Hello and welcome to The Capricious Crafter blog! Who or what is the capricious crafter? Well, that would be me, Becky, a sixty something child of God, wife, daughter, aunt, great aunt, friend and lover of crafting, cooking, reading, travel, and more. My husband and I have been married almost thirty years and are looking forward to his retirement at the end of 2014. Our plans are to buy a new camper and hit the road as much as possible. Oh, the possibilities are endless for our future!

I am a child of the 1950's and that is definitely my favorite 'era'. I collect Fire King items from the 1940's and 50's, clear glass or crystal glassware, especially pitchers, cream and sugar sets, etc., as well as old dishware and serving pieces, vintage fabrics and so much more!

I have been crafting for as long as I can remember, and definitely from my early childhood. I remember my mother teaching me how to make paper dolls from the Sears catalog and 'shirt cardboard' from the cleaners. And now I still love playing with paper! My primary crafty passion is paper crafting items such as mini albums, cards, tags, etc., however I also enjoy crocheting, some sewing, embroidery, mixed media art and art journaling, felt crafts and so much more.

My purpose for this blog is to share the crafts I make, foods I cook, decorating and caring for my home, new products I try, treasures I find at estate and yard sales, my collections, and anything else I come up with. I hope you will join me on this journey ... it's going to be a very 'capricious' ride!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Sharing ... Art ... Catching Up!

Hi there!  Back again for one of my infrequent blog posts!  Life has been really busy lately, and while I have had time to MAKE art, there hasn't been much time left over to post about it, so her I am to try to catch up! 

First up is an art journal page that I did in my favorite new journal.  It is a Strathmore Pro-Art Watercolor Journal, which basically means the paper inside is a heavy weight watercolor paper.  Water color paper will take a lot of different mediums, even wet watercolors, so it is great for art journaling.  Here is the page ...

The background is Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos.  They are my newest artsy product obsession!  The are kind of waxy, but much softer than crayons.  They blend on their own, or you can paint with them like water colors, or mix them with water to make paints or mists.  They are amazing!  The poem is one I wrote on Friday, when I was worrying about a sweet friend.  The house is on a card, and was sent to me in a 'happy mail' by a lady named An who lives in Belgium.  It went perfectly with this journal page.  Other products I used in this were Faber Castell 'Pitt Pens', (that's not the set that I bought, but I thought you could see what they look like in this pack) and Spica Pens

Next up are some little bits of art I've been making using old dictionary pages ... what do you think about these?

Of course, I got the idea from the little house I used in the art journal page above, but I really do love them!  The dictionary pages I used are from an old 1950-something dictionary that I bought at a yard sale for about $1 or so ... don't remember for sure!  The backgrounds are tinted with Gelatos, the markings are done using Tim Holtz Distress Ink Markers in Black Soot and Vintage Photo, and no, I don't own the whole set ... in fact, I only own those two colors!  The red hearts and flowers are done using the Spica pens (link above) in Red and Garnet.  These are done on 3 x 5" index cards ... that's another new obsession, but more on that in the next post!  I have done more than these, including a couple of birds, but haven't got pictures yet.

And these cuties led me to try something TOTALLY out of my comfort zone!  Drawing/sketching on old dictionary pages, and coloring them with Gelatos and watercolors.  I am in love with the Eiffel Tower!

I did this one by looking at a stamp I had of the Eiffel Tower.  Mine came out totally different, but I love it ... a lot!  The blue tint on the paper is from Gelatos.  I sketched the tower using a Kimberly Graphite Pencil in 6B ... very soft, and draws like a dream.  Then I went over it with the Tim Holtz markers linked above.  Oh, and I did it on a dictionary page that has the history of France!

The chair came out great!  The sketching was done just like above ... graphite pencil then markers.  The coloring was done with Gelatos, except for the chair legs, which are watercolors.  The white on the arms of the chair is from a Uniball Signo White Gel Pen ... the BEST white pen ever!  (And no, I don't have a dozen ... I have one!)

So tell me, what do you think of my artsy endeavors???  I am loving what I am doing right now ... and THAT is a true sign that I am doing something right!  I'll be back soon to share my newest artsy challenge obsession!  Blessings,