Tag: silhouette art

Giveaway: Personalized House Painting or Map Painting (closed)

House and Map

I’m very excited, after a very long break, to once again host a giveaway of my own items! With the holiday season quickly approaching I decided it was a great time to highlight two items that could make great, personalized gifts this season.

In my Etsy shop I have a wide range of items, but some of my favorite things I create are the personalized letters and silhouette encaustic paintings. I love giving people the opportunity to take something, and make it their own, turn it into the perfect fit for a gift to a loved one, or even yourself.

Both the personalized house and map mixed media pieces are a great way to give a gift that someone will appreciate and treasure, because it has that personal touch. I was so excited when these turned out just the way I imagined, and couldn’t wait to put them up on Etsy. However, the one downside is the amount of time needed in order to create and ship each piece. I require at least 2 weeks to make your piece, from start to finish, and ship it. It may take 3 days to a week to arrive once it has been shipped (shipping times may vary). With the holidays rapidly appearing on the horizon, I hope these pieces will still be a gift option in the coming weeks.

House Painting detailThe house encaustic, mixed media painting was a piece I did a few months ago, of the duplex apartment I lived in when I first moved to Atlanta. I loved the early 1900’s house, and all the charm it brought, and felt the feel of the house was capture in the encaustic painting, collage. I have plans to re-create each house I live in as my husband and I expand our living quarters, our family, and experience new places. I can visualize a grid pattern on our wall of all our beloved homes.

I love this concept because a home is incredibly important. A home is so much more than a roof over your head, it’s love, comfort, and memories.  I hope everyone has a home they fondly remember, the home they grew up in, Grandma’s house they used to visit, or the house they bought as newlyweds and had their first child in.

To create your own home painting all you have to do is send me a picture of the home you wish to memorialize in your encaustic collage.  I will take your picture, turn it into a silhouette, transfer it on top of my encaustic wax and pattern paper, and add details back with oil paint. After it has dried it will be wrapped up and sent off to you.

A 6″x6″ personalized home is one option for this giveaway!

Map Painting DetailAnother option for this giveaway is a personalized map encaustic collage. As a University of Georgia graduate, and resident of Athens, GA for 5 wonderful years, re-creating a map of Athens was an easy choice. I love the pattern the intersecting roads create. This is a more abstract option, yet just as personalized and important as the house paintings.

I love the cities I have had the opportunity to live in. Each place has it’s own unique characteristics and charm. I loved the familiarity and safety of Roswell, the cool, artsy feel of Athens, and the small town, yet big city feel of Atlanta. The city you live in is almost as important as your home. It’s where you make your friends, begin laying down roots, and create new experiences.

To create your own map piece all you have to do is send me the city and state of the map you would like recreated and I will take it from there! I will research a suitable map, simplify it in photoshop, transfer it on top of my encaustic wax and pattern paper, and add details back with oil paint. After it has dried it will be wrapped up and sent off to you.

A 6″x6″ personalized map is another option for this giveaway!

To enter this giveaway all you have to do is visit my Etsy shop here and like my shop! Comment below with the name you liked my shop under and tell me which item you want to win. For a second entry like your favorite item and comment below with a link to the item you liked. For a third entry share this post on facebook or twitter, comment below with a link to your share! To ensure you are entered 3 separate times, make sure you comment three separate times!

Next Tuesday, 11/26/13 I will randomly selected one winner using the plugin, “And the Winner Is…”. The winner will be notified via e-mail, and will have the opportunity to select which encaustic mixed media piece they would like created. If the winner does not respond in 24 hours a new winner will be selected.

mixed media encaustic

Remember, the holiday season is almost upon us! Help support local and handmade and check out your local artisans or Etsy shops for a variety of handmade. If you love one of my pieces make sure you allow 2 weeks for a personalized piece to be made and 1 week for shipping. To ensure delivery by Christmas order everything 2 weeks before Christmas day.

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Visual Journal Page 49: The Lion King


Las Vegas is known for it’s nightlife, gambling, city full of neon lights, and of course, the shows. As someone who doesn’t enjoy losing money to a slot machine I was most looking forward to seeing our selected show: The Lion King.

The Lion King is one of those movies that really defined my childhood, at least from 2nd-3rd grade. My best friend at the time, Megan, and I endlessly played with our Simba and Nala dolls, with their magnetic noses that would pull them into a kiss. Every now and then I still catch myself humming along to “Hakuna Matata” or “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”, the premier middle school slow dance song of that year.

With all of my fond Lion King memories, combined with the rave reviews of the theater version, I couldn’t wait to get to my seat and see the show. Because we purchased our tickets a little late our seats were towards the back, but still provided a great view of the stage. As the usher guided us back to our seats my very outgoing Aunt struck up a conversation with him, talking about how excited she was about the show, how much fun we were having on our family girls trip, and how much we loved our seats but wish we were just a little bit closer to the front. As we sat down he quietly whispered to my Aunt “I’ll see what I can do…”

The lights dimmed, the nostalgic “The Circle of Life” music struck it’s first chord, and I was practically jumping out of my skin with anticipation. Out of nowhere huge puppet animals appeared with elaborately decorated puppeteers controlling their very animalistic movements. Actors/acrobats stalked out on all fours, with their hands and feet attached to long stilts, and a long, elegant  giraffe neck and head attached to their foreheads. The legs of the rhinoceros and elephants were created by the puppeteers legs, with the massive bodies resting on their shoulders, placing their heads just out of view. Dancers twirling across the stage with gazelles attached to their arms and head, human bodies transformed into animals in the most unbelievable and creative ways.

I was mesmerized by the artistic way the movie had been interpreted and the complexity of the puppets. I didn’t even realize we had already made our way to intermission until the lights suddenly flashed on. As we began our mid-performance stretch and wiggle, to get the blood flowing back to our feet, we saw our sweet usher hustling over, gesturing for us to follow him.

Aunt Lydia immediately hopped up, walked over, and began her sweet talking as he took us to our upgraded seats, on the right side of the stage, just a few rows back. I couldn’t believe our good luck and our now even more amazing view. We ooohed and awwwed the rest of show from our up close and personal view. It just goes to show you what a few kind words to a stranger can do and why this is one of my favorite moments from our Las Vegas trip.


  • Visual journal
  • Rubber cement
  • Scissors
  • Watercolor
  • Paintbrush
  • India ink
  • Magazine cut outs
  • White paper


This was a very complicated, time consuming page to make, but I loved the outcome so it was worth it! I decided to combine different techniques together to create a patchwork look to the page. I also wanted to have a very bright background with the my favorite puppet characters in silhouette. Once I had my main concept together, I got to work.

The sun was a huge part of the background, and I decided it would be a good place to start. I found a magazine page made primarily of yellow, cut out a large circle, and sliced it into strips. I then used rubber cement to glue the strips down, slightly spaced, to recreate the circular sun. While on the hunt for yellow I also kept my eyes peeled for anything brown, textured, and Earthy looking. I ripped pages out that I liked and set them aside. Once I completed that I got to work on the watercolor elements.

I painted quick strokes of green on a separate piece of paper to create grass. I stayed very loose and didn’t worry about overlapped areas or uneven sections. I set it aside to dry. Next, I painted a heavily watered strip of orange watercolor on a separate sheet of paper, and at an angle blew it hard. This caused it to get long spindly splatters. I repeated this, and set them aside to dry. Once everything was 100% dry I began cutting them out. For the grass I turned any rounded edges into pointy grass shapes. I then began cutting out the splatters, which wasn’t a quick task. I cut around the main shape with scissors, then when in with an Xacto knife and cut between all of the splatters.

After everything was cut out I moved onto creating the stage. I took the brown, textured magazine pages I ripped out and began cutting them into rectangular shapes. I then glued the rectangles at the bottom of the page, right next to each other to create the stage. Next, I added my orange splatters to the background, carefully gluing down every splatter, followed by the grass on top of my magazine stage base.

Once the background was complete I started on the characters. I dipped a paintbrush in India ink and as loosely as possible painted the shapes. Because India ink is so thin you have to consider your brush strokes as you paint. Any areas that overlap will be much darker than the single stroke sections. I made very intentional strokes, and tried not to go back over anything twice. Once dry I cut out my characters and glued them on top of the stage.


Create a visual journal page for your absolute, favorite performance. It can be a theater production, musical, concert, or movie. Try to combine at least more than one method into your page!

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Visual Journal Page 47: The Las Vegas Skyline


Las Vegas. A simple name that has grown into an icon, instant imagery, thoughts of gambling, over the top shows, and other adult activities. Smack dab in the middle of the desert this iconic light, metal, poker chip and slot filled city seems out of place. As you fly over endless sand, the Grand Canyon, and beautiful mountain ranges, the last thing you expect to see is a cluster of skyscrapers.

My first trip to Las Vegas was incredible. It was so much fun, like nothing I have ever done before, and I got to experience it with the most important women in my family, my mom, sister, and aunt. Together we boarded our Delta flight, flew from one coast to another, until we found ourselves in sin city.

The first thing that struck me as we prepared to land was the Las Vegas skyline. It was as if the city suddenly sprouted out of nowhere. The desert that had been stretching for hundreds of miles, took a break for just a few miles, before continuing onto California.

Once we arrived, we checked into our first hotel of the stay, Mandalay Bay, and hopped into the elevator that went up more stories than I could count. We entered the room and immediately I saw the full window wall and another view of the desert city. I couldn’t wait for the sun to set that night. From the moment we planned the trip I couldn’t wait to see the neons ablaze, the millions of flashing lights that would make it seem as though nighttime doesn’t exist inside the Las Vegas city lines.

As I eagerly sat on our giant hotel bed I watched the sun slowly set and the lights come on. It was everything I thought it would be but bigger, brighter, and more colorful. Every day that passed as we sat at dinner and list the highlights. At the end of the trip we each shared our top three favorite moments, and this was one of mine. The skyline, the visual impact of the city itself is something I will never forget.


  • Visual journal
  • Book pages
  • Rubber cement
  • Paint brushes
  • Watercolor
  • India ink
  • Gesso


For this visual journal page I decided to focus on the silhouette of the city, with a light color pop in the background, and a bright white color pop to emphasize the light coming from the Luxor and the Bellagio fountains. I opted to use water color and india ink, which easily bleeds through thin paper like book pages. I planned ahead, glued together book pages outside of my book to paint on, and once dry, glued it into my book.

Once I had my book pages set up and glued together I loosely sketched out the skyline as a guide when I started painting. I reference a skyline picture on the internet, while making sure I focused on the buildings I liked the best. Once my outline was complete I began painting the sky, always work from the back forward. I used yellow and gray watercolor to create the eerie nighttime glow. To get the two colors to blend together in the center I moved the brush in circles using yellow, overlapping into the gray at the top, and while the yellow was still wet, added gray and swirled it in, overlapping into the yellow at the bottom.

As I painted in the sky I made sure I didn’t paint in the area where the Luxor light would be shooting up. I wanted this to be bright white, and it’s hard to achieve that if there is a base color. Next, I went in with India ink and filled in my Las Vegas skyline. India ink is a very thin, very dark black ink. It works well if you want a rich black color, but because it’s thin it can look streaky. I tried to plan for this and carefully painted vertical strips, which helped it look cohesive. Some areas still look a little messy, a second coat would have helped a lot.

Last but not least I filled in the fountain and spotlight with gesso to create a strong contrast to the skyline and focal point. Once everything dried I glued my mini painting into my book using rubber cement.

Create a visual journal page that focuses on contrast. Incorporate a dark black and bright white to create a graphic, bold image with a strong focal point. Good luck!

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Art: The 6×6 Series


Snapshots- The Progression of the Telephone

After working large scale for the past five years I decided it was time to try something new, and downsize. Fueled by my desire to live off of my art and sell more art on Etsy, I began looking into cheaper ways to make art in order to make it more marketable to the masses. I didn’t want to lower the integrity of my work, so the best way to achieve this was to go small. I made a trip to my local art supply shop and picked up 6″x6″ panels.

I knew I wanted to continue experimenting with mixed media and encaustic waxes, and it didn’t take long for me to realize I could combine my love for visual journals and painting into one work of art. I turned to my bin of pattern paper and began cutting, ripping, and layering. I loved the flattened look I could create by using sections of patterns to create a sky and ground. From there I began incorporating silhouettes, and my 6×6 “snapshot” series came to life.

Snapshots- Chicken

These images are meant to be snippets, snapshots of life. They reflect my life, thoughts, memories, and fleeting images that have found spaces in my brain. I look for interesting shapes, appealing images, and something that brings to mind a story. This idea of a story doesn’t mean it has to have a beginning and an end, it is simply a section, and snapshot.

One of my favorite things about this new series is how they can come together to say something. By grabbing a chicken, bicycle, and pinecone, and hanging them in a group, something begins to emerge. Somehow these images reflect me, my past and present me, and it says something. I also love that I can sell them for $35. Anyone can afford a one of a kind work of art, a Whitney original. There is nothing more special than finding a piece that speaks to you, knowing that someone put their thought and time into it, and having something one of a kind decorating your home. I hope as Etsy, craft fairs, and other methods of selling art become more popular more people realize how accesible the art world is.

Snapshots-The Progression of the Bicycle

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