Tuesday, July 28, 2015

T Stands For Tuesday

Hi Everyone! Today had a really slow start. After dropping off DD at the train station, I returned home to try to treat a mysterious problem with my feet.  Yesterday I was out all day taking my 89-year-old Dad to an appointment and food shopping and sneaked in a little bead shopping in for me. By the time I was to pick up DD, my feet started getting really itchy and almost painful.  Even today, they look (I will spare you the photos) and feel like they are burnt! There is a sock line and everything below it that was actually in my sneakers is red, itchy, and hurts. I was wearing the same sneakers and clean socks that I had worn before so I am completely baffled.  But on to today's tea post....
Here is my afternoon tea--I'm sharing the water with the plants.  The plant to the right of the Christmas Cactus is a Coleus that I grew from seeds. Behind the tea cup is an avocado pit that I am trying to grow.  This progress is after about 2 months--boy they grow slow.  I tried once before but gave up too soon, I guess. This one is almost ready to plant.  The celery did not survive; after planting it rotted, so maybe I will try again.

On one of our early morning walks, we saw the lifeguard at the beach...
who appeared to be leading a yoga class or something. Sun salutation everybody now!
Hope you are all having a great day! Thank you for visiting and stop by and see the rest of the T Tuesday posts here.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

T Stands For Tuesday-2nd Anniversary!

Hi Everyone! On this particular Tuesday, we are celebrating the 2nd anniversary of T Stands For Tuesday. It is the perfect time to thank our hostess, Elizabeth, for the work and hours it takes putting together and keeping together this group. She visits everyone, every week and always leaves such generous and supportive comments. So, thanks Elizabeth, you really keep the fun going!

Today my Tea art is all about the teapot! I found the quote on Pinterest with no idea of who the author is. 
The background was done with gelatos before I had any idea what I was going to do on the page.  I've been wanting to try texture paste and found some wall patch paste we had in the house, so I gave it a go.  Smooshed it through punchinella and am happy to say it dried nicely, and does not rub off! Yes, you will see more of this!
I was not sure if I would be able to write over the gelatos--they always feel a little waxy to me even after they are dry.  I need more practice with them, that's for sure. I decided it was more interesting to write on the teapots anyway, but was pleasantly surprised to find I could write on the background, so I added some steamy swirls.
"Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comfort of solitude and the pleasure of company" I even managed to find a couple of postage stamps that had teapot images so I'm also linking up to Art Journal Journey!

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, July 17, 2015

SOC 2015 Week 6

Hi Everyone! It is hard to believe that we are already on the last week of SOC! I really enjoyed the twist this year of using two shades of one color and one of another.  This week, it was orange+orange+blue. I made another ATC....
Instead of using paint for the background, I looked through all my craft storage and found a remnant of paper twist. It was perfect for adding a little texture. The other elements came from a die cut booklet of flowers and bugs, and since the orange flower had a yellow center, I replaced it with a blue rose. I think the quote by Edna St. Vincent Millay sums up my feeling about creating art in general!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a happy creative weekend!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

T Stands For Trying to Survive Humidity

Hi Everyone! Well, I was almost back to normal after my sinus troubles last week, and now the weather is set to change once again!  Changes in humidity really seem to take a toll on my energy level, too, so not much art has been going on here. With my daughter back home again, my day starts at 6:30 am (not used to that) when I drive her to the train station for her commute to NYC for work. Back home and time for breakfast:

There will be milk in my tea as soon as it brews!  I do have one on-going fun project that I found on Pinterest....
Growing celery has been all over Pinterest for some time now.  I like to see things growing so thought I would try it. It was pretty simple....Cut the bottom from a whole celery  and put it in some water for 4 or 5 days, plant and water. The new plant grows from the center. Mine is shown after about two weeks, so it grows pretty fast once it is planted. It will be fun to see if I actually get an edible celery stalk. I'll keep you updated.

The only art I've done recently besides my pieces for SOC is this Allium arrangement:
Hope you all have a great day! It's Tuesday, and I am linking up with Altered Book Lover for T Stands For Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

SOC 2015 Week 5

This week at Twinkle Twinkle SOC we are playing with 2 greens + 1 pink.  All I was able to accomplish this week is an ATC background since the weather has really been bothering my sinuses. Anyway, I will turn it into something more arty at a later date.
I echoed the technique Hannah and Rachel (Krisha's Keepsakes GDs) used in week 4, using no brushes or palette knives.  So I used my finger to rub the background pink and green, and then used a paper tube to make the circles with another green.  I liked doing it and really planned to do a journal page, but just don't have the energy right now.

I hope you have a chance to stop by and see the awesome entries this week. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, July 3, 2015

SOC 2015 Week 4

Hi Everyone! This week's colors are 2 reds + a metallic.  I decided to use what I started for Week 2 which was not ready in time because humid weather.  Well, I'll take you through the process briefly and you will see what I mean.

The first thing I did was gesso a page in my journal book.  The I used children's school glue to drizzle some free form flowers.
When dry, the glue was to act as a resist but could also be peeled off to leave white areas. I was having a lot of fun doing this and it came out rather thick.  This was the part that took forever to dry, and I wound up putting it in the basement with the dehumidifier running. I finally abandoned it for that week and moved on. Now we are up to this week.

I used my red & gold gelatos to go over the flowers and then smooshed them to the right with a baby wipe to spread out the color from dark to light.  At this point, after spritzing with water, I was supposed to be able to pull up the glue. Nope, didn't happen. I looked at the bottle & saw I used "washable" school glue which is the only difference and obviously an important one.  So, I painstakingly went over each line of glue numerous times with a baby wipe to have it be as white as possible. Here is my finished piece, inspired by Henri Matisse.
For my second red, I used some mulberry paper to cut out some free-form shapes,
and added the quote with gold metallic pen. It reads, "There are always flowers for those who want to see them. "-Henri Matisse

Thanks for visiting. Each week of Summer of Color stands on its own, so you can join in at any time. Here is the link to this week's challenge where you can also see what everyone else comes up with. Have a happy creative weekend!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Second Look on the 2nd: Burano

 Hi Everyone! It's July 2nd which means it is time to join up with Altered Book Lover's Second Look on the 2nd. It's a fun time where we re-post one of our favorites and then go around and visit everyone.  I'm a little late today because of internet problems, but here is one of  my favorite posts from September of 2007.

Burano is a pretty island a short boat ride from Venice. It has a population of about 4000. It is primarily know as the place where lace was invented. The story told to us by our guide is that the wives of the fishermen were inspired by watching their husbands mend their nets to use the technique to crochet elaborate lace. Needless to say, delicate lace in every form was available in every gift shop! Although we did not buy lace, we did buy 2 masks for our daughter. Carnival in Venice takes place just before Ash Wednesday & is a huge celebration. Masks play an important role in this festival, and, of course, they too are available in many forms & styles.

What fascinated me most about Burano was the colorful way the houses were painted. The photo above is just one canal. Again, the story related by our guide is that they were painted so vividly so that the fishermen returning home in their boats could easily spot their homes! When I first saw this view, it reminded me of the brilliant colors seen in the American Southwest--another favorite area of mine, and I fell in love with it!

All in all, another wonderful time! Plus, one shop we visited was playing Elvis music and had (the word)"Elvis" on their awning--so I could not help but like it!

Once again, thank you for all who continue to read my ramblings of our vacation!