Saturday, May 30, 2009

Progress

Progress! If you've read my blog for very long you might remember my goal for this year is to get my art room organized. I am making progress slowly but surely. This is one of two boards that holds tools and supplies. The other one is still a disaster!
I've searched for some time for a desk or table that would fit into this dormer space. At only 40" wide, it wasn't easy to find anything that really worked. While meandering around a junk store last week, I found this petite size office desk. I whipped out my measuring tape and it's all of 38" wide...perfect! After a good cleaning, my husband and I wrestled it into place; I wouldn't want to move furniture for a living especially if I had to go up stairs all day. Originally I wanted to turn this into a "paper" area but since I work mostly in the room off of this windowed area, I decided to let the light in and to store my paper elsewhere. That's it for now...

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day. "Flowers For Mother" was created on a 4X6 canvas. The canvas was painted in butter yellow before a piece of torn paper was added to the bottom. Additional colors of acrylic along with colored pencil and dry oil pastels were rubbed in. A doily was used as a stencil to give a little more background interest. The gold wings were lightly sanded and a bit of copper paint was rubbed into the crevices. I used colored pencils to color the flowers and sash in this sepia tone image. Computer-generated words, glitter and a button complete the piece. Foil wings, button and image are all from Rock Candy Studios. The image is from Rock Candy's soon-to-be released image CD "Girly Girls".

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Stamp Club Fun

Clarissa and I had a great time with our stamp club friends on Sunday. We experimented with a few techniques from Collage Unleashed by Traci Bautista. This is a piece of painted fabric that Clarissa did. The next step will be to add stamps and stitching to it. This is a paper towel that Clarissa brayered over the above fabric with. Tonight she will use this for a school project by printing a verse using the printer and then decorating the edges with stamps and ? The project is worth an extra 10 points and has to be creative. I say printing on a paper towel is pretty creative!
This piece is heavy weight muslin and is the beginning of a journal cover. It is very basic now but has great potential with the addition of images, stamping and doodles. I can't wait to see what Clarissa comes up with. If you get a chance to look at the book or the DVD by Traci, I'd highly recommend it. Our stuff looks very elementary compared to Traci's work but we're at step #1..maybe! I can't wait to start adding embellishment and stitches. Later...

Friday, May 1, 2009

A Quote Worth Reading

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

-this version is credited to Mother Teresa