Monday, June 24, 2013

Glamour Girls

I bought Traci Bautista's book Doodles Unleashed: Mixed-Media Techniques for Doodling, Mark Making, and Lettering. What a fun book!!! Traci demonstrates various pens, pencils, markers, stencils, inks, paints, and stamps to make marks and shows how doodling can be a creative form of expression.. I loved her Glamour Girl doodles. I enjoy creating portraits in colored pencil and oils. Combining doodling with portraits seems a natural step.  It was a very freeing process to let go of creating a portrait of a particular person, being able to exaggerate features, like the eye, and creating fun doodles for the hair or to embellish the hair.

Glamour Girl. 1 6"x6" on mixed-media paper with Sakura micon pen.
This was so much fun to draw. I used Traci's
 basic Glamour Girl design with flowers and paisleys
 to create and embellish her locks of hair. 
Glamour Girl 1 in Color. 8 1/2" x 11" on mixed media paper.
I decided to add color to Glamour Girl 1 using
Derwent colored pencils and Gel Pens for details.

Glamour Girl 2. 6"x6" on mixed media paper with Sakura micron pen.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Quilts and Tote Bags for Prickly Piecers Quilt Guild

I belong to the Prickly Piecers Quilt Guild, a chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild. I helped deliver 24 charity quilts made for children in the hospital to Cardon's Children's Hospital along with fellow member, Cathy Means. We have fun making these quilts for the children using novelty fabric, holiday fabric, and just other bright colored fabrics. Hopefully, these will help comfort the children and their parents.

The old entrance to the children's hospital has cows at the entrance.
Can you tell I went to the wrong entrance to start off?

Talking with staff from Cardon's Children's Hospital. The quilts are sitting on the counter.

Cathy and Lynnita on the left with quilts for the children. The staff
members on the right with more quilts for the children.

Prickly Piecer members also sewed tote bags for the Chandler Police Department's Victim Services. Katie Cain was very appreciate of the 2 dozen tote bags we donated to them.

Katie Cain and Lynnita with the tote bags for Victim Services.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Thought I'd share a few of the Zentangle masterpieces that I've done.

I was trying to create a twisted design that went over top a feather design.
It didn't quite turn out as I had hoped, but it still has an interesting effect.
Tangles used: feather, chain link, palm leaf, Rick's paradox to name a few.

I like the string for this one. The loop by itself at the top gives adds
an interesting effect. A few of the tangles include fescu, deco border, n'zeppel,
and a couple feather variations.

I drew the string for this one with my eyes closed. Rain, Rick's Paradox,
poke leaf, and a ribbon were some of the tangles used. 

Saturday, June 8, 2013


I'm learning how to use my tablet's apps to play with photos. I used the app, Pixlr Express to edit the first photograph of my grandson. I focused on his face, blurring the background by a percentage. Then I used an antique scratching filter to age the photograph and finally added a white ripped paper frame.
My Grandson at 10 months old.

Another app for photographs that I really like is Paper Camera. It has several different "filters" that can be used to take a photograph or to edit a photograph. They are:
  • Comic Boom (a painterly effect), 
  • Sketch Up (a pencil sketch), 
  • Acquarello (a watercolor effect), 
  • Old Printer (a dot matrix), 
  • Neon Cola (neon colors on black), 
  • Contours (charcoal sketch), 
  • Bleaching (washed out color),  
  • Gotham Noir (a black/white photograph), 
  • Half Ton (dotted mid-tones), 
  • Granny's Paper (sepia effect), 
  • Pastel Perfect (pastel effect), 
  • Andy Pop (an array  reminiscent of Andy Warhol's paintings), and
  • Haystacks (another painterly effect). 
The second photograph is my son and grandson in front of our house. My grandson looked like a little man in his hat.I used the Comic Boom filter. I was surprised when so many friends and family asked me if I had painted this picture. 
Son and Grandson (16 months old)