Monday, November 24, 2008
I'm having loads of fun with one "fun" gift. I made a prototype and it turned out well, so now I'm onto the "real" gift. Its fun and quirky and.... well....fun! Nothing artsy about it.
So this weekend was devoted mostly to these gift packages, which will consist of a large or larger item and several small things. I've got 2 of the big things totally done. No big gift yet for the 3rd package. I'm still deciding what to do on that one.
Of the smaller items. One gift, a large drawing isn't panning out too well. I actually like it, but its not turning out to give the mood its supposed to. So...I may have to start all over. Tho I'll save this for later. A second piece, same size is watercolor and ink; it's turning out well. I've got the watercolor washes down and just need to add the ink work. This is the time consuming part, but I can work at it in fits and spurts. And then there is the fun piece. Again something I can work on it fits and spurts, so I work on it when I need a break on the others.
I only have another week to get them in the mail. Oh geez.....I only have another week.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Lately, though, there has been some renewed interest in using this theme for teaching kids how to make ATCs using collage as an example.
The idea is that a good collage is made up of multiple layers and should include:
- pleasing colors
- use of lines and texture
- a focal point/ balance
- uneven numbers of elements or layers (3 minimum, 5 is better)
- 2 toothpicks
- 5 punched dots
- 2 visual textures
- original background
Here are some examples of what was submitted for the swap.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
I finished up a Famous Artists piece that I had started for a Pick a Theme swap and doodled a bit in the car. I'm calling the doodles "Zoodles" since I was inspired by the Zentangle craze.
They're ATC sized. Not too bad given all the jiggling in the car. I like the idea of using the doodling to help me get through blocks. In ways they're quite freeing.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
However, I am taking an oil painting class, which has given me a creative opportunity for the last 2 weeks. So far, I've created nothing worth bragging about or showing. Hopefully that will change with practice.
In the meantime, what other little craftsy time I've had, I've had to give to the quilt. But it's coming along and I may even finish it before the little guy (the Peanut) decides he's ready to face the world.
Friday, February 1, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
So far, there is the giraffe, cat, elephant, lamb, and monkey. The little monkey is dangling from the elephants trunk. Later I'll add the embroidery detail on the animals.So here it is. The clouds aren't on, that is only the pattern that I've cut. And there are still a few pins in the lamb.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Even if its only working on 1 little ATC or ACEO.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
I took pictures of some jewelry to get it ready to put on Etsy. And I'm making gains on catching up on my art commitments. I've now finished all of the Famous Artists PAT for IllustratedATCs.com. Including a hostess card for Meran (the Eve card) for being such a fab hostess.
Friday, January 11, 2008
- Valentine package swap - need to send next week
- 2 altered needlecases - 1 done (due end of month)
- Famous Artists PAT - 3 done including hostess card, so 1 more needed (due end of month)
- 3 Zetti Tarot cards (the ones I'm sweating buckets over) - sketches made ( I have time here)
- fabric postcard - overdue, but I'm struggling with this one too, and she said she's ok. I have started it (but then I did 3 previous versions that I didn't like, so....)
- 2 8 x 11 paintings green - not due till June
I had to drop a art quilt swap I was in. I hated to, but the timing was killing me. It looks like it will be an ongoing thing, so I hope to pick up some spots after I have to finish that baby quilt I'm working on. But I gotta get that quilt done and that is what's stressing me. I only have 4 more months. So, once I get the due now stuff out of the way, then I can focus on the quilt and work on the tarot cards and green paintings here and there for a break from the quilt.
So, this weekend is the time I've alotted myself to get those first 3 caught up and hopefully the postcard too. Once those are done, then the heat is off.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
I made quite a few this year, which is unusual for me. I usually try to keep them manageable, but I still end up only doing 1 or 2. So this year, DH and I made categories of resolutions and put at least 2 to 4 in each category.
So...for me and my creative endeavours these were my resolutions
- more bigger art
- less time playing on the computer at home (yes, this is related to art as the computer time digs into creativity time)
- take at least 1 artsy worskhop or mini course
- finish the baby quilt (before June)
So...today I will tidy up my creative space so that I can reasonably tackle my resolutions. Wish me luck. Oh.... and if I don't post for several days, I'm either lost among the clutter or the dust bunnies ate me.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
I'm excited about (and intimidated by) the 3 cards I need to make. You see Zetti is like a foreign language to me. I understand the basics and love seeing Zetti art, but for me to create something in that style that I find pleasing is a whole other matter.
My 3 cards are The Fool and The Five and Six of Cups.
I've created a couple of prototypes of The Fool to work my way through it all, and I've come up with aspects of each that I like and want to incorporate into the final product.
- I like the face of whistling guy #2, I sorta like the donkey with chicken legs idea too though.
- I really like the edge of cliff in #4 and like the sky and swirlie idea there too.
- I like the pogo rolly thing in the last guy, and I like the sun, but I don't like his tummy hanging out like that. *sigh*
So far the 5 and 6 of cups are only at the pencil sketch stage. *double sigh*
Monday, January 7, 2008
So how do you start exercising creativity?
Not really sure, but to start, I bought and were given a few art journals. I never got into them before and am always amazed when I see other people's journals exploding with creativity. I think getting used to carrying one around and using it for ideas and doodles or whatever might help with my creative issues. Also, if I carry a journal with me while we travel, I can sketch and paint on the road. I bought this little watercolor field kit and just adore it. It's so handy and I love the quality of the paint.
So, here's the plan. One journal for at work, a teensy one in my purse, and another one or two laying around the house.
Ok, I'll start with why I need this.
To get motivated, to get me off my butt, to help my creative process. And I'll be honest, maybe a little tooting of my own horn a bit too. It doesn't matter if NO ONE reads it. By posting, I'm hoping I can work through some of my creative issues. Like inspiration and allowing my art to grow.
This blog is really for me, but you're welcome to come along for the ride.