Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New One Little Word Challenge - Thankful

Hi friends!  It's the 15th of the month again and that means it's time for the new One Little Word challenge!  This month the word is...

THANKFUL

Here's what I came up with in my art journal...

October is always a great month for me - I love the changing colors of the leaves and the cool, crisp weather - just right for busting out cozy sweaters and hot tea. It's also the month that Michael and I got married, and this year we will celebrate our 7th anniversary! 

This year I have one more thing to be thankful for in October, - that I had the opportunity to  work for 35 years with an employer that was good to me, that I worked with people that I respect and admire, that I had a job that felt meaningful, and now - that I am able to retire and make art on a full time basis.  I feel very lucky!

So - what does the word "thankful" mean to you?  Come on over and play along with us at One Little Word!  Click here to go to the challenge!

Thanks so much for visiting me!  I will be back to blogging regularly on November 1st!  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

OLW for September 15 - the word is FEAR...

The new challenge is up at One Little Word!  This month we are making pages inspired by the word

FEAR

I was inspired by a video I saw of Jim Carrey speaking to a group of college graduates.  I loved what he had to say.  Here's what I came up with...


Here's the video...


Come on over to the OLW challenge blog and play along! We'd love to see what you come up with! Click here to go to the challenge...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I haven't forgotten you!

Hi friends!  I'm so it's been so long since I've blogged.  I just wanted to pop in and say I haven't forgotten you!  Things are so so so busy right now as I wind down to retirement, that my blogposts are going to have to be less frequent than usual.  I will pop in as much as I can, just to say hi and post a photo, but come November 1st I will be back to blogging regularly again!

In the meantime, if there are things you'd like to see me cover on the blog in the future, let me know in the comments - I'd love to hear from you!

I will leave you with a recent page in my Book of Days...


Thanks so much for visiting!  I really appreciate you!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Art Journal Conversations Article...

Hi friends!
Today I am so honored to be featured in Ronda Palazzari's "Art Journal Conversations" series!  I'd love it if you'd come on over and leave me a comment!

Check it out here:

Art Journal Conversations:  Michelle LaPoint Rydell

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, August 15, 2014

The OLW is.....

It's the 15th of the month, and that means it's time for the One Little Word Challenge!  The word of the month for August is....

LOST


Here's what I did...





Just for fun, I will leave you with the video for the song that inspired this page...


Thanks so much for visiting! 

Come on over to the OLW site and play along with us!  Click here to go to the challenge!


Sunday, August 10, 2014

I made a new travel journal kit in the Paint it, Sketch it, Store it class...

Hey there everyone!  How's your weekend going?  Mine has been great!  I finished my project from the Paint it, Sketch it, Store it class with Rae Missigman.  It's a travel journal kit!  Here's how it turned out...

It's made out of canvas.  We painted it with acrylics and made a velcro closure.  It's like a portfolio, and it measures 10.5" x 14" closed...
 I'm not gonna lie - it was ALOT of work - ha.  Not difficult, but lots of steps.  It was tons of fun too though, and I love how it turned out! It's something I will really use, so totally worth it.

Here's how it looks open.  The left side holds pouches for pencils, glue sticks, crayons, etc.  The middle holds up to a 9x12" journal, and the right side holds divider pockets for ephemera and collage papers...

As you can see, you don't need good sewing skills to make this  project - LOL...



The ribbon was hand-dyed as part of the process...




Once I start using it, I will post again, so you can see how it looks all filled up!

If you want to make something similar - check out Rae's Sketch it, Store it, Paint it Class by clicking here!

Thanks so much for visiting!  I really appreciate you!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Sketchbook Skool Rules!

I'm excited to share what I've been doing in Sketchbook Skool with you all!  I have been learning SO MUCH and having a great time doing it!

I've been through five of the six weeks so far, and I'm sad it's almost over.  When the next session starts (no date has been announced yet)  I will be there - I'm hooked!

I shared the first part of week one with you in this post.  Here's the third spread I did for week one with Danny Gregory...


In week two, we studied colored pencil with Koosje Koene...


In week three we worked on capturing the sky with Prashant Miranda...


and in week four, Jane LaFazio had us working on composition with a grid design...


I also decided it would be fun to do a line drawing portrait of each teacher, along with a page of notes from their class.  Here's how those turned out...




Each one of these teachers has inspired me so much with their unique style and outlook on their own sketchbooking practice.  It continues to be an amazing experience!

Thanks so much for visiting today my friends!  I wish you a wonderful week!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Now where were we?

Oh my gosh it's been wayyyyyyy too long since I've blogged - I've missed you!  As I'm getting ready to retire (68 days left now), things have been all aflurry and I've been having a tough time fitting in everything I want to do creatively.  Thus, the blog has been suffering, and I do apologize for that. 

I recently read Cathy Johnson's book The Artist Journal Workshop, and wow is it inspiring!  I can't recommend it highly enough!  In it, she talks about lots of different ways to journal, and one really resonated with me - it's called "integrated journaling," which really just means that everything goes in one book.

Here's a page I made in my Book of Days on the subject (click image to see it larger):

 (the page is inspired by an exercise in Judy Wise' Mixed Media Workshop)

If you know me, I'm sure you know that I am constantly changing my journaling "system;" so much so, that it has become comical to some of my friends (grin).  I've been ruminating on this for awhile, and while I didn't immediately change all of my books into one, I am heading in that direction.  Since I read about integrated journaling in Cathy's book, I've been inspired by others who also put everything in one book.  Two of my Sketchbook Skool teachers in particular - Prashant Miranda and Roz Stendahl have talked about this, and Roz even has this absolutely fantastic indexing system for her journals that just has me mesmerized.  Check it out here.

Anyhoo, as of August 1st, I've started a new Book of Days, which will now be my only journal besides my planner.  Here's the beginnings of it...

It's painted canvas in an 8" x 10" size...

I used my favorite binding technique (learned in Effy Wild's Bookbinding 101 free course)...

Here's the back...
(The layered painting technique is inspired by Rae Missigman's Sketch Paint and Store workshop.) 


I left the first spread blank, so I can figure out what I want to put there at a later date.  This is pages 2 and 3 (inspired by the new "personal sovereignty" edition of the Book of Days workshop)...


Next time I will do a catchup post on Sketchbook Skool (which I am still LOVING, by the way!)

I hope you are having an AWESOME weekend my friends!  Thanks so much for visiting!


Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer of Color Week 5...

I'm late to the party with week five's Summer of Color pages.  I figure better late than never tho, right?  Anyhoo, the colors were:

Red and Royal Blue with a Splash of Light Blue

I flipped it around a bit, and did red, light blue with a splash of royal blue.  Here are last week's planner pages...
 I used bits of happy mail Susan DaSilva Gallitto, Linda Rapchak and Leike Michelow - thanks friends!




 The documented life challenge for the week was to use a small photo somewhere.  Turns out, this cute graduation photo from my friend Christina's daughter Alex fit in perfectly with the colors - yeayyy!


Loved this quote from Oprah, so I had to include it...


I am definitely experiencing the wonder on my path right now.  I've got 87 days til I retire, and I am treasuring each moment of my job, while at the same time, gearing up for the new adventure ahead!

Thanks so much for visiting today!  I appreciate you so much and wish you wonder on your journey too!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

First Pages from Sketchbook Skool...

I'm having so much fun in Sketchbook Skool!  It's even more fun than I hoped it would be!  I'm feeling so inspired! 

I chose to work in a Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal, after reading about it on Roz Stendahl's blog.  I'm so glad I did. The paper is fantastic!  Nice and heavy, with a smooth surface for drawing details.

Here are my pages from the first week with Danny Gregory...




I hope to get another spread done before Friday, when our new klass goes up!

Thanks so much for visiting!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Celebrating Sumer of Color (LOL)...

I didn't notice the mistake til the very end when I was doing the border, but I still love my page.  It makes me giggle every time I look at it...
I did this page for Week 6 of Summer of Color.  This week's colors are Pink, Apple Green and a splash of dark green.  My favorite combo so far!

You gotta love your pages, mistakes and all, right?  They just become part of your story.

In other news, I'm deep into the first week of Sketchbook Skool and LOVING it!  It's more than I even hoped it would be!  Next post I will share my first finished assignment.

Until then, take care and have a great weekend!  Thanks so much for visiting!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Journal Surgery...

Do you ever start a journal, and for one reason or another, set it aside before it's finished?  I do.  Sometimes it's cuz I get excited about starting another one, or maybe I realize the format is hard to use or maybe it's too specialized a topic to fill a whole journal; but for whatever reason, it happens; and this past week it was bugging me.  I had this pile of nine unfinished journals...

I decided to do some journal surgery.  I took the completed pages out of each journal, and organize them in a loose chronological fashion.  I included the cover of the Letter Love one, since I created that one and wanted to preserve it.  Here's the pile...


Then, I cleaned up the edges, and three-hole punched each page, and created two sets of covers out of old record albums.


Now, I have two full journals, filled with random good stuff!  Here's how they look all finished...
I'm so happy I did this! 



Here's a peek at how each one looks on the inside...

Super easy, and now those half-filled journals are not hanging over my head like unfinished projects, and the original journals can go back on the shelf and await the next time they are needed.  Yeayyy!

I wish you a wonderful weekend my friends!  Thanks so much for visiting!