Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Here is an oldie but a goodie. I drew this crazy colorful skull to be part of a "Day of the Dead" project a few years ago.

I'm having a wonderful weekend ... all of the usual Halloween fun (decorating, pumpkin carving, candy eating, game playing), mixed in with a trip to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens yesterday to see the Scarecrows & hand-blown glass pumpkins. 

This morning ... I'm off to explore the local neighborhoods to find spooky decor.

Hope you have a Happy Halloween, too!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mess : Create a Tangle

Another page from Mess: The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes.

Instructions: Create a tangle using some kind of string-like material.  Affix it here.

I saved little bits of leftover embroidery floss snippings each day as I stitched - over the past couple of weeks and glued them to the page. 

I may keep adding to this page until it is completely covered ... but for now, I am ready to move on.

To view more pages from this book, click "mess" in the labels below.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Special Project: Balloon Doodle

This is my entry for the Balloon Doodle contest over at Doodlers Anonymous.  There are some really creative entries ~ so check them out if you get a chance. (Oh, and don't forget to vote for your favorites.)

I am actually afraid of balloons (well, of them popping abruptly - especially while I am holding them), so I was a very nervous doodler.   I was actually trembling as I doodled.   ha-ha.  Well, I love Anorak Magazine ... so I faced my fear and completed my entry.  yay for me!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


I'm not sure why ... but I felt compelled to draw this little crazy character.  He was in my head just itchin' to get out.

So here he is out in the world (or at least out in my little moleskine notebook). 

Lots of Halloween happenings coming up this weekend.   I'm looking forward to the Little Five Points Halloween Festival & Parade on Saturday.  

Later, while I am recouperating from the festivities, I think I will do some blog hopping down the Halloween Party list at Vanessa Valencia's blog  "A Fanciful Twist".

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

More of Mess

I am having a lot of fun with my copy of Mess: The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes.

These pages were created with liquid watercolor inks. I dripped the ink on the pages and then tilted the book to let the ink run.  I then blew air through a straw to encourage the ink to spread further.  I love the way this project turned out ... the ink looks a bit like insects or deep undersea creatures.

To view more pages from this book, click "mess" in the labels below.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Mess : The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes

I received the copy of of Keri Smith's new book : Mess: The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes that I won & started to "mess around" with it.

Pictured here is my first finished page.  The instructions read: "Fill in this paint-by-number using random colors." and the outlines of a dog image were printed on the facing page.  I used Staedtler triplus fineliner pens to color the page.

Flipping through the book, I can see that I will enjoy this one as much as Keri's previous books.  I will post pages here as I complete them (along with my many other journals, sketchbooks, and notebooks).

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Something Old : Doodle Dragon

I've been so busy lately that I haven't managed to get any new pages scanned ... so here's an oldie of mine.

I love to doodle patterns, so I have many drawings that are done this way. This dragon is approx 8" x 10" done on a sketchbook page that has since separated from the sketchbook.  I believe that I drew this with Micron pens.