Friday, December 14, 2018

A Little Mixed Media - "Believe"

 Hello my creative maker friends, we are almost at the middle of December! It is dark here in the Pacific Northwest, so I wanted to counteract that with some additional art. Since I have been really itching to create some mixed media, the More Than Words December Challenge has provided the perfect inspiration. Additionally, I wanted to create some original art for my newsletter subscribers, of which a final 2018 edition went out yesterday.

For those who may be unfamiliar with More Than Words (MTW), they are a team of mixed media artists and admins that host a monthly main + mini design challenge, arranged around a theme or technique. I have been lurking at the site for many months now (as well as follow their Instagram feed). While I may have a more painterly aesthetic than some on the site (for lack of a better descriptive term), I nevertheless find the challenges, as well as the resulting artwork, inspiring. Of course, I am a huge mixed media fan, so I was thrilled with the opportunity to create some using one of my favorite techniques, stamping.

In part, the raw materials.
December, 2018
9" x 12"
mixed media on watercolor paper
While my inspiration is fairly obvious (well, ok, at least to me): believe in the light of the season, it of course has a deeper personal meaning. Belief in oneself is an iffy proposition on the best of days (especially if one works in design/art/creative pursuits), so a little reminder to myself is always a good thing. 

Here is how it appeared at the top of my subscriber newsletter.

And here is how it looks on my holiday "mantle."

I will eventually frame it in a clear, floating frame, and I expect it will be displayed each year with all the rest of my holiday decorations and art.

Thanks so much, MTW, for this fun and timely challenge!


  1. Oh how wonderful! I adore your stamped trees and subtle colours. I'm so glad you got a chance to play along with us at More Than Words.

    1. Thanks so much! I totally enjoyed creating this project.

  2. I just love it!! it's really perfect.
    Thank you so much for playing along with More Than Words

    1. Thanks so much! We actually lost power here last Friday, the day after I finished this piece. Timing or what? :)

  3. So very pretty and festive! Thank you for playing along with us at More Than Words and Happy 2019!!!

    1. Thanks so much! And a happy new year to you as well.