Friday, November 21, 2014

Journal Art, Cards, Cooking and More!

  I have been busy! And with our American Thanksgiving coming next Thursday it will be another busy week since I am hosting dinner and will be doing a lot of cooking beginning on Monday. So this week I made a point to make art beginning with this page in my art journal:


  This is a page inspired by Matisse's still life paintings. I used only gelli plate printed papers for all of it. Oil pastels were used to enhance the images and a black Stabilo All pencil was used to outline and add some shading. This is the second page I've done using only printed papers and I am finding it to be such a fun challenge! You can see my first one here. Linking to Art Journal Journey (be inspired by the masters); Paint Party Friday; and Art Journal Every Day.


  A few weeks ago I received the planner on the left with large coils. I wanted to document  next year differently and thought this planner filled with beautiful art created by women, along with poems and stories etc. would be fun! Last week I received a hansa charm with a very cool silver charm attached to the moo card which I won in a giveaway by the talented Jessica Sporn. I also received a beautiful postcard. Jessica's thoughts behind her creations along with all the vibrant colors are just fantastic!Thank you Jessica! Don't you think these will fit perfectly with my new planner?

 Last week I mentioned starting my venture in Indian cooking. I have made two dishes and here they are:


    



  This is called Rava Kitchadi. It is so good-made with cream of wheat, mixed vegetables and spices. It makes for a great breakfast!









 And this is a Mixed Vegetable Poriyal. I did change the recipe a bit and used sweet potatoes in place of russets, and used frozen mixed vegetables. The taste is divine and I have eaten it in a lo carb wrap almost daily for lunch. I love this!



   Can't wait to try more recipes but I must finish these up first. I'm the only one enjoying them so I will have to cut down the recipes a bit.

  Since I may be MIA next week I want to wish everyone who will be celebrating a very Happy Thanksgiving!


 I made a handful of these cards to go out to family and friends along with a note of gratitude. I also wish to share my sincere gratitude for all of you, for your thoughts, kindnesses and support. Have a beautiful weekend!

  Linking this card to the Simon Wedneday Challenge Blog (theme is Thanks/ Thanksgiving).

" I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."    GK Chesterton







 

34 comments:

  1. Linda your wonderful paper collage inspired by Matisse is GORGEOUS -thanks a lot for sharing this with us at AJJ-
    Jessica sent such lovely artwork and it matches the planner perfectly - you are right!
    You can cook more of this delicious things.. I would enjoy to eat with you!
    Lucky people which will get your cards and will enjoy your thangsgiving celebration !
    Wish you much fun by cooking and celebrating with family and friends !
    xxx
    Susi

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  2. Lots of wonderful projects this week. Thanks for another gorgeous contribution to Art Journal Journey, and happy PPF! Valerie

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving! Wonderful Matisse inspiration. The food looks healthy and delish!

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  4. What a treat to see and hear about all your artful endeavours. Good luck with the cooking! And a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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  5. Linda your Matisse inspired artwork is so cheerful and welcoming! I think you did a beautiful job. I am off the hook this thanksgiving I don't have to cook. Hurrah! Happy PPF

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  6. Amazing what you've done with your monoprint papers dear Linda...your still life looks fab!
    Yummy Yum on your Indian dishes and Happy Happy Thanksgiving my friend.
    There is indeed so much to be grateful for.
    Sending holiday (((hugs))) your way.
    oxo

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  7. Linda, your collage/painting done with only gelli plate printed papers is really amazing. I think the colors are fantastic. What a fun way of doing art!

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  8. Lovely Matisse -inspired painting and great posting. The food looks great. Happy PPF!

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  9. Love your still life, it is so rich in colour and texture. The Indian dishes look yummy especially the second one.Have a wonderful thanksgiving.

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  10. Linda your life is filled with such creativity. Your Matisse inspired painting is beautiful. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am very grateful for all of the comments you leave on my blog throughout the year. Your notes always mean so much.

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  11. Your work inspired by Matisse is gorgeous. Do you look at his works and try to recreate them? This is so inspiring Linda. Both the dishes look great. The cuisine of India is so varied and vast that though I too am from the south, we don't cook these in our region. I have never had them-:)
    Hope you have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones next week.
    Hugs
    Susan

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  12. Nice pictures! Very beautiful frames !! I love this creative still life!

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  13. Your posts are always so wonderfully full.... and quite often appetizing too!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too :) and Happy Cooking!

    Karen x

    Karen x

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  14. Your still life is amazing - love what you've done with the gelli prints. And, I am impressed with your cooking adventures; the photos are great! I am a meat and potatoes kind of gal myself, so I don't think I will be trying any of these recipes. :-)

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  15. i love your work inspired by matisse, and your food looks good, I have never tried indian food but if someone cooked for me, I would

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  16. I love the texture of your still life. It gives it so much depth. Lucky you to be going to see Celtic Thunder too. Enjoy! And have a great Thanksgiving-hope you find a little creative time either in the kitchen or not.

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  17. Mmmmmm the food looks divine. Matisse recently had an exhibition at the Denver Art Museum. I love Matisse and the use of patterns

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  18. Linda I love your journal pages!!! You received some nice gifts there and that planner is perfect!!!! The food looks yummy too but I would probably be the only one eating it here too. Thank you for the Thanksgiving message and you have a wonderful holiday too.. I know I'll be overeating and enjoying myself.

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  19. What a lovely card for Thanksgiving, Linda, and being here for the first time I really enjoyed the rest of your post today, too! Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge this week! We are lucky enough to have a restaurant just around the corner that has this kind of food, and I've loved every single thing I've tried there!

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  20. I can see how Matisse inspired you -- it looks lovely and such a sweet card!

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  21. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Linda and don't exhaust yourself...just chill and enjoy.

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  22. A post full of art, you're matisse the second! :)

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  23. Lots of yumminess here Linda. As a veggie I love the look of those curries and the matisse inspired piece is wonderful. You have captured his enthusiasm and vibrant palette of colour perfectly.

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  24. Beautiful art and cooking, all very yummy!

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  25. Gorgeous Matisse inspired work!! Love that you used geli papers!! Wonderful looking dishes too! Happy Thanksgiving to you if you are not back next week...we had ours in October already! Enjoy the celebration!

    Hugs Giggles

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  26. Love your journal page. I will have to try it out.

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  27. I like your Still Life so much and am fascinated that it has been made with your own painted papers, it's very effective.
    Love your card too, a beautiful clear design

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  28. Another win in a giveaway!? Lucky lucky you! You're right, Jessica's art fits perfectly with your new planner. I love your journalpage. Such a great way to use your gelliprints. And the Indian dishes look yummy! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner!

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  29. Hi Linda. I am really liking your all geli paper pages. What a neat theme, inspired by the masters. The Indian dishes look yummy. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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  30. Wonderfully creative post as always ~ Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours ~


    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol
    www.acreativeharbor.com

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  31. Wonderful journal page!
    And have a grateful Thanksgiving ~ enJOY!

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  32. Fab post Linda. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Happy PPF, Annette x

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

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  33. Oh wow, beautiful painting! The gelli prints really do a fabulous job here. Great idea!

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