Thursday, May 30, 2013

Flyers Art Journal Swap!

 I am doing an Art Journal Swap with 10 women from my Flying Lessons class with KRR who live all over the United States and one in Canada. We handmade our journals out of watercolor or mixed media paper. Then we decorated the cover, and the inside first two pages. 

 This Art Journal is made by Lori Ann! I like how she wrote Around the World as her theme. She used a nice wooden button and ribbon for the closure. 

Her Journal is the first in line for me. Then it gets passed on to Sandy in Canada

Warning Lori Ann if you don't want to see the art in your journal look no further...

 Then it was my turn to create! I wanted to stick with her theme that seemed to be earthy and included animals. We don't have to do this but for me I wanted to reflect her interests. That's what felt right for this journal. 

I started off creating a back ground of blues and green with my acrylic paint and a brush. I added some lighter green texture by painting with the plastic liner for drawers. 

Then I used my gelli plate papers with stencils of letters, birds, flowers, leaves and rocks. I cut them out and made a collage with them. I colored on and around them to make them stand out a bit.

The rocks I added a bit of texture too.

I added some more paint to the bird because it was a bit too plain for me. I used this great metallic paint in purple and gold for the outline and then brown and blue dots for the body. 
The leaves are from a flower stencil I had. I thought they looked like tree branches.  

The yellow flower is from a stencil that I won from Jessica Sporn. She makes lovely stencils.

I made a gelli print of these letters and had no idea what to do with them. Then I realized I could cut them out and make words. I do love spring! I also painted the edges in yellow and outlined the letters.

Here is the entire layout. I added the sun from a yellow gelli print page by cutting it out freehand.

My signature hehe, in the rocks- I love rocks.

Happy creating!


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Shop closed now for new beginnings...

Bye Bye Shop! 

I gave away the keys to the shop today to some wonderful Artists. Three women who make art, jewelry and photos. They are now taking the dive into creative biz. I wish them all the best! 

Here's the baby bump growing fast! We just found out it's a girl! I am so happy now we can really get some names down. My daughter Evangeline is so happy to have a sister. She has already picked out her name although we don't all agree yet she thinks her name should be Alexis (Lexi) Miley. I vote for the old names like Vivian, Isabella, Hazel etc. 

Here's where I wish I could go to relax for a while. I was so busy moving my shop as you can see in the above picture. I had to put everything in bags instead of boxes so I could carry it all out with this big belly. I moved it all on my own with my husband and friend moving the one big piece of furniture and my husband in the end helping with the tables and chairs. It was hard I still have piles of stuff all over the house, and no where for it to go. I have also been busy volunteering for the meditation center. Just when I finally thought I could relax I can't, I have to figure out where to put all this leftover stuff and get a job.

I was going to start a face painting biz, I wanted to change my web site to parties, face painting, jewelry and crafts for children and adults. I did face painting as a tester at Evangeline's school Art Walk. This was fun and we raised just on donation $50- $25 for us and $25 for the school. But I guess it doesn't really pay the bills so I better find a regular job. I don't know if anyone will hire a pregnant woman but we will see. So I am on to new beginnings, another day another life. I am still going to have my Mixed Media Art Group every Thursday. And I will continue to make art, jewelry and such once I get my stuff organized. I have been baking some delicious chocolate cream pies, black bottom cupcakes, oatmeal cookies and lemon bars, yummy, all gluten and sugar free. So on life it goes... happy to have a baby girl coming and new things to do.

Have a wonderful day!