Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Young Lizzie

Hello Friends,

Boy, did my Lizzie digi get a lot of attention. She was even featured on Tuesday Morning Sketches FaceBook page. I tried to redraw Lizzie, but she did not turn out the same at all. She looks like a much younger dragon soooooo I decided to call her, "Young Lizzie".

I drew Young Lizzie onto watercolour paper and made this painting as a gift for a friend, which incorporates (and was inspired by) her own original poem. I won't show that as I don't have her permission to do so and if I asked for her permission it would ruin the surprise of the gift.

I used watercolour pan paints, watercolour pencils, chalk pastels and a titch of white acrylic paint.
How do you like that big dragon grin? I love how the sword turned out. I am pleased with how I painted the wings this time too.
I wish I could show you my friend's fabulous poem, but I think you can the idea of it from this painting. This depicts one line in which she refers to "gnarled hands".

At first I was very disappointed that this Lizzie turned out so differently. Then my DH (he's a genius) said, "Maybe this is a teenage Lizzie."

Here is the new digi - Young Lizzie - in JPEG and PNG formats.



Thanks for visiting my blog. If you use one of my Lizzie images, please LIKE and post your project on my FaceBook Page and your name will go into a draw for some happy mail from me.

Blessing hugs,

Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
All Crafts Challenge - No Cards
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes (optional twist)
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Simon Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Path of Positivity - Determination (Lizzie is determined to not give into negative thinking; I was determined to learn how to draw and I am making good progress.)
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes (optional twist)

Friday, September 26, 2014


Hello Friends,

My goodness I am blessed with wonderful online friends. So many of you take the time to leave beautiful comments that are like darling rays of sunshine into my day. Today's post is called, "Listen" and I am going to be listening for some way to bless my faithful blog followers. That's right. I am going to very soon offer a blog candy and you get to help me choose what it will be. Just leave a comment, letting me know what you would like to receive if you win the candy.

Here are your choices:
1. An original mixed media painting
2. Die cuts, including some handmade ones
3. A selection of patterned papers
4. Crocheted flowers

Now for today's post:

I have another journal page, inspired by a poem. This layout completes my 2nd Art Journal. This was made with a mixture of paint, collage, stencils, texture paste and whatever was close by that I grabbed to use.

Stencil for face by Artist Cellar
I used a stencil for the face, added a neck and left the background as her skin tone. I used paint and pens on her eyes and lips. For her 'hair' I first laid tracing paper on top and traced the outline of her face. Then I glued cut-out clip art images around the outline. Next I cut out my collage in the shape of her hair and glued that down. Lastly, I added a few lines with a marker to intimate hair without covering the clip art images too much.

Close-up of the clip-art hair
I put my poem, which inspired this page layout, on the right. The background for this journal (called a zine) was made all at once. I made a mistake, as evidenced by my upside-down flower. Don't ever apologize for your artistic mistakes. Think of them as opportunities to do your art differently than you had first planned. They may speak to someone in a way you could never have imagined.

I added some white hairs with a gel pen to denote the wisdom of a listening ear.
And here is my poem that inspired this page. My husband laughed when I first read it to him. I was gratified by his reaction because this poem is mostly me laughing at myself in the mirror. Of course there is a serious message here, but I think it is easier to effect change when you are forgiving of your imperfections. And it's also important to realize that God made me as I am. He loves my quirks as much as the things that I think make me strong.

Thanks for visiting me today. Don't forget to leave a comment to let me know what candy you would like me to offer.

Blessing hugs,

PS - I realized that it may be difficult to read my poem because of some glare on the photo, so here it is on its own. 


Set the timer, beep-beep rhymer
voices blaring, flat screen staring
message text, on FaceBook next
Pinterest Twitter, caffeine bitter
blogs a posting, event page hosting
read a book, learn to cook
celebrating, stimulating
meetings, concerts, benefits
no one ever simply sits
and listens

- Teresa Arsenault © 2014
Challenges & Link-ups:
Paint Party Friday
Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
The Outlawz Twisted Thursday - Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

My First Digi

OMGosh. I am so psyched! I can hardly believe it, but I actually DREW the image I used in this card. I was so pleased with Lizzie Dragon I decided to draw her again (Yes. I did it again.) and scan her into my computer. So now I can offer all of my lovely followers my very first digital image. If you use Lizzie, please please please let me see what you have done with her. You can post your finished project on my FB page or just leave a comment here with your blog post URL. Okay. Here she is.
Isn't she cute? I used the colour palette at The Outlawz and the sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches. The twist at The Outlawz Colour Challenge is "Make it floral".
Lizzie Dragon poses for a close-up
Sentiment by Paper Garden Projects
The red sneakers are significant to the person who inspired the creation of Lizzie.
Well that's it. See you later.

Oops. Did I forget something? (grin) Just teasing. You can find the JPEG of Lizzie below, which you can colour yourself. I used water colours and markers on mine.
Thanks for visiting and I REALLY would like to see what you create with Lizzie. If you post your creation on my FaceBook page I will put your name in a draw for some crafty happy mail.

Blessing hugs,

The Outlawz Color Challenge - Colour palette & Make it Floral
Tuesday Morning Sketches - Sketch
Creating in Faith, Hope & Love - Scripture
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes (uplifting)
Creative Colours - Colour Challenge
Cuttlebug Mania - Die cut
Deep Ocean Challenge - Flowers
Papertake Weekly - Oh How Cute
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
A Random Fan - Anything Goes
Simon Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
As You Like It - Your Favourite Digi & Why (I made it myself!)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Art Journal Page

Hello Friends,

Today I have another art journal page to share with you. It was a inspired by a forgotten poem I found on a scrap of paper. I have no idea when I first wrote it.

I did the background of this page (paint, stencils, texture paste, collage) some time ago. I used an Artist Cellar stencil at that time to outline the face too.
Acrylics, water colours, stamps, markers & gel pens
I had fun making the fantasy 'hair' for this girl, using stamps, markers, watercolour paints and watery white acrylic paint.

Magazine clipping, zentangle-inspired butterfly & original poem.
Silk flowers with pearl centers, dots on roses with white gel pen.
Can you see my funky bird in her 'hair'?
Gold & white gel pens for the necklace; watercolours for the dress.
Zentangle-inspired butterfly coloured with water-based markers.
Those beautiful roses are a collage from a scrap of wrapping paper.
The first part of my poem.
The 2nd part of my poem.
Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a wonderful day.

Blessing hugs,

Art Journal Journey - Living Beings
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes (no cards)
Crafts and Me - Time for Anything
Ladybug Crafts - Anything Goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes (altered art)
The Mirror Crack'd - Mixed Media
Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Simon Monday Challenge - Stencil (used stencils on the background and the face) or stamp
Artistic Inspiration - Anything Goes/Optional pink
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
My Craft Creations - Anything Goes