Monday, April 30, 2012

Inspiration Emporium “Watercolor” April Challenge

Howdy Candies…I’m tickled to share this piece as I’ve attempted many different mediums in trying to re-discover my abilities to freehand draw & combine watercoloring with Distress Re-Inkers, Pearl Paints, & Distress Markers.  Suffice to say that I’m a bit rusty in creating a dimensional background drawing so it wasn’t coming up to par for me.  However, it was just pure joy to be able to draw & get in touch with my inner artistry during the process.  After several attempts I decided that I wanted to use my Favorite CTMH Stamp of the Month “Friendship Bouquet” for May 2012.  I’m very pleased as punch with my descion as it allowed me a bit more freedom to create a background & continue to apply the various mediums in shading, enhancing features, & enjoying the effects.  I actually figured either way I would share both (which one is uncompleted) & get some feedback from the experts…You my adoring Candies!  Along the way I do want to add that I absolutely love Inspiration Emporium because of the customer service I receive.  They are so much more than just an incredible outlet for me to find everything I love about Tim Holtz but they also sent me this Thank You gift “rain dots”, in my last order that I was able to incorporate into this “watercolor” challenge tag creation.  The really neat thing about it is that the week before last I won the very generous prize package offered by Sizzix & Glue Dots & though I wasn’t able to use my sizzlet yet I sure did make use of the glue dots in my creation too.  (I’m just itching to use the sizzlet in my next piece)  So without further ado…Photos: (To leave a comment, thoughts, suggestions, or feedback - just click the title to this post & scroll to the bottom)

These were my freehand draws & unusual attempt to watercolor:



Inspiration Emporium April 2012 Watercolor Challenge Entry:

(To play along with the watercolor challenge click the photo)

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Thank You very very much to Both Inspiration Emporium & The Teams at Sizzix & Glue Dots:

(Just Click on the Photo To Shop with Inspiration Emporium & To View The Give-Away Posts via Sizzix Blog)

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During this weeks hiatus I also had Spring picture day with my daughter…suffice to say it was a true “bad hair day” as they say. Daddy decided to have lunch and take this quick tag to her that I made.  Well after she came home I thought hmmm…there are a couple of things that I could do to it and truly the inspiration came from her but I wanted a way to thank the CC101 FB Group Admin for all of their hard work, support, & dedication.   So I figured I would share the base tags without the additions I made for them as they are always so encouraging.  I thought what a really cool stamp (CTMH “Be Yourself”) to share with them just for something fun of course:


Now that I’m able to spend a bit of quality time in my Studio this week I have a couple more creations to finish & start posting here. In the meantime I wanted to share a sneak peak of one of my upcoming posts with details that I know some of you have long awaited to join me in my Studio and create.  So in May I will be doing a 10 page lay-out workshop that was so generously created, designed, & provided by the person that has inspired me on my entire journey from day 1 of meeting her in Seattle back in 2007 Miss Fabulously Artsy herself The Stamp Goddess! 

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What a whopping combination and We have her to Thank for such a gift!  So Stay Tuned for all the upcoming details this weekend.  Thanks for Stamping By…


Sue said...

Nichole stunning pieces of art

Sunshine Girl said...

Oooh I love your drawing, paintings, and tags - congratulations on your prizes too. Talking of which have you seen you have won the prize over at Studio L3 too? Whoo hoo.

Barb said...

So much inspiration in one place, thank you. Of course congrats on your wins too. Barb