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Just Words?!

I’ve been drawing my own patterns lately for collage papers.

I got the idea from Kara Kramer’s online class, hosted by Carla Sonheim.  You can check out her class at Improv collage

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She got me thinking about words…

So I started cutting out JUST words that “spoke to me” from old magazines and junk mail:

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It helped to think about words I like AND different lettering “styles.”

Then I created a page of words that I can copy and use in my own artwork:

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What WORDS speak to you to write and doodle on a page?!

I have to say that YOU inspire me every day in your art, poetry, photography, blog posts and encouraging comments.  Thank you!

Cheers! 🙂

Dear Friend…

Have you ever written a letter to yourself?  In your own handwriting?

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I have been updating my MIL’s address book on my computer.  (A great gift idea BTW for a family member!) And it got me thinking about writing a letter to myself.

Have YOU ever done this?

I wonder what my letters would say if I addressed myself as a friend?  Would I be more kind to myself?  Would I show the same kindness I do to others?

And then I wonder, what seems so important now… would it still be… a year from now?

I have decided to write a letter to myself today and treat myself as I would a friend.  In one year, I will mail it.

I encourage you to do the same!

Cheers Friends! 🙂

P.S. I used purchased stationary here but it might be fun to create a border with your own artwork for your letter.

Fishing

I remember fishing with my family as a young child.  When we went in my dad’s boat on the lake, we would sit for hours (or so it seemed) without the fish taking a bite… talk about BORING!!  🙄

When I was a teenager, we started creek fishing which was much more EXCITING!  😃  We could actually SEE the fish swimming in the creek water.  And we caught fish!  Hooray!!  I recall how wonderful they tasted knowing I caught them! 👍

Two of my sweet friends from Germany and I are going on our own CREATIVE, fishing expedition starting September 1st and you are welcome to join us if you’d like!  🐡

My goal is to create 50 mixed media fish and post mainly on Instagram.  However, a fish or two may swim onto a blog post! 😮

I started experimenting with materials and here is a fish appetizer for you:

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I will show you my fish finding tools on Friday.  I hope you join me!

Cheers!  🙂

Sweet Peppers

Yesterday, I went to a potluck with some lake friends.  I decided to try a new recipe using my Spiralizer – so I made this Italian Pasta Salad – without pasta!  I used zucchini and I have to say, no one missed the pasta.  I will share my recipe next week.  Here is a photo of it:

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Making this salad gave me the inspiration to paint sweet peppers for World Watercolor Month.

My subject matter – I was painting outdoors so my lighting changed but this gives you an idea:

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My finished painting in my art journal:

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I decided to splatter my background instead of adding the tablecloth.  I think it looks rather festive, don’t you?

Happy Painting!

Cheers! 🙂

 

Circle Of Friends

Remember the paper circles that I recently posted?  If not, you can find it here.

Well, one of the reasons I was cutting out circles was to make these 3 minute postcards:

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An assignment from Carla Sonheim recently in her year-long online class was to create a quick postcard with these 5 perimeters:

  1.  Use a round piece of collage
  2.  Add a drawing that interacts with your circle collage
  3.  Add a splash of watercolor paint
  4.  Add a word or two – I used rubber stamps
  5. Add the color, orange

And here are a few more postcards I did:

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Some days it’s fun to give yourself perimeters to create art!  And postcards are great because you can send them to a friend and say, hello!  🙂

I hope you take time to play and create something fun for you today…

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And maybe put a stamp on it and send it to a friend!!

Cheers!! 🙂

Christmas Ornaments

I have been thinking about my handmade Christmas card for this year when this poem came to me:

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And here are some of my favorite ornaments hanging on our Christmas tree…

A handmade heart my grandma made many years ago:

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An ornament saved from my childhood that reminds me of the family tree:

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And one an artist friend painted:

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Each one holds a special place in my heart just for me!

Wishing you a Sunny Sunday!  Cheers!!  🙂

P.S.  Do you have a special ornament that you cherish?  I would love to hear about it!

Pass The Wine And Cheese!

At the lake, several of our friends gather at 5 o’clock for Happy Hour.  It really is a chance to talk and get caught up with everyone and share some laughter.  Everyone brings a snack to share and what they want to drink.  Some people just drink water but my hubby and I usually pour ourselves a glass of wine.  White or red – we like them both!  🙂

I created this in my art journal this summer.  It is a blind contour drawing (my eyes were closed and no I didn’t peak!)  After I drew it, I splashed on some watercolors – and yes, my eyes were open for this part.  😉

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I like how the soft colors blend, don’t you?   Kind of like a winemaker blending his grapes together to create a varietal of wine…

I’d like to create this painting on a larger piece of watercolor paper and frame it.

Speaking of framing – do you cut your own mat board for your artwork?  I purchased a couple of mats today with the intention of matting some of my art but the mat opening didn’t fit properly.   Any ideas?!

Cheers Friends!  🙂

Red Geraniums

My friend, Bonnie grows the most beautiful red geraniums.  Whenever I see them, I think of her.  She has a very kind heart and an infectious laugh.

Here is one that I planted in my yard this summer – don’t you just love that RED color?

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I drew and painted it in my art journal this week and posted it on Instagram.  Maybe you saw it?

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Do you have a favorite flower that reminds you of someone special?  I’d love to hear about it!

Happy Painting!  🙂

Connecting the Dots

On my trip to Oaxaca, Mexico in March, I was inspired by color and patterns.  Here is a photo of black pottery on a turquoise background:

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I also met many talented ladies in our group and hope I can continue our friendships.

One such friend was Dot.  I was amazed by her beautiful handmade art journal that she  brought with her and she was really good about creating art in it each day of our trip!  🙂

So I asked if she would make me one!  And she said, “Yes!”  I was very excited when this beautiful journal arrived in my mailbox in April:

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In exchange for this art journal, I made her this bracelet and earrings – we both love the color orange!  I had to add a few Oaxaca colors to the mix too:

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Many of you may not know that I used to make and sell my handmade jewelry.  But I kind of got burnt out on it.  I found it frustrating that people didn’t want to pay for all the time and cost I put into a piece.  I realize now that I was probably in the wrong market.  Anyway, I still have LOTS of beads!  So I enjoyed creating this set for my new friend, Dot.

I loved my new journal but I needed an idea to get me started.  So when Sharon Mann mentioned on her blog that she was starting a new journal with her daughter and niece using the color turquoise on each page, I asked if I could join in the fun!  (Be sure to check out Sharon’s blog if you haven’t already!!  She is one very talented lady and a wonderful friend!)  I was happy that Sharon agreed that I could join her.  🙂

Here is the first page of my new journal:

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Now I’m very excited to fill my pages with art!  Sometimes all it takes is one idea to connect the dots and get me started, how about you?

Happy Creating!  🙂

Silver Shells

Do you need a last minute gift idea?

I was recently inspired by my blogger friend, Magny Tjelta’s post on making flowers for decorating gift wrapped presents.  Be sure to check out her video on her blog:

http://yourartisticjourney.com/2015/12/15/last-minute-wrapping-idea/

This got me swirling my watercolor paints around and look what appeared:

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Yep!  Seashells!  🙂

This gave me an idea to create a garland of shells for a Christmas gift for a good friend of mine.

After I painted my “imaginary” shells on 140 lb hot press paper, I cut them out and added white gel pen accents and glitter!  (I was so excited to find 30 different colors of fine glitter on sale at Michaels!  I also found a glue pen to apply the glitter.  So fun!)

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Here is a close-up of the starfish – it looks a little like a cut-out sugar cookie, doesn’t it?  🙂

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Next, I made these little tabs out of leftover watercolor paper.  I folded the paper in half, punching a hole in one half and gluing the other half to the back of the shell:

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I strung some glittery, silver wired ribbon through the holes on the back of the shells.  It helped to tape the ends of the ribbon so I could fit them easier through the holes.

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I was surprised to have an 8 foot garland with 22 different shells!

So I put them in a box – don’t they look like candy?

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And wrapped them up for my friend!

She opened them today and loves them.  YAY!

Happy Gift Making!  🙂