Friday, January 28, 2005
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
I created this acrylic abstract ATC for a new artist friend down in South Florida, who just has to be the nicest and fun sounding person I've had the chance to email. She makes gorgeous painted atc's... sings... plays music in her own string band... WOW. Well, I had to make something fun and upbeat for our trade, so I created "Bumblebee Boogie". I'm just waiting for the paint to dry, so I can let it fly away to Elle in tomorrow's postal run. She's sending me "Hot Tomatoes". I can't wait to see it.
Okay, so it's not THAT cold down here in Florida, but my husband wrapping a bath towel around his neck for warmth while taking the dog out for his evening walk was my motivation for getting a "manly" scarf started. I haven't tried knitting in years, and it took me 20 minutes to decipher the instructions on how to cast on the dang stitches. At my rate of speed, the scarf won't be ready until next Florida Winter. I really need to get back to my painting projects.
I found this great paint bottle spinner rack at Michaels---it came into my life just at the right moment. I desperately needed to organize the space on my work desk before I lost my mind. I use these inexpensive craft paints to prep my pages in my composition art journal. This nifty rack spins too--giving me something to goof with when I'm stuck in creative la-la-land.
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Here's a photo of my art desk that's been altered. It was taken with my cheap Vivitar camera ($19.95--Walmart)---then altered using the colored pencil filter in Microsoft's Picture-It. I need to stop playing and go back to work on some of these art projects that are due. ;)
I recently created a small Yahoo group for artists that wanted to explore traditional art media and trade hand-drawn or painted Artist Trading Cards. We currently have an abstract swap underway, and I became obsessed with this means of expression. I signed up for six partners, and I look forward to receiving the surprise creations in the mail. Abstract ATC Project. Title: Confetti Celebration
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
This morning I worked on preparing my Italy collages for the ATC World "Around the World" swap for January. I enjoyed creating the layered background in Photoshop combining the Leaning Tower of Pisa and a map of Italy. I collected additional images and hand cut these, adding them as collaged elements. This will be a 10 for 9 swap, and I should get back cards representing other countries. Fun!
Monday, January 17, 2005
Saturday, January 15, 2005
Here is a start on my composition journal cover. I will probably stamp some title or cut out words to embellish it more. I loved the way the acrylic glazes worked here to give it depth. Here are the colors I used in order over a gesso base: Pumpkin Spice (orangey), Forest Green, Holiday Red (bright), and finally some School Bus Yellow. These were all cheapie acrylic bottles from Michaels. I can't wait to do the back now. :)
Thursday, January 13, 2005
I journaled about our recent trip to Tampa where our daughter participated in All-State Orchestra. She auditioned when we arrived and made concertmaster (1st chair). We are so proud of her. I still have more pages to write about the trip. For some of the artwork, I selected photos of windows that I took in St. Augustine, Florida.
Wednesday, January 05, 2005
I worked on some decos today for a swap that will be mailed this month. This was a beautiful booklet with a beeswax collaged element on the front and beads threaded on wire. I used chalk pastels for the shading and did a relaxed calligraphy with an italic dip pen nib.
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
For the January Postcard Exchange, I felt like designing in the abstract. I loved the bright, cheery colors of these acrylic paints. Each hand-painted card will be sent through the mail as a postcard---hope the postal clerks have sunglasses handy. LOL