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


Getting Inspired Artistically

Banner3333333threehearts2How do you get inspired artistically?

One thing I do, when I don’t know what to do, is think of a color scheme I like.  For instance, the other day I was checking out my youngest son’s Facebook page and was totally inspired by some colors he had posted, probably for one of his covers or something.  He has always been a great source of inspiration for me, since we have the same taste in color.  Well, this is what he posted:

Picture taken by Matthew R.

This just resonates with me and it makes me happy and full of ideas for art.  If you have a favorite artist or blogger that inspires you, scroll through their site and just look at the color schemes they use.  We should inspire each other in this manner.  There’s nothing new under the sun, it all comes from God, so don’t be hesitant to allow yourself to be inspired by other artists. You have probably done the same for those around you, and it’s a good thing to help each other out.

Now before I lose that inspiration, I gather some things together that give me more ideas.  Usually, I work with what I have – rather than buying more stuff that I may never find the time to use.  Here’s a picture of what has been laid out on my art desk since I saw Matthew’s colorful photo the other day.


There are three projects that I have in mind here.  I have them all sectioned off with some of the crucial tools I will need to complete each project.  I try to lay out tools that I enjoy working with, which gives added inspiration and encouragement as I pass by – to get working on them and not just leave them sitting out to collect dust.


This first project (you can see how it turned out HERE) is a mixed media idea that would be added to the canvas I painted in the background.  I have a stamp, some colored doilies, some vintage papers with various articles and butterflies, some large words, and my stencil for added texture. Most of these items are from Tim Holtz and can be purchased at Michaels.  Also, I have pulled up a video from one of the classes I take with Jeanne Oliver.  The video is not teaching art.  It’s a video of Miss Mustard Seed sharing her business story.  It’s very inspirational and just gets my brain thinking.


The second project (you can see how they turned out HERE) I have in mind is to make some pendants that I learned how to make by Sheila Atchley.  These fall into the scheme I have in mind because of this amazing teal colored leather I found at Michaels. This project is so fun and easy to do and the outcome is so sweet!  I love making them 🙂


This third project is a smaller version of the “Cloudy Day” journal covers I make.  To make the houses for the front cover, I have pulled out some colored papers that work in the color theme I have been inspired by.

Blinkin Squiggle

Well, there you have it.  This is what I do when I don’t know what to do and need some inspiration.  Hope you enjoy it!  I would love to hear from you, so leave a comment below 🙂

Happy SimplyLiving!

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!


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,