Sunday, December 1, 2013

Pencil holder with pencils

I finally filled the pencil holder with all of my colored pencils. I will probably take out the 36 Verithins, since I won't be using them this time around, but I did want a picture with the pencil holder full. I still need to color in the two peacocks on the back and varnish it, but I am working on pencil holders as Christmas presents now, so that can wait.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Sharpie mug

Okay! Now I only have the back to do on the pencil holder - I have it half done, but that half was all sky and moonscape, the rest now is detail.

This is what I did tonight - a Zentangle Sharpie Rainbow coffee mug to take to work.

Couple more...

Let's be daring and try three.

Two more photos

Maybe it can only handle two at a time...

Pencil stand update

Well, I tried to update this on September 29th. That post still says it is publishing. I will try just a couple of pictures this time.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Pencil stand update

Yep, I am already updating my pencil stand post. I have a couple more WIP photos - I have never used colored pencils on wood before, and I find that I really like the way it comes out.

Wooden pencil stand

I recently bought a wooden pencil stand on Amazon to hold my colored pencils while I am working. The stand, while serviceable, was a bit disappointing in quality - kind of a "really? If I had a drill and wood glue, and asked the guys at Home Depot to cut the 2x4s for me, I could do that... and sand it, too" kind of thing. But, it is very sturdy and solid, and nice and unfinished. So, I decided to "art it up." Since it is for my colored pencils, I figured I would use them. Then I decided to put images on there first. I used photocopies from some coloring books I already had, and used the gel transfer method to put them on the stand. I did that last night, removed the paper this afternoon, and started coloring tonight. Here are some photos of the process.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Fort Worth water gardens

Well, I opened the blogger app to post and saw that the last one never posted after three tries. Luckily I am at work - things always post here. I guess I can only post on my lunch break from now on...

This is a sketch of the fort worth water gardens from ten years ago. I need to start sketching again!

Art Journal, last bamboo pic and a park sketch

I can't believe I have gone five days in between updates after doing so well posting these - relatively, that is, since some of the posts took a day or so to actually POST thanks to my connection. I got distracted. I had planned for several years to eventually buy a Class B RV, but lately I have started thinking that I may want something bigger. Jerry's bird cage - the one I plan to get him for the RV, from Cages by Design - will take up a lot of room, and I really do need an actual freezer for the meals I take to work for lunch, as well as a decent bathroom with shower (i am sure all future co-workers will appreciate that). So, I am looking at Class C models, and mulling over the idea of looking at Class As. The problem is that I want to remodel just about anything, and I would like to get a dog, so part of me thinks I ought to just save up and get a custom unit. I am already planning to get a temperature paging system that will alert your cell phone (and a few back up numbers if you don't pick up) if the air goes out and the temps start to rise in your RV. There are several out there, but the one I like (from - I don't know if the app will make that a link or not - it's in the K9 transport section, two pieces, the cell phone dialer and the heat paging system) is made by a company that makes equipment for police dogs. The unit can be wired to remotely roll down your windows for you if you send a message from your cell after you get the call, and I believe turn on a fan. It's not cheap, but I have had Jerry for long enough he can almost vote, and I am pretty sure he's old enough to drink, so it's a small investment compared to that. :-) I got him in September 1995, and he had been living at the pet store for two years before that because they wouldn't sell him. They weren't sure how old he was, but he has to be at least 21. Plus, if I do get a dog, it will already be in place.

Anyway, here is the third bamboo page, and a page of a park my sister and I took the kids to ten years ago. The quote by her was said when the child in question had already walked away. :-) but it was funny.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

First Prayer flag, not quite done

I used one if the stencils in the Sacred Geometry series that I bought from ArtistCellar to make the background design on my first prayer flag. I stayed up an hour later than normal watching Dallas :-) but still didn't have time to put a word on it. Haven't decided between peace and love yet anyway. The top three inches will be folded over for the hanging sleeve. I probably should have made the red section a bit longer si that the orange would still be seen in the body if the flag. Ah well.

I really like the stencils, and the tulip paint pens are nice - but, the blue I used did not even come close to matching the cap! The cap was much lighter than what came out. I will have to do a swatch with each pen and post it next to the pens so you can see. Actually, I should post that on Amazon. I do remember seeing a review which said something about that, but I don't remember if there were pictures. Then again, I was looking on my phone... But, I liked working with them. Glad I had ironed the fabric to freezer paper first. Will try to finish it tomorrow night.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Art journal, bamboo

These were done using a painting kit I got for Christmas in 2003. Yes, still on 2003...

In other news, when I opened up my blogger app to do this post, it said it was still trying to publish the post from last night. This has happened more than once, or I will wake up and see that the publishing failed (as it just did while I was typing this). I guess my connection here just isn't good enough to upload more than one photo at a time. Sigh.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Colorful quotes

These were also done at Christmas n 2003. I think I had new paint to play with. :-)

Friday, April 5, 2013

Christmas 2003, post 5

Two different sketches of the windmill which was in my parents backyard that Christmas. Note the wintery grass, not the white snow. Wichita doesn't get a lot of that at Christmas.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Christmas 2003, post 4

Another tree sketch, this time I think I used markers... And stickers. :-)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Christmas 2003, post 3

Well, I saw today that yesterday's post never published, so today has two posts.

This is the Christmas tree my mom had set up on her end table in 2003. It was very pretty. :-)

Christmas 2003, post 2

I sketched a lot that Christmas. This is a very bad sketch of my nephew (who was about 4, and I cannot sketch people) with my brother's air hockey table. Everybody had a lot of fun with that table - my sister's family even got one if their own later.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Much better!

I decided the new, fancy, "dynamic" blog themes were annoying. So, here we are, with a plain, simple, easy to read blog again. Yay!

I am glad to see that my phone posts with the pictures from my art journal are coming out okay. They're bigger than I thought, actually.

I also went to my website today and attempted to update it. Actually, I was going to cancel it, but they convinced me to try updating it again since the engine, tool, app, whatever, that they use now is supposed to be better than before. Well... maybe. I couldn't update the weaving site because it would only load to 85% and then stop. But my art site was okay. It was still HARD to get the pictures to line up, and the beadwork pictures are a mess, but I gave up on those for today. The rest is acceptable.

sheeptopia altered art

I changed my blog name - not the web addy, because I don't want to change the domain name - but I did change the name to Roving Artist instead of Roving Weaver, since weaving is an art and, really, until I settle down again, I probably won't be doing a lot of weaving.

And now, to Kinko's (I am at Starbucks, land of coffee and wi-fi) to print out things I have needed to print for quite a while...

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Christmas 2003

I hope this picture shows up correctly. The icon blogger is showing me for the picture is about half of the actual pic.

The art journal I am documenting is an accordion style journal, with several two or more page layouts. The most I could reasonably fit in my phone lens at once (probably my camera, too, but I using my phone because it is easier) is two pages, which works for most of them.

This was drawn on December 18th, 2003, when my niece was in first grade. Santa flew in on a helicopter for the kids, so I sketched it.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

From Prayer Flags to art journals

I have loved prayer flags for a long time. They are beautiful, and so is the idea behind them. Over the last couple of days, I have gone from looking them up to buy them to figuring I could make them and looking up tutorials for that, to getting completely side-tracked on the tutorial blog by the artist's watercolors and journals. I need to figure out how to post a link to her blog from the mobile app - she is fabulous. I got to thinking that I ought to take a class from her, since back a dozen years ago I did a lot of sketching and watercolors, and some mixed media, too, in journals, but I lost my confidence and enthusiasm for it several years ago. A class might get me back in to the swing of things. Her class in Italy sounds great. ;-)

I got out my current travel art journal, which is about 5"x5", and started looking through it. I had forgotten A), that I actually like a lot of the artwork, and B), I started it in 2003!! I can't believe it is almost ten years old!

So, since my other journals are in a box in OK right now, I decided to document the pages of this one over the next few weeks. First, the cover and front page. I made the journal - I think this is my fourth travel art journal of this size, and I made three of them. The other two used fabric I had marbled in the early 90s, but this one used fleece with an owl on it. Owls were not popular ten years ago, and I was thrilled to find it, even if it was a brown camouflage print. The paper is a mix, since I wanted to test various papers I had. My favorite ended up being Fabriano Uno, which of course they then discontinued. I have some still, and the one they replaced it with (Artistico?), which isn't bad. I honestly don't remember the difference right now. Since I started back to traveling for work, I haven't had much of a chance to play with big sheets of watercolor paper.

The front page has a tarot card with Athena on it and letter "pebbles" that spell out "find wisdom," Scrabble style. It was done on December 18th, 2003.

Here's hoping this posts! Happy Easter, all.

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Pavilion parking lot at night

I took this picture a few days (maybe a week?) ago. I am working at Dynacare labs in Milwaukee, and this is the view from the third floor of the Pavilion as you leave the elevator - part of my nightly hike through the complex from the lab to the parking lot I am allowed to park in. It is a beautiful place, and I love working here. It is the largest lab I have worked at, and my favorite. I wouldn't want to work here forever simply because I value being a generalist, being able to understand all areas of the lab, and here they tend to compartmentalize people too much. I don't think I could handle working only in one area so long that I forgot basic ideas of other areas. But, I still love this job, and I am glad they have extended me through the end of April!

It's funny - I was talking to someone on a list I am on, and told them I had thus blog but hadn't updated it for a long time. Then I said I should see if there was an app for that. I logged on tonight and saw that back in May I had posted using the app! That was on another phone, and I remember having problems with the app. They have updated it since then. Hopefully I will have better luck this time around! I intend to start updating again. I haven't been weaving a lot, but I have gotten in to Zentangles - maybe I should rename the blog "roaming dreamer" instead of roaming weaver. :-)

That's all for now...