Monday, April 30, 2012
Lesson 6 in Elizabeth's AB class on her blog has us continuing to explore design principles. This week we are looking at repetition, rhythm or pattern, dominance and contrast. My first completed page looks a little wimpy...I am hoping as the lessons progress that I will get some ideas how to add to it. Inspired by our trip to Mykonos:
As Elizabeth pointed out to me last time, my fish page also demonstrates repetition.
My second/third page spread turned out better; at least I was happier with it. It reflects a trip to Niagara Falls and visits to the Floral Clock and a Butterfly Sanctuary:
My book is really starting to shape up! Looking forward to the next lesson!
P.S. A few people inquired about my crystal sun catcher. These are antique crystals salvaged from a lamp. It does create many small rainbows in a circular shape. In our windows which have a gas in between, it seems to work better if it is suspended a bit away from the window--say, on a curtain rod, rather than from a suction cup on the window. I will be making up some for sale (I have another shape to try also) and will probably put them on my new website. When they (and the site) are ready, I'll announce it here. Thanks for asking about them.
Friday, April 27, 2012
I love rainbows...seeing them and using them in art, so I was thrilled when the APR theme this week was rainbows or creating with lots of color.
Having come across some large crystals awhile ago, I decided to put together a rainbow sun catcher.
Inspiration Avenue suspended the challenge this week to announce a postcard swap. I joined up even though I've never made a postcard. You can click on the button on my sidebar for more information. There are still a few days to sign up if you are interested.
Have a happy, creative weekend!
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
Yes, I am here with a second post! The theme at APR this week is coffee or tea--create anything using either as an inspiration. The idea came quickly, I just need the time to execute it. It is not as detailed as I planned. I did not even try to capture the reflections that show it is glass--my focus was on the flower--and trying out the new pan set of watercolors I bought earlier in the week.this theme.
It has been an
I could not be more pleased with how my first gourd turned out, and while this is absolutely an unsolicited post, I thank Nicole for her wonderful directions, inspiration, and most of all, patience! If you have a chance, visit her Etsy shop and see all the goodies she has for sale. She also has a blog where she often shows her beautiful work--stop by and say hi!
Have a wonderful, creative weekend everyone!
Thursday, April 19, 2012
I decided to create some ACEOs for the Earth Day Challenge at the 7 Card Draw Blog. This one is called "Tree Stand" and is acrylic paint on 140 lb. watercolor paper. The highlights were done in (my favorite)Micron pen & white archival ink.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
April is National Poetry Month, and with that in mind, Diane has chosen the theme for Inspiration Avenue this week. I chose a favorite quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson and created this mixed media ACEO:
Thanks to Diane for providing wonderful inspiration!
I am also entering this into the 7 Card Draw Blog Challenge, here.
Monday, April 16, 2012
In Lesson 5 of the Altered Book course offered for free by Bleubeard and Elizabeth, we are delving into design principles. Part 1 has us exploring and creating 5 pages to illustrate harmony, unity, balance, proportion, and emphasis. Below are my pages with brief explanations of the principles--Elizabeth explains it in much more detail on her blog.
Thanks for joining me on this continuing journey!
Friday, April 13, 2012
Jenn who leads the APR challenges was also the leader for this week's inspiration avenue challenge. She prompted us with foliage, and even though I could have linked the same thing as yesterday, I had a burst of inspiration to create this little tree:
I am also linking this to the 7 Card Draw Inspiration Challenge for April which is Earth Day.
Have a happy, creative weekend!
Thursday, April 12, 2012
The theme this week in the Artist's Play Room is to be inspired by whatever season you are experiencing in your part of the world. This challenge was a "no brainer" for me since Spring means flowers to me. Here is my latest whimsical animal planter--a dog filled with dogwood flowers!
here or on the button in my sidebar.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
I received the prettiest package in the mail this week. It was the giveaway I won from Gloria on her blog New End Studio. I had to take a photo of the box she decorated for me, shown with the front of the tag/ornament that I won!
my favorite colors. I suspect she also knows (from reading my blog) that I like (and create) butterflies, because when I turned the tag over...there was this pretty image:
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012
Inspiration Avenue on Sunday and see all the Frida-inspired art!
Have a happy, creative weekend! Happy Easter and Happy Passover!
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
It is ACEO size and created with Prismacolor pencils on 140 lb watercolor paper. The tooth of the paper was both a help & a hindrance! This was fun and a good exercise for me to try and improve my drawing skills. Thanks, Jenn!
Why not stop by the APR and see what everyone else was inspired by this week?
Monday, April 2, 2012
Lesson 4 of Elizabeth's AB class contained a very extensive review of different types of glues and some of their uses. After reading all and hopefully digesting some of the information, it was time to get down and dirty and do some experimenting on our own. She asked us to use four different glues plus gesso to adhere two pages of our book together and document the results. She suggested we could decorate according to our book theme and make tags to document the results. I kept hearing in my mind..."There are no rules" and just went with whatever came to me. I will just show the finished pages here and not go into all the details of how the glues reacted. The results are on the tags, however. I painted with watered down acrylic paint and made my tags from recycled manilla folders. Other embellishments were cut from previously removed pages from my book and some stickers or pages from travel brochures. As my book is on travel, I decided to make my tags based on the types of vehicles that I have used during my travels. The pages are pretty self-explanatory, so I will only make a few comments.
That is all I managed this week, although I did try the stencil frottage technique which was unsuccessful. I did try the glue resist painting, but my glue must have been old & dried yellow & flat rather than white or clear. I will try this one again as soon as I get some fresh glue.
My thanks, once again, to Elizabeth for all the time and effort in putting this free course together--I'm having a blast!