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... 



GROW ATC


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!  

Peace,
Donna




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.



smile


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...

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Trying to slow down

I could rush out a blog post every day...but why, to what end?  Nervous Breakdown Town or Cranky City is where I'd end up!  I'm closing in on 52 this year and realize I NEED to slow down.  Also hoping to drop persistent perfectionistic tendencies too.  (more on that, later in this post)




UNIQUE Inspiration Wednesday Journal page (before)


2014 was a busy, full and good year for me.  A bit too busy with work and not enough time set aside by me for exercise and beneficial activities.  I rarely rode my beloved bike (gasp), which I greatly missed.  I skipped art journaling for a major part of the year, a vital therapeutic necessity for me.  My 67 words, a weekly challenge, was more of an anchor than a fun thing to do.  





2015 butterfly inclusion (before)


2015 for me will be about fun, doing more things I enjoy, laughing more, pausing frequently and taking more time to create ART :)

I am taking a year long art journaling class with Donna Downey, called Inspiration Wednesday.  Every other week Donna shares a video of her art journaling process with lots of humor, info and FUN.  I love her style and vowed to work more slowly in my handmade inspiration journal. 




Be(e) before


 All the while, inside of me a hyper hamster pushed for speed and perfection.

The bee you see above no longer looks like that because of my haste.  Actually the entire 1st layout is now muddy and dull looking.  (see below)  

  


Be(e) (after)



Unique always (after)


I loved the way the spread came out initially!  Never having used glazing medium before I was really pleased with what I'd done on the first try.

You might ask, what the heck happened?   My journal would not lie flat when closed, SO I smooshed it between 2 very heavy books and left it to straighten up and flatten out.  OY!  Honestly, sometimes I baffle myself with the ridiculous things I do.  (Many layers of wet media didn't have enough drying time)

Next day, I pull out my now flat inspiration Wednesday journal, ah I've bent it to my will!  BUT the pages stuck together with some minor tearing of paint layers.  ***Here's where I'd like to go back to the past and just stop myself from "fixing" it!***
Not going to bore you with my attempts to repair damage done, I'm pretty sure you can see the differences between before and after pictures.

I've considered taking the journal apart, replacing the page and remaking it.   But I am leaving it alone.

The page stands as a reminder to slow down and let it be.  That may be the BEST thing I can see each time I open my inspiration journal!



My Inspiration Journal


It won't be easy to slow down...

Wish me luck :)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all the best for 2015!

Got any fun projects or trips planned for this brand spanking new year?

I plan to do a lot more monoprinting, have F-U-N every chance I get AND enjoy making art daily!
 



monoprint collage


Peace,

Donna