Archive | February 2016

Prompt 9, February 28, 2016


The prompt for this week is, “What sound or music makes you feel spiritual or mystical?” an alternate prompt is “What is your favorite sound or music?” The most soothing sound to the human ear is 12 cycles a minute. That is why the sound of waves at the beach is so soothing. I believe that everyone has a song that makes them think of a past experience or time period in life. There are certain sounds that place us in a state of reverence. Depending on your beliefs or spiritual life and your individual personality these may be different for each person. Looking forward to everyone’s journal responses for this prompt.


Member’s Art 5

Diane Hovey Prompt 4 A Mindful Minute

Diane Hovey- Friends

Jaya Gangam PROMPT 5 surrender

Jaya Gangam -Surrender

Diane Hovey Prompt 5 Embrace

Diane Hovey- Embrace

Michele Mekel Prompt 8 Helpful Insights

Michele Mekel- Cycles of Life

Diane Hovey Prompt 6 Wandering in the Wilderness

Diane Hovey- Wandering in the Wilderness

Pauline Guppy Prompt 7 Oliver

Pauline Guppy- Oliver

Mollie Eaton Lynus

Mollie Eaton- Lynus

Diane Hovey Prompt 7 Feline Companions

Diane Hovey- Feline Companions

Jaya Gangam Moment to be present in

Jaya Gangam- Believe

Prompt 7 love mara coyle

Mara Coyle Love

Mara Coyle Horse

Mara Coyle Card from a friend

Henry Mara coyle


Mara Coyle  Henry

Prompt 8, February 21, 2016

This weeks prompt is: “What have you learned this week that is helpful to you?” Everyday we take in so much information from the radio, television, online, items we read and from talking to those we come into contact with, some of the things are ephemeral, as the old saying goes in one ear and out the other. Other things are those pieces of information we find valuable. I still use those cooking tips my grandmother told me all those years ago. With information concerning art I will search it out, through YouTube videos, books, magazines, other artist, or classes I attend. As you go through your week look for  information that you pay attention to, something you know you will remember and refer back to again.

mindful learning



Mini Muse Minute-Stencil Demo

Mini Muse and I traveled to the PaperCraft Clubhouse today for the monthly art group meeting.



Diane Hovey demonstrated a stencil technique using a Dream Weaver Brass Stencil.


Use a palette knife to spread the Dreamweaver Embossing Paste over the stencil in a thin layer. Diane advised taping the end of the stencil to your working surface to hold it in place and putting post it notes on the side of the stencil to make it easier to clean up. Carefully lift up the stencil to remove. Then let image dry.


Dreamweaver Embossing Paste


These pastels were used to color the embossed image.


Applying the pastels were easy using a cotton swab.


Here is the finished product. It can be sprayed with Aqua Net type hair spray to seal the pastels.

Member’s Art 4

Prompt 5 annie G-i Art Stand Still

Annie G-i Art- Prompt 5- Stand Still

Peej word prompt

Peej Lankford- Prompt 5- Direction


Pauline Guppy one word today

Pauline Guppy- Prompt 5- Direction

Mollie Eaton Prompt 5 word

Mollie Eaton- Prompt 5- Breathe

Michele Mekel word

Michele Mekel- Prompt 5 -Shakti

Mara Coyle word unfurl

Mara Coyle- Prompt 5 -Unfurl

Pauline Guppy Prompt 6

Pauline Guppy- Prompt 6- Extraordinary Adventures

Mollie Eaton Prompt 6

Mollie Eaton- Prompt 6 -Aloha

Michele Mekel Prompt 6

Prompt 6- Michele Mekel- Bangladazzled and Bangladazed



Peej Lankford- Prompt 6 -Journey


Michele Mekel Prompt 7

Prompt 7- Michele Mekel- Where the Wild Things Roam

Prompt 7, Feburary 14, 2016

This week’s prompt is, “What is your favorite animal companion or animal from nature?” “What lessons have you learned from them?”DSCF0981

These are my two cats. The white cat is about 7 years old and likes to spend her day sleeping on the couch and looking out the window. When we introduced the kitten we wondered how the older cat would react. She immediately adopted the little cat. She also demonstrated the utmost patience when the kitten wanted to play, even when she was woken up from a sound sleep.


This is my response to Prompt 7. I painted in the wild cat next to the house cat to represent the attitude of the smaller cat. Another lesson from observing a cat… It’s not your size or your situation, it is your attitude that matters.


The first layer I applied was Peerless Watercolor. I then use a stencil with the water color. I also applied Dina Wakley acrylic paint  through a stencil to create a second layer.


The Peerless Water Color comes in a booklet. The compact size makes it perfect for travel. The watercolor is on a rectangle shaped paper.


This is the outside cover of the watercolor booklet.


These are the colors that are included in the Peerless booklet. The colors are very vibrant. One of the limiting factors is using the paints for backgrounds. I completely used one of the color sheets when painting backgrounds on 20 artist trading cards. For painting details these paints are wonderful.


This is an example of using the Peerless watercolor through a stencil, using a makeup sponge as an applicator.