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The one with the creative warm up

3 Aug

Happy Sunday,

I’ve recently discovered Rea Missigman, an artist down in Florida. Some of you may know her as part of the team that designs the Documented Life Project. In fact, that is where I was lucky enough to find her amazing work. I now follow her on facebook and pinterest (and  you should too!) as well as her blog. On Tuesdays, she posts 15 Minutes of Mixed Media and I have started using her videos as a creative warm up on those days I want to create, but need a warm up. Her work is vibrant and fun and I really enjoy it. And I’ve truly enjoyed creating using  her style. Below are 3 examples of my version of Rae’s 15 minutes of mixed media:

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What do you think of my journal pages? Who is your favorite artist to use as inspiration?

See you next week,

Cheers,
Michelle

The one with the Empowered Woman series

13 Jul

Good morning,

It’s been another busy week in the studio. I haven’t had time to document my progress, but I do have these 3 completed pieces to share with you. The first two are part of my new Empowered Woman Series. Both pieces were painted on my hand made granola bar box canvases. They measure about 6″ x 6″. I create these pieces with acrylic paints, water colors, drawing inks, and misc papers (background). I’d love to hear what you think!

 

 

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This next piece is called a Worry Box. It’s made out of a tea tin and the idea is to write your worries and store them in the box. If they’re in the box, they won’t be in your head.

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So, what do you think? Leave your comments below. And don’t forget to check out my artist page on Facebook.

See you next week!
Cheers,Michelle

The one with handpainted cards

6 Jul

Good afternoon. Before I started blogging, I read a lot of dos and donts about being a successful blogger. One thing I read over and over again was not to apologize when you miss a few posts. I think I’ve missed a few months. As I’m not big on excuesses, I won’t give you any. I will say that I have been acting though (my One Little Word for the year is ACT). I’ve started teaching a Creative Play Art Journal Workshop at the Turnip Green Creative Reuse. The Turnip Green has a grant with the Nashville Public library to provide art workshops and I have been fortunate enought to lead some of those as well. I’ve produced some new art for sale (some at the Turnip Green and some at Atmalogy).  And I’ve taken some time to create just for myself. Most recently, I have started an artist page on Facebook. If you’re so inclined, please check it out. If you like what you see, please follow my page. Don’t forget to click the drop down box (on the like tab) and click Get Notifications so you’ll see my posts on you wall. This week, I want to share some handpainted cards I just finished. These cards were inspired by Rae Missigman and they are a lot of fun to paint. Enjoy!

Since I’m a reuse artist, I used magazine pages for this project.

Adding detail…..

Finished cards

Finished cards

I’d love to know what you think of my cards. I’ll be back next week with some more new art pieces. Thanks for continuing to follow and read. Cheers, Michelle

The one with miscellaneous projects

20 Apr

Good morning and happy Sunday!

It’s a beautiful day outside which means I’m trying to decide how much time to dedicate to working on art inside and working outside in the garden. But first, let me share what I’ve been working on over the last week or so.

I put together another sample layout for my Art Journal Workshop next week (at the Turnip Green Creative Reuse). Our focus will be Gratitude. I was really pleased with this one!

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Seats are still available so if you’re in Nashville and you want to come out and play with paint and paper, follow this link to register.

I started a new granola box canvas piece that will be going to Atmalogy soon. I’m really pleased that I’ve been selling some pieces there and Heather always encourages me to bring in new items.

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I’ll share the finished project soon.

And finally,  I was fortunate to see a lecture and exhibit by Maggie Taylor  (and husband, Jerry Uelsmann) a while back out at MTSU. I fell in love with her work! It’s so whimsical and playful. This layout is 100 percent inspired by her work (or I guess when it’s finished I can say that). I will share this one when it’s complete as well.

journal1 Journal2 journal3I think the warm weather has won out. I’m going to go play in the garden.

Till next week,
Cheers,
Michelle

The one with the unintended hiatus

4 Aug

Good morning,

So, it seems I’ve been on an unintended hiatus. My husband and I spontaneously decided to start doing some renovations and redecorating in our home. Which I am so excited about, but it also means I haven’t painted (other than walls) in about 3 weeks. But, I have the next 2 days off from work (yay!) and I plan to indulge myself in some of my half complete pieces. Please check back next Saturday so I can share!

Cheers,
Michelle

The one where I’m a guest blogger

26 Mar

Happy Tuesday.

Recently, my friend, Danielle asked me to be a guest blogger for her. She writes about her adventures in scrapbooking on Scrapper on the Street. She’s recently blended her love of scrapbooking with a new appreciation for art journaling so check her out. And you can check out my post by clicking here.

Let me know what you think!

And I’ll see you back here this weekend. I’m working on another made from a cereal box canvas (well, I guess the last one was made from a granola bar box, but it’s the same concept).

Cheers,
Michelle

The one where the country is in mourning…..

15 Dec

I really have no words to describe how I’m feeling. I’m a mother so the loss of so many children in such an unimaginable way brought me to tears many times. My heart is with all the families who lost someone in Newtown, Connecticut yesterday. My prayers are with those who had their childhood ripped from them  in a split second, those who protected innocent lives, and those who lost their own.

President Obama delivered heart-felt words yesterday with tears in his eyes. He addressed the nation as a father; said the things parents are most likely feeling around the country. He closed with words that have stayed with me so I too will close with: “G-d bless the victims. Heal the broken hearted and bind up their wounds.”