Watercolor Portrait for She Scrapbooks

Today I shared something very special with the ladies at She Scrapbooks! For one of my classes that I am teaching I needed to paint sample for my class? Thought about making it something I would give away so what I decided to do was paint a watercolor portrait of the beautiful She girls and surprise them. : )  So I created this painting and delivered it to them, and they were absolutely in love. We got emotional but its all happy tears. I am so grateful that they enjoyed it and will be displaying it in their store. Today was a wonderful day, I am so honored by their reaction that I too, am speechless.

Here is the entire process of the piece as well as the final product.

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Stephanie and Yvonne I am sure you will enjoy this painting!

No body deserves it more then you do!



-Bonnie VDH

She Scrapbooks Retreat!

This weekend I went to my 2nd She Scrapbooks Retreat! I had a ball for sure and meet some amazing and inspiring lady crafters.

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During the retreat we made 3 beautiful projects, and I managed to get 13 scrapbook pages done! Time well spent! I will post the photos ASAP!


I will like so say thank you so much to Stephanie,Yvonne and all the ladies at She Scrapbooks for creating such an amazing place for women to be together and make art!

Art Journaling

During one of my classes I created this page.  The purpose of the class (Relax and Art Journal) was to introduce my students to the products that are often used in art journaling. Many of my students where new to the art journaling movement, and where afraid of doing the wrong thing. They felt that their art was not good enough. So I told them that ” The artist is their own worst critic”. Meaning we are all to harsh on ourselves about the art that we make. Everyone makes mistakes, but we learn form them. As artist we have to overcome our fears of not being perfect. If we where all perfect there would be no interesting art… Art would all be structured and plane. SO don’t be afraid to add color, layers, or add or take away form something you like thats already there.

Make happy mistakes!  Mistakes make art interesting!


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Gelli Plateing

This weekend I experimented with my Gelli Arts printing plate! What a great product, very versatileI Using the plate you can make mono printing projects that can be used as backgrounds for art journaling, scrapbooking, home made washi tape, and abstract art.

There are so many neat designs you can come up with using stencils, textures, leaves, bubble wrap, etc the list goes on!



Gelli Plate








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