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More 365/2 art -

Continuing my quest to complete 365 projects for my second consecutive year.  Hit a bit of a snag in my production the last couple weeks - life just keeps getting in the way and I'm having a hard time making something every day.  But, I press on......

#276-279:  ATCs for MMSA project......haven't made any for a long time and it was fun to make little bits of art again.....
The bottom left pocket is actually made from a shiny silver envelope liner, not this dark gray thingy.

#280 - layers of painting made with drips and stencils, scribbles and shapes.  Still a work in progress.


#281 - I'm pleased with how this one turned out.....my first time using modeling paste (lower left). There's tons of layers that weren't going anywhere until I decided to collage some book pages in a rough vase shape.....then, it was easy and kinda finished itself.

detail

#282 &; 283 - Laura shared how she makes her collages using polymer medium and a tacking iron.  I thought it was interesting but didn't follow up on it.....then I saw that Karen gave it a try and fell in love with the process so that pushed me to try...... I bought a jar of the polymer on sale at Michael's and just used my regular iron on its lowest setting.  Here's my first couple of "iron on" collages, no glue used!  Then a bit of paint added.  

I used various weights of paper, some deli paper, tissue paper, magazines, etc.  Everything stayed in place really well.  You can see more detail on Karen's blog and Laura's made a how-to video.

#284 - a journal page still experimenting with polymer collaging. I made a fabulous discovery. I put polymer on both sides of this drying leaf and let it dry then I ironed it on with other collage pieces. I turned the iron up a bit and it was too hot so kind of melted the polymer off the front of the leaf (you iron over a piece of freezer paper so no iron was hurt in this process!) but  absolutely firmly sealed it to the journal page with no crinkles, wrinkles, or tears!  I love this discovery!

I'll continue sharing my progress - and watching yours. Have a creative weekend!


week 40 of 365/2 (part 1)

Sep 29 - Oct 5

Running a little behind on my 365 project but here's where I am so far.

#271 - 275 -   gratitude journal pages; pen & inktense colored pencils





I'm working on several journals to gift and there will be doodled pages, scrapbook paper pages, pockets, quotes, and whatever I can think of (and have time to finish).  I'll share bits and pieces here and a more complete look when they're done.


photo spotted: nature

Hanna has once again offered a theme and reason to wander through our photos - to "spot" a theme in how we take our photos.  This month is a hugely broad theme of "nature" - to refine it a bit, do you see a sub-theme in your photos?  A color, a season, water, trees, rocks, whatever, that you return to again and again?  Since I have about a million nature photos, this was tough.

Maybe roses?

Maybe trees?


Maybe mountain vistas?


Maybe close-up nature textures?


Or, how about gorgeous gardens?


Mother nature is so endlessly changing, so often dressed in her finery, she creates such beautiful, colorful settings - how could we mere mortals NOT love her in all her glory?  We try to capture and interpret the beauty with our cameras, our paintbrushes, our pencils and collage pieces. We find inspiration in her vistas and the teeniest of details.

Thanks Hanna for once again giving me an reason to go back and sort through some of my favorite photos.  Why don't you take a moment and look through your nature photos - and then share with us?




wordless wednesday








Inspired by Carlene & Right Brain Planner

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advice request




Dan and I are in the midst of planning a trip to Paris, Avignon/Arles and possibly London for next year.  Having never been, of course we plan on seeing the major, big-name, must-see places.



What I'd love from you guys is the out-of-the-way, fun, unexpected, charming places that you've found.  Dan and I never take tours and like to explore cities on our own.  But, a little direction or suggestions about your favorite place to eat, to people watch, to sit and absorb the city....whatever, would be so appreciated.

We'll be in London 4-5 days and Paris 8-9 days and then maybe a day or two in south France.  What should we see?  Where should we go?

You can respond here in the comments or send me an email to tpurk@earthlink.net.  I just know some of you out there (yes, even you lurkers! :) must have some great ideas to share!

Thanks in advance - I just know your suggestions will make this an even better trip........


Terrie (and Dan - he'll appreciate the ideas too!)

week 39 (part 1) of 365/2

Sep 22-28

Here's what I've been playing at lately:

#265 - practicing some lettering in my moleskin


#266 & 267 - more of my 4x6 lettering play/practice

#268-270 - I have a plan - a Christmas gift plan - to make a gratitude journal for a few family members.  I thought of it in the spring but, of course, I'm only just now starting. In order to finish it in time, I've had to simplify my plan a bit.... I'll share progress now and then....here are some border pages drawn on bristol - think I'll be adding some journaling lines.



Have you started thinking about making holiday gifts yet?  Only 12 weeks to go.....


pinterest love: abstract shapes

This blog is about sharing....usually my efforts, but I have so much great inspiration on my Pinterest boards, that I'm having fun sharing some of those pieces here.  Maybe you'll find some inspiration too.....  This week it's all about art using abstract shapes..........

My board for even more ideas:  Pinterest - Art: Abstract Shapes

Rex Ray
Rex Ray - I love his use of shapes and color.  Love.

Green Painted Eggs fabric by candyjoyce on Spoonflower - custom fabric
A fabric design on Spoonflower.

Fragile, Bruno Haas, abstract painting
Fragile by Bruno Haas.

Kurt Nimmo.
by Kurt Nimmo - I found him on flickr years ago and continue to enjoy the evolution of his art.

"Blue and Gray I" abstract in circles, blues by Susan Finsen.
Blue and Gray by Susan Finsen.

Kitty Sabatier
Kitty Sabatier   I love her style - lots of mark making and wonderful shapes, primarily in blacks and grays.

Anna Barne.

Sandra Kelch

Scribble Bounce #2, 7"x22" by Jane Davies
Last but not least, Jane Davies.....I love her style of abstraction AND she gives lots of free tutorials and videos on her site as well as an extensive class offering.  I've taken one in person (wish I could take more) and thoroughly enjoyed myself and her style of teaching.  

I have shared some of my other art boards - Stripes, Circles, Dimensional and more.....Check it out if you're interested.......