Third-degree Thursday #6


For this weeks third degree Thursday, I have decided to ask my audience questions. I would love to hear from each and everyone of you, but I realize that may be asking too much. So, here is a list of questions for you to answer in the comments.

1. What is a short summary of your blog?

2. What would you like to see more of on my blog?

3. Would you like to participate in my Showcase Sunday series?

4. What is your favorite blog post of mine (check back as I have been doing this less than a year)?

5. If you could ask me one question, professional or personal, what would it be?

Thank you for your responses in advance. I look forward to hearing your feedback in the comments below!

Mandala Collection I (2 of 5)


If you missed the first mandala in this collection, you can find it here.  The first mandala was my first time using a white gel pen on one of my drawings, especially of this size. I liked it so much that I decided to use the same color pattern here. Black ink with white embellishments. This mandala immediately reminded me of a sunflower. As I built out, I realized that I wanted to try something a little different. I wanted to give depth to it. As a first attempt at this type of pattern, I was a little wary about how it would turn out because it is much like creating two mandala in one.

My solution to this problem was to create a detailed mandala and a simple mandala. This way one doesn’t overpower the other and both can be equally appreciated. I really like the way that it turned out and it definitely tested my abilities as an artist. But that is something that I truly enjoy about art itself.

Visit my YouTube channel to watch the time-lapse video.

If you have any pattern suggestions for the next 3, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment. I would love to try anything new. Stay tuned for the 3rd mandala in this series, coming soon!

Lunchtime Doodle 05/09/2017


This flower was done over lunchtime today. If you’ve been following the Lunchtime Doodle series you will know that I have less than 45 minutes to create each piece. I purchased artist tiles that are the perfect size for this time frame. The lines are not perfect, but that it what this challenge is about. What can you create in less than 45 minutes? IMG_20170509_125147_388This was very fun to do and I just felt in a swirly funky mood. This is what happens when you just go with your soul. I hope you enjoy it, I would love to know your favorite part in the comments!

Mandala Collection I (1 of 5)


I have decided that I am going to do a series of mandalas on 12×12 color gradient card stock. Once this series is done, I will be getting prints to sell. This mandala was completed with Staedtler pigment liners and a white gel pen. I worked on this mandala for a total of 8 hours over two sessions. This is the first time that I have ever used the white gel pen as a complimentary color on one of my pieces. I really like the way it turned out and the white actually made the entire thing pop. I intend to use this same technique with the next four mandalas in this collection.

Don’t forget to visit my YouTube channel to watch the time-lapse.

If you like what you see, please leave me a comment below. I am also very open to suggestions for patterns for the next four. My advice to you is try something you’ve never tried before, it just might be spectacular!

Acrylic Rock Painting


Have you ever done this? Have you ever drawn or painted on a rock? Rock painting has so much history and I love how every painting is completely different that anything I’ve witnessed before. I love how just different color dots and strokes can turn something into a story. This is the first time that I have tried this and I think it looks pretty rough. I used Acrylic Puffy Paint to do this, which wasn’t the best idea, but it gave the rock some pretty gnarly texture, which I end up really liking!

These two were just the progress pics. I started out painting the top half of the rock black so that I would have a good surface for the other colors to show up on. In the end I think it was a good idea because the other colors really pop. Now you can tell on here that working with puffy paint is not very nice. If there was an air pocket in the puffy paint pen, it splattered out over the rock. So, I just tried to go slow and when something smeared or changed, I just changed it all the way around the mandala.

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There is the final product. I really like how it is textured. I outlined the black paint with a few dots just to add a little more flavor. This rock was about the size and shape of a common mouse for your computer. I picked it up on the side of the walk and I had been holding onto it for about two weeks and just decided today was the day.

Let me know what you like and dislike about this project and if you have ever had any experience with rock painting.

Very Big Sketchbook – Page 9


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Ok, this page was very unexpected. I had once heard someone say when you don’t know what to draw, just start drawing circles and lines. Well, this is the end result. I used Staedtler fineliners to complete this and it turned out pretty good. I really felt like I messed it up terribly by adding the embellishments, but after several viewers on instagram gave me great reviews, I realized that sometimes, I’m wrong in my view.

Oftentimes I feel as though I am my worst critic. It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there for the world to see. I just wish that I will continue to surprise myself and stay courageous. I want to inspire others to just put pen to paper.

Let me know what you think about this page in the comments below!

Showcase Sunday #5 – John Bloodworth


For this weeks Showcase Sunday, I want to introduce you to John Bloodworth the Gentleman Crafter. I came across his blog a while ago and immediately fell in love with the ideas he presented. He makes a really good point in his interview that offers the suggestion to revisit the archives. There is a lot of great content out there, you just have to be willing to look for it. I know that I revisit my own blog posts from the beginning. Sometimes information changes and I always want the correct information on my blog. So, be sure to check out his blog, but before you do, learn a little bit about him by reading the interview below.


What made you get into blogging?

It was a bit of an accidental entry to be honest. At the time I hadn’t any inclination to blog however a couple of work colleagues kept on saying that I should do it as I had a lot to say about craft and that people would be interested – 3 years in and I love my little corner of the internet!

Have you ever had any formal training or education in your blog subject?

I have had a personal interest in arts and crafts since I was a boy, some 30+ years ago. I completed various further education qualifications in art and design and then, later in my career, I began working at Create and Craft TV and then began learning about arts and crafts as a hobby – so I guess that you could say that I have.

What was your greatest failure and how did you learn from it?

I’m not sure that I would count anything as a failure as that’s quite a negative way at looking at the learning process. All ‘mistakes’ can count as experiments and all successes can count as the lessons learnt from the experiments. So I guess you could say that learning to look at failure positively was one thing that I picked up.

Who has influenced you the most with your blog?

The blog visitors, especially those that leave comments, are the ones that influence and inspire me the most when I’m sat writing the blog posts. A few of them have been following the blog since it began and it is always lovely when they read and comment because it shows me that it was worthwhile doing.

How much time do you spend blogging in any given week?

That varies a good deal. Some weeks I just don’t get the chance, others I will be creating, photographing and writing every day.

Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?

Although the blog often refers to what I do professionally it is actually something that I do in my spare time – when I have some.

What is your passion?

My passion is creativity. I enjoy all aspects of it from concept to construction and completion. The creative journey is often more exciting than the finished result for me.

What is your ultimate goal in life?

To own a creative studio by the coast!

What legacy would you like to leave behind?

Inspiration.

Is there anything you want the readers to know about your blog we haven’t covered?  

Folk don’t often realise that all of the previous posts are still available – it’s certainly worth checking out the archives.


Don’t just take my word for it, please visit his blog and let him know that you saw him here on “Sunday Showcase.”

As always, If you would like your blog to be featured on here, please do not hesitate to email me at craftyartistkc@gmail.com and I would love to feature you next sunday.