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Summer Art Potpourri

Purple Pride

Hard to believe that summer is flying by so quickly!  Completely amazing!  I hope all of you are enjoying summer fun, good times, and lots of the beauty of nature.  So much inspiration can be found all around us if we take the time to notice.  I could probably spend a month of Sundays trying to get that purple shading and flow and nature reproduces it flawlessly time after time.

Here are some of the things I’ve been working on since my last update.

A good friend had his 70th birthday party and was his usual serious self–of course I had to memorialize the moment.

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It took all my restraint to keep the layout masculine and relatively unadorned.  I framed it and gave it as a gift to he and his wife.

IMG_0996 (500x460)Restraint be damned when I got to this layout!  I could not get enough flowery adornment on this page!

Switched gears from scrapbooking to some mixed media work on the canvas cover of a mixed-media album.  I used gesso mixed with modeling paste to do my bricks.  The frame and corner pieces are resin covered with black gesso and Inkagold.  I made this project at the Swirlydoos art camp in June.  The class was taught by Design Team Member extraordinaire Rachel Moses.  I love my framed worry doll!

Worry Doll Mixed Media Mini-Album front cover

Worry Doll Mixed Media Mini-Album front cover

Worry Doll Mixed Media Min-Album back cover

Worry Doll Mixed Media Min-Album back cover

My goal this summer has been to use up items in my stash because it seems to reproduce exponentially when I’m not looking.  This layout I used some strips of fabric to make my ties along the top.  I used some gelli plate printed doilies, ribbon,and stenciled glass bead gel.

IMG_0972 (483x500)The next layout is one featuring a picture of my crazy little fox terrier mix–Sophie.  Do not be deceived by this precious photo of her slumbering comfortably on my husband’s pillow.

DSCN0707 (490x500)Lots of distressing and flowers and texture but the main thing about this layout is that I used a piece of paper that I had been “hoarding” for about four years.  Yay me!

I have more projects to show next time.  See you soon and thanks for visiting today!

Art Out With Your HeART Out!

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Cozumel Mini Flip Through

Peacocks in Cozumel

Peacocks in Cozumel

Hello Hello!  I finally got my mini-album done for my Cozumel, Mexico trip!  It’s been several months since the trip but I am so easily distracted in my art life….first I got a Gelli Plate, then I found some awesome heavy-weight watercolor paper at a thrift shop, then I started experimenting with video….you get the picture–easily distracted.

I am sharing the picture above of some peacocks because it is one of the pics in the finished album and because I was fascinated with them while on vacation.  Once I discovered the peacocks on the grounds of the hotel I pretty much went and saw them every day.  Oh yeah–mini album–right!

I did a short video flip-through on the album.  Thanks for looking!

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Art Definitions

Merriam-Webster.com defines art as:  A visual object or experience consciously created through an expression of skill or imagination.  That is a pretty all-encompassing definition that suits me perfectly.  I believe Art is where YOU see it.

I see Art in scrapbooking:

Doorway in Turkey 2010

Doorway in Turkey 2010

I see Art in cooking and pretty food:

A day's harvest from my garden

A day’s harvest from my garden

A simple lunch at the office

A simple lunch at the office

I see Art in architecture:

 

Messina, Sicily 2010

Messina, Sicily 2010

I see Art in sculpture

Athens, Greece 2010

Athens, Greece 2010

I especially see Art in nature and I am inspired by it every day.

Birds of Paradise, Naples, Italy

Birds of Paradise, Naples, Italy

A bitty bloom

A bitty bloom

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A profusion of pretty

A profusion of pretty

No matter where you are there is beauty to be found all around us.  I wish you a beautiful day.

Art Out With Your HeART Out

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Somerset Place Entry

Photo by Andrea C. Jenkins featured in Life Images 2008

Photo by Andrea C. Jenkins featured in Life Images 2008

This morning I saw this contest on the Somerset blog (http://stampington.com/blog/index.php/2013/06/06/short-story-challenge-try-your-hand-to-win/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Stampington+%28Stampington+%26+Company+Blog%29).  I wrote this short poem a few months ago and ran across it two nights ago.  When I saw the photo above I thought my words seemed appropriate.

Fear not to Fly,

Make the Journey,

Be Spectacular,

In Your Courage.

TFL!

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Hooray for Hexagons

 

Hexagon Buttons

 

A few weeks ago I had a fun art date with myself and started playing with a pile of hexagon cut-out shapes I had left over from a die-cut piece.  They were black cardstock when I started on them.  I layered some white gesso on and then began painting some with acrylic paints.  I went on to make designs with StazOn inks and stamps, doodled with Signo markers and then embellished with random brads I had in my stash.  Here is the first batch:

Hexagon Buttons

 

As I progressed I began using clear embossing powder on some and I also began experimenting with texture paint and pastes.

Yummy texture and patina

Yummy texture and patina

Stamped with Versamark, brushed with Perfect Pearls and then clear embossed.

Stamped with Versamark, brushed with Perfect Pearls and then clear embossed.

I was really happy with the way this one came out–love that subtle xray look!

Old china look

Old china look

This one I stenciled with modeling paste, then used blue embossing powder and white embossing powder, clear embossed over that and then went back with some brown ink to highlight the stencilled design.  I am pleased with the aged china look.

Rusty patina

Rusty patina

I began doing more layers with inks, embossing, modeling paste, paints, and trying for the metal look.

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A crackle stencil with homemade decopauge mist, paints, and inks, clear embossing over top.

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Experimenting with different stencils and modeling paste.

Aged copper patina

Aged copper patina

Hooray for Hexagons!

Hooray for Hexagons!

 

It was so fun to play with embossing powders again and to combine them with mists, inks, paints, modeling paste.  I encourage you to revisit the supplies you have in your stash and experiment with new ways of combining them.  If you are like me you have probably learned new skills and have new ideas since the last time you played with some of those old mediums.  Go forth and

Art Out With Your HeART Out!

 

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The Best of Both Worlds

I’ve been stretching the boundaries of my comfort zone and striving to learn new things.  My mantra this week has been “where there is fear there is no creativity”.  I first heard this statement years ago on a how-to decorating show on television.  I think it was called “Interior Motives” and it was hosted by a delightfully funny man named Christopher Lowell.  He shared so many skills and in such a non-intimidating and empowering way that I was able to decorate my whole house using his ideas.  For someone with their first home and a limited budget and being paralyzed at the thought of making a bad decorating decision this was huge.   It is not a stretch to say that by following his Seven Layers of Design and creating all sorts of home projects I was opening the door to my art creativity.  I realized what a joy it was to use my hands to create things.  From making cornice boxes and curtains and painting baseboards and draping fabric and becoming intimately familiar with my staple gun (that does not sound quite right does it?) I started to think creatively.

Fast forward a few years and I discovered scrapbooking.  I always made photo albums of our family vacations and tucked in all the ephemera and room keys and little comments about our adventures.  I never knew there was a whole UNIVERSE out there of people decorating these scrapbooks and creating layouts around all this stuff.  I went into an Archivers store that I passed by dozens of times and it was GAME ON.  I could not get enough of it–the paper, the stickers, the stamping–all of it.  I would spend days working on a single layout.  Agonize over every decision.

Fast forward another couple years and I had stopped scrapbooking and had moved on to a small and sporadic papercrafting business.  I was using my scrapbooking skills on cardmaking, giftbags, bookmarks, and journals.  I had small-scale success at holiday gift fairs and word-of-mouth sales.  I took a stab at an etsy site but my heart wasn’t in it.  It felt like I was forgetting how to create things with my own voice and I was becoming paralyzed by worrying about what other people would like.  I was second guessing every idea.  My happy creative mojo was nowhere to be found.  During this time I started taking classes and attending art retreats that featured lots of mixed media art.  I had my cool little art shack and every art supply I wanted but wasn’t feeling it.  I was creating a whole lot of nothing…nada…zip.

Fast forward to October, 2012, and I saw an ad in the paper for a paper crafting fair on the weekend.  I decided to go and see what was new in the paper crafting world.  Well the answer was ALOT.  The scrapbooking world has finally started incorporating more mixed media techniques and embracing more imperfection and less cookie-cutter-ness (new word!).  It seems there is room at the table for both scrapbooking and mixed-media to co-exist comfortably.  I’ve noticed mixed-media artists using some of the tools of scrapbooking and they aren’t even holding their noses!  I’ve noticed scrapbookers embracing the drippage and splatters and textures of mixed media without frantically diving for paper towels!  It is thrilling!  There are throngs of artists who like me enjoy having a paintbrush and an inkpad in both worlds.  Yippy skippy!

All that said–here are my creations from the past week.

Created from ribbon, lace, string pearls

Created from ribbon, lace, string pearls

Mixed media and photo

Mixed media and photo

Glass bead gel, Dylusions, handcut leaves

Glass bead gel, Dylusions, handcut leaves

 

Small Wall Hanging

All of these were created using both scrapbooking and mixed-media tools and techniques and were loads of fun to make.  TFL!

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Mini Album Musings

Beach

Hello!  I’ve been out of pocket for a bit but have no fear…I’ve been doing lots of creative things.  My obsession with watching YouTube and UStream tutorials is still in full effect.  There are so many clever and creative people in the world.  I happened across some videos from Steff Miller (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c3Gun5U4R8) and her blog  (http://withagrin.blogspot.com).  She does tons of scrapbooky mini albums that have so many little details and nooks and crannys.  I am fascinated by them.  

I also saw some work by Esther Craft (http://www.youtube.com/user/esthercraft).  She apparently doesn’t do videos anymore but I really enjoyed her mini albums and their intricacies.  Worth checking out.

In the past I made a grand total of two mini albums.  They were both done in 2006 when I was a newbie scrapbooker.  One is distinctly mixed-media with lots of paint and a beach theme.

First Mini Cover

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The other is more scrapbooky and also with a beach theme.  (I love the beach.)

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I’ve always incorporated hidden journaling in my scrapbook pages using pull-tabs and flaps and such.  I know I love stuff like that and I envision future grandchildren enjoying looking at my scrapbook albums much as I did as a child with my grandma’s photo albums whenever I went to visit her.  But I digress….

I decided to make a mini album.  My goals were to incorporate some of the upcycled tags that I enjoy making, use up a lot of bits and bobs from my stash, and to learn how to do some of the pockets and other mechanics used by these other artists.  I think I accomplished my goals.  My album is not as cohesive overall as I would like.  I jumped around on styles but I learned new things on every page.  Here are some pics.

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If you want to watch a flip through and see  how the mechanics work, here is the link to my YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-_SwcZCUVU).

TFL!

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Face Fascination

 

Bird-Eyed Woman

 

I am a lifelong doodler of random shapes and patterns.  I’ve always incorporated my version of animals and words randomly throughout my doodles.  Up until about a couple of years ago, I only doodled with whatever ink pen I happened to have on me.  Most of my doodling took place in meetings, while waiting, or while I was on the phone.  Sometimes I’d doodle to entertain my kids.

I can look at one of my doodles and approximate how much time I had to kill by the size and progression of the doodle.  I kept quite a few over the years because they happened to be on ephemera that I filed away.  I never had plans for them and I never used them for anything up until a couple of years ago when I made a big life decision and took early retirement from my job.  Suddenly I had time to be creative for more than a squeezed in hour or two at a time.  

I discovered Copic Markers and began doodling on purpose.  I did lots and lots of my “normal” doodling but I started coloring them in using bright and vibrant color!  For some reason I started placing a hidden blue eye in every doodle.  I’m sure a psychiatrist would undoubtedly have a heyday with that fact but in my mind it was something fun to do.  I used to love the hidden pictures in Highlights magazine when I was a kid so this is my version of that.  The first face I drew was a take-off from the hidden blue eye idea.

Blue-Eyed Roses

 

I am also a fan of symmetry so that happens quite a bit in my doodles.  After the first face doodle it was GAME ON and I did more including the Bird-Eyed Woman at the beginning of this post.  Here are a couple of others.

I went to Egypt in 2010 and I think I was still channeling Cleopatra.

 

 

Cleopatra Blue

 

 

Garden Girl

I did the Purple-Haired Girl first and then gave her something to look at.

 

You gotta love a good garden right?  TFL!

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Springtime in Colorado

IMG_0715 My little solar-powered art shack is cozy and warm inside but outside it is another story.  We got about 14 inches of snow (in one day) last week in our area.  My art mascot, Sophie (lower left), loved the trek out to the art shack and she spent considerable time tossing snow into the air with her snout and generally tearing around like a mad dog.

IMG_0721  This is the rain chain my husband put up a week ago when it was in the high 60s and low 70s.  As it turned out it was a bit premature to put up the chain and the rain barrel but it did form the most awesome ice formation.  I love nature’s art!

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This is me dancing in the snow!  I love the way the snow formed a “hat” on my hair and filled my heart with fluffy beauty!

I’ve been trying to learn how to add video to my blog so let’s see if I’ve figured it out….

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It’s All About The Mojo

Embossed metal tape with patina and bling

Embossed metal tape with patina and bling

I am in the midst of a bout of mojo mania.  Oh how I love that state of mind!  When you feel like you really ARE the master of your art and when you have an abundance of creativity.   Everything seems to work together and comes out looking exactly the way you planned it in your head.  Every little “what if?” turns into a happy accident.  When mojo is in the house it is fun from start to finish.  When mojo is in the house the sun shines a little brighter, the paint is creamier and more vibrant, the mists are mistier (is that even a word?), the ink is richer, the texture is so cool it makes you want to reach out and touch it.  When mojo is in the house the color combinations walk hand in hand without effort.  When mojo is in the house the decisions are seemingly preordained and everything FLOWS.

I’ve learned that mojo is a capricious commodity.  Here today and gone tomorrow (or if you’re lucky in a few months).  Mojo does not care if you are in the middle of a project.  Mojo does not care if you have a deadline or a goal.  Mojo does not give one shit.  Mojo has its way with you and then heads on down the road. When mojo decides it’s over you have to hand over it’s suitcase, give it a peck on the cheek and walk away.  Try to have some dignity about it.  It’s not anything you did or didn’t do.  It’s not about you–it’s about mojo.  Don’t worry–mojo will come back to you.  You keep doing what you do and Art Out With Your HeArt Out.

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