Tuesday, April 30, 2013

21 Secrets - Empty holes


I've been wanting to use the scrap watercolor paper from my "Watercolor Playground" workshop at 21 Secrets.  The original page was from a technique called "Stripes," shown to us by Tammy Garcia.  I don't have a photo of the original page anymore, but the photo below is similar to it.


This page I used last week for my AlphabeThursday meme, W is for Watercoloring.  Conveniently timed!

Here I stamped and painted a cute house that I like.  Then covered it with the scraps I had remaining from punching circles.  Hardly had enough leftovers to wrap the entire sheet, so I wrote my name and date in the corner.  The only supplies I needed to complete this little project was two watercolor sheets (one with the Stripes I had done and the other to stamp on), some watercolors, a stamp and a 1" circle punch.  I might try this again, with a magazine page as the base.  Good thing is, I haven't touched the circles, and they can use it for something else!

This post is for Week 7 of Glue it Tuesday.  Come to Artsyville and see how other art journalists glue.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

have you heard of a Scion?

I wanted to show friends and family our new car.  Have you ever heard of a Scion IQ?  
I've seen something bigger than this, but this one's a subcompact, and gets great mileage!


Perfect for DH who is driving a lot.  
It's real smooth, airbags all round, big enough for two, and the doggie!  
That's our little family!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Thursday, April 25, 2013

AlphabeThursday - W is for Watercoloring

Fishing Boats, by Paul Signac, 1928

My favorite paintings to look at while visiting art museum are watercolors.

The Tiger's Wife, by Tea Obreht

I've tried painting with watercolors, but use them mostly for the backgrounds in my art journal.  Here's one that came out nicely.  This journal page was done for an art class a year ago, to illustrate a book I was reading.  I decided to use it for my AlphabeThursday post in Round 4 or 5.

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Stripes, by the storybeader
I'm real excited to begin continue one of the classes in my 21 Secrets workshop, called Watercolor Playground with Tammy Garcia.  I got some supplies last weekend for the class, and I started watching the videos and painting.

Creative Prompts, set of 52 cards.  From Tammy, on Etsy.
I've been following Tammy's blog, Daisy Yellow, for about 3-4 years.  Actually, she's one of the art journalist who really inspired me to delve a little deeper into the world of art journaling.  And I want to thank her for that!  It has really changed my life!  

Her blog has lots of fun prompts on it. And if you are thinking of starting to get involved with art journaling, she has an tab on her blog called Art Journaling 101.   


For some reason, the end of the alphabet has fewer and less used words, but not W.  It came to me very easily! What about you?  What's your favorite word that begins with the Letter W?  Come visit Ms. Jenny's blog, ...off on my tangent... , and see what others are thinking about.  

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Glue it Tuesday, Week 6 - leftovers

Collages are the perfect way for using leftovers from other projects.  
For this Glue It Tuesday, that's what I did.  I mainly used paper scraps
from the art journal I made in my Go Green workshop with Rae Missigman.  

Mystery of the Haunted Pool
The background for this spread was first sprayed with green ink.  Then I glued down paper from the used book I disassembled in my workshop.  I also had extra signature wraps (color catchers) that I cut into strips, along with a watercolor page from another workshop called Watercolor Playground with Tammy Garcia.

Corrugated cardboard stamping
On the cover of the art journal I made a bird using corrugated cardboard.  
I've always wanted to try stamping with cardboard, so I tried that out here.  I really like it!  

Color catcher signatures
Do you use leftovers for new projects?  Where did they come from?  

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Treasury Thanks in April 2013

I usually don't post features from individual Etsy shops, but I thought it might be a nice way to thank curators that have featured me in their Treasuries.  Here are a few ladies from the BBArtisans team, who have featured me this month! 

French Kickers, Pajama Shorts
 I think these little shorts in Duni's shop (Peridot by Duni) are adorable!  
You might not look like this in them (re: me), 
but you would just be running around the house so only your family would see!



Butterfly Clutch Handbag
 When I saw this butterfly purse in Ayla's shop (Eyelah), I immediately thought about Dylan Hockley.  Here’s a video from the Rachel Maddow's show after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. His mother, Nicole Hockley, speaks after David Wheeler (this is a truly remarkable story she tells at Dylan's memorial service; it starts at minute 2:30 - worth watching, as Rachel says)


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Etched Beer Mug
This is a photo of some etched beer mugs from Edi's shop (memoriesforlife) that sold, but if you click the link, it brings you to another page where she has the same mugs.  Great gifts for avid fans or to mark a special occasion, like a wedding.


Personalized custom journal
This is my favorite journal in Erika's shop, Artful Rising.  
Perfect to place next to your favorite chair or in your purse.  
I always think of my best ideas early in the morning, before I crawl out of bed.


Silk Scarf, green and blue
Here's a silk scarf from Margaret's shop (SplendidLittleStars) that remind me of actresses from the early 1960s like Audrey Hepburn.  I could just see it wrapped around her neck and head.  
Watch out wearing something like this in a convertible - 
you don't want to get it caught in the spokes of your car like Isadora Duncan did!


Etched Copper Sailor Pendant
I love Natasha’s nautically themed jewelry!  In her shop, Stalking the Wild Snark
there’s a great looking pendant that you could use for a necklace, 
or some other neat piece of jewelry.  How would YOU use it?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

AlphabeThursday - V is for Vintage

Vintage is a word many craft people use when searching online for accessories and supplies.  Here are some of my favorite vintage pieces that I've found recently.  Hope you enjoy looking through them, and visiting the shops while you're here.

Blue Stamps
StampsForCrafts is the perfect place for me to look for vintage stamps.  Here's some ways I use stamps in my mail art.  Cathy has her stamps divided in sets by color and topic.  This set of blue stamps has to be my favorite.

Cat String and Scissors Holder
I fell in love with this vintage scissors holder that Sarah added to her shop, Magnolia's Attic.  The backside of the kitty is open to hold your thread!  This is something I definitely need in my workroom.  And I have the perfect pair of scissors for it!  Sarah's shop is divided by rooms in your house, a great way to find what you're looking for.

Most of you know that I love my art journaling.  One thing I like to add to pages are bits of handwritten paper.  Since my script handwriting is not very elaborate, I like to look around for people selling vintage letters.

Antique Handwritten Paper
These three papers are just what I look for, which I found at FrenchKlimBim.  The handwriting is in Dutch, and are notes from the Sabina and Micha's grandfather who was a schoolteacher in the early 1900s.

Vintage Luggage Tags
And here is something from my shop.  Even though I made these luggage tags, I call them vintage because of the image.  These two men are holding up a sphere of the sky, with zodiac signs across it.  They can be placed on suitcase handles, or used as bookmarks.


Come by this week's AlphabeThursday  at Ms. Jenny's blog,  ...off on my tangent... and see what other favorite words bloggers are picking.  And join us!  Next week's letter is W.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

21 Secrets - Go Green



In my third workshop for 21 Secrets, we made an art journal with a recycled book and things around the house.  I used a children’s book (Mystery of the Haunted Pool) that I bought at a recent city book sale.  I did need to sew a bit, but since I don't have a working sewing machine, I did a lot of gluing.  

Most of the journal cover is glued, not sewn, like Rae Missigman showed in her videos.  But she said to use what we had - fitting, since the workshop is called Go Green.  I did "hand sew" some of the book pages together to make signatures.  And also used some 98 lb. Mixed Media paper for some other pages.


New things I learned?

1) Patience is king queen.  I have to admit, I got upset at the very end and torn the book cover.  And that was my favorite part.  But everything’s ok now.

2) Glue guns are really neat, and dry super quick.  I took my DH's glue gun, and will keep it in my work room until he needs it.


3) I bought a box of color catchers, so I could dye my own signature wraps.  Never heard of these before.  They are sort of like "Cling Free," but catch the dyes from clothing in the washing machine.  Also, we glued the wraps into place - something I’ve never done.

4) My Singer Stitch Sew Quick (a handheld machine) will sew through 10 sheets of book paper at once!


5) Rae talked about some recycled materials that I’ve never used before, including fruit/vegetable bags (see cover) and letters from chip bags (Doritos, above).  Great ideas!


This project was a little different than my regular journal page.  Maybe I'll use this new art journal for some of my other 21 Secrets workshops!  

Thursday, April 11, 2013

AlphabeThursday - U is for URL

What does URL stand for and where did it come from?

URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator, and it's the address of a web page on the world wide web (WWW).  The Uniform Resource Locator was created in 1994 by Tim Berners-Lee and the URI working group of the Internet Engineering Task Force.


This is my URL.  It combines a domain name (storybeader) and a file path syntax (.com).




If you want your own URL,  I recommend you check out Go Daddy, whose corporate offices are based in Scottsdale, Arizona.  They are probably the world's largest domain name registrar and Web hosting provider.  Many people, like myself who blog, pay a small fee every year to "own" their URL.  Presently, they have more than 55 million domain names under management.



Come see what others bloggers think about over at Ms. Jenny's ...off on my tangent... 
when confronted with the Letter U

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

21 Secrets - Imagine You

My second workshop from 21 Secrets was with Hali Karla, called Imagine You.  It was divided into three parts: 1) laying paint on 3-6 sheets of paper, 2) gluing favorite sheets into my journal to collage with, and then 3) reflecting on the process.

We used a painting technique that Hali learned from Connie Hozvicka called Fearless Painting (trademarked).  I'm not in the habit of painting in my art journal, so this was new to me!  


It's interesting to look back and reflect on my journal spread.  One of the sheets I chose to include contained some red paint that I painted with a fan brush.  Something I've never done before.  The paint reminded me of flowers, a passion of mine.  Another thing I love is anything with an oriental flavor.  I included images from the cover of a Japanese book I bought on a whim at the city book sale this past weekend.  I wasn't expecting to use the book in this way - I actually bought it for the neat looking pages!  That's one thing I love about art journaling: things begin to speak to you as you proceed.


This post is for Aimee's Glue It Tuesday Lounge!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

21 Secrets - Doodling Our Way



I just completed the first class of my 21 Secrets workshop.  It was with Cathy Bluteau and  called Doodling Our Way.


We started out with flowers; mine were from some decorative paper that I had.  After gluing the flowers down in my art journal, I added markers and pens, various paper, Washi tape and ribbon.  I also added the name of our workshop with Cathy's picture, and a date, to record where this all came from.  


At the end of collaging, we were instructed to add some words.  I cut out the phrase  "Patience Makes Perfect" from a magazine.  I think you need a lot of patience for doodling.  


I thought since I had all the supplies we were going to use for this particular workshop, it would be a good place to start.  But I hadn't realized all the different ways artists go about collaging.  Cathy showed me a new way, with doodling and painting abstractly.  I feel the spread is lopsided, but it's growing on me.   

Thursday, April 4, 2013

AlphabeThursday - T is for Text



Text is a word I use a lot.  In my career, 
we use text in many instances when trying to reach our audience.


I have written a lot of text for museum labels and to explain 
procedures in the museum's archival collections.


Most of the people I know either write text, work placing text around illustrations, 
teach using text or just read text for their own enjoyment.

I thought I'd try using text in my art journaling and see how that would work!


Come see what other bloggers think of, when looking at the Letter T

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Short Term Goals - April 2013


Last month, I stuck to my short term goals pretty well; I took outdoor photos on nice days, worked in my art journal, and helped in the kitchen.  I'm getting better about cleaning up after we eat.  That's part of cooking, I suppose.

So, new short-term goals for April:


1) New Workshop!
At the end of the month, I decided to enroll in another workshop.  I did this because I sold an art journal - mailed it to Norway last week.  Thanks Lill !  This workshop is a little different than ones I've previously been involved with.  There are 21 different artists available to me anytime from April - December.  I figure I need to complete 2-3 "lessons" each month, and I'll keep pace with everyone.  Then the whole workshop disappears at the end of the year.  Some of the instructor's names are familiar to me, so this is a big treat.  It costs $59 - a good price for so many artists. Come and join me if you're interested - it's for art journalists of all skill levels and backgrounds.

No dieting in Bolzano, Italy.
From left: me, mom, and Nicki!
2) Baby Steps Diet
I've decided if I take baby steps in dieting, it might come easier.  My plan is to lose 5 pounds this month, through exercise and watching what I eat.  If it works (I should be able to lose that in water-weight, right?), I'll have the same goal next month.  I really need to get outside and walk, even if it's not power-walking!

one of my ToDos: create an activity calendar
3) Organize on paper
I really like to spend my non-work hours creatively.  And not structured.  But I need to get certain things done.  So it will help to have them written down somewhere.  A ToDo list seems like the perfect answer.  This probably won't be artistic, like Aimee's "List it Tuesday" , but I'm excited to see how it works.  Something on my list this week was to make an activity calendar for April.  Then if I'm home, I know where I have previous obligations at work, and visa versa.  Here the calendar; one thing I can cross off my list (love doing that!)

Do you have any goals for the month?  What are they?
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