around here…

roses are beautiful in every stage - susie carranza studio

Hello February! Today’s a beautiful rainy day in Southern California, so I can’t take good photos today of the artwork I’ve been working on. Instead I’m sharing photographs of my past few weeks. With everything going on in the world … Continue reading

around here…

Well, here we are. Christmas Eve Eve. CHRISTMAS?! Every December I find myself saying “This year went by so fast!” Yet this year really did pass at a weirdly fast pace. I’ve mentioned this to a few people and they … Continue reading

new in Etsy shop…!

Hope you all had a great holiday yesterday! Even if you don’t celebrate the ‘traditional’ Thanksgiving holiday, I hope your day consisted of being with loved ones, lots of laughter – and yummy foods! Just want to share some new … Continue reading

starting 2016 inspired…

This new year – dare I say it? – feels pretty good so far. All over social media you see the usual beginning-of-year articles, posts, memes, etc. dealing with new year resolutions. Personally, I stopped doing resolutions a few years … Continue reading

what I’m working on…

Happy Friday! I’ve been getting back to creating again – finally! Finding time to do what my heart and soul NEED to do is just what the doctor ordered. And I do mean that literally. My doctor said it was … Continue reading

creative April…

my work space today - colorful & busy!

April is turning out to be a creative month for me, and I’m loving it! I joined a 30 day challenge for the month – the Creative Sprint. You can follow along on social media by looking up the hashtag … Continue reading

getting back to my happy place…

Lawrence and I have been very busy these past few weeks, dealing with his mother’s health issues, and moving into his childhood home and trying to make it our new home. It’s been kinda chaotic – and honestly, pretty stressful … Continue reading

art therapy is real…

the term “art therapy” and “art saves” is used quite often, or at least it is in the blogs and Facebook pages I follow. I think after certain words or phrases are used toooo often they lose their original meaning. but I can tell you that there really is such a thing as art therapy – and I don’t need a licensed ” therapist” to experience it!

today my plans suddenly changed, and I found my Sunday being free. I was initially disappointed, upset, and felt very much alone…

so what did I do? I art-ed (is that a word?!) of course!

pulled out the largest canvases I currently own (only 11″ X 14″; they’ll have to do), got my most thrashed paintbrush and got to painting…

prepping canvases - susie carranza studio

prepping canvas (music book pages) - susie carranza studio

red paint - susie carranza studioart therapy (WIP) - susie carranza studio

art therapy - susie carranza studio

tissue paper circles - susie carranza studio

art therapy (WIP) - susie carranza studio

art therapy (red & black canvas) - susie carranza studio

…and you know what? it was just what I needed. I can’t control what happens around me, but there’s something about dragging paint around a canvas, ripping up book pages and gluing them down with no plan in mind, spilling drops of paint and creating pools of color – it just feels good.

now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some canvases waiting for me…

’til next time…

 

working on: hand painted and decoupaged wood boxes…

boxes WIP:june 2014i love painting on wood. it provides a smooth surface for paint, and can take LOTS of it. and wood boxes? FUNCTIONAL art! πŸ™‚

i came upon these boxes in my storage area, one already base coated in a beautiful turquoise, so i decided to finish them up…(forgive the photos; i mentioned previously that my digital camera stopped working, and i’ve been relying on my iPhone for photos.)boxes WIP:june 2014-2this 1987 Webster’s dictionary has been with me for years (obviously – 1987!). i love to write, and during my college years and several years after that, i wrote short stories and poetry. this dictionary helped me out, so i thought it would be cool to repurpose and upcycle it into my present-time creative work…boxes WIP:june 2014-4i love to fold and tear my papers, rather than always rely on scissors. it gives paper nice imperfect edges, and old paper is awesome for tearing this way!boxes WIP:june 2014-6Hard Coat Mod Podge from Plaid is the BEST for decoupaging, collaging, etc. i don’t remember when i first used it, but it’s what i always use now for these kinds of projects. it doesn’t have the tacky feeling that the regular mod podge leaves behind, and you can build up lots of coats for a more durable seal. works great on wood…boxes WIP:june 2014-8this box ate up lots of paint! it needed a few coats of paint, and there were drawers and crevices to deal with…(i’m using one of my FAVORITE colors: Americana Acrylics from DecoArt in Calypso Blue. LOVE!)boxes WIP:june 2014-9

the colors on the flower in this photo are NOT true to life! this was taken late at night with the only light source being a table lamp…boxes WIP:june 2014-10boxes WIP:june 2014-11 i always paint the inside of my boxes, but this wood looked so pretty that i decided to just seal it as is and let the beautiful natural wood color show.

as soon as the boxes are finished, i’ll be posting them to either my Etsy shop or our website at www.ArtedeNuestroCorazon.com – stay tuned!

’til next time…