week 16 for 365-2 (part 1)

April 14-20 - this is week 16 of my second year of 365 projects.....I'm feeling the need to get back to collages and have some ideas knocking around in my head....let's see if I can make time to do that -

#104 - made a birthday card for a friend - used gelli prints and my new envelope maker to customize her envelope too.

#105  - winner!  that's me......I am a lucky winner of some Stencil Girl stencils - I got 6 6-inch stencils.  With my "out" back (aching, aching), I didn't take time to be creative, just to try them out and document them. You'll be seeing much more of these!

I just inked these with a make up sponge dabbed in various stamp pads.  It actually worked pretty well - added a little micron pen enhancement.

#106 - playing in my journal.....the background is a smeary, streaky mess created with palette brush clean-off, covered in white acrylic around my sketchy drawing.

Hope you're having a fabulous week......thanks for stopping by.

week 15 for 365-2

April 7-13  - here we are at week 15 and I'm running a bit behind because we have house I didn't do a mid-week post since there wasn't much done - also felt the originality suffered a bit as I hurried to finish things.  I'll try to take more time next week......

#97 - this week's Documented Life theme is to create something monochromatic - since I just made my bird stamp, thought I'd use it.  The tree is drawn with several shades of blue in oil pastels; stenciled and acrylic background.....

Last week (14) was to embellish our own names and I showed you just the name page, but here's the completed layout with my "planner" side done too...

#98 - I spent a couple evenings getting mail art ready to go out.....I had a bunch of responses to make so the note, addressing, etc takes a while.  The one in the middle is covered with the netting from a bag of oranges!  Here are a few outgoing:

#99 - making marks on deli paper for transparent layers in collage and mail art

#100 - working in my journal......something to refer back to when I feel the need to practice my drawing skills..... I saw something similar on Pinterest but it was full of things I wasn't interest in drawing....lots of animals, bugs, etc. so I made it fit me....  the best kind of inspiration, right?

#101 - I worked this week on my journal page in a round robin swap - Carroll's theme is just color....and lots of it.  If you know her work, you know she just loves her some color!  Each of us in the round robin is contributing one 'folio' to be bound by the owner -
Carroll loves bright, vibrant colors so I made this collage using some of my painted papers, gelli prints, and a gifted paper or two in the center pages - the saying?  Happiness can be painted in any color.  Below is the front page.....inktense pencils on watercolor paper

#102 - MMSA theme for this time is "scavenger hunt for the letter S".  this one is totally challenging - Karen wanted us to find 10 things starting with the letter S, 10 ways to represent "S".....  The next challenge is due April  21st and we want to see what you can do using blue and brown (a much easier challenge!) (OOOPPS, I forgot to take a pic of these and it was a hard theme so I wanted you to see it.....ah well.)
Instead, here's some other random p/c I made while in production mode.
Above - gelli prints with snippets from my leaf photo, below gelli with photo and my recently carved stamp with flower from book.....

#103 -  Winkflash had a book sale (I've had many photo books published by them using this sale and love it - it's a free pages sale so you get up to 100 pages for the cost of a standard 20 page book - this photo book ended up being 94 pages and would have cost over $100 but I got it for $25 (incl ship) which is a bargain!)  I finished up a couple last pages using my digital scrapbooking stash (which is extensive).  Of course they have templates galore if you want a quick and easy layout..... It commemorates our trip to China a few years ago.

I just got notice that they shipped my book - I'm excited to see it all put together!  It's such a great way to remember a trip - serves as a journal of what we did and what we learned as well as an easy way to share some of our favorite photos.....

Hope you have a most excellent new week - full of whatever you need......relaxation or excitement, quiet or busy noise, creativity or restful down time......

week 14 for 365-2 (part 2)

Mar 31 - Apr 6 - the wrap up for another week..................

#93 - For weeks and months I've been wanting to make some more stamps.  Today I finally made the time to do it.....the base is just some sturdy cardboard and the design is cut from thin craft foam and glued on with a glue stick.  Easy and rewarding.

black gesso background, stamped in white......

#94 - starting to build a couple of journal pages....on the right is my results from using a newly made glue know "scribbling" with hot glue on wax paper and using it as a stencil.

#95 - Earlier I mentioned getting a set of Liquitex paints so I made a color chart......the color on paper is SO different than the tube color.

#96 a little work in my art journal - a list of things I'm thankful for today......

Have a fabulous, creative, inspirational week!

week 14 for 365-2 (part 1)

March 31 - April 6 - Week Fourteen and still moving forward..... woohoo!

#90 - week 14 of Documented Life: theme this week is to write and embellish your name - oh boy, right up my alley! :)

I've seen versions of this style around pinterest so wanted to give it a try for a while.  I discovered that it's most effective when all the letters connect or overlap in some way - that was kinda challenging and took quite a few practice stackings to get it right......  filled in with watercolor pencils ......

#91 - the current MMSA theme is to make cards using transparent elements.  Another easy one for me (and for most of us I'm sure) to use stuff from my wealth of translucent materials...... the first card, tissues paper, painted pattern paper and the red splotches are on deli paper and the bug is stamped on tissue.
This second card started with a the polka dot and word tissue paper.  Layer some napkin cutouts on top of that and black dots on deli can see through all the layers to the blue dots on the very bottom!

#92 - more transparent postcards:  - This card started as a veggie print - you know, stamping with the end of a celery stalk - then added a few tissue bits and topped it all with ribbony tracing paper and washi edges.

The above p/c started with one of my flower photos and is topped with a drawn floral design on tracing paper and edged with washi.

I had lots of fun with the transparent theme and made lots more so watch your mailboxes! :)


The International Collage Exhibit (ICE) is up and live.....  I submitted 13 collages for the first time this year at the urging of Jo Murray (collager and artist extraordinaire).  78 artists are participating and there are collages of every shape, style, and description.  Each artist has one collage available for purchase and one will be on permanent display (I don't remember where).  The others become part of a swap - so I'll get 11 (or 12 if mine doesn't sell) collages in return.

This is the collage I'm offering for sale - gelli print w/ a found copper piece and a feather.  It's mounted on an 8x10 white watercolor backing.

The one below is the one that will be on permanent display

Click on over and visit the site and definitely consider joining the exhibition/exchange next year.  I'm so glad Jo encouraged me to participate.

week 13 for 365-2 (part 2)

March 24-30 - Here's the wrap up for week 13.

#87 - documented life theme for this week is to have someone else draw on your page - hmmm guess I'll ask Dan...wonder if I can get him to scribble, draw or glue something down.......
So, look at this adorable bird Dan drew!  Who knew?  He has real skills! :)  You can see from the journal side of the layout that we had one nice sunny day and RAIN the rest of the week.  Sigh.  Spring in Seattle.... better than the snow some of you are still getting!

#88 - I did about 20+ pages in my restraint journal. This is a simple journal to keep inspirational pics enhanced with a few scraps from my table....quick and no-thought and a great place to turn when I'm searching for a kick start.  These particular pieces are using gelli prints and I'm always looking for ways to use what I make with gelli......

#89 - a couple more 'map' theme cards for MMSA.  I wanted to make more and more but Karen wisely set a limit of 4 per theme so the rest of my map cards will be just hitting other mailboxes because I think they're fun to make!
Hope you're finding time to stay creative - Actually I know many of you are because I read your blogs and find inspiration and motivation and reasons to keep moving forward each time I read them.  What a great community!

clean up

On one of the blogs I follow I saw that she had cleaned up and redone her inspiration bulletin board.  I intended to remember which blogger it was but here, several days later and many blog posts read, I have no idea.  Whoever it was, thank you.  You inspired me to do the same......

Bulletin Board Before
My bulletin board had become so cluttered, it wasn't much of an inspiration any longer.  And some of the pieces had been there for a year!  So, I took everything off and added only postcards or cards that currently inspire me.

Restored Bulletin Board Inspiration
You'll see my continuing fascination with birds and some of the many bird p/c I received.  Color and composition faves are here too.....  

Look at my new playthings!  I ordered the envelope board for a friend for her birthday, so got one for me as well.  It helps making a professional, slick looking envelope super easy so no more white envelopes for me - this will be a great way to use up my huge stash of scrapbook paper.  Also got this pack of acrylic paint - 48 tubes for only $30 and there are some truly yummy colors in there to try.  

Off to the art room I go - paint is calling to me!

week 13 for 365-2 (part 1)

March 24 - 30 - A new week, a new batch of projects for my second year of 365......

#83 - playing in my journal and experimenting with a web-like design over a brayer clean off page.

#84 - turned the webby idea into some mail art - I like the boxes background idea so started a series of those....... boxes drawn & shaded with inktense pencils then smooshed blended with a water brush.

#85 - a couple of my "maps" postcards for MMSA this week.  Want to join in? Postmark to Karen by 3/31.

#86 - wanted something quick and easy to fill in this week so thought of lettering.  Well it was kinda easy but not so took all evening and I didn't even add color. Sheesh.  And it's not particularly original...I have to move beyond this curvy line style even though I kinda like it - next quote will be something different.

Go make some 'happy accidents' this week......

week 12 for 365-2 (part 2)

Mar 17-23

#80 - another piece of zentangle (poke leaf pattern) for MMSA swap.

#81 -  some gelli/deli postcards to send out.  Gelli print and deli paper for translucent layers (tissue paper birds).  the text is from a copy of Griffin and Sabine (remember those books?) that I bought at a yard sale to cut up. It's a little tough because they're such beautiful books, but they have such fun art and text to use!

#82 - took some time today for a little more gelli play.....used sheet music for my paper.

We're starting to see a few signs of spring around here (Seattle).  Still rainy, but we're getting a few more sunny days sprinkled in but more noticeably, the cherry trees are in full bloom and the garden bed is starting to sprout and show new signs of life.  AND, Dan had to mow the grass for the first time last weekend.  Sigh. I know some of you are still buried in winter and probably would be glad to have to mow your yard!

Make time to be creative this week - try something new and see where it takes you!  Thank you all for your nice, encouraging comments as I plug along on my 365 days of exploration. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy to know you're out there cheering me on! :)

mail art!

Some outgoing postcards

I spent most of the evening last night addressing and writing a note on a stack of postcards.  Then I scan them into my computer, then I add them to my mail list in Excel where I keep track of who I owe cards to.  The fun is in the making but the follow up stuff is much more time consuming.