I took Jane Davenport and Teesha Moore's online workshop... Mermaid Circus. This was my lesson for the upturned face. Such a fun workshop.

Ticket to Venice

I am so happy to being taking this online class with Mary Ann Moss. I've loved all her classes! A few weeks ago I asked her when she was having a new class and HERE it is! This is going to be very exciting....as Mary Ann is traveling to Venice and sharing her experience with us. Then we will be making a journal together.

I don't get a chance to travel as I am a sole caregiver for my handicapped daughter. So this will be a GREAT experience for me. Through her emails, postcards and videos, it will be like I am really in Venice.... floating through the city!
**because there are absolutely no cars in Venice**
Thanks Mary Ann, you're the best.

This is a picture she has in the class... I now have it as my desktop wallpaper.
If you would like more information on the class, which goes live December 15, 2012..... click on the picture in the sidebar :: Ticket to Venice! See you there!

Painterly in Pink

This is one of the paintings I painted for the online class with Jodi Ohl, called Painterly in Pink. The background is collage papers on canvas and the face was drawn on watercolor paper, then pasted and painted with acrylics and silk glazes, onto the background. I enjoyed the class. Always fun to learn new techniques and play with new supplies.  You can find the glazes and the class if you click on the words SILK GLAZES above. Thank you for stopping by:


I took an all day Workshop Class, to learn how to paint these vases with ACRYLIC paint. Here I will show you the basic steps to painting these vases.
First you start with a plain clear vase, any type you like. You can get them at Wal-Mart really cheap or if you've have someone that sends you flowers, you may have a few clear vases on hand *smile* I've seen several vases finished and I like this style the best, with the little scallop edge on the top.
It gives it a little flare~
Wash it and dry it...let it air a couple hours, to make sure it's completely dry.
This vase is upside down, because it was drying, when I took the picture.
I painted it with cheap Acrylic paint in a COPPER color...
This picture shows the FIRST COAT of paint. You have to judge for yourself, how many coats of paint to use, depending on the coverage, but I used 3 coats total, before painting the flowers.
HOWEVER, after the first or second coat of paint, you have to BAKE the acrylic on your vase. Set your vase on a cookie sheet and BAKE in a SLOW OVEN about 200 degrees for a couple hours. This is very important, other wise your paint will chip off the vase... later.
Paint your vase with acrylics you can get in a small bottle at any craft store or Wal-Mart.
You don't need the expensive acrylics for this!
I painted mine with the COPPER, it gives the vase a nice
*RICH* look and it's autumn,
so I'm making a few for presents too! You can use any color you like. First decide on the floral graphic you are going to paint and then you can pick your vase color easier. I picked a hibiscus to paint on my vase.
After you've painted your flower and you are happy with the finished results.
Add 2 coats of CLEAR ACRYLIC varnish. Apply it when the finished floral painting is painted on your vase and it's dry. See how pretty it shines. You have to do the CLEAR coat for the vase to be finished. Otherwise your painting looks dull and it will chip.
You can purchase the clear finish in the same place you get the acrylic paints.
What a wonderful present for someone, or for yourself. Have Fun and Enjoy!

Color Lovin Girlie

My new Facebook Icon (profile picture)

Poolside in my funny hats and sunglasses
and a favorite quote

More Color Lovin Lessons with Joanne Sharpe

Here are some of my lessons I've done
in the workshop I took with Joanne
in Color Lovin 101

This is a bonus lesson where we added sparkle paint.

Lesson Nine... Spray Inks, Gesso and Inktense Watercolor Pencils

A color chart I made with Peerless Watercolors

Lesson 10 with our Peerless Watercolors

Doodles in Lesson 11

Fun Class!

More Color Lovin 101 Fun!

Here are the next few lessons I've done in  Joanne Sharpe's Workshop
 Done with Inktense Pencils
A color grid .... for use to make the below pictures.
All Pictures below were made with different colored pencils
Six pencils in each picture...different shades of blue, red, yellow,
orange, purple and green
 A floral pictures with 6 inktense pencils
 A Landscape with 6 different Inktense pencils
 A Water Picture
Lastly a night-time picture

It's amazing... what you can do with limited colors.

Color Love 101 with Joanne Sharpe

 First Page in our Color Love Journal
Watercolor, Inktense pencils and colored pencils
Second page.... colored pencils and watercolor crayons
Third Color assignment with Tombow Markers.
It's a great workshop.... come and join the fun.
go to Joanne Sharpe's Website at:

Artful Alphabets

Taking Joanne Sharpe's Artful Alphabets Class
This lettering is called Serifs
Lesson 7

March 2012 - Full Moon

This is a picture I found on Pinterest.... a full moon, rising in Baja, Mexico. It could be the exact same full moon I saw this month rising over the pine trees in my neighborhood. I took a picture, too, but my camera didn't focus, to show the beauty... like this picture. Awesome!

Little Chicks

little chicks....I'm still not comfortable adding black pen to watercolors, coming from an oil painting background. I guess I'm not loose enough with doodling yet, like Christy and Junelle. I need more practice with that. Loving the workshop ~ Art of Wild Abandonment.

Journal Pages

A couple journal pages I've been working on recently....Practicing lettering and just having some fun!

Letter Loved Journal

I'm taking Joanne Sharpe's Letter Love Class, click on left side icon, to visit her website.
This is lesson 24, where we make a journal, sprayed with inks and color and bind it
together with fun colored tapes. Here are a few pages.

self portrait

This is a self portrait image .... I used oil pastels, which was interesting, because I have never used oil pastels before. Painted on Stonehenge Paper This picture is my reference photo.... of myself, that I used for the painting.

Family Portrait

This is a watercolor painting I did for a class.
All family members were to be animals and what that person like to do for a hobby....
it was to be centered around a table, that would mean something to the family.

Water For Elephants

While watching the movie *Water For Elephants* from Netflix.....
I painted and doodled this in my art journal.
Enjoyed the movie :o)

Plant A Seed

Playing in my journal.... and practicing some lettering!

Lesson 17 in my Letter Love Class

This is my Great Whites Lesson....journaling with white inks. I'm taking the Letter Love 101 Class with Joanne Sharpe, her blog is: http://joannezsharpe.blogspot.com/ ... come join in the fun. A lesson a day on lettering and tips to improve your handwriting... or your journals!

Family Picture

Came across this picture taken in 1912 of my grandpa, grandma and uncle glen. My grandpa died before I was
born... You've gotta LOVE this is hat my grandma
 was wearing, lol.
Makes me happy we don't have to wear them now.
Takes a strong woman to pull that look off... and look
at the little bow around her collar :o)

Letter Love 101 Class with Joanne Sharpe

I'm taking the *Letter Love 101* Class with Joanne Sharpe, right now. Learning lots of fun lettering techniques and how to use Copic Markers and other lettering tools. Fun class with
alot of very nice people. Come join in the fun! http://joannezsharpe.blogspot.com/

Bird Lady

This is a collage/painting I'm still working on for
Sharon Tomlinson's_Faces in Collage Trying to learn how to draw and paint faces.

My Little Angel

Happy to be at the park!

My Favorite Girls

Lisa and Rosie enjoying the beautiful weather in California!

Christmas Blue Jays

These Christmas Ornaments have been a big hit!
Here are my blue jays I painted. What do you think? Thanks for looking! Hugs Sharon :: SkiesArt Creations