Monday, June 19, 2017

This Summer Breeze

 Summer Solstice is on Wednesday and I am celebrating it all week! Breakfast outdoors with the birds singing is just the best way to begin the days:

 This morning began with an egg sandwich... and coffee of course. Bring your own cuppa along and join in with me at Elizabeth's T Stands For Tuesday to see what everyone's been up to lately-always a treat!

 Before I go into my art projects I want to share this You Tube video of a song I recently found after hearing a snippet of of it in Kristin's video post. I am in LOVE with the song and lyrics to This Summer Breeze by Martin Carlberg featuring Michael Jaffe:


 I do hope this works and you'll give it a listen as you go thru the rest of my post:)

 For Moo Mania and More (theme is "under water" I made these two ATCS:

 Products: watercolor paper; Peerless watercolors; vintage collage sheet images (ARTchix Studio); Bubbles stamp(Magenta); Versafine Onyx Black ink; white, black gel pens.

 A tag:

 I started with a manila tag and applied coarse texture gel thru the Tim Holtz Woodgrain stencil (forgot to take a pic of that first step-very cool looking). Once dry, the tag was spritzed with Distress spray stains in Fossilized Amber and Twisted Citron. Other products to complete the tag:
embossed patterned paper scraps; dies- Spellbinders Foliage set, Sizzix Thinlits 660220;  bird punch -  Stampin Up; Versafine Onyx Black ink to edge the tag; Tim Holtz mini stapler; Tim Holtz Small Talk Occasions stickers; lg. black brad; black fiber.

 Playing along with Creative Artiste Mixed Media (anything goes); the Simon Wednesday Challenge (Emboss It); and Tag Tuesday (Texture).

 This card is for the Simon Monday Challenge     (theme is "Let's Take a Vacation" ) :

 Products: lg white notecard; white, lime green cardstock; Caran d'Ache watersoluble crayons; Staz-On inks-Jet Black, Mustard; patterned paper scraps; stamps- fountain pen (Limited Edition), postcard (Rubber Tree Stamps), ocean image (Acey Deucy)

 Lastly, an art journal page which began like this:

           a coat of gesso then some randomly placed reinforcement stickers.

 Then comes the color:

           Acrylic paints brayered and stencilled over the page.

 The completed page:

 In addition to acrylics I used a black Stabilo All pencil, and a sticker by Jane Davenport. Joining in at Art Journal Journey (theme is "circles"), and Paint Party Friday.

 Thanks to all the amazing blog/challenge hostesses-mwah!

 I'll be around to visit- in between my summer celebrations:)

" Fostering creativity within yourself and others revitalizes the ability to feel, express, and act constructively-crucial competencies for our world."    Natalie Rogers




Monday, June 12, 2017

We're Havin a Heat Wave...

 ...and no complaints here although I do have the luxury of getting respite indoors with AC when I need to. These temps do not factor in the humidity/heat levels of over 100 F. As you can see it will cool off a bit later in the week. Been spending time outdoors(not in the sun though) and reading:

 Got these from the library and yes I am reading all three at once:)
                                       What are you reading?
                   Do you like to read more than one book at a time? I imagine that if there's  a story line to follow it would be difficult to read more than one at a time.

 Oh my-looking at the titles it just dawned on me-together they are found poetry!:
                                         Designing your life
                                        One soufflé at a time.
                                             Divine dance.

 Still playing with my Coffeetime stamp set:


 Linking to T Stands For Tuesday and the Simon Wednesday Challenge (theme is "masculine").

Products: white, kraft cardstock; patterned cardstock-DCWV; Coffeetime Stamp set (Darkroom Door); inks- Sunflower, Jet Black (Archival), Tea Dye (Distress); heart shaped paper clip.

Mixed Media art journal page:

 This wasn't quite what I had in my mind but as I began working with and randomly pulling colors and just painting I started to see land, buildings, sea and sky-the world. There is some darkness, white for light, red for strength, blue for calm. I added a bit of gold rub on on one of the gears and a bit around the page.

 It began with a wash of white gesso. Made some marks with graphite then a coat of matte medium. The die cut gears and corrugated cardboard were lightly painted with gesso and glued to the page along with book text. I used acrylic paints, black gesso, watercolor crayons, stencil and gold rub-on to complete the page.

 A few detail pics:





  We CAN come out of the darkness cast upon our world today. "Hope for the world" is what was running through my mind as I completed this page.

 Linking to Art Journal Journey (theme is "circles"); Creative Artiste Mixed Media (anything goes); Paint Party Friday; the Simon Monday Challenge (theme is "touchy/feely") and Try It On Tuesday (theme is "steampunk/mechanical").

 Thanks so much for popping in, for leaving a comment and for sharing your thoughts. If you ever have any ? about a products or technique, etc. feel free to contact me. A bientôt!

"The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of  destination and the energy to get started."  Norman Cousins







Monday, June 5, 2017

Life's Ups and Downs

   Well, it's been a week of good and bad, happy and sad, and thus my pensive mood. Let's start on the good shall we?

             my next door neighbors first poppy has bloomed!!

 And speaking of blooming I made this card using a newer Altenew stamp and die set:

 I adore this camelia build a flower stamp and die set! Other products: white card stock; brick patterned paper (Recollections); inks- Versafine Onyx Black; Archival- pink peony, leaf green; Distress inks- worn lipstick, mowed lawn; Staz-On- St. Valentine; Simon Says Stamp-assorted Moonshine Sequins.  Sharing this with the Simon Wednesday Challenge (anything goes).

 On a few sad notes... first off my heart goes out to those in England-again-innocent victims of yet another terror attack. Love and prayers.  Recently our local small zoo acquired two giraffes- a father and son. They were transported here from the Kansas City zoo. Three days later and poor Ernie the son was found dead. Of course there is an investigation going on and people are heartbroken. Personally I feel a bit sick about it and just don't feel good about zoos...

 And just one day after I posted last week- I found this:

 An empty nest.There were 4 babies only a day or so old and the morning I went to check on them they were gone. I looked all over but found nothing. And there was not one sign of any disturbance to the flowers, foliage or dirt in the basket. I'm not ashamed to say I shed a few tears for these innocent ones who didn't have a chance. I really thought they were safe. We do have young blackbirds, a pair of blue jays, cow birds and cat birds which are all predatory and can be a bit aggressive and perhaps one of them took them. Does anyone know- should I leave the nest - I mean, would another bird lay eggs in it-or should I  take it out?

 On another good note LuAnn and I went to McCarthy's again - to have some of that fabulous Caramel tea we had the other week and it was just as good!

   Sharing our pot of tea with Elizabeth and friends at T Stands For Tuesday.

 At Tag Tuesday the theme is "animals" so I made this tag:

 The bunny and flowers is a napkin. I added a sentiment-an old Hero Arts stamp, a little bird die cut, and a few of those SSS Moonshine Sequins I so love!

 Lastly I have a journal page to share. I created it in my 5 1/2" x 8" watercolor journal. It began like this:

 a first layer using my Peerless watercolors. Then came some stamping:

 using black archival ink and the Bokeh stamp set from Ellen Hutson LLC. After that I sponged on some white gesso to tone it down and begin drawing my image:

 And this is my finished page:


 I kept it quite simple and painted her with acrylics, then loosely outlined with a fine black pen. The dress is a deli paper gelli print. Pensive. And the Eleanor Roosevelt quote is just how I was feeling at the time. It's from a collage sheet by ARTchix Studio. Linking to Art Journal Journey for the theme this month of "circles", Moo Mania and More for the theme of "hair", a new to me challenge- Creative Artiste Mixed Media (anything goes) thanks to Valerie's post, and of course to Paint Party Friday!

 Have a great week and be well my friends.

          " Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light."    Theodore Roethke







Monday, May 29, 2017

Going Into June

 June is upon us so I have my calendar pages ready to go:


 The first page is a deli paper gelli print background on which I glued images from a magazine and outlined them with charcoal. The numbered page on the left of it looks like the one in the second photo. For those pages each month I use Peerless watercolors. The second page is an acrylic painting. I'll share a bigger photo below.

 Breaking news from the nest!!!


In this photo there are 3 babies- and only hours old. I now know that the 4th egg has hatched but I held off disturbing the basket with my camera. I'll share a new pic next post. So exciting to see!

It was a quiet holiday weekend for us and the weather was very mixed so I got to play in my journal, make cards, and postcards. This time I worked on a desk in a bedroom:

 This is one of the completed postcards:

 Darkroom Door Coffee Time stamp set-coffee mug, beans, coffee stain;  sentiment was a freebie download which sadly I forget from where:(  Joining Elizabeth and friends for T Stands For Tuesday!

 I was also playing with my poppy stamp and made two cards:



 The first one is for the Simon Monday Challenge with the theme this week of "We're going around in circles". These were quick and easy to put together. The poppies were colored with alcohol markers and highlighted with a white gel pen. The top one was done on Neenah Classic Crest 110lb. paper, the second with 140 lb. watercolor paper. I much prefer the Neenah paper when using the alcohol markers!

Products: patterned note cards- DCWV La Creme; poppy stamp - Magenta; sentiment - Papertrey Ink; Spectrum Noir alcohol markers; white gel pen; black card stock; Neenah Classic Crest 110lb. paper; Archival Jet Black ink; stitched circles dies - Our Daily Bread Designs. 

 And here is the impressionist page I painted in my calendar journal for the second half of June:


 Todd saw it and said- "of course you had to have the ocean in it" ;). This is the first time I used a base coat of acrylic in a soft cream and yellow ochre before painting the scene and I like the subtle effect under the layers of added paint. It's also the first time I did something like this with only a few colors and lots of layering and mixing and was very pleased with the results so I'm aiming to do more! Great tips and inspiration from the book Bold Expressive Painting by Annie O'Brien Gonzales!

 Also joining in with Paint Party Friday this week. A bientôt!

          " Find a way to express what moves you."    Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi



Monday, May 22, 2017

Take Time

 Another week has flown by and look what happened since last week:

 To my delight and surprise the sparrow that made her nest in my flower basket produced two more eggs! I do hope I'll get to see them grow. We also have a catbird nest in our forsythia but unfortunately it is so tucked in and high that I'm not able to get close enough for a pic.

 Got a surprise packet in the mail last week too:)

 I won some "blog candy" from the Simon Says Stamp blog- a stamp, some white stickers, a pkg of 10 pretty shimmering note cards, and a hand made card which is delightful!

 Managed to get two journal pages completed too and this is how I managed to work now that my art room is a temporary office:


Back to the kitchen table! Let's say that I am getting lots of extra steps in by having to go up and down the stairs with everything. Of course I go to the room quietly for something only to come back downstairs without something else I needed- lol! The 9" x 12" page I was working on at the table became this:


 Too many supplies were used to list however I did use Dylusions stamps, Dina Wakley model stamp, Ellen Hutson stamps, stencils and a bunch of colors. If you have any ? about a specific stamp or color I'll try to answer. Joining in with Art Journal Journey (elegance and grunge); Paint Party Friday; and Tag Tuesday(anything goes).

 My next page:

 I finally got to use those awesome Darkroom Door stamps I won not too long ago! I'm currently working on some coffee themed postcards too:)

 Products: Darkroom Door Coffee Time stamp set; Neenah Classic Crest 110lb smooth Solar White card stock-LOVE this card stock!!; patterned card stock; corrugated cardboard scrap; crocheted lace; die cut flowers and leaves with sparkle ( I think these came from one of the TSFT gals but I can't remember); Stickles Diamond Glitter glue (on the lace); foam adhesive; Distress inks- Tea Dye, Vintage Photo; Versafine ink-Vintage Sepia; Spellbinders Wonky Rectangles dies; Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits 660220 (used on the patterned paper).

 This is also for Art Journal Journey and Paint Party Friday, along with the Simon Wednesday Challenge (A Bit of Sparkle), and T Stands for Tuesday.

 For the new theme of "Little Critters" at the Simon Monday Challenge Blog and for Try It On Tuesday "Feathered Friends" I made this postcard:

 Products: 140 lb. watercolor paper; white card stock; Scribbly bird and sentiment stamps-Dina Wakley; Inks: Jet Black, Pink Peony, Turquoise, Buttercup, Magenta-Archival; Distress Vintage Photo ink; washi tape; Tim Holtz stencil. The background is hand made tissue tape and in case you missed it you can find my tutorial in this post.

 See you during the week ahead. Hope you all get to enjoy some creative time!


" Enlightenment is not a mountaintop you claw your way to. It is a reality you recognize."
                                                                         Alan Cohen