Monday, July 17, 2017

Celebrate Good Times

 How is everyone? I noticed a bit of a slowdown in blogland and I hope it's only because many are on holiday. I do notice your absence and think of you.

 There is a special anniversary celebration happening over at T Stands For Tuesday hosted by Bleubeard and Elizabeth! So I made a few things to help with the celebration:

A journal page to celebrate 4 years of T Stands For Tuesday. Thank you Elizabeth for hosting, and for sharing all your fun adventures in art and life! Won't you grab a cuppa and join us there? Elizabeth is also having an ATC swap for anyone that wants to participate (not mandatory) where you send out an ATC and receive one in return. The rules are on the blog. I brayered acrylics on my journal page then added the flowers with a stencil and titanium white. I guess most of you are familiar with these cups by now:) Yes, the stamp is from a Darkroom Door set I won- Coffeetime :) I stamped the cup 4 times on 4 different patterned papers, fussy cut each one then stacked them on the page. The checkerboard - like mesh stamp is from Magenta and the letters and number are a foam stamp set from Making Memories. The ink I used is Versafine Sepia.

 As I am participating in the ATC exchange I made two ATCs:

 Products: vintage book text; vintage images (Retro Café Art); teacup stamp (and OLD PSX stamp); German scrap ( ARTchix studio); inks- Staz On Azure, Distress Tea Dye; gesso; Stickles Diamond glitter glue.
 In addition to T Stands For Tuesday I am joining in at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge #28.

For the Simon Wednesday Challenge (theme is plaid) and the new Simon Monday Challenge (Get in Shape) I have this card which I  made the other day for a male friend:

 Products: white, black, brown card stock; patterned papers (DCWV); rubber stamp (Limited Edition); Spellbinders Wonky Rectangles dies; Simon Says Stamp Stitched Banners dies; Archival Jet Black ink; copper dragonfly brad.

 I have another journal page to share:

and again a close up:

This is the second page I've done after watching some You Tube videos using household things such as a toilet tissue roll and and this case q tips to make the lavender flowers. So much fun! And lavender reminds me so of summer and of France and so this is for Art Journal Journey for the theme of  "summertime love" hosted this month by Elizabeth, along with - as always - Paint Party Friday!

 Do you have any fun household items you use in your art? What are they? I use bottle caps and old credit/key cards quite often, along with corrugated cardboard. The tines of a fork make nice marks...

 The moving out for son and gf continues in between stays home yet as there was a glitch in that the elevator has not gotten the final inspection (the inspector never showed up for the appt. and until he signs off  legally no one can live in their apartments yet although they are able to move things in so long as the agent unlocks and locks the apartments. Many people are having to stay in a nearby hotel as they have no where else to go. At least the apartment owners are footing those bills. But geez...

 See you all in between the moving fun as it continues:)

                           " Life is a celebration. Enjoy it well."       Uruj Shahid

Monday, July 10, 2017

...And The Livin Is Easy

 Well, at least according to this fellow:

 This sweet very young catbird thinks my ground birdbath/drinking hole is his own private spa!

 At least a bird or two can sneak a drink albeit very quickly:) He or she has been coming and sitting for up to a half hour several times a day barely moving and I am sitting only about two feet away reading. Love these simple joys of summertime.

 For T Stands For Tuesday I have one last coffee related postcard to share:

  I have given them all away randomly to someone who mentioned how much they liked the postcards and this one went to Canada to Jenn of Just add Water, Silly. Jenn is an amazing watercolor artist who also blogs about book reads and food. Do have a look! Jenn kindly suggested it be a swap and look what she sent me:

 Lucky me!! Fun stickers and magnets, a sampling of QOR high chrome watercolors, two of her illustrated cards, a book mark, along with that gorgeous painted postcard!!!  The postcard is now framed and sitting on a little table by my phone in the sitting room so I can see it everyday. The details are absolutely amazing. Thank so much Jenn-you have spoiled me!

 I have become fond of cooking one meal pots on the grill in my cast iron pan and here is the second one I made:

 A dinner of scallops, baby corn, baby zucchini, hash browns and roasted garlic with some lemon and pesto. SOOOO good!!! This is another recipe from Wegmans, a wonderful large grocery store in our area.

 Of course I have some art to share too:

  The background was made using Distress inks smooshed on a kraft mat, spritzed with water then dipping the tag and moving it over the inks.  Linking with Try It On Tuesday (theme is tags),  the Simon Wednesday Challenge (theme is summer sunshine) and the new challenge at the Simon Monday challenge blog (Distress It)..

 I do love watching You Tube videos for more inspiration and I had come across a few where the artists used a toilet paper roll and q tips to paint and so I gave it a go on this journal page:

 I gessoed the page before painting a sky with acrylics. To make the "wildflowers" I used a toilet paper roll with one end thinly cut into strips to form a brush -like end,  a bundle of q tips, and a liner brush. Although you can't see it in this photo I mixed some pearl medium into the paints to give it a bit of shimmer. The sentiment is an old foam stamp inked with Archival black ink.

 Linking to Art Journal Journey for the theme of Summertime Love hosted this month by Elizabeth, Creative Artiste Mixed Media #28 with an Anything Goes theme all month, and to Paint Party Friday.

 Looks like a busy time ahead helping son and gf move into their new apt. and then reorganizing  for my art room's return. It's all good.  The Tour de France is in full force on TV too! And I'll try and keep up here in between it all:)

      " Let us dance in the sun, wearing wildflowers in our hair."     Susan Polis Schutz

Monday, July 3, 2017

Celebrating in July

 And the celebrating began on July 1st with Canada Day- so, belated happy Canada Day to you! And Tuesday July 4th- Independence Day in the USA along with an extra day (or two if you're really lucky) off. Happy 4th!

 Made these two cards for the red white and blue holiday:

 Products: white, kraft card stock; patterned card stock (DCWV); images (ARTchix Studio); washi tape (Recollections); patterned tags (K & Company); blue star gemstones (Michaels); assorted fibers and ribbon.

 Joining the Simon Wednesday Challenge (Anything Goes), and the Simon Monday Challenge (Red, White and/or Blue).

 For T Stands For Tuesday with Bleubeard and Elizabeth:

 A double size mug of green tea while avidly watching the Tour De France! They were through Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg and are now in France. What beautiful cities and countries. Dusseldorf really took my breath away. I wanna go!!

 Made my first dinner in a cast iron skillet on the grill:

 and it was delicious!! Chicken breasts with tomatoes, garlic, red peppers and pesto. Looking forward to trying another one skillet meal this week. Anyone have any good recipes to share??

 A tag for Tag Tuesday (beach theme), and Try It On Tuesday (tag theme):

And lastly I have a journal page:

  The bicycle image I found online royalty free. I used, paints, spray inks, stencils and washi tapes to coordinate with the photo. Joining Art Journal Journey hosted this month by Elizabeth (yes, the same Elizabeth that hosts T Stands for Tuesday each week) with the wonderful theme of Summertime Love!  Also joining Moo Mania and More (theme is "wheels") and Paint Party Friday later this week.

  And great news!!! Our son and girlfriend found another new apartment (the last one has not come thru although first promised in-get this- March!) , got the OK and are moving in this month. That means I get my art room back completely, and there won't be any challenges using the internet system with so much computer equipment (his) running. Doing the happy dance here-and because they are close by we'll still see them often:)

 What's new with you?  I'll catch up with you somewhere along the way this week and coming weekend. Be well.

    " Painting becomes interesting when it becomes timeless."  Peter Doig

Monday, June 26, 2017

Going Into July

 How is everyone? I just cannot believe June is about over already and that means new calendar spreads for July.

Here are the full spreads:

 July is typically a very hot month so I wanted to convey that with my choice of colors and theme. Here are the individual art pages:

 For this page I painted bright acrylic paints all over the page then brayered some white gesso over it to soften it . painted the sun and added white gesso and charcoal pencil to the rays for more depth. "Sun kissed" is a clear stamp from studio g. I used this page for my new banner by stretching and cropping it to fit. My son thinks it looks a bit odd but I don't care;)
 Joining Art Journal Journey one last time this month for the theme of "circles". Looking forward to the new theme in July.

 here I used a deli paper gel plate print for the background. The three stencils I used are from Hobby Lobby. I LOVE using stencils on the Gel Plate along with deli paper! The photo is one I took in Cape May. The image is from a collage sheet by ARTchix Studio. The sentiment was written with paint pens.This particular page is for the Simon Monday Challenge ( stencil it).

 The theme this past week for the Simon Wednesday Challenge is to "use patterned paper".  I could work with this theme indefinitely and still not go through my paper stash!

 This is the card, and envie:

 For the card I used this pretty patterned vellum (Hobby Lobby) over a white note card. The Love die set is from Simon Says Stamp. I tried to match the envie by stamping with the Floral Shadow stamp set by Altenew, three dots from Magenta and frame from Stampa Rosa along with these inks: Onyx Black Versafine; Archival- Buttercup, Pink Peony, Leaf Green and Sky Blue; and Clearsnap Fluid Chalk ink in Warm Red.

 I also have another coffee postcard:

  Products: heavy card stock; text page; Coffee time stamp set (Darkroom Door); numbers stamp (Dylusions); postage stamp; Distress ink in Vintage Photo; Versafine Onyx Black ink; Archival Leaf Green, Turquoise inks; white gesso. Linking to T  Stands For Tuesday and Try It On Tuesday (theme is numbers and/or letters).

 Of course I'll also be joining Paint Party Friday this week!

  Looking forward to watching the Tour De France cycling race which begins Saturday, July 1st and ends in Paris, France on July 21st. It's starting this year in Dusseldorf, Germany, going into Belgium, then Luxembourg before going into France. So excited to be watching the countrysides! What  are your plans for July?

 "The winds of grace are blowing all the time, but it is you that must raise your sails."  Tagore

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