Rust Remover

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a serious interest in art.

Art as in – drawing, painting, and most visual arts.

However, lately my love for the scratch of a pencil on drawing paper is rekindling.

There is only one problem with that.

All my years of learning and practice have gotten a fine patina of rust from lack of use.

So to the de-rusting (I don’t think that’s a word) we go.


I was—in my teens and early twenties—predominantly a graphite and acrylic artist. Those are the mediums I know well.

But what sparked my current interest is Lisa of Lachri fine art and her color pencil drawings.
(I always have to remind myself to say color pencils because we call them pencil crayons.)

This reawakening of interest has been a slow process so I’ve started collecting new tools for my trade.

Color pencils, acrylics, airbrushing supplies and lately (listen carefully and you’ll hear a choir of angels) copic markers.

I also got some sketch books. And in this post I’ll show you the results of starting to sand off all that rust.

This was my first drawing in my Canson XL Mix Media (the link is to the place I bought it, no I’m not affiliated with them.


This was done using a mixture color pencils and copic marker.


My next sketchbook is a moleskine so I wanted to do something with the solid black cover. I found (a long time ago) an image of a werewolf I loved. So I contacted the artist on dA and asked his permission to recreate the werewolf on my sketchbook cover.

This was done using acrylic paint.

sketchbook cover

The original piece was line art by TheHand on dA.

So it looks like the rust is coming off, but its a long process. Its taking me ten times as long to get anything done. Hopefully that will improve with time. (haha)


Week 7 Art Journal Prompt Entry

Hi Crafty Folk,

Week 7 of our Art Journal prompt was “Princess” and I really enjoyed this one.

I use my art journal to practice new techniques or test out ideas. I do not use it as a fine art place. I have another portfolio for those pieces.

I really enjoyed this weeks prompt. I got my idea by accident. I’d used acrylic gel medium and serviettes to create a background (testing out the idea) the day before Athena came up with the princess prompt. And when she did I realized my background would be perfect for the prompt.

I found a coloring book image of an elven  princess and my original idea was to color the image with my spectrum noir pencils.

You read right! I’m getting the whole range of spectrum noir pencils. But they will only be here about Tuesday. So I went to plan B.

I took out my set of 12 Inktense pencils (I really need a bigger set) and used them for the first time.

Now, you have to understand, I’ve been an acrylic artist my whole life, that or graphite. I was never fond of water medium. I know now–only because I never gave it a fair chance.

Now I’m keen to try water medium and airbrushing.

Really dying to get good with an airbrush. So there will be a lot of work as I learn how to do it.

Back to the point. I used my Inktense pencils and a water-brush. Oh my giddy aunt. Do I LOVE inktense pencils! A touch of color and you have bright vibrant colors! Epic.

As I said before:

The background was made using a napkin (serviette) and gel medium, then I watered down my DIY-gesso and put a wash of that over it.

The elven princes was a coloring book image found on line-printed out then worked with my inktense pencils and water-brush.

The wording “Inside Every Woman is an Elven Princess” is done with an alpha clear stamp set I have then I just added a shadow and used a dragonfly stamp too (I adore dragonflies)

I hope you all like it as much as I enjoyed doing it.

Looking forward to some cool Art Journal prompt entries from the others.

Happy Crafting,



Week 5 and 6 Art Journal Entry

Hi Crafties,

So, as you know, I was sick for the last two weeks. But this week I’m back and I spent the day putting my art journal page together.

I played and experimented, and I like how it turned out, though I feel I need more practice with the texture paste, and I suspect my hearts stencil was just too big.

A little tip I did discover.

I bought a Derwent burnishing pencil and blending pencil, they came in a blister pack of two of each and an eraser and sharpener. I thought I’d test them out with this project and I can say…. AWESOME. The blending pencil will take one color laid down and blend it out to its lightest shade. Its gorgeous. It will take two colors next to each other and blend them perfectly, it even eases out the dreaded pencil lines. Extra cool? The blender even blends kiddies color pencils, the cheep ones my kids use for school.


Well worth the investment. The burnishing pencil I want to play with a bit more before I give my verdict.

Now for my page.

I stamped out an image “The Runaway” from Santoro’s Gorjuss range. Just love this image, and added some heart stamps around her then I free handed the text and the big heart.

I used a combination of my Derwents (because I need more colors) and my cheepy kiddies pencils to color in the image and the blending pencil from Derwent to blend it all.

Then I masked the image with a piece of paper and some micropore tape and used a heart stencil and some home made texture paste (that I put a little pink acrylic in)

Like I said before I think the stencil was a bit too big so I’m not overfond of how that came out, but part of the idea was to practice the technique and learn from it. Mission accomplished

So here is my page!

I hope you enjoy seeing it as much as I enjoyed making it.


Week 4 – Art Journal Page – Being Creative is not a hobby it’s a way of life.

Hello Crafty Folk,

Let me premise this rather horrible journal page with a chuckle and the admission that I’ve been as sick as a dog and in bed most of the week with bronchitis.

So even though I think my concept was pretty clever, my execution needs a lot of work, but I’m reminding myself that not every page will be up to my expectations and this one is one of them.

Holding a brush steady when you are shaking turned out to be a bit of a feat. (One I failed)

Enough excuses, I’m proud that I lifted my skirts and did the page even though I’m feeling like dog-food that has been chewed over.

I’m looking forward to seeing who does what this week!

Here is my entry:


For those of you who can’t see the little text box reads:

From the dawn of human memory. Our Ancestors saw pictures in the stars.

(Then the quote for the week)

Being Creative is not a hobby it’s a way of life.

Happy Crafting!


Week Three’s Art Journal Pages – Life is a Garden… Dig it ~ Joe Dirt

Hi Crafty Folk,

It’s Sunday and time to post this week’s art Journal pages. Again, sadly, only Athena and I, but I’m hoping as the weeks progress you will feel like you can join in the fun. Either way, we are enjoying it and we won’t be stopping.

This coming week is Athena’s choice of saying. You can find it here.

Without further ado here is this week’s pages.

Athena’s :




We both did a bit of a zen tangle to get the hang of it, I know I will be trying the technique again at some point.

And keep an eye on my blog for the next week I have a few posts lined up, but today I’m in zombie mode since I only went to bed at 4am and my brain is currently the consistency of luke warm custard. *laughs*

Happy crafting,


Lord Soth’s Song – Art Journal Page

Hi all you crafty people,

I hope you are having a fantastic Saturday. I’m looking forward to autumn (fall) because last night at 8:30 it was 31c and I’m so sick of the heat.

On to my post. On my last Art Journal post I told you about my love for Poe, and shortly after discovering him I found Dragonlance.

Fantasy I loved deeply, and one of my favorite characters was Raistlin, probably because he was so torn and dark and twisty.

But Lord Soth (The knight of the Rose) made an impression too, and the poem I’ve chosen to journal comes from the Dragonlance series.

It’s very gothic horror and well… Dark and Twisty.

Lord Soths Song

I did Lord Soth with my Derwent pencils on separate paper, (my poor pencils! I’m going to have to get an art patron to buy me more ROFL) and gessoed the page then did the background on there, using a combination of spray inks, inks, water based markers and acrylic paint. Yep, I really multimedia-ed it. (I’m making words up again)

If you are wondering about the blood drops on the rose. I used a little trick. I did the drops in markers so the color would be brighter then I used some Glossy Accents on it. That’s how I got the 3D effect.

I hope you enjoyed my little art piece. I know I enjoyed sitting coloring last night while I watched TV.

See you soon,

Happy Crafting,