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The one that disappeared

24 Nov

Well, this has never happened to me before. I had half this post typed up, saved it and now it’s gone. I was working in Chrome, because it’s my preferred browser, but I forget it has a few quirks. One being the weird way it doesn’t scroll feature works when I’m on WordPress. And  every time I start a post, I start in Chrome, cause, well, it’s my favorite. Anyhow, I saved, closed out and re-opened it in Safari so I could scroll and darn it, the post is gone. The pictures I uploaded are still in the library, but the post is gone…….Maybe Chrome is mad at me for cheating on it.

Ok, take two (right after I save this one). So, I’ve been working on the next steps in my creative life but unfortunately, none of that includes finished pieces to share with you. I hope to be share some of my news soon but for now, I will share a few things I’m working on.


I made these tags to go with my those art pieces I finished recently (my last post here). I thought they were kinda cute. The background is watercolor, the heart is acrylic and  (it’s a hand cut stencil I made).

new canvasI started 5 new granola bar box canvases. I’ve got the backgrounds complete on most of them and the focal points are beginning to take shape.

stampsI wish I could remember whose blog I was on when I saw this idea so I could give proper credit, but her name alludes me. Anyhow, I had hubs bring me some plastic washers home from the hard ware store and glued them to cardboard. Super easy and they work really well. I’m using them in a few projects already.

new projectAnd finally, we use a lot of posters to advertise events in our school. As a school, we do a great job of recycling, but I have started up-cycling and using a lot of them in my art. This is the start of a new set of greeting cards. I have a cool idea; I hope it comes to life the way I picture it in my head.

Hopefully, I’ll have some good news to report next week.

Till then, take care.

The one with the creative warm up exercises

8 Jun

Happy Saturday.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve struggled with my creativity. Ideas weren’t flowing and even perusing the many artists blogs I follow didn’t help. So, I started watching some of the videos I’d saved on my art journal Pinterest board and ran across a great video from Dina Wakley. She talks about beginning with a creative warm up kind of like an athlete would warm up before playing a game. At her suggestion, I found a box of tags at my local office supply place (although, I’d love to know where she finds tags in boxes of 1000 – I found a box of 100 and was thrilled).

The idea is to get the creative juices flowing, not to worry about creating master pieces. So, I got out some ink refills, a spray bottle of water, my tags, palate paper and got started!

tags 1

tags 2I sprayed each drop of ink refill quite a few times. And then basically dipped the tag into the inks…

tags 3

A few dabs here and there and I have tags. More importantly, it did get the creative juices flowing. So now, when I sit down to create and I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to work on or if I get stuck, I pull out some tags and some paint or inks and play. I LOVE it!

warm up tagsHere are some tags I made using acrylic paints (sprayed with a lot of water). I’ve also tried water colors paints (soft bodied) and they work great.

Of course, now I’ll have a bunch of tags all over the place. But I envision using them on cards, cutting parts of them out for journal layouts or art cards; the possibilities are endless. I used one to send a (short) recipe to my aunt the other day. Art on the front, recipe on the back.

So, thanks to Dina. Such a simple idea but one that has made a huge difference for me over the last few weeks. Let me know if you give it a try. Or do you already have a creative warm up? I’d love to hear what you do before you start.

Till next week,