Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Happy Mail and Tea

Happy Mail from Diana Ryman

I received some delightful ATC's in the mail
this week from my friend Diana Ryman, of
Ravenna, Ohio.  I had requested the theme
of Dia de los Muertos.  I adore the pieces 
she created!  Oh, that bunny! Made my day...

Ladybug ATC's that I sent to Diana for
the swap: pen and watercolor

Diana had requested ladybugs from me, so
I did a couple of watercolors from images online.


Hobonichi Challenge prompts: fern; hazelnut


I've switched to drinking tea lately...hard to
believe, I know. Tea bags make for interesting
collage materials, don't ya think?  Linking up
for T Tuesday over at Altered Book Lover's
blog. Stop by for a look-see!


Prompt: Brown bear

Drawings in my Hobonichi A6 daily journal...
usually no more than 3 1/2" wide, since 
the A6 is only about 4" x 6" in size. So if
you're viewing this on your computer 
monitor, the image is larger than the
original art work.


Prompt: Dragonfly

The theme for the challenge this month
is "A Walk in the Woods."


Prompt: Clouds

Prompt: Birch trees


Prompt: Moon


Prompts: fox; deer




To all those who celebrate Thanksgiving, have a
wonderful holiday!  Even if it isn't a holiday in 
your neck of the woods, it's a very positive 
thing to pause and be thankful each day...
blessings to you!










Thursday, November 16, 2017

Mail Art from Denmark



Mail Art from Kristine in Denmark....




whom I met at a monthly art group when she
lived here in the U.S.  She's a very sweet lady,
and a talented artist.  When she and her
little family decided to move back to Denmark,
we knew we would miss her, but so glad
they are enjoying being near family and
we can stay in touch on-line. 




When Kristine offered to swap Mail Art, I
jumped at the chance.  I love the 
contrast of the stenciled white design on 
the brown craft paper.  A similar design is 
stenciled on the green card. 

Have you gotten any
artistic mail lately?






Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Hobonichi Treats; Challenging Pages



Hobonichi Challenge: October~
Chimera and Eyeball



Witch and Candy Apple




Zombie and Potion...
A zombie potion sounds interesting too.




Fairy and Teeth...love those little pumpkins
that people carve and insert plastic 
vampire teeth!



What do you draw for a Poltergeist?
This vintage illustration resembled the 
portrayal of a demon. Historians suspected
the children of the family of perpetrating the
'haunting.'  oh, and Pumpkin Pie was the
prompt on day 31.




November Hobonichi Challenge is 
"A Walk in the Woods."  The first day was
Chanterelle, which I discovered is a 
mushroom.




Owl and Lichen.



Dung Beetle and Chestnut.



Linking up for T Tuesday...
thanks for stopping by to visit!
It's definitely become hot beverage
season in my neck of the woods!


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Bug Mail Art



Eric Bruth has been kind enough to send
a reply to the paper bag mail art I
sent to him.  He has colored some
lovely foliage to coordinate with the
wonderful stamps on the envelope.



Inside was a sweet post card...
and I couldn't agree more 
with the sentiment!  Eric posted
photos of the mail art I've sent him
on his blog My Mail Art World.
It's an entertaining look at the mail
art Eric has sent and received. 
Thanks Eric!





Monday, October 23, 2017

Ink and Sushi




I am continuing the Inktober Challenge -
drawing in ink every day and posting it
on line- but using the Hobonichi Challenge
 prompts. Above: Mummy and Skull.




Candy and Monster




Clown and Cobweb. I'm not particularly afraid of
clowns, but I also do NOT usually watch horror
 movies...so if there are scary movies out there 
featuring clowns, I don't want to know about it.
I tried to make a pleasantly happy clown...




Enjoyed a wonderful week visiting my son and
his family. These pages document some of our
 activities. Above, Owl and Trick-or-Treat prompts.




My son had a birthday while we were there,
and he wanted to go out for sushi. We had lunch
at a Japanese Steak House, and I had the 
"Bento Box" lunch. It seemed more like a 
lunch tray, at least in size, but the food
was good. I chose the grilled scallops.




Our grandson also ordered sushi, and as he
was seated next to me, I got a photo of his
substantial lunch.  He said some of it was
pretty spicy.




It's actually pretty to look at, but just not to 
my taste...




More October prompts: Haunted House
and Black Cat. The cat is inspired by a vintage
Halloween decoration.






For the Ghost prompt, I decided to draw one
 of the ghosts from the Harry Potter movies, 
Moaning Myrtle. She's one of my favorite
 characters. The Leaves are drawn from
and on-line photo.





Prompts 18 and 19 were Vampire 
and Werewolf.  The Count from Sesame Street
 seemed a fun choice to draw for the vampire. 
I wonder if I could find a copy of
the Werewolf of London movie? It
might not be too scary to watch. 
I would guess that a 1930's movie would be 
pretty tame compared to what 
is produced these days. One of my all time
favorite old movies is Arsenic and Old Lace. 
I loved that movie!  But I digress...


Prompt: Mermaid~ I chose to do a
little gal in a mermaid costume.

You may have noticed several little coffee
cup drawings, in addition to my glass of water
at the restaurant, referenced for Bleubeard and 
Elizabeth's T-Tuesday blog hop.
You don't have to draw your own tea/coffee cup
or your food to join in...just
stop by for a beverage and a chat!




Monday, October 9, 2017

Inktober in my Hobonichi


Peter Pan quote...




and a collage to fill in some blank
 space. Here's a tiny coffee
cup for my link-up to T Tuesday
this week! 




I used a vintage illustration as my 
model for the tale of Bluebeard, showing
the moment he gives the keys to his
new wife. Bluebeard warns her not to open
'that one door.' You can guess
what happens then...




The busy weekend caused me to
play 'catch up' in my Hobonichi
after the fact. Loved having my son and
his family here, even for a short visit.




A new month, a new challenge.
I may combine 'Inktober' with the
Hobonichi Challenge prompts...




I enjoy getting out these little
folk art figurines every Fall.




The gargoyle was an interesting
subject. Not my favorite. But good
to draw something out of my
comfort zone.





It's difficult for me to resist adding
watercolor to the ink drawings.
A little bit of orange background 
can't hurt, right?




The Hobonichi Challenge for Oct. 5th
was 'spider.'  Having this in my planner
is creeping me out. I may have to cover
it up with a flap of some kind!

Hope you're enjoying October so far.
Thanks for stopping by!