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…

rough times…

Life has thrown us another curve, and I’ve had to put my Etsy shops in vacation mode for a while. My 85 year old mother-in-law fell last Friday (January 23) and she broke her hip. She had surgery on Sunday and, unfortunately, it led to several complications to her already bad health. I’m spending my days with my husband Lawrence at the hospital.

Any positive vibes you can send would be greatly appreciated.

‘Til next time…

View from my mother-in-law's window the morning of her surgery...

View from my mother-in-law’s window the morning of her surgery…

Keeping busy in the waiting room while she undergoes hip surgery...

Keeping busy in the waiting room while she undergoes hip surgery…

She made it through surgery...

She made it through surgery…

My Monday post in Instagram & my Facebook business page...

My Monday post in Instagram & my Facebook business page…

Caught the sunset through the ICU stairwell window...

Caught the sunset through the ICU stairwell window…

Lawrence and I stumbled upon a beautiful little serenity/meditation room on the ICU floor...

Lawrence and I stumbled upon a beautiful little serenity/meditation room on the ICU floor…

Yesterday I placed both my Etsy shops on 'vacation mode'...

Yesterday I placed both my Etsy shops on ‘vacation mode’…

Today: new room = new view...

Today: new room = new view…

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…

art journaling…

I’ve drawn, painted, and collaged in notebooks as long as I can remember. Now it’s called art journaling…whatever you call it – I still love it!

Last night I gathered my new not-yet-used Pam Carriker stamps, my beloved PITT artist pens, two of my own handmade stamps, gelli prints, paints, Mod Podge (Hard Coat is THE best!) and got to creating…

haven't used my sketchbook in a while...

haven’t used my sketchbook in a while…

using my new Pam Carriker stamps for the first time...

using my new Pam Carriker stamps for the first time…

used celery stalks to make these roses...

used celery stalks to make these roses…

instead of cutting them, I tore out roses I wanted to use...

no scissors needed – I tore out roses I wanted to use…

added strips of gelli prints...

added strips of gelli prints…

rediscovered this butterfly stamp I carved a while back...

rediscovered this butterfly stamp I carved a while back…

I also carved this hearts stamp...

I also carved this hearts stamp…

adding touches of silver to wings...

adding touches of silver to wings…

colored pencils over stamped paint adds color texture and contrast...

colored pencils over stamped paint adds color texture and contrast…

'She's finding her wings'...as yet unfinished...

‘She’s finding her wings’…as yet unfinished…

’til next time…

instagram pics…

some recent images i shared on my instagram account…

new mixed media piece: "Flower Heart", available in my Etsy shop

new mixed media piece: “Flower Heart”, available in my Etsy shop

new paper mache hearts added to our website www.ArtedeNuestroCorazon.com

new paper mache hearts added to our website http://www.ArtedeNuestroCorazon.com

items available in Lawrence's Etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/LawrenceAguilar

items available in Lawrence’s Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/LawrenceAguilar

one of my favorite instagram pages! makeblackoutpoetry

one of my favorite instagram pages! makeblackoutpoetry

was having one of those days...then my sister Lulu shows up with this. <3

was having one of those days…then my sister Lulu shows up with this. ❀

source unknown (if any one knows the source of this, please let me know!)

source unknown (if any one knows the source of this, please let me know!)

Saturday date night: Home Depot! (love these zinnias!)

Saturday date night: Home Depot! πŸ™‚ (love these zinnias!)

page from my sketchbook...

page from my sketchbook…

that’s all for now! don’t forget to check into my Etsy shops – i’ve been adding items to both stores!

Etsy art shop: Susie Carranza Studio

Etsy supply shop: Susie’s This & That – LOTS of new miniatures being added to the shop!

’til next time!

 

perfect for Spring – hand painted canvas bags in my Etsy shop!

do you ever shop at Blitsy? it’s an online marketplace with awesome deals on art and craft supplies. you need to be a member to shop Blitsy, but it’s free to join. then you receive daily sales emails – but you need to be quick, because the items are available for a limited time only (unless they sell out first, which happens often!)

a while back, i ordered some canvas tote bags and burlap pillowcases from Blitsy. last month i FINALLY got around to painting a couple of the bags (pillowcases to come later!) –

spray painting canvas tote WIPi spray painted the background one of my favorite colors: a bright turquoise blue…

sketchbook and canvas tote WIPi wanted to recreate a recent page from my sketchbook, minus the words (those will be appearing in a later canvas piece)…

canvas tote/red fabric marker WIP

using my fabric markers (Tsukineko Fabrico Dual Markers – also purchased from Blitsy!), i drew some big whimsical flowers. painting came next! it was my first time using Jacquard Textile Colors and i loved the result – the colors are really rich and saturated…

worktable: Jacquard Textile colorscanvas tote/red flower WIPred and orange Jacquard textile colorsgreen and white Jacquard textile colorssketchbook and canvas tote WIPcanvas tote/purple and blue WIPcanvas tote/purple and blue WIPcanvas tote/purple and blue WIPthese bags, along with a canvas messenger bag, are now available in my Etsy shop – only three bags currently available, each one unique, hand painted, and perfect for Spring!

hand painted canvas tote/red, purple, yellowhand painted canvas tote/purple & blue plaid, sunflowerhand painted messenger bag/orange, yellow, redhand painted bags/collagehand painted bags/text’til next time…

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creative? make sure to check out my other Etsy shop – Susie’s This & That – where i have lots of art & craft supplies: milagros, jewelry supplies, stamps, clay, ribbons, paintable items, paper flowers, embellishments, LOTS of miniatures, and so much more!

 

around here…

here in California we’re FINALLY enjoying some rain!!!Β  it’s funny how dramatic newscasters here are – other parts of the world are dealing with terrible weather, especially snow storms. here, as soon as ANY rain is in the forecast it’s “STORM WATCH!”

i’m embarrassed for us sometimes (lots of times)…

anyway, just wanted to share some of what’s been going on around here…

morning coffee 2.25.14

i’m a big fan of coffee (favorite: Nescafe!). i have lots of “good morning” pics on my instagram and facebook pages showing my first cup of coffee for the day…

spraypainted tote bag, WIP

one of my latest projects is a new collection of tote bags. i’m enjoying making my own fabric spray paints (love this blue!); can’t wait to see how they turn out! (stay tuned…)

sketchbook page 2.24.14

latest sketchbook page. julie balzer is one of my favorite artists, and she came out recently with a line of face stencils. this was my first time using my stencil. i loved it (although i did feel like i was cheating somehow by not drawing the face myself)!

Etsy supply shop/new itemsand finally – i’ve been adding LOTS of new items to my Etsy supply shop – so many new cool supplies for all my fellow creatives out there!

’til next time…

inside my sketchbook…

i’ve been using my sketchbooks more and more lately, and really enjoying it. it’s part of my “create every day” goal for 2014. when days around here are so busy that i haven’t picked up a paintbrush all day, i love to sit late at night (when the rest of the familia sleeps) and draw in one of my sketchbooks.

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i find myself using words and phrases so much more now, like this drawing from a couple of nights ago, “live a colorful life”. i drew it very late one night and left it to be colored in next chance i got..

…and i LOVE the results!

liveacolorfullife_WIP2.21.14this work-in-progress photo was posted on my instagram page (one of my “good morning!” posts)…

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liveacolorfullife_closeup2.21.14

i love working with colored pencils; i think they offer such great texture and layers to a piece…

liveacolorfullife_2.21.14

like i said, i love how this came out! the flowers are a little bit different than my usual flowers, and the colors are bold and vivid – perfect for my handwritten phrase.

even my father, a man of very few words, asked me “why don’t you paint this larger and sell it?”

and i plan on doing just that, maybe on a 12 X 12 inch canvas. i am also recreating something similar on a canvas tote bag; stay tuned to see how that works out!

so – what’s in your sketchbook?

’til next time…

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happy october everyone – my favorite month! LOVE the cooling temperatures, the changing leaves, Halloween – everything!

so, i’ve always doodled. when i worked a ‘regular’ job i doodled during staff meetings, i doodled on napkins at meal times (and still do!), i doodled while on the phone…but i never really kept a sketchbook. you know, one book where i sketched out ideas. i doodled everywhere anyway, and i never sketch out a painting before i paint it, so i guess i never saw the need.

well, this past june my husband took me to Dick Blick Art Store in Pasadena for some birthday shopping. i went to just buy a Gelli plate but came home with more. you know how that happens, right? (you can check out some photos from my first time using the Gelli plate here – playing with my Gelli Plate.)

so, along with my new Gelli plate, i got some Jacquard Textile paints (which i was very excited about but haven’t used yet), a roll-up pouch for brushes & drawing supplies, and a sketchbook. and i’m enjoying it. i haven’t done alot in it yet, but i really love drawing/painting in it late at night, when everyone’s asleep and it’s quiet.

here’s a peek at a few things i’ve been doing. please forgive the not-so-good pictures; the lighting here hasn’t been great for photo taking…

blue and orange brush strokes

colored pencil heart

autumn paint colors

turquoise black circles on gold

snakes making a heart

so tell me – do you use a sketchbook?