2014 Documented Life Project Week 3: Add an envelope from your mailbox

The 2014 Documented Life Project is about to end and here I am, still trying to catch up and work on a challenge whenever I can. Here is my interpretation of Week 3: Add an envelope from your mailbox. I didn’t feel like pasting an actual envelope on the page, so I decided to just draw an envelope. This one’s inspired by mail art, but I’m not sure if I can actually call it mail art as the dimensions are too large for mailing. :o)

Week 3

I used acrylic paints (Pebeo, Sakura) and ink pencils (Derwent Inktense) to make this art journal page. Other supplies used: wrapping paper (Eno), cling and clear stamps (Hero Arts, Pink Paislee), vintage stamp sticker, and ink pad (Hero Hues).


Aside from the DLP, I’m also linking this entry to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge for November. The challenge is to use stamps on your artwork and I did just that for this art journal page. I used a cling stamp with the definition of ‘dream’ and clear stamps for the butterfly, postal mark and ‘amusement seal.

Thanks for checking out my work. See you again soon!

Working With Limited Palettes

Whenever I look at a colorful art journal page or a canvas art made by someone, I tend to ask myself, “Now why don’t I do something like that?” But as soon as I get the paints out, I agonize over color combinations and end up limiting my colors to just 3 or 4. It’s not that I don’t know how to nicely pair up colors; it’s just that I prefer a more intimate and harmonious group of paints. It’s just me.

bird house and girlI sometimes wonder if this painting preference is a faint reflection of my personality. I don’t like crowded places, and I don’t like to please everyone. So even if I want to use many beautiful colors from my collection, I choose to limit the palette. It’s a small and focused group that often makes up my artwork, my personal space in the universe. But, of course, this isn’t always the case. (And I’m not really complaining.)

Watercolor Study of a Poppy Fairy

It’s a lovely Tuesday morning here in Cavite. The easterly winds have converged with hanging amihan to bring cooler temps. And, mmm, gotta love the smell of Christmas breeze. Now I feel compelled to write and update this blog! Eek, does that even make sense? ;o)

I’m sharing with you my first watercolor study of a poppy fairy.  I’ve been learning how to illustrate fairies and other magical creatures (from a book) using subdued colors and limited palettes. I like this kind of discipline, and I enjoy learning watercolor techniques that are commonly used for making fairy art.


I drew the fairy and other objects using an HB pencil (Conte) and then lined everything with a fine sepia pen (Faber-Castell PITT pen). I did the light washes before the shadows and other dark areas. The highlights were made in between washes. The mouse’s fur was rendered using a dark brown colored pencil (Derwent Coloursoft).


Basic palette: cadmium red (for the flowers and clothes); vermillion (light wash for the wings); magenta (dark areas of the wings); flesh tint and raw umber (light wash for skin, dark wash for shadows on skin); sap green, cobalt green and olive green (for the leaves); lamp black and burnt umber (for the hair); cerulean blue (for the flowers on her hair); permanent yellow and violet (light washes for the background). I used Sakura Koi, Winsor & Newton Cotman, and Louvre watercolors to render this study.

poppy fairy on cansonI drew and painted this poppy fairy on a 9×6 Canson illustration pad. It’s originally a 9×12 illustration pad that I cut in half using a paper trimmer. The bound half I use as sketchbook and the loose sheets I use for projects that may be framed or fussy-cut.

I hope to make more fairy illustrations and learn from them. I enjoy the process so much and I’m happy when I’m able to create something that I really like. More so, my kids get excited when they see my fairy drawings and paintings. I must’ve rubbed this fascination for fantasy on my girls!

See you next time,
Connie :o)

Scrapbook or Mini Album?

Last month, I had the chance to rummage through my paper crafting supplies while making souvenirs for Candice’s 7th birthday. I realize I’ve gotten too engrossed in drawing and painting that I no longer work on paper craft projects. Well, I do take the time to work on a few that my children might need for school. Other than that I hardly give the thing a thought, which isn’t right because I have amassed quite a stock of supplies (from both local and US-based stores) … and did I not plan on making scrapbooks and mini albums for memory’s sake?

I finished an 8×8 album last June for the grandfolks in San Jose, California. This year, I plan to make one or two mini albums and perhaps a scrapbook or scrap journal of my daughters’ drawings and little paintings. It’s been ages since I worked on one for the family. Years ago, I finished some simple scrapbook pages for Candice. You can find the pictures here and here. I also worked on mini album of my daughter’s baby pictures which I then gave to my sister before she left for Canada.

What to make next? Let’s see what these hands can come up with someday or soon. In the meantime, I’ll be gathering pictures and ephemera that I can use for either scrapbook or mini album.