"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Sunday, October 23, 2016

More Than Words October Mini Challenge "Boo"

It's that time of month where More Than Words holds a Mini Challenge for us.
Come along and join in the fun in creating a mini art piece using the word, "Boo"
and enter it into the challenge for a really nice prize.
You have until October 31st to post your mini art piece on
 More Than Words Challenge Facebook Page.
Go here to check out the challenge requirements.
See you there!


Monday, October 17, 2016


It’s raining here!!! Yes!!  
It feels great to have a little reprieve of some cooler weather.
I had a little me time this weekend and created this page in my art journal.
 I am enjoying the 6 x 6 Rossi Belle paper collection from Prima. 

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October at More Than Words Challenge Site

The changes in the colors of leaves from green, yellow, oranges and reds are spectacular during the autumn months. As a kid, and even now, I’d walk on dried leaves just to hear the crunchy sound they made under my shoes.  My Ombre take on the More Than Words challenge this month was used to emphasize the encased bejeweled leaf by cutting out various sized leaf shapes on several book pages and painting them in different hues of the color green. 

I carried over the Ombre effect on the large watercolor leaf by water coloring a very dark green color next to the leaf shape and adding water to my brush to extend the dark color out and lightening it with water on my brush during each layer.  Then I dragged my watercolor brush with the lightest  green color out onto the book page to add interest.

The leaves were made out of watercolor paper, stamps mists, mica powders and watercolors.  After the media was dried, I crumbled the paper leaves in the palm of my hand many times to break down the paper fibers until the leaves were soften.  I created veins on the leaves by folding the paper at the various points on the leaf pattern and crimping the folds with my thumb finger nails to add some dimension.  I took the sharp edge of the scissors and ran it down the vein to distress the leaf even more.

Here's close up of the first page of the bejeweled leaf:

Come on over to More Than Words here and find out all the specifics to create your "Change" and "Ombre" art, and submit it for chance to win a very generous prize.