Playing with a Full Deck… Art Sparks Blog Hop

Art Sparks Blog HopWow, I haven’t blogged since July! (ok, so yes, I was away for most of August on vacation and a spiritual retreat far far away, and then reintegrating into life in Sept and most of October…. ) So thanks to Karen Friedland for shaking me out of my blog no-zone!

I love journaling prompts! And with art prompts, even better. So when I was invited to join in on a blog hop and play with a brand new deck of art prompts that talented artist Karen just released, called Art Sparks – well, it was a no-brainer for me. The cards themselves are beautiful, and on the back of each is a different painting Karen’s created. On the fronts, there is a different art prompt on each card. Some of the prompts even have links to guided meditation-type prompts via audio clips – what a neat idea!  And there is a 10% off coupon good until November 30th. Use the code ARTSPARKSINTRO.

(and read on… there will even be a GIVEWAY or two!)

Art Sparks Deck

For the blog hop, Karen asked me, (along with other 9 other awesome artists), to pick a card and document what we create from it. I suppose I might be nervous having my post be on day one, along with Karen herself, but heck… I’m going to have fun with this!

My mission, er – prompt, on Card #5 was to draw a picture of something that is normally small in size, and make it so big that it even spills over the sides of my page. And to notice how the object looks different when sized up… well that’s a challenge I’m definitely game for! So here goes…..

While away on pilgrimage to western Scotland this past August, I got to do some walking at a location I’ve wanted to visit for a long time,  Camusdarach Beach, just a few miles south of Mallaig. On my walk I found this teeny tiny shell to bring home. So small is it, that I needed some help from Ms. Photoshop to zoom in… so here’s what I’m going to play with:

Tiny Shell and Stamp               Tiny shell closeup Tiny shell even closer up

I knew that from the colors and patterns on the shell I wanted to use watercolor, so I grabbed one of my watercolor journals from The Journey Within (artjournaling and bookmaking year e-course), along with some Yarka pan watercolor paints, Derwent Inktense Pencils, brushes, white pens, black fineliner pen and a white Prismacolor pencil.

(you can click on any image above or below to see it larger)

First thing I did was to make a very LOOSE sketch of the shape of the shell much larger onto my journal page with a thin mechanical pencil….

Initially I thought I wanted to use the Inktense pencils for most of the color, but I had better mixing opportunities with the Yarka set in front of me for the colors I wanted.   I next began to layout what I saw where the most obvious parts of the shell, the light center and the orangish areas on the ribs…

I continued to fill in colors and then add in some interest and defining lines, shadows and highlights using a White Gelly Roll pen, a White acrylic marker, a black fineliner pen, and an Inktense Charcoal Grey for the outer shadow effects.

I finished it off with some white pencil to blend in some of the highlight areas better.

Now that I’ve had a chance to look through all of the photos, I might have actually stopped after I added in some of the greys.  I may even do a series based off of this.  Or maybe even tangle up a version of the image!  If I do, I’ll be sure to link it here. 

Art Sparks Prompt 5 - step 12


I definitely want to play with the other card prompts soon, especially the ones with sound files to listen to!  And they will definitely go into my “I don’t know what to make next” arsenal when I’m feeling stuck or just need a jump start.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what the rest of the blog hop participants create with the cards they choose, and want to give a big THANK YOU to Karen Friedlander for inviting me to participate!

Now to the GIVEAWAYS:   (both drawings to be held on Nov 7 at 6pm EST)

Art Sparks Creative Project Deck

Art Sparks Creative Project Deck

Win an Art Sparks Deck of your very own! 
Follow me on Facebook or Instagram & leave a comment on one of those pages AND below to be entered!

Winner chosen Nov 7: name to be announced

Dyed Tiles

Dyed Coasters and Cards for Tangling

Win a pack of 5 hand-dyed color coasters or artist trading cards to use for Zentangle-inspired art or just drawing/painting!
Sign up for the TangleVermont newsletter to be entered and then let me know in the comments below!

Winner chosen Nov 7th:  Congrats Martha!

Finally, follow the other awesome artists participating in Karen’s blog hop for more giveaways throughout the week:

Karen Friedland‘s Art Sparks Blog Hop Page for Oct. 31
Up tomorrow on the blog hop: Jeri Bellini and Yva Lovee Barbour

Full Schedule and links:

Monday, October 31, 2016 Karen Friedland


Sadelle Wiltshire

Tuesday, November 1 Jeri Bellini


Yva Lovee Barbour

Wednesday, November 2 Barb Owen

Tiare Smith

Thursday, November 3 Gina Ahrens


Melissa Partridge

Friday, November 4 Kiala Givehand

Tori Weyers


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23 Responses to Playing with a Full Deck… Art Sparks Blog Hop

  1. Hi Sadelle-

    What a lovely drawing! Your shell certainly changes with the size. I’m glad you enjoyed working with the cards!


    • Sadelle says:

      Thank you so much Karen! I really needed a kick in the pants to start making art around my pilgrimage this summer, and these cards are certainly going to help. Who knew the shell would be the first piece?!

  2. Welcome back to the blog world! I need to get there as well. Love your drawing of the shell and am happy to know that there are a lot of good memories connected to it. Those Art Spark cards seem to be very interesting. I’d love to be in the running….

  3. I REALLY love this idea and would LOVE to win a deck of cards to be inspired. My ideas are drying up! Yay!

  4. Love this! Would love to win a deck as I can’t afford my own right now! Will be following and participating!

  5. I signed up for newsletter! Would LOVE to win a set of cards!

  6. Sounds like you had a great time in Scotland and I love your she’ll drawing and liked seeing your process.

  7. Kristin McKee says:

    This will be a great way to remember your trip. We sometimes lose site of the little things when focusing on the big picture, kind of like macro photography. Love the painting.

    • Sadelle says:

      Kristin, isn’t THAT the truth! I did alot of paying attention to the little things on that trip… it was a true pilgrimage. Thanks re the painting… it was definitely a stretch for me! I’ve got you entered into the drawing – cheers!

  8. Carol McNab says:

    Would be great to win the Art Sparks deck.. thanks for the chance.

  9. Carol McNab says:

    I have already signed up for the newsletter. Thanks for the chance to win the coasters.

  10. I missed a couple blogs, so I am catching up and whoa, why was I not following you all to begin with! I loved this prompt; its one I think i could create from. Just getting into watercolors myself, I was glad to see you chose this medium for your painting. Beautiful piece!

    • Sadelle says:

      Hi Tommy Jo! Thank you so much for your kind words! Yes, I think watercolor can be really forgiving, especially if you tell yourself to just ‘go with the flow’! I tend to not use it in a traditional painterly way… this may have been the closest I’ve gotten to that, but now I want to go back and make some simpler more abstract versions of this shell, just to see what happens. Thanks again!

  11. Rita Montgomery says:

    Your shell is so beautiful. It is amazing how small things can really be transformed. I am now following you on instagram and signed up for the Tangle Vermont newsletter.

  12. Glenda Hoagland says:

    What you created is simply stunning. The shell is stunning and a great starting point, thanks so much for sharing.

  13. Dianne Fitch says:

    Love the Art Sparks! I look forward to your newsletter and following you on Facebook!

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