All Dressed for Baking!

I’ve created a ton of fun little sketches for the holidays.  This time of the year is full of so many fun events.  Recently, I participated in my very first cookie exchange.  I absolutely loved it and we are planning next years event already!  This sketch is from my art journal, influenced by the sharing of goodies and the flare we have for dressing up during the holidays.  Baking is fun and why not dress it up a bit while we are doing it!!

Wishing all of you the best this special time of the year!

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Zen Snowman

Today I finished my last commissioned piece for the holiday season.  Knowing not to put added pressure on myself, I like to have time before the Christmas holiday to enjoy the season.  This is a special time of the year and needs to be enjoyed!  This afternoon I let my mind rest and did this little zentangle snowman.  It felt good to just doodle and not have any expectations as to the outcome.  He seems happy with all that design on his body and the little bird hanging out on his arm!  We’ve had the worst chill since 1997 here in Montana so I had to add Winter Chill on the snowman’s  bottom!!  I doubt he would even notice the cold!!

Find time in the hustle and bustle of the season for some quiet time….copy winter chill

The First Noel

Just for fun this evening I painted this little Christmas scene on a piece of cardboard.  I use a lot of recycled materials in my art and have a huge stash of cardboard pieces.  I love the texture and thickness of cardboard…sometimes I will strip away the first layer so the corrugated layer becomes exposed.  Acrylics tend to soak into cardboard quickly so I mixed water with the paint while applying.  The First Noël is a favorite Christmas song of mine.  I added words that express the meaning of the holiday to me.  As I was painting this piece I felt as if this piece could be an easy, fun project using recycled materials for families to create together.  The trees I made from old book pages.  Even buttons could be glued to the trees.

copy treeHope everyone will spend a little time creating something fun for the holidays!