I’m happy to share the news that my essay, The Yellow Bowl, appears in the summer 2016 issue of Bella Gracemagazine. My article pays tribute to early family memories and my mother.
In this issue, Christen Hammons, Editor-in-Chief, offers readers a treasure trove of stories, ideas, tips and worksheets to make this your best summer ever. Beautiful photographs and soft velvety pages enhance the reading experience.
Make sure you pick up your own copy. Then snuggle up in bed with a cup of tea, sweet treat and Bella Grace this summer.
As you can see, the vibrant illustrations, by Jane Dyer, drench the book pages in a dreamlike, color scheme.
This gentle tale tenderly guides readers along the wondrous path of nature. We hear how: A cloud knows how to rain. A kitten knows how to play. An oak tree knows when to sprout new leaves.
The cycles of the natural world know how to march along no matter what we do.
And best of all, a mother knows how to love her child. No one needed to teach her. She just knew.
This book is the perfect bedtime story to soften the time spent before children drift off to sleep. It is also a classic book that parents and grandparents will want to keep handy for a frequent re-read.
Note: Linda Ashman is the author of more than thirty picture books for which she has won many honors and awards. She also leads writing workshops and contributes to a group writing blog at Picture Book Builders. For more information about Linda, visit LindaAshman.
Lately, I'm really enjoying creating abstract art paintings. This 8" x 8" piece was done with acrylic paints, turquoise ink and a Donna Downey stencil.
Originally, when I worked with stencils, I would clean them after I was done making art. The latter practice made it difficult to remove the dried paint/ink. Now, I immediately wipe the paint off the stencil with a baby wipe. So much easier to do.
First, I covered two pages of my moleskine journal in black gesso. Then I used stencils to create black and white designs.
Last, I painted Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide over the white areas. The Yellow Iron Oxide is a new color in the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic line. I really like working with it. The color is rich yet its transparency enhances a painting.
I may make some copies of this painting and use pieces of it in my other mixed media art projects.
"Choose one theme or one kind of object, and only draw that thing during the course of a day. You can vary your approach to this by choosing an animate or inanimate object, a color, a size of something, things that are scary or make you laugh, or things that start with a specific letter."
"You can also use synonyms, such as things that move you emotionally versus things that literally move you, like modes of transportation. The more thoughtful you can be, the more you exercise your concept-building abilities as well as you hand skills."
Read the complete post for more ideas. Then take some time to check out the archived articles for more inspiration.
Using a small glue gun that I had on hand, I created two abstract stencils to use in painting. When I make more of these stencils, I'll purchase a more heavy-duty glue gun. The latter will be easier to work with.
If you plan to make stencils, work on a heat-resistant pad or parchment paper. The stencil easily lifted from the parchment paper that I used. I let the stencil cool first.
I recently purchased silicone caulk. I'm going to experiment and make some stencils with the caulk too.
I've been so busy that I haven't viewed any of the videos yet. However, yesterday I completed my art journal for the program.
I used cardstock for the interior pages (as suggested by Donna). To keep the project simple, I purchased 12" x 12" cardstock and folded the pages in half. I didn't want to do any cutting. I created a two-hole signature for the book.
Since I haven't done any bookbinding in a while, my signatures came out a bit loose. To remedy the situation, I added glue to the signature folds. I then covered them with wax paper and clamped the pages with small binder clips. I let the signatures dry overnight.
Next, I covered two boards with sheet music fabric. I added a button and fastener to the boards. I glued the end sheets to the boards and my art journal is done.
I love the brownstone houses in New York City. I used an image of these houses as a background for this art piece.
Next, I added scraps of Citra-Solv pages, text pages, decorative tissue papers and art stamps. This is still a work-in-progress. I plan to incorporate acrylic paint, more art stamps and maybe some ink.