Category Archives: Drawing

The Evolution of an Idea

Idea’s never leave me alone.

They bother me when I’m riding in the car and have no pen to record them. They keep me up in the middle of the night after a child wakes me up. They distract me when I should be paying attention.

Sometimes one idea will come, then quickly leave. Other times an idea will stick with me, aggravating me until I create it, or write it or do something about it.

Often, when I am working in my sketchbook, I am thinking of what else I could do with image.

This idea started with a frame that I created and really liked in my sketchbook. I used my sharpie and watercolor brush markers to sketch this.

doodle borders

I took a picture of it and uploaded that to my computer. I used Photoshop and Illustrator to create a vector image. (Visit this website for more information on vectors and bitmaps.)


Once I had the vector image, I used InDesign to add the background, color and text. I ended up with a 5×7 to offer you as a new free download!

 Psalm 100:2

Click here to download a high resolution 5×7 jpeg for printing at your favorite photo developer!


Create Daily Review

This week, we were sent outside to take pictures of nature to inspire us. Of course, that landed on a day that we got several inches of snow. I put my snow pants and boots on and headed out to find something interesting to capture. Here are two of those shots.


Going Organic

Another day we were to take a self portrait. Sissy got in on the action. She seems to think that the purpose of this camera is to take cute pictures of her. She’s partly right.

self portrait

self portrait

Working with words was another assignment. I used a watercolor page covered in paint drips that I did for a previous assignment. I needed motivation and decided to make a sign for my office.

just do something

I am loving this class and have learned that it isn’t so hard to be creative everyday.

Click on the links below to see my previous posts on this class.

Create Daily #1

Create Daily #2 part 1

Create Daily #2 part 2

Create Daily – Part Two

One of our assignments this week for the Create Daily class was to organize a collection and take pictures of it. I was rummaging around my office for ideas and I came across a plastic bag filled with an assortment of items I collected from a remote beach on Lake Superior. Last summer we rented a house on Lake Superior for a week’s vacation and on the last day, Jer rented a pontoon boat and we went exploring.

The ride was fine until we got out of the bay. That was when the large swells would come over the edge of the boat spraying us with a fine mist. In an attempt to stay dry, I moved to a “safer” position on the boat. Within minutes we hit a swell that sent enough water straight into my lap to soak the front of me. Was I angry at the audacity of that water? Yes. Did I overreact? In the spirit of the upcoming elections, let me answer that by asking you this. Would you?

We turned west and headed for a beach that was tucked away in a little bay. The wind died down and we were able to enjoy a little time exploring the beach. We were the only one’s there and the kids had fun running around. Sissy helped me collect these items as we walked along. It turned out to be one the best memories I have of that trip.

I took my little baggie outside and found a piece of pallet wood stuck in the ground by Jer’s shop. It served as a perfect background for my collection.

Lake Superior Collection

Lake Superior Collection

Lake Superior Collection

Lake Superior Collection

Lake Superior Collection

I wanted to end this week by sharing some of my favorite pics of my classmates work.

Love this sketch by Megan Carroll – Click here to visit her blog.

New Shoes

This sketch by Shannon Miller was inspiring.


And this photo by Angie Allen…I swear this made me salivate (is this really a word?). You can see the recipe for Blueberry Breakfast cake on her blog by clicking here.

Buttermilk-Blueberry Breakfast Cake

Create Daily Review – Part 1

I have finished day 12’s assignment for the online class I am taking with Alisa Burke called Create Daily. I want to review what I have been working on, but I don’t think I can fit it into one post with all the pictures I have. So here is part one of my week in review.

I played with paint drips. I used the kids watercolors to create this. It’s an easy way to make your own backgrounds and patterned paper to use in scrapbooking, card making, journaling, etc.


I took pictures of feet as we were traipsing through the woods around our house.

create daily - shoes

create daily - shoes

I doodled borders and frames and used my Tombow brush markers to add some color.

doodle borders

doodle borders

doodle borders

Look for part 2 tomorrow!

You can see my review of week one by clicking here.

Create Daily Week 1

One of my favorite blogs is written by Alisa Burke. I stumbled upon her blog early last year, when I was just starting to get back into art and design. She is a constant source of inspiration and encouragement for my creativity. When she announced that she was having an online class called “Create Daily,” I knew I had to sign up. It started January 1st and everyday for 30 days she will give us a task to complete or an idea to ponder. So once a week I will be sharing my creations from this class.

This week, on day 2, I created a happy birthday piece for Sissy out of random things I found around the house. Here are the items I started with:

Day 2 - Gathering

And this is what I created!

Day 2 - Finished

Here are my other creations so far from the class.

create daily ball point sketch

create daily ball point sketch




You can see more of my photos by visiting my Flickr page.






Let Monday Begin

Let Monday Begin by mixedmolly
Let Monday Begin, a photo by mixedmolly on Flickr.
 Oh Monday. You have such a bad reputation. No one looks forward to you unless you happen to bear a special holiday or occasion. In the span of person’s life, you are normally the day of gloom, brought on by the reality of our normal duties. You are rarely spoken of well. Since your creation you have endured countless joke’s and numerous depressing comments.
You have never acquired the adoration or affection reserved for Friday. The delight that Saturday and Sunday receive has seldom come your way. Your distaste for Wednesday, with its nickname of hope–hump day–sours your mouth each time it’s heard.
Perhaps in another time, or another place, you will receive honor that will likely never be bestowed upon you here.

Inside My Sketchbook

I enjoyed two days alone with my husband over the weekend (yeah!), and I am looking forward to a busy week. I spent some time looking through my sketchbook and decided to share some pattern work that I have been doing.

Also, I have extended the sale in my Etsy handmade store through Wednesday. Save 15% by entering the code XMAS2011 at the checkout. Items are guaranteed to arrive before Christmas.

Inside My Sketchbook

Inside my Sketchbook




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