Friday, August 12, 2011

fyi - no internet access

Just to let you know I won't have internet access for the next few weeks. 

I'll try to check in here or my email a couple times at the library or on someone else's computer.

And I'll be back to regular programming (lol) next month!

Now if I can just remember what my email password is!


Sunday, August 7, 2011

30 days of Get Your Art On

I took part in Traci Bunkers 30 Days Of Get Your Art On.  You can check out her blog HERE.
I did good on the art part, but the posting art, not so much.  At one point I was getting all stressed about how behind I was and finally figured out how that was working against me.  The point was to spend time making art each day and I was doing it for me.  So I gave up on worrying about scanning or photographing and posting.
I really got into the habit of making art every day.  Made me remember how much I like to do art.  It's my comfort zone.  Makes me happy.  And we all need all of the "do things that make me happy" thing, right?
I like doing art, I like thinking about the art I did before I go to sleep at night, and I like waking up in the morning and going into the art room to look at what I did yesterday.  And Getting My Art On everyday gives me a chance at all those.  So I thank Traci for getting me on track with that.  And hope that any time in the future I get slack about being creative I challenge myself to another 30 days to get the habit back!
Here's a few journal pages I did during my 30 days:
This was done with craft acrylics, dye inks, stencils, punchinella, and rubber stamps.  The circles were stamped with bottle lids.  The word were printed on ledger paper and cut out and glued down with acrylic matte medium.
This background is craft acrylic paint and then punchinella and pigment ink over that.  The owl was drawn with Inktense Pencils.  The whites of the eye were done with white watercolor crayon.  The owl was outlined with a black water-based Sharpie paint marker.
This was done on a watercolor wash green background.  I wanted to play with some new Crayola Slick Sticks .  They are so creamy and smooth and colors blend very nice.  I used them for the circle background.  I used a rubber stamp and black dye ink for top and bottom borders.  The Peace sign was something I had leftover from another project.  It's a watercolor background and lines are drawn with a Sharpie. The blue along the right edge is a piece from a wooden fan that was coming apart.  It was natural wood color but I colored it with the blue Crayola slick stick and glued it down.  Page looks kinda groovy, huh?

I have alot more to share, several projects are for swaps and I don't want to spoil the surprise for anyone by showing them yet.  A few others I need to scan or photograph (I'm really bad about getting around to that!)

Thanks again to Traci Bunkers for inspiring me to Get My Art On!!!

Hope you are all having a creative weekend!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Great mail from Inkwell-Coffee and Art in the Morning

I found an envelope of really fun mail in my mailbox yesterday...yay!  It was from Dede, known as Inkwell on Ustream.  She streams a couple times a week and has some giveaways and I won a great postcard that Kare had sent in for Dede to give away.  Here it is:
I love it!  Love the humor - cracks me up.  Thanks so much Kare and Dede!

Dede's Ustreams are alot of fun.  And she is an awesome artist and shares so much with us.  You can find her HERE on Ustream.  An especially fun stream she did not too long ago was Coffee and Concrete Art in the Morning where she made some decorated background papers in her driveway.  It was a blast to watch!
And lucky me - she sent a piece of that background paper along with the postcard.  Check this out:
Thanks so much Dede!  I love it!  See you on Ustream.  You are a sweetheart for all you do and all you give away!   And I LOVE your laughter!
Hope everyone has a creative day!