Friday, September 30, 2011

Mixed Media Mayhem = fun, fun, fun

I've been busy the last couple of weeks taking an online class with Roben-Marie called Mixed Media Mayhem. I finished the coloring part of my last page several days ago and just about have my hands clean now - it's been so much fun. In case you are interested you can sign up for the class here: http://paperbagstudios.com/rms/shop/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=9&zenid=a36ijhvlonbqkgavatvcp7edf1n

Here are a few of the pages I'm working on:


I still need to complete the finishing touches on the pages but that can be an on-going process as I journal on them. There is a little bit of sewing involved and everyone knows I HATE to sew! But the little bit of sewing in this journal is well worth the effort.

I am having fun just paging through and getting lost in the colors on each page and the texure almost feels like a well-worn leather - I love it!

Of course if you know me at all you know I can never do anything without taking it to excess. This holds true for these pages. I made more than enough pages to make a second journal so with one of the extra folders I made it into 4 small journals that turned out kind of cute I think. With the holidays coming up I'm hoping people at the shop will think they would be good gifts. Here's how they turned out:




Now I need to go clean up my mess so i can move on to the next project for the day. Hmmm, what will it be... gratitude journal, prompt journal, crowabout, monthly challenges, maybe a little nap :)

Thank you for stopping by!

Renee





Monday, September 19, 2011

Attitude of Gratitude

Seems like life has gotten extremely full lately. First of all I've started yet another art journal. This one is my Gratitude Journal. This journal was prompted by Terri Kahrs (Pringle Hill) who had the thought that "sometimes we get so caught up in so many things that are going wrong in our lives, we forget to focus on the little things that make our lives pleasant". This is my first entry in my gratitude journal:


Of course like everyone I am grateful for my family and friends. I've spoken of my family from time to time and I imagine in the future will elaborate more on the different groups of friends as well but for today I wanted to focus on a couple of the other gratitude items on my list.

First of all I am excited about renting a space at an art/antique shop downtown. I am still working on the layout of my booth so pictures to come soon but I think it is going to be a fun experience. The building is from the 1800's and comes complete with several spirits and tons of character. If you find yourself in the Sauk Cetre, MN area make sure to stop at Main Street Gallery. The gallery is right dowtown on the original Sinclair Lewis' Main Street and right across the street from the world famous haunted Palmer House hotel.

Secondly I want to thank Marsha from Tumble Fish Studio for inviting me to join her Creative Team so expect to see lots of Tumble Fish images coming this way. Here is one of the first pieces I completed for the CT. I submit this for my first participation to the Sunday postcard challenge (here)  last week for the theme of "pink". Thank you Marsha for your vote of confidence.



Finally for today I want to say "Congratulations" and "Best Wishes" to our niece, Danielle and her new husband, Cory who got married this past Saturday. I wish you many years of happily ever after :)

I guess that's it for today but would like to finish as the post started with a reminder to develop your Attitude of Gratitude.

Thanks for stopping by...

Renee




Thursday, September 8, 2011

what moves me?

the journal prompt from roc for this month is "what quote moves you in your everyday life".

I have several quotes or affirmations that move me so I just had to decide between sarcastic or serious. This quote by Erma Bombeck is probably the one that I think of most often. While I'm losing time in my art room when I should be doing some necessity (vacuuming, dusting, etc) I remind myself that life is short and I don't want to waste any of the gifts God gave me.




This piece sort of serves a dual purpose. The unspoken (yet implied) motivational quote for the page is "always be the brightest bulb in the box"! 

I hope you are using all of your talents. Thanks for stopping by...

Renee

image credits for this piece:
borders & butterfly, NOW - Tumblefish Studio
borders & legs - Nancy Baumiller
wings - Pringle Hill Studio
head - land of nod
"destination unknown" - Norma Frances
seagulls - iHanna



Saturday, September 3, 2011

my latest addiction

Today I want to share a glimpse of my latest addiction, the altered envelope. I fought the urge to try it for a long time but in June I caved in. I was right - I am hooked!


 I wish I'd have taken a few pictures of the process along the way just to show all the different layers on this. First I got carried away with my Adirondack sprays so I spread a thin layer of gesso over the top to tone it down a bit. That was perfect and once dry I went back with a pen and outlined some of the original stencil shapes to re-define them. I also used some acrylics on shelf liner to add a splotches in a few areas and finishing touches with some paint pen and pan pastels.

Image credits to Tumblefish Studio for the flowered borders, the hand, and the words. Thanks to the chinese restaurant downtown for the fortunes (and the tasty cookies they came from). USPS stamps and crow was a copy from a journal page I did a while ago.

It is so much fun to get pretty mail along with the bills in your mailbox - you should try it :)

Thanks for stopping by...

Renee