Saturday, May 25, 2019

May 24th Bible Journaling with Watercolour and the Gelli Plate

Hi Everyone!  I hope you were able to join me yesterday when I gelli-plated with watercolour and did a Bible Journaling Tip-In Page based on Job 8:19.  (If you couldn't join, you will find it recorded on my YouTube Page!)   I also showed you the Bible Journaling Page I had used for my test page the day before.  I used my "My Creative Bible" which I've had since 2016 and is so chunky with journaling of my own as well as using devotionals from Illustrated Faith's Print and Pray shoppe and Messy Bible's Shoppe.

It was so fun as we tested on cardstock as well as copy paper before taking it to my tip-in cardstock page which I had previously stamped with the Polkadoodles "Best of Days" Stamp (#PD7147) using Rangers Archival Black Ink stamp pad.  For all of this play, I used the Jerry Q Watercolour set of 24, which you will find linked on my Products I Prefer page tab just above this post.  I found that several phrases from Tim Holtz "Small Talk" stickers worked nicely in conjunction with the scripture to finish off my tip-in page.  To finish it off, I added Washi Tape to attach it to the Bible Page and then a few more strips at the bottom for added fun.

The old, well-worn gelli plate, that Norma had previously sent, worked best for holding the watercolour straight from the brush.  The newer gelli-plate resisted and beaded up the watercolour, but the trick I'd learned, to apply common dishsoap on the plate first before applying the watercolour, worked very well! 

Bible Journal
Watercolour+Gelli-Plate test page 5-23-19

Bible Journal
Watercolour+Gelli Plate Tip-In

Thursday, May 16, 2019

May 17th YT Stream - Gelli Plate Firsts

HI Everyone!

Come join me Friday, May 17th at 10:00 am EST on my YouTube channel (linked on the right) as my guest speaker, Norma of  NormaJean Handmade Art Etsy Store and Branson Limousine joins me and steps me through the process of my first ever Gelli Plate adventure!!  Norma is extremely well versed in image transfers and gelli plate in general so you are sure to get some fabulous tips as I get fabulous pulls (I hope!).  lol

Its sure to be chaos as I pull out:
  • one 5x7 lovingly used gelli plate (gifted by Norma), 
  • one brand new baby hexagon gelli plate (gifted by Sharon Marlow who got it brand new from Norma but whom already had one and so sent it to me! lol), 
  • 2 brand new baby brayers
  • new ... well actually never used acrylics still sealed from Christmas 2016 lol,
  • brand new stencils
  • B+W pictures for Image Transfers (courtesy of Norma), and
  • mark making tools 

See you there!!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Via Von Blog Updates

HI Everyone!

As promised, I've updated my blog to include a new page of Genesis Info and Resources.  That new page should make it easier to find the information you want.  If there are additional queries you have, please don't hesitate to ask through my FB Page or through YT and I'll get them added for you.

I've also added my InstaGram link for you.  Please note that it requires follow authorization. If you're requesting that, just send me a direct message and tell me how you found me, please?  :)

I will be LIVE YT STREAMING on Friday, the 26th at 10:00 am EST but am having some thumb issues with my right hand so not sure exactly what I will do, but come join us and you can help direct the mess that is sure to evolve.  😂

I look forward to seeing you then! 

Thursday, April 18, 2019


Hi Everyone!

On Friday, April 19th at 10:00 a.m. EST, I'll be Live Streaming on You Tube
and painting this SWAN in Genesis Heat Set Oils.

The Swan
This lovely swan is photo reference of
(linked there if you'd like to paint along)

Come join me as we discuss:
  1. whites upon whites? :O 
  2. minimal colour palettes
  3. out of focus backgrounds
  4. subtle water movement
  5. feather painting
  6. and what makes this piece unusual

Oh!  I finished last week's piece in Pan Pastel - the "The Magnolia"!  I posted it on my ViaVon FaceBook page, IG and Twitter, but thought perhaps you'd like to see it as well here. 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Join me Friday, April 12th for my LIVE You Tube Stream

Hi Everyone!  

Friday, April 12th is another LIVE YouTube Stream with me.

I'm going to be showing you some new Arteza products I purchased because ... well ... I just saw potential for my card making adventures. :D   I have Arteza's Gouache and thought it a really good product, especially for someone new to gouache, so thought I would give some of their other products a try as well.

These Arteza products include:

72 Fine Liner Pens
60 EverBlend Art Markers
48 TwiMarkers

I'm also going to show you some really cute Leather Traveler Journals I picked up on an Amazon Daily Deal. 

And, I also got a set of Jerry Q Art's 24 Watercolour Pocket Set, which Janet Young introduced us to this past week.

Finally, we're going to play with Pan Pastels and Pastel Pencils to create a pretty Magnolia Flower.  That's a free image of Kranich17 at Pixabay if you'd like to play along.  Just click on the highlighted text there to get the image.  :)

I hope to see you there !!

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Coming UP on My Live YT Stream on Friday, April 5th

On Friday, April 5th, at 10:00 AM EST, I'll be LIVE STREAMING on YouTube where we will:
  1. Take a look at two  !2!  Precious Gifts I received,
  2. Compare Daniel Smith Iridescent Watercolours against Paul Reuben's Glitter Watercolour ... and then,
  3. Mix some Genesis Heat Set Oils, using the book: 1500 Colour Mixing Recipes for Oil, Acrylic and Watercolours that I reviewed on my YouTube channel on April 1st.  I'll be using this Genesis Heat Set Oils Chart, which has the Pigment information which we can use to correlate back to the pigments listed in the book.
I hope to see you there! 

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

March 30, 2019 Live YouTube Stream

HI Everyone!

I'll be LIVE YouTube streaming this Friday, March 30th at 10 am. EST, where we will looking at mixing pigments in an assortment of mediums, how to assess your pigment values, and how to use a light pad/board efficiently and effectively when needed.

Part of our discussons will include these Colour Wheel Resources:

Traditional and Creative Colour Wheels

The Zoltan Szabo Colour Wheel (my personal favourite because I love glazing in watercolour!)

Also we will look at this Watercolour Colour Wheel.


We will look at Watercolour Mixes specifically using the Watercolour Colour Mixing Guide by Julie Collins and using these FREE reference resources:

Composition and Pigment Information of Winsor & Newton's Professional Watercolours.

Sennelier Pigment Information

Schmincke Horadam Aquarell Pigment Info

DaVinci Artists Watercolours

and Art Tutor offers some lovely colour mixing sheets as well:  Art Tutor


And, for mixing acrylics, oils and watercolours, there is an awesome book called:  1500 Colour Mixing Recipes for Oil, Acrylic and Watercolour 


We will look at the Light Pad/Board and various ways to use it for your painting needs.