Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

I was going to go and buy little holiday chocolates for my grandkids but then remembered that I LOVE TO MAKE CUPCAKES! And why not use the holiday as an excuse to do so?!~
I tried a whipped cream recipe for the icing this time and it's so much lighter and not so mega-sweet like buttercream can be. I think I'll use it again!

Yesterday morning I also worked in my art journal a little bit. This time I did the background completely and then pulled out an image from it. It's fun how the face shape and body shape come together in spite of it all....not necessarily how I would have drawn them, but somehow they still work I think. That's what I love about my art journal...I don't expect things to look great or 'realistic' by any means, but they give me the opportunity to play with colors, napkins, stamps and stencils! It's like a little bit of artsy heaven :)

Hope you all have a great week!!


Michele Lynch Art said...

You're cupcakes look delicious!! I want one! LOL! Love the art book page too and how you pulled the image from the backgroud! Great job! Happy Valentines Day!! xo Michele

Micki Wilde said...

Yummy those cupcakes look delicious!!

I love the colours in your journal page, they are fabulous and the girl is wonderful, I love pulled art stuff!!


Micki x

Breezy said...

ohhhh yumminess!!!

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Happy Happy Valentine's to you! Those cupcakes look soooo good! And, as usual, you blow me away with your girls!

Mundo Mundaca said...

I love cupcakes :)
your art diary this more and more beautiful.. I adore the colors and the sweet glance that their girls have.
I also liked a lot of the it serializes coffee.. it is so colored and cheerful.
happy valentine s day!

Nicola said...

Oh those cakes look sooooo yummy!!! Love this page, what paints do you use as I've love to know how you get your colours so beautiful and vibrant, what brand are they?

Iris said...

They look delicious! Do you have the recipe for the cream icing? I love cupcakes but I'm not a big fan of regular icing, it's too sweet and heavy. However I loooooooove whipped cream.

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

Iris, here is the recipe I used:

I didn't use almond extract as I didn't have any and I was also out of regular sugar so substituted powdered sugar (1 cup)
You can adjust it pretty easily and I highly recommend reading some of the recipe reviews to see others tips/remarks. :)

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

Hi Nicola,
I use SO many different brands and mediums but some of the most vibrant colors come from Golden acrylics. I also have a Deep Turquoise & Indigo from Susan Scheewe's collection that I use a lot!!
I'm not much help here, sorry. I can only say that I will go over and deepen colors and tones many times and that's kind of what works for me. I play.....lots! haha

Diane said...

Delicious!!--All of it!!

Brigitte aka Scrappassie said...

Such a beautiful page ! And your cupcakes look delicious. I will try that icing too, the buttercream is very heavy indeed ;-)

Iris said...

Thanks for posting the link Darla! I'm actually going on a cupcake decorating workshop next month, I'm so excited!

Diane said...

Okay Darla--go to my blog and read my latest post--you'll like it ;)