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Done is Better Philosophy

The new theme at **Art*Journal*Journey* is  A Single Flower and it was selected by Orange Esmeralda (Sheila).  This theme is inspiring to me because I don't use a lot of flowers in my creating, but I love them!

Yesterday was stressful for me so I sat down after work and drew this hydrangea.  Then I water-colored it.  

Once I was done, I was stuck on a background.  I started doing a pointillism background using a very tiny brush.  

I saw this wonderful Dina Wakley Stencil the other day and it spoke to me!  Thanks to Amazon I got it in 24 hours! It seemed the perfect stencil for this page, but i struggled with the placement around the flower.  I still like how it came out and...done is better than perfect!

Here is a card I made using the DRS Designs' Shamrock of Shamrocks and the new Blessings on St. Patrick's Day Greeting:

I made the base with some stamping, masking and layering (5 stampings of the shamrock) and then popped up one more stamping of it.  I colored it all up with Distress Inks (basically water-coloring with the inks). I put a touch of Dina Wakley Acrylics in the centers of the shamrocks on the popped up version.  Hoping this card brings blessings and luck to someone!  Maybe I should make one for myself!




  1. gorgeous hydrangea Nancy, and your mix of colour and that stencil are perfectXX

  2. Actually done is not what I would call it. I would call it perfect. I would call it well planned out. I would call it colorful. I think you did a great job, especially that background, but also the incredible hydrangea, Nancy.

    I missed so much of your art last month because I was sick or in the hospital. I hope to never have that happen again, dear. Thanks so much for sharing this with us using Sheila's theme at Art Journal Journey.

  3. The hydrangea and its leaves are so beautifully drawn and painted. All the little florets are just perfect and it's a lovely mauve colour. The background is pretty amazing too, I enlarged it to have a good look and it must have taken ages but what a great effect. I'm also impressed at the way you have stencilled it so precisely. I would call it done and perfect.
    Thanks very much for making this for the challenge.
    I'll have to give a shout-out to the shamrock card too. What a great card with all the shamrocks, it's so detailed with all the different green shades.

  4. That's a wonderful quote, this is a good philosophy for every day. And your page is beautiful with the hydrangea! Love the card with the shamrocks, too, so beautifully stamped. Have a great week Nancy, thanks for your good wishes and prayers, much appreciated! Hugs, Valerie

  5. A super page and beautiful card Nancy, a lovely Hydrangea - so pretty.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  6. A beautiful card Nancy, and I love your pretty hydrangea. That's a great stencil too. I hope today has been less stressful for you.
    Alison xx

  7. A wonderful page and card, i love this Art. The qoute is beautiful!
    Have a great week, hug Elke

  8. Wow Nancy. That background must have taken a long time to make, but what a good way to destress. Art is a great way to get through stressful day, isn't it? I'm loving the flower page and also that great shamrock card. Your shamrock stamp looks like a fun one. Thanks for sharing with us at AJJ, and happy March. Hugs-Erika

  9. I love your flower very much and perfect background

  10. Beautiful card and and hydrangea.
    Have a happy day xx

  11. The background and words are lovely, for me the beauty is in that gorgeous flower. Thank you for linking to Sheila's theme at AJJ.
    Stay safe.

  12. Such a beautiful page with the single flower! I love the background that you created too and the words are so uplifting - perfect 😁. Beautiful card too, that's such a clever design! Take care and wishing you a Happy March! Hugs, Jo x

  13. Oh Nancy, I love that background you have made and the stencil is perfectly placed, how on earth did you manage that without damaging the beautiful hydrangea you had painted? Such a lovely page.
    The card is very clever too reminds me of St Patricks Day which is around the corner.
    Hugs, Neet xx

  14. I've been looking at that stencil - it does say so much! I love the page you created! Your card will certainly make someone lucky! Hugs, Chrisx

  15. Art really does take away the stresses of the world even if just for a moment, your journal page is superb and well done for treating yourself to that stancil, it;s awesome!! I love how you designed around your hydrangea sketch, so lovely. You clover card is fab too. Hoping stress keeps well away this week. Hugs Tracey xx

  16. Love that journal page. Really creative and expressive. Whew, the card took a bunch of stamping and coloring. Love them both.

    Hugs and Blessings,

  17. The flower is beautifully painted and detailed. I thought it was a photo at first look! That is a great stencil for encouragement. You’ve made your journal page look awesome! The card is nice also. How clever to cut a large shamrock filled with small ones and pop from the background of small shamrocks. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


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