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Vintage book pages make a great start for your watercolor art pages.  I created these art pages using one of my beloved Aunt's Rumford Cookbooks, that she collected.  I used matte medium to adhere to watercolor paper.  Once dried, I added clear gesso so the beautiful vintage pages could peek out from the watercolor.   I added more dimension to the background using charcoal.  I then used a combination of black and white pens to add additional interest.   It is a great way to re-purpose those old books from your loved ones, so why not grab an old book at start creating some beautiful art? ...
I enjoy collecting quotes and beautiful photography.  It amazes me how words combined together  and gorgeous photos can bring such emotion. Through photography and digital art, I can combine both and fill my art journals with them. Having a camera phone and a few apps gives me the opportunity to create on the go.  No longer do I have to use my "big girl" camera to take photos and then edit with my computer. My iPhone  has opened up so many wonderful creative opportunities.   Some of my favorites apps: Rhonna Designs Rhonna Magic DistressedFX Have you started using your camera phone to create art?  What are your favorite apps? ...
For years I have enjoyed bringing the past into the present with my artwork... whether that is in the pages of my art journals, family scrapbooks or wearable art. I created this art apron using vintage fabrics, millinery, bits and babbles and the best part is a photo of my mom, when she was a toddler, with my grandma.   This apron is displayed in my office.  Each time I look over, I remember all the beautiful memories of  "bumming around" (shopping without buying), trips to McDonald's, weekly pizza nights and Grandma's snack drawer.  It was filled with cookies, Vienna sausages, circus peanuts and orange slice candy. Do you enjoy bringing a bit of the past into your present? ...
I am so excited to be teaching a new adventure in watercolor...  Oh the Places We Will Go.    We will be creating an art journal using vintage papers, fabrics, ephemera and book binding while focusing on our watercoloring techniques.   We will be introducing additional tools, such as Derwent Charcoal, rusting techniques, stabillo, charcoal pencils and gesso.   We will create this one of a kind journal that will be filled with your artwork at the end of the year.  January's class is focused on building a background using vintage papers, clear gesso and Derwent Charcoal.   Come join us at Vintage in KC on Thursday, Jan 10th at 6:00 am.   Spots are filling up fast... so call 913-915-8200 to reserve your spot! ...
Happy New Year, dear friends. Do you choose a word for the year?  I started choosing one word for the year several years ago.   This year, I am focusing on the word CREATE. To create more joy, create more laughter,  create more art, create online workshops  and to create more moments to reflect on all my blessings. I hope to CREATE moments to get out of my comfort zone and truly live everyday. I would love to know what your word for 2019 is... please share. Sheila ...
Sharing more pages of my Winter and Sweater mini album using gorgeous ribbons from the  Monthly Ribbon Club Assortment .   I added a beautiful bow with the white ribbon from the monthly assortment then tucked under a snowflake charm.  I then added the Flat Back Pearl to the large snowflake. Next, I added more beautiful lace and ribbons to add softness and dimension. I hope this inspires you to create and document your winter memories. Wishing you a wonderful day. ...
Hello ribbon lovers!  I am sharing a little more of my Winter and a Sweater Mini Album using this  Monthly Ribbon Club Assortment . For the tree I added the the  Silver Metallic Baker's Twine  to add some more shimmer and shine.  Next, I added the white lace and ribbon from the assortment at the top of this pocket.   Then I added the gray snowflake bow on the top of this page.   It is so easy to add interest and dimension to your next creation using beautiful ribbons and lace.   Happy creating! ...