Archive | January, 2014

The one with works in progress

26 Jan

Happy Sunday,

I hope you all have had a fantastic week. Today, I’m going to start off by sharing my creative reminder to ACT (my one word for the year). It’s pretty simple, but taking the time to make this banner reminded me that I have a plan. If I want to  achieve my goals, I have to make time every day to work on those goals.

aI spent most of my time this week finishing up new items to take to Atmalogy. I took my new items over last Tuesday and

1 spruced up my space…..

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(Not sure why this photo came out so blurry, but you get the idea). Here’s a close up of some of my new creations:

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Cityscape granola box mixed media art piece – acrylic and drawing ink

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hand crafted greeting card – acrylic and water color

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Hand crafted greeting card – acrylic paint and drawing ink

Here are a few of the pieces I’m still working on:

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my version of She Art – acrylic and drawing ink

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Collage art – magazine page and acrylic paints

Looking back, it was a pretty good week of creativity and action. I’ve checked off most of my goals for January and I need to start planning for February. I also need to revisit my overall plan for the year to make sure I’m still on track. I’ve also been working on something just for myself (well, actually it’s the circle journal I share with my mom – I’ll share pics from that once I mail it out and I know she got it). Time to head back to the art room. My head is filled with new things to try and ideas on how to finish up these two pieces.

Until next week,
Cheers,
Michelle

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The one where I go back to my art journal

19 Jan

Happy Sunday!

I am continuing with my One Little Word, ACT this week by going back to my art journal. But first, here is my creative reminder to ACT:

ActI haven’t created in my journal since I went to the Estuary late last year so it was fun going back where this all started for me. I chose random papers to start and then covered the entire layout with gesso.

journal 1Next layer is some various shades of blue acrylic paints. J2I didn’t really  have a plan for this layout. I have been admiring Roben-Marie Smith’s work for a while so I think in the back of my head I had the idea to create something inspired by her.

J3I created this element using book pages and an old map.

J4The Nashville element was a leftover experiment from another art piece. I used Liquitex acrylic ink around the circles on the left side.

J5I added the little element at the bottom left using more book pages and washi tape. The border is Tim Holtz’ Distress Paint. I picked that one up a while back and hadn’t used it yet. I am happy to report that I LOVE it! The distress paint comes in a little tube with it’s own paint dabber. Super easy to use.

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J9I don’t think this layout is finished and I’m not sure where it will go from here. However, I’m really pleased with the it so far. Even more pleased that I took some time to create something for myself. I’ve been busy this week working on new items to take to  Atmalogy, so it was fun to work on something for myself. And I think that’s what I’m taking away from this week. I am working hard (ACT) to complete the steps necessary to make the move to being a full time artist. But all work and no play will quickly take the joy of being a full time artist away. So, moving forward, I will do my best to include some art play each week.

Till next time,
Cheers,
Michelle

The one with new handmade cards

12 Jan

Happy Saturday.

I don’t know about you, but I feel like 2014 is off and running! It’s been a busy week at Studio B. I chose my one little word for 2014 (drum roll please)…. ACT.  Three little letters with big meaning:

1 a :  the doing of a thing :  deed

  b :  something done voluntarily
2:  a state of real existence rather than possibility
3:  the process of doing :  action

For me, the reminder to ACT will be the reminder that spending time working on my creative endevors daily will allow me to acheive my goal of becoming a full time artist. In fact, doing something, even if it’s only for 10 minutes each day, is the only way it will become a reality. So, my first ACT this year to incororate using my one word was to create this January goal card.

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front of “Act” card

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back of “Act” card

Nothing fancy, but that really wasn’t the point. The important thing was that I got it done.

The other project I’ve been working on this week is hand made cards. Starting with left over event posters from work, the first layer is (of course)  gesso.

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Next comes the fun part; adding acrylic paint with a pallet knife. I use Liquitex Basic and Heavey Bodied acrylic paints and spread the color out with my pallet knife until I’m happy with it.

cards1I use some of these sheets for background and some for the focal elements. I draw the flowers with Winsor & Newton drawing ink and seal it with a spray acrylic.

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flower elements

card5I cut the backgrounds down to fit my cards and cut out all the flowers (which takes a while).

cards6I use soft gel medium to adhere the flowers to the background. After allowing the gel medium to dry, I drew the stems.

card7and finally, I attach them to the card.

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This set is for my personal use. I’m also working on some cards to take to Atmalogy (over on West End).

I’d love to hear what you think of my cards! Please share your adventures with your One Little Word as well!
Till next week,
Cheers,
Michelle

The one with She Art

4 Jan

Happy New Year!

I can’t believe it’s 2014; a brand new year with so many possibilities. As I was preparing my photos for this post, I scrolled through my blog roll and noticed many bloggers talking about goal setting for 2014. One Little Word (by Ali Edwards) is pretty popular. I’ve also seen beginnings of new 365 projects (like the one by Gretchen Miller). It all got me to thinking that I’ve never really made creative goals for myself at the beginning of the year. I will have to give this some thought. Of course, if I do decide to take on one of these practices, I will share!

Today however, I’d like to share one of my projects I finished up in December. I made this for my cousin (one of my very favorite people) and the phrase “Carry On Warrior” comes from the book of the same name by Glennon Doyle Melton. My cousin introduced me to this book and fantastic author and her wonderfully funny and real blog. If you haven’t read Ms. Melton, I highly recommend her! Anyhow, this is my second attempt at She Art (created by the amazingly talented Christy Thomlinson) and I’m pretty pleased at the way it turned out!

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SheArt6So, that was my last mixed media piece completed in 2013. I have a bunch of projects I’m working on this week and I’m looking forward to all the opportunities this year will offer.

Do you have a creative goals practice? Are you doing the One Little Word or any daily challenge? Share in the comments below.

See you next week,
Cheers,
Michelle