Fun Christmas Presents

I got a few fun Christmas presents that were art related.  I got a set of Tropical Gelatos from Faber Castell.  These are similar to oil pastels, but water-soluble, which means you can spread them with water.  They are creamy and have vivid colors.  I have a bunch of these in different shades.

I have some of the Gelli printing plates at school and I wanted to have a small one to use in my art journal. I got the 3"x5" Gel Printing Plate, which is great for doing small prints.

Lynda Barry has some really interesting books with writing and drawing exercises, comics and collage.  I gifted this book to my sister-in-law and also received it off of my Amazon wishlist!  Here are some peeks inside the book Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor.

Now it's your turn!  Did you get any fun new presents?

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A Year in Review Mosaic

Happy New Year!  I didn't get a chance to make as much art as I wanted, but here is a mosaic of most of the artwork I made this year.  Thanks for reading my blog and following along with my adventures.  Here's to a great 2015!

1. Truth, 2. watercolor backgrounds, 3. Wisp, 4. Organic Configuration, 5. art journal page grid format, 6. Magic, 7. starlight girl, 8. watercolor doodle, 9. Time is Limited, 10. kids with animals, 11. Count the Stars Journal Page, 12. Whatever is True, 13. Flower doodles, 14. Puppy in the Sky 2, 15. Shooting Star Tonight, 16. Flower Doodling, 17. you are a firecracker detail, 18. Spring Flowers in Ink, 19. vintage Valentine collage, 20. happiness, 21. butterfly journal full, 22. Still Life, 23. Watercolor Creatures, 24. All Creatures Great and Small, 25. Watercolor Patterns, 26. Flower Journal Page, 27. Decorative Detail, 28. Abyss, 29. Move Forward, 30. Dot Day, 31. colorful bird painting, 32. Rumi Quote, 33. Imagine, 34. Listen to Your Art, 35. You Are Awesome, 36. Wish watercolor collage

From the Archives

Since I have some new followers I thought I would share some old artwork from several years ago.  I remember when Daria was first born.  I did not have much time to make art.  As she got a bit older and was able to play on her own for a little bit at a time, I was able to steal some moments to do some quick art.  I loved when she got even older and was able to paint and draw and glue things next to me.  When Desmond gets a little older, I am looking forward to being able to do some art with him.  He's at that "everything goes in the mouth" stage now and he gets in to EVERYTHING.  He is able to pull himself up to standing now and as he moves around the room he manages to find everything that is not a toy to put in his mouth. 

Since I don't have anything new to show you, here are some artworks from the archives that I thought were interesting enough to revisit.   These are all from 2011.

With this one, I was experimenting with masking from contact paper and watercolor paints. 

A mixed media collage in progress...  I didn't like how the final version turned out, but I liked this in progress photo.

One of the beginning artworks in my "watercolor doodling" series.

An art journal spread

Next time I post on here it will be to show you some new artwork, ok?

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Art journaling and Quotes Illustrated

One of my artworks is in the Inspirational Quotes Illustrated: Art and Words to Motivate book which recently was re-released under a new publisher.  The book is available here on Amazon.

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A Hodge Podge of Art Pages

Just a hodge podge of art journal pages. 
Not a lot to say...
I played with some papers.
Scribbled some marks.
Laid down a lot of paint.
This next one was made from a hot glue stencil on a Gelli plate. 
Then I added watercolor paint on top and line work with white pen.

It reminds me of an island.
Or a map.

I donated a piece of art to the Artists Give Back online auction.  You can bid on my artwork starting at $15.  The artwork in the auction is this one:

The auction starts on December 8 and ends December 12.  There's a lot of awesome artwork already donated.  Check it out!

"Imagine Rites of Passage that end in pledges to educate African girls and empower them, rather than cutting them. Artists around the world have donated work AND shipping to raise awareness about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and the importance of creating Alternative Rites of Passage (ARP) for girls and to highlight the dangers girls face as a result of FGM."