“Dryad”, “Satyr”, “Lost” and “Feline” Art Challenge

Dryad - pencil pastel drawing painting shadowheartchallenge day 14

And again a little update of the #Shadowheartchallenge I did in July.  (If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen them already https://www.instagram.com/janetrozenberg)

This one I’ve made the prompt of day 14 “Dryad”. A Dryad is a tree nymph, or tree spirit.

I’ve made her using Derwent- and Caran d’Ache Pastel Pencils and Graphite Pencil

Satyr - pencil pastel drawing painting shadowheartchallenge day 15

This little cutie is a “Satyr” for day 15. It’s a little creature with goat-like features. Of course mine became a girl with a little flowery dress

For her I’ve used a yellow Derwent Pastel Pencil and Graphite Pencil.

Lost - pencil drawing painting Shadowheartchallenge day 16

The prompt for day 16 was “Lost” and immediately I thought of a quote from a beautiful poem of Lord Alfred Tennyson “In Memoriam A.H.H.”, which he wrote for a dear friend.

“Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.”

I’ve made her with Cretacolor Nero Soft 2 and a blending stump.

Feline - pencil pastel drawing painting shadowheartchallenge day 17

The prompt of day 17 was “Feline”. My parents sweet cat Boris passed away that week so I’ve made this little Feline in memory of him. R.I.P sweet little Boris.

I’ve also used Derwent Pastel Pencils and Graphite Pencil for him.

Have a nice day! Be creative!



Art Challenge · Art Journal · Drawings · Mixed Media

“Fairy”, “Donkey”, “Sparkle” and a big surprise! Art Challenge

Toadstool fairy girl - girl mixed media drawing painting shadowheartchallenge day 8

Today is the eleventh day of the #Shadowheartchallenge. And I didn’t miss a day Not every prompt was easy, some days I just didn’t know what to make of it. And there are a few difficult ones coming

This little “Fairy” was day 8 of the challenge. I’ve made her a couple of weeks ago on a scrap piece of cardboard (10cm x 10cm) and thought she was a perfect fit. I did the drawing with graphite pencil, and the coloring with Panpastels. For the background I’ve used a stencil with Panpastels.

Donkey - pencil pastel drawing painting shadowheartchallenge day 9

The prompt for day 9 was “Donkey”. Had a few (a lot) difficulties with the little Donkey, I have much to learn. But he turned out kind of cute. I’ve used Derwent- and Caran d’Ache Pastel Pencils and Graphite Pencil.

Day 10 was “Sparkle” and I had a bit of trouble to make something of that. So I just started looking around my workspace and saw the little sticky pearls. That gave me the idea for this little sparkling girl. She’s really tiny, the scrap piece of cardboard is only 5cm x 5cm. For the drawing I’ve used Graphite Pencil, Caran d’Ache Pastel Pencils and Panpastels.

Sparkle - mixed media pastel drawing painting shadowheartchallenge day 10

And then this morning I’ve got a big surprise! I was 1 of the 2 winners of the Art Challenge of this week! How cool is that! Soooo happy!

I just started drawing about a year ago and it’s such a huge thing for me to win something in a challenge with such beautiful entries from all over the world. It really motivates me to continue doing what I love to do! Thanks so much @Shadowheartcollective!

Had to sketch this little happy girl in my diary this morning

Happy Girl - pencil drawing painting


Art Challenge · Art Journal · Drawings · Mixed Media

“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

Mixed Media

“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

“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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“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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“Green Bubble Girl” in my Altered book

Green Bubble girl Art Journal - mixed media painting drawing

I am someone who likes to work small, little drawings of 10×10 cm. Or in my Art Journal (BookDori) that is about 15×20 cm. That is big enough for me. If it’s bigger I find it a little intimidating.

But I do have a bigger book, an old altered science book, that I’ve sometimes used to work in.
A double page is 37×26 cm and I’ll find it very big. But for this girl I did use it and I didn’t find it intimidating at all! Just grabbed my pencil and started drawing big without thinking about it. Lots of times things are just in your head and you think they are true until you just try them and prove your thinking to be wrong.

I’ve started with putting a thin layer of Golden Absorbent ground on the page. Then I’ve used Derwent Pastel Pencils for the coloring, Derwent Graphitint Pencils for some darker lines and Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils for the shading. For the background I’ve used Pan Pastels.

I love the transparency of it all and how her hair worked out, it looks like little round pillows sewn together and makes it all look very soft. The bright green color is very beautiful. And I love her chubby cheeks.
Still trying to find out if she is finished or not. For now I let her be the way she is.

Green Bubble girl face Art Journal - mixed media painting drawing


Art Journal · Mixed Media

“Pastel Girl” Mixed Media

Pastel girl - girl mixed media drawing painting

Yesterday was a day that nothing went right. I was tired and was trying to do something with acrylic paint. But I’m not very good with acrylic paint so nothing worked out the way I wanted. I know I have a lot to learn and most off the time I enjoy the learning process. But yesterday wasn’t such a day…

So I gave up and took my diary to put some thoughts onto paper. But instead of a pen I took a stencil, some Distress ink and paints and just made a background with it. It relaxed me a lot because there was no pressure at all and no expectations of the outcome. I thought it was a nice background to write on.

But because I was so relaxed, I started to make something… I painted a little head and neck with some Amsterdam titanium buff light acrylic paint and when that was dry I put a thin layer of Golden Absorbent ground on it.

And then just started to draw…

I had a piece of scrap paper with some notes from my boyfriend and used that to make a dress. I used a stamp and some ink to decorate it a little and glued it in.

The coloring of the girl and her dress I did with Derwent pastel pencils, some Derwent graphitint pencils, and a blending stump. No stress there I know how to use those

Very pleased with how she turned out and thankful that she made my day a very good one after all

“Be Patient.
Relax and Trust.
Let go. Then,
let go some more.”

Melody Beattie
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“My Lucky Number” Mixed Media

My Lucky number - girl mixed media drawing painting

In februari of this year I went to a thrift store. My visit to a thrift store is nothing special, but what I found there was.

I was looking for some old tins to store bits and pieces and I found a few. In one of them there was what was left of an old bingo game, a few cards and some wooden chips with numbers.

Of course I had to use them in a little mixed media project

Again I’ve used a piece of junk cardboard, about 10×10 cm, ( I love to work on that! ) and glued some scraps of paper onto it using Gel Medium. I’ve used a stencil with ecoline to make the flowers.
Her face I drew on a piece of sketching paper, colored it with Prismacolor pencils, and glued it on together with her bingo dress.

The white around the girl is done with Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen and the little white drops with Molotow acrylic pen. I’ve used a stamp and all purpose stamp ink for the edges. The words “My Lucky number’s wrong” I did with rub-on letters, also bought at the thrift store

Have a very nice and lucky day!

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