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My Newest Art Obsession!

Kimberhew's Three Doodles in 112017 72 dpi

For me, this is as relaxing as coloring pages yet stressful.

The middle one answered one of my biggest worries. What happens if I mess it up? What happens if I smear? It is still one of my favorites. Which one is your favorite? Please tell me in the comments. Thank you.

The process behind the art:

I use Acrylic inks on photo paper to create the backgrounds. Using Pitt pens, dip pens with India and Acrylic Inks I doodle what I see.

Sorry for the lower resolution photo. I am hoping to add products with these designs to my Zazzle store soon.

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Giving Your Heart Wings

UnBoxMe is one of my Zazzle stores with products I have created with my art. I have been having a very hard time trying to find time for my creativity, hence my absence from my beloved blog. Creating content is time consuming while wearing all the hats that I do during a typical week. I am sure that I am not alone.

As a way to increase my incoming revenue, I have been taking a serious look at my options. I work primarily on the weekends 23+ hours, usually broken into two shifts with me coming home and sleeping in between. While I love my client/patient, caregiving is exhausting work. I am emotionally involved. She has been in hospice for awhile now. So, I don’t feel like I can walk away. But also I am not sure I want to continue in this line of work as I am also caregiving for my parents and in-law.

I have decided to use some of the small chunks of time that I have to improve my Zazzle stores. I only have a few items completed with my Giving Your Heart Wings mixed media painting. I have plans to increase the variety of items. Please leave a message for me in the comments if there is a particular product you would like to see with this print.  I am particularly happy with the way the painting transferred to the leggings (See affiliate link below.)

Thanks for listening. Have a great day!

Kimberhew

 

 

#52CafeCards Week 22

Week 22’s Mixed Media Altered Playing Card Challenge presented by Maremi’s Creative Cafe on Facebook was V – Vintage. v -vintage kimberhew blog signed.jpg

A friend gifted me a beautiful package of vintage ephemera. I find it funny that the one piece I was sure that I would never find a use for became the centerpiece of this card, the 1880 Angels.

Products used:

  • 1880 Angels, fussy cut
  • Green “laurel” stems
  • markers
  • matte medium – used to glue down all the items
  • Inktense – “bark” to create the shadows
  • scrap book page (to paint with the salmon acrylic paint)
  • Stamps and ink
    • black and brown – Stazon
    • Diamond background stamp
    • label stamp – “Remember” handwritten on
  • Acrylic paint – beige, salmon
  • Gellyroll pen – black
  • pigma micron archival ink pen

While I had fun, not sure I will do another one of these soon. Hope you enjoy!

kimberhew

#52CafeCards Week 21

Week 21’s Mixed Media Altered Playing Card Challenge presented by Maremi’s Creative Cafe on Facebook was U – Unity. Oops, somehow I screwed it up. I created U for Unique.

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Unique by kimberhew

Not sure how it happened but . . . I decided I loved my Unique card, and I don’t want to create another.

 

I almost threw the card away during the creative process. Then I decided to try something radical. It worked. I love it!

Those are real orchid petals glued onto the card. Again another first, I have wanted to try using items from nature on my projects. I also tried matte medium for the first time.

Fun and horrible project. I started with watercolor paper using matte medium glued a layer of different kinds of papers, using pink, salmon, and light teal acrylic paints with a piece of drywall mesh to create texture and color. The third layer ruined it, Stazon ink and a defective stamp not centered. I tried many things to fix it. No luck.

Channeling Bob Ross, I wanted to give it one more try. So before throwing the card out, I decided to paint it black. The matte medium created a unique surface. I decided to remove some of the black with a wet one, loved the distressed black layer. I had a dried out orchid bloom from my mom laying around my craft table. Viola!

I love it.

Hope you enjoy it!

Kimberhew

#52CafeCards Week 20/T – Teal

Week ’s Mixed Media Altered Playing Card Challenge presented by Maremi’s Creative Cafe on Facebook was T – Teal. Inspired by my recent purchase of Beautiful Faces by Jane Davenport, I tried to recreate her lady with teal hair. My version:Lena with teal hair kimberhew doe eyes blog

In a previous post, I felt it was important to show you our failures. However, this time I decided to show that some failures are an opportunity to try a new skill, in this case, digital editing.

Below is the the other “eye” design. While I was editing I also decided to play with saturation and hues. Fun, Fun!Lena with orangel hair kimberhew angry eyes blog

And these last two appeal to my inner scifi storyteller, I may have to write their stories.

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Artistically Speaking: She was fun and pretty easy. I love her even more after matching her eyes. Each one seems to have a different personality.

Products used:

  1. Gesso
  2. Acrylic paint – black, parchment, light mocha, 2 teals, blue metallic, berry metallic, white
  3. Viva Decor precious metal color – rose
  4. white colored pencil
  5. Pitt Inda Ink Marker
  6. Gelly Roll White Gel pen
  7. pencil
  8. brushes

Keep Creating,

Kimberhew

 

#52Cafecards Week 19 – S

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Week 19’s Mixed Media Altered Playing Card Challenge presented by Maremi’s Creative Cafe on Facebook was S- Spring.

Spring is my second favorite time of the year. Fall is my favorite. I have always grown Daffodils until we moved into this house five years ago. It’s a long story. Secretly, I can’t wait to move, but I digress.

On watercolor paper cut into playing card size, I started by using watercolor paints to color the general shape and location of the daffodils. Using gel pen and Jane Davenport’s Paint Over Pen white pen, I outlined and completed this card.

Goodbye Spring 2017(in the Northern Hemisphere)!

Hello Summer!

Kimberhew

 

#52CafeCards Week 18 – R

Week 18’s Mixed Media Altered Playing Card Challenge presented by Maremi’s Creative Cafe on Facebook was R – Rocks and Roses.

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The double weeks are harder for me to come up with a cohesive theme. So, I searched Bing Images and found a brick/block home with climbing roses. I have always loved the look rock houses. Thus the inspiration for this painting.

On watercolor paper, I used Elegant Writer to sketch in the house and windows and Inktense pencils for the roses, grass, sky and tree. I love the house and roses. The rest? Meh!

Love playing with the Elegant Writer!

Home Sweet Home!

Kimberhew

#52CafeCards Week 17 – Q

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Week 17’s Mixed Media Altered Playing Card Challenge presented by Maremi’s Creative Cafe on Facebook was Q – Quote. Here are bubbles that I referred to during last week’s post, Peace. I found a quote I think it works really nicely with them for this week’s challenge.

“The ancestor of every action is thought.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Even in the simple action of blowing bubbles, you must have thought ahead to have the equipment available. After deciding where to blow the bubbles, then the action follows.

“The ancestor of every action is thought.” it’s a good quote for us to realize that we need to think about our actions and not act before contemplating the consequences of our actions.

Our world today is the most reactive I have ever seen. It’s a scary time to be alive. There have been a lot of those in history. As a fan of the Star Trek optimism, it feels like we are going backwards instead of forwards.

Be thoughtful,

Kimberhew

Inspiration at the Dentist Office

That’s an odd combination, you say. Yes, I agree.

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Last week I saw a watercolor post on my facebook group Maremi’s Creative Cafe. It was beautiful. I love to doodle on abstract watercolor backgrounds. The watercolor was similar to the one above. The posted one was painted by Ximena Griffieon. I didn’t want to copy her .

My watercolor is brighter. Hers was more dramatic. Her turtle is a partial corner diver. Mine is headed upwards.

I painted the watercolor. Once it was dry, I packed it into my bag that I carry when I have a few minutes to fill. A week past, I wondered if I would ever find the time.

Friday, my youngest son had a dentist appointment to fill his first cavities. Good and bad, it’s good to be getting them taken care and bad that he got them in the first place. At least he was seventeen before he had any.

I am a very nervous mother. I had my husband go with us. My son is very independent. He was okay with me sitting out in the waiting room but I struggled with my feelings of being inadequate.

After my son left with the dentist, I reached down into my bag and felt the watercolor ready to be finished. Excitement cursed through me. I searched sea turtle images on Bing to get a reference photo. Then I began my drawing. Time flew.

When my son walked out into the waiting room, I was relaxed and mostly done with the watercolor and gel pen Sea Turtle.

Hope you enjoy!

Kimberhew

 

#52CafeCard Week 16 P – Peace

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Week 16’s Mixed Media Altered Playing Card Challenge presented by Maremi’s Creative Cafe on Facebook was P – Peace.

Peace for me is very personal and faith-filled, However, I have chosen to keep that private.

So, I painted one of my calmest relaxing things to do. Blowing bubbles. However, I wanted a quote to go with it. Week 17 is Q-Quote, the only perk to being behind.

My daughter’s best friend graduated last week. and I got her a great card with a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson. When I researched the internet for the quote I found three that I really love.

The one for peace is “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. – Ralph Waldo Emerson.” We have to search and initiate Peace. I felt that the bubbles imagery didn’t fit this quote.

I bought a new art tool, Jane Davenport’s Inkredible Pen. While practicing I wrote the above phrase onto a piece of watercolor, decorating it with Distress Inks, Viva Decor and Stazon Ink.

Peace,

Kimberhew