Saturday, September 29, 2018

I'm Back - Doggone it!

I doodled this card for my sister's birthday.  I thought maybe other folks would like it, so I uploaded the design to Zazzle:

I hope to get back to making more actual art.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Challenge Art-a-thon

There is another "Challenge Art-a-thon" happening right now through July 23rd.  During the challenge, you are given a list of creative challenges and earn points for making art to fit the tasks.  Then you may trade your art with other artists if you wish.

You do need to be a member of (free for all) in order to post in the forum and play in the challenge.  This is a group of friendly folks, so no worries - and it is lots of fun to be able to make art around the clock with everyone!
Torn Paper Mosaic Watermelon
These are the ATCs (artist trading cards) that I have made so far.  One of my favorite things about the challenge is that I end up creating art that I never would have thought of making outside of the challenge.  

Most folks are making ATCs, however you may create art of any size or shape ... inchies, chunky pages, art journaling, fabric, etc...
Please do pop by and play if you want - or just enjoy the eye candy.  You do not need to be a member to browse the forums.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018


Roderick the Rhino
I played in a "Challenge Art-a-thon" last week, where you are given a list of creative challenges and earn points for making art to fit the tasks.  Then you may trade the art - if you wish.

Lots of fun!  Here are some of my challenge pieces.  "Roderick the Rhino" (shown above) fit challenges of being hand drawn, rhino themed, and an animal wearing a hat.

Below, my 'Sugar Skull" fit challenges of hearts and circles in same piece, skull themed, and showing a tradition.
Sugar Skull
The ATC below is one of my favorites!  This was based on a challenge by another artist to make a piece featuring a jungle, a pickle, and a sloth.
Jungle Pickle Sloth
"Found My Prince" features challenges of things in jars, theme frogs, and a crown.
Found My Prince
And finally ... I made this tiny art quilt to fit the challenges Mini ATC 1.5"x 2.5", fabric and yarn, and fruit with a face.
Fabric Mini ATC
It felt good to make some art, enjoy some eye candy, and play around a bit.  As always, I'm looking forward to the next challenge!

PS.  There will be another "Art-a-thon" at February 15-18th.  You do need to be a member to play - but it is a friendly group with a lot of art trading and projects to join (not just art-a-thons). 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Still Here ...

I have kept some of my resolutions.  lol.  

Indian ink pen drawings and a few stamped holiday images in my composition notebook.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Halloween and Autumn Art-a-Thon

This weekend I have been playing in the Halloween and Autumn Art-a-Thon at  It runs through at least Tuesday.  An "Art-a-Thon" is an online event in which artists make art at the same time - often with challenges or themes, and then usually make trades with each other.   

I have had a busy weekend so far ... so I have only managed to make a few ATCs.  The skull above was drawn with Indian ink pens and sparkly gel pens, with a sparkly flower decal added to the eye.
The next 2 ATCs were drawn with Indian ink pens and colored pencils.  Pretty basic Halloween/Autumn images.
This final ATC is cut into a house shape (seems to be a popular trend right now).  I collaged printed scrapbook papers and other cut images, added some rickrack trim and a flat backed embellishment I had on hand.
The most common type of art going on right now is collaged ATCs, however ALL types of art are welcome including drawing, painting, stitchery, quilting, paper mache, jewelry, etc... All sizes are welcome from inchie sized on up.  You don't have to make trades - "show and tell" is a big part of the Art-a-Thon.  Just good fun with friends around the globe.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Composition Book : Colorful Animals

As part of my effort to try to draw something every day in my composition notebook, I combined a few exercises into one.  

I divided my page into 4 frames.  I looked at children's drawings online and drew similar animals with a non-photo blue pencil using my non-dominant hand.  I used a brush tip marker to ink them.  Next I used a fine tip marker to draw some type of background for each animal.

Then I grabbed 6 colored pencils with my eyes closed and proceeded to color the entire page.

I just love the bright and happy feeling this page gives me!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

108 Quickly Doodled Objects

108 doodled objects
I saw an exercise posted somewhere about drawing 100 objects as a "stream of consciousness", taking about 5 seconds for each and moving on to the next.  So, I grabbed my non-photo blue pencil and my composition notebook & gave it a whirl.  

It took me 3 sittings to fill the page ... but I did draw the objects very quickly in pencil.  I spent a little more time inking them in with my pen.  I (of course) went "blank" a few times and looked around for ideas. 

I do see a "stream of consciousness" pattern in the drawings and I can see where I got stuck (between the toast and the butterfly, for example).  

I enjoyed the exercise & it's fun to see all the little doodles in my notebook.