Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Words about Fall, and other Things

Jamie Fingal checking in on 'words.'  I love using words in my work!  I have something to say!  Above is a 12x12 art quilt, that is in the process of being made, with houses, drawings and 'community' - made from my fabric line with Hoffman Fabrics.  The particular fabric is all about 'words' and was originally a watercolor.  Words and color make my world go-round!

Heart and Soul, another 12x12 art quilt, using the text fabric from my line

A watercolor of words about 'Fall,' outlined with a fine line Sharpie and painted with watercolors on watercolor paper.  The splendor of color in Fall.

also about 'Fall' which isn't in Southern California yet, but I am looking forward to it when it finally gets here.  A good book, a cup of coffee and autumn leaves.

I love to paint on tags, and these are about 3x6" and I bought them from ULINE.  I used a fine line Sharpie and watercolor paint.  I really like these tags, because they are white, and most of the tags that I've painted on are manila.  They say alot about the things that I am feeling.  What do you have to say?  Bring on the words!

Friday, September 5, 2014


Hi everyone, Dion Dior here.  What a wonderful theme for the Sketchbook Challenge this month.  Words are such an important part of my own sketching process, particularly in my illustrated journals.

Since I was a child I've been keeping a journal, and as I grew, so did my desire to introduce pictures and color onto the pages. But words were first.

These days my focus is well and truly on the art, but I always, always, always, include words in my journals.  Sometimes they're my own, and other times they are quotes and inspiration.

When I'm working on a fine art piece, I use words in my sketchbook to describe color and form.  I make notes about mixes, and my approach.  Using words is a very important way to develop your journaling and sketchbook habit.

How do you use words in your sketchbook? 

Thanks for checking in. xx

Monday, September 1, 2014


Jackie here, I am delighted to be setting September’s Sketchbook Challenge, which is what you do with Words in your sketchbooks. Over on my blog I am posting a video of some of my sketchbook pages in which I have used words and writing in various ways. I like my own handwriting and I hope you will learn to love yours as well, the advantage of using your own writing is that it can be as decipherable as you like, and include as many  loops and squiggles as you care for. Words are, I think, great prompts.
For many of the sketchbook themes in the past I have included words and used the words in the theme to act as prompts.

 Include words from a favourite song, a poem, something you hear on the radio or even look in a book of quotations for a starting point. I like to use pages from old books as well, you can mask out some areas with gesso, stencil over the page, tear the page up to make a collage background; there are so many ideas to start a unique sketchbook page.
My word for ‘Sketchbook Challenge’ the book was 'rhythm’, and I started by writing it over and over again, sometimes to music.

Please share your images from this months theme in The Sketchbook Challenge Flickr Group, and don't forget to tag it with the code sep237 so it can be included in the end of month slide slow on this blog.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

August slide show

Show time! The last day of each month we have a slide show of the Sketchbook Challenge Flickr group's work for that month's theme. To have your work in the slideshow, be sure to tag it with the theme's tag for that month, given on the first day when the theme is announced.

To have your work appear in the August slid show please tag it with the code aug174

Thank you to all of our followers for playing along!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Coffee Break!! Tea Time!! Any excuse to visit.

Hi everyone, its Desiree!! I love this theme Jamie, thanks so much!!!  I have so many great memories when I think of having coffee or tea with friends. I can remember back to my neighbor, always making coffee around 3 pm. My kids were on their way home from school and we would sit and drink coffee, relaxing in the cool afternoon breezes awaiting the onslaught of noise as the kids returned from school. It became a ritual with her and I, visiting for that last 1/2 hour of quiet.

I have tea parties now with my granddaughters, friends and just about anyone who is game. A few of my BFF's and I have done high tea at some of the best tea places in our area, yummy! For me it is a special time to honor friendships as we take the time to really sit and enjoy the experience. Recently one of my girlfriends introduced me to expresso, oh man, I am in love. Its a treat to make myself some and sit out back in the evening.

So many wonderful memories around coffee and tea. Like the time I had a Mother's Day Tea Party for my friends. It was actually a sketching class but I turned it into a tea party. Fun, fun as we sipped tea, ate cookies and sketched the table. I even set the table with different vintage tea cups, a day I won't soon forget. 

Then, of course there are the tea parties with my granddaughters….

 I even made them a tea party tablecloth..

 My coffee cups and coco cups even make it to be my Christmas Cards some years. The feeling of welcome and join me come across so perfectly.

This month my Mug Rug club did small art quilts that are tea cups as our mug rugs too! 
What a coincidence! 

So if you happen to be passing through Southern California I hope you will stop by and have a cuppa tea, expresso or just coffee with me so we can just chat awhile!!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Tea Time

Hi Everyone, Dion Dior here.

Tea & Coffee time is one of my favorite subjects to sketch, so when I found out what this month's theme was, I was thrilled. 

Quite often, my tea cups make the perfect sketchbook or art journal prompt for moments in my day.  I remember a lot of special times, or simple experiences by the tea cup in my hand. 

Tea cups are remarkably easy to sketch and make fantastically colorful subjects to paint.  You can do so much with a tea time sketch.

August is also a big birthday month for our family, and to celebrate I'm taking $10 off ALL my online classes (excluding 21 Secrets).

Thanks for checking in. xx