A sparrow's journey through this crazy, beautiful life...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Handmade Journal

Hi all! I wanted to share the journal I made for my daughter for Christmas. I picked out a few of my favorites, but you can check out the rest on my Flikr or view the slideshow below. I must warn you, there are about 50 images!

This was a really enjoyable project. The techniques are mostly from a workshop I took called Mixed Media Mayhem from Roben-Marie Smith. Wonderful class... great for me as a newbie just to get my feet wet. Then after the project I made in the class, my creating morphed into this. I don't think I will make it quite so large if I make another one. This one is about 100 pages and has 5 signatures. It's difficult to see in the photos, but the backgrounds on all the pages are shimmery. I added some of my favorite quotes and scripture. I have tutorials for the flowers on my other blog Kurly-Q.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Be You

Here's a little project I made this weekend. I continue to experiment with style and practice drawing. So, with this girl, there are parts I like and parts I don't. The overall look and feel don't sit well with me. I can't really pinpoint it, but I think I can chalk this experiment up as a direction I don't want to go. I think that maybe there's not enough depth there. Maybe it just needs to be worked more... more layers. It's definitely not one of my pieces that I am proud of as far as the finished design. But, it is a stepping stone in the journey.

I recently read a blog post over at Listening to the Squeak Inside about walking to the beat of your own drum. Throughout my life, I've always been such a people pleaser. Over the last few years, I've worked toward breaking free of this.

Now that have begun this journey into art, I really want to find my own style from the start. I took Mystele's Gut Art class in November and it couldn't have been a better start. Exploring, playing, and finding your own voice is what it's all about. I am so thankful to Mystele and all my classmates for encouraging me at the beginning of this journey. If you ever get the chance to take Gut Art... do not hesitate. It is a wonderful experience and I hope to take the next one she offers. You can find Mystele on YouTube, her website, her etsy and she offers a couple of free classes at her Ning site so you can get a taste of her process. I have found it very freeing.

6 in. x 12 in. canvas panel collaged and painted with mostly Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Water Soluble Crayons. Also used: Faber-Castell Big Brush Pens, Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay India Inks, acrylics, liquid watercolors stamps, stencils & rub-ons.

I'm entering this over at Paint Party Friday. :~)

Friday, January 20, 2012


This lady is the first I've done on something other than paper. I love the way it came out, but the colors here are not true. They are close, but it has so much more depth in person.

Click on the image for the large version. Acrylic on 5 x 7 cradled wood panel.

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Monday, January 16, 2012


I've been taking a basic course on drawing faces from the fabulous Tamara Laporte of willowing.org called Fabulous Faces. She does a wonderful job explaining and showing. You can try out one of her free courses called Art, Heart and Healing where in the first lesson she teaches a front facing portrait. You have to sign up for her Ning site, but don't worry, you don't get lots of junk email. It is certainly well worth your time. I have seriously never drawn a face without tracing before August or September of 2011. I can't believe I drew this at all! Makes me excited to practice more to see what else I can learn to do.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Let God...

Painted with Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons and acrylics on 6 x 6 Mixed Media paper.

Friday, January 13, 2012


Painted with Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons and acrylics on 6 x 6 Mixed Media paper.

Monday, January 9, 2012



Double-sided. Painted with Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons and acrylics on 3 x 6 Mixed Media paper.


Painted with Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons, watercolors and acrylics on 6 x 6 Mixed Media paper.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

When you are first starting out on your creative journey...

I came across this video recently. It's a must see, especially for those just starting out in any creative endeavor.