Friday, October 17, 2014

Echo Line Drawings by Unicia Buster

How to Do Echo Line Drawings
by Unicia Buster

Materials: Fountain pen, drawing paper

How to:
Start with a line, the ends of which go the edge of the paper. The line needs to be wavy, curly, zigzag or a combination. Straight lines will not give an interesting effect.

Echo this line by outlining as close to the original line without touching it. Do this on both sides.

Continue echoing the newly drawn lines until the paper is filled. Make sure to fill in any loops created.

Our lives are like these lines. We each have one beginning (birth) and one ending (death). But rarely are our paths in life straight. We experience times when things are hectic, or when we feel like we are going in circles or when it’s smooth sailing. Along the way, we interact with others whom we affect or we have an effect on. Sometimes people we meet have a negative effect, thereby creating a ripple in our own line. These drawings can be made elaborately or simple. Try adding shapes, color or multiple lines. Like in life, sometimes you have to see where the road takes you.



"Spoon Fed"

"Hold My Hand"

"Alone in a Sea of Curls"


"Love Song"

"Rhythm Waves"

"People Unite"


"Flower Garden"


For purchasing information, please email Prices range from $55 - $75, including frame. Sizes are 7.5" x 9.5" (drawing) and 15" x 12" frame. Price does not include shipping. Thank you.

You can download and print this instruction sheet.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Almost Halloween! Facepainting Time!

Update: Below are the face painting I did for 2014 during the week of Halloween. I had a blast!

I did something a little different each day of Halloween week 2014. Monday, I did The Lorax; Tuesday, I was Cookie Monster; Wednesday, I was a unicorn; Thursday, I was a peacock; Friday, I was the Bride of Frankenstein and later that evening, Medusa; and Saturday, I was Harley Quinn. I also did quite a few other faces at the hospital, co-workers and patients, as well as at my church - eyes on eyes, Hello Kitty, puppy, Winnie the Poo and Olaf. Until next time....

One of the things I love about my job is the versatility I have when doing art activities with patients and their visitors. As in years past, I will be doing face painting in the lobby and in a few of the clinics. Of course, I can not post pictures of patients/visitors but here are some pics face painting I did on myself (one for each year that I've been working here at VCU Medical Center) and one on my roommate. I can't wait to see what I come up with this year. I think I'm going to make-up my face each day of the week of October 27th.
Myself as a tiger, ice princess and carnival-reveler and Shanaye as a forest nymph (2011-2013).

Friday, October 3, 2014

Fabric Doll and Hand-painted Pillows

I absolutely love making these dolls that June Lily's blog Make It and Love it ( This is my third doll.

This is nine small pillows stitched together. I hand-painted the pillow fronts with black 3D fabric paint and fabric markers in silver on one and black on the others (the text). I was continue the line art idea with a different medium than the drawings I'd done.

Art Show at Stony Point VCU Medical Center Clinic

These are pictures from my art show at the VCU Medical Center at Stony Point earlier this year. I didn't sell any but doing the pieces was worth it. This was my therapy when I was going through my rough patch right before and right after my surgery.