Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday Song

It's not Sunday, but I am going to try this new technique to link up with Natasha at 5 Minutes Just For Me.

And then I'll know how for future Sundays! What a great idea! So today, I'll post one of my all-time favorites - Amazing Grace by Il Divo ! Their voices just blow me away! So hope you all enjoy this one!

Inspiration and Being Creative Blog Pary


I am sharing a finished art journal page and if you would like to see the steps I used to create this, check out my last post at Art Journaling and Joy.

Art Journal Page Using a Photo of My Daughter

Today I am linking up with Amisha over at Gorgeous and Fun Things for her Being Creative blog party. Her topic for the week is "inspiration" - and I have so many areas for inspiration that it is hard to find a place to begin!

First and foremost for me, I believe, are my children! I have 3 very creative children who love to create and don't get bogged down by "self-doubt" or others expectations. I remember sitting with my girls watching them do scrapbook pages by the dozens while I struggled to complete one or two. They just were happy and didn't second guess things, nor were they afraid to use my "special" supplies! LOL! All of these things are important for me to incorporate when I attempt to do something creative!

Next is magazines and books - there are so many wonderful things out there to expand your thinking and introduce you to new ideas. I remember when I first started reading Stampington magazines - I was sort of blown away by the edgy art they showed - especially in the Melange section of the Somerset Studio Magazine. But now I love trying so many things that I see there. I have stacks and stacks of books and magazines and I go back to them again and again. Something that did not mean anything to me the first time I saw it, may be very inspirational later, when I have been exposed to more regarding that particular technique!

And lastly, one of my most recent discoveries are online tutorials that are just awesome. There have been times where I have stared and stared at a page that I loved, but could not for the life of me, figure out how the artist accomplished it. Now that I have discovered these online tutorials, my eyes have been opened and I even think - wow! maybe I could do that! Here are just a few sites that have inspired me:       
Pam Carriker's Blog Pam has so many wonderful things on her site including some free tutorials!

Journal Artista Paula Phillips has lots of wonderful tutorials and videos that are FREE on this one!

All Norah's Art Sharon Tomlinson - wonderful painter of faces and also does wonderful fabric art!

Misty Mawn  - Just wonderful blog and her art is fantastic!

I could go on and on, but these are a few great stops for you to try out.

Thanks so much to Amisha for putting on this wonderful blog party! I am having a blast! Pop over to visit her blog and visit some other very creative blogs that are joining her for her party!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Art Journaling - Joy - Being Creative Blog Party


Today I am sharing my latest art journaling project. I will show some of the steps, although I did not get photos of some of the intermediate steps. This project is based on a photo of my youngest daughter.
This is the original photograph that I started with. It was taken by my oldest daughter last summer.
I then modified the photo using the sketch function of my printer software on my computer and printed this out. Unfortunately, I wanted the reverse, so I just outlined it with Sharpie marker and held it up to the light and traced it onto the back. Then I went over it with pencil and traced it onto a sheet of paper.

 This is the original sketch on a piece of colored paper that I have in another altered book. I then made a color copy of this and cut it out and glued it into my art journal. Unfortunately, I don't have pictures of the original collage before I started working on it. I tore pieces of paper from other artwork and glued them down prior to gluing in the portrait. I then painted just the face and skin area with gesso and then acrylic paint avoiding the eye area. I then began shading and adding color with oil pastels using the techniques I learned in Pam Carriker's Strathmore workshop 1.
This is the first photo I took of my progress. This shows some of the pink that was in my original work.
Here, I have added more details and shading.
 This is the final version - at least for now. Her cheeks are still pink! Sort of! I will come back to it later and see if I feel that I need to add more to it. I will be joining Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday. Head over there to experience more pink fun! 


And tomorrow I will be linking up with Amisha over at Gorgeous and Fun Things for her Being Creative blog party. Her topic for the week is "inspiration".
Thanks so much to Amisha for putting on this wonderful blog party! I am having a blast! Pop over to visit her blog and visit some other very creative blogs that are joining her for her party!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

What Art is to Me

Art, to me, is a new-found passion after years of performing as a research chemist using the left side of my brain. It is also a way to deal with my perfectionist tendencies. I especially like altered art and art journaling where there is no real right or wrong. It is my time to relax and just be myself and let myself play. I think I might have been artistic once as a child and it has been a lot of fun rediscovering that passion now. It has also given me a way to connect with others with similar interests, which is also a lot of fun. Below are a few examples of my foray into the artistic realm:
Copy of Brown Creeper  I drew a while back
Another Vintage Bunny Card for Swap
Art Journal Page in Progress
This week's topic over at Gorgeous and Fun's Being Creative Blog Party  is:
"What counts as creative time, how much time do you need to create?"

This is a very interesting question. For me, creative time is more than just being in my studio creating. It also includes creativity sparking - and I accomplish that in a variety of ways. One is browsing through other creative blogs. This is a great way to get inspired, learn new things and meet wonderful people.  Another way is to visit local Scrapbooking stores, art stores, etc. That can really get you going as you see new products and new ways to use old products. As I've already mentioned before, one of my most favorite ways is to look through creative magazines such as Somerset Studio.

But probably the most important of all is - as Nike says - "Just Do It!" So spending time in my art room playing is the number one way that I classify as creative time. I tend to get frustrated if I don't get some time to spend in there, and if my life is busy with other priorities, which is most every day, I tend to obsess over when I can get back to my art. This is a nice time of my life where I can actually spend time there, now that my children are older. So I look forward to spending more time in there in the future.
If you want to play along with the Being Creative Blog Party, drop by Amisha's place and join in the fun. I know you will be glad you did. It is a great way to spark your creativity!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Vintage Bunny/Chick Swap - Pink Sat. & Being Creative

As a part of "Being Creative" and Pink Saturday this week, I am going to post a couple of items I've made for a Vintage Bunny/Chick Swap I am in. We will each submit ten cards and they will be divided among ten ladies and made into a Vintage Bunny Chick Book. The neat thing about this swap is that all of the cards are allowed to be different sizes. I can't wait to see how the book turns out. What a fun way to start celebrating Easter. Easter is my second most favorite holiday after Thanksgiving! And an even more fun thing about this is that my oldest daughter, who was on Spring Break, helped me and we had a wonderful afternoon being creative together. This hasn't happened very often since she has been in college!
4X6 Card with a "little extra"

Card Back

Made by my Dear Daughter - not included in swap
Back of her card
I will post more photos once the books have been completed. This is only my second swap, but I find that being involved in a swap forces you to complete things and pushes you creatively. It has been a fun and challenging way to stay creative.

The topic for this week in "Being Creative" is "Things that stop you from being creative". Well my first and foremost is, as it might be for a lot of people - time limitations. It is hard to make time to be creative on a regular basis. I tend to go in creative spurts. When I am busy with heavily scheduled times in my regular life, it is hard to slice out a little time to be creative. One thing I have been learning from reading other creative blogs is that even 10 minutes can keep you rolling creatively. So I have tried to do that - try to something creatively almost every day - even if it is for a very short time.

Well, if you would like to read more about being creative, head over to Amisha's blog at Gorgeous and Fun and visit some of the other bloggers there. She is one of the "pink" bloggers that I have met through Pink Saturday and has a wonderful blog.

And if you want to see other wonderful Pinks, stop over at Beverly's blog How Sweet the Sound. There are lots of fabulous links to every sort of Pink you can imagine.

Have a happy and wonderful Pink Saturday! Go be creative!

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Being Creative - "Art Journaling Page: Paris" & Pink Sat.

Happy Pink Saturday!

This is another two-page spread that I have done in my Altered Book/Art Journal. I tried to use some of the techniques used in Strathmore's Pam Carriker's Art Journaling class as far as shading and blending. The red page on the right opens up and has more journaling inside. I have really enjoyed using the new techniques-it definitely gives the pieces more depth.  The background is a map of Paris that I had.

This is a great example of how to learn - taking an online class. This Strathmore Art Journaling class has been fantastic because it is free. I don't know if I would have had the courage to try it if I had to fork out lots of money to take it. But now that I have gotten my feet wet, I might try one that I have to pay for. But for now there are two more workshops - on that just started yesterday and one that starts May 1. Taking this class sure has opened my eyes to new things that I don't think I could have figured out on my own.

Another of my favorite ways to learn is through magazines like Somerset Studio, Art Journaling, Artful Blogging and more. They are just great to look through for ideas and links and also often have tutorials that help me to learn.

And today I would love to highlight a new blogger that I have recently discovered! Karen over at
A Scrapbook of Inspiration. She has the most wonderful blog and the most beautiful creations. You will just love her blog and her work and be blessed by your visit, I am sure!  I am in awe of her wonderful creations. Here is a peek at one of her wonderful creations!
Photo and creation by Karen at A Scrapbook of Inspiration

I am linking up today with Beverly over at How Sweet the Sound to celebrate another Pink Saturday. Head over there to see more wonderful "Pink" posts.

I missed the linking up over at Gorgeous and Fun this week for Being Creative 2, but thought I'd post anyway.  You can go over to her blog and see links to other posts on "Being Creative".
Being Creative Blog Party