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New Art Supplies from Derwent Inktense and Balzar Design with Crafter’s Workshop helping me with my fear of painting faces!

Now just for fun I ordered some new stencils for Face Painting. From Crafter’s Workshop, Balzar Design, these too too fun stencils can help you create faces in a snap!

stencil 1 stencil 2 stencil 3

Now watch these videos and see what fun you can have with them!

I’ve only had a chance to play a little but this is what I’ve come up with….Which also helps with my “fear of Painting faces” as I’ve mentioned numerous times before!

Now Another great Product I”ve recently discovered are InkTense pencils put out by Derwent.  Now these are NOT cheap tools, but so far I can tell they are going to last a very long time and they’re so much fun they’re worth every penny.  They are much, well, exactly like WaterColor pencils, except with vibrant Inks and wow are they have made my Christmas break…I can’t stop using them!  As with Water Color pencils you can use them on their own as a pencil (boring in my humble opinion when that’s what Prismacolors are for!)  You can dip the tip in water and draw…amazing, you can draw with the pencil and spray with water for a great effect or draw with the pencil and brush over with a wet brush for an amazing result!  (My favorite!)  So below is a piece I just finished using mostly the pencils over canvas, molding paste and vintage papers.



So these are my new Toys and I hope you enjoy them as well!

If you got any new art toys for Christmas PLEASE share them in the comment section below, maybe a sample of you playing around with them and a link or name we could google so we can play too!  Would love to hear about some other new products (or at least new to me!)

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Love and Light….WK

New piece Step by Step….Continued….

Well, the piece I started is coming along nicely.  I only wish I had more time to work on it.  I’m not sure it’ll be ready for my October Shows…..but I don’t want to rush it, so it may début in November and I’m fine with that….I’m loving the cool colors of blues and greens and purples and finding the different shades for the collage portion of the circles….I painted underneath and I love the color peaking up beneath the collage….this was such a flash of vision in my head that I’m very interested to see if it turns out in reality the way it flashed in my head!!!  So here’s what I’ve been doing….

In addition my students are in the process of recreating Starry Night on an extremely large canvas square by square with each student drawing a random square and recreating it on the canvas.  Below are the results as of now…I can’t wait to see the end.  They are SO talented!!

I look forward to comments……Don’t be afraid, let’s hear them!!!  Also, Don’t forget to visit me on Facebook and Like Hummingbird Studios Page and follow us on Twitter OR sign up for our newsletter to your right. You’ll get a free transfer technique and Monthly updates and tutorials from Hummingbird Studios.

As always, love and light from WK

New piece, step by step

I’ve started a new piece that came to me in my car while driving home from work… soon as I got home this was the sketch that quickly and messily came out of my head….

My favorite poem Annabelle Lee by Edgar Allen Poe came to mind and I knew it had to be the back ground so I began immediately …..



















The text of the poem reads:

Annabel Lee

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of ANNABEL LEE;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me-
Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we-
Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.

Edgar Allan Poe

As you can see it’s a chilling, sadly romantic story that revolves around the sea so I guess my themes of cool colors will continue!  I can’t wait to get those swirls and circles in there to go with my original messy sketch and I will keep you updated as I go!!

Please don’t forget how much I admire and love you all….your respect and opinion is valuable to me so As always, I look forward to comments……Don’t be afraid, let’s hear them!!!  Also, Don’t forget to visit me on Facebook and Like Hummingbird Studios Page and follow us on Twitter OR sign up for our newsletter to your right. You’ll get a free transfer technique and Monthly updates and tutorials from Hummingbird Studios.

As always, love and light from WK


Setting a piece aside and leaving it to the muses!

Well, I’ve been working on a piece for quite some time now and it just isn’t happening.  The whole composition bothers me, the colors, the shapes, the lines, the textures, basically ALL your Elements and Principles of ART!! Hah,  So I’ve decided to set it aside and put it in the hands of my muses and begin another piece.   Here’s what’s not working for me….

So now it’s on the floor with some pastels awaiting my attention when the mood strikes.

BUT, we just got back from a cruise and blues and golds are just running through my head like mad, so I’ve begun the following piece.

I’ve LOVING the golds and blues….the texture of the molding paste, the composition which in my head is filled in with all kinds of blues including collage, pastel, paints with herbs etc.  I feel very inspired by this piece and I hope it will help to get me over the hump of the other piece!

SOOOO, the question to you today is, have you ever been stuck on a piece?  We ALL know the answer is YES for all of us…so I would love to hear about it in the comments section or on my Facebook page….. pictures would be even better!!!  I’d love to be reminded I’m not alone in this!

I look forward to comments……Don’t be afraid, let’s hear them!!!  Also, Don’t forget to visit me on Facebook and Like Hummingbird Studios Page and follow us on Twitter OR sign up for our newsletter to your right. You’ll get a free transfer technique and Monthly updates and tutorials from Hummingbird Studios.

As always, Love and Light…..WK

Summer is almost here and sorry for the lack of posts of late

Hi all,

As you know I teach Art to teens as well as work in my studio.  Well, the month of May in a school is an entity in and of itself and has left little studio time.  Along with a few shows, and a graduating Senior (sniff, sniff)  I’ve had little time to blog.  Please forgive me and know that I haven’t run out of things to say….my husband can attest to that!… in two weeks when school is out I’ll be back on line for good.  Until then, very soon, I’ll have a little video of some amazing altered book work my students have done and some of my work that I’ve been doing along with them.

So since I’VE been out of commission I would LOVE to hear what YOU have been up to!  Comment below, leave a link or picture and let us know what you’ve been creating.  I would love some inspiration as I enter back into my newly revamped studio….yes I went in to just clean up and my CPA husband followed me leading to a totally revamped more “efficient” 🙂 studio!!!  Gotta love having a total left brain and total right brain in one household!

So PLEASE comment and let me see what you’ve been up to.  I can’t wait to see all the creativity that’s been going on during my haitus!

As always….Light and Love WK

                              My Son and I in his Senior PicturesMy son and I during his Senior Pictures....

Altering Vintage Canvases

I may have found a new fun passion…..

This is a new technique for me, I received an unfinished canvas from a friend of my mother’s and they said I could do anything with it….they didn’t know what they were asking. The dragonfly and florals were the only things on the canvas a…nd I put my touch on it with texture and my Cubists style along with vintage papers painted over with browns at the top and bottom, leaving only the florals and the dragonfly, adding some browns to connect them. This was the finished product, definitely different for me but honestly it makes me want to bombard garage sales and find canvas to alter and make my own!!!! It was too fun and I can’t wait to see what people think of this experiment……



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And don’t forget to let me know what you think of this new fun experiment….and the idea of finding more unfinished pieces or even finished pieces at garage sales and thrift stores to finish or alter in my own way…..what are your thoughts?

As always, peace and light to you and yours….WK

See Me At ART ON THE GREENE in Arlington

Click here for more information on Art on the Greene

A free 3 day Arts Festival located between The Ballpark in Arlington and Cowboys Stadium. Richard Greene Linear Park is the venue that will play host to the inaugural event on March 23-25, 2012.  Art On The Greene will feature the finest artists and prominent local live entertainment. Richard Greene Linear Park is also the home of the Caelum Moor Sculptures by Artist Norm Hines.

            HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!

Vintage papers and how I use them in my work….plus some great new finds at Home Depot!

Hello to you and happy Super Bowl Day!!

Yes it’s a holiday around our house!!

I finished a piece last night with some amazing vintage papers that I found at a toy train show of all places!  My husband is a huge toy train fan and I love to go and enjoy with him. Fortunate for me, always looking for vintage items, I lucked upon a vendor that was selling all kinds of maps, records and various train memorabilia for very inexpensive prices!  I found an entire accounting ledger full of handwriting dated in the 1950’s…’s amazing and to most people it’s just an old book that’s been written in, but the writing is my favorite part.  Imagine over 60 years ago an accountant and engineer for a train company diligently wrote down expenses and income, thinking it was a mere form of record for himself and his business…..I wonder what he would think now knowing it has become part of my art?  Would he think I’m crazy?  Would he be thrilled?  Wherever he or she is now, they are now a part of me and I find that so moving and the connection so powerful that I have a difficult time putting it into words…..Their energy is now a part of my work and find it a fascinating aspect of my job…if you can call it a job!!

Here’s the book and an example of a page….

                                Below is the piece I worked on using the first pages of this book, the earthy tones really give it that vintage feel that I wanted.  EVERY SINGLE Paint used in this piece is from my favorite place, let’s say it together…HOME DEPOT!  They are all textured or metallic samples of Martha Stewarts line of paints.  The metallics are amazing and the textures range from crackle paints to the dark brown which you would swear is gritty mud smeared on the canvas with a knife….I also used some texture tools I got at the train show as well, a metal bristled “toothbrush” meant to clean track, but makes great texture in molding paint etc.  So for around five dollars a piece you get some great new textures and colors in good sized bottles that last a long while.  So here is the piece with a close up of the pages out of the Train Log along with an image that reminded me of my grandmother…..


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Follow Along Beveled Project Part III My Favorite New Technique

Hi!  I hope you’re enjoying following along with this project.  I’m enjoying it and can’t wait to see how it turns out.  I’ve done two others with this technique and I’m so in love.  I hope you love it too, it’s easy, fun, a little messy and CHEAP, all the makings of a great technique.

1.  First you’ll need just chalk pastels and some gesso to go over the dried molding paste or heavy gel you used for texture to begin with in Step ONE.


2.  After your molding paste or heavy gel texture has dried take the pastels and rub them over the texture.   This can be quite messy so work from the top down so the powder from the pastels doesn’t mix with that of the sections below.

Rub Pastel over texture                                          Texture with pastel

3.  At this point you’ll take gesso on a brush and brush gently over the pastelled texture leaving some dark areas and some lighter areas, even some full gesso strokes with no color.  It adds interest.  Then after the gesso is on you can rub the pastel on the texture again to get some darker areas on again leaving you with various values from white to dark.  You’ll have to clean off your pastel to get the wet gesso off, but it doesn’t damage the pastel.

4.  Here are how my three textured areas turned out after the gesso and pastel.

                    Note the darker and lighter areas where I didn’t fully mix in the gesso with the pastel and let it mingle allowing the full value of colors show through.  This is enhanced when you go over the wet pastel with the fresh pastel to push in extra dark.  Like I said, just wipe off  your pastel with paper towels (keep them for future use) and you’re good to go!

So right now we have what is looking like a mess, and the fun part is that it IS a mess, but as we move forward on our next steps we will remember our original sketched out composition (don’t ever lose that) and decide on colors to go over our ephemera, and using other techniques we will bring that orignal composition together into a fun fun piece. 

I hope you’re enjoying following along and If you have ANY questions about the steps just click on my Contact page or leave a comment even better and I’ll answer it for everyone.

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Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas.  Peace and Light…..WK


Follow Along Beveled Project Part II

Well, I’m sure everyone is  busy with Christmas and all the Holidays that come up around this time so Happy Holidays to all, no matter what you are celebrating.  So I’ve been slow in getting out the next step in this project but school is officially out now and I’m hoping the next two weeks will  involve sleeping and painting….ahhh, heaven.

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So the next step in the beveled project is very easy and I’ll be on in the next day or so with the next step which is a blast and has become a staple of mine, but you’ll have to wait for that one.

Today we are adding ephemera of any kind with heavy gel paste.  I use dictionary pages, pictures, asian papers and basically anything I want to be seen underneath the paint.  I love text showing through so I use a lot of text.  You can use pictures or anything you like….

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As you can see I’ve let the papers go over the side onto the beveled area and I’ve “collaged” the papers inside the original lines I drew keeping my original composition.

Like I said the next step is really fun, so stay tuned and until then grab all your fun pages and start tearing or cutting and collaging into your orignal sketched composition.  Have fun!!

So I’ll see you soon with the next step and as always, comment, share or like the post if you do indeed “like” it.  Don’t forget to visit Hummingbird Studios on Facebook and Like our page there.  I would love to keep up with you and be able to visit.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays….peace and light….WK

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