Monday, February 28, 2022

Time Marches On


  March is rolling in tomorrow and I for one am so happy to be through the worst of the winter months! Yes, it is very cold here but the sun will be shining all week so I hope to see things budding. 

 Anyone celebrating Mardi Gras? Obviously I don't because I all but forgot about it again this year so there's no fun Mardi Gras art to share. However, I do have art projects for blog challenges.

 First up today is a tag I made for Tag Tuesday (theme is Bingo/Numbers):

 Happily I remembered I had this very old unmounted Bingo card stamp I had gotten at a stamp convention years ago. Glad I held onto this one. It was stamped several times on the tag using black Archival ink. The background was done with Vintage Photo, Faded Jeans, and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide inks. I added Tim Holtz Paper Dolls and Small Talk Menus sticker along with washi tape(Recollections) and vintage rick rack.

 This journal page was created with Try It On Tuesday in mind with the theme of  "Add Some Texture", and I will also join in for the last day of the theme "What's Your Style" at Art Journal Journey:

First some torn Dina Wakley Collage paper was glued to the top right, then modeling paste was applied to the top right using Dina Wakley Favorites stencil. After it dried I applied Dina Wakley Gloss Sprays(Night, Cheddar) with a wet brush. Tim Holtz Paper Dolls and Small Talk Menus sticker over a  burlap scrap and thread.

 Speaking of Tuesday- here is my ticket for T Stands For Tuesday this week:

 Cherry Chocolate Chip scone anyone? Coffee is my choice and I switched out my mug to a Celtic Scottish thistle mug in preparation for St. Patrick's Day 💚. Cheers!

 This journal page is meant for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (use at least one stencil):

 The paper with the tissue paper leaf applied (Dina Wakley Elements set) was actually an under paper but just as I saw it with fresh eyes I saw a landscape scene, and there you have it:). I stenciled the page first using Orchid paint and the Connected Dots stencil, then I used Syrup paint through the Stacked Cubes stencil. Torn bit of Just Words Collage tissue went down next, then a scrap of Collage Collective paper. The fabric piece was a scrap sitting on my table which I stitched with the focal piece. And the quote is from Typed Ledgers papers set 1. All Dina Wakley products. 

And one more art journal page I recently shared on Instagram:

 This page is what came to mind during a very dreary, cold, rainy day along with hearing the devastating news regarding Ukraine crisis. The muted tones and words reflected my thoughts. I used all Dina Wakley products.

 Of course all my pages in this post could link to Art Journal Journey because mixed media collage journaling is truly my style. Thank you dear Bleubeard and Elizabeth for a great theme!

 Joining along with Paint Party Friday too😄. Wishing you all a fantastic week!

" Let there be an opening into the quiet that lies beneath the chaos, where you find the peace you did not think possible, and see what shimmers within the storm."    John O'Donohue


Monday, February 21, 2022

Art Journaling


 Hi all! Today (Monday) is a federal holiday in the US - Presidents Day. Many have the day off , and I hope if you do you are enjoying the three day weekend. There have been lots of movies, shows, and documentaries throughout cable and streaming services about our presidents and I have caught bits and pieces of them in between doing household chores while hubby enjoyed them. And I always learn something new about our past presidents - so interesting!

 Our weather continues to be erratic- very warm a day or two, and then the temperature plummets and we get heavy damaging winds and snow squalls 😵! Thankfully we personally didn't lose any power or have any damage but others weren't as lucky. I stayed home all weekend and enjoyed making art in my journals, and using new Dina Wakley paints and collage sheets in both the white square journal and the kraft one. I am truly loving the size (6" x 6") and square format!

 I'll be sharing my pages with Art Journal Journey (What's Your Style?) and Paint Party Friday, and this page is also for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (Art Journal):

 This page was created in the Dina Wakley white journal. I used three of her newest paint colors - Tangelo, Rouge, and Orchid. The leaves and feathers are Dina's collage papers (tissue) -Elements, Just Words, and Things That Grow. I stamped the DW face (Sketched faces stamp set) using black Archival ink onto the DW plain white collage paper(tissue). I actually enjoyed fussy cutting the tissue leaves and applying them around the face/page. I finished it by adding some black and white doodles with Posca pens. Here is a larger photo:

And for another pop of vivid color, here is another page I did in the white square journal last week:

 Here I used DW paints and applied them to the page using a slightly wet brush with each color. Her Mantras stencil was used with black acrylic and then over that I used her new Connected Dots stencil and white acrylic paint. The flower (DW Always Flowers set) was stamped with black Archival ink. The sentiment was added digitally.

 And now a break so I can join in at T Stands For Tuesday to see what everyone there is up to this week! All you have to do to link up is share something beverage related- a photo, a drink, a piece of art. It's always fun to see how everyone interprets the challenge each week, and anyone is welcome to join in.

 After making a meatloaf the other week (purely out of love for our son's birthday) I was craving plant based food. I did make vegan "crab" cakes which I had completely forgotten to take a photo of. Now, despite the fact that the consistency wasn't exactly like lump crabmeat, hubby and I both deemed them to be a very tasty seafood-like substitute and I will definitely make them again! Here I had a mushroom and lentil veggie burger for lunch along with a cup of Stash decafe green tea. Perfect on a cold day. Cheers!

 One more journal page I recently did in the white square journal:

 Dina Wakley paints, stencil, and collage paper. Tim Holtz paper Dolls, Transparent Wings, and Small Talk Menus sticker. I am happily using my supplies without worry about running out of anything anytime soon😁.

 Thanks for popping in. Wishing you happy signs of Spring in your week ahead!

"The creative process includes exploring, experimenting, messing around with materials, being playful, entering into the unknown."     Natalie Rogers

Monday, February 14, 2022

Art And Fashion Part 2


 Today (Monday) is Valentine's Day so I wish you all lots of love. These are some of the cards and decorated envies I made for this year. Joining in with Try It On Tuesday (All Loved Up).

 It's not only Valentine's day but it is our son Todd's birthday as well so we had him, Kyra , and my Mom for dinner yesterday. The Super bowl was on for a bit in the background, but, meh- not so into it. After they left, hubby and I watched the Olympics figure skating 👍.

Todd's dinner is my ticket for T Stands For Tuesday this week:

 His dinner choice- meatloaf (yes, with real grass fed organic hamburger cuz I wasn't allowed to do plant based meatloaf!), mashed potatoes, baby carrots, dinner rolls, and then dark chocolate cake with icing for dessert. You can see there was water, wine and/or beer for our beverages, and also notice how he just loves allowing me to take photos of him😆.

 I have one last group of photos to share from the Katharine Hepburn exhibit (Part one is in my previous post). You can find more challenge art if you scroll past these photos.

another very favorite movie of mine filmed in Venice. There were also framed stills from the filming but no costumes.

A self portrait Kate did of herself as Coco Chanel from the Broadway play. Watercolors on paper-1970

There were many framed stills and costume sketches from her movies and plays sprinkled around the exhibit walls.

                                     Costumes from A Delicate Balance

 Another movie I love! The quick witted, sharp, and cutting banter between her character and Peter O'Toole's is priceless😄

 One of the dresses and a movie still  from The Little Minister 1934. There are quite a few more photos from the exhibit but this will be all I'm posting. You're welcome😉

I found these two old journal pages:

 The complete set of special edition stamps I bought are framed and hanging in my art room. So as you can see, to have the opportunity to visit this exhibit was truly a memorable experience of a lifetime which I will never forget. 

Okey doke, on to new art! I have this for Tag Tuesday (King, Queen, or Both):

A journal page for Art Journal Journey (What's Your Style?), and Paint Party Friday:

 Definitely my favorite style of art journaling is messy mixed media:). 
 Wishing you happy days ahead!

"I have many regrets, and I'm sure everyone does. The stupid things you do, you regret if you have any sense, and if you don't regret them, maybe you're stupid."   Katharine Hepburn

Monday, February 7, 2022

Art And Fashion



 Hi Peeps! Going to immediately begin by joining the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (Love is in the Air), and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (With Love) with my cards. These cards would suit many occasions depending on the card stocks or papers you choose, and it's why I love this Simon Says Stamp Mini Hearts Party wafer die I recently ordered!! The die cuts out all the hearts which you can keep to use too- and I added one in red to each of the cards just for a bit of added interest.

 Warning you now that this is a photo laden post as next up is a series of photos from the special Katharine Hepburn exhibit hubby and I visited at the Reading Public Museum a few months back. Not interested in her or her movie costumes, then feel free to scroll down for a bit more art near the end 😀. 

 For T Stands For Tuesday I am beginning with my coffee while editing photos at my computer:

 Grab your cuppa and enjoy part one of the exhibit! I especially chose costumes from some of the movies Erika, Kate, and Lisca mentioned as some favorites. This is the entrance to the exhibit:

 As soon as I walked in the tears started flowing. I have loved Katharine Hepburn and her movies for as long as I can remember, and to actually get to see so many of her costumes, photos, etc. in person completely overwhelmed me.

 I'm hoping if you can't read this you can click to enlarge further.

First up- The Philadelphia Story:


And here are two framed costume designer sketches:

 Bill took a pic of me in front of this display:

 Just look at my eyes- can you tell I was constantly tearing up? Thankfully we had the exhibit rooms all to ourselves for the first hour and a half! To the immediate right of me is this dress from one of my very favorite movies -  Stage Door:

 Guess Who's Coming To Dinner:

The African Queen:

 As you can see on the description, sometimes similar attire was used when the original from the film wasn't available, and sometimes if the film had also been a stage production those outfits were displayed. If Katharine really liked any of the clothing made for the films she would personally have replicates made for her own personal use.

 And just look at this stunning gown from Adam's Rib:

 OMG look at that teeny tiny waistline 😲!! She had a 20" waist!!! In my next post I'll share one more group of photos. 

This is one of many Katharine Hepburn books I own. A very thorough compilation of all her movies along with several pages of photos of each movie as well. This was purchased at a thrift store hence the tattered cover sleeve. I am enjoying rereading it and hubby is also enjoying it for the first time. I chose this page because Alice Adams is my very favorite movie of all of hers. I cry every time I see it ( I think it's because I so much related to her character in this movie).

 And finally- for Art Journal Journey (What's Your Style), and Paint Party Friday:

 Playing with some of the new Dina Wakley products ! My style is mostly mixed media, collage (new and vintage), colorful, and abstract. There is just something about putting down vibrant colors of paint and splatters!

 Whew, I need another cup of coffee after this posting.
 Sunday we are having our son Todd's birthday dinner since his birthday is next Monday - Valentine's Day. Do you celebrate this holiday? Have a super week and weekend everyone, and thanks so much for stopping by🙋

 " If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased."    Katharine Hepburn