Friday, November 21, 2014

Sparrow Journal Page

If you are here for the Soul Food giveaway please page down to the previous post. You still have until midnight tomorrow (Sat. 11/22 Midnight CST) to enter. 

I adore the song/Spiritual/Hymn "His Eye is on the Sparrow". (check out versions by Lauryn Hill and also Whitney Houston on Youtube)
Although not actually in the Bible it is based on this scripture:

Matthew 10:29-31New International Version (NIV)

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.[a] 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
That is what I was thinking of during the final phases of this page but it actually began life as just my excess paint scrapping page in on of my journals:
I literally just scrape excess paint from my palette onto a page in my journal with an old credit card or palette knife. 
Those black squiggly bits are still drying with matte medium but they were made from this:

This technique has been on my "HAVE to try" list after seeing Jane Davies Youtube video about a year ago. I LOVE this technique!! Thank you Jane!  I used DecoArt Americana Writer in black on a page protector and then went over it with two coats of heavy gel medium. That had to dry overnight and then I was able to cut up bits and pieces of it and collage it down.

I am working in my 9"x12" Canson Mixed Media journal with 98 lb. pages. 
And this is the part when I jump taking photo's of about 4 steps!! I get so into the process I forget to step back and take a pic! 
From the previous pic all I did was add some squares and rectangles shapes with Americana Blue Bahama paint. I love mixing transparent and opaque paints on the same page. All I was basically trying to do was mask where those collaged bits of black scribble ended. Then I shaded around the sides with Primary Magenta and Quin Burnt Orange
Next was to punch out some circles of old text with a punch. After collaging them down I gave them some color with one of my new favs Diarylide Yellow!! I shaded again with an angle brush using Primary Magenta. 
Last was to collage down some sparrows that I cut from one of grandpa's old book's. I painted over them with a coat of gesso and then added some color back in with some colored pencils and the Quin Burnt Orange I used previously. Here's a close up of the birds:

And that was all she wrote, literally! I DID struggle with whether to add words to the page or not. I decided not to. =0}


Monday, November 3, 2014

Soul Food Interview and GIVEAWAY

Hi guys! I can't believe it's already November!! It's so weird, days seems to last forever but time overall seems to fly by. Is that just me?? We are getting closer to the opening of registration on January 1st of SOUL FOOD 2015!! I am thrilled to be able to offer one free spot to one lucky person!! 
 Last year was so much fun and I made so many new friends with teachers and students alike! Not to mention the amazing classes! To coincide with the giveaway is my interview which you can see below (gray hairs and all which have miraculously disappeared, lol!) 

To enter the giveaway just enter a comment below. There will be one chance per person. Please leave your email addy in your comment if you do not have an email linked to your profile. 
I will announce the winner November 22nd (unless some unforeseen event delays it!) I would really appreciate it if you help spread the word but it is not necessary for a chance to win. Good luck!! 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Drum Roll Please ...........

Sticky post so scroll down for more recent posts. 

I am thrilled to announce that Soul Food is back for 2015!!  I am over the moon excited to be teaching this round as well!! 


A brand new Soul Food class will run at Community Thrive, from February 1 through April 30, 2015.
You can expect: 
  • 3 Head Chefs: Mystele Kirkeeng, Heather Santos and Jeanette House
  • 17 Sous-Chefs
  • 2 video instruction mixed media lessons per week for 3 months
  • Each artist’s favourite comfort food cooking recipe
  • All downloadable videos
  • Classroom access through Dec 31, 2015
  • Access to a private Soul Food community group on Facebook
Registration will open on January 1, 2015, and you will need to be a member at Community Thrive in order to purchase and participate in Soul Food. 
The community is free to join and you can register here. When your registration is approved, you’ll find the Soul Food purchase link here [from January 1, 2015].
The purchase price for SF 2015 is $65 USD.
  • 10% discount available to our SF 2014 alumni
Everyone who purchases SF 2015 can also take advantage of:
  • 10% discount on Slimline SF 2014 [featuring the head Chefs' 17 lessons]
  • 10% discount on a new class that we'll be announcing on April 1, 2015!
In the meantime, there’s lots happening at Community Thrive to keep you playing: themed art challengesfree mini classes, and other online classes are all available now; and a new round of Mystele’s popular Gut Art class will open in October 2014.


Friday, October 31, 2014

Foam Stamps and Journal Page

Hey guys! I found some foam pop up dots from some former something or other and decided to make some stamps out of them. 
They had adhesive on both sides so I just stuck them down in different patterns (using scraps and all) to pieces of corrugated cardboard. Then I went over them with heavy gel medium.
I decided to try them out in my old text book journal that had some scraped paint on the page already:

Stamped with white paint
 Stamped with Cream paint

 Stamped with black Archival Ink 

 Then the fun began with my watercolors

 I did many, many layers of glazes which is just basically washes of colors. I love seeing how colors look when glazed over each other rather than mixing them on your palette.
 I added the collage circles, some doodling with my dip pen in different colors of acrylic inks
Here's a close up. I love how that one stamp created a journaling spot. Here are the supplies I used:

Be sure to check back in on November 2nd when I will be having a very special giveaway =0)


Sunday, October 12, 2014


I've been working with my watercolors again. I can never seem to stay fixed on one style or medium and I actually love that. I never get bored. 
I've sung the praises many times before about my love for the ning Paint My Photo. It is a place where photographers and artists come together. Photographers post their amazing photo's and artists are free to use them as reference for paintings. Here is my most recent painting from the photo taken by Luciole (I'm not sure if that link will work if you aren't a member).
Sunset on the water is one of my favorite times and places ever. And it's no secret how much I adore intense color, lol! Thanks so much to Luciole for taking such a gorgeous photo!!