Monday, May 23, 2011

Crafty Dawns' Little Book

Hey, I won one of Crafty Dawn's Little Books in her giveaway. I met Dawn on the Starthmore Online Workshop site. She caught my attention right away. (Plus she loves cake. Which reminds me Dawn, did you get your oven fixed so you can bake?) She is a very busy and talented artist. I don't know how she participates in so much. Stop by her Blog and see. Click on the photo of the book to visit her Blog. Thanks for the win Dawn.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

A Window Back There

I completed my first piece of art assemblage. I have wanted to make art out of found objects (the rustier the better) for years but always seemed to shy away. I would bring home an unusual item saying to myself, "I could make art with that" and then never acting on it. I admired artists who could do this (Michael DeMeng is one of my favorites) and wondered how they did it. So I did what I do when I want to learn I bought some books and taught myself. I'm just a beginner and I have much to learn and experience yet but I'm happy with the first project titled, "A Window Back There." I purchased a dremmel and I am having so much fun with this tool and liquid nails. Zippety-doo-dah, or something like that. I was sawing off the head of a plastic man doll and the blade went flying through the air and just missed my dog. Guess I didn't have it locked in place. Can't wait to use a torch.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Win a Handmade Booklet

See the sidebar for photo of Crafty Dawn's handmade booklet. Click on photo to link to her blog on journaling and enter for a chance to win this book.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Preparing Background Pages

I've been in that "Spring Cleaning" mode which translates to wanting my house in perfect order and cleanliness, but I can't make it happen like I used to. Ho, hum. I'll just have to drag that idea behind me like a spooky shadow. I gave up and got back to my studio. I'm prepping background pages in my art journal. Laying pattern and color to build collage on. I used Golden Fluid Acrylic paints, India Ink, (can't do anything without using India Ink), china markers, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, and stamps.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hidden Pictures

Do you remember the puzzle in magazines called "Hidden Pictures?" Highlights magazine for children still publishes the Hidden Pictures pages. Great fun. Sometimes when I want a break from "adult art" or writing I get a coloring book and crayons and color as if I'm eight years old again. Don't forget to smell the crayons. This scent and motion of putting color to paper will relax you and you may also be surprised to find answers to a problem, or solutions to finishing that creative project while you color. I keep a pad and pen close by to record ideas for other projects that surface while I'm coloring.

Once in a while I buy a children's magazine. Yes I go to the hidden pages puzzles first. I drew a few of my own. I've included one because it may be too difficult to view on-line. But if you're up to squinting for the challenge see if you can find the hidden pictures. Have fun and say hello to the eight year old you for me.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Gerri Herbst's Blogcandy Giveaway 100

Look at this fabulous giveaway from a fabulous artist. I saw her honorable work through Bella Creations and then was inspired to visit her blog. You ought to take a peek and become a follower to win a chance at these art supplies.

Stop by Bella Creations, too.

My best to you, Darlene

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Tea Ritual

I am emailing an artist friend I met online through the Strathmore Artist Workshops. She lives In New Zealand and I am having fun hearing how life, language, and day to day activities there are different or similar to here. Today she tells me she had morning tea with her daughter and is running errands with Mum (her grandmother) before her afternoon tea. This makes me deep sigh for the longing of a tea ritual here in the USA. I love hot tea and I also like iced tea. More often, I find myself carrying an iced tea places rather than sitting down for a cup of hot tea to relax. I'm the "Let's have tea and cookies on the porch personality" but it always seems to get interrupted here.

Regardless I wrote back to her stating how she has inspired me to set a tea ritual into my days. The idea to start a morning with tea and to take a tea break at 4:00pm everyday using a pretty teacup and teapot sounds divine. That idea here would seem strange as everyone runs around carrying to-go cups of super-sized over-caffienated and sugar-laden drinks in plastic bottles (the plastic is another issue here). They swoop through the convenience stores several times a day for these drinks, or for energy shots or pills. I know because I watch the activity as a cashier at a convenience store. How will I take a tea break at 4:00 pm when I work at this busy place 5 days in a row from 2 to 10 pm? Hmmm. That's a challenge but I will take a pretty tea cup to work and a hand embroidered napkin to make it feel nicer. Who can send the cookies? Oh, you say lock the doors for afternoon tea?

The photos are of a tea cup and tea pot that were my mother's. The note beside the teapot is her handwriting explaining where she got the tea pot. It was an "old maid" neighbor whom she loved to visit with and have tea with as a child. Get your china cups and tea pot out of the china closet. Think about tea rituals in other parts of the world, experiment with loose tea versus tea bags, and maybe invite the nighbor in for afternoon tea and cookies. Inspirational resources: Victoria Magazine and they publish a Tea Time magazine now, too. My best to you.