photo Block

All Doodles pieces were cut out and ready to add to the Wood Block.

Copic Doodled Photo BlockThis is a Wood block purchased from Michaels. ( 7″ x 3 1/2″)

I Painted it with Gesso, and then added scrapbook paper.

Copic Doodled Photo Block

Next, I printed photos (in mini sizes) on white card stock using my home printer.  I next stitched them on to cream colored burlap with my sewing machine.

Finally, glued them all in place using matte multi-medium.

Copic Doodled Photo Block

Copic Doodled Photo Block

Copic Doodled Photo Block

Copic Doodled Photo Block

Mixed Media Mini Canvas

Mixed Media Mini Canvas

As a parent and Children’s Ministry worker, I seek advice from the best parenting book there is…The Bible:)  Deuteronomy 6 is full of encouragement and wisdom…This was the inspiration for this mini canvas. I started with a plain mini canvas sold in a pack of […]

Christmas Ornament Ribbon Project…RIBBON : more than just a “finishing touch”

Christmas Ornament Ribbon Project…RIBBON : more than just a “finishing touch”

I LOVE ribbon…I have since I was a little girl…carefully choosing just the right grosgrain to highlight my ponytails and match my coordinating outfit or cheerleading uniform:) Not to mention the tying up of gifts. I am a gift giver…I love to search out special […]

Glitter Paste : Great product in my first Frog Dog Kit

Glitter Paste : Great product in my first Frog Dog Kit

Before leaving for a fun filled family vacation to Beautiful Glacier National Park in Montana, I dug my fingers into a new product!  I loved playing with Glitter Paste…found in my first Mixed Media Kit from Frog Dog.

Glitter Paste : Great Mixed Media Product in Frog Dog's July KitBecause I had limited time, (getting ready for our trip) I used a background that had already been started.  I added a strip of vintage book paper that I had cut out for another project.  I painted a “doodle” flower from another piece (I often photo copy original drawings and use in more than one project) with Twinkling H2O’s, and then added a bit of Glitter Paste on top. (Unfortunately, you can’t see the detail in this photo)

Glitter Paste : New Product in July Kit from Frog Dog
Glitter Paste : New Product in July Kit from Frog Dog

I built up the “cloud” with thick Gesso, and then layered the Glitter paste on top.

Glitter Paste : Great Mixed Media Product in Frog Dog's July KitI can’t wait to incorporate this fun new product into my July Frog Dog tutorials next week!

If you are interested in Mixed Media, please hop over to Frog Dog to see what great kits they offer that include a months worth of GREAT instruction on new products!!

“Grab Some Stash & Go”

“Grab Some Stash & Go”

I often create something out of the need to just be:)  Some go for a run, others go for a drive or watch TV…I like to do something creative with my hands in paint…So, last night I picked over my “stash piles” collecting a few […]

I’m a “Sharpie”

I’m a “Sharpie”

Joanne Sharpe is one talented lady!  She is out there inspiring others all over the world. If you haven’t seen her work, you can check it out here: http://joannezsharpe.blogspot.com She has some wonderful online classes on Lettering, Coloring, and more! Those of us who have taken […]

Mixed Media iphone Cover

Mixed Media iphone Cover

Do you ever grow tired of your phone case?  Why not paint it?!!  I have painted the one I have 3 times now…instead of buying a new one:)

Start by prepping the case surface with a few coats of Gesso.

If you don’t have Gesso, use a left over indoor  primer. (We have cans of the stuff out in our garage)

Next, I used Matte Medium to adhere torn pieces of a vintage book.

(You can use Mod Podge if you have that on hand)

Mixed Media iphone Case

You can see around the “Apple” the paint that was there before, it was blue:)

I was never happy with the last “paint job”  The lettering didn’t turn out the way I wanted …it must have been the pens:)

After it’s good and dry (give it a few coats of the mod podge or matte medium) you can start drawing with permanent markers.  I used Copic (alcohol markers) but you could even use sharpies.

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I outlined and “doodled” with a Faber Castell XS Black Multi liner. (available at Michaels, & Hobby Lobby) LOOK at how JUICY the Copic Markers are…the ink oozes out. “It’s the little things”

When you are finished coloring & doodling, take it outside (I use my garage, but my hubby gets a little testy when I forget to “cover” my spray area-Our garage is quite colorful.) and spray with an acrylic sealer.  I used a gloss, cause that’s what I had.

Mixed Media iphone CaseThe Book I used was an old Children’s Bible Story Book…I love it.  I know that for some of you (my English Professor Son in law) that’s criminal…ripping pages out of a book!  But, I say it’s better to be read and enjoyed on my phone than sitting dusty on a shelf in an antique store!
Mixed Media iphone Case

Mixed Media iphone Case Mixed Media iphone Case

Christmas in June : Stamped Washer Ornament

Christmas in June : Stamped Washer Ornament

Last year I bought this great little Steel Stamping Set.  It wasn’t very expensive ( under $10) and it’s great for stamping words into inexpensive washers, blank metal charms, metal storage boxes and more! In this project I used them to stamp words onto washers […]


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