Saturday, September 04, 2010
it was getting long and i wasn't happy with the way it looked, so i cut it! i lost a bunch of hair a few months ago so now i have to 'artfully' arrange it so the spots don't show. good thing i'm an artist, yeah? sheesh. i just started taking evening primrose oil, biotin and a big dose of super B complex. hopefully some of the hair will grow back fast. i have a bunch of shortie ones that are there, but don't help the style much since they are shorties. such is life...
Monday, June 28, 2010
my first foray into the GPP Street Team realm. this is still in Vale's journal, but it also qualifies for the Grid Lock theme Michelle Ward put on the Street Team page this month. since this bunch of 8 tags, i have made 17 more of this size and 9 of a size i hand cut to fit in a local partnership journal i am doing. last night as i was telling my non-artist sister how many tags i've done lately i was sort of wondering what i am going to do with them all. a few minutes ago i was walking past the pile (which i found fibers for last night) and realized that i could totally use it as a journal. i can use an O-ring to put them together and journal on the backs of them. i am/have been pretty rigid in my what-is-a-journal-and-what-is-not-a-journal thoughts for a loooooooong time. i am 51, i can branch out now and not be considered a crazy, rash youngster, so i just may do it. woo! anyway, these tags had their bottoms cut off so they would fit in the grid background and, of course, i have the pieces to be used in other stuff or maybe make tiny tags out of. these tags are glued down and not easily removable from the spread. it was fun fun fun. i've been having a blast using up snippets of 'stuff' i've been collecting for-ev-er.
i've been watching a LOT of youtube vids lately. loving it. not loving how youtube subscriptions don't seem to be deletable, but that could just be me. i don't know. or care very much. anyway, i am trying to do better backgrounds. i did this one with dictionary pages and paint and squares cut from german napkins (serviettes). then i used stencils and hand-carved rubber stamps for the black parts. i punched a couple of hearts and glued them down and then covered them with crackle accents. i found out that heat setting crackle makes it not crack. or not for me anyway. so, i am not sure what this page is really about, but i like it and decided not to force anything more on it.
i mixed some white gesso and black paint and ended up painting a spread or a page in every art journal i had in the house at the moment. for this one i cut out some circles i had painted with watercolor paints and then coated with Golden's glass bead gel. they are cool, i like that gel. i got it as a freebie with a Dick Blick order one time. anyway, i had something on my mind and spilled it onto the page. the sentiment is not arty, but it is what was on my mind when i did the spread...
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Terry's journal. i was trying to channel samantha kira on this one. i just doodled a little bit. i do not doodle. considering that, i think it came out pretty nicely. the background paint was applied with a credit card scraping method. the circles were stamped with acrylic ink using the end of a pen. i also played a bit with my left hand to see what would happen.
the first spread in Terry's calendar journal for march 2010. i am trying out new things to find a method or style that i like. this one started with masking tape all over the thing, then i used ink for the circle stamped things, water soluble oil pastels for shading, some cut out circles of various coordinating papers and the little bird from a collage sheet. i like it. it is not my usual look, but i don't want everything i do to be similar.
i am taking 4 online classes right now in hopes of finding some new techniques and maybe what my 'style' really is. Journal 365 with Pam Carricker, Color Beyond the Basics with Julie Prichard and Chris Cozen, Extreme Collage with Julie and Chris also, and watercolor pencil techniques with Marilyn Harris. i think i am going to come up with some good stuff out of these.[Photo]
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
this is my cake and loot at Celina's house. the cake was completely a dream. the whole thing was like a 3 year old's fantasy cake and i so loved it! it was a carrot cake under that frosting. i at almost half of it. i did that knowing that i was going to start Atkins two days after that. it was so worth it. so, i am 51. how did it happen? it just completely boggles my mind that i could possibly be that old. boggles, i tell ya. it was a very good day. Tony bbq'd brats and burgers, we had salads and beans and it was amazing and delicious. best birthday since the single digits i do believe. i am so lucky to have the bestie that i do. she loves me and she did this for me.
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
My word of intent to focus on and keep in mind this year is 'heart'. It means many things to me and those things have been explained elsewhere. Since this blog is for art, I just wanted to share the cards I received from the swap members in my group. Starting upper left and going clockwise these were made by Anne, Carolyn, Jenny, Valerie, and Mary. They are wonderful and this swap now becomes the best one I have ever been involved in for quality of work. Just beautiful.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
a little ditty about where inspiration comes from. an an ink blot. what do you see? only kidding. but then again, it is kinda a profile of a butterfly in flight, right? what does that tell you about me, doctor? and i made up a silly thing on the left-hand page. because i am a dork. and i live alone and sometimes i have to make myself laugh since there is nobody here to do it for me. eh, hem. so, these are the pages i did in my 2010 calendarjour before mailing it out into the world for other pepole to play in. i love doing this stuff! bon voyage, little book. be safe. come home full of stories and art.
i belong to milliande's ning group. she did a bunch of art journal prompt videos in january. one of them was to make some collage houses. this is my take on her video prompt. i really like how it came out. i did a lot more pen and ink work than i usually do. well, really, ever do, and it was fun and i like it. the writing is real, but not real. they were words about living on cat street if i remember correctly, but i wrote very loosely and funky so you can't actually read it. it wasn't meant to be anything but decorative. and i believe i succeeded.
this spread tells a little story about my niece when she was around 3 or 4. i think you can read it so i won't print it here. it is just one of those kid stories that makes me smile. i don't have kids of my own, so i really cherish the memories i have of the kid stuff my niece and nephew did. she, my niece, was a precocious little thing. love you, taytay!
i don't remember what i was googling for when i found this bird (yes, i modified her eye, don't freak out!), but i printed her and she was sitting on my desk and ended up on this page. i am obsessed with dictionary pages lately so i've been using them in quite a few things. i suppose i could/should prove that statement by putting more here, but whatever... the blue circles were made with both ends of a cough medicine measuring cup thing. the hearts are punched with a martha stewart punch out of starbucks cup protectors (or whatever you call them). i am also obsessed with hearts punched out of cardboard, go figure. i am also feeling a little bit broken-winged and need to remember that i can still fly. it just takes some practice, some determination, and getting OUT there. maybe i'll see YOU out there!
i don't know why this one is so blurry. or maybe it is a loose nut behind the camera. whatever. this page is about the fact that my chosen word for the year is 'heart'. i am trying to live with more heart. to come from a place of heart/love. to find a romantic relationship with a wonderful man. and to figure out what is physically wrong with my actual blood-pumping heart. so, yeah, 'heart' for 2010! oh yeah, i love pink.
a couple of weeks ago i brought my stack of cool magazine pages and my 1-inch punch into the living room to do some inchie preparation while watching who-knows-what. these are the fruit of that labor. they were just sitting pretty on my desk and i grabbed them and started gluing them down. i suppose i could tell a story for each one. who knows why we gravitate toward the images that we do? it is fun whether i understand it or not. and, dudes, inchies are kewl!
tipping my hat to valentine's day and sort of easing into the whole zentangle thang, don't ya know? i love hearts and i love black and white and i love my white signo gel pen and i just loved playing with this spread. a few thoughts are on there having to do with valentine's day. (by the way, don't you HATE it when people say, "happy valentime's"? well, now you know i do. people, there is NO "M" in valentine. ever.)
found this picture of a french press coffee maker and just fell in love with it. i love the metal cutout stuff. i think it was priced around 100 dollars, so i won't be buying it any time soon, but it sure is pretty. i have actually never used a french press and have no idea how it makes the coffee different than my black and decker coffee maker, but i am willing to give it a try. i love coffee, but it has to be completely adulterated with either irish cream (the real alcoholic stuff) or one of the flavored coffee creamers. yummy.