Wednesday, March 15, 2017

February #ARTifact - Bearfootin' Bear

artifact an object made by a human being, typically an item of cultural or historical interest.
Cultural artifact, anything created by humans which gives information about the culture of its creator and users.


I am joining in on Seth Apter's #ARTifacts. It's a collaborative project for 2017 documenting adventures in art and since I have so much going on right now I figure this will be a great year to record. We are suppose to make a physical artist book to hold these memories so I am going to make a carboard tube booklet with removable tags.

This is my first time making one of these tube booklets and I was surprised how small it is... ( not sure why ) lol

StencilGirl stencils:
Decorative Filigree Ornament stencil, designed by Gwen Lafleur
Planner Spiral Notes 4 stencil by Mary Beth Shaw
ColourArte paint:


I have  am learning that it is harder to use a manual typewriter than I remember! Technology has once again spoiled me but I still love using it. The bottom portion of the tag is a bit messed up and I'll have to tape the tag to a sheet of paper next time instead of just sticking the tag into the platen.
( the cylindrical roller in a typewriter against which the paper is held )
I had to look that up :)

I have a little catching up to do, making the cover and making one for January but I think I'll be able to catch up quickly.

Monday, March 13, 2017

in between "stuff"

Daisy Mae is doing great, she still tries to eat the fringe on my afghan and is a real stinker about it. I am now foraging for her, picking fresh (pesticide free) grass for her and some violets. Her favorites are the white clover flowers but they haven't bloomed yet...soon Daisy Mae...soon.

We had a not so untypical snowfall the other day, that's life in the mountains, it was actually all melted by the afternoon. I love the pop of red from the Maple tree flowers against the snow.

Still chugging along on the Bearfootin' Bear, was very lucky to have had such warm weather to work on her outside for the last month and a half but that has not been the case these last few days. I do love however dressing her up for photoshoots since I am not allowed to post full pictures of my work until the big reveal.

And speaking of other things I'm not allowed to reveal, the Artscape of Hendersonville show coming up. Our artwork is going to be displayed on small banners hung from light posts throughout the city for a year. I can't wait to see where mine will be hung, AND I got picked by one of our local magazines to have an article posted about me...they even sent a photographer for a photo shoot...yikes! Nervous and excited about that, lol

So anyway, just thought I'd check in with you :)
So how ya doin'?
( said in best Joey voice from Friends )

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Spring Lamb - #ccbchallenge

"Re-birth"

I am sure that wherever you live there will be an abundance if new births come springtime, even flowers are re-born each year. I live close to the Carl Sanburg home and everyone really enjoys the baby goats born each spring, they even announce their birthing schedules!

 I recently did a video for my ColourArte team called Spring Lamb where you can see me draw and paint the lamb in my 7 Gypsies journal. I also adapted a Stencil Girl stencil that is intended as a rose but I used it as a sun :)
 ( One day I may actually use it as a rose, lol )

But for right now I am entering my art journal page over in the 

Spring officially arrives in 15 days although we've had springlike weather for the last month and already have daffodils blooming. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Happy Birthday to me

Yep it's that time of the year again when the old birthday smacks you in the tush and reminds you that you're still alive and kicking just OLDER than you ever thought you would be, lol BUT on the one hand I am still doing things I never thought of too, like being on a fabulous design team like StencilGirl. TODAY marks my first day over there so if you want to leave me a birthday gift, I would LOVE for you to visit me over there and leave me some loving, it would really make my birthday to welcomed in style over there. Here is a sneak peek of the project and for all that go over there, a big THANK YOU!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

water color and stencil are a match!

I am up today over on the ColourArte blog today with TWO journal pages and of course my usual video. Stop on over and give me a wee visit why don't ya...
( oh, I think I swallowed a Leperchan, lol )

Not only do I love this technique ( 2 prints are always better than one, right? ) but I love this stencil. Love Story, designed by Cathy Nichols for StencilGirl, was inspired by her painting “If You Want to Get Lost, Follow Me,” and it depicts a couple holding hands walking through a magical forest. 

Sometimes you have to get lost in order to find your way. This stencil contains rich patterns, trees, and flowers, along with spaces in the tree roots where you can carve or paint in the words of your own love story.




Friday, February 17, 2017

Mirror drawing for #BeOurGuest

OK, so last Friday I drew a portrait with my left hand, this week I am experimenting with mirror drawing...that's using both hands at the same time! My video can be found here :) I used my Elegant Writers pens, and I'm still not loving them like I was hoping I would...guess I just need to work more with them.


And I LOVE the stencil I used for the background, my new favorite :)

AND I get to add her to my 29 Faces, so this makes 11.