Monday, February 20, 2017

four days of art bliss

last week i drove to donna downey studios in charlotte, north carolina
for a very long-awaited four day workshop.
i joined a room full of very sweet, talented and eager artists,
and our instructor was creativeGIRL danielle donaldson!

i will tell you right up front.....
it was four days of pure art bliss, danielle-style!
we started the weekend by drawing some fun art supplies....

and after danielle showed us how she paints her fabulous multi-color flowers
and her sweet little illustrations, it was our turn to dip our brush
in the watercolors and give it a try.

then danielle gave us a wonderfully detailed lesson in 
drawing one-point and two-point perspective objects.
this instruction was probably the most important (and the most difficult!)
of the entire weekend, as it's the foundation for all good drawing.
to be honest, drawing ellipses, determining vanishing points, 
and figuring out two-point-perspective boxes
 started to play with my head by the end of the day,
but i was so thankful to danielle for her willingness to dive in
and give us this essential instruction.  she taught it beautifully!

then danielle set up a still life that was as long as our work table....
it was fantastic, and i wish i could have spent another week there 
trying to capture it in my journal!

but for now i'm very happy to have these little objects 
as a reminder of a wonderfully creative workshop with one of my 
all-time favorite instructors!

many big hugs and heartfelt thanks to danielle for traveling
across the country to share her beautiful creativeGIRL-self with us.
i learned SO much,  i drew art that i didn't think i could draw,
and discovered new reasons why watercolor is so stinkin' cool.
(and i will forever smile when i think of her "grandpa story"!)

and thanks so much to donna and the group of talented art gals who were
also in the the classroom.....getting to know you and laughing with you
for four days did my creative spirit more good than i could ever say!
hope to see you again soon!


{supplies:  newsprint, .3 mechanical pencil, 
strathmore 400 series CP paper, daniel smith watercolor}

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Complete guide to Bible journaling

if you're a Bible journaler, then you've probably been eagerly awaiting 
the release of the new book "Complete Guide to Bible Journaling",
co-authored by Joanne Fink and Regina Yoder.

well, the wait is finally over.....
it's here, and i must say it's absolutely fabulous!!  
woo hoo!!

 this complete Bible journaling guide surely lives up to it's title
 as it's filled with lots of tips, techniques & how-to's, 
along with artist profiles of eleven Bible journalers who not only share 
their personal stories, but also a bit of their creative process.

there's also an extensive gallery that offers
lots of inspiration from over forty Bible journaling artists, 
and i'm thrilled, honored, and humbled
to be a part of this awesome project and
to have my artwork appear amongst these awesome artists!

but just to make it really complete, there's a bonus section in the back!!
yay!!  it includes lots of stickers, traceable drawings, 
vellum overlays and even Bible tabs!  
this bonus section is definitely the cherry-on-top!

if you're new to Bible journaling,
this book will answer lots of questions and 
definitely help you get started.

if you've been Bible journaling for a while, 
this book will offer you lots of inspiration and encouragement.

but most of all, this book will support all Bible journalers
in worshipping God through our artwork and
strengthening our own personal journey in faith
while we study His word.....

thank you so much Joanne and Regina!

Joanne Fink is a calligrapher, designer and
best-selling author of the "Zenspirations" book series,
and has played an active role in the 
gift and stationery market for many years.
you can read more about Joanne here.

Regina Yoder is a women's ministry leader, 
homeschooling instructor, and
the inventor of the Bible memory system, Clubhouse Kidz.
you can read more about Regina here.

you can purchase or read more about this book here!

you can see the pages inside the book here!

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