Saturday, August 31, 2013

August Treasuries Featuring Etsy BBArtisans

It's the last day of August, and I'm just in time of getting together an August Etsy Treasury. It's called “A Change of Life.” What follows are five treasuries created throughout the month by various BBArtisans members, who featured me in their treasuries. Enjoy and link away!

Duni (PeriDotbyDuni) created an early August treasury, called “Celebrating the end of summer”. There are a great mix of colors and pieces here. She included my Handwrapped Florentine marble wrapped beads, which don't get viewed much anymore. Thanks for that, Duni. I featured her Shabby chic laundry bag, perfect for gathering those delicates in one place throughout the week.

Erika (ArtfulRising) has school on her mind, as demonstrated in her treasury, “Back to School.” I remember we never started school until after Labor Day, but maybe that's because I live in the north. We're in full swing, here in Oklahoma! Erika included my Hand-painted Bookmarks, something helpful for all those books that will be on everyone's reading list. I thought her sketchbooks, especially this active bicycle one, would be a fun addition to any student's locker!

LeAnn (pasqueflower) gives us “A Rainbow of Brights”, bright colors, that is! She included my Maroon Art Journal, a favorite of mine. I love her Market Tote, perfect for a quick trip to the grocery store. And what a cute fabric design. Lots of pockets on the inside; go look!

I love Linda's (Abigil Jayne Art) “Beautiful Brown!” treasury. I gravitate towards natural colors, and brown goes with everything! My Blue and Brown Art Journal was a perfect fit here! The Abigil Jayne Art shop has some beautiful pieces in it – this textile wall hanging is something I'd love to hang in a window. Facing in!

Here's another bright bold treasury, by Judy (JNOriginals) called The Joy of Learning. There's somehing about primary colors and education! My Winery Watercolor art journal isn't exactly a primary color, but close... Most of Judy's knitting are winter accessories; there are also a number of felt bowls, like this bright red one (sorry, candy not included).

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Glue It Tuesday - finishing up a project

Yesterday, I wrote about the workshop and artwork I completed over the weekend.

And last night, I thought about finishing up my art journal spread with some glued paper.  Just in time for joining Glue It Tuesday.

I used some of my extra paper from the weekend.  And added a bit of yellow watercolor paint just to soften the white lined paper of my journal.

Monday, August 26, 2013

21 Secrets - Unearthing

It felt so nice to get back in my art room and do something this weekend.  I figured out what's the matter: I want to be by myself and not let my husband see what I'm doing (for those of you who don't know, I'm getting a divorce).  This weekend I went online, and after watching Danielle Daniel's 21 Secrets' videos (workshop "Unearthing"), I started to paint.  

Danielle wanted to share how she uses her dreams in her artwork.  Well, I didn't use a dream.  Just a life changing experience - my divorce.  So that's what the script "life a new" is all about.  N was also this last week's AlphabeThursday letter, and I used the same word in my blog post.  I like to use artwork in my blog, but didn't have the energy, earlier in the week.  This weekend I did.

I glued (and taped) my painting into my art journal.  

This is the opposite site, with some stencils (I love stencils).  I feel much better now!  Hopefully, this is just a start to many of the things I used to do:  visiting with my BBArtisans friends, workshops and blogging with Mr. Linky.  Maybe even more! 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Book Review - My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor

I just finished a new book that I’ve been dying to read: My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor. One of the reasons I was excited to read it, was I wanted to see if I should recommend it to my Women’s Book Club.  And I really enjoyed it.  I have to admit, I didn’t know too much about Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor; only that she was Puerto Rican and about my age.  

This quote from her epilogue sums up her outlook on life well:
“There is no experience that can’t avail something useful, be it only the discipline to manage adversity.”

Sotomayor tells about her mother and grandparents coming to the United States.  And then her childhood in New York City and attending Catholic School.  Since I’m from the area, I could identify with where she grew up.  I also enjoyed her tales about her close family ties.  I had to laugh when her mother bought an Encyclopedia Britannica from a traveling salesman, because we had one too when I was growing up.  That was the “grown-up” encyclopedia; we also had a Compton’s.

I have to say, I was very taken by Sonia’s drive to get things accomplished and her brilliance!  Her autobiography gets two thumbs up from me and I am definitely going to recommend it!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

AlphabeThursday - N is for Starting A New

Yes, I feel like I'm starting anew.   New life, new computer, new ideas.  Maybe even new take on art!  I'm going through a (so far amicable) divorce and can't wait to rearrange my finances/house/outlook on life.

A friend at work is also wiping my computer clean and upgrading me from my dreaded, horrible Microsoft Vista to Microsoft 7 (we are all using Microsoft 8 at work, but 7 is a big improvement from Vista).  I haven't been on the computer much lately, but having a "new" computer in about a week will surely make me feel more like blogging.

Come by Ms. Jenny's website and see what other words are students have for the Letter N.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Almost Wordless Wednesday - Imagination Playground

I'm going through a rough time in my life right now.  So bear with me, I'll be returning to the web soon enough.  Maybe even with a sewing machine!  In the meantime, here's a Monday morning view of what some kids (and adults?) put together on our mezzanine at the Museum of the Great Plains in Lawton.  This section of the Museum is called Imagination Playground, and I love what they did with the blue blocks.  If you're a Lawton resident, come by Sunday.  It's free to you!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

AlphabeThursday - L is for Luminescent

From Dion Dior's July 26th post called Herb Garden
There's one instructor from the 21 Secrets workshop series that I've been anxious to take a class with.  And that's Dion Dior.  Her workshop is called Sparkle-Arkle, and it's very well organized, with lots of videos.    

Here is some of her artwork, along with the products I'm planning to buy.    

From Dion Dior's July 22nd post, called Twinkling Color
Dion's workshop is all about luminescence.  She says, "Luminescence in art-journaling is a beautiful, twinkling process that can be subtle yet very powerful.  Everyone is attracted to the dance of light and color, light refraction and reflection draws the observer in and keeps them mesmerized."

I've never been captivated by sparkling materials, but I think Dion is a wonderful artist, who loves sparkle!  Once I get some new supplies, I'll start my projects.    

One of her favorite products is called Twinkling H2O.    I liked how these looked in her intro video, so I've ordered a set of 10 from Amazon.   Something else I want to buy from Luminarte is called Creative Imaginations Radiant Rain Dauber.  Looks like Jo-Ann fabric stores carry them (I'm hoping they're in stock), so I'll look locally, before ordering online.  Hopefully I won't need all the supplies Dion talks about.  I know I have some gold leaf sheets around the house somewhere - hopefully I can find them.  And I'd like to get the Clorox Bleach pen she talks about!  Stay tuned for some artwork!

This post is linked to Ms. Jenny's website on my tangent...
Come visit us on Round 7's link for the Letter L.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

AlphabeThursday - K is for Kellys Maids

The first thing I thought about, when faced with the Letter K, was Kellys Maids.
Ever heard of them?

Wish I had a maid.  Here's my (messy) art room, after I moved in.  It's a bit bright in the summertime, but I really love all the natural lighting.  The window that you see is facing south, and there are two other windows facing west.  

I guess what I really need is a painter.  The orange walls will have to go, along with the mud covering the repairs.  But for now, I think I can live with it!  Everything inside is mine, except for a large, rolling tool chest and some of the clothes in the closet, that you can't see.  

This post is linked to AlphabeThursday , for the Letter K. 
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