Friday, August 4, 2017

Book Review :: Portrait Revolution: Inspiration From Around The World For Creating Art In Multiple Mediums And Styles by Julia L. Kay

Portrait Revolution is such an interesting, inspirational book!

Let's go ahead and get this disclaimer out of the way - as the title states, this book is all about inspiration...not instruction. If you are looking for a "How To" book, this one is not for you.
Portrait Revolution is all about portraits (faces from the shoulders up), and has sections dividing the art by media, style, theme, and artist. There are also featured subjects (people) highlighted on 2-page spreads throughout the book. There are little tips and comments from the artists, but let's face it - this book would have been just as great (maybe even better) without most of the writing. 

I have been looking for a book like Portrait Revolution - a ton of inspiration with different styles and mediums all in one place, with images I am not concerned about sharing with my kids. My kids love to create in many forms, and I love to find great art books for them, but let's face it...not all art books are kid-friendly.

According to my 11 year old artist:
"I like all the imaginative ways of making portraits. I like seeing different versions of the same person (subject). There are a lot of drawings with good style. The one of Lewis (page 29) was cool because of the style - it was made completely of circles."

I'd definitely recommend Portrait Revolution to anyone who is wanting to be inspired to create and/or wanting to check out different artistic styles.
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through the Blogging for Books book review bloggers program. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Book Review :: Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal

I was an immediate fan when the Gratitude Coloring Journal came out, and I am equally excited about the new Tranquility Coloring Journal

The Tranquility Coloring Journal is sold as a hardcover, but the cover is really unique. It is like a paperback book with two hardcover panels on the front and back covers. The corners on the open edges of the book have rounded corners. This unique cover treatment means that the spine is smaller than the open edges of the book. This cover treatment creates a sturdy cover with the flexibility to be able to lay the book open where the pages lay almost flat (perfect for getting into all the nooks and crannies when you are coloring).
The cover is not the only unique part of the Tranquility Coloring Journal. It is also unique in how it approaches the "coloring book" portion of the pages. The Tranquility Coloring Journal isn't all black and white line art as you would find in most coloring books. Some pages have colored backgrounds with black and white line art to color in, some have partially colored designs on the pages (you can fill in the rest), some have colored lines for the artwork (instead of plain black lines), and there are a few pages included where there is nothing obvious to be colored in (the pages look finished with lots of color already). The styling and artwork is just beautiful, and if you choose not to color anything in it will still be pretty to look at.

The Tranquility Coloring Journal uses 2-page spreads for each topic. Most of the 2-page spreads feature a short (one paragraph) prompt that is written to God, from the perspective of reader. They are very short, but still thought provoking...like a 30-second kick in the pants. There is also a verse (or verses) to read and some lines to write/respond. The Tranquility Coloring Journal has 41 of the 2-page spreads described above. After a set of three of the previously described 2-page spreads, there is a 2-page spread with a different approach. These spreads have some open, unlined space and a simple prompt/idea on how to use it (some variation of collage, writing, and/or drawing). There are 13 of these spreads. At the end of the Tranquility Coloring Journal is one lined page for notes. If you do one entry per day, this book will take you just under 2 months to complete.

I have been really impressed with both the Tranquility Coloring Journal and the Gratitude Coloring Journal - inside and out. They are great books to purchase for yourself or to give as a gift. 
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Adventures in Bible Art & Journaling :: Water as Abundant as the Seas

As I am just returning from a cruise, the idea of the abundance of the water in the seas is fresh in my mind:
(Journaling is in Psalm 78)

I love to think of the miracle of water pouring out of a rock in the wilderness. Where we live, the rocks often drip water (during the winter, the icicles are amazing!) - and it amazes me every time! 

God is powerful.
Find all my posts pertaining to Bible art or journaling here.

Supplies:
Bible: Zondervan (NIV Holy Bible, Journal Edition);
Stamps: Ink Blot Shop, LLC (This & That, Quirky Alphabet, Chunky Alphabet (Outline)
);
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black);
Paint Pen: Sharpie (Extra Fine - White;
Paint: Plaid;
Page Prep: Ranger (Clear Gesso);

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Adventures in Bible Art & Journaling :: Rainbow Promise

I posted a little over a week ago how Bible art & journaling doesn't need to be big and bold to be effective. I'm back with another small entry in my journaling Bible today:
(Journaling is in Genesis 9)

I mainly used stamps from the Rainbow Promise set for this entry, with a few handwritten words and a touch of color added in. 

God always keeps his promises, and for that I am thankful.
Find all my posts pertaining to Bible art or journaling here.

Supplies:
Bible: Zondervan (NIV Holy Bible, Journal Edition);
Stamps: Ink Blot Shop, LLC (Rainbow Promise
);
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black);
Pens: Faber-Castell (PITT Artist Pens - Various Colors, PITT Artist Pens - Black);
Page Prep: Ranger (Clear Gesso);

Friday, July 14, 2017

Adventures in Bible Art & Journaling :: I Am Who I Am

I AM WHO I AM:
(Journaling is in Exodus 3)

It is amazing to think of all that is said with those 5 little (yet big) words.

I am so thankful that God is in control.
Find all my posts pertaining to Bible art or journaling here.

Supplies:
Bible: Zondervan (NIV Holy Bible, Journal Edition);
Stamps: Ink Blot Shop, LLC (Chunky Alphabet (Solid)Chunky Alphabet (Outline)
);
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black); Tsukineko (Memento - Various Colors);
Page Prep: Ranger (Clear Gesso);

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Adventures in Bible Art & Journaling :: Dog pile!

Dog pile! 
(Well, I guess this is more like a dog-less pile.)
(Journaling is in Genesis 7)

I used stamps from the Rainbow Promise set for this entry, and just finished it off with some simple coloring. 

God is an amazing creator.
Find all my posts pertaining to Bible art or journaling here.

Supplies:
Bible: Zondervan (NIV Holy Bible, Journal Edition);
Stamps: Ink Blot Shop, LLC (Rainbow Promise
);
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black);
Pens: Faber-Castell (PITT Artist Pens - Various Colors);
Page Prep: Ranger (Clear Gesso);

Friday, July 7, 2017

Adventures in Bible Art & Journaling :: Jesus Turned Their World Upside Down

As much as I love the big, colorful Bible art, I need to remember that just getting down the idea is what's important. The words and art on this page were inspired by a lesson I heard at church (journaling is in the book of Luke):
Many times, Jesus' teaching was not just new ideas, but the complete opposite of what the world would think - he was turning their world (and ours) upside down.

I just added a little bit of paint to my page, stamped the globe (upside down), and then wrote in the notes and doodled a few arrows. Very simple...and that is just fine with me.

Thanks for stopping by today!
Find all my posts pertaining to Bible art or journaling here.

Supplies:
Bible: Zondervan (NIV Holy Bible, Journal Edition);
Stamps: Ink Blot Shop, LLC (This & That
);
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black);
Pen: Sakura (Pigma Micron 05 - Black);

Monday, July 3, 2017

Just Because

Just because...sometimes you need a card for no particular reason.
I love this floral image from the Comfort & Hugs stamp set - it is large enough to carry a card with just a simple sentiment. I added a bit of watercolor and topped it off with a little bit of shimmer. It was easy to create (great for assembly-line style...I've got a few variations to share) and gives a beautiful result.

Thanks for stopping by today!
Supplies: 
Watercolor Paper: Canson (Watercolor XL 140# Cold Press);
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Ocean Tides, Royal Velvet);
Cardstock for Card Base: Discount Cardstock (Brilliant White 130#);
Stamps: Ink Blot Shop, LLC (Kindness & Thanks, Comfort & Hugs);
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black);
Other: Watercolor Paints (Master's Touch Watercolor Paint Set - 24 Colors); Spectrum Noir (Sparkle Glimmer Brush - Shimmer Pen);
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors); Scor-Pal (Scoring Board);

Thursday, June 22, 2017

WINNERS :: Growing In Unity

Thanks to all who stopped by and commented throughout my week as the Growing In Unity gal...and a very special thanks to each of you who are followers of this blog.
and
Congratulations!

Please send me an e-mail with your US mailing address so I can get your information to Unity Stamp Company. (You will each receive 25 random stamps - mailed to you directly from Unity.)
{You can find my e-mail address on my Blogger profile.}
Note: You only have 2 weeks to claim your prize.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Parrot Shaker Card {Ink Blot Shop, LLC}

As I'm gearing up for taking in a little bit of sun this summer, I just couldn't help making a bright, tropical card. 
The stamps are from the new Flopsy Birds and Tiny Bubbles stamp sets from Ink Blot Shop. I took the feather images from the Flopsy Birds set and used them as leaves to give my bird a safe place to hide. 

Tropical vacation? Yes, please. 

Have a great day!
Supplies:
Stamps: Ink Blot Shop, LLC (Flopsy Birds, Tiny Bubbles);
Cardstock: Discount Cardstock (Brilliant White 130#);
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black);
Colored Pencils: Prismacolor (Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core);
Clear Film: Grafix (Dura-Lar Clear Film); 
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh (Silver Heart Confetti, 4mm Charcoal); MultiCraft (Craft Medley - Go Green);
Dies: Spellbinders (Circles);
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors); Scor-Pal (Scoring Board);

Monday, June 19, 2017

Embossed Bird Shaker Card {Ink Blot Shop, LLC}

I don't know if you have tried shaker cards yet or not, but if you haven't - just be aware that they are a little bit addicting to create!
For today's card, I embossed this cute bird image from the new Flopsy Birds stamp set on the shaker window. (Perfect for the current SSS embossing challenge.) I kept it clean and simple, and I love how it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Supplies:
Stamps: Ink Blot Shop, LLC (Flopsy Birds);
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Smokey Shadow); Discount Cardstock (Brilliant White 130#);
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye (Cut & Paste - Adorbs 6x6);
Ink: Tsukineko (VersaMark Watermark Ink);
Embossing Powder: Hero Arts (White);
Clear Film: Grafix (Dura-Lar Clear Film); 
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh (Silver Heart Confetti, 4mm Charcoal); Martha Stewart (Glitter - Sugar Cube Hearts);
Dies: Spellbinders (Wonky Squares);
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors); Scor-Pal (Scoring Board); Wagner (Precision Heat Gun);

Friday, June 16, 2017

New Releases from Ink Blot Shop, LLC!

I'm so excited to tell you about two new stamp sets (available now!) from Ink Blot Shop, LLC

Introducing...
Flopsy Birds:
(6x8 Clear Stamp Set)
 ...and Tiny Bubbles:
(4x4 Clear Stamp Set)

You may have seen my sneak peek last week, but I wanted to share a couple more cards with you today.
The Flopsy Birds set contains lots of bird stamps, plus a few options to help your birds feel at home...this cute bird swing (with two ways to hang it), some branches, and a nest. There are also a couple little accessories tucked in so you can dress up your birds for a variety of occasions.
With the Tiny Bubbles stamp set, you can make your birds (or other little critters and characters) speak. There are a few included sentiments, but you can also combine them with other small sentiments or alphabet stamps (like the Skinny Mini Alphabet).

I'm excited about these two new stamp sets, and I hope you will love them like I do!

Head here to get them.
Supplies for Hey Bird Cards:
Watercolor Paper: Canson (Watercolor XL 140# Cold Press);
Cardstock for Card Base: Discount Cardstock (Brilliant White 130#);
Patterned Paper: Shimelle (True Stories 6x6 - Yellow and White Polka Dot, Yellow and White Pattern); My Favorite Things - MFT (True Blue Houndstooth 6x6);
Stamps: Ink Blot Shop, LLC (Flopsy Birds, Tiny Bubbles);
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black);
Other: Watercolor Paints (Master's Touch Watercolor Paint Set - 24 Colors); 
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors); Scor-Pal (Scoring Board);

Supplies for Flamingo Cards:
Watercolor Paper: Ranger (Distress Watercolor Cardstock);
Cardstock for Card Base: Discount Cardstock (Brilliant White 130#);
Patterned Paper: Studio Calico (Brighton Pier 6x6 - Black and White Pattern); Amy Tangerine (Plus One 6x6 - Pink Pattern);
Stamps: Ink Blot Shop, LLC (Flopsy Birds, Tiny Bubbles);
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black);
Other: Watercolor Paints (Master's Touch Watercolor Paint Set - 24 Colors); 
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors); Scor-Pal (Scoring Board);

Growing In Unity - Day 5: Just A Card Again

Well, I am back again for the final day of my week as a Growing In Unity gal. Thank you so much for checking in on me all week long! 

If you haven't already, please be sure you are following me on Facebook and on Instagram. I'd love to keep in touch with you there.

As for my project for today...sorry, it's just a card (again):
This card is a simple one...just a bit of stamping and watercolor. I did add a few hand drawn accents to the focal cardigan (I love argyle!) and popped it up on some foam tape to give it dimension.

Be sure to leave a comment on each of my Growing In Unity posts for the week to be entered to win 25 random stamps from Unity Stamp Company!
(Don't forget...I'll be choosing TWO winners.)

Thanks for stopping by today!
Supplies:
Watercolor Cardstock: Canson (Watercolor XL 140# Cold Press);
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company (Card Again);
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black);
Other: Watercolor Paints (Master's Touch Watercolor Paint Set - 24 Colors);
Pens: Faber-Castell (PITT Artist Pen - Black);
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors); Scor-Pal (Scoring Board);

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Growing In Unity - Day 4: Pray Continually (Bible Art & Journaling)

I am back again for day 4 of my week as a Growing In Unity gal!

Before I go on - please make sure you are following me on Facebook and on Instagram. I'd love to keep in touch with you there.

I've got another Bible journaling entry to share with you today:
For this page, I added some acrylic paint to my page using a paint scraping technique to give it a fun burst of color. (Note: I did prep my Bible page before doing any painting or stamping.) I then added my stamping...and that's it! Easy, but I love the result.

Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered to win stamps from Unity Stamp Company!
(I'll be choosing TWO winners who will each be getting 25 random stamps.)

Thanks for stopping by today!
Find all my posts pertaining to Bible art or journaling here.

Supplies:
Bible: Zondervan (NIV Holy Bible, Journal Edition);
Page Prep: Ranger (Dina Wakely Media - Clear Gesso);
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company (Pray Continually);
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black);
Other: DecoArt (Media Fluid Acrylic Paints);

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Growing In Unity - Day 3: Shaker Card

I am back again for day 3 of my week as a Growing In Unity gal!

If you haven't already, please be sure you are following me on Facebook and on Instagram. I'd love to keep in touch with you there.

I thought it would be fun to create a shaker card for today's post...so I did!
I heat embossed the floral image from the Blossomy Condolences stamp set using black embossing powder on clear film. I then added some doodling around the die cut window. I layered that over some patterned paper, enclosing some sequins into the shaker portion of the card. A sentiment can be stamped inside to fit the occasion whenever I am ready for it. 

Be sure to leave a comment on each of my Growing In Unity posts for the week to be entered to win 25 random stamps from Unity Stamp Company!
(I'll choose TWO winners when the week is over.)

Thanks for stopping by today!
Supplies:
Cardstock: Core'dinations (Smooth White - 110#);
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company (Blossomy Condolences);
Ink: Tsukineko (VersaMark - Watermark);
Embossing Powder: American Crafts (Zing! Embossing Powder - Black);
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye (Indie Chic - Nutmeg 6x6);
Sequins: 28 Lilac Lane (Blues);
Pen: Faber-Castell (PITT Artist Pen - Black);
Dies: Spellbinders (Circles);
Other: Grafix (Clear Dura-Lar Film);
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors); Scor-Pal (Scoring Board); Wagner (Heat Gun);

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Growing In Unity - Day 2: God's Word Is Sweet (Bible Art & Journaling)

I am back again for day 2 of my week as a Growing In Unity gal!

If you haven't already, please be sure you are following me on Facebook and on Instagram. I'd love to keep in touch with you there.

Today I have a Bible journaling entry to share with you:
Since I was having so much fun doing watercolor on yesterday's card, I decided to give watercolor a try in my Bible. (Note: I did prep my Bible page before doing any watercolor or stamping.) I stamped first, added a wash of watercolor, and then went back in and added some extra tint to the stamped hearts with more watercolor paint. I then added in some hand lettering ("God's word is sweet") using a fine-tipped black pen.

Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered to win stamps from Unity Stamp Company!
(I'll be choosing TWO winners who will each be getting 25 random stamps.)

Thanks for stopping by today!
Find all my posts pertaining to Bible art or journaling here.

Supplies:
Bible: Zondervan (NIV Holy Bible, Journal Edition);
Page Prep: Ranger (Dina Wakely Media - Clear Gesso);
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company ({Jar Full Of} Sweetness);
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black);
Other: Watercolor Paints (Master's Touch Watercolor Paint Set - 24 Colors);
Pens: Faber-Castell (PITT Artist Pen - Black);