Overcast day activity

Today was my watercolor card class. Technically it was more watercolor than card. I started at the beginning showing them how to make a value chart, which is very important if you want to learn how to make washes of a color.

From there we worked on using very light colors to indicate petals in the background versus dark colors of petals in the foreground… Like these corn flowers…

They did very well actually I think sometimes explanations help even more than showing someone how to do it. The why behind it is very important. So we had a corn flower day. A great activity for an overcast day.

My Day

I was supposed to get my hair cut today but the mean boss overworked my hairdresser and we had to postpone. He had her moving furniture! Don’t get me started…So, I took matters into my own hands (with my hair that is) and didn’t do too bad of a job. But I’ll let her clean it up tomorrow lol

Afterwards I met a friend for dinner at a local Mexican restaurant. We get together every other week wherever the margaritas are cheap. 😉 I like this particular restaurant The staff is friendly and the food is good.

This particular time, since I have been collecting things to put in art journals, I happen to notice the wrapper around their silverware had chili peppers on it. I didn’t notice in time to keep mine in one piece It accidentally ripped in half. But I did notice people at the table across from us had theirs still intact. Yep you guessed it, I asked them if they would give me their wrappers. And they did! And hearing what I was going to do with it the people in the next booth behind us got up and came over and offered theirs as well.

Wasn’t that nice?! People can be so friendly I have found that more and more since this terrible covid situation. My only hope is that people continue to be as friendly caring and considerate as we have learned to be in the past year.

I can’t wait to get home and get these little beauties fastened into my art journal!

OH.. PS – I also kept the (Clean) foil wrapper they had put around my tortillas to keep them warm… that will make a nice shiny something in an art journal as well!

If you are an art journaler, what is one of the strangest things you have put in your art journal?

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FUN classes! (we all need fun)

One day this month I offered a class called Gelli Printing and Matisse. I love Matisse’s “cut outs” method and wanted to share it with a class. Most people who come for Gelli printing have no idea what to do with the beautiful prints they make once they are done, so this seemed like a perfect fit! Here are some of the cutouts from the class and a previous class…

If you look close you can see which cutouts were modeled after which statues or pictures… it’s easy to think, Oh they could have done that better… but then take into account you are only given 2 min in which to cut out each one. Yes, that sheds a new light on things.

At any rate, I saw the result of one person’s cutouts and wanted to share them with you. I don’t know if she put them in her Art Journal or not but they look like they would be Great in there!! Cris Gabelhausen Potthoff was the student who sent in pictures of her results… and here they are!

Thanks Cris, for allowing me to share them with the readers!

If you want to see what other FUN classes I have to offer… look here.

Until Next time….


Naked painting trend

I have recently discovered the ultimate freedom while painting! Some call it “Naked Painting”, but I call it “No one is the boss of me!”

Also, I’m saving tons of money because I no longer ruin my clothes and shoes. Moving forward I may have to change the way I video, but other than that, it’s the best!

Join me in the movement as we become comfortable with our true selves and our bodies, because after all….it’s THE MOST Honest Art! If you do, please post with the hashtag #AprilFools.