Sunday, August 30, 2015

Trash play

Sometimes I just like to play/create with trash.  Free materials takes the pressure off and gives my imagination space to run wild.  

Pile of trash?!

I see arms...

what is that?

covered in silver

All of the materials used in this project were found in the studio. 
How cool is that?!

Hello gorgeous!

Do you recognize some of my trashy bits?  Ha!

secret compartment

Sometimes, I wonder why I save all these bits and pieces?  And then this happens...secret heart compartment :)

Z's heart

The colorful rectangle is from the pretzel box side tabs and makes a fun belt buckle.  

Power belt

Z is my studio mascot now.  Makes me smile every time I see it!  And it encourages me to save "trash" things and continue making stuff.

I love making stuff, don't you?

Full view

Roller skates

A special shout out to my friend Craig who is always passing "junk" along to me from Agawam's Java Stop!  


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Magic word keeper

Do you believe in magic?  I believe in creative magic!  AND trusting in a process I'm compelled to do.  Like cutting words and phrases out of magazines almost obsessively.

Big beautiful words :)

figured at the very least, they could be used on ATCs or in art journaling spreads.  Honestly still not sure the whole WHY yet and I am OKAY with that! 

 wonderful word piles

Initially, I put the words into old coin envelopes labeled -a- to -z- and worked with that system for a while.  But it didn't take long for those envelopes to get over stuffed and for me to realize the need for another plan.

Using gelli prints, magazine images, the aforementioned words and washi tapes, I decorated alphabet index card guides(3x5). 

index guides a-d

I put them into an altered metal file box, which has been hanging around the studio just gathering dust. 

  magic word keeper

I love words, so having these jewels neatly stored away will make finding the perfect one(s) a lot easier.  And now this pretty box is useful too ;-)

 voila the perfect place to keep words

What's your current creative addiction/obsession?  Share if you dare...

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Monthly ATC display

Hello friends, 

Despite my long absence, I've managed to keep my hands dirty and the creativity flowing!  I set myself a goal for 2015 to make an Artist Trading Card each day and I hang each one throughout the month in the picture frame you see below.

Displayed April ATCs 

I use what's hanging around the studio and give myself the freedom to experiment, on a very small "canvas"(2.5" x 3.5"), but it's a lot of FUN!  I go with the flow, no judgement, just a free play attitude... 


I do a lot of collage with words clipped from magazines.

Look ATC

Experimenting with cruciform composition inspired by the workshop I took last month with Jane Davies.  If you like making abstract art, I highly recommend checking out Jane's blog (collage journey's) and classes!

Black, white and red

A horizontal collaged cruciform study on ATC.

Cruciform ATC

Every ATC gets my "signature" with date, number of 365 and some even get named :)

Back of ATC

At the end of the month, I gather cards together, rubber band them and stow them in a fancy shoe box...

4 months of ATCs 

Looking at the ALL of them at years end will be lots of FUN.  Life can be crazy busy and overwhelming at times BUT art and making things help put it all into perspective...  

2015 ATCs box

I encourage you to find what you love, then GO do it!  


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Feeling Inspired

I managed NOT to rush this week's Inspiration Wednesday AND get it done in one day!  

And it all started with Donna's fabulously FUN video, this photograph and the KEY TO THOUGHTS page.


It's a fairly monochromatic art journal page for me, but pushing beyond my norm is how I'm approaching Inspiration Wednesdays.  I like how it came out and was happy to use stuff that's been hanging around for a long time.

full spread

There's black lace, a gray tag, a fabric remnant, and book text over some gorgeous texture.  The texture was done with molding paste and some glazing of sap green and gray.

left page

This photo caught my eye because of the telephone pole practically coming out of that man's head :)

right page

You can see a bit of the texture on the page in this photo of my gray hole(not to be confused with a brown hole)!  Tag texture was achieved by crumpling it up a few times and spraying with water then I used some green glaze to mess it up some more.  

gray hole :)

So glad I didn't rush this page and will be waiting for the next Inspiration Wednesday installment patiently ;)

Are you playing along with Donna Downey too?  I am enjoy seeing all the fabulous art that is being shared on the Facebook page, it's inspirational...