Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Almost Wordless Wednesday - backyard colors

It's been so wet this summer in Oklahoma, 
we have unexpected color, which is so nice.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

AlphabeThursday - J is for Joggles

First of all, I have to say that I don't have any business affiliation with the website Joggles, except that I buy supplies and watch videos there.  I've also downloaded one of their online classes, and want to do more in the future.  As you can see, I spend a good deal of time at their website.  

Last week, I talked about the Ink Sprays that I bought at Joggles and linked you to two videos for using them.  That made me think the site would be a good Letter J word.  My mom and a friend were making little stuffed owls from a class there last winter, and that's how I was introduced to the site.  Joggles specializes in craft, cloth doll, fabric, and mixed media supplies.  I would highly suggest a visit there.  

Here are some things that I've been working on recently, with the help of Joggles:

I started my first ICAD index card on June 1st with 
a flower doodle stamper that I bought there.

And after watching a tutorial about alcohol inks, 
I tested out some of their supplies.

These are some of the postage stamps I made while in my "Fantasy Faux Mail" class.  This class has just started again, and it's still available for purchase.  It was a little different than what I thought, but I still enjoyed it.

I'd like to take more classes at the Joggles website, but I'll probably wait until the fall.  Right now, if I want to learn something new, I can always look at one of their tutorial.

This post is linked with AlphabeThursday this week, for the Letter J.  
Come by and visit!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

21 Secrets - Games Journalers Play

I just completed another 21 Secrets workshop last weekend.  The instructor was Diana Trout and we created a card game for journal prompts.  Prompts can be used in a number of ways, whether you're looking at a theme for your art journal or you're writing a post in your blog.  I'm sure lots of artists use them, I'm just not familiar with all the different applications.

For the workshop, I used an Astroids tin (just like Diana!) and decorated it with a broken fan and some washi tape.  I cut my cards to size (to fit inside the tin) and then rounded the corners, so they look nice.

The cards were plain white so I covered them with Dylusions Ink Spray.  Since I wanted some red on them and didn't have any ink that color, I tapped the cards with a red ink pad.  Then took some of the prompts that Diana had given us, printed them and glued each one on a card.  

There are 17 cards, counting the personalized "Storybeader Prompts" card for the top.  I was thinking of using this for myself, when I needed some inspiration.  Then making another set as a present or for sale.  It was fun workshop and I want to thank Diana for showing it to us.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Early Summer Treasuries - Featuring Etsy Artisans

I do enjoy recognizing Etsy artists who have included something from my shop to put in their treasuries.  So I thought it would be fun to feature an item from their shops, that says summer to me.  I think these curators were all thinking of summer themselves and that may be why my two yellow journals have been so popular this month!

Judy's (JNOriginals) treasury, A Breath of Summer, is a nice mix of bright yellow items and summer related pieces.  She crochets lots of gloves and headwarmers, but they're definitely not in season.  I chose a bright flower brooch instead.

Kathy's (tapestry316) treasury is called  Sum-sum-summertime!  I know you've seen this fun guy before on my blog before but did you know his name?  It's Mr. Random Dude, and he's hiding on the beach!  An original ACEO mixed media painting.

I was touched that Barbara (TouchOfSilver), included one of my journals in her Bold Color for First Friday Art Walk - July.  I just had to show you what a great looking treasury it is. In her shop announcement, she tells how she "stumbled upon a bead store in the Adirondacks," which started her career in jewelry design.  

I think her bracelets are my favorites.  Here's a bracelet and earrings set that has a beautiful mix of silver and lampwork beads; very reasonably priced.  

Abigail Jayne (Abigail JayneArt) was dreaming of having sunshine all day long when she put together her Sunshine Dreamin' treasury.  It's always fun to see what Linda is doing with her new shop; it certainly brightened up my day when I saw this beautiful necklace.  I love combining textiles with traditional crafts! 

Trina's (trinasclaycreations) treasury, Love Always Wins, is full of hearts and colorful pieces that remind you of love.  If you are thinking about decorating a cake, go and talk to Trina - she can create a fabulous little sculpture for you!  Here's a funny scene, for someone's wedding.  Sorta reminds me of my husband and myself!

I wish someone would say this to me, Come Sail Away With Me.  This is LeAnn's (pasqueflower) treasury from a few days ago.  And I'm thrilled she included me in her treasury, all about travel, the beach and the sea.  LeAnn has lots of "fun and functional" items in her shop, like this cute baby bib.  

I hope you enjoyed visiting some handmade items from favorite shops on mine.  Come by and link to the treasuries too!   

Saturday, July 20, 2013

BBArrtisans Challenge - travels abroad

Sea Creatures Crochet Play Set
This month, Sarah (Magnolia Surprise) is hosting our BBArtisans Challenge: 
"We are into vacation season in July -- create something that brings back a favorite vacation memory, something that represents a place you've visited or one you'd like to visit, colors or scents associated with a special place, or perhaps something funny that happened on a vacation. Make it fun!!"

I'm not visiting anyplace special in July, but this challenge reminds me of all the 
neat places overseas (that's Great Britain and Europe for me)  I've been in the past.  
I love maps, so I thought I'd make a collage of the places I've been.  
Maybe in the future I can circles more places I'll travel to!

The first place I traveled to overseas was England.  I couldn't find any photographs from that trip.  Which reminds me to look for some, the next time I visit Mom.  But my parents, my sister and I stayed with some people that my father knew, in Bath.  It was an exciting vacation, being the first time I journeyed across the ocean.  

In 2009, my family traveled to Ireland.  I loved visiting all the old castles and historic spots.  
We flew into Dublin, then rented a house in the westernmost county of Kerry, 
in Dingle to be exact.  I love traveling with my family because they enjoy hiking and visiting museums.  I worry about my walking abilities in the future though...

The latest vacation overseas was with my family again.  This time it started out as a gift 
to my nephew, who just graduated from law school.  He got to choose wherever he wanted 
to go, and Italy it was. Well, everyone wanted to go with him.  I was so thrilled, 
because Venice has always been on my bucket list.  
Many of you have seen this photo before, but I get a kick out of it.  

Who knows what the future will bring.  I've been to a lot of places in the US, but there are still cities and landscapes I'd like to see...

Thursday, July 18, 2013

AlphabeThursday - I is for Ink Spray

There's a product that I've been using a lot recently, called Dylusions Ink Spray 
(there's also another spray that I have called Adirondack Color Wash that is similar).  
The Dylusions ink come in a bottle and you can mix it with water and dilute it if you want.  
Or you can just use the intense color like it is.  

Something new that Dylusions offer is called White Linen ink, 
which you can mix with the other colors, if you‘re looking for a softer tone.  
I talk about it here, in a BBArtisans Challenge I participated in.  

This post is linked with AlphabeThursday this week, for the Letter I.  
Come by and visit!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Glue It Tuesday #18 - July ICADs

ICADs in July
This past weekend I placed all my July ICAD (Index Card A Day) cards out on a table, and took a "group pic".  They are a view, in a way, of my life over the past 12 days.  

Yellow Kalanchoe
About the individual cards...  I think flowers are about my favorite gluing material.  You would be surprised how well they stay on the paper.  These little flowers are from a succulent houseplant, called a kalanchoe, that my DH bought me.  Have to remind him not to water it too much!

Here's another favorite, called Circles.  The glued circles were punched from scrap paper, of course.  The background (which I did last!) was stamped through punchinella.  And the little yellow rings were made with a handmade circle stamp.  I don't use the color yellow often in my artwork; don't know why, I really like it... 

AlphabeThursday in July
My missing card on the 11th is a 4"x6" index card for the Letter H.  I've been making a series of larger cards for my AlphabeThursday posts.  I believe we're on Round 7.  Come and join us over at Ms. Jenny's blog, on my tangent...  I usually do something related to my artwork - you can too!

This post is linking to the Glue It Tuesday Lounge at Artsyville.   

Thursday, July 11, 2013

H is for Haiku 2

I have a difficult time choosing a different word other than haiku for 
AlphabeThursday's H word. The last time we were writing about the Letter H 
was on January 10th.  And I wrote about haiku then.  

And back in 2011, for my B word, I wrote about the Storybeader's Book of Haiku

The Book of Haiku hasn't materialized yet.  
So I decided that instead of my handmade jewelry, that once had a haiku for every piece, 
I needed to create an art journal for those poems.  Sounds like a fun challenge, don't you think?

Want to challenge yourself and your blog?  Come join
Ms. Jenny and the AlphabeThursday class at her blog on my tangent... 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Glue It Tuesday, Week #17 - Take a Load Off

I saw these great looking folding chairs in a magazine a few months ago.  
So I cut them all out and threw them in my paper scraps box, hoping to use them soon.  
The other week, I was reading about taking charge of your artwork and not letting things sit 
for "another day."  Wasn't this a good time to use these wonderful chairs that I clipped?

 My two page composition began in a special way.  
One of the ribbons, holding my bulging art journal together, would be part of the spread.  
So I took my colors from it.  And I had my theme (chairs!)  

I played around with the background: gesso, ink spray, some stamps and a bit of acrylic paint.  I wanted the phrase "take a load off" to be dominate, so I stamped it using large letters that I carved.  And I chose a beautiful orange Ranger Archival Ink - I always forget about these pads that I bought, because they aren't with my other stamp pads.  Waterproof and acid free!  Need to move them all together!

After everything was done, I experimented with some carbon paper, 
and traced ghostly figures along the bottom of the spread.  Complete! 

I felt so much better after working in my journal, and doing a little experimenting at the same time.  I encourage others to sit down with paper scraps and glue, too.  And come by Aimee's blog, Artsyville, to share with other artists at the Glue It Tuesday Lounge.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

AlphabeThursday - G is for Graffiti

In my AlphabeThursday class this week, I learned how to spell and write graffiti (I know if your write a word often enough, you can learn how it's spelled)!  I need a bit of practice before attempting any public space though...  

You can learn to write in "graffiti-style" too.  Just followed Heather's YouTube instructions.  This exercise was part of our Art Journaling Ning challenge for the month (of June)!

And visit Jenny Matlock's blog, on my tangent... 
to see what other bloggers think about the Letter G.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Glue it Tuesday #16 - Don’t be so Hard-headed

I haven't been using my 2013 art journal for about a month.  Either I’ve been making new journals (and not using them yet) or using index cards to express myself.  Because I had a little time to myself Saturday morning, I decided to draw a face on a blank page in my journal.  I'm surprised to see the proportions came out correctly - usually I make big fat lips!

basket of words
I found this phrase, "Don't be so hard-headed" in a basket I keep for words and phases only.  For some reason, it seemed to fit my mood.  But then, what does that mean?  So of course, I had to look it up.  Yahoo answers says hardheaded is someone who won't change their minds easily.  I guess that's me, but I've been feeling more like I'm carrying the weight on the world, and I don't have to.  Or maybe I do?  You see the dilemma I'm in... 

I went into my scrap box and found some magazine images I liked, and glued them down.  There’s those big lips that I usually draw!  Isn’t that amazing - I didn’t even realize I had chosen them until I had already written about them!  I surrounded my face (is that me?) with the insides of an envelope, and finish the page off with different kinds of watercolor (regular, pencils and crayons).  

Catch what other art journalists are gluing, over at Aimee's blog, Artsyville.

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