Saturday, June 30, 2012

dual duty

I am a multi-tasker. Sometimes out of necessity but most of the time because I tend to lean toward the lazy side.

When I go to the grocery store I like to get my bags carried into the house in the fewest possible trips (without breaking the eggs or smashing the bread, of course). Sometimes I have myself so loaded down I can barely hoist the sacks onto the counter when I get inside.

I bought my son 12  pair of socks all the same style so I don't have to try to match them up from the dryer - they all match. Whatever makes life easier.

So when I saw the technique challenge on Little Glimpses Studio this month was stencil and/or mask I thought I could make a piece that would serve dual duty for the challenge as well as for an upcoming Stampington challenge. This is what I came up with.

For the background I used the ledger stencil from Crafter's Workshop and Adirondack color wash spray. On the foreground I used punchinella and modeling paste and the flower stencil with modeling pasted tinted with acrylic paint.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

exciting news to share

I'm happy to say that I have the privilege of being one of the featured artists in the Summer issue of Art Journaling magazine. I didn't want to say anything until I actually held a copy in my grubby hands to make sure it was real!

Well, my postal carrier delivered my copy today and it's real - YAY! In addition to having several pages from my art journals published I  wrote a "Technique to Try" article which is in this issue too.

I have the honor of sharing this treat with several friends starting with cover art by Kate Crane and continuing inside with features by Roc Nicholas and Gail Milburn.

Happy Art Journaling


Friday, June 15, 2012

with wild abandon

OK, maybe not so much on the wild part, just the abandon...

Constance Taylor invited me to join a group on Facebook called "Art Abandonment". The idea behind the group is that you make some art, put a note on it for the finder and 'abandon' it in a public place for someone to find and brighten their day.

Ttoday I abandoned my first art pieces and it was so great.

I left this ATC in my clinic waiting room. Luckily it was fairly quiet when I was there so not too tricky to get it tucked into a brochure rack.

This postcard is the other piece abandoned today. She was left among the purses at Macy's department store. This one was a little trickier to hide and not get caught due to a very attentive sales associate!

I hope whoever finds the art gets a little chuckle out of it. I will definately abandon a few more pieces again soon.

Thank you, Constance for inviting me to this group. Anyone else interested in joining the group can find the info at:!/groups/ArtAbandonment/ (or just type Art Abandonment in the search box).

Thanks for stopping by and next time you are out and about pay attention, you may find a surprise left by someone to brighten your day.


Monday, June 11, 2012

summer junque

Living in Minnesota and not being much of a cold weather person I am always so excited for summer. I love the green grass, the warm weather, open windows, rain instead of snow,  etc. The only problem is our summers fly by way too fast!

Since we had a few of those rainy days last week I had lots of indoor time to play with the new "Summer Junque 1 & 2" kits from Tumble Fish Studio.

For the background on this one above I enlarged a section of an image and reprinted it several times. I tore the copies in strips, inked the edges and the flipped them around before glueing them down.

On the 'Bloom' page background I used an image and resized it in several different shapes and used the pieces for a mosaic-type background.

The various red images (or sections of images) were screaming at me so I had a little zetti fun here.

On this last piece the butterfly is from the "Flying Things" kit and the fish is from "Something's Fishy" with everything else from "Summer Junque".

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Friday, June 8, 2012

do as i say and not as i do

Roc's monthly journal prompt for June is "what is something you hope to inspire in others?".

While thinking about this I realized that I have different inspirational hopes for different groups of people. I have certain things I hope to inspire in my kids, other things I hope to inspire in my friends and still others for different people I meet. I sort of chose a cross-section for this piece.

Because I made my journal almost 2 years ago and used an assortment of page sizes I just happened to end up working on a large tag for June. Due to the size of the tag the only artwork on it is the background. For this I used color wash sprays by Adirondack and Dylusions.

As I was searching for the quotes I got to thinking that I have not by any means mastered any of these traits myself so wondering how I could possibly inspire them in others. My answer to that is 'do as I say and not as I do'! Fortunately we are all works in progress.

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Monday, June 4, 2012

playing with a full deck

Some people might tell you that I do not always appear to be playing with a full deck (and I'm not saying they would always be wrong). However, in this case that's a good thing.

Last summer I had the pleasure of joining  Liz Cohn and her 'Playing with a Full Deck' mail art collaberation on playing cards. Liz sent 3 playing cards on which she started out with some bit and pieces and I finished them. She's had over 200 artists take part in the project.

Here are the 3 finished cards that I worked on.

This was a fun project and I am happy to have had the opportunity to play along.

On another note - I need to wear my proud mom hat and say congratulations and well done to my son Zac,  (my baby) who graduated from high school on Saturday. Way to go Zac - we are so proud of you!

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