One goal for this year is more Bible Journaling & Bible art.
I actually sketched this design out the week of Christmas but didn’t start working on it until a week ago. I often sketch during church service and there was some point in the message that inspired this page.
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12.
Since my Twinkling H2O’s were still out, I painted the page with them so with the shimmer the picture is a bit difficult. I hand drew the page then decided the “sun” needed to represent the world. I hunted up some clipart and resized it to fit the spot. It’s fairly easy to trace through the page in my Interleaved Bible. Interleaved means every other page is blank front & back, perfect for large size Bible art.
Creative Tip: Watercolor means pretty wet wrinkly pages. I do use a heat gun to help dry throughout but the page is still fairly wrinkled. I have a Clover mini iron and decided to see if it would smooth down the page a bit. I used a thin tea towel between the iron & the page & I think it did a pretty decent job. It’s not perfectly smooth, I don’t expect it to be but it definitely made a difference.
There has been a great deal of unrest the past year and we will most likely see more in the year ahead. We are to keep our eyes on God, point to His light, love others and stand for His truth & justice. If what you stand for doesn’t line up with His Word & truth, you might want to consider a heart check. He is always waiting for us to call on Him.
A slight delay as I was enjoying the company of my oldest granddaughter yesterday. We did do a wee bit of creating.
Everyone needs a happy glittery penguin & snowman. I give Nora free rein with the Stickles when she is in studio, with a little guidance of course.
Here are the final 2 calendar pages.
I was “accused” of planning poppies for Nov & Veterans Day. It was actually not planned. I wasn’t happy with the flower choices I had pulled out & when I went digging for more, I decided on these from Wendy Vecchi’s Artworks LCS073 set. I’ve had it for ages & only used the set a couple of times before. I hope to dig into much more of my stash this year & use it.
December was created with Simon Says Stamp Winter Floral Mix Background. I’m swimming in snowflakes & snowmen but realized I had very few pretty poinsettia flowers that would fit the calendar page. Maybe something to add later this year.
I hope you have enjoyed this tour of my 2021 calendar. I am already working on new creations.
The sunflowers from Sweet n’ Sassy Stamps Like a Sunflower set were just perfect for September. They are not one of my favorite flowers, hubby is severely allergic to them, but this set is just charming. I also don’t like their big brown centers. If you know me, I’m just not a huge brown fan. I tried brown on these, it didn’t make me happy, so I tore it up, reprinted, re-stamped and settled on using green & bronze for my centers. Don’t be afraid to toss something & start again. Most of the time it’s just a few cents worth of cardstock & a bit more time.
October features Penny Black’s Stitched Flowers. I settled on orange to play off the more traditional pumpkin colors we see in the fall.
I am having so much fun painting my calendar pages and the Angels are too.
Part of my sabbatical was studio play days with a couple of classes here & there. The calendar class was Dec. 30th but scheduling conflicts occurred so make-up time become relaxed play days with a little extra guidance here & there. It’s nice to sit down & create with the Angels.
Today is the half-way point in the year, May & June.
This set was the most challenging to photograph so far. Both stamps have heavy/multiple lines meaning the silver/gold embossing reflects a lot. So this shot muted the shine better allowing the colors to show a bit more.
May is Simon Says Stamp Daisy Bouquet set. The flowers are painted in a white shimmer H2O first then I added pink tips. May is my birthday month & daisies are my favorite flower. I can’t actually have daisies around because my hubby is very allergic so pretty stamped ones are the next best thing.
June features Fun Stampers Journey Bloom Burst. Hydrangeas are so beautiful.
When taking photographs remember that natural light or being outdoors can sometime be your friend with difficult pictures. I took today’s picture near a window with some sunlight coming in but not enough to make the metallic embossing glare in the camera. I am by no means a photo expert and use what works from what I have learned. Sometimes the simplest tips are easier to remember than more technical ones.
I’m still working on my timing but I got a lot done today.
Today I am sharing the March & April calendar pages. It’s been a bit tricky trying to photograph the pages with the silver & gold embossing I used so I’ve been trying different things & pick the best.
March features the beautiful flowers from Sweet n’ Sassy Stamps In This Together stamp set. I really love the little teapot and there’s also a teacup in the set.
For April I used Unity Stamp Co. You Have Made a Difference set. When I was looking at images of dogwood flowers on line, I saw this really interesting almost blood red flower. I like different so I picked out some deep coral watercolor paint for my flowers with a touch of gold in the shading. The wonderful thing about art is being able to do things that are different.
I usually pick out sentiments for my calendar pages but decided I just wanted the beauty of the flowers this year.
It’s time to debut the 2021 Calendar. I have been offering this calendar class I think for 7 years now. Could be 8 years but somewhere around that time frame. This year features watercolored florals.
I did every other month alternating silver & gold embossing for a touch of elegance. I brought out my Twinkling H2O’s for shimmer. I used Taylored Expressions Seasonal Sprig for January and an old Fun Stampers Journey set Sweet You.
Like a lot of artists this year, I am planning to use what I have on hand as much as possible. While I am puttering in my studio during my Glorious 60th year, I hope to create with a lot of things that haven’t been used yet as well as revisit some unfinished projects & see about the finishing touches on them. As you can imagine with well over 35+ years of paper art supplies, I have a small treasure trove here. I also plan to purge some more. When I do purchase I am planning to support local & small business shops as much as possible.
We had a wee bit of snow for New Year’s day here in Oklahoma. Always love to see the earth blanketed with fresh snow.
With a break from posting most of last month, let’s crank 2021 into high gear with fresh inspiration.
Our Christmas week is very busy with our oldest son’s birthday on the 21st and our oldest daughter’s anniversary on the 22nd, which usually means we get the granddaughters for a sleepover, then it’s straight into Christmas.
I did find some time to create for their special occasions.
First up is Matthew’s birthday card using Whimsy Stamps Canoe set.
Who doesn’t enjoy a peaceful day at the lake? This image is stamped on watercolor paper and I used my Koi watercolors to color it in. Variation & shading are still a struggle but I keep working on these techniques.
When we create we are always our own worst critics. I have 2 tips to share:
1. If you are getting frustrated or feel a lot of uncertainty, walk away from your project for awhile. Then go back and look at it with fresh eyes.
2. If you find yourself trying to “fix” a section over and over again it can be the hardest thing to just stop & let go. Repeat step one and see how it looks later. Chances are it’s just fine.
My favorite saying – “There are no mistakes in creating just creative detours.” And if you really hate it chances are it’s only a few cents worth of paper, ink, paint, etc. Trash it and start fresh.
I am finishing up working some of my set up, goals & project lists for the New Year but they are almost done. It’s nice to have a long holiday weekend to take care of some planning.
I hope you have had a wonderful first day of the New Year!