Monday, August 21, 2017

A Bit Of This, A Bit Of That

  Hello there! How's everyone? Did those of you in the US get to see the solar eclipse today??
Well, I did-just very brief glimpses thru my sunglasses as I did not have the special solar eclipse glasses one is "supposed" to use. I remember as a kid watching it and no one had those glasses then either. We made little makeshift boxes for viewing. In my area the eclipse was mid afternoon and it was only a partial one but still fascinating to me.

 Speaking of special views:


 After the only day we had heavy rain at the beach and the sky began to change we saw this gorgeous double rainbow from end to end over the ocean-pure magic to my eyes. (Scroll down for the art)

 I read three books during vacation:


 From left to right the first two are nonfiction memoirs/travel books-of course about living in France! I thoroughly enjoyed the first one which also includes some recipes. The second one was a very fast read and each "chapter" was only a page or two and you could read them in any order. Some of the chapters were a bit boring though I thought, and hubby agreed. And surprise! I read fiction too:):) My friend finished the Mitch Albom book and told me I had to read it-another fast read that kept me absorbed in the story and I loved it! Of course there's nothing like sipping tea, or coffee, or wine whilst enjoying the books. Joining T Stands For Tuesday with my wine. Cheers!

 A few more beach pics then more in another post so it doesn't get too long:


  We (me on left, Lynne and Wendy) and our guys got a kick at how we color coordinated (without consulting each other) our outfits and our nail polish colors.


                                      Our Cabana Boys! (Chad and my hubby on the right)


 and our third Cabana Boy-and chef for that day-Chuck (aka Chef Rolando). I made him a special toque for the occasion:)


  On an evening when it was my turn to cook I surprised them with chocolate crepes filled with homemade whipped cream and dressed with raspberry chocolate shavings for dessert.

OK, on to the art. I'm starting off with two ATCS:



 Here are close ups:





 They began by cutting two 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" panels from one of the  background papers I made using Distress Oxide inks:


                                            I love the effects of these inks!

Products Used for the ATCS: Distress Mixed Media paper; blue card stock; Distress Oxide inks: Broken China, Vintage Photo, Faded Jeans, Fossilized Amber; Distress ink in Vintage Photo; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Dolls, Botanicals, Alpha Tiles, Chit Chat stickers, Sizzix Thin Lits dies; Diamond Stickles glitter glue; die cut gear (ARTchix Studio); sewing machine and brown thread; Spellbinders die cut machine.

 Joining the Simon Monday Challenge (ATCS), and Try It On Tuesday (In My Garden).

 And for Art Journal Journey (theme this month is Poetry In Motion) and Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge 29 (Anything Goes) I have this journal page:



  I began by gessoing the page then gluing down some magazine clippings using soft gel medium under and over the images. Then I felt like going grungy so I don't recall the specific paint colors I used along with white and black. The number stencil is Faber Castell which I applied with gesso. The leaves and white dots were drawn on with a white Signo ball pen. Made some orange circles with an oil pastel. More mark making using white paint and my finger, then some spattering with black India ink. I wrote the words with a black Posca pen. I couldn't get that old 1960 hit song 'Poetry In Motion' by Johnny Tillotson out of my head so I put it to my page:)

 Joining in later this week to Paint Party Friday too! Thanks for bearing with the long post. See you soon.

          " Breathe the sweetness that hovers in August".       Denise Levertov

Monday, August 14, 2017

Back From Vacay and Reconnecting


 Well hey there lovelies! I've missed you and have lots to catch up on now that I'm back from a fabulous week at the beach in Fenwick Island,  DE with friends. Special cookies courtesy of one of our friends Wendy who is an amazing baker! Still have photo editing to do so I'll have more to share about the beach in future posts. If I can that is.What is up with Blogger?? Not able to load my pictures in "compose" mode all of a sudden! Luckily I was able to figure getting them on the post in HTML or so I hope it all works.

 Upon going through all the mail that piled up including bills and lots of junk was this treasure:

  Last month Bleubeard and Elizabeth of Altered Book Lover hosted an ATC swap to celebrate the 4th anniversary of T Stands For Tuesday and I received this lovely packet of ephemera along with that artsy ATC on the right from Eileen. I love it! The ATC is on my art table and I have already used a piece of the ephemera (on a tag a bit below:) Thank you Eileen!

 Speaking of... for T Stands for Tuesday:

 
   Just before vacation Bill and I went to New Hope, PA in picturesque Bucks County for the day.  The eclectic community of New Hope celebrates the LGBT community and is home to many LGBT-friendly businesses. The main street is lined with unique shops, wonderful eateries and a Playhouse, along with lovely places to stay overnight. I don't have any photos because first off it was a gorgeous day and jam packed with people (and dogs) everywhere!! It was also "motorcycle Sunday" and there were hundreds of them-some quite loud. We went to a Cuban restaurant Mojito Cuba Caribe for lunch and to see our friend Lorenzo play. Great time, and great sandwiches! Drinks were water and virgin mojitos.

 My August calendar spreads :


 I used gel print deli papers for the backgrounds along with photochips from Darkroom Door and some found words from a magazine. And in continuing with the beach theme:

  a page in my small (7" x 9") watercolor journal. Thanks Dianne for showing us how to create pages in this style ;)

Lastly, a tag:
 painted tag from my stash; imagery-old collage sheets; strips of fiber, washi tape; words (Tim Holtz Chit Chat stickers); gold shell charm; die cut scroll from Eileen; assorted Moonshine sequins(Simon Says Stamp).

 Joining in with the Simon Monday Challenge (theme is "nautical"); Tag Tuesday (Use Your Scraps); and Paint Party Friday. I am also joining in with my journal pages at Art Journal Journey hosted this month by the lovely Jo with the theme of "Poetry in Motion'. Thanks Jo;)  Looking forward to catching up with all of you!

                     "We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us."

Monday, July 24, 2017

Summertime Fun

 Just a detail from a watercolor and collage journal page but you'll have to wait to see the complete page:)

 First some great news!!! Todd and Kyra are finally moved into their apt.! Saw it earlier today and it is lovely. I have my art room back but will spend time reorganizing and purging in between making art. The clean out is way overdue.

 Summer seems to be flying by. I just saw a sign on Google that said "summer should get a speeding ticket" and I couldn't agree more.

 Recently I had a small celebration for my Mom's 75th birthday:


 and of course we toasted with champagne! Once I added the photos here I immediately noticed how her top coordinated with the cake, the dishes, the card and the tablecloth:). The tissue paper was a white paper I stamped all over using the same flower as on the card because I didn't have a regular paper big enough to make an actual envelope. Here  is the card up close and front:

 I apologize for not listing all the products I used as I somehow lost my notes on this:(  But  I can tell you that the flower and leaves is the Camelia Build a Flower stamp and die set by Altenew, the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink, and those Moonshine sequins I so love are from Simon Says Stamp. I am joining the Simon Monday Challenge blog with the theme of "you've got the edge" as i took my leaves off the edge of the card fold.

 As a post has to somehow tie in with a beverage (be it art, an actual beverage, anything that somehow pertains to a beverage) for T Stands For Tuesday I will share our water and champagne with you all.

 I have one more journal page to share with both Art Journal Journey (for the theme of summertime love), and for Paint Party Friday:


 This stencil (Art Minds) was a very recent purchase from Michaels. I thought $4 was a good deal as it is a large stencil, and I always wanted a nice bicycle stamp or stencil. Turns out there were two other sentiment stencils in the pkg. with this:) I just had to play with it immediately and the fastest way for me to do that was to brayer summery colors all over a gessoed page then simply stencil with black paint. Washi tape was used across the bottom.

 As of next week sometime I will be taking a short blogging break and unplugging so I can completely immerse myself in pure summertime joys before it passes me by. 

       'cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is about... John Mayer

Monday, July 17, 2017

Celebrate Good Times


 How is everyone? I noticed a bit of a slowdown in blogland and I hope it's only because many are on holiday. I do notice your absence and think of you.

 There is a special anniversary celebration happening over at T Stands For Tuesday hosted by Bleubeard and Elizabeth! So I made a few things to help with the celebration:


A journal page to celebrate 4 years of T Stands For Tuesday. Thank you Elizabeth for hosting, and for sharing all your fun adventures in art and life! Won't you grab a cuppa and join us there? Elizabeth is also having an ATC swap for anyone that wants to participate (not mandatory) where you send out an ATC and receive one in return. The rules are on the blog. I brayered acrylics on my journal page then added the flowers with a stencil and titanium white. I guess most of you are familiar with these cups by now:) Yes, the stamp is from a Darkroom Door set I won- Coffeetime :) I stamped the cup 4 times on 4 different patterned papers, fussy cut each one then stacked them on the page. The checkerboard - like mesh stamp is from Magenta and the letters and number are a foam stamp set from Making Memories. The ink I used is Versafine Sepia.

 As I am participating in the ATC exchange I made two ATCs:


 Products: vintage book text; vintage images (Retro Café Art); teacup stamp (and OLD PSX stamp); German scrap ( ARTchix studio); inks- Staz On Azure, Distress Tea Dye; gesso; Stickles Diamond glitter glue.
 In addition to T Stands For Tuesday I am joining in at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge #28.

For the Simon Wednesday Challenge (theme is plaid) and the new Simon Monday Challenge (Get in Shape) I have this card which I  made the other day for a male friend:

 Products: white, black, brown card stock; patterned papers (DCWV); rubber stamp (Limited Edition); Spellbinders Wonky Rectangles dies; Simon Says Stamp Stitched Banners dies; Archival Jet Black ink; copper dragonfly brad.

 I have another journal page to share:


and again a close up:


This is the second page I've done after watching some You Tube videos using household things such as a toilet tissue roll and and this case q tips to make the lavender flowers. So much fun! And lavender reminds me so of summer and of France and so this is for Art Journal Journey for the theme of  "summertime love" hosted this month by Elizabeth, along with - as always - Paint Party Friday!

 Do you have any fun household items you use in your art? What are they? I use bottle caps and old credit/key cards quite often, along with corrugated cardboard. The tines of a fork make nice marks...

 The moving out for son and gf continues in between stays home yet as there was a glitch in that the elevator has not gotten the final inspection (the inspector never showed up for the appt. and until he signs off  legally no one can live in their apartments yet although they are able to move things in so long as the agent unlocks and locks the apartments. Many people are having to stay in a nearby hotel as they have no where else to go. At least the apartment owners are footing those bills. But geez...

 See you all in between the moving fun as it continues:)

                           " Life is a celebration. Enjoy it well."       Uruj Shahid

Monday, July 10, 2017

...And The Livin Is Easy

 Well, at least according to this fellow:

 This sweet very young catbird thinks my ground birdbath/drinking hole is his own private spa!



 At least a bird or two can sneak a drink albeit very quickly:) He or she has been coming and sitting for up to a half hour several times a day barely moving and I am sitting only about two feet away reading. Love these simple joys of summertime.

 For T Stands For Tuesday I have one last coffee related postcard to share:

  I have given them all away randomly to someone who mentioned how much they liked the postcards and this one went to Canada to Jenn of Just add Water, Silly. Jenn is an amazing watercolor artist who also blogs about book reads and food. Do have a look! Jenn kindly suggested it be a swap and look what she sent me:

 Lucky me!! Fun stickers and magnets, a sampling of QOR high chrome watercolors, two of her illustrated cards, a book mark, along with that gorgeous painted postcard!!!  The postcard is now framed and sitting on a little table by my phone in the sitting room so I can see it everyday. The details are absolutely amazing. Thank so much Jenn-you have spoiled me!

 I have become fond of cooking one meal pots on the grill in my cast iron pan and here is the second one I made:

 A dinner of scallops, baby corn, baby zucchini, hash browns and roasted garlic with some lemon and pesto. SOOOO good!!! This is another recipe from Wegmans, a wonderful large grocery store in our area.

 Of course I have some art to share too:

  The background was made using Distress inks smooshed on a kraft mat, spritzed with water then dipping the tag and moving it over the inks.  Linking with Try It On Tuesday (theme is tags),  the Simon Wednesday Challenge (theme is summer sunshine) and the new challenge at the Simon Monday challenge blog (Distress It)..

 I do love watching You Tube videos for more inspiration and I had come across a few where the artists used a toilet paper roll and q tips to paint and so I gave it a go on this journal page:

 I gessoed the page before painting a sky with acrylics. To make the "wildflowers" I used a toilet paper roll with one end thinly cut into strips to form a brush -like end,  a bundle of q tips, and a liner brush. Although you can't see it in this photo I mixed some pearl medium into the paints to give it a bit of shimmer. The sentiment is an old foam stamp inked with Archival black ink.

 Linking to Art Journal Journey for the theme of Summertime Love hosted this month by Elizabeth, Creative Artiste Mixed Media #28 with an Anything Goes theme all month, and to Paint Party Friday.

 Looks like a busy time ahead helping son and gf move into their new apt. and then reorganizing  for my art room's return. It's all good.  The Tour de France is in full force on TV too! And I'll try and keep up here in between it all:)

      " Let us dance in the sun, wearing wildflowers in our hair."     Susan Polis Schutz




Monday, July 3, 2017

Celebrating in July

 And the celebrating began on July 1st with Canada Day- so, belated happy Canada Day to you! And Tuesday July 4th- Independence Day in the USA along with an extra day (or two if you're really lucky) off. Happy 4th!

 Made these two cards for the red white and blue holiday:


 Products: white, kraft card stock; patterned card stock (DCWV); images (ARTchix Studio); washi tape (Recollections); patterned tags (K & Company); blue star gemstones (Michaels); assorted fibers and ribbon.

 Joining the Simon Wednesday Challenge (Anything Goes), and the Simon Monday Challenge (Red, White and/or Blue).

 For T Stands For Tuesday with Bleubeard and Elizabeth:


 A double size mug of green tea while avidly watching the Tour De France! They were through Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg and are now in France. What beautiful cities and countries. Dusseldorf really took my breath away. I wanna go!!

 Made my first dinner in a cast iron skillet on the grill:

 and it was delicious!! Chicken breasts with tomatoes, garlic, red peppers and pesto. Looking forward to trying another one skillet meal this week. Anyone have any good recipes to share??

 A tag for Tag Tuesday (beach theme), and Try It On Tuesday (tag theme):


And lastly I have a journal page:


  The bicycle image I found online royalty free. I used, paints, spray inks, stencils and washi tapes to coordinate with the photo. Joining Art Journal Journey hosted this month by Elizabeth (yes, the same Elizabeth that hosts T Stands for Tuesday each week) with the wonderful theme of Summertime Love!  Also joining Moo Mania and More (theme is "wheels") and Paint Party Friday later this week.

  And great news!!! Our son and girlfriend found another new apartment (the last one has not come thru although first promised in-get this- March!) , got the OK and are moving in this month. That means I get my art room back completely, and there won't be any challenges using the internet system with so much computer equipment (his) running. Doing the happy dance here-and because they are close by we'll still see them often:)

 What's new with you?  I'll catch up with you somewhere along the way this week and coming weekend. Be well.

    " Painting becomes interesting when it becomes timeless."  Peter Doig



Monday, June 26, 2017

Going Into July

 How is everyone? I just cannot believe June is about over already and that means new calendar spreads for July.

Here are the full spreads:



 July is typically a very hot month so I wanted to convey that with my choice of colors and theme. Here are the individual art pages:

 For this page I painted bright acrylic paints all over the page then brayered some white gesso over it to soften it . painted the sun and added white gesso and charcoal pencil to the rays for more depth. "Sun kissed" is a clear stamp from studio g. I used this page for my new banner by stretching and cropping it to fit. My son thinks it looks a bit odd but I don't care;)
 Joining Art Journal Journey one last time this month for the theme of "circles". Looking forward to the new theme in July.


 here I used a deli paper gel plate print for the background. The three stencils I used are from Hobby Lobby. I LOVE using stencils on the Gel Plate along with deli paper! The photo is one I took in Cape May. The image is from a collage sheet by ARTchix Studio. The sentiment was written with paint pens.This particular page is for the Simon Monday Challenge ( stencil it).

 The theme this past week for the Simon Wednesday Challenge is to "use patterned paper".  I could work with this theme indefinitely and still not go through my paper stash!

 This is the card, and envie:


 For the card I used this pretty patterned vellum (Hobby Lobby) over a white note card. The Love die set is from Simon Says Stamp. I tried to match the envie by stamping with the Floral Shadow stamp set by Altenew, three dots from Magenta and frame from Stampa Rosa along with these inks: Onyx Black Versafine; Archival- Buttercup, Pink Peony, Leaf Green and Sky Blue; and Clearsnap Fluid Chalk ink in Warm Red.


 I also have another coffee postcard:

  Products: heavy card stock; text page; Coffee time stamp set (Darkroom Door); numbers stamp (Dylusions); postage stamp; Distress ink in Vintage Photo; Versafine Onyx Black ink; Archival Leaf Green, Turquoise inks; white gesso. Linking to T  Stands For Tuesday and Try It On Tuesday (theme is numbers and/or letters).

 Of course I'll also be joining Paint Party Friday this week!

  Looking forward to watching the Tour De France cycling race which begins Saturday, July 1st and ends in Paris, France on July 21st. It's starting this year in Dusseldorf, Germany, going into Belgium, then Luxembourg before going into France. So excited to be watching the countrysides! What  are your plans for July?

 "The winds of grace are blowing all the time, but it is you that must raise your sails."  Tagore