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Face Sketching

2015 March 11
by Micki

I have been neglecting this little blog.  Sorry gang.  We’ve had such wonderful weather these past couple of days that the weekend was spent doing a little yard work.   Mainly raking leaves – again.  Sure wish we had not cut down the hedges all those years ago, they did help in keeping things out of the yard.

So with lots of time spent outdoors, I mainly worked on my faces in the evening in front of the TV.  I’m following the lessons in Pam Carriker’s book “Mixed Media Portraits with Pam Carriker: Techniques for Drawing and Painting Faces”.

A couple of the faces are not finished, i.e. shading the pencil lines. And when I was a little frustrated with the face I was working on, I took a break and just doodled a bunch of eyes.


That 3/4 view is the hardest for me and I was getting frustrated.  So instead, I doodled a bunch of eyes.


Then I went with the easiest – front view.


And another shot at that 3/4 view.


Pam’s book is wonderful and I’m itching to start on the actual painting part of her lessons.  That’s it for me.  Here’s hoping where ever you are, that you are experiencing the nice weather we’ve been enjoying!

Until next time…..

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Another Feather

2015 March 6
by Micki


Just popping in to share another project created based Tam’s lesson from Life Book 2015, only this time on canvas:


Used some of my ephemera, some paper scraps and of course ink sprays.  I was really nervous about creating the feather but after finishing it, I have to say it looks pretty good.



I used a receipt from my trip to Germany in December as part of the collage papers which you can see peeking out.


And of course, lots of book pages.


I so loved this lesson and have to say that I would have never thought I could draw/sketch a feather had anyone asked me.  I will say that trying to re-create a project on canvas is a little more intimidating and no matter how hard one tries, it never turns out exactly the same.

Here is my first feather project on paper.  This one has my affirmations since it’s going to be part of my “Life Book” book.  On the canvas, I decided to leave the affirmations off.



Hm, looking at both side by side, I have to say I think I like the feather on the canvas better.  Don’t know what I was so apprehensive about!  Smile

Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend!  And a special thank you to everyone that comes and visits this blog.  I truly appreciate it and hope that you find inspiration!



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2015 March 4
by Micki

Ah yes, shadows.  I still have a hard time creating realistic shadows on faces.  I have to look at a photo or something to try to paint accurate shadows on faces.  For this art journal spread, however, I did no such thing, instead focused on having fun creating the background, using paints, stencils and household objects. Then I looked at the background and decided to incorporate it into a face.  Eyes are bit too large for the face but I really like the funky face color.


Because my page had originally started out with gray paint through the Prima Chevron stencil which I had used as journal lines, they still show through all the painty layers.


I did add more journaling using Dina Wakley's The Basics stencil (the sun rays) and added scribbly hair.



I'm calling her my "Shadow Abandon" girl and was being funny when I added the "understanding of shadows", because I still have a lot to learn about shadows.


But I have to tell you, this page was fun.  It is fun to not care how a page or a face turns out.  Total freedom!  

Until next time, 

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Wk 7 Heart Community

2015 March 2
by Micki

Hello gang and happy March!  Can you believe it's already March?  Sure came in like a lion, eh?  Since I missed my post on Friday (dealing with bureaucracy can wear one out) and I do not typically turn on my PC over the weekends, I thought I'd better share my 2nd lesson for week 7 from Life Book.  The first part of the lesson was Jill Berry's Heart Community paper dolls (post HERE).  The second part of the lesson was with Violette Clark.  Super fun and she gave us a video tour of her adorable house and studio.  Besides using paints, brayer and other assorted tools, I used some of my yummy Gelli printed papers.  

Wk7MagicalTourFullConsidering that I didn't worry about creating a life-like, upward looking face, and didn't "fuss" over the skin, etc, the turned out pretty good and didn't take long to finish.  I suspect that it's because I didn't have to worry about nostrils and lips.

Wk7MagicalTourV4I had a foil embossed and die-cut butterfly from an old project and decided to add it to the house.  The little strips contain my affirmations about my heart community.  Of course, I forgot about leaving a "pocket" for these when I glued the house down, but thankfully was able to fix that. 

The background was fun and the clouds were made by cutting a simple scalloped shape from a manila folder and pouncing paint through it.

Wk7MagicalTourV3Wk7MagicalTourV2And if I do say so myself, I'm rather proud of the her bangs.  They actually look like bangs, hehe!

That does it for me this Monday morning.  Hope you guys had a fabulous weekend!


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Glass Beads Birthday Card

2015 February 25
by Micki

Hello friends,  Wednesday already.  I spend Tuesday flat on my back all day.  All I can say is that back pain is no freakin' fun.  I am terrified of shots in the back/spine but another day like yesterday and I will be the first in line to get a steroid shot in the spine IF it gets rid of the pain.  Anyway, I wanted to share a quick card I created using Glass Bead gel and a stencil.  I saw this beautiful card from Loll Thompson – Stamping with Loll on Pinterest and wanted to try my hand at re-creating it.  First time using Glass Bead Gel:


I sponged Distress Inks through the stencil first, followed by Glass Bead Gel.  It was somewhat awkward for me spreading the gel – all those tiny beads.  I wasn't sure if I liked it, but after it dried thoroughly, I have to say…. I love it.


What do you think? I know mine isn't nearly as gorgeous as Loll's, but I love it!  And I am thinking I'm going to try Glass Bead Gel a lot more often :-).

See you guys on Friday.  Until then, xoxoxo

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Heart Community

2015 February 23
by Micki

Hey everyone!  I thought I'd start the week out by sharing my little Heart Community People Book.


This was the result of following Jill Berry's wonderful instructions from week 7 of LIfe Book 2015.  As I am somewhat challenged when it comes to fancy folds, it took me a couple of attempts to get the folds right and the porportions of the people somewhat right.  But once I had the people book cut, then it was on to the fun of decorating their clothes.  For that, I grabbed my gelli print scraps.  I also used gelli print paper scraps for their hair.  Painting their tiny faces, was rather intimidating, especially since I really wanted each face to be different.  Inside the "doors", is some personal journaling about each of the women that are part of my heart community.  

Remember you can click on the pictures to view a larger version.





As you may have noted, a couple of the gals are wearing "scarfs" – washi tape to help stabilize or hide wrong cuts on their neck.

Once again, I am so glad I finished up this project even though at some stages (faces)  I wanted to just leave the faces blank.  I'm thinking a larger version of this Heart Community would be an awesome future project, what do you think?

Hope you are staying warm this Monday morning!  It's cold – but no wind, yay!

Until next time, xoxoxo

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Canvas Version

2015 February 20
by Micki

I had so much fun with Tam’s week 6 lesson from Life Book 2015 which I am sure you were able to tell, right?  Here is my “canvas” version.  It’s a large canvas, which made it kind of hard to photograph. 




I’ve got the painting hanging on the door (the window is on the right which is why there is a bluish cast in the upper left hand corner).


I did spray a gloss sealer on the finished project – hence the sheen in the upper left hand corner from the light.  And I kept the doodling to a bare minimum because I was scared that I would not know when to stop.  I really love love love this technique!!!

You guys have a wonderful weekend!  We’re expecting more snow showers, which is fine with me.  Will be staying in Smile.  xoxoxo

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LB Week 6 Seeds of Love

2015 February 18
by Micki

For someone who says she can't doodle, I really kind of went overboard on my Life Book week 6 lesson.  But I had so much fun, no only in creating the abstract flowers and the background but also adding the doodles.

To enlarge pictures just click on them.


Here you can see where where I went a little overboard on the white doodles.


But overall I had so much fun, that I created several more pieces like this.  I love the technique of the background, using contrasting colors and adding neutrals.


As I was having trouble with my Sharpie Poster Paint markers, I decided to give the Elmer's Paint Pens a try and must say, I really, really like these.  Like I said, I created several more version of this fun project trying to use different color combinations.  Which I find is harder than it sounds, I always tend to go for my favorite colors – teals, blues, greens.

That's it for me today….. turned bitterly cold again with those dreaded winds. Ugh!

You guys stay warm!


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Seeds of Love Version 2

2015 February 17
by Micki

Here is my second version of Life Book's week 6 lesson.  This time I created it on recycled cereal cardboard cut to a 5"x7" size.




Still trying to get the contrast-y colors evenly distributed but noticed that I should have added some of the darker pink (mixed a teeny bit of black gesso with the Blackberry) to the upper left hand corner.  No matter still like it.  Now to find a frame :-).

Next time I will share the canvas I created using this technique….. it turned out great and only took me a couple of hours.  Did I mention that this type of abstract painting is so addicting?  Until next time, go get inky!


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Dream Catcher

2015 February 16
by Micki

Hey guys,  good Monday morning!  I'm pretty happy to say that I'm keeping up with my weekly Life Book lesson although I am not keeping up on posting these here.  Today I wanted to share my take on Week 5 with Rachael Rice.  Wonderful lesson on dream catchers and incorporating lace doily.  A lot of students painted their dream catcher instead of using a doily (OMG, so much talent!) but I chose to use a crochet doily instead.  

I also used glitter, which is something that I rarely use because glitter and I just don't get along.  Especially fine glitter!  I got so much glitter on this page that I had to wipe it all off and try to salvage this project.  I think it's saved for now.  I am going to create another one, maybe using a stencil as the dream catcher.  But once again, I'm pretty proud of myself that I saw this project through even though I wanted to just walk away and leave it :-).

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It turned cold again and we got about 3" of snow yesterday.  That really small, pellet type snow that is extremely slick.  But I am not complaining at all, especially when looking at the upper east coast.  That's it for me this Monday morning, off to work!  Until next time…..



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