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Baby Linton…

A friend was blessed with a new grandson named Linton.  To share in her family’s happiness I made a small gift for his nursery.

His nursery is done is blues and greys…

A glamour close up

An ombre effect on the letters add interest.  The background is a mottled grey.

And the sweet animals from A Little Wild stamp set were perfect.

Couldn’t find a box that would fit so it’s just wrapped and tied with a sweet tag.

The idea for this framed piece entered my head and all I needed was the perfect frame.  I’m not sure this one is perfect, but it is cute and the one I had in my head is not in this town!  Believe me, I looked…and looked!

If you’d like to make a similar piece here’s a couple of things to keep in mind.

Get your water colors out!  There’s so much you can do with them.

The 140 lb cold press paper was cut to fit the back of the mat.  Dampen the paper and apply your color with a large round brush.  Keep a tissue in your hand and dab here and there to remove some color to give a mottled look.

Cut a piece of water color paper wide and long enough for the letters and paint it the color of your choice.  Add the color along the bottom then dampen your brush and move the color up so that the bottom is more saturated with color than the top.  Let dry.  Cut out with Large Letters Framelits.  Cut out a second set of letters from water color paper using the Multipurpose Sticky Sheets.  Layer the water colored and plain letters together.

Add Artist tape across your background for a base line.  Add letters with multipurpose glue.

Stamp animals on water color paper with Archival Basic Black.  Give the animals a light coat of the color you want and let dry.  Tissue places that would normally round.  Add shadows with the same color around edges.  Add a little pink color to cheeks.  Let dry and cut with Framelits.

Add critters with dimensionals and multipurpose glue.

Put all layers inside frame and enjoy!

We have been out of town this week for some family and friend gatherings and are heading home today.  I’ll be back in the studio tomorrow.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

The fireflies have arrived here in the South…

Stay inky…be HaPpY!



Sweet New Baby Art…

Becoming a new grandmother is one of life’s experiences where words simply can’t describe the love that fills your heart.  A very special friend of mine is looking forward to this experience in a few short weeks!

Learning from her that the new parents are planning a grey nursery with an animal theme gave me the idea for this framed piece…


It’s hard to tell from the photo…the size of the frame is 8 1/2″ x 12″.  Sweetums asked is the frame going to be painted?  Geez…no, it came that way from Hobby Lobby.

Do you zentangle?  This is an amazing art form that is new to me, but because doodling comes naturally to many, you’ll find it fun and relaxing.  The name was freehand in pencil, water colored and then outlined and zentangled with a  Micron pen on watercolor paper.  Next water was added under each letter and color was added to run off the page.

Now for the SU! part…All the animals are SU! stamps (Zoo Babies and Oh, Whale!).  Each animal was stamped in Daffodil Delight lightly for an outline.  Water coloring and outlining with a Micron pen finished off most of them.  Because of the type of frame, there was room for some dimension to the animals.

The giraffe is actually “fussy cut” and added over the painting.


The elephant has a jeweled blanket up on dimensionals as is the bird.  The head of the lion was also “fussy cut”.


This was fun to do and a challenge at the same time.  Here’s hoping the new mom and dad will like it enough to hang in the lil’ guy’s room.

Here is your “B-ism” for today…


Let’s get inky and…Be HaPpY!