Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sketchbook Challenge

The Sketchbook Challenge has been distant in my focus this month.  But as I found time to create a page or two to contribute or 'meet the challenge' I started this page and had an instinct to draw a tree.  Now please believe me when I say I did not check on the Sketchbook Challenge site this month yet to see what the theme was, I was just too busy.
Above is my initial sketch in my moleskine journal. You can see the tree on the right. I wanted to paint the tree and the stenciled numbers in acrylic to make sure when I added a wash of watercolor all over the page, (which I regularly do on my pages) that the tree and numbers would stay put. 
By the time I added stamps and a quote which is personal to me, I had checked on the SBC site to see what the theme was well, obviously I was happy with my inutition. Now, I just have to add my own personal thoughts and my page will be finished. But undoubtedly I will be adding more small images, doodles, stamps or collage.  Ahh.... a  journaler's page is always long in the finishing. Which I guess you could translate into more branching out? hmmm.  
Thanks so much for stopping by.  

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

"Adventures in Mixed Media"... I'm in this book!!

Well I am happy to announce that my work is featured in Jane Davies' newest book titled "Adventures in Mixed Media".  She presents another playful and  inspiring book that will invite crafters to delve into their creative spirit. With many ideas starting with making collaged papers and even making fabrics from these papers, Jane gives several ideas for making fun items from these colorful papers and fabrics.  
Such as boxes, shrines, paper dolls and of course books and journals and speaking of journals, that is exactly what I contributed to this volume. 
Similar to the Quilted Collage Journal above aka The Summer Journal.  Check back later for big news regarding this particular project I have in the works.  But for the time being go buy Jane's book here
Thanks for stopping by and for sharing with your friends.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Art Journaling from the Past and Video Gaming Gibberish

I am not sure how it has already been two weeks since my last post. What makes me feel better is that I'm one of tens of thousands of bloggers who bemoan overdue blog posts. So let's move forward.  When I had my girlfriends over last week to work on our collage on canvas project,  I was showing them some of my many art journals and came across some older entries. 
What I like is that they are all positive and inspired entries. Times when I lift myself up with affirmations or applaud myself for being in a really good place. Either way, I like the feeling I get when I read these and remind myself of the power of my positive attitude. Helps me maintain more of the same.  


Whatever the excuse I use to feel good it works and I think these pages are a nice representation of those good feelings and the dreams I am inspired by. Let me know what you think.  

And now, because I absolutely know
  I'm not the only mother who is totally confused by her teenage son's video gaming vernacular 
I wanted to share this quick story.  The other night while cooking dinner my son Abraham was nattering on and on (and on and on....) enthusiastically about a new PS3 game. I only heard blurred doublespeak and became even more confused as he tried to sincerely explain more details of  Black Ops, Modern Warfare, Zombies, Map Packs, World at War, Call of Duty, MMO and I'm not really sure what else. I told him if he wanted me to understand what in the gaming hell he was talking about he had to draw me a picture. So we did just that on the kitchen chalkboard. Sorry it is fuzzy but you might get the idea. I think I did....umm, a little bit. 
There is so much to know and what game is related to the others, which ones they play online with their buddies using their bluetooth, which ones have volumes I, II and III and on and on. And he doesn't play during the week, how do they learn all this stuff? Whew, well at least I got a little bit of an idea and as my girlfriend says, "When the Zombies come and invade the Earth we know our teenage sons can protect us and our lives will be spared!" 
No doubt I'm safe and so are all you other patient mothers (and grandmothers) of teenage gaming sons. 

And if you want the recipe for making your own chalkboard, here it is from Martha Stewart.
Have a great day....and BTW, I love followers.  

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