Life Book 2016: Your Quirky Amazing Life


This is my most recent mixed media project  for Life Book 2016 called “Your Quirky Amazing Life.” The idea was to draw some “quirky birds” in a painting that also represented things in your life that were important to you.  For me that was a no-brainer.  My family is the most important thing in my life and it was fun to draw us this way.

The project wasn’t difficult but it did take a long time to complete.   I used 12″x16″ hot press watercolor paper for this project. Additional supplies were a graphite pencil, water soluble crayons, tombow markers, acrylic paints, white gesso, and pitt pens.

Before I started sketching,  I wrote down some things that I think of when I think of my family.  For me it is photography, for my sons it is music and basketball. My husband has the biggest heart and is quite smart so I created his bird to represent those qualities.

I had a lot of fun with this project.  Thanks for looking!

quirky kornfelds

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Life Book 2016 – 2nd Project: A Vessel full of Tenderness


This year I enrolled in an online mixed media class called Life Book.  This is the second project I created called “vessel full of tenderness”.  It was suggested that we choose a map to incorporate into the piece and “connect us” to it.  I thought about maps of my hometown (NYC) or even favorites cities I’ve visited, but ultimately decided on a map of my town – Fairfield, CT.

At first this project didn’t seem too difficult – just painting some flowers in a vase.  but once I began, I realized that there was much more to it than I thought.   I needed  acrylic paints, gloss medium, watercolor pencils,  gesso, and a map.  I used 12″x16″ watercolor paper for this project but I really could’ve used any paper.  The hardest parts of this project were 1) not using actual flowers as a model — the actual look of the flowers and vase came from my imagination, and 2) I was not “drawing” the flowers or vase with a pencil first.  I created the images using brush strokes from a wide range of brushes, layering the paint, adding the map and some gesso for dimension, and incorporating baby wipes to remove paint in spots (to reveal parts of the map).   It took many hours (there are 5 or 6 layers to this project) but I am very happy with my flower arrangement.



Life Book 2016 – Project 1: The Happy Traveller


This year I enrolled in an online mixed media class called Life Book.  Our first project was to create ourselves as a “happy traveller”.  It was suggested that we choose 1 or 2 animals to accompany us on our “journey”.  I chose the owl for wisdom and the elephant for its devotion to family, as well as being the mascot for my favorite college team.

I was definitely intimidated by this project as I have never drawn a face before but thought I’d give it a try.  This project was made on 140 lb watercolor paper.  I used graphite pencils, watercolor pens, watercolor crayons, watercolor pencils, non-water soluable pencils, acrylic paints, collage material, gel medium, gesso, and permanent ink pens.  It took many hours but I am happy with how she came out!

Dawn's Happy Traveller

Box Card inspired by CTMH Ariana Paper Packet


Last week was my dear friend Heidi’s birthday and I decided to make her a one-of-a-kind birthday card to celebrate the occasion!  I used a floral box template from SVG Cuts and incorporated some of my favorite Close To My Heart products:  I used some of the patterned papers and card stock from The Ariana Paper Packet .  I also used the Close To My Heart chocolate ink to highlight the edges!  For a finishing touch I incorporated some brads I had from the craft store and used them in the center of the flowers.  Heidi seemed thrilled with the card and I was so happy to give her something from the heart!


box card for Heidi - CTMH arianabox card side view- CTMH ariana paper


The box card folds flat and can then be placed inside an envelope.  I made an an envelope using some of the CTMH card stock.  Here is a photo of the card folded flat! (I forgot to take a pic of the envelope — next time!)

box card flat - CTMH ariana paper


I hope my box card inspires you!