Perhaps you remember my post last week where I told you about my Square A Day project. If not, you can read more about it here: A Square A Day…
I recently finished the square doodle that inspired the idea for my project:
I’ve titled it, Be Square!
I created a box for my 2019 square project with monthly dividers. I am writing notes on the back of each card with the date, description and inspiration for the square. I may use my completed squares for inspiration when I get stuck in a creative rut in the future.
Below are six squares I have completed for January:
I find myself paying more attention to my environment and ideas I could use for future squares…
I think for once in my life, I’m OK to be square!
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I hope ALL of you who celebrate Christmas had a wonderful day! I sure did…
I decided to take a little weird bird vacation…
Please check out my categories on the right of screen under “Weird Bird Wednesday,” if you are in need smile! 🙂
P.S. I’d love to hear about your Christmas or Holiday… I hope you will share it with me!
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In the hustle and bustle of the holidays, sometimes it is nice to enjoy a quiet golden moment or two…
And some holiday punch!
The simplicity of punching circles of various sizes, colors and patterns…and cutting circles around the punched circles with scissors was very relaxing for me.
Arranging them into my art journal in a pleasing pattern was fun too:
How do YOU relax and get into the spirit during the holidays? I hope you share it with me!
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Tagged art journal, circles, color play, holidays, paper collage, patterns, relaxation
Do you remember the needlework or cross-stitch samplers? They were created to demonstrate or test a skill of needlework.
I have a friend, Marsha who creates the most AMAZING needlework!! I always enjoy seeing what projects she is working on! 🙂
This doodle reminded me of the cross-stitching I used to do…
A Doodle Sampler
It is like a sampler of doodle patterns that are all “interwoven” together!
It isn’t quite done but I thought you might enjoy seeing it anyway.
Have you ever done any kind of needlework or cross-stitch? I’d love to hear what you have created with thread!
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Perhaps you remember my watercolor circles I created in April: My April Square Project…
After my black and white doodle, I was ready for some color! So I decided to use my black and white doodle for April: Finding Balance
And I moved on to May and June!
I recently did this playful watercolor from my imagination:
After cutting it up, I mixed it with my colorful circles:
And got not just one… but TWO month’s projects:
And of course I had to see how they looked next to each other:
So fun to play… wishing you a creative day!
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Sometimes, I don’t know what to blog about…
Does this ever happen to you?
Or do you find yourself not knowing what to create?
I had another busy weekend with not much time to create art.
The new fridge was delivered on Saturday so we spent a greater part of the day cleaning inside and under the old fridge… before the new one could be installed. (We moved the old fridge to the garage.)
One has to wonder why they have so many bottles of half used condiments just sitting around on a shelf, taking up space in the refrigerator. 😉
There was also those unexpected surprises, like the moldy cheese in an ugly shade of blue hiding in the corner or the lime that is no longer green. (Oh, that’s what that was!)
The new fridge did get installed but the water hose leaked to the ice maker. Luckily, my hubby was able to buy a part and fix it himself. Fingers crossed that it is fixed! :-0
So back to creating art, I realize I got a bit off track…
I spent my evenings finishing this doodle of squares and circles with pencil shading:
I don’t know what month I will use it for my project… I’m finding planning ahead does have its advantages! Like cleaning out under the fridge more than every 20 years…
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I started this drawing of squares and circles recently with a Micron black pen:
I was thinking of using a drawing for one of my monthly Square Projects; you can read more about my project here: February’s Square Project
I think we all struggle with finding balance in one or two areas of our lives. I know I do! 😉
Sometimes I wish life was as easy as balancing lights and darks like this collage:
The collage is still waaay too busy for me, much like life is some times… and yet cutting up the original collage and rearranging the pieces helped me to focus on the whole picture, not just the annoying parts!
It also helped me create balance in this drawing:
Creating art teaches me a lot about finding balance in my life. How about you?
My drawing is almost complete, next I will add pencil shading.
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I enjoyed creating with my hand-painted collage papers over the weekend. Carla Sonheim gave us a fun assignment to cut out random collage shapes from our own painted papers with our eyes closed! Who knew this could be so fun and freeing!!
This cat and mouse showed up first:
Then Louise…. Louise loved to dress with lots of color and patterns:
I just love Louise’s sense of style, don’t you?!
And lastly, this friendly beast made its appearance:
It is a Rhino-leaf-a-rear-as! The children loved to ride this beast at the strange animal zoo…
I hope this silliness gives you a smile today!
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I decided to try a color scheme for January’s Square Project. I used the colors from the thread and brayer technique that I shared with you here; A Daily Creative Practice
The color scheme with the threads is the left photo above. The photo on the right is copy paper that I blotted my stencils on but I liked it so I used it too.
I decided to stencil the background paper before I added my squares. I mixed two fluid acrylic paint colors together and used a damp sponge to apply the paint:
I connected the new paper to the December piece by overlapping them and glueing them together with Matte gel medium. I reinforced the back with paper strips too.
Next, I glued my squares with Elmer’s extra strength glue stick:
It is looking busy so I added some circles to help focus your eyes on a random pattern:
I added stenciled flowers in pink on rice paper and a snowflake rubber stamp in blue to some of the circles.
I felt the blue snowflakes were a little bright, so glued deli paper over them to soften the image.
I also added circles of the thread pattern to the pink and white circles and finished them with a small pink circle that I stamped a circular pattern on:
I’m calling this design done! 😉
I wrote notes about about it in my square journal yesterday:
I learned a lot on this one. I think a more solid color for the squares would have been better. It is a little busy. I decided that not every month is going to be a success.
Now that I have gotten one month completed, I am ready to think about February.
I hope to find some insights in this book I purchased from Amazon:
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I wrote this quote in my art journal for my square project that I told you about in December. You can read more about it here, A Square Project
I have been working on my January pattern and it is complete! I will post it tomorrow.
I have always liked this saying as it reminds me of my mom and Mary Engelbreit.
My mom grew the most beautiful and fragrant roses. I can still see the colors in my mind and smell their sweet scent. Mom had a beautiful yard where she spent hours weeding and taking care of the plants.
Mary Engelbreit is one of my favorite artists. She created an iron-on transfer of this saying that I ironed onto a sweatshirt for my mom. When my mom passed away in 1999, I held onto that shirt for the longest time. As it reminded me of mom and her lovely roses.
I think we all have the ability to gather roses in winter in our minds. Memory to take us back to a warm breeze, soft petals and love for someone who touched our lives in a special way.
Whose memory do you treasure?
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