Monday, June 3, 2024

Second Watercolor Sketchbook

I just shared my 2nd watercolor sketchbook on YouTube.  I have mostly been sewing the last few months.  I still paint for cards but it took me a long time to add to this sketchbook.  I still paint mostly botanicals and am developing my style.

If you would like to see my latest watercolor, here is the video:

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, September 3, 2023

Gelli printing on Tissue Paper

Using your gelli plates to create prints on tissue paper give you a pliable surface to use on all kinds of projects.  In this video I share why I create on tissue paper, materials to use and how to create the prints.  The video finishes with actually using the prints on 2 projects.

Thanks for watching!

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Watercolor Background for 2022 Page


Doing a layout that tells a story guides how the page comes together.  Doing a layout with a nice photo that just captures a moment allows freedom to really make the page with any supplies.

I'm using this page as the title page for all of 2022.  I had already printed the photo 5x7 so I just needed to create a background, add a title and embellishments. Months ago, I ordered some Strathmore 12x12 watercolor paper. It is the only paper that comes in that size I know of, at least that is reasonably cost effective.  I wanted to use it for scrapbook backgrounds.  For this page, I painted dahlias as that was one of the flowers growing in the garden we were visiting when the photo was taken.  I used one of my own yellow dahlias as a rough guide for how to paint them.  I added markers for a more graphic look.

The numbers 2022 were actually one of the more challenging aspects of the page.  I do want to find different ways to do lettering as I'm not planning to replenish my Thicker stash when I finally wear it down.

Here is the process video:

Likely my future videos will be more technique specific.  I enjoy making process videos but with only 100 views or so per video, I honestly do not feel I am reaching a large audience for the amount of work that goes into these.  I so appreciate those of you who watch. I do plan to continue to scrap and make videos while looking for a way to create content that helps more people.  

Thanks for watching!

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

My First Watercolor Sketchbook

I started painting with watercolors over a year ago.  At first it was just to create cards.  I wanted more variety than I could get with stamps.  Frankly, I didn't want to keep investing in stamps which took up money AND space.  I would practice a particular design until I could paint it decently, make cards and move on.  Eventually though I enjoyed painting more and more things.

Many people paint in a sketchbook but I wasn't sure it was for me. I was concerned that 1, I would mess it up.  I would paint something I hated and then see it every time I flipped through my sketchbook.  And 2, what if the opposite happened and I painted something I loved. The 2nd thing was happening with painting on loose watercolor paper and those things that were pretty good were getting turned into cards.  Then they were gone and I had no reference.  So eventually I bought an Etchr Labs Watercolor sketchbook and was hooked.

It took me less than 3 months to fill it. Here are all the pages in this video:

Let me know what your favorite is.  Thanks for watching!

Saturday, August 5, 2023

A Ribbon for Quilting


Last year I entered my first quilt show.  I've been quilting on and off since the 1980's. I've never worried about creating something for a show.  This quilt wasn't really created for the show but I entered it because I was particularly proud of the quilting.  Apparently the judge liked it to as it won Best Free Motion quilting - Stationery Sew Head.  This was a local show with about 300 total entries.  Many are quilted on traditional long arms and some were hand quilted. 

Here's the layout I created to celebrate:

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, July 17, 2023

Scrapbook Process Video: Make It Myself


I know you can really set yourself up for disappointment if you have too many expectations for fabric choices.  That didn't stop me from having a long list of things I wanted in fabric to make my dining room draperies.  Soon I was culling my list of expectations. Eventually though I was settling and I didn't want to settle.

So I decided to use my sewing machine and embroider plain fabric to get the look I wanted. That is what this layout is all about.  

Here is the process video:


Since I still had out supplies from last week's 2 page layout, this one went really quick.  

Thanks for watching!

Monday, July 10, 2023

Two Page Layout - Before and After

In 2020, we did what a lot of people did. We stayed home and redecorated.

This 2 page layout covers two of my favorite things that came out of updating the finishes in the main living areas of our home.  I love the new stair rail paint and the carpeted runner.  I don't normally go in for that many animal prints but this chetah carpet was the perfect gray neutral. It wasn't as dull as just plain gray carpet would be and added a fun element to our living area.

Every morning and evening I get to see the new vanity in my bathroom against the dark green walls. Taking down that wallpaper was a bear but I'm so glad I and the painter perservered.  

I am filming in a different room.  It doesn't have air conditioning.  Most of this was recorded without the fan but the last segment I think I left the fan on by mistake.  Sorry about that.  If you have any feedback on the content or the filming I would appreciate it.  

Here's the process video:

Thanks for watching!

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Mixed Media Mini Album Complete!

Here are the last 2 of the 4 videos on my gardening themed mixed media mini album.

I wrote out the journaling before starting the album.  When I do that I usually have more journaling and in the case of these small pages, I have to figure out how to conceal some of it. This video shares 3 ways to hide journaling.  Also it covers the embellishments and the cover.

In the last video, I share the completed album and what technique was used on each page.  Did you notice that there is no designer paper in this album at all?  I'm not sure I've ever created a project that didn't have at least a little designer paper.  

Thanks for watching!

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