Perhaps you remember, January’s Square Project? I am adding a section of paper collaged squares and circles each month to complete a challenge I made for myself.
Well, I had to add a little stitching to January’s section with my sewing machine, not sure that it helps but it was super fun to stitch on paper:
February’s section is less busy… phew! 😉
I used two methods I learned from Carla Sonheim’s 365 class, the scraping paint technique and text collage. I like to take her instructions as a starting point and then take them a step further to make them my own.
Below are my notes in my art journal (please excuse the chicken scratch and word misspellings):
My completed section for February:
I think it looks so pretty, how about you?
What I liked about February’s experiments:
I haven’t had much time to pursue creating fabrics with my designs… life has been busy. I still want to do this but looks like it will be later in the year.
I am excited to see what ideas will inspire me for March.
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Tagged acrylic paint, art challenge, art journal, carla sonheim, color experiments, February, handwriting, hearts, imagination, india ink, learning, love, mixed media art, online art classes, paper collage, scraping paint, sewing, text collage
I inherited my mom’s journal with 40 years of flowers and trees she planted in the yard where I grew up as a child.
I love that it is in her handwriting…
I treasure it too because it connects us together… we both love flowers and trees.
I’m taking an online class from Lendon Noe hosted by Carla Sonheim called, Inspired By Lives and Letters, which gave me the inspiration to create this piece:
I made a copy of watercolor painting I did last year and a copy of mom’s journal page from the year I was born… to connect our past and present together as a remembrance.
It is a way for me to have a lovely conversation with my past…
A way for me to say, “Happy Birthday,” to my mom whose birthday is approaching in early March even though she is no longer with us.
I’d like to think she would treasure it.
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Tagged carla sonheim, flowers, gardening, handwriting, inspiration, journal, Lendon Noe, love, memories, mixed media collage, mom, online art classes, Remembrance, trees, watercolor
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
Today’s weird bird was inspired by Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet 43:
In the book, Finding The Gift by Angela Howell, she writes; “Be the love you wish to receive… Love you! Love your life exactly as it is right now. Happiness is an inside job!”
How do you love YOU?
Happy Valentine’s Day to someone special – YOU!
Posted in Flowers, Humor, love, Mixed Media Collage, poetry, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Weird Birds, Word Birds, Word Play, writing
Tagged Finding the Gift book, flowers, fresh flowers, handwriting, hearts, Imaginary birds, inspiration, Kindness, love, music, poetry, sonnet, valentines day, Weird Bird Wednesday, Weird Birds, word play
You say blue and I say orange,
Love is color blind…
When I was creating my hearts yesterday, I noticed how cool to match two different heart “halves” to create a whole.
It reminded me of my hubby and I… he says, “Blue,” and I say, “Orange!” So true!! Lol! ☺️
And yet we will be married 34 years in May! 😮 Seems like just yesterday that we said, “I do!”
If you were to combine two different hearts together, what would it look like?!
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Color, color experiments, Haiku, Humor, love, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, Paper Cutting, poetry, Uncategorized, Word Play
Tagged art inspiration, color experiments, color play, creative play, haiku, hearts, humor, love, mixed media collage, paper cut-outs, Paper Cutting, paper scraps, poetry
I was experimenting with acrylic paint and India ink yesterday….
And I created this tropical Flamingo by drawing with an ink dropper and then scraping acrylic paint over it:
Isn’t it wild?! 😉
I next experimented with some drips:
Then I cut this paper into strips and 100 tropical hearts:
I plan to use them in my art journals… what would you do with them?
I hope you have a LOVEly Monday!
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Tagged acrylic paint, color experiments, Colorful, drawing, Flamingo, happy, hearts, india ink, inspiration, love, online art classes, paper cut-outs, paper scraps, tropical, whimsical
One of my favorite poems is by Shel Silverstein, Hug O’War:
If you memorized a poem, what would you choose?
Posted in Art Journal, Doodles, Drawing, Life, poetry, smile, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged acrylic paint, art journal, cartoon, creative play, doodles, drawing, love, poem, poetry, Shel Silverstein
I came across my mom’s college scrapbook the other day…
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.
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!
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Tagged flowers, hope, life lessons, love, memories, photography, poetry, pressed flowers, reflections, scrapbooks, sentimental
I was saddened yesterday by another senseless high school shooting near me at Freeman High School in Rockford, Washington. One student was killed and 3 more injured but should survive. The shooter is in custody – a student.
I am thinking about the teachers, families and children who were affected by this terrible violence when creating this drawing and lighting a candle of peace.
I do not know the people who were shot but I think a tragedy such as this touches us all. Hug those you love today…
Peace Friends! 💜
A friend of mine has recently been diagnosed with cancer. My heart goes out to her and her family…
I was thinking of her as I created this face yesterday.
I pray that she will be able to fight this terrible disease and win! This face below has the determination and strength my friend has… And the knowledge that God is with her.
So MANY people are fighting and struggling with cancer. Too many people!
I dedicate today’s post to my friend T and EVERYONE who is fighting for their lives or supporting friends and loved ones battling cancer – YOU are wise beyond your years…
Sending love and hope! ❤
Posted in Faces, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged cancer, drawing, drawing faces, encouragement, faces, gelli-printed paper, hope, love, mixed media art, paper collage, sadness, watercolor
The first home my hubby and I rented was very small… so small that my sis said we must be in love! And we were! Looking back now, we were so young:
Below is an “artistic” floor plan of our 441 square foot home in Cheney, WA:
The little pink house sat between 2 railroad tracks which took a little getting used to! We had a king-sized waterbed that felt like one of those coin-operated massage beds when the trains passed. Lol! The bed took up most of the room too. I had to lie on the bed in order to open the dresser.
My hubby sold stereos at the time and we had a set of Magnepan speakers in the living room – 2 ft wide, 6 ft high and 1 inch thick. Perfect sound for a tiny home! 😉
We had our first garden in the backyard. The cows next door got loose one time and helped to fertilize the garden. We had zucchini so large we used them as door stops.
Our first cat, we named Abbynormal after the Young Frankenstein movie. I remember the cat was a bit abnormal and loved the swamps near our house.
When the landlord doubled the rent a year later, we moved to Spokane, WA and paid much higher rent but we a bigger house! 🙂
Do you remember your first home? I’d love to hear your memories!
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Tagged art journal, cats, creative ideas, first home, floor plan, gardening, happy, happy times, house, love, marriage, memories, old photos, paper collage, remembering