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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Finishing the First Month of ICAD....

So what have I been doing the past few days, you ask. My answer would be, not much! At least nothing exciting to show you. I'm trying to sand and gesso all those paint brochures I pilfered from the paint departments! The stack seems to keep getting bigger as I go along....and honest, I haven't been to the paint stores again.

I found an old painting that was unfinished (how rare!!) so I set it aside to work on. I've managed to put another half hour into it but it's still not ready to go on the "done" pile. Just not feelin' it right now.

The index cards are still being done though. I'm keeping up with this challenge so far, and I haven't even taken off the one day a week allowed. As of today I've done 30 index cards.

06/27/2011 - this one is a little piece of scrapbook paper, a backing from some stamps I bought, and an image I think came from one of the free image groups on flickr.

06/28/2011 - this image came from an advertising book I got at a thrift store several years ago. I added a little scrapbook paper and some black from a magazine.

06/29/2011 - splopped some paint onto this index card using a palette knife, then drew some flowers and a doodle and called it done.


06/30/2011 - used a paint dauber to make the blue flowers, added stems and leaves with markers and paint. More summer flowers. I think I have flowers on my mind because the agapanthus is just beginning to open up this year and I have a few gladiolas blossoming in the yard. There are some pics of them over on my photo blog....the link is on the right side.

Now I think I'll try to finish that one painting today. And work on some more paint brochures. I don't have a huge area where I can work on several at one time so this is slow going. Wish me luck....

Monday, June 27, 2011

It's Going To Be a Pink Day!!!

It's time for some PINK! That's the color this week at the Summer of Color. There's a button over there on the side of my blog that will link you to what this is all about.
Pink was my mom's favorite color and it makes me think of her. At first I thought about doing a spread based on that but when I got started it went in a different direction so I just went with it.


First I covered my pages with scraps of pinkish papers.
I love starting my pages this way.

Then I used a brayer and added some pale pink paint.


I just kept adding layers of stencils, paper doilies, paint and whatever I could think of! I had a hard time deciding the focus of this spread because I did that one big no-no and let myself get attached to the background.

Each idea I had was met with
"I don't want to cover that part up"
Does that happen to you??

I finally decided on a quote I found online. It didn't have an author so I can't give credit to the person who wrote it....but it seemed to fit with my pages...."everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it." I like how the left side, above, is clear and easy to read....

 But the right side is more difficult to read....  
 
Below is a close-up of one corner. 
On some of the pictures you can't see the white accents.


So that was my adventure into Pinkland. I hope you enjoyed it.

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This is my index card for yesterday. I haven't made one yet today but there's still time. This one did not take my usual five minutes....the concept was quick, and marking the stencil pattern was quick but then coloring it in took a little longer.

Now I'm off to work on some journals I'm trying to make. Have a fun day....

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sweet Sixteen....

I was pretty much absent from Blogland yesterday....it was my 16th wedding anniversary, and 21 years to the day since I met HB. We had a fun day and then last night we went out for dinner. As we were waiting for our meal, HB saw a guy he knew and he came over to our table to say hello. During the brief conversation the guy mentioned that he and his wife were there celebrating their anniversary! June 24th must be a good day for a wedding.

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My index card for yesterday reflected my special day....


Here's my card for today....
I used scraps from the project below.

I've had this face for quite awhile.
It's from a Cirque Du Soleil ad.
 I printed it and reversed it so I would have mirror images.

Sorry, the pages are trying to curl up on the corners
so it was difficult to get a good shot.

I may add a few little doodles here and there, not sure. I have to look at it for a few days and decide. For now I'm calling it done. Today I plan to work on my pink project for the Summer of Color. I already have my background finished so it shouldn't take too long. Have a great weekend....

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Success!!!

I had success yesterday on my quest for free journal supplies. When I went to our two big box hardware stores they weren't very busy. I wondered if they would notice the crazy woman in the paint department stuffing paint brochures in her purse! I made sure to take my biggest purse so I'd have a place to stash them.

At the first store I skulked around the paint department, acting as if I was looking for certain colors of paint, then I browsed the brochures, taking some, putting some back....just to confuse anyone who might be watching me. When my purse was full, I headed for the doors expecting to be stopped at any moment....but I breezed through the doors out into the sunshine and made a bee-line for the car. FREE goodies!!

Then it was on to the next store but this time I just walked in grabbed the brochures and left. No one batted an eye. And here's some of what I got....

Aren't they gorgeous??

I stacked them up so you can see the different sizes....

I can't wait to get started on these.
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Then it was off to the office supply to find a Rolodex. 
Again, success!!
I want to start right in on these, too but I think I'll wait a little bit. I have plenty of things to keep me busy for awhile! But the Rolodex is sitting on my secondary work table just waiting for me....calling to me.
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Here's my index card for today....

All in all I had a fun day yesterday. Today is grocery shopping day....wonder how much fun I'll have with that?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I Need More Time!!!....

Why can't we have an extra 10 or 15 hours in each day? I need that much just to keep up with all the fun things going on around Blogland. Today I'm going to the big box hardware stores to pick up some FREE art supplies! Yes, free journal making stuff! If you're curious check out this blog post and see what I'm talking about.

Then I'm off to one of the office supply stores to get more art supplies....I'm looking for a Rolodex! You may be too young to know what that is but if you check out Patty Van Dorin's blog you'll see what she does with these little cards. Take a scroll through her blog and be amazed at how a lowly little card can be transformed into beautiful works of art.

No wonder my brain is always spinning! There's so much to see and do and not enough time for all of it. YIKES!!!!
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Here is my index card for today....

Another five minute collage. 
I used a bit of painted paper, 
some other scraps from my paper box 
and words cut from a magazine. Voila!!

And I made three more tags....

These aren't really pretty....just functional.
My brain was tired when I made these!

I haven't added any fibers to the tags yet but I will. I have to locate all my little snippets of ribbon and yarn and see what I have. The past couple of days all I've wanted to do is simple little projects like these. My scrap paper box is overflowing and I need to either use it or get rid of it. 

I'm off to run some errands and get my Rolodex. I hope I don't melt! It's hot again today.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer of Color - Green

The heat is on! We're headed for 104º today! Our only saving grace is we don't have much humidity which I'm extremely thankful for. I plan to stay inside and make art.
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I finished my green project for the Summer of Color. I'm not thrilled with it because I rushed myself too much. I started the background the first day that the color was chosen but then I left it and didn't do anything with it until last evening. So this isn't very good....


Left side....I messed up one of the hands.

Right side....very plain and uninteresting.
Green is not my favorite color
so I don't think I was inspired enough.
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Here is my ICAD for yesterday....

and this is the one I did for today....
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Yesterday I also made a few little tags just for fun. Several of them are made with hang tags from clothes and other items. The larger ones are from a booklet of tags that I have. The designs weren't interesting so I just collaged over them. This is one side of the tags....

and this is the other side....
My favorite is the one at the bottom left with red and black. It actually has a light beige patterned background but it doesn't show up in the photo. These were all made using scraps from magazines, calendars and scrapbook papers. I love doing silly little things like this.

That's all I have today.Now I'm off to try and stay cool in the studio. Have a great day!!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

A Little Peek at Some Art....

Here it is Monday and we're supposed to be posting our green art for the Summer of Color....and mine isn't finished! I've been doing too many other things and my journal spread is only partially ready. I hope to have it by tomorrow.

I worked a little on the tall skinny canvas I showed awhile back. I am doing a partial face on it. Here's a peek at part of what I've done so far....


I work on her a little at a time so it isn't going fast. This will be a half-face with just one eye showing. I like doing half-faces. For some reason they're intriguing to me.

Here's my index card for yesterday....


I haven't finished the one for today. I'm moving a little slower today because I think our nice weather is over. We're expecting 97º today and 103º tomorrow! HB and I spent a lot of time in the yard over the weekend since it was almost perfect weather. He put up a new trellis for one of our jasmine plants. The other two will also get new trellises sometime this week.

If you look closely (click on the photo) you can see a piece of the green gardening tape in his mouth! He is always meticulous when he does things like this. He carefully attached each branch to the trellis in several places. He worked on it all afternoon on Saturday....then he sat on the patio on Father's Day and admired his handiwork!

Okay, I'm going to go work in my art journal now....and try to stay cool. Don't forget to have some fun today and smile at someone!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Saturday Morning Catch-up....

Hi everyone! I hope your weekend is going along good. I'm doing some blog reading catch-up in between watching some videos, and doing a little art.

Yesterday I didn't get much art done because I spent most of the day in the kitchen. I know....me in the kitchen! That usually doesn't happen unless I'm baking. But with all the wonderful summer produce available I decided to make a few things for later. So I made a batch of refrigerator pickles....


The color makes them look a little weird but believe me, they're delicious. They taste a bit like bread and butter pickles.

Then I decided to make a couple batches of freezer jam. I made strawberry and blackberry because I had both those fruits on hand and they needed to be used.

I like freezer jam because it's fast, easy to make, and it tastes just like fresh fruit. I had some this morning on a piece of toast using homemade bread (bread machine!) and it was so yummy.

The only art that I've done over the past couple of days has been my index cards. Here is the one from yesterday....


And this one is the one I did this morning. It seemed appropriate for a Saturday morning....


There are some new classes that are interesting. Mary Ann Moss has a new class called Full Tilt Boogie. It's a book making class and looks like a lot of fun. Her classes are always good. They're some of my favorites. And Mystele has a series of classes beginning in about a week. They're also about making books. The first one is called Junquey Signatures. Mystele is also one of my favorites for classes. Her Gut Art class is fantastic!!

With that I'm off to continue my day. Have some fun....

Friday, June 17, 2011

More Fruity Themes....

If you have sent me an email or left a comment in the past couple of days, I apologize for not responding. Some days I can get around to everything and some days I can't. Yesterday was one of those jam-packed days when I didn't get anything done online. I have read all the comments....I just haven't responded yet.

Enough of that....let's get on to some art journal pages! It seems that I've been on a fruit kick lately. And here's another one with fruit!

Bright, sunny colors....

I've had this fruit image for a long time.
This seemed to be the day to use it!

I liked this girl....I added lots of swirls to her hair and gave her orange lipstick. Unfortunately the brown Sharpie that I used to write with doesn't show up very good. I need to think of a way to "beef" it up without messing it up. Any suggestions???
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Here's my index card for yesterday....


I haven't done the index card for today yet. I have another busy day ahead so I hope I can squeeze in some art time. I still have a painting sitting on the floor beside my work table. The background is finished but nothing more. It's calling out to me.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Fruit and Flowers....

Busy, busy day! Wednesday is our grocery shopping day. HB reads all the ads when they come in the mail on Tuesdays, we make a list of all the sale items we're interested in, plus a list of things we need and then we begin our trek around to all the different stores. Today we only managed to get to five stores with three more left on our list. We'll do those on Friday. For all my Aussie friends, I bought bananas today four pounds for $0.99!! Don't hate me!
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Now for some arty stuff. Remember my paper towel stained by the strawberries? I glued it into my art journal and at first it looked great. But a few days later when I looked, it had faded and barely anything was still visible. Maybe the Mod Podge and the strawberry stains didn't like each other. Whatever it was, I had to paint over it. I used a light pink but it just didn't have the same pizazz as the stains.

The paper towel was difficult to work over, too.

I cut a strawberry stamp out of Fun Foam....

and free-handed some cherries and blackberries.
It's okay but not really what I was going for originally.
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Here's my index card for today....
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Recently I won a handmade journal from Miss KoolAid....
It arrived and I love it! The paper is a great weight and will be
good for mixed media....plus the size is perfect!

Sophie also included some of her painted papers and other fun papers and embellishments to use in my art. There were so many fun things in this package. Thank you, Sophie!! You ROCK!!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ice Cream and Other Celebrations....

Lately I've been reading about all the HOT weather everyone has been having around the country. Strangely we have had very mild temperatures....until today. It's supposed to reach 97º here today. Not my favorite kind of weather.

When it's hot my thoughts turn to anything cold. Popsicles, iced drinks, and of course, good old ice cream!

This was a fun journal spread to make. I have had that image of the chocolate sundae in my stash for a long time just waiting for the perfect time to use it. Today seemed to be right.
Yum! Doesn't that look good?

I made the ice ream cone out of scraps of paper. 
A triple dip seemed appropriate.
Then I listed some of my favorite ice cream treats.

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Here is my index card for today. This one was easy. I don't think I've spent more than a few minutes on any of these....quick and simple. Just the way I like it!

Happy 19th Birthday, Ryder!!!