being confident in a rose ~

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happy friday all  ~ recently, i was asked by a friend to create a special watercolor piece for her brother.  this is how it turned out: thanking jen for asking, and giving me this blessing of creating this special piece.  may it ever be our focus, the true source of our confidence, and the only measure of true perfection, our life in …

a little flower and a whole lotta peace ~ watercolor

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a new 8″ x 10″ original watercolor, {newly listed in the etsy shop} too: yesss… still lovin’ my microbeads!  and the mighty power of a simple black “dot” ~ and a squiggly line ~ of any kind.  i used the white signo uniball pen um-153, a pitt pen, or unipen, microbeads from both martha stewart and michaels craft store brands, and …

a garden of flower watercolors ~

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hi everyone ~well, even though some work-weeks wear me out… energy-wise ~ i find that a precious minutes, to play, draw, or letter help me to relax, and rejuvenate.and i have been slowly putting together a set of eight watercolor originals. these are all 8″ x10″ created on hot press watercolor paper by strathmore, with a sketchy border, hand-lettered, made …

his love ~ watercolor

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hello ~  first, i want to let you all know of a “boo-boo” in my earlier post with the prayer as i inaccurately quoted the wrong author! {darn it}. it was not written by susie larson, but was written instead by author emily freeman, from “chatting at the sky” {it’s a wonderful blog and website ~ i hope you click on …

a wild dahlia flower in microbead detail ~

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hey friends ~ happy Friday {thank goodness!}not sure what to call this piece ~ maybe it’s a red sunflower… would love to hear suggestions for a creative name on this piece?  i’m fresh out … {it’s been one of those weeks}.i have lots of time in this one, and i was pretty patient, all in all! it was enjoyable, gradualling adding microbead details and color …

micro bead details ~

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hello and happy day to y’all ~i hope you enjoyed the micro bead tutorial from yesterday, {thank you to those who commented, especially!} today’s feature is a couple of design ideas for using those little wild darlings, including using that “custom mix” {on the heart below}.  so fun! as you can tell… silver is my favorite!so I have one little question to …

at your request ~ applying microbeads ~ tutorial

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hi friends and blog readers ~today’s post is by special request of rike… who recently wrote this comment in response to my watercolor cards, and my microbeading “frenzy!” she said: “no, i’m not really tired by your postcards, and paintings.  they are so beautiful and full of power!  can you please show us how you apply the microbeads?  I cannot …

footprints on your heart ~ and in my sketchbook

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hello ~i’ve been concentrating lately on just playing in my sketchbook pages ~ abd here are just a few things i’ve {gradually} learned playing with watercolors:~ use multiple shades of one color, darker and lighter~ always start with the lightest shade of one color, and use layers, going to the darker colors last~ leave some white spaces and open areas~ add …

mixed media flower ~ winter’s daisy

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hi ~this is a mixed media-styled watercolor piece, created in my large scale, moleskine watercolor journal.  it’s size is 8.5″ x 12″ {and i love playing in this larger venue}this is the photo story, of how the piece progressed {the best i can recall, that is!}the first photo below shows the initial color, using sennelier watercolors, and then my first …