May 22, 2015

Yoga Girl….Colorized

Posted this picture back in January with my Yoga Girl One post.


Brought in color.  I thought it would be cool to have a more batik looking outfit with a lot of color movement.    Watercolors can pull this off rather easily Smile

I thought I’d balance the red in her outfit with the opposite color….Green.  But it did not turn out well.  Much too dark.

I pulled up a lot of that green with a brush and water.  A unique element of working in this medium.

I like the mat better here, a lighter shade of green.


I stalled on this project for about a month because it was hair time.  I tend to do that a lot.  But what I really need to remember….is to keep the crown of the head’s hair darker, by putting many more lines (strands) in.

Last thing to do before completion is this hand.  It’s not watercolored yet, just showing the w/c pencil stippling now.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to blend this better for a more realistic impression.

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My kitchen table!!  Soon to be cleared off…. close to completion….. Smile Smile Smile

May 12, 2015

Block Alphabet…..D…E…R


I’ve been drawing these Block Letters behind the scenes lately.  And since I’m a curious sort, I thought it was time I displayed them here!

All these flowers were hand drawn….that was the boundary.


I liked the look of the D on the black fabric…..they complemented each other Smile


The D is Done.


Then onto the E….


If you know sign language then hopefully you can recognize the letter the hand is making.


The boundary….was square background with paisley doodles.


Enough of the E.


Onto the R…..


Lots of Sharpies used here.


Fine line rainbows in this background.


Went into my fabric Stash and took a few pics.  I liked this one….Tie-Dye Dots


This one was too loud….Bright Stripes.


I also liked this one…..Wavy Stripes.

How about you?  Which letter appeals to you the most?

April 1, 2015

Art Quotes doodled

Not much time for art these days, so I did what I do when I’m time-challenged.

Grabbed my square watercolor paper and started stenciling on it.   Then watercoloring via w/c pencils.

Something needed to be done with all that white space….looked like a good place to get some font practice in.

Pulled up some of my favorite Art Quotes to write in those areas.

Used some of my new Stabilo fine point markers for the floral areas.

Just coloring fun here,

and here,

and here.

Had to go back and re-apply the black outlines cuz the watercolor will overlay on the lines and dull….them….down.

  • Everything that needs to be said has already been said but no one was listening, so it must be said again- Andre Gide
  • Just get up and do your thing and speak- Lamar Harrington
  • One eye sees the other eye feels- Paul Klee
  • Treat a work of art like a prince, let it speak to you first- Arthur Schopenhauer
  • Writing helps me wake up the rest of life- ?
  • The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you are an artist- David Hockney
  • “ART” x 9

February 25, 2015

Makeover….Master Bathroom


You know how you buy a house….paint the rooms and decorate it to your liking?  Then you go about your life….You’re busy raising your kids, working and just doing stuff.  Then one day, you stop and look around and everything seems run-down?  So, with that being said…please don’t judge me.

I forgot to get “before” shots of this makeover and did the best I could after we started. 

I painted this bathroom back in ‘04.  I made 8” stripes on the wall in the exact same color but different sheens.  If you look closely you can see the sheen of the satin paint next to the flatter eggshell sheen.


Step 1…..We removed the HUGE 7ft by 4 ft. mirror (without breaking). Not an easy task but we did it.  Above are the remnants of the Black Mirror Glue that I hear is the best mirror adhesive.

We removed all the glue spots and patched them up.

Bought 2 matching decent sized mirror from Kirklands….on sale (cha-ching).  Glued them to the wall, with a waterproof adhesive for mirrors.

Then onto this wasted space under the vanity. For the record… I’ve never sat in a chair to apply make-up here….ever….It just became a dumping ground.   (Sorry about picture quality)


We removed the quarter round along the baseboard under the entire vanity.  We matched the baseboard for this section and put new quarter round in. 

We made a lower shelf and a second shelf above.  Now this space is good for something.


With the mirrors installed….the brass lights replaced with a bronze antique fixture to match the frames.  All the other fixtures (faucets, light switch plates, towel rods, etc.) were replaced with nickel fixtures.


The area between the two mirrors was a bit sparse…so we added a small cabinet.  This one had no crown molding at the top or fascia on the bottom, so we added that after install.

While painting the walls, it’s very easy to get the wall paint onto the ceiling.

Instead of touching up the ceiling…we just added crown molding to the entire bathroom interior.  Towel racks were replaced by hooks.

Baskets placed into the lower portion of the prior bench area under the vanity.  Shoes on the upper shelf for easy access.


New rug from amazon.


Now, if I can just keep my junk contained to the little plate under the cabinet…I’ll be happy.

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All of this cost us less than $750. 
  • 2 mirrors    (Kirklands)                                    $60
  • 2 overhead light fixtures (Lowes)                    $100
  • 6 glass domes for each bulb (3 each/ light)   $50
  • Cabinet between mirrors  (Home Depot)          $60
  • 5 hooks for towels (Home Depot)                    $30
  • 1 24” towel rack  (Lowes)                               $20
  • 2 faucets   (Home Depot)                                  $140
  • 2 light plates   (Home Depot)                            $12 
  • 2 outlet plates    (Home Depot)                         $10
  • 2 lg towels + 1 hand towel  (Bed,Bath Beyond)  $30
  • shelf wood (Lowes)                                         $25
  • Crown molding (Lowes)                                 $30
  • paint    (Lowes)                                               $50
  • Rug (Amazon)                                                 $50
  • Baskets (TJ Maxx)                                           $35
  • Misc.(soap dish, vanity plate, etc)               $80
  •                                            TOTAL           $ 782
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By day...I work in the Healthcare field, where every .. i.. has to be dotted and every ..t.. has to be crossed. This blog is the place where I can let myself go and have some fun. I am on a journey. A journey I started a long time ago, but it has been a bit sidetracked with Navy Wife relocations and raising kids. I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and I have got some time for me. No, I will not be one of those moms walking around the house with Empty Nest Syndrome, I have got way too much to do, to learn, to create. Sure, once the kids are gone I will miss them....but hey, there is always the phone, the email, the texting and the Plane tickets! I love my life and my family and It is fun moving into this new stage. I am into Digital Scrapbooking, photography, journaling, Art Journaling and Drawing. I am a do-it-yourselfer and I am trying to teach myself to draw. I am finding that it takes a lot of patience, lots of practice and a good eraser! And if you're really curious there's a 3 part Interview by Eileen: HERE All the best, Eden