Friday, July 7, 2017

Vintage Rolodex Rotary Cards



Do you still have a Rolodex Rotary Card holder? With the plethora of electronic devices, these are becoming obsolete, but now you might want to use yours again with these "Vintage" Rolodex Rotary Cards! Just print them out on card stock, available from your local office supply store, using your printer. Even if you discarded your rotary card holder, you can use these as note cards or place setting name cards. All you need is a pair of scissors.

This set of 6 cards measure 2 5/8" x 4" each.  Click to download them with my compliments.  The PDF file is 7.7 mg so it may take a moment to fully load.  Enjoy!

Be sure to visit How Sweet the Sound and participate in Pink Saturday with me!


Friday, June 30, 2017

Delphiniums

The tall stocks and the vibrant, yet delicate flowers of delphiniums speak to me of the early days of summer.  I love the height they attain, standing so tall and straight.

You might also know this flower as larkspur, though it's name is derived from the Greek word for dolphin.

In the Victorian language of flowers, the delphinium symbolizes devoted attachment to your love, big-heartedness, enthusiasm, fun and lightheartedness.  Being a daughter of an astronomer, I love the star-shaped petals fluttering in a soft breeze like twinkling stars.

For those of you who celebrate your birthday in the month of July, this flower is your birth flower.  Loved creating this composition of delphiniums for you to enjoy!

Participate in Pink Saturday with me at How Sweet the Sound.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Paper Dolls


During the summer, my sister and I played paper dolls.  We played paper dolls not just for hours, but by the week!  Back then paper dolls were available at the 5 & 10.  You could purchase a book of paper dolls for just a dime or less.  There was always a large selection from which to choose such as movie stars, bride and groom, children, and storybook characters, to name a few.  One book of paper dolls usually had at least two dolls and a large accompaniment of costumes.

These Elizabeth Taylor paper dolls were our favorite.  We loved the fashionable and elegant clothing, and the way the dolls were posed.  We made mansions for these dolls on our beds using books outlining the rooms.  We had balls, house maids, swimming pools, parties, and guests for tea.  We filled our bedroom with large story books placed on the floor as a wharf and used the big game boxes for yachts.  You could barely walk into our room!  At night, we  carefully folded up everything, stacked it just so that the next morning we could set it all up again quickly for a day of play.

We designed clothing for special occasions using color pencils and crayons.  We made dishes and cut them out.  We even made scenery for the mansion gardens.  We had such fun!  Those hours and days spent with our paper dolls and our imaginations are such treasured memories.

Celebrate Pink Saturday with my paper dolls and me at How Sweet the Sound.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Pansies Squared

Pansies Squared by Jeanne Downing
The playfulness of pansies is captured in this background treatment of multiple squares against a photo of peeling paint.  As important as the painting is, the background treatment, and the display of the artwork is just as important.  All combine together to generate a mood or feeling.

Visit Rosecote.com and experience our original backgrounds for yourself.  If you are interested in learning how to make your own backgrounds/scrapbook paper, we have a couple of online classes that might be of interest to you.

Celebrate another Pink Saturday with me at How Sweet the Sound.






Friday, June 9, 2017

Celebrating Spring

Warm weather has arrived in Colorado!  It is supposed to get up to 90 today.  I thought today would be a good day for a little Pansy Sorbet.  This is painted in oils on a digitally created background which was printed on artist canvas.

Discover how much fun it is to paint on unique backgrounds from Rosecote.com!

I am also celebrating another Pink Saturday with How Sweet the Sound.

Have a wonderful day, and stay cool!

Friday, May 26, 2017

My New Art Tool


I am loving my new art tool!  There are some wonderful art apps, including Procreate, Art Studio, Adobe Sketch, and Photoshop Mix.  Teaching myself how to use the apps to create art is a challenge, but I can paint in any medium, draw with pencil or pen, or manipulate images with these apps on my iPad.  The Apple Pencil makes it much more precise than using fingers.

It appears that I can install some of my favorite digital brushes in some of these programs!  As I become more knowledgeable with the software, it will be 2nd nature to use technology as an art tool!  What a wonderful age we live in as artists.  By the way, the iPad is rose gold and the whole thing keeps me in the Pink Zone no matter what I am doing on it!
Thank you to Beverly for her dedication to Pink Saturday.  How Sweet the Sound.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Vintage Romance - Rose


Inspiration for artistic endeavors can come from almost anything.  This background was inspired by dirt!  Working in the rose garden, digging in the dirt, set my mind to thinking about making a digital background framed in dirt!  So I set about creating some digital brushes that I could use for dirt.  A new painting surface is born!  Introducing you to Vintage Romance - Rose.  Quick and fun.  The background is available as a digital download at Rosecote.com.
Thank you to Beverly for her dedication to Pink Saturday.  How Sweet the Sound.



Vintage Rolodex Rotary Cards

Do you still have a Rolodex Rotary Card holder? With the plethora of electronic devices, these are becoming obsolete, but now yo...