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Saturday, May 20, 2023

Feelin' Groovy


My neighbor called me and asked me to do a project for her for an upcoming high school reunion party. Her two friends and she wanted to decorate their jeans to make them "stand out" at the event. Since she has been on the receiving end of some of my other projects (both freely given and sold to her), she knew she wanted me to give her jeans some "stand-out".
I had pulled out the few tubes of fabric paint I had in my stash and we planned out what she wanted, which was a nod to the late 60's/early 70's. I had fun with these as I was just starting my own high school years, and remembered all the flower power, groovy, outta-sight icons of those years. My designs start at the knee and ending at the bottom of her jeans. 
I had to do a little repair work after she washed and dried them. I also found a couple more paints that really made the drawings and words stand out better. It's not my best work, but as long as she is happy with the finished work, I'm happy too!

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

I'm Seeing Spots!

I'm always looking on Pinterest and YouTube for another design, technique or materials to try out. I stumbled onto this "dotty" design and thought I'd try it out. It looks pretty good; better in person. But it's true that right now I am seeing spots everywhere!

If you attempt this type of doodling, I'd recommend you draw it in small doses, taking a break for your eyes! LOL  Meanwhile, my "new" art journal is filling up fast. It seems I only have time (or energy) for some quick drawing. I should be able to spend more tine on painting and crafting starting next week. Yay, me!!

Saturday, May 13, 2023

Let Them Eat Cake...


Today I'm featuring one more Zen doodle. It started with a rectangle, and after adding a smaller one on top of the first one, I was inspired to make it into a cake. It has four tiers, which is a whole lot of cake! 

But it looked lonely by itself in the middle of my page. So I added some decorations at the top, then some along the bottom. I am NOT a lover of white space, so I thought a few balloons would complete the drawing. and it does, so my work here is finished, at least for today. 

I mentioned in an earlier post how I have several different kinds of journals going at the same time. Well, I have one filled with "future projects", and I need to start trying some of those I've listed instead of being distracted by new pins on Pinterest or supplies I uncover while cleaning out and organizing my crafting area.

Once my sister goes back to Germany and her hubby, I can take some quality time with those supplies and create at my leisure. I'm itching to paint, and I have empty shadow boxes lying in the dark, calling my name to fill with holiday scenes. Oh, so many projects, so little time! LOL 

Friday, May 12, 2023

Zen House in the Garden - an Art Journal Page

I got a chance to create some Zen Doodling in my art journal today. I'm trying to decide whether to color the sky blue. Or to leave it uncolored. Who knows! I may decide to put together pages for a coloring book, but now is not the time in my life. I have a To-do list that is mind boggling-at least to my mind. So I'll happily feature my new drawing here on Blogger. I hope you like it.

As a side note, Zen doodling is very relaxing. Focusing on each line or squiggle you create, being mindful of the contrasts you want to showcase, I feel like I've taken a nap within my mind when I doodle. I hope you get a chance to try the benefits of this kind of art.

Challenges I am Entering:

the Crafty Addicts - Anything Goes
Path of Positivity - Create Anything inspired by Nature
Art*Journal*Journey - Inspired by Flowers

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Stress Less Wall Decor

 I can't find the time to craft while my sister visits from her home in Germany. I love having her here with me and my other sister. Half a world away is just too far, but she married a German National and loves living in Europe. 

But she took my car and went off to meet her best friend, so I had the day to myself. I used a thrift store find and painted the front in three of my fave colors. The words are put together with leftover stickers and rub-ons. It's about 8"x8" and something I must remind myself of every day. Life is precious and I should not stress about the small things. Sound familiar? 

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

The Birthday Girls' Getaway Reveal


My sister turns 60 in May. My youngest sister; I'm the oldest. We lost mom almost three years ago. Mom lived with my sister for 6 years and the loss has been harder for my sister than I and my other sister. I miss Mom just as much as my sister, but I am coping with her loss better than she is.

Anyway, for her 60th birthday, my other sister  and I, have planned an overnight trip to a tourist/historic place in Illinois. She doesn't want to know ANYTHING about the overnight, until we reach our destination. So we sent her 2 verses each of poetry (mine is on a previous post). Today I am featuring the "reveal" that I created for her.

I stumbled upon some Lemon Head tins in my stash- cute little things that have handles and look like mini-suitcases. I covered one with acrylic paint first. Then I created and printed out details of our trip and accordian-folded and adhered the pages into the suitcase.

I printed my favorite Bugaboo images of three girls and three women to cover the front and back of the mini-suitcase. I also wrapped the edges with washi tape and made a mini-luggage tag that I attached to the handle. I can't wait until the trip to put it in her hands. 

Besides the trip being her birthday present, I filled a pop-up photo album of Dee from the time she was a small child through present day. It has pics of us together, her growing up, and with family. I bought the album at a thrift store for an awesome price of $1.50!! It's pictured below...

I hope she feels loved and supported, and special for her landmark birthday year...

Challenges I am Entering:
  Creative Artiste - Anything Mixed media Goes
  Secrets to Stamping - Anything Goes w/a Fun Fold (Accordion for me)


Friday, April 28, 2023

Stray Flower

I discovered this gem in my backyard. It's a single red tulip, standing tall against my fence and rooted in the grass . I did not plant her. She just wandered into my yard and woke up this week. I snapped a photo and then played around in Photoshop. I used a watercolor filter on the background, leaving the tulip as it is. 

I'm thinking of framing this and hanging it in my trailer. It caught my eye and it makes me smile whenever I glance at the photo. Spring is shyly waking things up, even with the unexpected snow we had a week ago! I can't wait for my lilacs and cone flowers to bloom in the front yard. It will be a nice change from the dandelions that my neighbor so generously shared as he doesn't believe in getting rid of them. I can't complain too much because he is such a help when it comes to house and car maintenance that I can't tackle by myself...