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…

2014: create every day…

happy new year!  i hope this post finds you happy and hopeful in this first week of the first month of 2014.

i wanted to share the first creative thing i’ve made this year.  i’m part of a Facebook group of artists, The Studio, and the artist who created the group – April Cole – challenged us to create an art badge as a way of celebrating our one year anniversary as a group.  i hadn’t participated in any of the challenges or activities so far and i signed up for this.  who cared that i’d never created an art badge in my life!  we were to post it on our Facebook group page on january 1st.

this is what i came up with.  i covered a chipboard heart shape with a gelli print, and went at it…

art badge for The Studio (FB)…and i love it!

i chose the phrase “create every day” for my badge.  i plan to place this somewhere in my work space where i can see it daily, to remind myself to really create EVERY day.  even if all i can manage is a drawing in my sketchbook late at night, into the early morning hours.

CREATE. EVERY. DAY.

i’m grateful for this challenge.  it made me think about what i want this year to be: creative, colorful, and full of art.

art badge for The Studio (FB); create every dayart badge for The Studio (FB); sun stampart badge for The Studio (FB); milagros***

so, have i been creating every day?  we’re three days into january, and so far, yes.  if you guessed it’s late night/early morning drawings in my sketchbook – you’d be right.  my days are busy right now with personal issues, but i make it a point to stay up late, pull out my Sharpies, and draw.

i have lots of plans for this year. yesterday (due to the personal issues) i decided to temporarily close both my Etsy shops.  my husband (a.k.a. my shipping department!) and i need some time to focus and regroup.  and just breathe!  but it’s only for a short time.  i have my work table going with new projects, lots of ideas jotted down in notebooks – on the first of the year i even signed up for an online course with artist Jeanne Oliver.  i have lots to share and i can’t wait to get new items into the shops!  (if you’d like to see what i’m up to late at night, follow me on Instagram.)

again, happy new year!  and if you have a favorite word or phrase of your own, please share in the comment section!

til next time…