More and more these days, I am enjoying the idea of found materials to use in my artwork. My beautiful friend Annette brought me a fabulous flower arrangement to cheer me up after my recent surgery. Because the arrangement needed to be transported in her car, it came in a plain brown box. After a while, I dismantled the box, which ended up being a few 6-inch square panels of corrugated cardboard. That turned into a little art project, which I want to share with you. Materials used include: Making Memories acrylic paint, gesso, Golden fluid acrylic paint, Inka Gold, and Graphics 45 papers. Embellishments are sprockets from the Tim Holtz collection.I hope you like them.
Well, I apparently was not done playing with all the goodies in the grab bag that I got at Linda’s yard sale recently. Because today, I made two post cards that I just love mostly since they feature the pretty piece of bird paper that was included in the bag. And I seem to have gotten a little carried away because I pulled out the glitter!!!!! to spice up the birds a bit. By the way, the dried flowers and leaves in the bottom left corners are from a packet included in the grab bag, too. And I still have lots left. It really doesn’t take much to make me happy.
Becoming Brave Art Journal
I am interested in having another Art Journal Class at my home, perhaps in September or October (or both), as the summer has managed to slip past me. My idea is to do a journal called Becoming Brave (based on articles I saw in a two magazines recently). I don’t know about you, but my doubts and fears sometimes paralyze me and render me unable to move forward with what I want to do. So I thought it might be fun to explore that a little through the Art Journal process. We will build a very basic journal, paint some pages and then decorate at least a few of them to get started. If you are interested, please let me know.
To be held at my home, in late December from 1-4:30 p.m. Cost $35.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
What fears do I have that are holding me back?
What I would like to be able to do if I didn’t have this fear?
If I could pick an animal guide to inspire me, what would it be?
Now I’ve begun collecting some images (from magazines, photos or anything really) that I might want to use in my journal. And I’ll be experimenting with journal bindings to find the easiest one. I’m very excited, because usually I can’t think of anything to write about in my journals, I just like making them. It seems that Becoming Brave is a topic that gets my pen flowing because I already have 3 journal entries written, but (ha ha) I don’t have a journal yet. Go figure.
Well, I went to Linda and Ellie’s garage sale last week because I don’t have enough stamps, paper and other supplies and needed someone else’s stuff, too. I found some nice treasures there (isn’t there a saying about that?) and the other night decided to open up a Grab Bag that Linda had made up. Lots of goodies covered my table. I instantly, not exaggerating, made 2 ATCs and thought you’d like to see them.
We had a great time last month making beautiful Italian postcards on my first Postcard Night at Stampin’ From the Heart. Thanks to Karen for making the 4th Friday (every other month for now) available for this neat, some have calld it “therapeutic, ” way to spend a few hours.
I’m getting geared up for next month’s Postcard Night and this time we are traveling to PARIS!!!!! So Bon Voyage and don’t miss the bateau (that’s French for boat). Mark your calendars: The next Postcard Night will be April 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 or so. Fee $10, all materials supplied. Here’s a sneak preview. (Glaze will be involved.)
What a surprise I had last week when the June/July isuue of Stampers Sampler landed on my doorstep! My fab flag book, Li’l Dot, made it into the magazine. Page 32 in case you want to see it in all its glory (some pics here for those who just can’t wait). I used this book as the protptype for a class at Stampin’ From the Heart a few months back, so some of you have your very own version of it. They are so much fun to make and even more fun to open up.
A big thank you Karen, the lovely ladies who took the class, and the wonderful editors at Somerset, all of whom continue to support my artwork. I’ve sent in a number of other goodies, so am hoping for the best. Next will be an answer to the Somerset Studio magazine’s call for Aubergine (that’s just a fancy word for eggplant). I’ve been gathering materials for a coupla months now and am just about ready to get my hands all purple.
Remember, when in doubt, Jess Create It!
The May 2009 Make-It/Take-It at Stampin’ From the Heart in Los Angeles was a great success. Everyone had fun and all the cards and tags turned out great. We had two young stampers in our midst, compliments of their Auntie Michelle, and the budding artists showed alot of creative spirit.
I couldn’t stop making these luscious items myself and after the MITI went home and had a little make-and-take party of my own. The tags, topped with beautiful ribbons in all colors, were the perfect goodies for my college gal pals at our recent mini-reunion in Palm Springs (along with some great beaded charm bracelets I found at the recent Bead Show in Santa Monica). Of course, I left the back of the tags blank so they could use them with a gift for someone special.
Have a wonderful, creative day,