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A Face Haiku

Is it possible to create a face with just 7 lines? ¬†Yes, I say!! ūüėĄ

IMG_2474 1.  It starts with a line

2. ¬†And connects to a feature…

3. ¬†They are easy and fun –

4. ¬†But may look like a creature! ¬†Lol! ūüėČ

And here is a step-by-step example:


I hope you give one a try!

Seven lines for a face…

Is all it takes!

Cheers! ūüôā

Write And Draw

I used to spend hours writing my thoughts and ideas in a journal – not the journals you see now… mine were yellow note pads. ¬†Nothing fancy… ¬†Yet, writing helped me deal with life – the good times and the not so good. ¬†Can you relate?!

Yesterday, I decided to try combining writing with DRAWING – my new love! ‚̧

First, I did some writing with a permanent black pen. ¬†(I love “fine” black Sharpie pens and Amazon sells them really cheap).

Next, I found a face on Pinterest to use as a reference to sketch over my words with a pencil.  I added a little color with Tombow markers.  I softened them with a water brush.  Here is my result:


I will definitely try combining writing and drawing again.

Cheers! ūüôā

Faces And Flowers

I have recently discovered mixing water soluble pencils and watercolors.

I quickly sketched these faces with a 6B water soluble pencil and then splashed some watercolors on the paper Рtrying not to overthink it.


After the watercolor dried, I added more details with my (Faber Castell) Graphite Aquarelle pencils – in 4B, softening the lines with a Pentel waterbrush:


It was so fun that I decided to try the same technique with flowers:


I tried to create a quick sketch and loosely paint it with watercolors so the colors would blend on the paper.  Below, I added the water soluble pencil in 4B:


Next, I hope to add some collage papers to these paintings.  I will post my progress next week!

May your day bloom with happiness!

Cheers! ūüôā

Once Upon A Time…

I’m sure there is a story here… Somewhere!


Well, at least a “colorful” character or two…



Or six! ¬†ūüôā


I cut two pieces of 9×12 inch hot-pressed watercolor paper into 4 pieces. ¬†Next, I painted ¬†positive and negative shapes in watercolor in a variety of colors, randomly adding a few splatters at the end.

When I had a few minutes, I drew faces from magazines, old photos and/or my imagination. Some of my faces are simple and others have more detail.  I used a 2B pencil, Tombow markers, PrismaColor pencils and a Micron .01 black pen.

It was great fun to create these people!  I hope you give it a try!

Happy Creating! ¬†Cheers! ūüôā

Making Faces

I’m enjoying Lynn Whipple’s new online art class called, “Making Faces.” ¬†Lynn brings such energy and playfulness to her classes!

This quick sketch I did yesterday with Tombow markers and soft pastels:


If you’d like to learn more about Lynn’s online class go to CarlaSonheim.com

One of the things I enjoy the most about taking online art classes through Carla Sonheim is the friendships I have made through the years.  I learn a ton from the teacher(s) but I also learn from my classmates!  It is an AWESOME experience!! 

Cheers! ¬†ūüôā

P.S.¬† Lynn’s class gives me new inspiration for the “100 Day Project” that I’m doing on Instagram.¬† This is face number 56/100.

Let’s Face It

Creating a face every day on Instagram can be challenging for the 100-day project that I started April 4th. ¬†Yet, probably not in the manner you think!¬† ūüėČ

Let’s face it… I cannot draw a face with the SAME materials¬†every day. ¬†I need variety!

I have created faces with collage papers but not on a collaged background.  So this began my recent challenge for myself.

I started by randomly gluing pieces of papers in my sketchbook with a glue stick.  I chose papers without a lot of pattern and light in color so my pencil sketch would show up.

Here is my collaged background and my completed pencil sketch of my first experiment:

I tried to select papers in colors that went well together but not spend too much time on it. ¬†In other words, I didn’t over think it!

My second one, I added color pencils to my pencil sketch:

Tomorrow, I will show you how I created my third collaged piece a little differently.

These were super fun to do!  I hope you give it a try!

Cheers! ūüôā

My First “REAL” Selfie

I have been reading about drawing faces from various sources and decided to try a go at a more “realistic” selfie using my new set of Rembrandt Soft Pastels:


I have only used soft pastels for drawing flowers so this was a bit of a stretch for me!

It helped me to focus on the “shadows” when drawing my face and NOT see it as a face – or MY FACE, eek! ¬†That’s really scary as I would spend waaay too much time focusing on wrinkles and double chins…

OH, I see I’m digressing! Lol! ūüėȬ† Here I am in my red glasses:


So I’m proud of myself for completing this first “REAL” selfie and to posting it here and on Instagram!!

Phew! ¬†ūüôā

Happy Monday!

Jane Austen

I’m a little behind on my¬†assignments¬†in my year-long class with Carla Sonheim. ¬†So yesterday, I combined two¬†lessons into one. ¬†This quote from Jane Austen on writing:


And secondary, Carla’s tip on sanding magazine paper. ¬†Roughing up this glossy paper gives it “tooth” which adds a nice texture to my¬†collage.¬†¬†It also gives a nice vintage feel to this piece which I like.¬† I¬†added¬†other papers, including an old postage stamp.

As many of you know, I love experimenting in art! ¬† So this page was super fun to do. ūüôā

Do you have a favorite book that Jane Austen wrote?  I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! ūüôā

Colorful Faces

I made quick random marks in my mixed media¬†sketchbook using watercolor and water soluble Tombow markers. ¬†I only had a few minutes to¬†create before I fixed dinner so I didn’t even let the page dry before I went onto the next one. ¬†I did 10 pages in about 15 minutes.

Next, I decided to make quick one-liner sketches of faces from a magazine with ink without thinking about my backgrounds (paint had dried).  It was super fun!

Here are my 4 favorites:

Do you have a favorite?  I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! ¬†ūüôā


Sometimes I like to put brush to paper in watercolor without thinking about an outcome.

This experiment I did in my art journal recently.  As winter fades and Spring awakens:


The colors in nature change from greys and blues to greens and yellows.

I also painted similar colors and patterns on Lutradur in watercolor. ¬†This photo tells you about this product if you haven’t heard about it.


The product can be used in sewing and paper arts. It feels like a heavy interfacing used in sewing.

I cut out a few strips of the painted Lutradur and glued them over my watercolor paper.  I like the subtle contrast with the paper.  I added a gelli-printed circle to represent the moon.


Have you ever used Lutradur?¬† I’d love to hear how you have used it!

Cheers! ¬†ūüôā