“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.

Art Journal · Drawings

“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 

Mixed Media

“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

Art Journal · Drawings · Supplies

“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

Mixed Media

“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
Mixed Media

“Practicing girl faces” Pencil Drawing

Girl face 1 - pencil drawing painting

I love love LOVE drawing faces! Just sitting on the couch with my BookDori (I will show that in a later post), watching tv and draw draw DRAW! Not trying to draw lifelike faces, just some kind of whimsical girls.

Girl face 2 - pencil drawing paintingThese two I’ve made with a graphite pencil and a blending stump on simple white paper.

It always amazes me how different the faces are and how much I learn by just relaxing and draw.

Girl face on newspaper 1 - pencil drawing paintingIn my BookDori I’ve made an insert with newspaper paper and I’ve drawn a few faces on that. This one I’ve done with a Colored Graphite Pencil.

Girl face on newspaper 2And for the last two I’ve used a Cretacolor Nero Soft 2 and a blending stump.

They are all so very different, one looks cross-eyed, another dreamy or a little suprised.

I just let them come as they are and love them all because they give me so much peace an pleasure!

Girl face on newspaper 3 - pencil drawing painting

Art Journal · Drawings

“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!

Mixed Media

“Happy Easter” Mixed Media

Happy Easter - girl mixed media drawing painting

This is a little mixed media “Easter Bunny Girl” I’ve made on a piece of cardboard (10×10 cm),
to wish you all a very Happy Easter!

I’ve started with putting a thin layer of Golden Absorbent ground on the cardboard . To make her I’ve used graphite pencil for the drawing, Prismacolor pencils for most of the coloring, Pan Pastels and a stencil for the background and Molotow acrylic pen for the highlights. The words “Happy Easter” I added with PaintShop Pro.

Enjoy your weekend!

Mixed Media