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Candy Corn Queen 2011

She started out as a sketch on tracing paper, just like last year. I decided on an Elizabethan style queen and  initially sketched out a castle along with her….but I changed my mind on the castle later on.

After the basic sketch was done, I made a copy of it, and began drawing in all of the details of her costume, adding candy corn wherever I could.

Instead of a crown, I drew a rose that matched the rose pattern on her under-dress, and put it in her hair

I cut her out, made some more copies, and started playing around with some different color combinations.  It’s amazing how many different ways you can color something with just black, yellow, and orange.

A more serene background, with a large moon and birds flying in the distance, allows the queen to become the central focus of the picture.

I think I might need some better glasses! Good grief, I was going cross-eyed coloring these tiny candy corn!

At this point I thought she needed something else to make her costume fancier.

Then I remembered “Hello Doily!” I ordered this stamp from Stampin’ Up a few weeks back and hadn’t used it yet.

Is this a gorgeous stamp or what?

It was the perfect size for a layer of lace behind her collar, and a single section of the doily became a small lacey fan.  It’s so cool when stuff works out like this!

Used my extra small x-acto knife to cut out her finger just enough to ‘hold’ the fan handle.

Used some ‘Black Soot’ Distressing Ink to color the background. These inks have become one of my all time favorite products ever, I use them constantly.

Now she seemed complete in all of her candied splendor…..she just needed a little SPARKLE.


She’s finished! And I hope you have some fresh candy corn to enjoy this weekend!

You know I do.  🙂


Filed under Autumn Art, Drawings

“Stare Cards” for CS

I wish people would stop staring.

I designed some cards to give to people who stare at Knox.

It’s happening more and more frequently.  People can’t help themselves. Their eyes keep looking over at him.  They don’t say anything but their eyes ask the questions loud and clear.

 “What’s wrong with that baby? Is he OK? He doesn’t look quite right.”

Many can’t contain their curiosity and ask the DREADED QUESTION.

” How old is he?”

Here we go again.

And when I tell them they don’t believe me because he looks so small. 

Then their eyes start asking questions again.

“Fine,” I say to myself. “I’ll tell this one person.  I’ll go through it  one more time.”


It’s a strange thing having people stare at your child.  I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to it. 

 But I am going to give all of those questioning eyes something to read from now on.  I’m going to hand them a card.

It will answer all their questions, and hopefully, get them to stop staring.

I drew several different designs, trying to keep it simple.  I figured something hand-drawn would catch people’s attention.

At first, I wanted to make them the size of an ATC, but I couldn’t fit all the words on it.


I kept re-tracing it and making changes until I liked it.

Here’s the finished design. I copied several onto cardstock and then added some bright colors with highlighter pens.

And I know a certain big sister who is ready and willing to hand them out.


Filed under Baby Knox, Drawings

I Saw No Window…

 Today’s post for the letter “I” is a line from Robert Frost’s poem “Good Hours”.

I borrow lines from poems and illustrate them in my sketchbook.

Often, my drawings have nothing to do with what the poem is really about.  I just love the words.

I love the feeling the words create.

Sometimes it’s only one line.

Sometimes it’s only one phrase.

I pick lines from poems like flowers from a garden.

 Only the ones that stir my heart are taken.

“I saw no window but that was black.”


Filed under A to Z Challenge 2011, Drawings

Candy Corn Queen 2010

It’s just a bit of silliness, really.

But it’s artistic silliness.

My daughter was eating some candy corn and remarked how fun it would be to make candy corn jewelry.

Then I remarked how fun it would be to try to draw a lovely Candy Queen completely covered in candy corn accessories.

And now, for the rest of the story…

 I drew the original on tracing paper so I could play around with some different backgrounds.  I thought a bright orange sun looked cool behind her and I also decided to change the crown design for this one.

And the Queen has to have jewels.

I made the second Queen using the original crown design.  I stamped old handwriting all over a sheet of cardstock and then layered the original drawing over it.  Then I stamped some birds onto transparency pieces and moved them around until I liked the way it looked.

I turned it into a card and stamped an envelope to match. Because of the size of the drawing, however,  I had to cut most of the wing off so I knew I needed to reduce the image before making more cards.

*is anyone actually reading this? *  🙂

Of course, the reduce/enlarge feature on my printer busted as I attempted the first one,  SO I had to take them to Office Max and get some reduced color copies made.  The colors were altered quite a bit by their printer.

*note to self*

Get a new printer.


Filed under Art cards, Autumn Art, Drawings

My Piece of Inspiration

 art table

 Artists are inspired by different things. Some are inspired by literature or music; others by language or even mathematics.  I want to share  my favorite piece of inspiration with you.

It sits at the corner of my impeccably organized art table.

 This piece of artwork was not done by a famous artist. It’s not a reprinting of an old master’s painting or anything I picked up in a gallery.

  It’s an ink drawing by my mother.

She drew it as she lay in the hospital,  fighting a losing battle against cancer.

 I remember receiving a phone call from mom during one of her hospital stays that wound up lasting over a month.  It was mid-morning and I was just fixing to head up there for my daily visit when the phone rang.  She sounded frustrated.  She asked me to bring a pad of paper and some colored pens with me.  “I’ve got to do something with my hands or I’m going to go nuts!” she told me.

  Eighteen months of cancer treatment had taken a huge toll on her already frail body, but her creative spirit was alive and well.  She was an artist and she could not spend one more day in that hospital bed without creating something!  She worked on her “doodling” untold hours as she lay in that hospital bed day after day, week after week. 

I had brought several of her projects from home earlier for her to work on, but her eyesight had been ruined by radiation treatments, and she couldn’t see to do the detailed needlework and beading that she had been working on before her illness. 

 After she went home to be with the Lord, I found several of her pen drawings in her Bible, all with different verses and poems written on them.  The Serenity Prayer is written in her incomparably perfect handwriting on the back of this one.

Lord, give me the courage to change the things I can,

The serenity to accept the things I can’t,

And the wisdom to know the difference.


I love this drawing.  I admire the details: the random inclusion of color, the abrupt changes of pattern, the myriad types of lines and little pictures tucked in. Though it has bittersweet memories for me, it also makes me smile.   I, too, have to do something with my hands or I feel like I’m going to go nuts!

This drawing also reminds me that art can be simple.  It doesn’t have to be an exquisite oil painting or a flawless marble sculpture to bring joy and inspiration to others. I’m totally inspired to create when I look at this drawing.  I’m amazed that my mom could draw something this cool half-blind with just a stationery pad and a few felt-tip pens.  This piece also reminds me to never underestimate the creativity God has imparted to His creation.

The picture is so finely detailed that my camera would not focus in well.  I tried to take several shots of different parts of it so you can see how wonderful it is!  

Want to see my mom and I?  We are the two happy faces squeezed in at the top of photo #5.

Mom's drawing

Moms drawing 1

Mom's drawing 2

Mom's Drawing 3

Mom's drawing 5

Mom's drawing 6

Mom'w drawing 7

Mom's drawing 8


Filed under Drawings, Family/Homeschooling