Wednesday, January 30, 2008
I worked on these Valentines today, and I just thought I would keep them simple! I know, this may not be what you would call simple but for me it is! Not too frilly, but I still like them. As a mater of fact, the pink one is my favorite! Big surprise, right! I love pink! Well, I have started on a new header for my blog, so I am going to work on it now. I just can't stand another day of that plain burgandy header!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Yea! It's M day, and my banner is complete. Here is a photo of the whole thing, but it isn't the best photo so I may redo it tomorrow. I love the way the whole thing looks, sort of girly, well really girly, and I love the colors and the glitter! I really want to thank Lisa at Simple Journeys for coming up with this really fun challenge. I enjoyed working on each letter and trying new ideas. I was just at Lisa's blog, and I read that she has agreed to do another one later in February. The next banner will spell out SPRING, and we will finish it up just before it really is! You don't have to do anything special to join in this challenge. Just leave a comment at Lisa's blog when you have your letter finished, and post a scan or photo on your own blog or on Flickr, or where ever you store your photos online. Well, I am still in Valentine mode, so I am going to try to finish a couple more, and then off to bed. I can't wait to see every one's letters tomorrow!
Monday, January 28, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
What a fun challenge this is! It is so funny that the theme today was Inchies at Created by Hand because I was just getting ready to make some new ones after adding one to my Childhood piece. I decided to make the Serendipity 1" squares, and this is how I made them. I took a piece of white card stock and using acrylic medium as glue, I randomly added various papers, a few stickers, and some small images to the card stock until it was completely covered. I used my heat gun to dry, and then I added some glitter glues to some areas. At this point you could also add some stamping over the background. Next, I measured and started making one inch wide strips, and then cut the strips into one inch squares. This made way over 100 squares, and I have some of them in the photos. I could come back now and even further embellish individual ones that I like. The squares can be added to a collage whenever you are needing to add a little something extra, or you could even use a strip as a border. Hope you like these!
Hello all. Hope you are having a good day whereever you live. It is cold here in the Ft. Worth area, and has been for a few days. Maybe that will get some of those darn bugs we are plagued with! I was going to whip something out for the Mixed Media Monday challenge yesterday, and Idecided to do a transfer (the bottom photo). WOW, did that go badly! I love the image I chose and I love the green background too, but a couple of things didn't work out with this piece. I was going to add some more ephemera after I did the transfer, but maybe I should have done that first to lighten the area where the image would be. Then,the image and the background were both pretty dark. The second thing that went wrong was I lost a big piece of the girls face while cleaning up the image after the transfer. I did not let it get dry enough before I started removing the paper that was left over the image. This was an image printed on matt photo paper, and transferred using gel medium. I may try something else with this piece, or I may just chunk it and learn my lesson! The first photo is my entry for the challenge. I found the 5 in my bag of inchies and decided to use it with this charming little girl's face. I have really been into the bright colors lately, and I'm not sure what that is about! Maybe, just wanting some brightness in these gray days we have been having. Anyway, I like this piece okey. I am trying some new compositions out too, and I can really see their strengths and weaknesses so much more clearly when they are on the computer monitor. Isn't that a strange phenonomon? Well, anyway I hope you enjoy my entry and learn from my mistakes!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Today is a beautiful day where I live. It is cool, but the sun is shining, and it is so clear outside and everything still looks so inspiring of the spring that will be here before we know it! Just wish I could get warm inside! I am just cleaning up in my workroom, and catching up on my emails. I love to have the time to do this....well, basically just doing nothing! I had to get a book ready for a new round robin that we started yesterday with my local art group: North Texas Mixed Media. Here is a photo of my book which is about vintage Paris. I have added more photos of my new book to my slide show so please take a look and let me know what you think. Also, if you are reading this and you can't wait to see the next letter in my "Dream" banner, there are more photos of that in my slide show, including a couple of "how to" photos.
I am going to be adding some new images of some Valentine art to my blog soon. I admit I am a hopeless romantic and I know that my artwork reflects that, but making Valentine art is one of my favorite things to do. I was discussing my new RR AB (round robin altered book) with Lisa Vollrath and Livia Hajovsky yesterday, and how happy I was with it that it because 1) it isn't pink and 2) it isn't covered in flowers! I am just stretching my wings a little, and you can too. You don't have to make a major change to what you do, just little changes can make a big difference. Maybe it is that favorite color that you always reach for, or a layout that you overuse. Just let yourself go....ha ha! That is so funny, because I so can not do that, but I will tell you that it really helps me to loosen up the more art I make. I can see a difference in my art since I have been doing more of the challenges. So maybe that would work for you too.
I wanted to send a big ol' Texas thank you to Jeri from The Artful Gathering, and to Linda at The Art Sook, for meeting up with my friend Livia and I on Friday. We met at the Macaroni Grill in Grapevine, and I can tell you I cleaned my plate! WOW that chicken fetachinni was so good. Jeri and Linda were in town for the Rubber Stamp Convention in Grapevine, and Jeri is putting the finishing touches on her Artful Gathering meet up that is planned for July in Grapevine. There will be members from Jeri's group flying in from all over for 3 and a half days of fun, fun, fun with a western theme! I know those girls are going to have a ball!