Friday, March 18, 2011

Spring is in the air!

The smell of spring is in the air! Yes, I can finally smell it. It seemed like winter in the northeast this year would never end (Yes, I am believing that it is finally over!). With spring approaching my desire to begin a nature journal has blossomed. I love to study nature and journal and I want to bring these two hobbies together.

As much as I would love to draw sketches in my journal, I am not very good at drawing. (I have determined that I will be taking a drawing and a watercolor painting class in the near future.) In the meantime, I am considering incorporating altered art into my nature journal. Have any of you done this? If so, I would LOVE to see some examples.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Beeswax - Oh My!

Recently, I had the opportunity to work with beeswax. (I attended the second day of Cyndi's Mes Amis d'Art: Wine, Women and Song event in which Cyndi taught us how to use this product.)

I'm always excited by the prospect of working with something new and adding it to my artwork; working with beeswax was invigorating. This is a product that was so simple to use, but one which created an amazing effect.

What I found to be the most challenging aspect of this product was being careful not to apply too much of it onto one section. I found that if I did, it created a layer that was too thick, which then made the artwork underneath difficult to see.

If you've never played with this product before, I encourage you to do so as soon as you can. I guarantee that you will greatly enjoy it!