Summer

I love this quote, especially on one of those ‘tough on your spirit’ kind of days. I just love it when you’re having a bit of a bad day and someone says something to you that totally turns the day around! Words are so powerful, when used for good and sadly, when used a tad carelessly. I’m glad for the encouraging words I received today and hope to pay them forward often. How can you turn someones day around?

A Place to Bark

Renee Troy has asked several artists to contribute to an amazing fundraising effort for A Place to Bark. The book featured is full of amazing artwork honoring the special place animals have in our lives. To see a slide-show of the complete book, visit Renee’s blog. If you would like to bid on the book, and support Bernie Berlin’s rescue effort, please visit the eBay listing.
Many thanks to  Renee for all of her hard work in putting this book together and for asking me to be a part of it. Here is my page, even though cats don’t bark they have added so much joy to my life.

High School Art Class

I’ve not taken many Art classes past my high school days, but I loved walking into the Art room way back when. It had a smell to it, kind of earthy like clay and crayons. It was always kind of dirty in a cool way and finding an unbroken crayon, pastel or piece of charcoal was rare. I vaguely remember the funny little square Conte Crayons and have to admit, back then a paint brush interested me far more.

I bought some a while back and thought they’d be good for on the go sketching in my Moleskine journal so the other day I had a few minutes to play in my journal and I pulled them out. They were laying in the box, pristine and unbroken, each one nestled in its little compartment. I started to sketch and was quickly engaged, surprised at how smoothly they laid down on the page. I was even more impressed with the detail I was able to get with them. These pages took only a few moments, some Conte Crayons and a blending stump.

This medium will be perfect for working outside in the sunshine. I love to sneak out for a few minutes of solitude and vitamin D every chance I get. I’m liking these crayons so much I went back and ordered a box of colored ones. Sometimes the overlooked, simple supplies can be just the thing to inspire you to go back to the basics.

Fun Graffiti Journal Page Tutorial!

Here’s a little tutorial on creating a fun Graffiti Style art journal page using Tulip Paint Products. The people at ILOVETOCREATE sent me a box of goodies to try out and let me say they’re way cool and lots of fun!

This page was created on the fly, no planning so you can see how easy it is to do a fast journal page using these products, under 20 minutes!

Stay tuned for a fun opportunity to win your own products, details coming soon!!

This is the last day of my shop sale, there are still a few things left and most won’t be offered after today so go check it out!

Also check out the latest Somerset Studios for my Workshop article ‘A Perfect Pair’ using PanPastels and encaustic medium.


Share New Products


It’s so much fun to Share Art! Especially when you find some cool new product. I recently heard about something cool from all of the Face Book chatter filtering in from CHA, Tulip Paint Cannons.

I had to find out more so I took my Michael’s coupon and headed out before the impending snowstorm left me housebound.

Now, when I go to Michaels I never go over to the isle where these little babies hang out so I had to ask where they were. They’re over by the T-shirt paints and had I not been intrigued with the idea of being able to use paint like a spray paint, I might have overlooked them. Then I found the Graffiti line of stencils… ok, now I was even more excited! Stencils usually make me think of old fashioned crafting and they’re usually kind of boring. Not these! Very edgy and cool just like the name implies.

So I picked up some Paint Cannons, and stencils and headed home to try them out.
I used my fluid Golden paints in them, with a little water, pumped them up and voila, spray paint effect with no fumes!!!

All of these journal pages were created in about 15-20 minutes from start to finish. Gotta love that! I used a watercolor notebook and the pages stayed nice and flat and absorbed the paint nicely.
when I posted the pics on FB, people started asking for a tutorial so I did a quick little video showing this page from start to finish.

You can check out the video here,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj0RKfv7-Bk

And here are the Dauber Bottles that everyone asks about.

The lovely people over at ILOVETOCREATE saw the video and are sending me some more products to try! How nice is that? I promise to share some more techniques with you all when I get them. Please leave a link if you try these so we can all see what you create!

And don’t forget to Share Art!

More sharing coming in the near future so stay tuned…