Monday, October 6, 2014

Visual Diaries Sustain My Creativity

Summer has gone and as I reflect on my creative accomplishments in past season I reluctantly admit I didn't complete what I had hoped. But I did indeed keep moving and had many entries in my art journals. I believe that is the most important thing is to keep going, keep making art.
It doesn't matter how profound or inconsequential your artistic
effort is....because it all contributes to your creative growth.
Sometimes I have a specific expression I set out with when I open to a blank page. Other times I just want to connect with my creative self. Yes, there are times too when I am simply bored and entice myself with a new pen, paint color or newly carved stamp. Here is a collection of varied pages in a few different journals.
I almost exclusively use gouache for my paint of choice.
I don't see many mixed media artist using it but I have fallen in love 
with it. I anticipate to share more about the various and wonderful 
uses of gouache here in the future.

The page below was created because I had some left over 
acrylic paint from a project I did for my home.  I had an old faded door
mat that I brought back to life with paint. Of course instead of throwing
out the left over paint on the went right onto some pages.

Here I blurred out my words in Photoshop, (for privacy) and then this page
had some paint bleed through from another page...but I don't care.
As much as I adore using my own hand carved stamps I have been trying to do more doodle and illustration work. Recently I purchased Jenny Doh's book
Craft-a-Doodle and was inspired to try several of the doodle exercises from contributing artists
like Cori Dantini, Dawn Sokol, Carla Sonheim and 15 talented others.

I think I tried to copy too much without finding my own voice in the illustrations. 
Unquestionably, the doodling skill takes practice, as with everything we attempt in
the process of making art. I will continue to play the techniques in the this book and would 
certainly recommend it if you are interested in learning some fun and basic 
doodle illustration methods.
It is so much more rewarding to explore and develop your own artistic voice. Take what other talented and respected artists offer and make it your own.
As Jenny states in the book these "exercises are designed to infuse your creativity with
playfulness and exploration".
So I reverted back to my own expression and of course my stamps make their appearance on
the page, as they always do.
Here I explored the mixed media style of Flora Bowley, but unlike her 
I used gouache instead of acrylic which creates a different 
result throughout the process. This will take some more experimenting.
As I do that in the future I will share with you my efforts.

So, there you have a glimpse into my creative explorations lately. 
Thanks so much for stopping by I hope you too are inspired to keep the flow
of your creativity going. 

By the way, I hate to admit moments of boredom because as I tell my children "intelligent people are never bored". They won't read this so it doesn't matter. After all, I did use my 'intelligence' to cure my 'boredom' with art. ;) 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Art Journal Page With My Stamps

Well, I actually filmed this with dialogue but that turned into 
some rambling that I decided to spare you from.
You can check out my stamps available here.
Thanks for watching.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Newly Carved Stamp

I just finished an impromptu random stamp carving of a primitive flower.

#stamping on #gouache in my Moleskine. 

Instant satisfaction. I hope you are all having a great day. I certainly am...#LoveStamping

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Robins Egg Blue and Peony Wedding Notes

 It seems like all year long is Bridal season. If you are a Bride to be than I am positive you are in the planning stages all year long, or if you are getting married in a few months then you are in super planning mode. Here I show two stylishly simple card sets that you could make to add to your suite of paper needs. 
These could be used by the bride for Thank you notes, special messages or gift enclosures.
Or you could stamp out a set of these A2 size with stamped envelopes (of course... I always stamp envelopes), tie them up with pretty ribbon and give as a handmade gift to your Bridal party.
Above, I used VersaMagic Spring Peony chalk ink and below I used Colorbox Robins Egg pigment ink. 
But in order to create your own set of these sweet card designs, you will definitely need my sheet of rubber stamps. Available in my Etsy shop.
See it here.
Okay, so your not a future Bride, well than please feel free to share (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest) with anyone you know who is. Or you could make my day by just clicking the  Favorite heart in my shop. 
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Summer's End

Here we are at the end of summer. Yes, rhymes with bummer, however there is still much left to enjoy. Like sunshine, creative time, real flowers and stamping flowers.
My hand carved posey stamp here is stamped on watercolor paper using markers.
 I can't even bare to waste a partially inked stamp so I make another impression. After the first impression I stamped a second one in my sketchbook. I do enjoy the feel of this faded or muted look. 

Grab some extra time for yourself these last days of Summer and create something that makes you happy.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Published - Online and in Print

Happy Summer !!!!
Well it's here and no one better be complaining about the heat, especially after that brutal winter we endured here in New England. With this warm weather I have been eating a lot of Gazpacho. It is so refreshing, satisfying and yes, healthy. This inspired me to create my first illustrated recipe and submit it to the They Draw and Cook. Guess what? They published it! 
This very cool site shares artist's and illustrator's artwork of their favorite recipes. If you love to cook or simply enjoy looking through cookbooks for ideas this site is for you. Don't forget to check out their sister site They Draw and Travel 
With my new carved pepper, tomato, garlic, citrus, bottle and onion stamps, no doubt I will be starting some more recipes, which will require more stamps to carve. That's fine by me.

Also I wanted to share some more of my pieces recently published by Stampington & Co. 
My first appearance in Art Quilting Studio, Summer 2014 where they featured my art quilt with a hooked wool design in the center. Home Sweet Home, yeah I know not a very original name but it certainly goes with this charming piece.

Next, I have a feature about stamping on gouache in 
The Stampers' Sampler
If you have been a regular visitor here you know gouache is my favorite paint in my journals and other projects. 
Stampers' even gave it a heading on the cover. I like this cover the colors are great. 

If you are looking for some true inspiration for your summertime art making, go pick up your own copies of Stampers' Sampler and Art Quilting Studio on the newsstands today.
Stamping, illustration, quilting, rug hooking and painting...just covering all the bases for my love of creating with different mediums.
Thanks for stopping by and thank you Stampington. 
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Monday, June 30, 2014

Happy Anniversary Stampers' Sampler

Well, it has been on the newsstands for a few months now. But, with the beginning of July I wanted to take this last opportunity to wish a Happy Anniversary to The Stampers' Sampler magazine, a true inspiration to all of us stampers for the last twenty years. 
If you happened to miss it....The Stampers' Sampler celebrated their 20th anniversary of delivering inspired and creatively rich volumes for two decades. All of us stampers, beginners or experienced impression makers have enjoyed seeing what Stampers' Sampler has brought to our awareness for so many years. With this issue I am beyond delighted to have my anniversary card published in this milestone issue.  
Not only am I so very thrilled to be on the same page as Lynne Perrella, (yes, you need to go see her work) I was placed on the spread with the letter from the innovative Kellene Giloff, Stampington and Company Founder and President. I hope you know what masterpiece publications she has produced. If not...please go here.

Now this was a collage card I created and the background I used my own hand carved stamps but that classic bird image stamped in black on the front left was from a set of stamps we all recognize by Cavallini, the Bird and Nest set of rubber stamps.......*sigh, yes they are lovely.
Does this look familiar to you stampers???  I thought so. This great set of stamps ( btw, Cavallini has many) are wood mounted and have a vintage feel, yet they are modern classics.
Modern classic is exactly what Stampington & Company has created with their creative leading edge publications. So Happy Anniversary Stampers' Sampler you have blazed quite the remarkable paper arts trail. So many of us crafters and creators have immense gratitude for what you have supremely delivered to us for the last two decades.  Well done, I look forward to many years of your inspired publications to come.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

#ArtJournalPages from the Past

Alright, so I probably don't  exercise tremendous grammatical skill when I title a post beginning with a hashtag. So consider this a drive-by post if you will. You know? Very carefree and casual. This morning in my studio working on a product idea I passed these pages in one of my art journals and they caught my eye.

Thought I'd share. A glance at a colorful page that made me smile.

The next pages Are in a finished journal and although they aren't filled with the words I had anticipated I consider then complete. 

This one may get some words some day....I am tempted by the little blackboard spot on the bottom and the circles...okay never mind. Back to work. 
Have a great day.

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