Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Mermay, ICAD and Anatomy

Oh my goodness, it's June already! Well, I had a fun time creating mermaids for Mermay in May! My daughter in law even baked me an amazing mermaid birthday cake to celebrate the end of Mermay!

Cinco de Mayo Mermaid
Mother's Day Mermaid

My Beautiful Mermaid Birthday Cake!

Amazing Detail! The Frosting Was Painted On!

My ICAD Cover Card
I have begun my favorite challenge, Daisy Yellow Art’s Index Card A Day Creative Challenge which runs for 61 days, from 1 June through 1 July. I create art every day and this year am writing and illustrating a mystery called “Farley’s Fairies and the Mystery of the Little Cottage.” I write a little tidbit every day and at the end of 61 days, I should have quite a story, ha ha! I hope I can put it all into a little book, complete with coloring pages when done. You too can join the ICAD Challenge by reviewing the prompts on the Daisy Yellow Art website and joining the FaceBook Group to see and post your art. Click HERE for the web page. It's not a competition, it's a creative challenge. As written before on my blog, I've learned alot about my art during these challenges and made many wonderful life-long friends from around the world! This is my fourth year and so far, I've finished every one. It does take dedication and I've found that trying to limit my time daily helps, although I'll admit that some days I do more than planned. Although I draw my cards, many collage and create more abstract index cards. It's all good!

ICAD Day 1, Prompt: Mailbox

ICAD Day 3, Prompt: Magenta

Anatomy and Face Practice
I located a wonderful guide on the internet to drawing the human body and so have been practicing, although I found that I prefer the wonky folk-art style humans I've been drawing. I'm also practicing faces. This little art page is the result of my first works on these subjects. Click HERE for the original link written by Joumana Medlej. I'm also reminded of my YouTube video on drawing faces, it is simple but effective and gives good practice.Click HERE to access this free video.

Well, that's what I'm up to, please chime in and leave me a comment about what you're up to, I'd love to know! Thanks again for tuning in and if you haven't already, enter your email in the "FOLLOW" box then confirm by clicking on a button you'll receive in the email.

Enjoy the Journey!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Books 2 and 3 have been published and I have a free coloring page for you!

Hello Lovely Friends, I have great news!

Book 2: 61 Days of Barbee's 2018 Index Card Art With Special Tips and Techniques
BOOK 2 - 2018 ICADs

After your wonderful encouragement and requests, I spent several weeks compiling my whimsical index card art from the Index Card A Day (ICAD) Creative Challenge last summer (2018) into a full color, 6x9 inch paperback book titled, "Book 2: 61 Days of Barbee's Index Card Art 2018 with Special Tips and Techniques" and it's now live on and available for purchase! Each page has a uniquely upbeat and positive piece of "happy art" that is sure to leave a smile on your face and your heart filled with joy! I must thank my dear husband Bruce for his support helping me prepare these books for release. He's my rock and my inspiration!

Book 3: Medium Companion Sketchbook for BarbeeĆ¢€™s 2018 Index Card Art
To go along with Book 2, I created, "Book 3: Medium Companion Sketchbook for Barbee’s 2018 Index Card Artto enable you to color and alter the 61 black and white sketches derived from the colored index card art in Book 2. You'll be smiling as you alter each page by coloring and adding your own touches.

It's not your mother's coloring book! Just like Books 1 and 2, it's a fun 6x9 inch book that you can take with you in your purse or backpack. But unlike Books 2 and 3, it has 61 pieces of sketchy black and art for you to personalize as you like. The paper is the same as with the first 2 books so I recommend you try using colored pencils, gel pen and markers, although everyone's results will differ. You can also use rubber stamps and glue on collage pieces (any type of paper/ephemera) using a glue stick. Don't forget to add lots of scribbling and doodling as well and come up with creative ways to alter the art!


Here's the link to my first book: Book 1: 61 Days of Barbee's Index Card Art . If you enjoy one, you're sure to enjoy them all! 


Each book features 4x6 inch index card art created during dear Art Guru Tammy Garcia's Daisy Yellow Art Index Card A Day (ICAD) Creative Challenge that runs each summer from 1 June through 31 July. 2019 will be the 9th Annual Challenge! Tammy created this fun event to get us all creating something every day on a simple index card. Many people from around the world create art of many kinds with a variety of materials and posting to a special facebook group that Tammy hosts. More information may be obtained by visiting Tammy's website at


Below, I added the black and white sketch derived from my 2018 index card "#49 Landscape." as an example to show how each of the 61 pieces of art in Book 3 appears. You may save and print this for altering by right-clicking on it, then clicking on "save as" under your computer files, opening in your photo program, and printing. On your smartphone or tablet, tap the image, select "save as" and save it in your photo album, then print as you would any photo. I typically email them to my computer then print from there. This is my gift to you thanking you for inspiring me to publish these books!

If you enjoy my art and would like me to continue to create similar books, you can let me know by purchasing one or more of my books on and sharing them with your friends and family. They're a fun addition to your art library and they also make great gifts! You can search within the website using my name, Barbara Ann Sanders Hauenstein, to see all my books. 


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Thank you for your continuing good wishes and inspiration! ~ Barbee

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

MerMay 2019 is here!

Hello my dear friends!

As we say HELLO to May, I want to let you all know that there's a wonderful art event that happens every May!  It's called "MerMay" and it's a fun creative celebration created by illustrator-extraordinaire Tom Bancroft a few years ago. You can participate by creating a mermaid a day and hashtagging: #MerMay2019. You can view prompts and tutorials from Tom Bancroft by clicking on the Wacom sponsored website here. One of my favorite MerMay artists is James Luke Burke, who I've mentioned in my blog before. You can click here to access his MerMay Playlist in YouTube. It's very inspirational! In addition to James Luke Burke, you can find other amazing MerMay artists by searching the internet using the term "MerMay." I hope to see your MerMay art soon!

Monday, December 31, 2018

The End of December Already?!?

Warm New Year's Eve Greetings Everyone!

It's official, New Year's Eve is here! I hope you had a wonderful year. I had an awesome one! With lots of help from my sweet, smart husband, I published my first book, "Book 1: 61 Days of Barbee's Index Card Art," which has my collection of 2017 summer index cards from Tammy Garcia's Daisy Yellow Art Index Card A Day (ICAD) Creative Challenge. Tammy's an amazing art guru who's led us on a multi-year journey exploring how many ways we can dress up an index card to address her imaginative prompts! My first book is available here in paperback or Kindle, if you haven't already picked up a copy. It's a positive, happy book and will leave you feeling inspired! I am working on Book 2 now which will hold my collection of 2018 summer index cards, as well as special tips and techniques. By the way, Tammy Garcia's fantastic Daisy Yellow Art website, available by clicking here, has many free and paid workshops as well as several prompt series and a plethora of instructional, fun videos, so be sure to check it out and sign up for her year-round free Facebook Group.

With the New Year comes our hopes and dreams for 2019. December was a busy month but I took time to do a few pieces of art which I'll post below on this last day of the year. These were for a Facebook Group I belong to called "Rediscovering Your Creativity Through Mixed Media Play" led by another of my favorite mixed media artists, the very creative, Carolyn Dube. If you don't belong to this group, I recommend you sign up. It's free and fun! Carolyn's website which you can access here also has a bounty of free and paid information and workshops with many YouTube Videos that are informative and fun.

The first art journal page I created in December bears the quote "Big Wishes Cost As Much As Little Ones," the idea of which came during a card I did for the 2018 ICAD Creative Challenge. Because big wishes cost the same as little ones, I have several GARGANTUAN wishes. I wish for (1) unconditional PeAcE, (2) FoOd for every living creature, (3) ShELteR and clothing enough to bring each creature comfort, and (4) LoVe to bring every creature joy and happiness - ALL of these are very much deserved by all the creatures great and small living on our dear Mother Earth. These super HUGE wishes cost as much as tiny ones, so I'll continue wishing HUGE and praying for them into, and throughout, the next year.

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"Big Wishes:" This piece was created for the "Art Play Prompt" given by Artist Carolyn Dube on 9 December on her Facebook Group "Rediscovering Your Creativity Through Mixed Media Play." The prompt was to use a book page. I created a background by rubbing several bright colors from my mini distress ink pads into my small (8.5x5.5 inch) Dylusions Art Journal with a small applicator that fits on my finger. I cut the tree top star and the snow from old book and glued them on using a glue stick. Some random stamps were added to the background to grunge it up. I colored the tree, star and snow with watercolor pencils then used a black Copic Liner Pen and a white Signo pen to add details. 

"Deer Santa:" This piece was also created for the "Art Play Prompt" given by Artist Carolyn Dube on 16 December her Facebook Group "Rediscovering Your Creativity." The prompt was to use a triangle. There are plenty of triangles in here - can you count them all?  I created the background and colored in the elements the same as "BIG WISHES" above  and drew some ornaments, clouds and details with a black Copic Liner Pen and a Signo White Pen. 

"Happy Faces:" This face surrounded by flowers (many of which also happen to have faces) was another piece created for the "Art Play Prompt" given by wonderful Artist Carolyn Dube. The prompt was to use a post note and was given on 2 December. I created the background and colored in the elements the same as "BIG WISHES" then outlined and added details with a black Copic Liner Pen and a Signo White Pen. The large flower face on the bottom right didn't turn out the way I wanted, affording me an O.O.P.S. (Carolyn's acronym for an "Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly"). By using the post note, I was able to cover up the face I didn't like and draw a new face over the top of it on the post note. You learn something new every day!

"Christmas Blessings:" This piece was also created for the "Art Play Prompt" given by Artist Carolyn Dube on 16 December in her Facebook Group "Rediscovering Your Creativity." The prompt was to use a triangle and this was the second journal page where I addressed that prompt - lots of triangles here, ha ha! I created the background and colored in the elements the same as "BIG WISHES" and outlining and details with a black Copic Liner Pen and a Signo White Pen. 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

InkTober 2018 and Favorite Videos

Greetings Dear Friends!

I hope everyone's doing well. I can't believe how the year is flying by! I've been very busy participating in InkTober 2018 which began 1 October and runs all month. It’s all about creating one inked piece of art every day in October. It's a great way to get Christmas card designs done or do some Halloween art. Below is a collage of my first 18 pieces.To learn more about Inktober and see a list of prompts and rules, click here. I love the prompts because they are challenging and make me think about how to create a drawing that references them but you can ink anything you like to join in the fun! There are several Facebook groups for Inktober, I selected this one and also post to instagram @barbarahauenstein. Instagram is a bit new to me, but it's a great place to see a lot of Inktober art!

I began following an excellent artist on YouTube lately named James Burke. He's doing a different kind of InkTober where he writes a rhyme a day and then paints it in ink on his "James Burke" YouTube Channel. It centers around an easy to draw character named Daisy. He has another series of YouTube Videos about "How to Draw" different seasons' items. For instance, in the video herehe shows how to doodle simple shapes for Halloween. During all his entertaining videos, James Burke gives a lot of hints about drawing, painting, mixed media and other important creative things.

Well, that's it for now. I hope you all keep on enjoying creating and have a wonderful Halloween!


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

ICAD 2018, 00-61 (All)

Hello again dear friends! 

I completed one index card a day as part of my 4th year doing the Daisy Yellow Art ( Index Card A Day (ICAD) prompted creative challenge! I have to give another BIG SHOUT OUT to my dear friend and Art Guru, Tammy Garcia (she is Daisy Yellow Art)! YAAAAYYYY Tammy - we had another excellent year of ICAD in 2018!! Thank you, ThaNk YoU, THANK YOU!

Here's one summary collage of ALL the index cards I made.  I added the cover card plus 61 cards made in June and July so have 62 cards represented here. I re-stacked the first collage so it turned out slightly different from my last post and added 5 more collages in an iPhone app called Pic Collage to get this one gigantic summary collage.

I listed some tips in my last book, “61 Days of Index Card Art,” available at Amazon online in 6x9” paperback as well as digitally in Kindle format, and will have more tips and tricks in my upcoming book of 2018's collection, which I'm currently working on. I'm also planning a companion coloring book of black and white copies of the 2018 collection. I hope you enjoy this collage. The prompts are freely accessible on the website along with many other wonderful free and paid tutorials, prompts and other products. A fun challenge is to match up this years ICAD prompts with my huge collage!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

ICAD 2018, 00 thru 09

Hello lovely friends and happy summer! It’s fun to be creating new index card art as part of the 2018 index card a day (ICAD) prompted creative challenge! I started doing this 61 day challenge in summer of 2015, so this is my 4th year creating a card a day during June and July. My friend Tammy Garcia runs this fun event by posting prompts and themes on her Daisy Yellow Art website each year. Everyone can join in for free and post creations on their own website, Facebook page and Instagram Account.

Tammy also runs a paid event that includes extras, like videos and inspiring emails, which may be purchased to gain the full benefit of this challenge. The paid one includes a Facebook group where you can post your ICADs and see what others have posted. It provides a wonderful air of comaraderie with about 300 people from around the world joining, and I enjoy seeing many friends I’ve come to know tremendously! I also like to donate a bit more money to Tammy’s “Tip Jar” to support her efforts in all artistic things! She has several other promoted series listed on her website - all are free to join.

I plan to make another book featuring my collection of 2018 ICAD art after the end of this event, each with a black and white page to color with colored pencils.

Here’s a collage created in my favorite iPhone app, Pic Collage, with a summary view of the cover card plus the first 9 cards, created the first part of June. You may need to click or tap on the photo to enlarge it. I love this simple challenge where the rules are easy to remember: create something every day on an index card. This is a family event so we keep it family friendly, enabling kids to join in too! I prefer using thick, 4x6 inch index cards.

I listed some tips in my last book, “61 Days of Index Card Art,” available at Amazon online in 6x9” paperback as well as digitally in Kindle format, and will have many more tips and tricks in my upcoming book. You’ll be able to see each card on a page, plus have that great ability to color your own rendition of each card. I hope you like these, I’ll be posting the next few cards soon!