Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Bit of Art...a Bit of Knitting...

HB and I have been doing our fall house cleaning so things have been topsy-turvy around here. We're almost finished, and it's a good thing because we're having Thanksgiving dinner at our house. Two women from my art journal class will be is single and the other is married and her grown son and husband will be joining us, too. Hopefully my daughter will be able to be here but her work schedule might upset the apple cart. We're keeping our fingers crossed that she will not have to work on Thanksgiving.

The art situation has been glum but this morning I managed to do a little bit. I have had a couple of sheets of scrapbook paper with images from from Russia that looks like this...

and another one from England. Unfortunately I didn't think to snap a pic of it before I worked with it.

I used neocolor II's for the face and a water soluble ballpoint pen with water for the outlines.

I like how she turned out. I'm calling it Dreaming of Home...much of my family comes from England.


I think I've mentioned that I'm going to a beginner's knitting class at Legacy Commons. The woman who teaches it is fantastic...very patient and kind. I've had knitting lessons before but I never made anything more than a scarf and I never followed a pattern...until now! Here is my first ever project following a pattern...

I made slippers! I haven't put the cord through the holes yet, and I'm also going to add a pom-pom to the toe. I know they aren't perfect but I'm so excited to have made them and most of it was done at home after Denise (the instructor) got me started. I just used some left-over yarn I had but I think they look pretty good.

That gave me the confidence to start something else on my own. I made a dishcloth. I know that might not seem like much to anyone who knits but for me it was my first project started and finished completely on my own using a pattern.

It's a little wonky but for dishes it will be just fine. Now I think I'll try a shawl. I may become a knitter after all. I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Magnolia Kiss

I haven't had much time to make art but yesterday during class I managed to do a little bit. I finished this up this morning...

I used paper napkins for her flowers and the butterfly. I did the face with Neocolor II's and like how it turned out. I thought she looked as if she was going to kiss the butterfly so I named her Magnolia Kiss.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Birds and a Girl...

Some people in my journal class requested I do another demo on how I do mixed media art so I did another girl...

Most of this background was already done and had been hanging around in my studio. I just did a bit more to it and added the girl.

Then if you remember I showed another background in my previous post...I finished it yesterday. Here it is...

The lighting wasn't very good when I took this. It's much more vibrant in real life. Since I already had most of  the word "family" up at the top, and the birds were already stamped, it felt right to add a Momma bird.

I still had birds on my mind so this one came together really fast. I did most of this background in my class and added the rest once I got home.

That's all I have for now. Today is our errand day so I won't have much time for art. It's finally cooled off and we've actually had some fall-like weather...we even had a fire in the fireplace a couple of nights ago. Our first one of the season. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope wherever you are that you're having some good weather, too.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

More This and That...

Yesterday was my journal class and several of the women had requested doing something doll-like for their journals. So this is what I did...

It's actually done on a wood plaque from the Dollar Store but it could easily be done in a journal as they soon found out. I'm still challenged by the fact that many of them want "perfection" in their art. I've been trying for over a year to get them to let go and just play but some of them just can't do it. I was hoping this technique would loosen them up because it's that "messy" style of art. Next week I'll see if it worked!

They "ooh" and "ahh" over my journals but can't seem to understand that to get "that" look they have to be willing to just let things happen however they happen.

This journal spread is all magazine pages...even the black background. I did some of my fake writing in white all over the pages and then added  bright flowers. Nothing great, but I had fun with it. For some reason I love doing the fake writing. That's one area where I'm fairly neat (my handwriting) so maybe I like the messiness of it.

On this journal spread I had scraped off some different shades of brown paint, then much later tried out a stamp I made using red paint. It sat like that for quite some time and recently I added the red and brown circles and other dots and embellishments. It needs some words so they will come next. I've found that many of my journal spreads take a long time to finish. I put something down, then leave it until I feel inspired again.

And lastly, here's a background that I'm working on. Not sure where it's going yet but I have a couple of ideas. Most of the things I do like this go to the salon to be sold.

Today I'm doing laundry (one of my favorite chores) and trying to catch up on some classes I've taken. It's sunny and going into the high 70's today. I hope you have a great day!!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Doing a Little Bit of This and That...

This post is going to be a little of this and a little of that. A couple of weeks ago one of the women in my journal class, Lee Ann, asked me if I'd like to participate in her weekly get-together at her apartment complex. She has been teaching some of the women there about art journaling. I jumped at the chance!! Here is a pic of Lee Ann (top right) and some of her friends...

We had a fun time. In fact we ran over about an hour because we just kept talking. They had lots of questions for me...some I could answer and some I couldn't. I don't think there's anything more rewarding than getting together with other creative people and just spending time creating and talking.
On Thursdays I go to a knitting group at Legacy Commons. We have a good instructor, Denise, and she is getting me back into knitting. I'm still what I would classify as a beginner but I enjoy it. Here is a scarf I'm working on right now...

I'm using Lion Brand Color Waves in Purple Vista. The colors are richer than they are in the photo and not so blue...more purple. It's a simple scarf . I've had this yarn for several years so I thought I'd better start using it for something. Unless it gets really cold I seldom wear scarves but I guess it could be a gift for someone. I just like the meditative quality of sitting and's relaxing.

Do you ever go back through your art journals and re-do or add to a page that you thought was finished? I've been doing that lately. If you've been around here for a while you may remember this journal spread...

I had all the background done on this spread and it's been sitting like that for a couple of years. Finally I just added "create" on one page and "every day" on the other, dated it and called it good.

Just adding those words seemed to finish off this spread. I'm happy that I left it alone until I felt ready to add the final touches. I have a few more journal pages that I added to so I'll share those in my next post.

And last but not least...look at these gorgeous flowers my neighbor brought to me last week. They're my favorite color, too...

Aren't they beautiful?!!