Driftwood Girl

Banner3333333threehearts2You may remember a while ago I painted a picture in my SimplyLiving Art Journal of a girl, that I was practicing to eventually put on a piece of driftwood.


I had gone on a short drive with my kids along the Puget Sound and picked up some driftwood along the beach.  Of course being in the Puget Sound, the wood was all very wet, through and through and I had to sit it out to dry for quite a while.

Once the driftwood dried out, I was able to sand it down using a 150 grit sand paper.  I then covered it with a light coat of Clear Gesso to prep it to receive paint. I planned to use my Stabilo pencil, charcoal, acrylic, and watercolors.


Using the original painting in my art journal as a guide, I used my sharpened Stabilo pencil to draw a rough image onto the driftwood.  At first, it was hard to get the hang of it, because it’s a much smaller area to be drawing eyes, nose and mouth on. There are also the natural cracks and crevices of the driftwood to work around.  It was a fun challenge though, and I like the results.

Driftwood Girl by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com
Driftwood Girl by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com
Driftwood Girl by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

If you are interested in the class that I am taking to learn how to do this, you can visit Jeanne Oliver’s Creative Network and find the class titled “Nature’s Canvas” with Tania Bain.  I have really enjoyed it and there are still many more projects to do.

I pray blessings for you to have a wonderful day with our Lord Jesus Christ.  Please join me in a prayer of healing for my beloved sister-in-law who needs healing from cancer. Together we will ask of the only One who can heal her.

“Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed;
Save me and I will be saved,
For You are my praise.”
Jeremiah 17:14


Faces on Sticks?


I am taking an on-line course called “Nature’s Canvas” by Tania Bain on the Jeanne Oliver Design Creative Network and I am loving it so much, I just had to tell you!  I went for a drive along the Puget Sound beach with my two youngest kids today, and collected some drift wood.


Here’s where the fun begins.  But before I can begin this fun, that I haven’t told you about yet, I have to do some face painting practice…

This is my first face and I’m so glad I put her in my SimplyLiving Art Journal because I think she turned out so cool!


Now I just have to get her on one of my pieces of wood.  If all goes well, I will show you that tomorrow – Hopefully! 🙂

Blinkin Squiggle

Happy SimplyLiving!

Luke 9:57 Vintage Journal Page


threehearts2A while back I found a tutorial on Pinterest showing how to make a cover for my journal out of plaster.  The tutorial was made by Ivy Newport and it’s worth your time if you are wanting to learn how to make a plaster journal cover as I have.  Ivy is quite delightful and I really like the music she chose for cheerful listening while she worked through her project.

Although I have finished my plaster cover, I am still not sure what I want to paint on it, so it remains blank.  But here’s a picture of how it turned out:



The cover turned out so cool!  It’s very smooth after sanding it down and I cannot wait to paint on it.

I have finished three of the journal pages within, and I wanted to show one of them to you.  I really like how it turned out, kind of vintage style and I think I’m going to put a version of it on canvas. I have two special family members that have requested a picture and I think this may be it.  We’ll see what happens.  Here’s a close up of the page and you can see the rest of it on my Daily Art Journal page.  I call it “Luke 9:57”.

I noticed that Ivy said she had taken some classes with Jeanne Oliver, so I looked her up and found out that she is a beautiful Christian artist.  I decided to go through her “Becoming/The Unfolding of You” free video course and it is beautiful and I love it.  Again, if you are looking for something to do this summer with some fellow Christian women, I highly recommend this course. It’s worth it.

Here’s a part of that journal page I wanted to share with you.  I hope you enjoy it 🙂



See the whole the whole thing on my Daily Art Journal page.

Blinkin SquiggleSimply Blessed,



A Weekend of Art

Banner3333333threehearts2Last weekend I was blessed to be chauffeured by my Hon- to Valerie Sjodin’s amazing art studio in Oregon for a grand weekend of painting.  How fun to walk into the studio and be warmly greeted by a sister in Christ who I have only seen in photos on her blog, VisualBlessings.blogspot.com.  What a wonderful delight to see and touch her art and take in all the bright colors that depict the glory of our Awesome God in such a wonderful way!  She is truly a beautiful artist inside and out.

Of course we all got to work right away making our art journals.  I have continued to work on mine at home and have changed it several times, but have finally settled on my inside pages with the theme of “My sheep”.

This was my first class using acrylic paints. Valerie suggested the Golden Fluid Acrylics – they are so smooth, bright and beautiful in color!

We learned how to stitch our binding on our journal and she showed us many of her fancy ideas that she uses in her own journals such as making swirlies out of paper (these are so fun, you won’t want to stop and get back to painting), making marbled prints on watercolor paper and tissue paper, making spray paint, making stripes for the edges of our pages, highlighting the edges with paint and so much more!  It truly was the best time I have spent making art on a weekend retreat.

I added a little paper buttoned insert that I made when I returned home. On the inside it says, “Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” -Psalm 100:3

Here is a close-up of “My sheep” that I decided to keep as my theme in this journal as well.


The spray paints were super easy to make and added so many more possibilities for our personal journals.  We also used stencils of all shapes and sizes and the marbled paper that we made was fun to create using shaving cream!  Yep, I said shaving cream 🙂


We even designed our own tissue paper!


Blinkin Squiggle

If you ever get a chance to take an art class, especially one of Valerie Sjodin’s, I highly recommend it.  It was soooo worth the personal investment.  Here is a picture of one of our many fun workshop moments:

Blessings for a wonderful and safe 4th of July.  Father, thank You for the freedom You have bestowed upon us to worship you in Spirit and in Truth.  “Come Lord Jesus, Come.”


You can find more info on Valerie’s Workshops by clicking here.

“My sheep” have arrived!



Well, after a long and much needed break to end our 18th year of homeschooling…  (WOW! where has the time gone?), I have picked up my paint brush again and decided to try my hand at mixed media.  After taking a class with Cathy Bluteau and learning how to make some whimsical houses, I made a few journals and canvas pictures and they turned out really cute.


But as I began my art journal titled “Waiting For Jesus, 2015” while taking an on-line class with Donna Downey, “Inspirational Wednesday”, I made a page that turned out so cute, I just had to make a journal and two cute little canvas paintings as well.


I will be attending a workshop this weekend to learn from a wonderful Christian artist, whose art I have enjoyed over the past couple of years.  I am extremely excited to attend the workshop and will be following up with a blog post as soon as I return early next week.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think.  I love hearing from you and hope that you stop by often through the summer months.  I plan to let my imagination flow with praise for our Awesome God and all He has done for us in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Blessings for a wonderful and peaceful SimplyLiving summer!