Tuesday, October 5, 2010

2-fer Tuesday goes PINK

Sometimes life just feels a little crazy.  At least to me it does.  I have to say that this past summer, with the death of one of my brothers, I experienced a major personal 'reset'.  The shift in perspective for me is strong and still evolving.  My priorities are different.  I am more patient with myself and my students at school. I am more calm.  I choose my battles ever more carefully these days.  Some things just don't need to be mentioned or made a big deal of.  It's easier and more natural for me to demonstrate affection and kindness.  I am more free to give with less fear and thought about running out.

Since it's October, and Women's Health/Breast Cancer Awareness month, I have decided to have a focus on PINK this month.  In terms of my art, that is!!  I have always known that October was a time for particular awareness about these health issues, but really never gave it much serious thought.  My perspective on this has shifted recently, too.  I have two people I know whose lives have been directly impacted by breast cancer.  One of these people is a very dear friend, and her younger sister is ill. 

Survivor's Heart ~ ATC doodled on PINK cardstock

If you are reading this I invite you to join me.  Make PINK art this month and please post your work here with a link to your blog, Flickr, etc. so we can all see what you have created!!  In the meantime I'm adding some links here to a few other places dedicated to this cause....
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Website

National Breast Cancer Foundation Center Inc

Boobie-Thon for Bloggers

By next Tuesday I will have some resources for you to share or donate your PINK art pieces to patients currently undergoing treatment.  So let's make some pink art that celebrates, encourages, and ****uplifts****  ;) wink wink

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Coming up for air...

... after a very busy 2 weeks!!  Hectic at school, and I was ill last weekend.  Happily I had time to play this weekend and made a few ATC's.  Hope you like them!!  Oh yeah, 2-fer Tuesday is NOT gone, just slipped away the past couple weeks.  Tune in Tuesday folks, I hope you will!!

Meet & Greet w/Mona
Mona image from collage sheet from Ten Two Studios, background is from a recent Paper Source catalog ;)

Halloween Sparkle

Mona's Lament
Mona image from collage sheet from Ten Two Studios, background paper received as a RAK in an ATC exchange, black bug is a freebie from JackandCatCurio - printed on vellum

Le memoir du Paris
Background is torn and painted corrugated cardboard, Tim Holtz stamp, Prima flower

Halloween Brew

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Halloween Mix

Here are a few ATC's and a skinny I've made.  Some are light while others are kind of dark and pensive, actually.  I seem to back and forth between those 2 poles fairly regularly these days!

You Put a Spell On Me
Mixed Media skinny
jack-o-lantern in window from Dover
Vintage beauty from digitalcollagesheets.com
This is SO much better in person, the scan doesn't do justice to the sparkle and color here!!

Mixed Media ATC
this girl is a freebie I got from ??? {can't remember}
the flower bouquet she's got is an old old stamp I have
the text is from abook I have of short stories by Guy de Maupassant ~ this story is called
"Letter on a Corpse" ~ I took a little artistic liberty with the order of the words!

Mysterious Fear
Text from same story as above; I also changed the order of the words slightly here ;)
The woman is another freebie, same group as the one in the card above.

Halloween Spirit
The skull and sentiment stamps both came out of the $1 bin at Michael's.  The orane oval was cut from some packaging on a Martha Stewart product ;)

Wishing all of you endless treats and few tricks!!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

New Bird Species Found!!

Right here in Moorpark,CA... straight out of my head and inspired the California Quails who visit with us daily, morning and evening!!
New Bird
Blick Studio Markers and Micron Pen on Bristol Board

How about you--spotted any new wild life lately?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The 2-fer that ALMOST got away!!!

Ok I started 2-fer Tuesday a couple of weeks ago in order to improve my relationship with the number 2... and yesterday completely got away from me!!  This day job keeps me pretty busy most of the time.

I guess my "theme" (????) for this week is doing more with less.  Last week I was in my classroom for a couple of days, without students, preparing and organizing for the arrival of the students this week.  All teachers have bulletin boards in their classrooms.  This is a universal precept of all classrooms and requires specialized training as part of our teacher preparation courses.  I like the bulletin board: great for sharing important info with the students, displaying their work, making the room look nice... but I am not big on the 'traditional' border trims for these boards.  Have you seen these in the Teacher section at Staples or Office Depot?  A long series of A-B-C's that appear to be written in chalk?  How about those fun little green frogs over and over and over .........  So I'm trying to think of another way to 'finish' the edges around the blue construction paper I covered the board with.  Of course I don't want to spend any $ on this because I have all ready spent some on other things for my room.  Then it hits me: I have got a vast collection of patterned papers because I am addicted to beautiful paper and have been for my entire life.  Since childhood. Not kidding or exaggerating here.  I gathered a selection of patterns and colors and got out my wonderful Carl paper cutter, with the deckle edge blade :)

Cut and trim, cut and trim, cut and trim...all pieces 12 inches x 3 inches, with a deckle edge to face the interior area of the board.

NICE!! Got out my glitters and added dots of sparkle somewhat randomly along the deckle edges.

This photo is not very good as the glitter accents look more like little mouse poops here :( ---but they look great in real life!!
Off to the classroom they go

and around the board!!

Unfortunately I only have this one bulletin board in my room.  This border beats those repetitive frogs 8 days a week :)

These pieces are visiting there as well, so students get a peek at my work and some techniques I'll be exploring with them.  Like ZENTANGLING and subtractive painting techniques inspired by Jesse Reno and some of the work by Suzan Buckner and Michelle Allen.  Pop over to visit these super talented and inspiring painters, if you have not seen their work!

The super talented Jesse Reno has wonderful posts and a video of a live mural paint in Mexico city on his blog.  Sit back and relax, this is wort your time!!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The teacher and the student

Tomorrow I see my students.  Love that.  They help me everyday, often in ways I see more clearly when they are NOT around... I don't understand this but I accept it.

last year's panorama photo

The other excitement today is the this teacher becomes the student with none other than *drumroll * Chris Cozen!!!
I'm sure many of you are familiar with how talented and fabulous she is!!  She is teaching the following class in my area:
Driven to Abstraction: Deriving the Abstract from the Actual
2 Day Workshpop
Instructor: Chris Cozen
Dates: November 13 & 14, Saturday & Sunday
Time: 10 am -4 p.m.

I am beyond excited for this opportunity and am sure I will be filled up and super-inspired!!


Now I have to wait...for November... but I'm sure I'll have plenty to do between now and then ;)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Let the Dia de los Muertos fun begin!!!

I made quite a few ATC's today, all inspired by Dia de los Muertos.

La Muerte Verde
text, Twinkling H2O paints, fiber paper,stamp, sequins, ink

La Bella Calavera
Background done using part of an embossed invitation colored with Pan Pastels

Pensando de mi Madre
Pan Pastel background on embossed invitation cardstock

Para mi Hermano
thinking of my brother Jay who recently passed away ~ this card will be incorporated into an ofrenda to display in my classroom.  We run a total theme of Dia de los Muertos in my Art classes.

Baile de los Calaveras
I love the 'cracks' in the corners - thanks to a Martha Stewart punch
Another Pan Pastel background :)

Muchas gracias para visitar a la Salon de Paris!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Plate Fills Up..........

.........and I'm off to a new school year!! The past 2 days were spent prepping and making policy decisions, dividing up duties, etc.  Students arrive on Monday the 13th.  In case I didn't tell you before, my 'day' job is teaching science and all visual art classes at an 'options' high school.  I love it and I love {most of} my students {most of} the time.  So cool ~ to be able to combine 2 areas for which I have great passion ~ and then to share this passion with young folks and see their perspectives on things as well.

Here are two more ATC's recently completed.  I'm really enjoying these and have been trading again. which is such fun and a great way to meet people ;)

To the Jewish friends out there, L'Shana Tova...........

Takin' It Easy
song title by Woody Guthrie

Silent Sunlight
song title by Cat Stevens
p.s. this is part of the canvas from this post

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

2-fer Tuesday, Number 2

Hi there!  Welcome to the 2nd edition of 2-fer Tuesday, where I am engaged in improving my relatonship with the number  *drumroll* 2!!!!

Recently I have been delving into doodling, drawing, and zentangling.  If you had asked me a year ago, "Will you ever doodle or draw, or do you plan to stick with collage and rubber stamping for your images?", the answer would have been, of course, strictly collage and stamps, thank you very much!  But I have become emboldened to draw and sketch, and then to show the results....  I don't know what has gotten into me but I am definitely enjoying this freedom from my most stringent critic, moi.  I have purchased 2 books for help and inspiration in my zentangling and I love both of them!!

If you enjoy tangling all ready, or just need a fresh view of things, I recommend both these books to you!!  There are loads of patterns here to try, and even combine together ;)  So many possibilities, need more pens ~ I've all ready drained one Micron pen, and my second one is fading now too.

Shaky Town
Done with my (fading) Micron pen and Blick Studio markers

I hope you like it and see the fun I had creating this doodle.  Will it win an award?  I don't know.  Will it be 'popular' with visitors here?  I don't know.  And, while I hope you enjoy it, my greater pleasure here is sharing it with you. 

Be bold and follow your art heart <3.  I feel so much better since I have crossed over into this zone!

Until the next 2-fer, stay well and MAKE ART!

Monday, September 6, 2010

ATC's without labor!

Made some ATC's yesterday.  No labor here, just love ;)
Isn't She Lovely?
Ramblin' Rose

Statement of Fact
{these men with checkered pasts are stamped and embossed onto semi-metallic paper that is a deep eggplant color - difficult to capture all that in the scan}

Back to work tomorrow!!

Oh yes, tomorrow is 2-fer Tuesday.....

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Revealing Journal pages

This 2 page spread in my new Handmade journal book is so reflective of where I am now... artistically, spiritually, emotionally.  The whole package.  Plus I really like the way the colors turned out.

Slooowly I learn.... to be fearless.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

2-fer Tuesday!!

I hope any of you that are reading this semi-regularly, or at all for that matter (!!) realize that I HAVE ISSUES....  A major issue is my obsession with the number 3... give me things in threes, the number itself looks so darn cute, three in a row, you see where I'm going right??  So in order to improve my relationship with the number 2, I hereby declare 2-fer Tuesdays .  You'll have to come along with me each Tuesday to see what the 2-fer is.  I can assure you it won't be the same from week to week!

Today I have, for you,

Product Review and Tutorial (all photos can be enlarged with a *click*)

Have you seen Claudine Hellmuth's Sticky Canvas?  I have been wanting to try this out as I love the look and feel of paint and collage on canvas but would like to incorporate elements using canvas into some of my other mixed media pieces.

Recently I gathered up these supplies...

and began mixing and applying paint, mostly in linear or rectangular forms.  When my intent is to paint and layer for use as elements or backgrounds, I often begin the paint layers this way.
The canvas is unprimed and I used it this way.  Next time I play with this I'll definitely apply some gesso to see the difference.

So I began painting and mixing, painting and mixing....

and here is where my first layer ended up.  The canvas took the paint beautifully.  I didn't have it taped down while I was painting so it curled A LOT.  When you painy on this with acrylic TAPE IT DOWN.  The curling didn't stop me but it does become bothersome.  I taped it down here after the paint was on and it flattened out beautifully.

Next layer now:  I {rarely} work in single layer of anything.  I don't really know how to do that but I'm learning with my doodles, sketches, and zentangles.  But one layer of paint only??  Fuhgeddaboutit.

The next layer involves stencils and pigment ink pads:

Here are my initial stencil selections.  Maybe I'll use all of them, maybe I won't.  I have to see waht develops during the process.  I like to use pigment inkpads for stencilling as I can control the color application very well with these.  I used stencil brushes to apply the colors and designs here:

So here's the {finished for now} canvas.  It is easy to work with and lays flat (!!). 

I can see these colors and designs becoming parts of art journal pages, flowers, or possibly ATC backgrounds.  Haven't decided yet so have just cut them into 3 pieces for now.  This canvas cuts well and the paper backing is not wanting to peel away. 

I recomment this product very highly, the quality and performance are superb.

Hope this 2-fer was good for you, I enjoyed it.  Hope to see you again next Tuesday for another 2-fer :)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

ATC's that are Winging It...........

Carry Me Above the World
Healing ATC#5
Your Song
Made for a private trade :)
Beautiful girl from collagestuff.com

I notice that lately I am using many song lyrics and/or titles in my artwork.  Has this happened to you??

Saturday, August 28, 2010


Micron pen on 4 x 4 Bristol Board

Friday, August 27, 2010

Art Saves

It truly does.  My sad quota has been exhausted for this summer.

Here's an ATC I just finished.......

The Power of Love
thank goodness for it!

And a sketch/zentangle I finished the other day, still playing with my new markers!!  I really like them :)

Sleepy Owl
4 x 5 on Bristol board

Have an awesome day guided by love!!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Best Dog EVER.........

..... has left the planet :'(.  SUCH a good girl ~ Samantha was with us from 6 weeks old to this morning.

What a month.  I'll be glad when it's over and school opens.

Go hug everyone you know.  Do it TODAY.

Samantha ~ Girlfriend ~ Pup ~ Baby ~ Shamalamadingdong
Run free!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Product Review

For a LOOOOOOOOONG time I have wondered about Copic Markers: what are they?  Why do so many people use them?  What can they do?  How permanent are they?  Why do they cost so much??!!

I have never actually used one.  The cost is prohibitive to me.  I'd rather spend my art supply $ on other things that I KNOW are worth the difference, yet still financially manageable.  Now that I am venturing into doodling and sketching more, however, I have been wanting to try some sort of colored illustration markers.  I was cruising the Dick Blick website recently and spen a lot of time looking at the Blick Studio Markers.  I read all the reviews and compared them to the Copics and Prismas.  These Blick markers are the least costly option so I went ahead and ordered the set of 12.

LOVE the colors!! Each marker has a broad chisel tip and a fine point tip.  So I used them first on some vellum paper ~ often a challenge to color, in my experience. 

The photo above was taken on a glass table top in ambient light.  I'm pleased with the color and coverage, still working on getting used to the broad tip :)

This sketch was done on Bristol board, 100 lb smooth finish.  Really easy to work on and the inks flowed well.

Here is the vellum layered over the sketch.  I like the color on the vellum, and the translucency of it, a LOT.  Nary a wrinkle anywhere ~ NICE!!

I think these are a good choice, certainly for the price!  When looking at the product reviews a common thread seemed to be that some of the pens were dry, even when new.  When I received mine I immediately checked them all and they were fine.  Blick is such a great company to work with, I'm sure they'd rectify any problem.  So I heartily endorse these, for whatever that may be worth!!

Now, onward to some drawing and doodling.........