Saturday, July 31, 2010

"Daisy Bluejeans"

Here they are "Daisy Bluejeans" all finished. I didn't add a whole lot more mainly just some text along the top.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!! I am off to raft down the Chattahoochee River today so that should be fun(O: I'll be back in Blogland on Monday. Cheers!!!

Friday, July 30, 2010

"Daisy Bluejeans" not quite finished yet

This page makes me laugh a little. These quirky daisies in their bluejeans almost look as if their wearing shower caps(O: Minus the daisy hair, this is actually a typical day of fashion for me. I love to be in my bluejeans matched with my dresses from India and my red Maryjane's. I haven't quite finished these pages yet, I will be working on the writing today. I found an ad with all the photographed jeans and thought hmmmm I can do something with those!! Have a great day everyone!!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

"Words In A Bubble"

I wanted to try a page in my journal using words in a bubble. I seriously think that drawing all those swirls around the bubble was incredibly meditative, I could have just kept on swirling. I had some music playing in the background and I was just swirling to the beat. It was a nice break a lot more fun than the cleaning streak I've been on lately. Have a great Thursday everyone!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

"Lady Pendants"

I will at home organizing again today but I just wanted to drop in and say hello and show you a few new things I've completed. These are two new pendants that I've just listed in my Etsy Shop. Both of these images are from my Sketchbook Project 2011. I'm determined to let these images live on forever(O: I hope you all have a wonderful day. I promise to catch up with all my blog friends just as soon as I get my house put back together. Thanks for all the amazing feedback yesterday I am truly thankful to all of you!!!

These Pendants are Available Now just $20.00!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

"Oh..... If I Only Had a Studio Front"

"Oh..... If I Only Had a Studio Front", this may be what it would look like. Another project I have for my students is to find a photo of a store front that fancy's them and transform it into something that reflects their personality. This is one I came up with for myself(O:

Also, I am in the middle of trying to reorganized my house before the girls go back to school so if I don't respond to some of your wonderful comments please know I am reading them I am just in the middle of piles of things to go through in my house. Some people spring clean......I always have to do a big clean out before school starts so we all feel organized around here. The good news is the little nook in the kitchen where I have been working for the past 4 weeks is no longer. Part of my big reorganization is literally turning my dining room into my studio / Art Journal Classroom. Ahhhh, it's no free standing Studio but it's certainly bigger than my nook in the kitchen & I'm still down stairs where everything is happening which allows me to play in my studio more. My girls are forever playing with me in the studio so I do feel very lucky to be creating almost everyday(O: They will never be able to say they weren't exposed to the Art's (maybe smothered.... just kidding). They love it like I do!!! Have a wonderful day everyone, I will be busy ORGANIZING...

Monday, July 26, 2010

"My Door Is Always Open" Journal Backgrounds

Good Monday morning everyone! This is a page in my Moleskin representing the way you can transform a simple photograph into and beautiful background. I showed a few photos here of the process. The stones were created out of a simple rectangular stamp that I made from an old wine cork and a piece of fun foam. I painted the stamp with a mixture of murky acrylic colors to match the photograph of the door and then I added a few flowers around the door and the border of these pages.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

"Funky Fonts" in My Moleskin Journal

Good Sunday morning! These next few pages are a few fonts I designed in my journal. These pages represent a tool for my students to use as well as an idea for them to design their own. They will be available on postcards soon. There will be two of each design in a pack ,so a pack of six postcards. It will be nice to cut the letters out and use them for future journal pages.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

"My First Moleskin Art Journal"

I am excited to have started my new Art Journal. I've heard so much about Moleskin Journals recently I'm not sure where I've been all these years. It seems to be just what I've been looking for. Why don't they carry them at Art Supply stores? I'm means isn't that where artists usually go to find a sketchbook.... My friend Jeanne told me to be sure and get the one with the lavender cover because that's the one with the thickest paper. It's amazing and so far has been able to hold paint, markers, sharpies, paint pens etc... Also I got it at Barnes & Noble for less than $20.00. The sketchbook they sent me for the Sketchbook project was actually a Moleskin so I guess officially that was my first one but the one they sent me was not the one with the lavender cover, that one have very thin pages. I actually had to glue three of them together each time to withhold all my goop(O:

So if anyone is in need of a new Art Journal for Mixed Media I strongly recommend the Moleskin Journal with the lavender cover(O:

These are the first two pages of my new Art Journal. My plan is to fill each two page spread with a different Art Journal Technique or tool that could be used for my class. I have decided to teach Art Journal classes after the new year so for the next few months I will be researching as much as I can and each new technique I learn or have learned in the past will be expressed by creating a two page spread with techniques. I will be holding my classes every week on Fridays and each Friday I will teach a new technique. All my students will have to do is bring their Art Journal and I will be supplying the rest of the supplies. I'm really looking forward to it.

My pages:

Page 1: Self Portrait by altering a photo and adding text withing the facial features. I basically wrote a short bio withing my features and gave myself extra long hair since I happen to be growing mine out and plan to have it really long again(O:
Page 2: A two page spread of a butterfly coming out from the center with wavy text behind. I chose to list supplies I like to use when I work in my Art Journal.

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Friday, July 23, 2010

"8 New Lady Hair Brushes"

I am pleased to announce that I've created 8 new lady hair brushes from some of my Sketchbook Project images. They are available now in my Etsy Shop!!

Pink & Green Lady Brush
Honey Bee Lady Brush
Turquoise Retro Lady Brush
Mystery Lady Brush
Gold Medallion Lady Brush
Busy Bee Lady Brush
Blonde Flower Lady Brush
Cobalt Retro Lady Brush

Thursday, July 22, 2010

"The Cover" Sketchbook Project 2011

I spent the day yesterday working on the front and back cover of my sketchbook.

The front Cover: I decided to use images from inside the book to make a mosaic medallion. I surrounded the images with puff paint to secure them. This way there is no way they can peel off.

The Back Cover: I wanted to create a jewel type effect on back cover. I glued gold buttons with a tile adhesive (the strongest glue I've come across) there is no chance of these buttons moving from the cover no matter how many times it's flipped through. I also placed a few coins between the buttons (heads side up) to continue the face in the crowd theme.

Now I need to say good-bye to my sketchbook as it will make it's way to the Brooklyn Art Library. The images within will be seen again soon. I have some brushes in the making as well as a few other artsy projects(O:

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I Totally Splurged at Barnes & Noble!!

The other night I felt the need to escape for an hour to Barnes & Noble and I totally splurged on some new inspirational books and magazines. If you haven't seen these they are all filled with eye candy . The ideas and techniques offered in these are really incredible. I am now preparing to teach my students all the different Art Techniques in Art Journaling. I have quite a bit of knowledge about Art Journaling under my belt but my research continues. I have my brand new Moleskin Journal and fresh new project(O: I will be filling this one with different techniques and tools to use in Art Journaling. Then in January 2011 I will begin my Friday afternoon Art Journaling classes. I'm really looking forward to this new project and journey as Art journaling has become quiet a passion for me.

My New Studio

My New Studio
It may be pink but it's no longer the closet under the stairs(O:

Happy Valentines Day!!

Happy Valentines Day!!
These are little Valentines Mice made out of little white stones. I stuck felt hearts on them and then embelished them with bows and eyes. This is a fun Valentines Day craft for my daughter's second grade class!

Art Doll Prints

Available Now!!!


Meet India, she is such a treasure! I made from a tea cup I brought back from India last year. She sits 6 1/2 inches tall. The base she sits on is a beautiful square plate I found in Crate & Barrel that matched the tea cup perfectly. India has been embellished with fabrics I also brought back with me. Her hair is a combination of wool and acrylic fibers and she is jeweled with brass accents. India has henna patterns on the souls of her feet and around the tops of her arms and sits in this peaceful position as she meditates. She's waiting to sit in your home and bring you peace.

India Prays

India Prays
Art Doll

Art Doll Mable

Art Doll Mable
Meet Mable, she's trying her best to keep her skin glowing. She believes in nourishing her body from the inside out but once a week a good facial mask and cucumbers on her eyes make all the difference in the world. She stand 8 inches tall and would love to sit on the side of your tub or on your dresser. She could spend hours in the bathroom! * Mable is an original one of a kind decorative Art Doll and not meant to be played with as a toy.