Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Workspace Wednesday...

Hi friends!  I'm excited to join in this week for Workspace Wednesday!

Here's an overview of what my studio looks like right now - it's a mess:

(Click on the image to see it larger)
It's a large space (24' x 20'), but it's in need of organization.   Things are strewn around willie nillie and there are piles everywhere, which makes it a challenge to get anything done. 

Here are a couple of closeups of the tables where I work:


The setup is not very functional right now and it's driving me crazy! 
 
The good news is we've ordered a large L shaped desk from Ikea, and a Raskog Cart; and it is scheduled to arrive today!  Yippee!!!

My plan is to bring you along with me as I transform this space into an organized creative sanctuary.  I will be back next Wednesday with an update - I hope to see you then!

Thanks so much for visiting!  I appreciate you!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Random Daily Junque Journal Pages...

Hey friends!  I've got a few before and after pages in my junque journal to share with you today.  These are just random pages of daily writing, with some techniques learned in Julie Balzer's 30 days in your junque journal workshop...

Wednesday November 5:
Before...
and after...
 That cute little drawing is something Michael found blowing around in the yard.  How adorable is it?  My favorite part is the "smuch!"


 Friday November 7...
I forgot to take a "before" photo on this one - sorry...


and Saturday November 8:
Before...
and after...
You can still see a little of the Filter Subscription page showing thru the right hand side if you look closely (behind the "know who you are" stamp, and above the words "no use explaining").


 and finally, here's Tuesday November 9:
Before...
and after...
There's nothing about the image on this page that has anything to do with my writing - I just liked it, so I kept it.  I also like the "Rubber Tracks" typefont, so wanted to preserve that so I could try it myself later.

You really don't have to have deep profound things to say to art journal daily.  Even though these are just miscellaneous random thoughts, I'm still going to enjoy looking back on them someday, and it's a great chance to fling paint around and play with colors!

If you are interested in making a junque journal like this one - check out Julie's "Make your own Junque Journal" workshop.  That's where I made this one and it was tons of fun!  Click here for more info.  (I don't get paid for this I just really want to share in the fun!)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Word is..... AGLOW

It's the 15th of the month and you know what that means....

It's time for the new One Little Word challenge!  This month's inspiration word is AGLOW!

Here's what I came up with...

I found this lyric from the song "Dance with You" by Live and it really spoke to me.  I used two of Jessica Sporn's stencils: Cascading Leaves and Rain.  The leaves became flames, and I made the girl from Rain fly by modifying the angle of her feet, and changing the way her dress lays against her legs on top.

Come on over and play along with us at One Little Word!  We'd love to see what you come up with for the word Aglow!  Click here to go to the challenge!

Happy Saturday everyone!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The days fly by (Planner Update)...

Hi friends!  Oh my goodness - I just realized that I haven't done a planner journal update here since early JULY!  Eek!  Here are a few catch-up pics for you - the rest of July...














Thanks so much for visiting!  I wish you a happy Thursday!


Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Girly Girl, Goddess and Stranger...

Hi friends!  I've been working like mad in the Radiant Faces workshop, and I'm excited to share my pages with you!  What I love about this class, is learning all different artist's perspectives and techniques, and applying my own style and twist to them. Some are more in my comfort zone than others, but they have all been fun!  Here are the latest three lessons...

This one is taught by Christy Tomlinson, and it's called the Girly Girl...


 Here's my "Goddess", taught by Julie Gibbons...

and here's my "Stranger", as taught by Dina Wakley...

In other news, I'm working on coming up with a more organized blogging schedule - something with weekly features, maybe some tutorials, and all kinds of different information and inspiration - oh and giveaways too!

In the meantime, you can help me out by letting me know what types of things you would like to see on this blog?  I'd love to hear from you!

Thanks so much for visiting me here today!  I wish you a fabulous weekend!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A dog and an elephant...

I'm really enjoying learning how to use watercolors!  I'm excited to share a couple of my recent animal paintings with you...

This puppy is one I did just for fun in my watercolor sketchbook.  He is a combination of pen and ink, tombow marker and watercolor pencil...



This elephant was in response to the No More Excuses Sprout for this week.  He is done completely with tombow markers, except for the eye, which is pitt brush pen.  He is attached in my planner as a tip in.


I hope you are having an awesome week so far!  I wish you a terrific Tuesday my friends!  Thanks so much for visiting!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Junque Journal Finished Pages...

I'm in the middle of taking Julie Balzer's 30 Days in your Junque Journal workshop, and I'm excited to share how it's going with you!  I'm having so much fun working on these random paper pages!  Here's what I've done so far...

I had already sketched the face on this page before I started filling it (a preliminary sketch for Radiant Faces)...

Same thing with this one - (secondary sketch for Radiant Faces)...
 I had a lot of fun taking this page...
 

and turning it into this...

Here's one where I channeled my inner Julie and tried one of her fast marker faces...

and these are the three latest pages...



Thanks for visiting me today my friends!  I wish you a Super Duper Sunday!!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Radiant Faces Beginnings...

I'm taking Effy Wild's Collaborative workshop called Radiant Faces, and I'm learning so much!  Each week, a different teacher shares their approach for creating a portrait; based on a unique character theme. 


Here are my versions of the first two lessons...

Jane Davenport had us create our inner "Nymph..."

In the second lesson we created our "inner child," with the guidance of Tam LaPorte.  I loved my dancing lessons as a child, and dreamed of being a ballerina, so here's how mine turned out...

There are nine different teachers total, and I'm so excited to learn from each one of them!

Another thing that is really cool about this class is that each week there is a part two, that shows how Effy approached the current week's lesson.  It's great to see how she interprets the lesson and makes it her own, since that is what I'm trying to do too.

If you want to learn more about the Radiant Faces workshop - click here.

Thanks so much for visiting!  I wish you a fabulous Thursday!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Trust Your Heart...

I've missed so much time blogging, it's hard to know where to start, now that I'm back.  Then I thought of what they say in the scrapbook world, when you are feeling behind and overwhelmed - I've heard it so many times:  Just start with where you are right now, and fill in the older stuff as you have time.   Sounds like good advice to me!  So that's what I'm going to do here.  I hope you like it!

This is my current journal - entitled "Trust your heart."  I made it as part of Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's "Make your own Junque Journal" online workshop...

 This is the front cover...
 It's 8" x 10"

Here you can see a bit of the back cover as well...

I used retro-70's wallpaper for my endpapers...

Here are just a few of my fave inside pages, all ready to start filling up...



I've made journals with inside pages similar to this in the past; but I wanted to take the class to learn the binding method and cover style, which are brand new to me.  I have to tell you I am totally IN LOVE with them!  I can see making tons of journals in this method in the future - it's so much FUN!

I've already started filling the pages and I will be back to start showing you those in my next post.

If you want more info on Julie's class "Make Your Own Junque Journal," click here.  I highly recommend it!  I actually signed up for the Junque Journal bundle, which includes "30 days in your Junque Journal,"  which I'm now working on and having a blast!

Thanks so much for visiting, and for your comments!  It makes my day to know you were here!




Saturday, October 25, 2014

Retirement, Vegas, and a New Phase of Life!

 October has been and continues to be a BIG month for me!

I'm officially retired!  My last day was October 10th.  Here's a pic of the beautiful cake from my retirement party at work...

 and this is my beautiful work team...
(Barb, Georgiann, me, Claire, Deeann, Mike (supvsr) and Amy).  I was so lucky to work with these awesome folks - I am going to miss them!

On October 14, Michael and I took off for Las Vegas on Honeymoon 8!

We had SO MUCH FUN!!!

The highlight was definitely the three shows we saw:
Rock of Ages


Donny and Marie Osmond


and
Michael Jackson "One"


They were all FANTASTIC and each one so different!!!

Here's a pic of us taken at the Donny and Marie show...

We are not drinkers, and we don't really gamble much, but we did TONS of walking; enjoyed the sunshine, the sparkle and glitz everywhere, and crammed as much fun into each day as we could.  It was SO AWESOME!!!

Now we're back and I'm still in recovery mode from all the excitement.  I'm sleeping a lot, and dreaming up lots of creative projects...

I'm so excited to be back here sharing with you!  As I figure out this journey of having more time for art, I plan to blog regularly along the way.  I hope you will visit often!





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...