Saturday, June 14, 2014


Lately I have been experimenting with mixed media. I have been watching videos on youtube to give me instruction and inspiration. I saw one the other day that had a fabulous stenciled tree with birds on it. My immediate reaction was... "Oh, I NEED that stencil". which turned into "Oh I WANT that stencil." that turned into, "How hard could it be to draw it by hand?" so in my typical McGyver style, I got out a pencil and drew a tree with 2 birds in it.
This is my first drawing. I used prisma colored pencils for the tree and birds. I water colored the background. I wanted dots and wished I had little bubble wrap for dots. I tried to think of ways to get my little dots. I tried running acetate through my embossing folder but that wasn't the look I was going for.... then it hit me. My very first SU stamp set was the itty bitty background stamps. I have frequently used the very fine dots but until making this card I had never used the bigger dots. It was just the look I was going for. I used the big dots in blue and I used the little ones with green. I love how it adds to the tree and leaves. I took drywall tape and rubbed silver inka gold metallic rub in the corners then removed the tape. I stamped the word "HELLO" several times and doodled around the edges with a black in pen. I matted it on black and doodled dots with a silver marker and added brads in the corners.

What I wanted to change was how I drew my bird facing to the right. I felt like in my first drawing that his neck had disappeared. I also wanted to simplify the amount of times I stamped the sentiment. I also outlined the birds and tree elements with the black ink pen to add definition. When I was done I liked the bird facing right, but didn't like my left facing bird.So maybe I need to make a third one and maybe I will like both of the birds. My daughter liked the first one that wasn't outlined. I am still undecided.


  1. You draw so well. I am impressed this was drawn by hand.

  2. Love how you are prepared to experiment and share the results MariLynn - I prefer the cleaner lines of the second project, but with out the outlining...