Painting is hard!

Just another Lifebook lesson. I signed up for this year too even though I did less than a dozen of last year's lessons. I will have them for when I retire, lol. This isn't quite finished and I am finding it very difficult.


Plush fun – Tooth Fairy Pillow

My grandson, Z, asked me to make him a tooth fairy pillow the week or so ago and I completely forgot about it. Bad grandma. He called yesterday to remind me about it since he has three loose teeth. His room is decorated in minion fashion so I made him a tooth fairy pillow to match. In the past I had the two pocket in the front, in the mouth, but really have not been in love with it. Decided to just make a pocket on the back and be done with it. He is going to love it!

Minion tooth pillow

Tooooo cute!


So much fun to make!


Paint over Collage

Having fun with my Lifebook 2015 classes. This is a paint over collage technique taught by Tamara Laporte. It is ingenious! I may never try drawing faces again. Just kidding. I bet there is a way to do this on a cloth doll, especially if it is flat faced. Something to think about!


More LifeBook

You know I haven't made a doll in nearly two years now.. Not sure why not. I I still sew on occasion although it's usually a knitting bag for me or a gift. I am still creative but my creativity has moved in a different direction. I always have something on my knitting needles now. That started about 9 or 10 years ago just because it was something I was wanted to learn. It turned into my community. I have a weekly knitting group that I attend since the doll group died. I am also really enjoying all the mixed-media work i am doing. I think to myself oh, I should make a doll out of this, but I never do. Maybe someday. In the meantime I am just enjoying myself.

This piece was taught by Patty Ballard in the LIFEBOOK course.




Don’t let it get you down

It's always something! I developed trigger thumb in my right hand recently and had to have surgery to fix it. Doesn't it just figure that I would get new art supplies in the mail when I can't use them. Grrrr. I decided to try to draw anyhow. No use of my thumb but since this was drawn really loosely I thought I could do it! And I did! Really happy with this. It's a bonus lesson from lifebook 2015. I'm behind in class now but hopefully I'll catch up soon. So here's my 'Affirmation Feather' (and my lovely bandage).


Life Book 2015 and Doll Club

Happy New Year! My gift to myself for 2015 is a year long art journaling class called LIFE BOOK 2015. There is a different teacher each week so it should be quite the learning experience. I was really excited to see that the first lesson was a whimsical creature. The lesson was titled The Beacon of Light and this is my little girl.

I think she would make a great little doll.
Last month one of the girls who was in my old doll club got in touch with me because she wants to try to revive our doll club. We got together for coffee and decided to have a winter only club that meets the second Saturday of the month at a coffee shop. We are going to use Facebook to organize and share information. Wish us luck!


Mixed media canvas

Nothing like last minute presents! As if I didn't have enough knitting to finish now I'm painting. I signed up for an online class with Kate Crane called Journal Soup 2. I really like how she does her backgrounds. Quite fun. I have to admit I was surprised at how different painting and marking on canvas is rather than paper. This is for a co-worker whose favorite color is, no surprise, pink!



Documented Life Project

I can't believe I'm still doing this! It's week 38 and the prompt was to incorporate a feather. I incorporated a few, real and imagined. Still Zentangling too as you can see from the bird.


And a better picture without the glare


I realize that my style is more on the simple side. Although I love the crazy busy pages with tons of doodles, that just isn't me. Will probably still try them but will also probably end up back here.

Ocean essence Zentangles

Took another Zentangle class this past weekend. All of the girls in the class were also in my class at the Summer Arts Festival last month. It's fun to treat yourself to art classes. This class was focused on ocean themed tangles. My tile is bottom right.



Traveling dolls

As I mentioned earlier I am involved with another ‘Flat Stanley’ round robin over at Doll Street. This latest doll kind of languished during the month I had her. I had meant to take her around to get her photos taken for inclusion in her journal but I guess I just got lazy. I even took her fishing last weekend but forgot she was tucked away in the closet and never got her out for photos. What was I to do? Photoshop her into photos I already had! I have pretty limited Photoshop skills but I think this came out pretty well!

The Color Run – Fairbanks, Alaska