Tracy Verdugo Paint Mojo Class

Have you been interested in taking a class for painting? Have you lost your mojo? Just interested in finding your muse? Tracy Verdugo will be holding an e-course in line with her new book. Here is a description from her website:

I know you have all been curious about content so I wanted to share some snippets with you. We’ll be looking at “tantalising textures”, “inky explorations”, “palettes of possibility” “pathways to abstraction” and “ban the background/bring on luscious layers” along with many other exciting techniques and processes!

We’ll also be exploring ways to cultivate your own unique style, embrace happy accidents and say YES to a looser, happier, more creative YOU!”

So if you are interested head on over to Tracy’s Love.Art.Inspiration page and let her know.


Black and White

I thought I would give black and white a try in my new Strathmore Toned Gray journal.



Materials I used are:

Strathmore Toned Gray Sketch Paper.
The black/grey background is Stencil Girl’s July Club stamp; white coral, The Crafter’s Workshop Branches Revised; butterflies, are from Recollections.
Daler & Rowney F&W Acrylic InkArtist Loft Dual Tip Art Markers, in Cool Grey.
Sharpie Mean Streak – White
Gelly Roll – White
Faber Castell – White
Acrylic paint – White

The Strathmore paper held up really well using both paints and markers. I really was quite pleased with it and had no frustration at all with paper shredding, fraying, or curling. I was really hesitant to buy the Artist Loft markers because I haven’t had any luck with the quality of Artist Loft supplies. However, I have been searching high and low for a set of grey markers and these were the only ones I found. I was pleasantly surprised as all the eleven colors and the 900 which is more towards a black, performed wonderfully.

Mean Streak was a dream to work with but the tip was to big for the finer details. When it dried I had no problem using other media on top of it. Diluting white acrylic paint with water  using a very fine paint brush and my Faber-Castell worked the best for very fine detailing.

Sorry no links for the Recollections, I couldn’t find these products anywhere.

This was my first attempt at a black and white spread and it was really fun to do.

I hope you enjoy!



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My Mind

Do you journal? I journal a lot but have added art journaling to my repertoire since January. I have gone from a small Moleskine to a bigger journal format – using both the Strathmore Visual Journal, Dylusions journal and the Canson XL Mixed Media Pad. I like the Strathmore and so far haven’t had any problems with the pages in regards to bleed through, the Dylusions journal lots of bleed through and seepage into other pages that are connected through the signatures. The Canson XL, same thing no problems at all with it; however, both the Canson and the Strathmore are spiral bound and I really like having the option to do a two page spread. I think I’m going to try the Canson Mixed Media journal which is not spiral bound and see if I have any of the same problems as the Dylusions. I heard if you tape the center of the Dylusions you won’t have bleed through but then you will have a space in a two page spread. If anyone has idea I would love to hear them. Here is a two page spread I did in the Dylusions (the previous post of the face was in Strathmore). The pictures didn’t come out so great, I tried twice and think I’ll drag out my screens to see if I get a better picture, I also think the angle has something to do with it.

My Mind

My Mind


My Mind (left spread)

My Mind (left spread)

My Mind page 2

My Mind (right spread)

I’m not quite sure if it is finished. I am thinking she needs a little more, maybe outlining. If I do more I’ll update. Namaste!

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Art Healing

I started two new classes this week and wanted to share our first assignments.

The first class is given by Tamara LaPorte at Willowing Arts. It is a free tutorial called Art, Heart and Healing. The first week was It Is Okay To Be Who You Need To Be, we worked on transforming our inner critic and developing our own positive affirmation. This first class was very healing and I am glad I found Tam and her wonderful class.




I used Caran d’Arche Neocolors, acrylic, gelatos, Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolor pencils, stamps, gesso, 2B graphite pencil.

The second class I started taking is Sketchbook Skool - Seeing. Unfortunately I didn’t realize that there were two sessions. Beginnings and Seeing so I started with course 2. I understand it really doesn’t matter which one you take first. Our first assignment was to only use a black pen and draw a piece of toast. My piece was of my German whole grain bread, which I love by the way. However, because it has so many nooks and crannies it was tedious, but I enjoyed doing it and learned a lot.

Sketchbook Skool

Sketchbook Skool

How has your week been? Don’t forget to look me up on Facebook I have a page there called Cat’s-eye Studio.


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