Tuesday, October 15, 2013

A little entry in my sketch book

My sketch book comes with me when I drive the kids around.
So most of the entries are in pencil 
and gelli pens
and sometimes markers.

The other day I found Staedtler pastels in pencil form at a scrapbook expo.
So the base of this happened.

I loved it so much I played with it more at home
and kept layering it with watercolor
and gelli pens
and stencils 
and sharpies :)

I've worked on this for a week...
5 minutes here ...
5 minutes there ...
My mind keeps telling me that it doesn't look finished.
But then I remember my word of the year:

Okay, I'm calling it done
and moving on to the next project :)

Monday, August 26, 2013


It's back to school for my kids,
which means it's back to having little pockets of time here and there for me, 
and that means back to doodling.

I probably should be planning dinner,
or planning my homeschool day tomorrow.

Oh well, doodling is like a vacation for my mind.
Everyone needs that right?

Friday, August 23, 2013


For me, this summer has been all about buying a house 
and moving 
and preparing to homeschool my oldest. 
I don't know how 10 weeks have passed just doing that. 
It has left me with no creative energy. 
So when Courtney Khail offered an introductory watercolor class
I took the opportunity to spark my creative life.

When I was younger, watercolor was always a challenging medium for me. 
I felt it was messy and impossible to control. 
But I love the look of sweet watercolor illustrations 
and the way the colors seem to run and mix so beautifully together. 
So I took the challenge. 

This mini e-course was a great introduction. 
I highly recommend it, if you are new to it. 
Although it was short, I learned so much from it. 
Most importantly, I learned to not to be afraid to use lots of water 
and let the colors run along -
which is absolutely against my "watercolor instict".
Remember ... I'm afraid of messy.
Hah! I know, I'm weird.

What made me taking this class even more special 
was that it was perfect timing! 
It coincided with my kids' art camp, 
where they painted with watercolors. 
How cool it was to be able to show our works to each other at the end of the week!

This is one of my 6 year old's paintings.

And this is one of my 8 year old's paintings.

I think they are better than me :)
And to think that I was absolutely terrible with this medium at their age.
I am super proud of them.

Friday, June 28, 2013


A little more than a week to moving time.
Good thing, because I'm feeling deprived from my art supplies.
It's silly, really.
My time is full with the kids 
and packing 
and trying to get things done in the new house.

But I miss painting,
and journalling,
and playing with fabrics and paper and all that fun stuff.

I'm trying to tell myself that this "sacrifice" (so to speak)
will be all worth it.
After all ... look at this:

That will be my studio.
Can you believe it?
I still can't.

My next blog entry will be from the space above :-)

Thursday, June 6, 2013

My little stitching project

At night, after the kids have gone to bed,
my hubby and I like to watch TV.
Sometimes we watch a movie,
sometimes we watch a couple of TV shows.
Almost always I have a little side project,
like journalling, photoshopping, painting, ...
Lately I have been stitching,
working on the design Pam Garrison gave me.
It's very relaxing.
It almost feels like coloring with thread.
It gives me true satisfaction to see tiny little sections getting done.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Life oh life!

Life in my corner of the world 
has been and continues to be very exciting.
My parents and brother came for a visit 
for a month!
And now ...
we are buying a house!

I can't really say if the latter is a relief,
because we have been looking for years
(so to speak),
or if it was a spur of the moment 
let's-buy-a-house-with-a-yard kind of thing.
To be honest it's sort of both.

I'm truly grateful to all that is happening.
At the same time I have been restless and a little down
because all the hustle and bustle 
doesn't leave me with any creative time.

I wish I was like those bloggers I admire,
who can document their lives 
in paintings 
and beautiful photos
and amazing stories.

How do people do it?

I don't know.

These days all I do is pack, pack, pack,
and move stuff to the storage,
so we can put our condo on the market.

I have been finding lots of unfinished projects,
which I sadly stuff into boxes.

I can't wait to unpack them all,
and work on them.
Because after all, we are moving to a house (!)
and there is room for a beautiful studio :-)
Well, I want a studio; 
my husband wants space for a pool table.
We'll see who wins. hah!

Oh, right after my family left
and just before we bid on our dream house,
I did manage to finish one little project:
my knitted cable bracelet.
It was inspired by this pin.

I love it.
I killed 2 birds with this one project:
I learned how to knit a cable
and I finally made spending time on pinterest worth it.
I should put more of those pins into good use!

Ciao for now.
I must return to packing.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Once upon a time ...

there was a painting that had 20 layers of ugly on it.
It started out as a hopeful "Flora Bowley" wannabe.
But after a few layers, it was just a hot mess!

So each time I wanted to experiment with something,
I took this canvas out ...
it was sort of my scrap-canvas.

Then one day I wanted to play with some mist.
Since the nozzle was plugged,
I unscrewed the top and 
used the plastic tube to paint.

It was instant love.

I then painted more with acrylics to define the flowers.
I'm not sure I should have done that ..
but I'm calling it done.

All in all, I love it :o)

Friday, April 26, 2013

Have you been to...

French General?

Ever since I stumbled upon its online shop,
I have wanted to visit the real shop.
With its restricted hours in previous years,
it's been hard to make it happen.
But now it is open most days,
and on our recent trip to Disneyland,
I told my hubby that I must stop by on our way home.

The shop is gorgeous, of course!
I wish I made time for photos.
However, I promised my family
I'd be out in 10 minutes!
So no dilly-dallying!

Of course, my Mom and I took longer than 10 minutes ...
We amassed quite a treasure ....

I bought two of the bracelet kits, too.
I'm giddy with excitement!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Learning to make patterns

I love photoshop.
Mainly for editing photographs,
but I have always wanted to learn more of the graphic design of things.

I admire the works of Jessica Rose and Rhonna Farrer.
And I constantly fill up my shopping cart with digital goodies at Two Peas
(even though I most often don't end up buying because truly, I have other expenses ;o)

I admit there are things that I'll never be able to make for myself,
like those beautiful hot air balloons by Rhonna.
However, I have decided that surely I must be able to
create a few basic things for myself!

Last night I started playing a bit.
I started simply.
First I created a chevron pattern.

and continued with variations of colors.

Truly fun.

Then I played with triangles,

and started coloring here and there.

It's addictive.

The last shapes I played with were arrows.
These are standard arrows that come with photoshop.

I played with colors here, too.

I really liked the last variation.
So I decided to play with texture,

and a photo.

I wanted to add embellishments and words,
and I wanted to make a pattern that contains hand drawn images,
but I ran out of time.

Until next time :o)

Friday, March 22, 2013

On wood ...

I promised my son's class to finish painting the toy trunk
that they will donating to their school's auction.

Instead, with every bit of paint left over,
I have been spending more time painting on little wood pieces.

Oops, it's almost time for pick-up,
and there goes the day.

Well, tomorrow is another day, right? :)

Monday, March 11, 2013

On canvas

I really shouldn't be painting.
I have to do taxes,
and dishes,
and laundry,
and getting the guest room ready for my parents.

But while I was cleaning the guest room,
I found my alcohol inks
and various other painting stuff 
that I hadn't played with for a long time.
So I played.

This is a canvas that's been around for at least a year.
It has about 20 layers on it.
I never liked it ...
until today.
I think there's something promising in there.

For now though, back to cleaning. 

Thursday, February 28, 2013


When I first learned about the chevron craze,
I thought ... whatever?!

But then last year, at a painting class in Solvang,
Pam Garrison let us use her chevron stencil.

And now ... I understand.

I'm hooked.
I didn't realize it until I was looking at
my recent art journal entries. 
It looks like, if I don't like the way my journal page is going,
or if I have an empty awkward spot,
chevron (tape/stencil/stamp) can fill it up beautifully.

(this one is still in progress ...
it has been for a while *sigh*)

And I think, I'm starting to love hexagons, too :)

Friday, February 22, 2013

A bit of collage

I thought once Christmas was over,
I could journal more,
paint more,
collage more,
sew more,
and you know,
take a new e-course.

I'll have to do a bit more wishing.

But not all is lost.
I'm about to make birthday decorations for my daughter this weekend.
And I will be painting with 17 Kindergarten boys
for their school's auction.
(I am not sure if this is a *woohoo*
or an *eeeeek!* ... haha)
My daughter will also have her first communion in April,
and she'll have a little party with her best friend.
I am thinking hard about designing
a little activity table for the party.

So for now, quick, little collages will have to do
in my art journal.

I hope you get to do all the creative things you want to do :)

Saturday, February 16, 2013

My photo journal

With all the christmas preparations,
school performances, and travel planning late last year,
I lost my flow with my daily photo journal.
What a pity.
I had great hopes for that one.

But I'm not giving up!

Trying to backtrack and start where I left off
felt too overwhelming though.
So I just gave it a reboot in the middle of January.

I must admit,
I'm taking a more casual approach now.
If I skip a day or two, I'm not stressed about it :)


In all I probably skipped about 8 weeks,
but all is not lost,
because I'm also working on my travel journal,
which covers about 3 weeks of that time :)

I love journalling!