Category Archives: Art Journal

Collage Confetti

I took yesterday off from work to have a creative play day!  YAHOO! 🙂

I had so much fun!  I painted 33 different papers with acrylic paints without a Gelli-Plate.

I can’t wait to show you some of my discoveries in next Thursday’s COLLAGE series on my blog.

Here is a sample of the 33 papers I created, using a square punch:

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Happy Weekend Friends!

Cheers! 🙂

Fall Flavors

I was in search of a recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash Soup the other day…

Normally, I’m not a huge squash fan but I was in the mood for something different and my neighbor gave me a Butternut Squash that I wanted to use.

In my online search, I discovered this wonderful food blog called, “Cookie and Kate,” Kate (Kathryne Taylor) cooks vegetarian meals while her dog, Cookie cleans up the crumbs!  🙂

I made the Roasted Butternut Squash soup last night – just love that gorgeous orange color, don’t you?

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The soup was a bit bland for my taste so I added thyme, black pepper and Tabasco Sauce.  I tend to cook like I create… I rarely follow the recipe!  😉

While the Butternut squash was roasting in the oven, I tempted to watercolor the salad, a recipe I also found at CookieandKate.com

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I LOVE the Fall flavors in the salad – BTW, I didn’t even taste the kale but you could substitute spinach.

You can find the recipe as Kale, Apple and Goat Cheese Salad with Granola Croutons.

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I will be serving this salad for Thanksgiving dinner.  I like that I can limit the portion sizes to one or two servings or more – depending on how many people will be coming.

Hubby especially liked the Granola Croutons with oats, pecans, pumpkin and sunflower seeds:

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I liked the easy Lemony Maple Mustand Salad Dressing too!

I enjoy trying new foods and recipes.  Kate has written a cookbook with colorful photos, called, “Love Real Food,”  I love cookbooks so I had to purchase it!  🙂

I eat at least one vegetarian meal each week, how about you?

If you give one of her recipes a try, I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! 🙂

Elbows Off The Table

I remember as a child when I was eating dinner with my family, my sister and I were constantly reminded to have proper “table manners” and keep our elbows off the table!  😉

Funny how some of these memories come back to me when I’m writing this blog…

I was thinking about this collage I created yesterday with what I had on my art table in front of me.

It was done quickly.

Probably in less than 10 minutes.

(And probably with my elbows on the table… Good thing I wasn’t eating! Lol!)

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What’s on your art table?

What inspires you to create carefree without thinking?

I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! 🙂

A Thousand Reasons To Smile

Life can give me unexpected surprises… How about YOU?

When I discovered this quote yesterday on the Internet, it encouraged me:

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Last Saturday, I discovered these flowers from  A Walk In The Park

They were my inspiration for today’s artwork in my journal…

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I hope my art and this quote will encourage you to smile too in difficult times.

Sunny weather last weekend changed to 30’s and SNOW this weekend!  😮

I’m thankful we were able to get our yard work done yesterday before the snow accumulates…

Wishing you one thousand reasons to smile every day!

Cheers! 🙂

 

FUNny Fish Saturday?

FUNny Fish Saturday?!  Yep!  🙂

This is what happens when work takes priority!  Glad it’s the weekend!  How about you?

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Hope these funny fish give you a smile today!

Cheers!  🙂

Bird Watching

I think I saw a Mountain Chickadee on my Crabapple tree yesterday morning…

That was before my cat, The Bird Watcher scared it away!

It was my inspiration for a page in the art journal that I told you about in my post here:  The Art Of Noticing

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I must say, it was super fun to color with my Prismacolor pencils in a rainbow of colors!  I felt like a child again.

What creative activities help you feel young at heart?! ❤️  I hope you share them with me.

Happy Bird Watching!  🙂

One “Grape” Fish

I have been singing the song, well, not really THE song (MORE like the first stanza…)  I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” by songwriter, Marvin Gaye all day.

I think this whole grape thing started with Jenna’s post on Friday, Pour The Wine.  If you have not met this talented artist, cook and my friend at The Painted Apron – I do hope you check out her blog!

Here is my one “Grape” Fish:

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Wishing you a HAPPY Sunday!

Cheers!  🙂

Random Pick Drawing

One of the assignments I am enjoying from Carla Sonheim’s “365” online art class this year is Random Pick Drawings.

Carla chooses two words out of a hat and we are to create a drawing, using our own imagination.  Recently, she chose the words, fox + bucket so I created this picture:

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“Mary Fox was excited to cross one of her dreams off her bucket list!”

I’d like to go on a hot air balloon ride some day too! 🙂

What’s one item on your bucket (wish) list?!  I hope you share your dream with me!

Cheers! 🙂

A Favorite Art Supply

Do you have a favorite ART supply?  I love my Prismacolor Pencils!

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I created this page in my art journal that I showed you in yesterday’s post.

Dick Blick was offering a fabulous sale on the Prismacolor Pencils so I splurged! 🙂

I have MANY art supplies that I like but these color pencils are something I use often in combination with other art mediums such as watercolor.

I think they are one of my favorites because of their creamy, soft leads and they come in MANY colors! ❤️

Do you have a favorite art supply?  I hope you tell me about it!

Cheers! 🙂

The Art Of Noticing

I recently started a new online class with Lynn Whipple called, “Joy Stuff – The Art of Noticing.”  The class is hosted by CarlaSonheim.com

This class is about creating art in a journal or sketchbook:

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I liked that we would be using monoprints from the Gelli Plate (what I call gelli-prints) and inspiration from nature:

I also liked the idea of making pages in advance like the ones I did here:

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And then writing in them later or adding more art.  I know that I can always cover up what I don’t like with gesso! 😉

It is a new way of creating a journal for me – creating pages ahead of time so I am experimenting with new ideas:

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Like adding a pocket as you can see on the left page above.  I also discovered that the washi tape adheres better with a little matte medium (glue) on top.

I will be posting more of my journal as I work on it.

And I’d love to hear your ideas!  I hope you share them with me.

Make today awesome!

Cheers! 🙂