Category Archives: poetry

A Doodled Poodle Noodle

I finished the collage I started earlier this week, that you can find more about here, A Recipe for PLAY

Below are my progress photos:

She turned out a bit wild:

So I decided she needed a Limerick to tell her story:

There once was a girl who doodled,

Whose hair was curly like a poodle,

She dyed it pink,

Which made me think…

She may not have been using her noodle!

Happy Friday!

Cheers! 🙂

A Square Project

A square idea

And a square book…

A square project

That has me hooked!

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I’m so excited about this square project that I have planned for 2018!!  Perhaps you remember my paper collaged squares I did in December?

I kept working on it and it has grown in size and dimension:

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So I decided I would keep adding to it!  Each month in 2018, I will add a section.  I hope to play with different colors, materials, techniques and inspiration and record my journey in my square journal and here on my blog.

I also want to learn how to create fabric with my patterns on Spoonflower.  🙂

May you be inspired to start a year-long project of discovery too!  I hope you share it with me so we can encourage each other.

Cheers! 🙂

Finding The Gift

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2017 has NOT been a healthy year in review,

Started with bronchitis and ended with the flu…

Had a big toe fusion and was rear-ended too,

Worked way too much which made me feel blue.

       Still I managed to blog almost every day,

       Created my weird birds every Wednesday.

       100 mixed-media faces and 50 fish, YAY!

       Art experiments in the spirit of play.

2018 starts with a few goals, sincere –

Take care of my body, like a friend who is dear.

Notice the small gifts of JOY that appear,

Live my life with clear intention this year!

This poem was recently inspired by this article in Uppercase Magazine, written by Melanie Falick on living with intention.

 

And this book I purchased from Amazon, Finding The Gift, by Angela Howell with daily meditations for mindfulness.

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I look forward to the small gems that I learn from this book to share with you on my art journey in 2018, after all, finding the gifts is part of the fun!

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Wishing you all a happy, creative and healthy 2018!

Cheers! 🙂

Sending You Holiday Cheer

Dear Friends,

Sending YOU some holiday cheer…

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I’ve decided to take a blogging break until the New Year…

I’m not feeling my best and need some rest,

I will keep creating and hope you will too –

Your blogs I love and friendships true,

Toasting you a glass of holiday cheer…

One that will last ALL through next year!

Cheers! 🙂

See you in 2018!! 🎉

Jill

A Little Silly Fun…

I needed a gift for a “white elephant gift exchange.”  I’m not quite sure where this terminology came from as it has nothing to do with elephants! 😉

To me, it means to re-gift something I received and don’t need or perhaps, give something “creative.”

I decided on a little silly fun this year and created this one-of-a-kind gift!

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A “Caroler” in a former life that I purchased at a thrift store years ago, I made him into a quirky guy that loves the lake!

It was super fun to create a poem to go with him… I will get to that later in this post.

This silly guy actually moves – his head slowly turns in circles and his right arm moves up and down when he is plugged in to an outlet.  A little weird, I must say!

I started by giving him an old cup for a hat and taped a bird on top.  The bird house came next.  On the back, I added this “key” message (from a candy wrapper):

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He needed a beach towel, so I cut-up an old wash cloth and sewed the outside edges. I used a paper napkin to represent “happy hour” where friends gather to share an appetizer and a drink as you can see in my first photo.

Below, I created a fishing pole from an old paint brush and beads – including a bead for a fish:

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He needed a little summer outfit so I sewed some fabric to give him some pizzazz and cover up that ugly green outfit he was wearing – who says men can’t wear skirts!! Hahaha!

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I finished him, by adding a Christmas ornament of a chair, a rubber stamp image of an image in the woods and writing a message on the base:

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Below is one of the stanzas I wrote for my poem to the song, “Over The River And Through The Woods.”

 

Over the river and through the woods

We look forward to each year…

The memories we make

At this beautiful lake

Are the treasures we hold dear.

I look forward to seeing who receives my creative surprise… I encourage you to “think outside the box” when you give a gift!

Cheers! 🙂

A Button Tree?

Carla Sonheim’s assignment for her online 365-day video class was to plant something other than a seed… and describe what would grow!

So I wrote a sweet poem and created A Button Tree:

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Maybe it could be a song for a child’s book like this one?

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I found this joyful “Thanksgiving” song in it that you may enjoy:

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I like that last line, “Happy hearts and thankful…” may this give you the reason why.

Cheers! 🙂

Patterned Socks

I wrote a little Limerick for you today…

There once was a red-tailed hawk,

Who liked to wear patterned socks,

He was quite the sight,

Especially in flight…

All birds thought his socks made him rock!!

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I’m wearing my patterned socks today, how about you?!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!!

Cheers!  🙂

Faded Memories

I came across my mom’s college scrapbook the other day…

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These flower corsages were taped to the first page.

The tape had yellowed with time but the flowers were amazingly still intact.

I wondered what special memories these dances held for my mom that inspired her to keep the corsages.  So I wrote this poem:

Faded and fragile,

Memories like flowers,

Pressed into a book.

Unspoken dreams,

Slip away, quietly

Like an unsung melody.

I found such sentimental beauty and hope in these dried flowers.  Sometimes it is the small things we hold dear and maybe press into a book to be discovered by someone else, some day if we make the time to notice.

Have you ever pressed a flower into a book?  I hope you share the memory with me!

Cheers!  🙂

Apples – Tart And Sweet

Sometimes creating art is like an apple… It can be tart and sweet!  

I started this mixed media piece I showed you in yesterday’s post – with watercolor and walnut ink on hot press watercolor paper.

I color copied a cut apple directly on my copier!  I learned this technique recently from Lendon Noe in an online class hosted by Carla Sonheim:  “Meaning Making: Inspired by Poetry.”

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After I color copied my apple, I transferred the image to my paper with matte medium.  I like how the background colors show through my apple!

Next, I drew three crabapples directly on the right side of my page with Stabilo CarbOthello which are Chalk-pastel coloring pencils.

I added the words, “Apple and Autumn” with a Pilot Parallel Pen with a 2.4 mm nib – which is a calligraphy pen that uses water soluble ink.  I discovered that the ink bled over the apple transfer when I tried to write the word, “Autumn” using the “A” from the word, Apple.

Instead of scraping the whole project, I tried first to cover up the letters with tracing paper where I had lightly drawn apples as you see below in the photo on the right:

However, I still wasn’t satisfied with it so removed the tracing paper and covered the letters with computer typed letters.  How do I blend the typed letters with my piece?

I solved the problem by gluing a piece of Gelli-printed deli paper in a light orange color over the typed letters.

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I added three autumn leaves that I color copied and transferred the same way as the half of apple.

The words describe an apple to me:  Tart and sweet, juicy, fresh, round, red and green, yellow.

I learned a lot from this art piece!  It may not be frame worthy but I learned how to persevere and FINISH it!  Sweet, I say!

Cheers! 🙂

 

Do You Have A Favorite Poem?

I’m starting an online class tomorrow that I am very excited about!  Carla Sonheim is hosting an online poetry and mixed media art class with Lendon Noe called, “Making Meaning:  Inspired By Poetry.”

I am excited about the mixed media techniques Lendon Noe will be teaching in her class and also learning what poets and poems other students in the class enjoy.

One idea Lendon shares in her intro video is taking a section of a poem and illustrating it.  This is what I tried to do below with one of my favorite poems by Robert Frost, “Stopping By The Woods On A Snowy Evening.”

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Morning temperatures dipped into the mid 30’s this weekend so it seems we have skipped Autumn and gone straight to winter here in “my neck of the woods!” Lol!

Do you have a favorite poem or poet?  I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! 🙂