autumn…

I love autumn! The cooler weather (well – cooler for Southern California), the changing colors of the leaves, fall fashion…love it all…

Today autumn found me feeling restless. I’m feeling the urge to go somewhere, be somewhere…

I know that might not make sense. Life is rough sometimes, and lately I’ve been feeling unfulfilled, uninspired, like I’m just going through my responsibilities almost robotically…

Anybody out there understand what I mean?

Autumn is here... - susie carranza studio

Autumn by Susie Carranza

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gelli printing! it’s been a while…

I pulled out one of my gelli plates this week and did some printing. It’d been awhile – I forgot how much I LOVE my gelli plates! I used my 8″ X 10″ Gelli Printing Plate this time – the perfect size for … 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…

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

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…

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…