Birthday House Elf

April 4, 2010

It started as an entreaty from my husband eons ago.  “Draw me as a house elf” he asked, after having read and watched a series of those charming Harry Potter books and movies.  For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking (typing) about, he was referring to this little fellow:

Finally for his birthday this year, I did draw my husband as one.  I frantically started the drawing at 3:07 am on the dawn of his birthday, and finished it much later, right about 9:37 am. 

Usually house elves are industrious little creatures, puttering about doing all manner of housework and chores, but for this one day, Patrick the House elf is lolling about watching the television, accompanied by his friends the Ladybug and the Turtle, and enjoying his orange sherbert, a chocolate chip cookie (desserts first) with a soda and a hamburger to follow.  I’m right there, a fellow house elf, with a stack of hideously green (his favourite colour) birthday cards for his Majesty (he is king for the day). 

His Royal Highness did enjoy this illustration so much that he very fortunately pardoned me for my tardiness.

PS  If you wish you may click on it for a larger image.  Thanks for looking!


Complete a face

February 19, 2010

Okay, my deepest apologies to Magnolia, because I unintentionally intruded on their copyrights, in using their Tilda faces to show how to complete a face. Also, my deepest gratitude to them because they have taken no steps to punish me! Another word of gratitude to Mo Manning, of Mo’s Digital Pencil, who alerted me to my copyright violation.

I’ve replaced the previous images with just generic circle faces. I mostly use these steps to draw faces for my beloved Tilda and Edwin stamps. Here’s a link in case you have no idea what stamps I’m talking about: Magnolia Licious (free shipping over $75)
Okay, so these are the steps…

I do leave the eyelashes off of Edwin.  <grin>

Here are more places from which I’ve bought Magnolia (and other) stamps:
Dream Cottage
Tilda’s Town – free shipping, no minimum purchase.
All That Scraps free shipping over $40.
7 Kids College Fund

Watercoloured roses

April 21, 2009

I got a wonderful gift bag from a co-worker two years ago.  It was this one by Jean Tucker:

And I was inspired to paint this:


I used a combination of my new Derwent watercolour pencils and tube Winsor & Newton watercolours.  I started out with the pencils, and then when things started going awry, I panicked and turned to the more familiar tube watercolours to salvage it.   I painted this on Strathmore’s 140 lb cold-pressed watercolour paper.

I love Jean Tucker’s other gift bags:

Thanks for looking!


March 16, 2009

First an apology to everyone who actually reads this blog.  In September 2008 my computer broke and it wasn’t until February that I got a new one.  In that time I developped new time-consuming habits like watching movies in lieu of uploading stuff. 

Anyway, here is a drawing I did back in October 2008 for my sister:


I drew it first in pencil and then inked it with a Micron pen.  Then I erased the pencil and watercoloured it with Winsor & Newton watercolours.

Sleeping co-worker

September 28, 2008

In an attempt to improve my art, I’m trying to draw at least one thing from life every single day.  I too often fall into the terrible habit of copying things from two-dimensional images.  During a break today, a co-worker so nicely co-operated with me by sleeping right in my line of vision…

For a change, my nearsighted-ness came in handy.  I don’t have to squint to see the values (lights and darks) – I just look over the top of my glasses.  *grin*


Ink:   black waterproof indian-ink Faber-Castell PITT (F) pen first (no rough draft in pencil – you can tell by the wrongly-sized hat, among other things)

Watercolours:  Winsor & Newton Cotman (burnt sienna, ivory black, burnt umber, yellow ochre), Grumbacher’s (indigo hue).

Paper:  Neenah’s Paper Classic Linen (Solar White), though I should’ve probably used watercolour paper instead.  Well, maybe tomorrow.

Eiffel Tower Vintage

September 26, 2008

I had a thank-you card to make, and wanted to make it in pink and brown, my favourite colour combination.  However, I knew my husband would want to keep it, so I made him his own card, in green and blue.

“Pour toi” means “for you” and “un grand merci” means “a big thank you”.   These cards are both sized to fit (a little smaller than) 3 5/8″ x 6 1/2″ envelopes. 

Supplies used:

Stamps:  Rubber Stamp Concepts Curious By Design series:  Paris Voyage (Eiffel tower) and Gypsy Legend (woman).  Beeswax Rubber Stamps (mail carrier birds 1163K).  Stampin’ Up! French version of All Year Cheer (sentiments), Linen (background).

Paper:  kraft, brown, Neenah Paper’s Classic Linen (Baronial Ivory).

Inks:  Memories Black.  Tim Holtz:  Worn Lipstick (for the pink card), Shabby Shutters (for the blue/green card), Walnut Stain, Brushed Corduroy, Antique Linen.

Miscellaneous:  Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolours, dimensionals (behind the bird and the woman), sponges.

Vintage Girl

September 7, 2008

I went to a rubber stamp convention yesterday and won a door prize!!!  I got a brand new rubber stamp, not even available to the general public yet, from Stampin’ D’Amour!! Pamela, the owner, told me that I was the very first to own this stamp!!! Of course I had to use it first thing upon arriving home. I brought out some other rubber stamps to greet it, and here she is in all her beauty:

I stamped her in waterproof black ink on watercolour paper.  I watercoloured her face, and then used a coloured pencil and odorless mineral spirits for her hat – a marriage of my two favourite ways to colour!

I cased this card from Denise’s (aka Card Crazy) FS56 Petal Pusher card for today’s (Sunday) SCS challenge

Card Supplies:

Stamps:  Stampin’ D’Amour (girl’s head), Stampin’ Up! (background swirls from Carte Postale, heart from Gentler Times, script from French Script), Technique Tuesday (faux ribbon, little flower), Stampington & Company (corner flourish), Custom stamp (“Mon Amour”) commissioned from Imagine Stamps.

Paper:  PaperTrey Vintage Cream, Strathmore’s 140 lb cold-pressed watercolour paper (girl’s head), Neenah’s Paper Classic Linen Baronial Ivory (fake ribbon), burgundy.

Ink:  Memories Black, Tim Holtz (Antique Linen, Scattered Straw, Aged Mahogany).

Miscellaneous:  Winsor & Newton watercolours (girl’s face), Prismacolor Pencils and odorless mineral spirits (girl’s hat and collar), dimensionals, sponge.

Edited note:  This stamp is now available for sale!  It is here:

Birthday cat in blue/green

September 5, 2008

I love this Penny Black cat. I’m still exploring Prismacolor Pencils with odorless mineral spirits, so I had fun colouring him.

I had so much fun colouring him, that I coloured the background too.  The bottom half of the background is inspired by the gift, and the top is inspired by the hat and the balloons.  The white dots in the cheeks are inspired by #1artistforhighhopes’ seal (it has white highlights on its cheeks too).  The “ribbon” is paper, coloured with Prismacolour pencils and odorless mineral spirits (like the rest of the card) and then overstamped with a grosgrain stamp from Technique Tuesday’s Frayed Ends set.  The paper I used is PaperTrey’s Select White. I really drenched it with odorless mineral spirits (oms) and it didn’t warp at all!! I used a paintbrush for the oms instead of a stub. I had the fan on, but still wonder how much I inhaled. Maybe I’ll switch to baby oil instead.

Card Supplies:

Stamps:  Penny Black, Technique Tuesday
Ink: Memories Black, Marvy Light Blue (for faux ribbon and for sponging)
Paper: PaperTrey Select White, blue (mat behind central image)
Miscellaneous: Prismacolor Pencils, odorless mineral spirits, paintbrush, sponge, straight edges (for bottom of background), circle guide (for top of background), 005 Micron pen


September 4, 2008

My husband painted this, acrylics on 16″ x 20″ Winsor & Newton canvas. 

His favourite colours are blue and green.   This was his first time painting with acrylics. 

Colours used:  Winsor & Newton acrylics:
Blue Hue, Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue, Black

Girl in pink

August 24, 2008

This was a fun little card for me to do.  It’s a mere 3.5″ x 3.5″.  I have not used this stamp in a looooong time.  The last time I used it was for a 4th of July card several years ago.  Of course for that occasion I painted her dress red, white, and blue.  I like her better in pink and white.

I also thought it would be fun to make my own decorative paper.  Well, it was fun, but also somewhat time-consuming.  But it’s a great way to use up scraps.  I cut some scrap paper into stripes and glued them onto the bottom triangle. 

Then I put tape on more scrap paper and then used an office-supply hole puncher to punch out the dots on the top triangle.  Putting tape on first might not work for all punches.  It just worked with this particular punch because it was made more for the office and not really for card-makers.  Putting the tape on first really helped because it would’ve been a pain for me to get those little dots on there.  If I’d had a Xyron (sticker maker), I would’ve used that for both the strips and the dots. 

I used Stampin’ Up!’s mat pack grid for the placement of the dots.  I put the grid on the pink paper, traced circles, and then put the punched out dots on top of the traced circles. 

Card supplies:

Stamp:  “Miss February” by D.O.T.S. (now Close To My Heart)
Paper:  Strathmore’s 140 lb cold-pressed watercolour paper, PaperTrey’s Vintage Cream, generic pink, light pink
Ink:  Memories Black, Tim Holtz Worn Lipstick (for sponging around the girl’s outline)
Miscellaneous:  Winsor & Newton’s Cotman watercolours, Marvy scallop punch, circle guide (used it to cut out the circle by hand;  I don’t have a circle punch), sponge, small hole punch, dimensionals