Monday, December 31, 2012
My sister has become a tote bag making addict. She can't seem to stop. She has made countless tote bags for friends and relatives. She says that it takes her about 11 hours to make each bag, sewn from a piece of canvas on which she paints layer after layer. And the fabrics that she uses for the liners are fabulous!
Those of us whom she loves benefit from her addiction. Here are the tote bags that she made for my daughter and my BFF.
Thanks, sister, for my wonderful Christmas present. And let me know if I need to stage a tote bag intervention.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
My BFF and I enjoy many of the same arts and crafts so we tend to work each other up into a frenzy of creativity. This visit was probably the worst - or best - ever. We completed 2 really exciting projects, as well as eating, drinking, and shopping.
The first project was from a blog post by Alisa Burke. We made marbleized paper using leftover spray paint. We sprayed the paint into a bucket of water and laid watercolor paper on top of it. The paint stuck to the paper and created a marbleized effect. I love the way these turned out. As you can see we had lots of spray paint colors to choose from.
The next project was by Paul Bozzo. We made tiles using joint compound, stamps and objects, and 3 layers of paint. All the directions can be found on YouTube by searching BozzoArt but also check out Paul's blog here.
|Stamps pressed into joint |
compound spread on a MDF tile.
|The final product after 3 layers of paint|
(yellow, red, then phthalo green)
Saturday, November 17, 2012
|Yarn bombing inSweden|
It would have been funny if they had done this at 8:30 at night instead of midnight (because everyone wanted to be in bed by 10). It would have been funny if one of the participants had brought along her husband, kids, and dog in order to not draw attention to herself. And it would have been really funny if one of the members, dressed entirely in camouflage for the purpose of stealth, had ended up standing on a brightly lit street corner, arms akimbo, waiting for his wife to finish a conversation with some friends whom she ran into unexpectedly.
I'm not saying I was there. I'm not saying I witnessed these events. But I would love to be a subversive Knitter someday. First step - I have to learn to knit.
Monday, November 12, 2012
|my Inspiration Journal plus supplies|
used to create it
|this book was made for a little girl|
One student was a retired school librarian and found it difficult to tear pages out of the books. She was finally able to do it and the results were excellent.
|all the books made during the class|
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Here are some excerpts from The Artist's Way that address the idea of inspiration.
|tombeardshaw @ flickr.com|
I love to look for synchronicity in my life. I often feel that The Universe is trying to tell me something, mostly positive and supportive. At least, that's how I choose to interpret it.
The inspiration class also includes making an Inspiration Journal. Everyone, including me, loves leaving class with a finished project. I will let you know how it goes.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
We decided to create a collage using a canvas board, paper and paint. My friend has an extensive stamp collection so she used stamps on her project as well as paper.
|My friend's collage with paper and molding paste (the|
green leaves and light pink splats are paste)
|My collage - paper, molding paste,|
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
It took until this month for my friend and I to get back together to play with the newly dyed shirts. I started by cutting them into 1 inch strips using my rotary cutter. From what I read online, using the rotary cutter is key to making the material curl properly.
|Materials all laid out (yes, we drank wine too)|
Next we pulled out all sorts of supplies: beads, ribbon, buttons, waxed linen, thread, wire, chain, brads, and rubber o-rings. We played for about 3 hours. Here are the results.
|Chain, buttons, and beads tied on|
with waxed linen
|Ready for when summer weather|
My friend and I had fun with this "instant gratification" project. Go to Pinterest for more ideas of what can be created with old, cut up t-shirts.
|My friend made a Halloween|
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Right now the wall has a tree motif.
|The tree on my office wall with the first 3 birds|
Last winter I decided that the tree looked barren so I added the 3 birds. Those were not enough birds to chase away the winter blues, so I recruited other people in my office to make birds at lunch one day. I brought the supplies and the template (I wanted all the birds to have the same shape) and another 8 birds were hatched. I made 5 more to represent all the people in my department - they know which bird belongs to whom. The tree looked nice and full once all the birds were added and people dropped in to visit their birds occasionally.
|Each bird represents a person in my department|
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
|Mixed media bracelets|
|I tried adding a zipper|
Thursday, September 13, 2012
|A beautiful sunny day for a craft fair|
|A mural in Wicker Park where the Renegade Fair was held|
One thing I didn't expect to hear at a craft show was a loud scream followed by a person saying, "oh, it's just another zombie." There was a group of people who were covered in fake blood enjoying a zombie apocalypse game. Apparently there was a zombie hunter in the crowd and I believe he dispatched all of the zombies without loss of human life. The zombies were last seen boarding Chicago public transit.
Craft fairs are a great place for people watching. I saw some adorable outfits, all styles of boots, and lots of scarves. I hope I was able to blend into the hip, urban crowd just a little.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
|My meditating face|
|Playing with graffiti|
|Golden fluid acrylics - such bright colors!|
Monday, September 3, 2012
I am going to post quotes from the chapter that resonate with me.
Finally she asks the very pointed question: what gives you true joy? I have to pause and concentrate to come up with an answer. Perhaps I don’t want to be too extravagant. My list includes chocolate, time with my children, and a walk through a sunny tree lined park. Boy, am I lucky – I can experience all of those things today if I plan well.
So I am off to fill myself with some joy and snap out of my little funk. Think about the things that bring you joy and try to experience one today.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Daisy Yellow is the first art journaling blog I discovered. The author, Tammy, has great "Art Journaling 101" posts as well as lots of ideas for ICAD (Index Card a Day) projects.
Alisa Burke's Redefine Creativity blog is, of course, a favorite. As I have written in previous posts, I am kind of an Alisa stalker although I do consider myself in recovery since I got to hang out with her at CREATE in California. No need for Alisa to be afraid.
I recently discovered Donna Downey's Simply Me blog. I love her Wednesday videos where she shows exactly how she creates her art journaling pages. Her colors are so bright and invigorating. Her painting style and her video narrations seem to invite you to be her friend. Heck, she uses pages from romance novels in her collages and I just love that.
Hanna Anderson writes a blog called iHanna filled with art and other creative ideas.
I also follow Alice Bradley's Finslippy blog. I can't remember how I originally discovered her. She is a mother and author who writes very cleverly about life's trials and tribulations, including her battle with depression.
I have to include my BFF's favorite blog Elvie Studio by Lori Vliegen. She is a very creative mixed media artist who also has an online lettering class that I am required to take (per my BFF's instructions). It's on my list of things to do.
If you have blogs that you would like to share, please post a comment. Enjoy your future reading!
Monday, August 20, 2012
The fabric I chose was designed by a friend, Jennifer Heynen, who is the owner of Jangles Beads. She isn't exactly a close friend of mine, but she is very good friends with my BFF. She is, therefore, my friend by association. I'm not sure that she knows that. Be sure to check out her blog and online store.
|My new pencil case|
It was a lot of work to sew this little bag, since I don't have experience with sewing zippers. My sister helped me and her friend, a master seamstress, also helped. It took about 5 hours over 2 days to complete. Adding up my time and the fabulous, although expensive, polka dot zipper ($4 from Joann's Fabrics) this is probably the most expensive pencil case ever made. And I love it!
Thursday, August 9, 2012
|Cards that my friend and I made from paint chips|Pinterest idea for paint chip art
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Saturday, July 28, 2012
|Photo by Average Jane (flickr.com)|
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
|My tote bag made using sewing patterns|
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
|Creating the cover|
|Sewing it together|