Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

January 14, 2013 Update: A free print and color PDF is now available for some of these Valentines.  You can find it on THIS POST.
 I am a huge fan of Alisa Burke. I'm sure I have mentioned it before. Her sketchbook posts especially amaze me. The other day she posted THIS on her blog. She used simple, cheap construction paper to make some cool doodle valentines. I loved her post and set out to make my own doodle valentines, Jolene style. It was easy to get right to work since I had everything I needed. I used my favorite white cardstock (110 lb. smooth from Office Max), black Pitt pens (or Sharpies), watercolors, AND since Alisa is into dimensional paint, I thought I'd try some too. My mom happened to have a ton of it leftover from a "grandma sleepover" and let me have it.
I have a little notebook in my purse that goes with me EVERYWHERE. I keep random quotes, notes from church, cool color combinations that I see, phone numbers, blogs I'd like to look up, ideas that come to me, and doodles (tons of doodles) in it. So if you see me standing in the middle of the mall, staring at a store window and writing in a little notebook, don't be concerned. If life was a cartoon, you would see a little lightbulb above my head, because something, somewhere has given me an idea and if I don't write it down immediately, I know it will be gone before I ever even make it to my car. Also, you might see a cute girl patiently waiting for me to finish up some sketch and silently hoping no one notices. I almost NEVER go to the mall without my daughter's cute persistence.
Most of my doodles are flowers it seems but there are a few other things in there too. Some of them I have really liked, so I opened up my notebook and used some of those doodles for inspiration on my valentines.
I doodled along with my Pitt pens and then used my watercolors to paint the colors. I then used dots of dimensional paint (mostly the crystal sparkly kind) and glued it on a piece of colored cardstock. I like them a lot. They were easy, inexpensive, and fun to do. How I wish I could send one to each of you. I have been so grateful for the blogging friends that I have made and the kindness that you have shown to me. Sometimes, the little things that you leave on my blog for me, are exactly what I need when the days are tough, and the boost I need when they are not. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
My love to each of you and Happy Valentine's Day!


  1. Jolene, These are awesome. I also am a big fan of Alisa's and thought I would do my own hearts but alas I didn't do them. Yours are really fantastic....

  2. I wish you all could see the Valentine above in person--the picture just doesn't do it justice. It is 100 times more colorful and sparkly!!! Not only is it beautiful to look at, but it's very pleasing to the touch. Jolene, you paint from your heart and bring so much joy to us all. THANK YOU for making the world a brighter, happier place.

  3. I know that notebook. :-) It has a certain sketch of a pulpit and a friend of ours. You ARE going to be bringing it in a couple weeks when we hear from Julie Beck, right? (Um, any relation??) You ARE going, right? ;-) We're thinking Cocoa Bean Cafe after. haha

    Love the Valentines and I can't wait to see what you come up with next!

  4. You are so friggin' talented. It makes me sick - well, I guess that's the jealousy that makes my stomach all queasy like. ;) Love what you do, and love you too!

  5. These are terrific!! I am also an Alisa Fan and I love how you have made these valentines your very own!!
    I have the same little notebook !! Wouldn't it be a blast if those of us who own these same little books could meet at the Mall or for a coffee and compare notes??!!
    Delightful to meet you! thought that I would let you know that I found you and your fabulous Valentines thru Pintrest- your art is getting around!! :)!!