Buzzy Bees

Buzzy Bees

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thank You, Girlfriend!

It's so nice to receive a get well card in the mail when one isn't feeling well. First I had a bacterial infection and finished my 15 days of antibiotics and then just when I got to feeling better and venturing out,  I picked up a viral bug and I've been wiped out. You see, I have asthma and everything goes south, so it takes me a little more time to get over the chest crud, as my mother calls it. Thank you, Joan Petty, for thinking of me!
Card by Joan Petty.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tips on How to Watercolor the Art Impressions Way!

Last Saturday, my husband and I attended the Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Expo up at the KCI Expo center near the Airport. I was so excited to finally meet Bonnie Krebs of Art Impressions. My sweet hubby purchased her watercolor DVD at a thrift store sometime ago for me, knowing I've been wanting to learn her watercolor technique.
 He took a photo of the both of us!

Bonnie paints her rubber stamped cards using her watercolor technique beginning with Marvy Markers by Uchida and Strathmore's cold press watercolor paper cut to card size.  She only uses a few Marvy Markers for her watercolor technique which she sells on her website, but she said to use what I have. I was beginning to purchase sets of Marvy Markers at Michaels  with coupons when it looked like I was going to design for Posh Rubber Stamps, so I was happy to see an additional technique I could use the markers for! Her palette was a small square of white plastic at the show, but Bonnie said anything shiny smooth can be used for a palette including a corelle saucer. I believe I still have a marker palette I purchased years ago on clearance somewhere. It was for painting marker "folk art."
Bonnie uses the rough side for her watercolored images and the smooth side with Stazon permanent ink for her detailed girlfriend stamps. She said to use a small paint brush and pull the wet brush through your fingers to control the amount of water.  Then she scrubs the marker color out on the palette and dips her damp paintbrush into the marker color to lift color to the image. She said brushing images in with color is much faster than coloring with markers.
After I visited her website, I discovered a whole series of Bonnie's You Tube videos. If you like, you can watch her beginning video here:

Some of her  watercolor tips at the show were: Start by coloring a rubber stamp with a charcoal gray  Marvy Marker on the rough side of the watercolor paper, then add a clean dampened brush to pull out shadows on the image. When you are stamping foliage in, color in bits and pieces of the stamps with the markers to make it look realistic. You don't have to use the whole image. Also "walk/pounce" the stamp across the area where you want it. Use pieces of paper to mask off sections if you are building up an image. Then pounce a clean damp brush into the center of the images and dabble tiny bits of the colored water around to make it look like watercolor.  Don't add a lot of water or you will wash out (erase) the image or muddy the colors. She doesn't like to use aqua brushes just for that reason.
She said to also add a light grey or blue shadow to the images around the outside to make the image pop. Pretend the light source is coming from the top when deciding where to add the shadows.

I noticed Bonnie stamped her girlfriend rubber stamp mounted on a Fiskars sponge-ball mount. She said she didn't care for the thick heavy acrylic mounts because she found them difficult to maneuver. I found one at a thrift store a while back, still in the package, for $5.00, so enjoyed watching her maneuver the  rubber stamp into position.
She said the secret to having faces  that look alive rather than flat is to keep the center of the images white and add cheek color. Since the light source is coming from the top, give a margin of white at the top of the head; don't carry the color of the hair clear up to the outline of the stamp. And she said you don't have to color in everything, just the main portions of the images. Coordinate a blouse with your background colors of your base card.
And she said, be sure to sign your work, so here's an autographed copy of Bonnie's work she gave to me at the show!


Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Karen came over today and look what she made for me! I picked out the design and she put it together for me. Isn't it cute? Reminds me of Mary Engelbreit's cherries! I have a tiny cherry punch that we used to punch twice -- once for the green stem and leaf and again for the red cherries. CUTE! CUTE! CUTE! :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sad News

I received this in my email box this morning:

Guess What?

Guess what I got in the mail from my friend across the pond? Thanks, Lakeslady, you made my day! :)
And I heard on the grapevine that a scrapbook expo is heading our way. October 3-4, 2014. Click here for more info! 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Art Museum Field Trip

My husband's nephew is really into reptiles and Greek and Roman history and while he was up in the city visiting his grandparents this summer, we invited him to a day of museum and nature center field trip tours. He had never visited an art museum before, so we took him to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and spent several hours there. They have built onto the museum and have much more to go through then the last time we visited with our son back in our homeschooling days. If you decide to visit, be sure to grab a map at the door, because you can easily get lost in there! If you have ever visited a hospital and gotten lost, you will surely understand what I mean! *smile*

I was hoping to be inspired by all the great artwork because I had been invited to a shoebox card party. In the end, I made "happy mail" business-sized envelopes as sample/door prizes using one of Tim Holtz's techniques that he uses on his tags called "Wrinkle-free Distress." Sorry, I don't have a sample for you to see of the ones I made, since every one of them went home with new owners, but they were just like the tags using his second technique displayed in the video below. I also used similar stamps in black ink on the front and backs of the envelopes, then filled them with little goodies to use on cards. I believe everyone enjoyed theirs, 'cause I heard lots of oohs and ahs when they ripped them apart! *wink* It was almost like Christmas!

For your info, sometime ago, I posted a link list of Midwestern Art Museums. I haven't visited many of these, but thot I might throw it out there if you would be interested. I believe my hubby's nephew enjoyed himself and got lots of walking in. I poohed out after the art museum and the Mo. Conservation Discovery Center, so I sat in the car while they visited the Lakeside Nature Center. After all that walking, we were starving, so we went to a little Greek restaurant my hubby knows about and had some very good food. Afterwards he bought us a variety of heavenly baklava for dessert. All of it was so GOOD!