Monday, December 15, 2014

Role of the Dice

I bumped into a favorite art journaler, while reading in a new magazine my mom got me, called Cloth Paper Scissors.  The artist’s name: Caroyln Dube.  She’s also one of my 21 Secrets instructors.  In the article, Carolyn writes about the inner critic in her head, telling her what to do.  Or not to do.  Funny, I have that same voice, telling me I’m not an artist and I can’t do this or that very well.  I guess that’s why I enjoy blog challenges; it keeps my critic at bay.    



About Carolyn’s article:  she came up with the idea of making dice, to tell you what to do.  Leaving it up to “the roll of the dice.”  When I was out shopping on Saturday, I bought a set of Mickey Mouse blocks.  Sunday I was hanging out with a lot of acrylics on my craft table, and decided to get the blocks a little dirty.  I used them to stamp paint in my journal; then sprayed some water on the page, to get the paint moving.  I’ll decide what else to do later.  And of course, how to cover the sides of the blocks with some Dos and Don’ts.  That should quiet some of the “mental prattle” (as Carolyn puts it) in my head.  



If you’re into crafts and paints, you might enjoy Cloth Paper Scissor. Carolyn’s article is in the November/December 2014 issue.  I’ll be writing more about my dice later.  

Thursday, December 11, 2014

AlphabeThursday - D is for Dot



Seven years ago, I started making jewelry.  Who knows why, I guess I needed a creative outlet.  I joined Etsy and created an online shop.  But decided I needed to advertise and market my wares to a broader audience, so I created a blog and started writing.  And wow!  What words came pouring out of me!  It was a rush!  


I changed my artistic venues from jewelry making (and what became a second job!) to bookmaking.  Something I’ve always wanted to do.  As I continued blogging with paper in mind (instead on beads) I stumbling upon a site called Art Journaling Ning, back in 2010.  I had never heard of art journaling- I really enjoyed it!       


Watched a Bruce Springsteen tribute Saturday night.
This past weekend, I spent a lot of time in my art journal, creating for myself.  The spreads I made weren’t appropriate for AlphabeThursday Letter D, but it was such a  comfort.  I was collaging with lots of CIRCLES, a favorite shape of mine. 



I woke up on Sunday, thinking about AlphabeThursday.  And then it came to me (I do my best thinking in the morning): a Dot is a Circle!  And there’s Dots all over my journal pages.  How I love the English language and all the words available for just one thought!



Come see what other bloggers and web designers have to say about the Letter D, over at Ms. Jenny’s site,  …offon my tangent…

Thursday, December 4, 2014

AlphabeThursday - The Busy Letter C


The Letter C has a busy place in the English alphabet.  Its sound may be 

... a hard C, as in CAPITAL
... a soft C, as in OCEAN
... combined with an H (borrowed from the French), as in CHAMPAGNE
... changed for a British word - as in CURB (not kerb), 
or be silent, as in MUSCLE.



A little history…  David Sacks tells us in his book Letter Perfect, “Back in 1000 BC, the third letter of the Phoenician alphabet was the letter G, gimel.  It came after B and before D.”  The Greeks copied this alphabet around 800 BC, but the letter C had not appeared yet.  In the B.C. 700s, the Etruscans (who lived in Italy and were trading partners with the Greek) changed the gimel to gamma.  They also changed the letter to a hard C sound, as in kay.  And it stuck.  



When Latin was written in the B.C. 600s, the Romans gave the Letter G its own place in their alphabet, and kept the Letter C in the third place.  It was used, for example, in the name for Cupid.  The soft C sound began to be used by the common people.  After Rome's fall in around A.D.500:  “the slurred C became part of the Romance languages… which arose from dying Latin.”



Middle English, a combination of French and Old English came to England after the Norman Invasion in 1066 AD.  It looks to me that many French words joined the English language at that time.  



To learn more about the letters in the English language, try David Sacks’ book, Letter Perfect.  And read more AlphabeThursday posts that begin with the Letter C, over at Ms. Jenny’s site,  …off on my tangent…

Saturday, November 29, 2014

21 Secrets - France Papillon's Transparendipity

I took the big step and opened up France Papillon’s  class on 21 Secrets, my art journaling workshop.  France is my favorite art journalist and I was delighted to see that I could take a class with her.  But I was a bit nervous.  For months now, I’ve been watching her videos on YouTube, Journal on Monday.  


Many times, she has worked on a sheet of watercolor paper, and then attached it to her journal.  So instead of making a small book, as she had in her class, I decided to tear one of my sheets in half after finishing and glue it into my art journal.  I have three more sheets that I began (to use as backgrounds) to add.


France talked about knowing the products you use.  Very good advice.  I know I should pay more attention to what I’m using.  So I decided to read a little bit more about materials and their make-up.  Thank you France; I had a blast!

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