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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Vintage Hats & Handbags

Ballpoint Pen Illustrations

Vintage Hats in Ballpoint Pen

I’m still working away on learning to draw in ballpoint pen.  Honestly, it’s kind of become an addiction as of late!  I guess there are worse things, so with pen in hand, I’ll continue practicing every day.

One of the things I’m really liking is the simplicity of working with only a few tools.  With colored pencil, I needed several colors and different shades for each drawing.  With ballpoint pen, I only need one pen for the drawing and one or two pens for the lettering.  That really simplifies the process!

Vintage Purses in Ballpoint Pen

Do you have a certain style of art that appeals to you?  I’d love to hear from you!

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Tomato Basil Soup Collage

Hello Peeps!

I hope you’re enjoying the lovely fall temps and the first signs of color changing of our foliage. I love the brisk morning temps and am looking forward to the return of a blazing fire in our wood stove!

I’m enrolled in another class in  This course is about illustrating recipes and the assignment required that we make a collage from a favorite recipe.


In an earlier assignment, we were asked to do a simple recipe in ink and watercolor.  I love to draw but don’t really enjoy painting.  Anyway, I’m a type A stickler when it comes to class participation so I gave it a go.


I’ve been playing around with the idea of taking family recipes, illustrating them and putting them in book form or a custom recipe box.  I think this would be a lovely gift idea for families to give out and to keep those favorite family recipes from disappearing.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on this plan.  Would you have any interest in a project like this?  How many recipes would be enough to make a nice gift?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!  Please leave a comment below.

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