Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Love Your Pet Day

Sprinkle on Glitter blog// girl and westie

Today is an awesome day. It's a stop whatever you’re doing and write a blog post  kind of day - because its "love your pet" day!! 

For most of my life if you told me that I would like a dog, live with a dog, and *gasp* even love a dog, I would've laughed at you! I didn't like dogs but then this sweet and stubborn little 5lb puppy came into my life, layed under the counter ledge, expressed every emotion through her eyes, and over time  began to grow on me. By getting to know her, I began to accept dogs as whole but it's hard to imagine than anyone can compare to my puppy-girl.

Sprinkle on Glitter blog// westie

In her fourteen years she has been by my side through a lot of ups and downs. When I'm sick she checks up on me, when I have surgery she tensely watches over and protects me, and when she gets groomed she sticks her nose in the air and gets mad at me. If someone gets a present she acts sad and offended until she gets a present, too. She really just wants to be another human.

She's my forever puppy and supposed to live forever.  Love you dogs today and everyday!!

Do you have a pet? What do you love about them? 

Monday, February 18, 2019

Artists Who Inspire - Katrina Koltes

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Artists Who Inspire- Katrina Koltes

Katrina Koltes is an artist and teacher. I took her class  Watercolor Dreams and was blown away by the creativity and beauty in her art. 

She says most of her ideas come from fairytales and the bedtime stories she makes up for her sons.  I look at her art and think that it so on point.  Her paintings are so  imaginative with all their color.  The fact that she uses non-traditional colors for things we normally see in beige and shades of brown, like skin and hair, is my favorite part.  Better yet, she often limits herself to two or three colors a painting and you hardly miss the others! 

She also draws in a lot of wildlife and nature.  It  melds right in with the expressions of her girls. 

Have you checked out Katrina’s art? Follow her on Instagram.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Watercolor Dreams

Sprinkle on Glitter Blog// Watercolor Dreams by Katrina Koltes

Watercolor Dreams is a watercolor class by Katrina Koltes combining portraits and nature-related elements. The class in centered around her glazing watercolor technique.

Each project is a portrait,which sounds simple enough, but the layering technique and expressions were to new me.  I was excited though, to try something new. I found it really challenging and something I  have to work on more.  
Sprinkle on Glitter Blog// Watercolor dreams

Katrina uses more advanced facial expressions like tilted back faces and profiles. Drawing them was the most challenging part of the class because it’s to easy to get the features in the wrong spot.  Drawing through them, even though it was uncomfortable, felt good because I know with practice I can get them down.  

Her layering technique is as the title says dream-like.  Katrina uses all sorts of colors to shade and highlight that you wouldn’t normally expect, like pink and yellow.  It sounds like it’s not going to work and at times throughout the proccess it looks like it’s not working, but in the end it all comes together.  As Katrina says throughout the videos “you have to be patient and put in the work” 

I really appreciated how everything was so in-depth. She walked us through step by step and painted in real time showing even the ugly stages.  This made for very long videos but created comfort seeing her perfect looking finished piece at times looked awkward. 

Watercolor Dreams isn’t a class a beginner can pick up and get right in to, that would cause a lot of frustration. I think you need to know face drawing basics and have tried some watercolor so you don’t feel like your sliding all over the paper (exactly how I felt the first day I tried watercolor).   But once you have  some familiarity with those things, Watercolor Dreams can take you to a new level. 

Have you taken any classes latily?

Thursday, February 7, 2019

“Stand” by Marian Jordan Ellis

Sprinkle on Glitter Blog// stand

I’ve been a fan of every book of Marian Jordan Ellis’s that I have read.  “Stand” is no different.

The message of “Stand” is based in where we set our sights when life isn’t going well.   Marian draws from stories in Scripture and stories from  today to lay out what standing firm in your faith is and then offers practical tools we can apply in the face of trials. 

Sprinkleonglitter blog// stand// Marian Jordan ellis

It’s hard to explain how good “Stand” is, it has a lot of depth and leaves room for a lot of reflection.  Marian Jordan Ellis seems to have a gift of taking Bible stories and drawing our relatable situations and making you think about how the characters really felt and reacted during that time.  That it ones if the best parts because it brings her understanding and perspective  to stories many of us have heard over and over.

Have you read “Stand” or any of Marian Jordan Ellis’s other books?  

Monday, February 4, 2019

Favorite Songs Part 3

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// listing my current favorite songs

It’s been a while since I’ve listed some of my favorite songs (Pt 1Pt 2), I can’t believe it’s been so long because I listen to music daily.  I love music and it’s the perfect companion to painting.  

A few months ago, I heard a Dan + Shay song and loved it.  I started listening to their Pandora station regularly and love most all of their songs. It’s also caused me to like more country songs a a whole.

Country has never been my favorite but I’ve started to like some pop-country music. 

These have been some of my favorite songs latily :

“High school” by  Kelsea Ballerini

“Take Back Home Girl” by Chris Lane and Tori Kelly

“Speechless” by Dan + Shay

“End Up With You” by Carrie Underwood

“Marry Me” by Thomas Rhett

What have you been listening to latily?

Thursday, January 31, 2019

How To Start Bible Journaling

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// start Bible Journaling

Bible journaling is a creative way to study the Bible. It’s taking a passage of Scripture and lettering it or illustrating it while you are study it.  As creative and fun as it sounds it is known to  help you remember more of what you’ve studied. 

All you need to start journaling is a Bible and a pen. You can use a regular Bible along with a notebook or a journaling Bible which has wider margins to write, draw, or paint in. You can also use colored pecils and pens. 

That all sounds great but how can you journal in your Bible? It’s all up to you, what you like, and how you learn. 

You can journal notes on what your reading.  Make lists of prayer requests and answers, like a gratitude journal or planner

You can draw out images the passage reminds of you, add remindersor paint and letter words that stand out.  

Illustrated Faith has a lot of resources in Bible journaling.

Have you ever done Bible journaling ? What did you think of it?