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week 29 & 30 for 365/2 (part2)

July 14-20 and July 21-27

This will be a picture heavy one to catch up on my ICAD posting.  I've been keeping up with the making, just not the posting.....same for my 365 project - skim through and see if any catch your eye......

#198 - ICAD 44, 45 - a collage of cardboard, gelli, deli and table scraps; bottom is a doodle - like how it turned out.....

#199, 200 - ICAD 46, 47
one staple collage
#201, 202 - ICAD 48, 49

#203, 204 - ICAD 50, 51

#205, 206 - ICAD 52, 53

#207, 208 - ICAD 54, 55

That's a wrap for now....I'll share the final few next time.


pinterest love: dimensional art

As a self-admitted pinterest addict, here's a peek at some of the pins I've accumulated.  Here are a few from my Dimensional Art board.

15 plastic bags,sewn together with gestures of joy. Ines Seidel
Ines Seidel - made from 15 stitched together plastic bags.  Her blog is filled with delightful stitched paper constructions.
Asian Scroll . Donna Watson
I've been a long time fan of Donna Watson's wonderful style.

Captured Magic - fabric, rocks, stitches
Stitching, fabric, felt stones, etc. by Sharon McCartney.

Calendar (by Diane L Wright)
"Calendar" by Diane L Wright

gwendolyn plunkett  Box covered with various papers, wax, paint rags, and twine with burned-in holes.
Gwendolyn Plunkett

Protector's Three-01 by Brian Somers
I love the idea of adding rocks and sticks and natural elements to a canvas.  Brian Somers.

STICKS, wrapped, painted, hollowed - what a textural delight
Wrapped sticks - LOVE this idea.... Bridget Hoff

weaving with scraps
A really fun idea - collaged weaving....will have to give it a try.  Laugh, Paint, Create

You can see more things on my Pinterest board......so much fun to be had!

I haven't fallen off the face of the earth

My goodness, how time flies when I'm not blogging! I went camping for 4 days, came back and got totally lazy about posting.  I'm still making art - well, making little creative things - some ICAD, some other stuff, but just haven't been motivated to scan/photo and post.

I'll get back to it soon, I promise.......

Here's a couple camping pics..... we go every year with 2 other couples and go somewhere new every year - usually in WA, but sometimes down to Oregon.  This year we headed to Penrose State Park on the Kitsap peninsula.


Our campsite was nestled in the trees, away from the hustle and bustle and kids in the other part of the campground.

Playing cards and drinks all around - til the ranger came and asked us to pay attention to the 10pm quiet time....were we really THAT loud????

Sunny and hot - we played croquet down by the beach.

We invented a game...think we named it bottle-kay.  We had 2 beer bottles about 40' apart and we had to hit the bottle, get down the 'field' and knock the other one over - repeat, to win. Of course, hitting another ball along the way gave you an extra shot. I had the dubious honor of being the only one to actually break a bottle.... We played about a million games of that!

I found hearts on our hike.....


There's an 'asemic writing' theme for MMSA postcards, so I was explaining what it meant to everyone.  During our hike, Dan noticed this tree stump and called me over and proudly said, "look at this example of asemic writing"!  That's my guy!

What fun thing have you done this summer?





week 29 for 365/2 (part 1)

July 14-20

#195 - ICAD #40, 41 - acrylics, stamps; inktense "stitches", lettering

#196 - ICAD #42, 43 simple do-in-front-of-the-TV cards.....micron & watercolor pencils

#197 - MMSA favorite city postcards- I cut up a visitor map for Barcelona as my base and added one of my photos for the sightseeing place on the map.  Top one is Parc Guell designed by Gaudi, well known for his architecture and love of mosaic.  This is a mosaic bench back in the park - so very cool!  Next one lower is Sagrada Familia, the famous church he designed that's STILL under construction and is an amazing vision.  Next down is another Gaudi designed building and finally a closeup of some tile on a museum column.
Though I live in Seattle and absolutely love it and would recommend you all come visit it, as a traveler, Barcelona is far and away my favorite city - I love the striking architecture, the food, the colors, the vibrancy of the city and the ease of finding your way around.  If you ever get a chance to go, GO!

A few of my pics from our visits (we've been twice) and unfortunately, photos before we owned a digital camera, so these are scanned in.


I'm on the mosaic wavy benches in Parc Guell, designed by Gaudi.  It's an amazing park, full of surprises and color.  (my hair wasn't always white! :)

A couple of the spires from Sagrada Familia.  It's the most unusual church design....odd and kind of creepy in some ways, but amazing for it's originality and design vision.....

Barcelona architecture.....
I'll be interested to see what other cities get chosen for this MMSA theme.....be sure and check out the upcoming themes - Karen keeps us challenged and it's always so much fun to get the postcards in the mail.







week 28 for 365/2 (part 2)

July 7-13

#191 - I started a new mixed media painting.....abstracting a piece of one of my photos....this is definitely a work in progress but I'm liking the start.  The orangey/golden color is painted over modeling paste for some fabulous texture.  It's the first time I've used modeling paste and I'm a fan.  I love the little peaks and points I was able to get and the visual texture is just fabulous.  I want to use it on everything! :)

Here's the picture I'm abstracting - a fender and panel from an old, rusty car.

#192 - This week's Documented Life pages: use a small (or Instagram) photo. I used 3 - one of me, one of
gelli prints and a rose....all pics I took.  I'm recording the temp and as you can see, we're pretty warm for Seattle.....and lovin' it.  Summer is finally here!

#193 - I've been keeping up with ICAD too, so here's the recap..... #36, 37 inktense & lettering, acrylics & bingo stamper

#194 - ICAD # 38, 39 - collage, washi, stamps

That wraps it for this week..... Hope you're enjoying your summer AND finding time to be creative now and then!

week 28 for 365/2 (part 1)

July 7-13

#188 - a little digital playing with one of my photos - see yesterday for more examples.....

#189 - Documented Life week 26 - a favorite book or bible quote. As much as I read, my brain doesn't work in a way to remember quotes - sometimes I'm lucky to remember what the book is about! :) So I trolled the internet for some quotes that spoke to me from an author I've read extensively.....Stephen King.

#190 - Documented life week 27  - use a bit of crossword puzzle, soduku, etc.  I made a collage and instead of the usual datebook on the left, I did the "currently" list. The purple spray from the other side leaked through - another "oops"!

Now I'm back on track with Documented Life - I'll share my ICADs later in the week.....

week 27 for 365/2 (part 2)

June 30 - July 6

#185 - ICAD #34 & 35, 4th of July quick collage...... and another 1 staple collage with thread and foam and paper.


#186 - I haven't forgotten the Documented Life but I did fall behind a bit (week 25); it's just the daily ICAD seems to take a priority.  Theme for this page - heart.....

#187 - ICAD #36, collage.

Keep creating!


color palette play

One of the things I see fairly regularly around the web are these great color palettes created from an image by pulling out a selection of colors from the image.  I thought I'd give it a try.....

Here's one created from a piece of my art:


By the way, here's the whole piece of art in its current (real) iteration - still definitely a work in progress, but I like this isolated section.  I digitally changed the color palette and added the lettering to a cropped section of the 12x12 painting.



From a photo of mine (macro of dahlias):

And here's one more...... (love rusty old cars - as long as they're not parked in my neighborhood!)


I found that using the PSE color picker there are a zillion colors to pull out of an image and finding a combination that looks good together isn't always easy.  Then where to place them in the strips below so they show to best advantage also takes a bit of work. Think I'll revise my template a bit and put a bit of border around the strips so they have something to contrast against. 

I'm claiming this digital series as my #187 in my 365/2 project.  Because I can.