Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Green Man…

Folk Lore…A fascinating field filled with truth, myth and usually a lot of added mystery. Every nation has its tales of the unusual beings and most have their stories of the so-called Green Man. From what I have just lightly studied, the Green Man was originally considered a German protector of the woods. The Romans captured the idea and started using this character when doing their wonderful sculptures. The Romans took it to the English Isles. The Italians considered Green Man to be the protectors of the grapevines. (Very condensed study!)

I do not know who the artist (initals, A P) was for the drawing I found online, but I could not help but want to paint this handsome fellow. It was good practice blending the Chameleon Pens colors. Think I will keep this one.

For this project, I used the following Chameleon Pen colors: Nude, Light Peach, Bisque, Aqua Marine, Neutral Gray 4, Cool Gray 8, Taupe, Dark Sage, Olive Green, Spring Meadow, Evergreen and Vermilion.

Special Note:  The paper for this is 110 lb Bright White. When I photographed the page, I set the light behind the page and what a difference that made.

Hope you enjoyed our venture into a mystical realm and will look into other areas of art for more inspiration and design challenges.

Till next time…
May God Bless Everyone…

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Not Bragging ... Just Deeply Honored

It is my greatest honor to be a featured article in an International Newsletter by the Chameleon Pen company. I hope you will take a few moments to view not just my article but the entire on-line publication.

Thank you,

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

God’s Special Art

“Butterflies are like angels kisses sent from heaven.” 
Malia Kirk

Thank you for looking in today as I celebrate the fact that Spring has finally reached our area of Michigan.  I noticed the greenish hints on our lilac bushes and the willows trees. 

To mark this annual birth of the season, I decided to have some fun with this fantastically beautiful Swallowtail Butterfly from Stampin’ Up. The design offers such great detail that it will lend itself to most any type of finish. For this, I used Memento’s Tuxedo Black to stamp the image on Gina K’s Pure White Luxury cardstock. I then stamped a sentiment also from Stampin’ Up, their Trust God collection. To really make the detail pop, heat-set the inked areas with a fine black embossing powder.

The Butterfly: As you may be aware, I really love the painted effects that the Chameleon Pens offer. This time however, I did not infuse the colors applying all 7colors full strength. The colors used are:

·         VO2 – MAUVE
·         YL2 – SUMMER YELLOW
·         YO3 – WARM SUNSET
·         VO4 – DEEP VIOLET
·         YO2 – MELLOW YELLOW
·         NU4 – CARAMEL
·         YG3 – SPRING MEADOW

Mounting the cover design is just a matter of your own preference. I used the Neeham Stardream Punch and Ruby cardstock. This would also look great layered with a bright yellow and a deep black cardstock.

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on”     ... Albert Einstein

Please stop by again, 
Till then,
 May God Bless you and Yours Always


Friday, March 17, 2017

A Lumberman’s Special Birthday…

Theme parties are always fun and this one is really going to be special. We will be celebrating a darling little guys 1st birthday ... By the way, his grandpa was an especially great northern “lumberman!”

There was not much thought given as to what to create. Stampin’ Up’s (retired) woodsman was the first choice. It was a not much of a challenge trying to capture his ruggedness with traditional “woodsy” garb. Needless to say, I used The Chameleon Pens to produce the blended shades of green for his shirt. Actually, that shirt is only one color, Green Apple (GR1). By infusing the tip of the pen, you obtain a lighter shade that slowly darkens to full strength.  The grassy area shows a little more of the changes with that same Green Apple. His new jeans are Royal Blue (BL6) with the pockets being the infused color. Other colors that were used are: Crimson Red (RD4), Nude (NU00), Burgundy (RD5), Bark (BR5), Caramel (NU4) and Turquoise (BG3).

The trees are from Heartfelt CreationsSnow Kissed Spruce collection. For the stamped images, I blended a dark green and black ink to offer more realism in the coloration. Next, I die cut the stamped images and a black image of all three sizes.

For the card itself, I decided to make it into an easel design. To hold the display upright, I found a piece of scrap wood from Jim’s shop and glued it to the base. It almost looks like an old weathered log. Well that was the basic essentials and now just assemble.

Thank you for stopping by today. I really had fun creating this card and hope our little friend has a wonderful 1st birthday.

What are you creating? Want to share?

May God watch
 over you and yours, 

Till next time,

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pen and/or Pencil...That is the Question...

Welcome to my little corner of the net.

Today, I would like to show you something a little different than my usual cards. I have always been impressed with the wonderful designs of the Art Nouveau era. During the 1980s, Rebecca McKillip publshed a book entitled Art Nouveau - Abstract Designs. It is filled with exciting patterns and a little blend of what I consider to be a Celtic-Nouveau. It has become one of my favorites from that time.

Yesterday morning, I sat down with the one of her patterns and decided to play with my Chameleon Pens. I selected only three colors, Sky Blue (BL3), Olive Green (OL3) and Mellow Yellow (YO2).

This was so much fun that I decided to attack another project. Not long ago, I took an on-line class through Chameleon Pens and was able to download a few exciting Mandala patterns. Recently I received one of their newest (soon to be released) lines -- a set of 25 - 2 toned pencils. Actually 50 colors that blend so smoothly. Well, I just had to give them a workout. Actually I only used about half of these beautiful colors. If you are into pencil art, you may want to watch for this series.

It was exciting and refreshing to do something a little different for a change. I love the chance to try new products and go in a different creative direction.

Wonder what Celtic Knots would look like? Hummmmmmm!

Thank you so much for looking in today. Hope your creative ideas are flowing and you have a blessed day.

Till next time,

Friday, March 10, 2017

Gee. I've Been Busy!

During the past month, I have really been busy. So, instead of going into detail, I would like to share some of the projects. Of course I am using many exciting dies, both new and retired, the exciting Chameleon Pens and some of my favorite stamps. 

As those of you who know my husband, Jim, you know he is extremely happy to be retired and enjoying his woodworking shop. He just finished making matching, natural cherry dressers. I hope you do not mind my sharing pictures of his work.

I just love the natural grain in the tops.

At last, spring is almost here. Our trees and shrubs are heavy with buds and that hint of green. So many of the birds have stared to return and I spotted a darling newborn  fawn a few days ago.

May joy and peace surround you, 
contentment latch your door, 
and happiness be with you now
and bless you evermore!

Till next time, Barb

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