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


Two Faces and an Angel



Well, I’ve been working along with Jeanne Oliver on her Documented Life Project Art Video, and the results are so cool!

If you check out Jeanne’s Documented Life Project Art Video, which I highly recommend, you will quickly see that I did not follow along with her beautiful sketch idea of “Ephemera”, her theme for July.  However, I did have a great time using the technique that she showed while making three different faces.  One of the faces, on the left, I was inspired to sketch after looking through Melange, “On a Roll With Journaling” by Jenny Walker, that I found in the July/Aug 2015 issue of Somerset Studio magazine, p. 86.

Here are some pictures of my double page layout in my newest plaster cover journal:

I first used matte medium to cover the entire two-page spread in my journal with tissue paper by Tim Holtz
I first used matte medium to cover the entire two-page spread in my journal with tissue paper by Tim Holtz
After it was totally dry, I began sketching out my images using my Stabilo pencil and my charcoal pencil.
Then I began shading with my wet round brush, periodically dipping into white Gesso as Jeanne suggests.
Here is a close up of the largest face – I chose to leave the butterfly from the tissue paper in the background as part of the face, and I like how it turned out.
Here is a close-up of what will eventually look like an angel, she’s kind of strange looking… But you can see the wings beginning to form…
This is the face idea that I got from Somerset Studio magazine – Melange, “On A Roll With Journaling” by Jenny Walker, p. 86.

It’s not done yet, but I thought I’d let you see how it looks so far.  It has been such a fun process and I really think if you are feeling artistic and are looking for some way to get it all out, definitely try this two-video series by Jeanne Oliver.  You will be so glad you did.

UPDATE:  You can check out this completed piece at Daily Art Journal.

SimplyLiving Blessings!