Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Practice of Releasing the Day's Stress with Paper Collage

Inspired by THIS post by #mkranthony, I began a practice of creating small paper collages to help release the day's stress after a long day of teaching. 

I chose to use a pocket-sized Decomposition Book which has thicker paper to hold the bulky elements.

I'm learning to follow my intuition when pulling out the scraps, letting go of the need for it to "all make sense", sometimes adding found items from the day such as stickers, garment tags, or wine bottle closures.  And there is added benefit of finding a use for all those small scraps of paper, lace, and ribbon I have accumulated.

This collage was inspired by a quote in Everyday Positive Thinking by Louise L Hay:
"When life presents more challenges than you can handle, delegate to God.  He not only has the answer, He is the answer. ~ Tavis Smiley.

 What practice do you have in place to help release the day's stress?  I would love for you to share what works for you.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Get up. Get Dressed. Paint: Seeing gold.

First painting completed in the book Release Your Creativity.  Found this assignment difficult having to work primarily with gold paint.

 There are four layers of gold paint with the white and red ink drips and splatters.  After the third layer I found myself growing tired of the process of covering up the previous layer and starting again.  The drying process for each layer tried my patience. 

The layers peeking through.

I created this canvas while working in the journal to give away for Art Abandonment.  I keep putting off dropping somewhere it as I worry no one will want it.  

Joining in at Paint Party FridayWhat color paint is on your fingers this week?

Friday, January 26, 2018

Get up. Get Dressed. Paint.: Blue Sky Thinking

Created this spread in my Winter Blues altered book.  The sun was so brilliant and radiant on this blistery, cold afternoon I had to stop to photograph it.  This Willie Nelson song is one of my favorites.

The names of the paints on this paint chip perfectly fit in with the theme.

Loving the effect of the blue Color Shift paint.

I stumbled on a new technique:, embossing the torn edges of the vellum paper.  Here I used a bright blue and  snowflake tinsel embossing powder by Ranger.

Sharing my art with Paint Party Friday.  What color paint is on your fingers?

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Mug Musings: A time to contemplate the week

Take a Walk Series - January

Taking advantage of the day off from work, I took my photo walk in the Nature Preserve.  It was snowing so I used my cell phone rather than worrying about getting the Canon wet..  It was early enough where I didn't run into anyone else and the paths were snow covered.


In order to get focused on what I need to accomplish I decided to join the planner craze.  Last year I tried the Happy Planner which was a dismal failure.  The narrow layout simply did not work for me and I felt I had to use all those pretty stickers to create Instagram worthy photos.
After some research I purchased the kitlife planner  in mid December.  Mistakenly, I ordered the weekly edition when what I wanted was the daily edition.  I completed one week and immediately knew this was not going to work for me.  I know myself enough to know that if it's not working I won't use it.

This morning I somehow fell into the YouTube rabbit hole and stumbled upon Amanda's Favorites, a channel about reviewing planners.  While some of them looked good, none of them had what I needed.  I settled on The Organized Life Planner printed version. I am hoping it arrives sooner than the estimated 2 weeks delivery time.  More to come on this planner misadventure.
What planner, if any. are you using for 2018?


I have stuck with my resolve to stay off Pinterest at night and get other things done.  Astonishingly, I have already read 4 books this month and am halfway through AWOL on the Appalachian Trail.  I still have no recollection as to how I stumbled upon this book as it is not something I would ordinarily pick up.  Again, my guardian angels are at work behind the scenes motivating me as one of my focus areas is to get healthier and walking is one of the ways I jotted down to accomplish this.


Finding it hard to stay focused as I continue to find inspiring projects that I would like to create.  Working on getting the Autumn art journal completed.  Cover almost done with finishing touches that need to be done.

I started a collage art journal to use the vast assortment of magazine clipping I have accumulated and a way to wind down at night.  I noticed that I am able to slow down my thoughts while cutting and gluing so I plan to make this part of my evening routine.

Started first painting with the book Release Your Creativity.  It is slow going waiting for each layer to dry.
To learn how to create and bind a junk journal I purchased this Junk Journal Kit and Video Workshop.  I dyed some of the paper and am in the process of gessoing others. 

Are you taking time at the end of each week to contemplate where you are in relation to where you are heading?  Do you have a word for 2018? 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Get up. Get Dressed. Paint.: Winter Blues

Reconnecting with my Winter Blues altered book.

These feather were created by painting white acrylic through a stencil on blue card stock.  After allowing to dry, I  placed the stencil back over the paint then sprinkled Infusions in Violet Storms, Sleight Blue, and In the Blue then lightly spraying with water to activate the Infusions. You can view this technique HERE.

Joining in with Paint Party Friday.  What color paint is on your fingers?