art helps me grieve…

art journaling: grief - susie carranza studio

Friday, October 20th, was the fourth anniversary of my sister Pattyโ€™s unexpected death. Four years. Since then, every subsequent October 20th always start out terribly, sadly, sometimes angrily for me. I wake up in the early morning hours and relive … Continue reading

first day of fall…!

Fall is here! I love fall – it’s my favorite season. Love the cooler weather, the changing colors of leaves, even fall fashion. Today fall 2017 introduced itself with a somewhat chilly morning – a comfortably cool 62 degrees.  I … Continue reading

first painted pages of 2017…

Happy 2017! So – it’s already January 6th. How’s your new year treating you so far? I painted yesterday for the first time this year! Well, I have been drawing and writing down ideas for new work, but finally getting … Continue reading

troubling times…

troubling times...-susie carranza studio

I couldn’t come up with a good title for this post. “troubling times” almost sounds like I’m trivializing the recent events of the world, but I’m at a loss for the right words… Last week, November 8th, was Election Day … Continue reading

peek into my latest art journal pages…

I love art journaling. I’ve always done it, even before the term “art journaling” became so common in art circles on social media. I love to have notebooks at the ready for drawing, painting, writing, dreaming…I’ve done this as long … Continue reading

around here…

Just wanted to share today’s sketchbook journal page. This started with some late night scribbling and doodles last night, and I finished it today while listening to the pouring rain. (LOVE the sound of rain!)May 8, 2015 sketchbook page - susie carranza studio

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I’ve added a couple new items to my Etsy shop!

I LOVE painting these beautiful tin nichos from Mexico. I painted this chapel nicho in bright colors – red, turquoise, green, and more – and on the inside I used the “El Corazon” card from a Loteria game (like Mexican bingo) on a bed of gold glitter (also from Mexico). To see more photos go to my Etsy shop (link above)!

El Corazon Nicho by Susie Carranza Studio on Etsy

“El Corazon” Nicho by Susie Carranza Studio

This small wood angel ornament measures just under four inches tall and comes ready to hang with a twine loop. I drew bold whimsical flowers on a white background, making them pop by using purple, turquoise, orange, yellow, and green.

"Spring Angel" by Susie Carranza Studio  www.etsy.com/shop/susiecarranzastudio

“Spring Angel” by Susie Carranza Studio

I have lots more projects in progress – I’ll be sharing soon!

‘Til next time…

art journaling, continued…

"fiery" journal page (Balzer Designs face stencil) - susie carranza studio

  Last week I shared the beginning of my newest art journal pages. Thought you might like to see the finished pages… ’til next time…

art journaling…

Life is extra busy now, lots of new challenges and changes happening, but I’m really really trying to work in my sketchbook more often… ’til next time…

last art journaling pages of 2014…

I wanted to share my last art journal pages for 2014. I stated in an earlier blog post that I’ve art journaled even before the term ‘art journaling’ started being used…writing and drawing in notebooks has always been an outlet for me. I’ve always journaled – I think of them as visual diaries. Again, today the term most often used is art journaling…

I’ve been journaling more often recently, and it’s really helped me in several ways: by writing out thoughts on paper, it makes me focus on what I need to do. I’m also writing out my ideas and plans for my art business, which is what I really want to focus on in the new year…

So here are the last pages I created for 2014 – and I can’t wait to create my first pages for 2015!

’til next time…

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last art journaling pages for 2014...

last art journaling pages for 2014…