“Trust Yourself” and “Wine is Bottled Poetry” Mixed Media

Trust yourself - girl mixed media drawing painting

These are two little cardboard girls I did for two dear friends.

“Trust Yourself” I made last month when we where on holiday in France. It was the fifth or sixth time we went to lovely Pfaffenbronn. Over the years I became good friends with someone who lives there. It’s a shame we only see each other maybe once a year or less, but it’s always so great when we are together! We have so much in common and can talk for hours about health, food, homeopathy, spirituality, etc. etc. Very nice to spent time with her and we learn a lot from each other. But the holidays are always to short …

This year I made her this little girl. I did the drawing with graphite pencil, for most of the coloring I used Prismacolor pencils, Pan Pastels and a stencil for the background and Molotow acrylic pen for the highlights. Almost forgot, I’ve started by putting a thin layer of Golden Absorbent ground on the cardboard.

“Wine is Bottled Poetry” I’ve made in January of this year. Also for a very good friend, who lives a little closer fortunately She is so very creative, makes the most beautiful things and she is one of my best friends.
The little squares of cardboard that I use to make these girls, I’ve got from her. I was so pleased with the scraps of cardboard that she gave me that I made her this wine girl. She loves her glass of red wine

I’ve used paper from the liquor store, some patch paper and stamps for the background, different brands of Acrylics to paint her, Prismacolor pencils and Molotow acrylic pen for the details. The little silver dots are made with Ranger Liquid Pearls. The star is a little mirror.

I believe they where both pleased with their girls.

Wine - girl mixed media drawing painting

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“It’s a Boy!” Mixed Media

It's a Boy - girl and boy mixed media drawing paintingIt appears that I can only draw girls. What comes out of my pencil are always girls faces …
I can’t seem to help it Until one day in February …

I sat down at my desk, took a little piece (6cm x 6cm) of scrap cardboard and started drawing. And then it happened! The little face began to look a little less girlish … I was almost afraid to breathe but kept on drawing. Could this really be the first time I drew a boy…?

It's a Boy Boy - girl and boy mixed media drawing paintingAnd yes it was! There he was on my desk, on this little piece of scrap cardboard, my first boy! And I loved him!

I didn’t want him to feel alone so I made him a little friend, of course that turned out to be a girl again…

Until this day, this is the only boy that ever came out of my pencil. But I think he’s alright with all his girls

I put Golden Absorbent ground on the cardboard. Used some FW Acrylic ink for the background. Amsterdam acrylic paint for the faces. Graphite pencil for the drawing and the rest I did with Prismacolor pencils. And off course some white with Molotow acrylic pen.

It's a Boy Boy Girl - girl and boy mixed media drawing painting

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“Ghost Girl” on magazine page

Ghost girl - pencil pastel drawing paintingSome days you just want to draw but you haven’t got the faintest idea what to make … today was such a day

So I sat at my desk just looking at things, picking things up, putting things down … until I went through a stack of old papers and magazines. There I found an old Daphne’s Diary, a great Dutch magazine. I just took it and ripped out a page with a rose branch I liked. I folded the page in half and glued it together with Mod Podge. Then I put a thin layer of Golden Absorbent ground on the page and let it al dry. I drew her with Graphite Pencil and did the coloring with Derwent- and Caran d’Ache Pastel Pencils.

I think she’s a sweet little Ghost Girl

Drawings · Mixed Media

“Toadstool Girl” Pencil Drawing

Toadstool girl sketch - pencil drawing paintingI have an old book about toadstools, mushrooms, fungi. I don’t know the exact collective name in English for these beautiful things, I call them toadstools because that sounds the most fairylike
There are lots of beautiful watercolor drawings in it and so good examples for me to learn from.

As I mentioned earlier I like to draw while watching TV and this one was also made on the couch. To paint you a picture, I put a pillow on my lap to put my BookDori on and arrange pencils, sharpener, eraser and other art supplies around me on the couch. My cat squeezes between all the stuff and me and then we can begin.

I did this drawing with a 2b pencil and a blending stump and I love how she turned out. I’m not going to put color on her, I think she is finished.

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“Little Bling” Mixed Media

Little Bling - girl mixed media drawing paintingThis was one of the first girls I’ve made on a junk piece of cardboard (10cm x 10cm ). I’ve made her for the most part with acrylic paint. Even though I’m not very good with them I think she turned out alright

First I glued an old book page on the cardboard using Gel Medium. Then I’ve used Distress Paint for the background, her hair, dress and face. The details I added with Prismacolor pencils, Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils and a Molotow acrylic pen. For the butterflies and flower borders I’ve used stamps. And the word “Cutie” is done with rub-on letters.

For a finishing touch I’ve added a little girly bling 

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“Cutie Pie” Pastel Pencil Drawing

Cutie pie - pencil pastel drawing paintingWhat I love to do while watching TV is to take my BookDori/Artjournal and a pencil and just do some sketching.

This weekend I sat down on the couch and enjoyed watching the World Cup of Darts, meanwhile sketching this little cutie pie

At first she was just a pencil drawing but she was perfect to try out my new Caran d’Ache pastel pencils! I really enjoyed it, the colors are so soft and pretty, love how sweet she looks.

I’m used to the Derwent Pastel pencils, they are chalky and great to work with. The Caran d’Ache pencils are more soft and creamy, but still chalky. I like them both for different reasons.

Have a nice day!

Caran d'ache pastel pencils

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“Blue Cardboard Girls” Mixed Media

Blue cardboard girls - girl mixed media drawing paintingHello. My name is Janet Rozenberg and I’m an addict.

I have to be honest about it, it is true….I am terribly addicted to drawing. I love it, need it and not a day goes by that I don’t draw or at least think about it. When I draw I feel relaxed, happy and forget about time.

And I draw on everything I get my hands on. Little pieces of paper that are in the trash or a torn up light blue carton box that came in the mail. I can’t help myself!

For the little brown and black girl on the left I used Derwent Graphik line markers, white Molotow acrylic marker and Uni Poscametallic acrylic marker. For the other two I grabbed my beautiful Prismacolor pencils which I love so much and also a white Molotow acrylic marker.

I believe my addiction is really very harmless so I think I’ll keep it for now

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