Monday, January 13, 2014

Some Drawing...

I got a whole set (many many) of gel pens from my Hubby for Christmas.  I was not sure what I thought of gel pens...can you draw very tiny? Are the colours nice?  Will they smear?
They sure look like fun!
One morning last week Madison and I decided to have a cup of tea and do some drawing.

Since we had to do some sketching before we could dive in to the gel pens, and we needed some sharp pencils, we broke out Madison's new camera pencil sharpener and it is great! This is such a fun product...first of all it is cute...then it is very is set up just right to hold the pencil in while your sharpen...and it sharpens fast and really pointy - just the way I like!

I have been enjoying drawing tattoo art and someone special gave me a tattoo magazine to draw from. I love the look of the old style tattoos...the last ones I did were with coloured pencil and I wasn't sure if I could get the look I wanted with gel pens.

The colours of the gel pens are very BRIGHT and some of them are sparkly so it takes a little thought to get what you want in your pic.  I found that they don't smear too much (they dry pretty fast)...but if you work fast you can smear them with your finger to get a softer effect. Detailed drawing works very well with the gel pens and I like drawing tiny so that works for me!
I don't think I am ready to give up my sharpies and there are certainly things you need a coloured pencil or paint for, but these were very fun to work with.

What art did you do today?

xoxo      Elizabeth

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Just When Is Christmas Over???

Around our house the question always is...when do the Christmas decorations come down?

Our tree is still up...and Lane made a comment last night that I liked...she said that the tree was a happy thing and it seemed like winter not just Christmas. That's the girl Lane! Your Mama couldn't have said it better herself! After all I am still pretty far away from my personal best - leaving Christmas up til February!

So, we had lots of gifts this year (as always!). Everyone around here just loves gifts...the giving almost more than the getting!

Here are some givens and gottens!

I made a fox pillow for a special little someone...
Madison got a souvenir for her Chinese performance in Nutcracker...

I got two new flamingo items!!!! A fun ornament (Thanks Brenda and Brianna!) and a Flamingo book! Madison gifted me the adorable book...partly because I love flamingos and partly because the little girl in the book wears a bathing cap. One year I insisted that I was going to wear a bathing cap at the pool. Not just any bathing cap one of those with all of the flowers plastered all over it! Well needless to say the family vetoed my bathing cap idea...but I do still love them.  This is the sweetest little words just the most wonderful illustrations.
My sweet sister made me these amazing matryoshka dolls...I think that one is winking at me!

So all in all the giving and the getting was very good.  But, the jury is still out on the question....

Just when do you take the decorations down!?

I will do it in time that is!

xoxo     Elizabeth