Thursday, May 29, 2014

AlphabeThursday - B is for Butterflies

I haven’t seen many butterflies this Spring.  
So I thought I’d take out my butterfly stamp and stencil, and add some into my art journal.   

I bought this small butterfly stamp on sale a few years ago and got an idea of how to use it from one of my favorite artists (who I subscribed to), Vicky Papaioannou.  Recently in a video she made, she showed a trick I’ve never seen: stamping once in her journal and a second time on a piece of paper.  Then she cut out the paper and placed it on top of the stamped image.  This technique is really helpful to get details on the page.  Check it out in her video, called “Just go”

Two of my favorite supplies I use all the time are micron pens and watercolor paint.  Waterproof pens are great to use when collaging, since you don’t have to worry about the ink running.  And micron pens can have very small (.005) or large (.08) tips.   

I’ve always been a writer, starting when I was young.  Used to use diaries; now I have my art journals.  I usually make some kind of background and then write about what’s happening in my life.  It’s neat to look back and see how your artwork changes over the years.    This is a very simple spread, where I’ve tried different techniques while adding butterflies into my life.

Come by Ms. Jenny’s site …off on my tangent… 
and see what words were chosen by the AlphabeThursday gang.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

AlphabeThursday - A is for Antenna

Beginning Round Nine of AlphabeThursday!  And I have a perfect word for our Letter A:   Antenna. 

Love this new poetry format: Piku
For the past few weeks, I’ve had the hardest time watching television.  You see, I only watch one channel:  OETA – the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority, which transmits from Oklahoma City.  I decided all I needed was my rooftop antenna.  I was set!  But I believe the last big wind storm blew my antenna “off course” and I’ve been getting horrible reception.   

So I went out and bought an indoor antenna.  
Which I couldn’t get to work properly… 

Luckily, Danny came over and redirected my antenna when he was cutting back the branches that were scraping my roof.  You know that sound, right?  (it’s very windy in Oklahoma and I didn’t need to damage the roof any more than need be!)   

This past weekend I watched The Train (1964), with Burt Lancaster on Saturday’s OETA Movie Club.   I’ve never seen it before.  The movie is based on a book called Le front de l’art by Rose Valland, who documented works of art that the Germans were trying to steal from France in World War II.  Kinda reminds me of a movie I’ve been wanting to see:  The Monuments Men,  just released on DVD.

Come by Ms. Jenny’s site … off on my tangent… 
and see what words were chosen by the AlphabeThursday gang for the Letter A.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

AlphabeThursday - Z is for Zipper

Why is it at the end of the alphabet, there seems 
to be less words in the English language?  Did they run out?

A couple of years ago, while “attending” an AlphabeThursday class, 
I had a hard time thinking up a word to use.  So I decided to buy some Flash Cards to help me out.  They were the sort that teachers in grade school used, as I remember.  
And here I am again, with a difficult letter: Z.

Instead of just using the flashcard word for the Letter Z this Round, I glued the whole card in my art journal.  A picture is worth a thousand words.  And you really don’t want to hear a thousand words about zippers from me!

Are you wondering what other words AlphabeThursday bloggers chose for the Letter Z?  Come find out at Ms. Jenny’s site, …off on my tangent…

Thursday, May 8, 2014

AlphabeThursday - Y is for Yoga

I decided for May to get out my exercise mat and try some yoga and meditation.  That would be good for my mind and body.  But I couldn’t find my mat!  So last weekend, I bought another one while out shopping.  

I have a yoga book from a (very) long time ago.  It was written by a woman I knew from  college; I needed some guidance and calming at the time.  And feel that same calming and fitness would be good in my life right now.  So hopefully, I can continue to wake up early enough and practice yoga.   In my book are exercises, philosophy, dietary guidelines and even recipes.

This month I’ve also changed the layout of my daily calendar.  Instead of having a two page spread for the whole month, my days are recorded randomly.  Here’s my May 4th entry, a poem called “To the flock of birds” that my yoga teacher, Indiradevi, wrote.  I made a bird stamp, since I didn’t have one, and placed all the papers I found in my book in (and on) an envelope.  Then glued the envelope onto my spread.  I love verse two of her poem:

“… Take me to swim with you
In the golden rays of the dreams beyond
Above the clouds of misery
Into ever bright dawn!  …”

Come visit Ms. Jenny and the AlphabeThursday gang, 
and see what words were chosen for the Letter Y.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

AlphabeThursday - dream letter X

A mini art journal from mom, that I brought to Italy.
I remember when my family used to play scrabble on the weekend or during the summer, the Letter X was every player’s wish.  Being the youngest… always… I could never understand why a letter that I thought was so hard to use (though worth 8 points) was always so desirable.  Until I got the hang of the game.

POSH 365 on Etsy, decorative throw pillow
The Letter X is really not difficult to use, unless you need to start out with it.  Like here!

If you have a vowel, you can sneak the letter X in anywhere.  Got an A, you have ax, tax, wax or axe (don’t think fax was a word yet!)  An I: fix, mix, six.  An O: box, fox, lox.  See what I mean?   And if you include slang (we didn’t), you have more great words, like nix or pix.  

Green Valley Studio on Etsy, romantic alphabet
So if you get the Letter X the next time while playing scrabble, 
remember to wait for a vowel, and place your word at the extreme top &/or left.     

What crazy word do you think of, that’s starts with an X?  
Come by Ms. Jenny’s site and see what the AlphabeThursday Gang picked.
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