Thursday, March 6, 2014

Marching On...

   and hopefully thawing out a bit. It truly is wonderful to see some melting of all the snow still piled up all over. And has anyone noticed the birds are changing their calls to songs of Spring? Oh it's also Daylight Savings Time here on Sunday- we move our clocks ahead 1 hour, giving us more daylight in the early morning. Three things I am grateful for! (If you click on the link it takes you to a list of DST dates for 2014 all over the world).

  The art today begins with my March calendar spread. This idea was a prompt from my DYAY class with JoAnne Sharpe (link on sidebar).

          The really tricky part was making sure to get 31 leaves across the pages in the right sizes!

  And here's a close up of days 1 and 2  filled in. I am caught up but  took this picture earlier to share with the class.





                                            linking to Kate Crane's Calendar Challenge 2014

This next mixed media page in another one of my art journals was created for Piarom's (Conny) Mix it Monthly challenge for March. The theme is abstracts and the color inspiration is orange and blue.

   The background was done by scraping acrylic paints over the page with an old credit card. Mark making was added and then when I spotted the two postage stamps I took off an envelope recently (thank you Patty-I know you do the same:) I collaged them on. I wasn't quite sure what to do next to add interest so I played around with a variety of punched  card stock shapes over the page. Once satisfied with it I glued them in place.

  In an earlier post I shared two pages I had finished drawing in my DYAY journal but they still needed the watercoloring. Here they are all done!


   Well, that's all for today. I'm trying to get ahead on some things for the coming week because next weekend St. Patrick's events are being held in town-which I won't miss-and in addition, the 15th is not only my birthday but also my two year blogiversary!! Wanna know how I will celebrate? With 3 giveaways!!!
So, stay tuned...

  And thank you all for your comments last Friday. Sadly, the time got away from me and I did not reply to each. Just know how much I do appreciate your thoughtfulness.

  Linking to Creative Every Day, Kate Crane's Calendar Challenge, Mix It Monthly, and Paint Party Friday.

   " We gain strength and courage and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."    Eleanor Roosevelt




44 comments:

  1. What a lot of lovely work you have created this week! Valerie

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  2. Oh my heart jumped with joy when I saw your surprising new banner.... I did not expect it and my heart seriously did this happy dance...looks sooo awesome!! Love all your have done this week with the leaves and the pages! Wonderful job! They pop off the page!! Great journal pages too!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  3. wow loving all your fab artwork Linda. Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. your abstract is beautiful - bright and the perfect thing for a weary winter day. Happy PPF

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  5. Nice work Linda! I like them all, but especially the orange and blue abstract piece. Makes me feel like Spring and Summer will be here soon.

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  6. I like your March calendar, Linda. What a cool idea! And your mixed media in orange and blue is really awesome.

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  7. A great job, I love these compositions!

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  8. Your journal pages are awesome Linda. I too love your banner. Great job.:)

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  9. Lovely work on the March calendar Linda. Adore you banner with the tree with the red heart, just beautiful!

    Annabelle : )

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  10. lovely spring filled pages this week Linda!

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  11. Really like your mix it monthly piece of happiness, what glorious colours and textures. ;)

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  12. Love those pages and that lettering!!!!!!!!!! Wow! HPPF!

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  13. Lovely abstract Linda..as I saw it first I thought about a doggy with a big round nose ;) thats me...I saw faces everywhere ;) Love the stamp and the shapes glued on in the end! I am happy you paint with us on Mix It Monthly ♥ Conny

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  14. The layouts you come up with always look beautiful!

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  15. your calander is so creative, i enjoy seeing the new one each month! Love your journal pages too!

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  16. Luv the leaves of March, have a nice Friday

    Much love

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  17. Luv the leaves of March, have a nice Friday

    Much love...

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  18. I love your pages, particularly the last one. They came out great!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Nora

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  19. Wonderful work! What a creativity! Have a nice week-end!

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  20. All wonderful!! Love the March pages!!

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  21. what a great way to document your life!!

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  22. Love your journal pages with the green and white all the colorful creations you have been doing ~ Wow ~ thanks, Happy Weekend to ~ xxx

    artmusedog and carol
    www.acreativeharbor.com

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  23. Spring has definitely arrived on your blog. It all looks so happy and sunny!

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  24. What a lovely idea for your March calendar page Linda...I love the journaling leaves!
    Your abstract piece & journaling pages look great too!
    Alison xxx

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  25. Wonderful, intriguing, and beautiful projects! I love your use of the color green, so pretty!

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  26. So many wonderful things going on! That blue and orange piece is my favorite. :) Such gorgeous colors! Looking forward to the giveaway.

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  27. Your journal pages are all amazing !!!! I am totally in love with the March Calender page though. It's so pretty and I love the way you have filled in the days with what you did :) Have a great week ♥

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  28. I love your composition for the Mix It Monthly challenge.

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  29. Good morning Dear Linda
    Firstly let me say how wonderful your blog header is - not sure if I have seen it before!
    Love so much your March calendar pages of 31 leaves and your journal pages 50 and 51.
    Yes I can see you sitting with a crochet hook creating some beautiful Spring flowers in the evening. In no time you would have quite a pile to use in your journals.
    Love and hugs and oh If I don't get back before the 15th I want to wish you a most
    Happy Birthday! I seem to remember you and your husband celebrating out at dinner last year??!!
    Suzy

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  30. Oh, I so love that March calendar spread. Love the playfulness and the bright green colour. It really screams "spring"... :-)

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  31. Wonderful creative March calendar pages...so original and fitting!
    Your abstract piece is fabulous and I must admit my eyes went to your stamps as I do enjoy using pretty postage stamps from all over...thank you for the kind mention dear Linda ♥
    Your range of creativity is always inspiring!
    Enjoy ♥ Enjoy your birthday month oxo

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  32. You always have so much on the go Linda! Lucky you that your hour goes forward already. Ours isn't until the end of the month and I'm really looking forward to those long days! I really like your orange and blue abstract.

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  33. Love your colors! The feeling of spring is in the air for sure.

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  34. Love your sketches/ paintings this week. They are so beautiful + I love the way your abstract turned out!

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  35. Hello Linda, I love all the art you shared in this post. What a great idea to draw leaves for your calendar page, it looks awesome! Can't wait to see them all done. I really do want to take her classes, did you sign up for both of them at once? I love the mix it up colors, they look great together. Your painted pages look so fun, really brings it to life.

    YAY for your birthday coming up!! Alisa Burke's birthday is this Friday too, do you read her blog? Congrats on your blog anniversary too! I hope it will be spring like all week for you.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  36. I loved seeing your lovely art! I love the idea of the leaves for a calendar journal page and the stamps on your abstract. How clever.

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  37. so love your journal pages - -especially the leave where you are filling each one in! I wish I felt more comfortable working with color the way you can! :)

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  38. First, I love your header design!!!
    Second, your art is full of energy, wonderful art work!!!

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  39. Fabulous vivid orange for Mix it Monthly.....love the collage. xox

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  40. It's packed as always here with creativity! I love all your wonderful art Linda, your March pages definitely sing of Spring and that abstract is bold and full of energy, bravo!

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  41. Linda, your new blog page looks fab and those watercolour pages are fantastic and so beautiful. I am your big watercolour journal fan! Big hugs to you and enjoy March!

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  42. Wonderful pages! Especially I like your abstract piece! It´s great!

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