Monday, July 26, 2010

painting with pearls

What????  Ranger's DIMENSIONAL PEARLS that is!  There are several colors in the product collection, and i used TERRA COTTA on this project. 

Ranger also just released new colors in the LIQUID PEARLS line, and i can't wait to try them with this technique.   This creamy, thick pearlescent paint has a ultra thin tip perfect for drawing lines. I drew these journal pages with the pearls first and let it dry overnite.  When completely dry i was able to go in with watercolors and color the images.  Great dimensions, it's like a coloring book with raised lines!  I have a whole batch more drying today, and will share when they are done.  This technique is be great for your own custom embellishments, cards, journal pages, etc.

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©joanne sharpe 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

"journal words"

These "speak to my soul" words come to life with paper pages, paints and pens.  I love cropping the close ups of my written words and sentiments illustrated in the "Joy Journal".  They become new little works of art on their own merit.  (You can view the whole journal in the album on this page.)

"Life and art doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful"...




"Live with intention, laugh, love and embrace yourself..."


"make it what it takes...never, ever, never give up"...




©joanne sharpe 2010


Sunday, July 18, 2010

"heart knows"


 Without a doubt.  Don't you always "know" what to do, where to go, when you feel that it's right, down deep in your heart?  It's that "trust your gut" thing.  

I continue to explore and reinvent my look, working with materials that i have used for decades as an artist.  On this canvas, papers, paint, ink, gesso, medium, pencil, bead gel, whimsically unite..... to share a heartful message that rings so true to me.

Friday, July 9, 2010

"creative space"

I love having a studio in my home.  Sometimes i can't sleep, so in the middle of the night i sneak into my studio (my daughter Meghan's old room) and putz around with my markers, paints, inks, pens, journals.   For years, when the kids went to bed, i'd create my art licensing assignments into the wee hours on our dining room table.  I've been very fortunate to work as a full time artist, and to also have a teaching studio outside of my home since 1998.  But nothing beats the home studio.       

Here are the FOUR painting, journaling, lettering projects i am working on right now.  A.D.D. much???!!  It's so freeing to leave everything out in my work space, work until my eyes won't stay open, then just close the door! My husband just  rolls his eyes.DSCN1508 



 There's no place like your creative space.  

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

"destiny designer"



So very true.  Whatever we want, we can have if we work hard enough, and visualize its reality.  We hear this all the time, that we make our own luck, our dreams can come true, we are the creators of this life we have.  But, when you are finally just where you "want to be", do you realize that you once dreamed, imagined or destined yourself to "be there"?  That is designing your own destiny, and it's a beautiful thing.


Sunday, July 4, 2010

Thursday, July 1, 2010

"inspired create play"

More art journal experimentation, another creative adventure... full of light, textures and my signature inspirational words.  This journal spread was created with layers of paint, and goop, gel mediums, distress inks,  grunge fonts, gesso, stamps, my drawings and pencil sketching.....pure play.  I like.



...zoomed in really close to see the delicious textures and glass bead reflections.....