Plain Jane Scraps

Mixed Media Artist

Bloom Where You Are Planted

Tonight’s painty doodle play. Needed some bright colors on this very cold snowy/sleety yucky day. Tissue collage background with acrylic paint, stenciling and stamping. Doodled flowers with Stabilo All pencil and Posca pens.bloom

But First Coffee

But First Coffee. Inspired by the quote on my sweetener packet this morning. You never know where inspiration will come from! First I sketched my girl in pencil, then collaged the coffee cup image with matte medium, covering the entire page to seal it. I used Faber Castell Pitt pens to color and shade and a black Posca pen to outline and highlight.

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Quirky Girl

My Fun Fab 3/4 Portrait final result from following Karen Campbell’s You Tube tutorial. I used pencil, colored pencil and gel pen. Love her quirky characters and Karen’s perky personality. She can also be found on Instagram @karencampbellartist.

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Flower Girl

Inspired by Pam Gillespie (@sewcrazi) and the flowers atop her girls heads lately. Check out her art on Instagram and You Tube. She’s so talented and fun to listen to. My girl was fun to create, but not too crazy about how the watercolors worked on top of the gessod surface of my journal though. Live and learn, that’s the name of the game!



Nothing like a painty fun filled play date with friends to warm up a cold winter day.


Dreamy Girl


Tonight’s sketch in pencil and charcoal. Love the way graphite and charcoal smudge with a blending stump.

Sunshine On My Mind

It was good to see some sunshine today, it’s been so gray and dreary lately. Just a quick sketch tonight with pencil, pen and watercolors. Oh, and of course splatters!


What Lies Beneath


Looking inside to expose the shadows, doubts and fears to bring them to the light and find peace and forgiveness. I had painted this face some months ago with watercolor markers but hated how the hair came out. I almost threw her out but stuck it in the back of my journal until I came across her the other day. I decided to cut off her hair and then the idea came to tuck her behind the burlap page I painted. I cut open the burlap and tucked it back and sewed it open. It fits my reflective mood and my word for the year of “Freedom”.

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Early Morning Sketch


I’ve forgotten how good it feels to sketch early in the morning while it’s still dark out and the house is so still. Used water soluble graphite and brown stabilo. Glued on pieces of some vintage music sheet I’ve been hoarding.  She makes me smile.

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