I recently won two Oak Library File Drawers, with brass pulls, on eBay and I already received them. I have special feelings for the Buffalo (NY) library of my youth, where I spent many hours, so I was happy to acquire some vintage Library Drawers.
I plan on using one of them to hold my collaged and watercolor post cards. I'll use the other one to hold containers in the bathroom.
I think I may polish them to bring out the wood grain.
My inspiration for this chair came from a furniture catalog. I used graphite pencils, watercolor paints and watercolor crayons on 140# watercolor paper. This is the kind of chair to snuggle into, on a rainy day, with a good book - or Nook - or Kindle?
And instead of a cup of tea, you might be sipping a Cafe Mocha or a Frappuccino - with your cell phone nearby.
I received my Fabric Test Swatches from Spoonflower and I'm very satisfied. I like that the company offers the option of ordering test swatches. The swatches are about 8" x 8" and only cost $5.00 each.
The swatches gives customers the chance to tweak the colors, or other aspects of the design, and then revise it online. For example, I will probably increase the intensity of the colors in both my Painted Silk Flowers - and Miss Tia designs.
I am really impressed with Spoonflower. I plan to submit more designs as I create them. Check Spoonflower out and submit your designs.
I couldn't do a blog post yesterday because we had a series of thunder storms rolling through the Carolinas.
I finished one of the Art Journal Pages that I began a couple of weeks ago. You can see the beginnings of this Journal Page here (second one down) on my May 12 post. It's kind of interesting to me to see the final transformation of the page.
You might want to try taking photos of your Journal Pages at different stages of completion. It helped me see how I embellish a page - and how I work too.
I found the quote (above) a few weeks ago and it really spoke to me. What quotes do you use in your Art Journals?
"The Art Journaling Exposed eMag presents an interactive look at creating great pages and journals with color, lettering, and more. New and well-known artists bring their tips, tricks, and favorite techniques to you through slideshows, videos, and photographs that you can pan and zoom. The ability to enlarge a picture to exactly the size you want, to see the smallest of details, and the opportunity to play a tutorial again and again as you work along in your studio space, are just a few of the great benefits of Art Journaling Exposed."
Our Endless Summer Hydrangea are nearly in full bloom. Every year I am amazed at the beauty of the flowers.
Inspired by the book, The Creative Photographer, authored by Catherine Anderson. I decided to take some photos of the fresh blooms. I heard about this book from my TAG Art Group. Many of the members raved about the book. And I concur. It is an inspiring read with both instruction and hands-on exercises. Above all, Anderson encourages readers to experiment and play with their cameras.
One of her exercises tells readers to choose one thing, e.g., a flower, a bowl of eggs - and to take at least one hundred photographs of this one thing. She says to take the photographs at different times of day, in different lights, in different places and at different angles.
As you can see, I took a few photos of my hydrangea. The sun was quite bright and it was rather windy. So I think I'll take some more photos later in the day. I don't know if I'll make it to 100 photographs but I believe it's going to be a fun experiment.
Here is a new collage piece that I just finished. I created it using my small paper bits process. I love making collage art with small pieces of leftover decorative paper, fabric scraps, sheet music, vintage text, stampings and my own designed paper.
I really do not do it for green or frugal purposes. I just enjoy putting these paper snippings together to form a whole. The process is time-consuming but also very relaxing.
To finish it off, I think I may add some white highlights, using a marker, to the collage.
Wishing all the Moms out there a Happy Mother's Day. My wishes also extend to you Moms of Fur Babies. After all, they're part of your family too.
I didn't have time to create a special piece of art for Mother's Day. So I posted a mixed-media, art post card that I completed a while back. It's a reminder to take some special time for yourself, today, to follow your creative passion.
The post card is enclosed in vinyl - and stitched shut - so that the beads and sequins can be shaken for a fun effect.
Here are the background images for two Art Journal Pages that I'm currently working on.
I like to use bold images for the backgrounds in my Art Journals. On the first page, I love how the light is coming through the columns. It represents such power to me. Maybe the power of the Spirit?
On the second page, I feel as if I can walk into that room and sit down. This page actually combines two pictures of rooms.
I think I'll let these pages percolate a while until I decide on the next steps to take. By waiting - and mulling ideas over - I then usually come up with the theme of the page. Next, I may add more images, paint or some rubber stamps.
What steps do you take to create your Art Journal Pages?
I'm always entering blog giveaways but I usually never win. So I was very surprised when Amanda, host of Amanda's Beauty and Recipe Finds, contacted me last week to tell me that I won a MAC Giveaway. I love MAC products. Thank You So Much Amanda!
As you can see from the photo, I won two, beautiful MAC Powder Blushes and a lovely shade of MAC Lipstick. (The marks that you see on the Blushes are a reflection from my camera light. Sorry.)
Take a few minutes to check Amanda's blog. You'll find some great reviews on cosmetics - and some yummy recipes too. Check out her post on 12 Drool Worthy Cupcake Recipes.
Amanda is also editor of Small Business CEO. You might want to check this site out for some helpful articles on running your indie business.
Then go ahead and enter some blog giveaways - You may win too.
Johnnie's blog is new to me and it's one that you should check out, especially the Tutorials, Printables and Crafty Links categories. But be careful, you may be adding more art projects to your never-ending To Do List.
Here is the third in my series of Dress Collages. This piece was completed on a 5" x 7" canvas board. I've realized that more shades of blue are lately showing up in my art work.
As you may have noticed, much of my art work is done in various colors of pink. But lately, I'm finding blue to be a restful and calming color to use to create. I primarily used blue in my Inspiration Deck.
Yes, I know, I photographed the above collage on a pink background. I guess pink will always be with me.
I took my inspiration for this second Dress Collage from theIdea House Journal Page that I recently completed and posted on my blog.
I used mat board for my substrate this time instead of a canvas board. I rounded the edges of the mat board and covered it with vintage ledger paper. I like the look of the numbers typography shaped into a dress form. The letters of the alphabet would probably also work too.
In case you haven't heard, the Strathmore Free Online Workshops are continuing. Workshop Series 3 with Michael Mattesi is now open. The topic is FORCE Drawing Technique. Here's a brief introduction about his workshop:
"FORCE spans all forms of art, from animation to illustration, cartooning to fine art. Mike Mattesi, author of the popular and inspiring FORCE drawing books, demonstrates his drawing theory across four compelling videos. During the videos you will learn how to draw FORCE, form and shape. Through this knowledge you will add more life and drama to your work."
Workshop Series 2 offers Watercolor Sketching with Cathy Johnson. Workshop Series 1 features Traci Bautista and Doodles Unleashed Techniques.
You can join the Workshops at any time and complete them at your own pace. Once a workshop begins, it will stay active until August 1, 2012. Get more details here. And join up today.
Here is the first Dress Collage that I just completed. I think I may try experimenting with other color and design themes. I like working in this 5" x 7" canvas panel format.
You may have noticed that I use the SOAR stamp quite frequently in my art work. To me, the word SOAR is encouraging and positive. It reminds me to continually strive to become my best in my creative endeavors.