Friday, June 17, 2016

A Little Fathers' Day Humor

Today I'm pleased to share with you an ATC I made in celebration of Fathers' Day (this Sunday in the U.S.).  Lost Coast Designs is having a Men & Boys challenge and Los Tres Caballeros is one of my faves of their stamps.  I used uno of their caballeros for my ATC.

I know.  This guy is a little young.  The sweet newlyweds really hadn't planned to start a family quite so soon - hence his shock.  I've decided to title this one "The Unexpected Gift".  :)

Happy (early) Fathers' Day!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Today I Feel Like An Artist

I always feel hesitant to call myself an artist.  It seems so presumptuous given that I really have no artistic training.  But I do secretly like to think of myself as an artist.  I feel like my creations have evolved and have gotten to a place where I'm happier with composition, texture, color choices, etc.  It's taken a lot of practice, but I'm getting there.

For my ICAD today I took a leap (for me) and did everything myself; no depending on another artist's rendition via red rubber or digital media.  I took one of the index cards which had previously met my gelli plate and drew some flowers.  Next came some (quite a bit, actually) acrylic paint.  I love acrylics - so forgiving and malleable. A smidge more pen work (Signo uniball roller - my 'go to' white pen) finished it off.

I'm really happy with the way this turned out.  Have I turned a corner in my artistic endeavors?  I don't know, but it's a great start!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Man Up, Yo...

Carol over at the SDC wants us to Man Up this week.  In my weird, twisted brain I somehow arrived at the destination of bad pick-up lines.  I guess I envisioned a bunch of young studs (or perhaps nervous nerds) egging each other on to talk to the cute girl at the bar.  I don't know...

I feel a series coming on.  When I was looking up pick-up lines there were just SO many to choose from.  :)  Perhaps I'll turn them into a dating pamphlet for my lads; what NOT to say.  Ha ha!

I'm going to add this to Wicked Wednesday's "Something Quirky" challenge for this week too.  I'd certainly say it fits!  LOL

Happy trails!

Stamps + Watercolor

MFT stamps is having a week of creative summer camp this week showcasing a variety of techniques.  In the spirit of ICADness (i.e. stretching those creative muscles) today I tried my hand at combining stamping and watercoloring.

I've had this stamp set for years and still really like it but I hardly ever pull it out.  Not being a watercolorist (is that a word?  ha ha!) the bigger spaces were pretty tricky for me, but it's all about learning and experimentation anyway.

I stamped the main image using Distress ink (Tumbled Glass) and then used Distress inks and a waterbrush to do all the watercoloring.  I found myself holding my breath a lot.  :)

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this panel now. I might put it on a card or maybe just stick it on my wall someplace.  Who knows?

If you want to check out the MFT's summer camp, click HERE for the first day's post.

Ciao for now...

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

ICAD 2016 Weeks 1 & 2

Two weeks of ICAD (Index Card a Day) are under my belt.  This is my first year participating in this daily art challenge.  I'm really enjoying it so far.  Here's a peek at my cards for the first two weeks.

Week One

Week Two

I'm really trying to push myself to get out of my comfort zone and try new things.  As evidenced above, some days I'm more successful at it than others.  ;)

Are you participating in ICAD this year?

Friday, June 10, 2016

King of His Domain

I love this little guy.  He just seems to me like he knows what's up and has a great attitude.  For the SDC this week the theme is All Creatures Great & Small.  Here we have Little Bird, Big Attitude.  :)

Have a great weekend!

Update:  The crown kept bugging me.  Added a quick fix.  :)  

Continue enjoying your weekend...

Queen Bee ATC

Rubber Dance Art Stamps has a bright and happy color challenge on their blog this month.  As I rummaged through my paper scrap stash to get some inspiration I found a piece of embossed cardstock and I was off to the races.  :)

I used Rubber Dance's Come Fly With Me stamp set - love that set!

   Acrylic paint
   Washi tape
   Distress inks
   Archival ink
   Signo Uniball pen
   Pitt pen

Happy Friday!