"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

August 2014 Rolodex-Card-a-Day Art Journaling

August was a good month! Despite the many birthday celebrations (my husband, daughter, son-in-law, daughter's boyfriend and myself all had birthdays within one week!) I managed to keep up with the Rolodex cards and finished one per day for a total of 31! I think that's a first. (Of course, I cheated a bit, doing a couple some days when I knew I was going to be busy or gone for other days. But, hey, they count, right?!)

So, without further ado, I present the August RCADs (Part 1).

Scrap strips of paper, hand carved leaf stamp, punched flowers

Painted scrap background, sticker, doodles

Paint chip background, metal heart embossed with chunky white EP, flower punched from painted deli paper scrap 

Cut from drink coaster from AG retreat

Painted background, circles are painted scraps, homemade enamel dots from Perler beads

Scrap ink sprayed paper, tinted Whipped Spackle through star stencil/Stickles

Spray ink background, stamp, mulberry paper, collage sheet image, sewing

Paper collage - my BFF and me (age 5?)

Marbled shaving cream background and vellum quote

Spray ink scraps, new stamps

Distress Ink on stencil, spritzed with water and then "stamped" on paper

Crumpled tissue paper and mustache bag on background, collage images, mustache sticker and washi tape

Collaged napkin and stamped quote

"Messy" painted background, hand-carved leaf stamp, sewing

Spray ink background and new Dina Wakley heart stamp

Monday, September 1, 2014

Catching Up on Art Journaling

It's been awhile since I've posted new art journal pages so here are a few I've done recently.

I did these first two as examples of using alcohol inks for my art journaling class.  The first was done in my smaller Dylusions Art Journal. Since alcohol inks work best on a non-porous, glossy surface, I decided to try using gel medium on the page. It worked well! I also did some alcohol ink "splats" using a straw and blowing closely at the drops. You can also use canned air.

This page is in my larger Dylusions Art Journal. This time I completely covered the page with a crinkled brown glassine bag I had. Since this is less porous than regular paper, it worked well on the background. I added some stamping and stenciling with white gesso which resisted the alcohol inks somewhat. The three smaller butterflies were stamped on glossy paper and colored with alcohol inks. the larger butterfly was stamped on clear plastic packaging, colored with alcohol inks and heated slightly until warm and then molded.

These next two spreads were created for the "using up your scraps" lesson for the art journaling class.  On the first spread I gessoed the background and then applied various watercolor inks and stains. Then I randomly glued on small bits of paper scraps, taking care not to cover the entire surface.  I embellished with more paper quotes and washi tapes. 

For this page I covered the entire background in cut squares of book text. Then I used ink sprays, dripping and blotting so the text wasn't completely obscured. I also added droplets of water over the page and then blotted the color up in places to get more texture. It's hard to see in the photo, but the  cut edges of the papers give the page even more texture. I stamped and added the fun quote (from an old  Paula Best stamp).

The next page is from some personal playtime.  This is small, done on an old manilla index card divider, approximately 5" x 6." I signed up for an online class, Journal Soup by Kate Crane, and this was the first lesson. I followed pretty much exactly what she did as I miraculously had all the same supplies! Not my usual style but I love it! That's a white glassine bag on the right which holds some miscellaneous quotes and bits of papers.

Are you ready for my August Rolodex-Card-A-Day posts? I will be back tomorrow with the first half.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Paint Chip Swap

Earlier in the summer I participated in a paint chip swap. We had to use the large paint chip samples (Behr brand) from Home Depot and use one of the color names as inspiration for our art on the back side, leaving the colors intact on the other side. We made eight to send out and received eight different ones in return.

After some time perusing the paint chips I chose a blue sample - one of the color names was "American Anthem" and I decided it was perfect for a patriotic theme.  This was my piece.

And these are what I received, along with the color name that inspired the artwork.

Atlantic Blue from Gwynn Thoma

French Castle from Kelli Martin

Solitude from Julie Wicks

Windmill Wings from Jeri Aaron

Red Hot Pepper from Donita Behrends

Mermaid Harbor from Cher Blasengame

Peacock Feather from Liane Ceglar
Neon Light from Roxanna King

It was such fun to see what everyone did with their paint swatches and how they interpreted the color name.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Calling all Art Journalers!

There are still openings in this month's Art Journaling Workshop at The Little Blue House next Tuesday. Hope to see you there!
Art Journaling Workshop
Tuesday August 26th 

We still have space in our Art Journaling Workshop this Tuesday!!! 

This month in Art Journaling we are playing with Scraps! We have some fun techniques to share with you on how to create art masterpieces with just Scraps of Paper! 

Call (817-431-7930) or come by (118 W. Olive, Keller, TX) to sign Up for our Art Journaling Workshop $25.00

10am-1pm or 6pm-9pm

Get the What to Bring List on the Art Journaling Tab on the LBH blog here

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Catching up

The summer is flying by! 

We spent the weekend in Austin celebrating my oldest daughter's 40th birthday (yikes!). The family surprised her on Friday night - my son flew in from San Francisco; my youngest daughter and her boyfriend came from Chicago; another daughter, her husband and 2-yr old Drew came from Albuquerque and we drove down.  The ruse was that my husband and I were taking her to dinner but everyone (including two friends and their husbands) met her there. She had no idea anyone was in town and I think she was truly surprised.

On Saturday we surprised her again with a "Duck Tour." She has always dissed this and said she would never be caught dead doing it. She thought we were meeting for brunch and was not a happy camper when she found out the truth. But she was a good sport and, I think, had fun. The grand boys had a blast, especially with the "quackers" handed out.

The rest of the weekend was laid back, hanging out at Kelly's house and just enjoying being together.

It was a great weekend and, as always, fun to have the entire family together.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Red Hot Christmas!

We at the Little Blue House have been busy little elves, getting ready for our 5th annual Little Somethings Christmas Workshop! Yes, we held it in August this year.  We usually present it the first weekend of December, which is a busy time for everyone, and gives little time for anyone to actually use the workshop as intended - to re-create "little somethings" for friends, co-workers, children's classrooms etc. for Christmas.  And last year our workshop fell on the weekend of the record-breaking ice storm of the century in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex and all three days had to be canceled and re-scheduled during the busiest time of year! At any rate, I think everyone concurred that this was a perfect time to hold the workshop as we sold out in record time.  Despite the over-100-degree days, everyone had a fabulous time!

We always create 8-9 projects, including some kind of bag, for this workshop.  This year we used a brown handled bag, decorated with some pretty patterned paper and a lovely folded star.  Participants received enough pre-cut elements to create a second star - they look great glued back-to-back to form an ornament!

Designed by Lynette Chiles
Designed by Lynette Chiles

Next was a treat box made from envelopes created with the WeR Envelope Punch Board. This is 4.5" square but can be made in just about any size. Everyone received a small bag of popcorn to include in the box.

Designed by Tracy Pounds

Another little box, intended for giving handmade gift tags.  This was created from card stock to be just the perfect size for the manila tags, two of which were embellished for the sides of the box. This would also work well for presenting small gifts or baked goodies.

Box designed by Lynette Chiles

This cute little Rudolph was made using the Reverse Confetti Treat Tent Die.  We added a Tootsie Roll Pop inside (hmm, looks like someone had a treat!) but it could be used for various treats or even a gift card. 

Designed by Susan Tidwell

This darling Santa hat hides a gift card inside. What a fun way to present a card!

Designed by Elaine Howell

This is a fun little gift to give a special someone - a notepad holder, complete with little pencil, made from a mousetrap! Yes, a mousetrap.  (Elaine got lots of stares when she purchased these!)  It is so, so cute - and unique!

Designed by Elaine Howell

This beautiful shabby flower was made into a pin, but would be lovely on gift packages or glued to little clips to adorn your Christmas tree, garland or wreath.  It is made from many layers and textures.

Designed by Susan Tidwell

 And, last but not least, another great gift-giving item - a decorated dry-erase board created from a picture frame. The best part of this is you could cut several different patterned papers to size (maybe one for each month?) and include them in the frame for the recipient to change out.

Designed by Tracy Pounds

And that was Little Somethings 2014! We taught 6 sessions of 18 people each over three days. Needless to say, we were exhausted by Saturday evening, but, as always, it was tons of fun and we're already thinking about 2015!