Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Day 31: Organized Chaos, an Art Journal

     Happy Tuesday, all!  Thanks for reading today.  Today, I didn't exactly follow any prompt, but thought I'd have a little fun.  I had a bunch of these sketchbooks and journals I had bound and decided to use one to start an art journal where I could play around and experiment a little.  This journal is made with watercolor paper and covered by a postcard printed with my drawing "Intercession."  You can see it on my website  Anywho,  I got out my concentrated watercolors and went to town.  First, I put down a wash and when that dried, went crazy with a dots stamp.  That's the great thing about art journals: they don't have to be masterpieces and they can be very therapeutic.  You are free to be yourself and express all your thoughts and emotions.  You can also take out your frustration by using a bottle of acrylic as a stamp and taking it out on a journal page.  The moral of the story is finding a good creative outlet can really help deal with certain things.  If nothing else, you can just have fun playing with colors and textures.  

Monday, January 30, 2012

Day 30: Toys

Today's prompt said to make something using toys and even play with them with a child if you can.  My art supplies are my "toys," but for the sake of the project, I looked around to see what real toys I could find to play with.  I found this game a friend bought me for Christmas one year, but until I can get people together for a game night (hint hint,) I'll just have to play by myself (sad face.) 

LOVE SOMEBODY!  Most people know you can donate toys to children who wouldn't get gifts otherwise around Christmas, but did you know there are charities who collect toys all year for children's hospitals?  You can also donate new and used toys to a local charity thrift store.  The sale of those and other items help provide funds to feed and house those in need.  Think about it.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Day 29: ATC

     What to do, what to do... how about an ATC?   ATC stands for (education time!) artist trading card.  They're little pieces of art that can be in any medium and traded among artists.  The only rule is that they must be 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches so they can fit in standard plastic sleeves.  ATCs are great for experimenting with different techniques, color schemes, and papers.  You can even find different papers precut in little packets in arts and crafts stores now.  There are also books, exhibitions, organized swaps, and workshops all about artist trading cards.  If you make one, decide it's pretty awesome, and put it up for sale, it becomes known as an ACEO or art card editions and originals.
   Today, I found a packet of illustration board ATC paper in a drawer.  I took some ink pads (I don't use enough) and stamped directly on the card.  Then, I used a gift card to draw some straight lines... because I could!  Look how it bleeds where it goes over the rose ink.  Next, I added some sparkly letters and some words from a mixed media kit.  Finally, I covered it all with transparent tape.  Since this is an ATC and not an ACEO, I'm offering it for a trade or for free to whoever posts my first comment and privately sends me a mailing address.  Have an awesome week!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Day 28: School Stuff

     Today's prompt says to use school supplies such as lined notebook paper (check,)  number 2 pencils, and the like.  It brought images to my mind of class projects, drawings on the backs of notebooks, and the doodles in the margins.  I was pretty big on writing things down.  It helped me remember things better and as one who needs to keep her hands busy, doodling actually helped me pay attention. 
     For your viewing pleasure this morning, I present my notebook page and my notes.  As I put on my internet radio today, I tried to brainstorm ways people could be nice to each other in ways that cost money and ways that don't.  Aren't you tired of watching the news and hearing everyday about the shootings, stabbings, robberies, and whatnot?  I know I am.  I hope this post gives you some ideas.  If you have an ideas feel free to share!  If you want to share your ideas through art or photos, don't forget about my group page on Photobucket!  Here's the link:

Friday, January 27, 2012

Day 27: Sketching into Wet Paint

Today was another "open day" and I decided to draw from the Mystery Box.  It said "Sketching into Wet Paint" so I sketched into wet paint.  I wish it was more exciting than that!  Earlier in the day, I painted this 4x5 inch canvas I had with magenta.  Later on, I painted over it in white and sketched the words that complete the phrase into the paint.  Just now, I traced the words with transfer paper and colored them in with another favorite medium, fluid acrylics.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Day 26: Graph Paper

     Hello again.  Welcome to Day 26 of my 366 day project.  Today is what I call an "open day" which means that whatever the 365... book suggested for today didn't really fit with my concept.  This also means I have to come up with something myself.  I have a long list of ideas some of which I'm eager to do and I also have my "Mystery Box."  (You like it..)  Anyway, utilizing graph paper was one of my ideas from my list and I decided to do that today.  It reminded me of old homework assignments, but it's so much more fun when you can choose to do it.  If nothing else, it adds some variety to this growing body of work. 
     Thanks for checking in today.  We'll see what tomorrow holds.  If you have anything fun and/or interesting suggestions, I'd love to hear them!  Leave a comment here (you'd be the first...) or post to my Facebook page wall and have a great day/night.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Day 25: All Natural

Today I was supposed to go work with nature.  I anticipated doing something that would contrast nicely with the snow.  However, it has been a weird winter in the Snow Belt.  I had only a few patches to choose from.  The picnic table I intended to use as my background didn't even have a snowflake on it.  Last year about this time, we were buried.  This year, it has felt like an early March with grey skies and muddy lawns.   It's still chilly, though, so I put on my boots and hat and went to work.  It didn't take long to find me some sticks and ta-da!  I hope this brightens your day.  Be nice to each other.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Day 24: Green Day

Well, it looks like I'm going to meet my midnight deadline after all!  Even though I dyed this bag a week or so ago and traced the letters last night, I was still pressed to finish today's project before it became tomorrow's.  Today's prompt said to only use green and I immediately thought of doing something "green" as in Earth-friendly.  Using reusable bags is a great way to help reduce waste as many people know.  It's also a great way to make art functional.  This is simply a tote bag dyed green and hand-painted with fabric paint.  Hope you like.  Feel free to comment and have an awesome day.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Day 23: Recycle!

     One of my other goals for this blog and for my art in general is to find ways to use found and recycled objects in my work.  I like the idea of giving new life to something that would have otherwise been thrown away.  Today's prompt said to get materials for my project from the recycling bin.
     While snooping around the recyclables today, I found a gift box that once held a potted plant at Christmastime.  At first, I tried to cover it with gesso, but it didn't want to stick.  Then, I covered it with masking tape like in the masking tape layer technique, but without buffering off some of the paint.  Next, I pulled a section of the newspaper out of the paper recycling bag and cut out letters.  Now, look, a marker holder. Hooray!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Day 22: Sunday School Drawing

     Time to get out the crayons!  Finally.  I was teaching Sunday school this morning and at the end, as usual, I gave the kids an assignment.  Since they like to draw, I give them a concept from the day's lesson to illustrate.  Today, we were learning about the Great Commandment which is to love God above all else and to love others as we love ourselves.  In other words, treat others as you would like to be treated and, of course, love one another.  While trying to decide what to do for my own project today, I decided I should do the assignment myself.  I'm sure the kids will get a kick out of it.  So... this is me driving my car and letting someone pull out. If I was waiting there, I'd want someone nice to come along and let me out.

LOVE SOMEBODY!   Don't you hate it when you are waiting forever to pull out into traffic?  Take a few seconds to let someone out or change lanes.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Day 21: Stamping onto Wet Paper

Today, my Mystery Box said " Stamping onto Wet Paper" which is yet another art journaling technique.  It's very simple.  You stamp onto wet watercolored* paper.  The black ink I used quickly faded and even turned a little yellow. After it dried a little, I stamped the words again. Then, I sat staring at the piece for a while and tried to figure out what to do with the extra space.  In the end, I went with sticky note stars.  

*You can't see the red squiggly line under this word.  Spell check obviously doesn't think this is an adjective.    At least for today, we'll agree to disagree.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Day 20: Clay Day

     "If you can't make it good, make it big.  If you can't make it big, make it red.  If you can't make it red, make it shiny."

     This is an old art and design quote, one my college advisor used to say, but I can't seem to find who actually said it.  Anyway, I thought of it while working on today's project which was supposed to utilize clay in a way I haven't before.  Well, to the best of my knowledge, I've never pulled a pack of polymer clay out of my tool box (which has been there who-knows-long,) formed letters, and tried to attached them together using a bone folder.  Turns out, polymer clay is not my forte.  Maybe with a little research and practice, I might be able to learn the proper techniques for working with it, but at least it's red... and shiny!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Day19: Not Junk Mail

You can't exactly tell from this image, but this is actually a hand-colored business envelope.  I like the idea of drawings and paintings being able to be functional.  I also like the idea of people getting mail that isn't junk mail or bills so I lovingly colored this envelope with my art markers hoping to send it to somebody special.  

LOVE SOMEBODY!  Send someone some good mail.  Write a letter by hand.  Send a little present to brighten someone's day.  Feel free to show the rest of us.  I've created a group album on Photobucket for people to post their own projects that share the love.  Post your images here!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Day 18: The Stuff You Find in Your Car

     Hello there.  Welcome to day 18, the day I must make something out of whatever's in my car.  Let's see... CDs, shooters bag, maps, flashlight, mini zamboni, Skunkers the skunk, air freshener refills, first-aid kit... here we go... pen.  There are always pens in my car.  I hardly go anywhere without a pen (my medium of choice) and a sketchbook and I'd take my DSLR along, too, if it weren't so expensive and conspicuous.  So, I went out to the car and wrote on my hand remembering to reverse the letters this time.  This is for all those other drivers who prefer a different hand gesture.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Day 17: Over an Eye

     One of the main purposes of this blog originally was to show you can be creative pretty much everywhere and with common and not so common materials.  Growing up, I remember a lot of my teachers saying I was "creative." It was a while before I really knew what that meant, but I loved to draw, paint, and decorate just about anything.  I loved craft projects and making stuff out of other stuff.
     I'm saying this because you're probably looking at today's L.O.A. project and thinking, "What the heck?"  Well, first off the prompt from 365: A Daily Creativity Journal (available now) says to make something that goes over an eye or is inspired by something that does.  I got these 3D glasses one night at the theater with some friends.  Second, it's an excuse to buy fun stickers and decorate something.

LOVE SOMEBODY!  Look for collection boxes at your local eye care center/place/thing and recycle your old glasses by sending them to people who desperately need them.  Sometimes, they go overseas to people who could never afford them and it changes their whole lives by enabling them to see and work again.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Day 16: Tater Stamp

Yes, that's a potato.  The prompt from the book said to make a stamp from a sponge or potato. I was only vaguely aware of the technique of carving potatoes into stamps, but it turns out, this is "a thing."  There are Youtube tutorials and everything!  It's a popular activity for parents to do with their children.  "What not?" I said so I got a potato from the pantry and got to work after breakfast.  However, I forgot to carve the letters backward so it would print correctly, but I decided the stamp itself was more interesting than the print would have been anyway.  

LOVE SOMEBODY!  Hug a farmer today.  Without them, we wouldn't have potatoes and other produce. For extra credit, shop at your local farmers' market and support local businesses.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Day 15: Plastic Wrap Crinkle

Well, I made it two full weeks now.  Thanks for checking in.  Today, I drew a slip from the "Mystery Box" and it said, well, plastic wrap crinkle.  It's a texturing technique from one of my many books on art and mixed media.  You simply brush a good bit of paint onto a surface, cover it with plastic wrap, smoosh it around a bit, and let dry.  Look close at the orangey yellow part.  The rest of the color scheme didn't work out exactly how I wanted it to, but I tried to make the best of it.  Problem solving is key to making art and making mistakes can provide opportunities to try things you wouldn't have otherwise.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Day 14: Those Melty Beads

Remember fused beads?  I do.  I remember creating herds of melty bead dinosaurs at my grandmother's house when I was little.  Lately, I've often seen these kits on the shelves of arts and crafts stores and I figured this project was a good excuse to indulge my inner child.  Love yourself a little today and have some fun.  Get out the crayons if you have to!

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Day 13: Bookmark

I just couldn't think of what to do today.  The book said something about using tea, but I don't believe I've made a "proper" cup of tea in my life.  Plus, my arm needed a little rest and somehow I came back to this book mark I received some time ago.  It had a pattered piece of paper inserted it in and on the other side in had a Herman Melville quote.  ("It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.")  Now that's something we could really get into in terms of life and art.  Personally, I'm learning that lesson more and more.  Anyway, I decided to make a little insert of my own and I do enjoy my stickers.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Day 12: Love is Colorblind

Can you read it?  Today's journal prompt said to make something disappear into it's surroundings and if I did this right, it will for some people.  This whole thing took about three and a half hours.  That's right, while McDreamy was saving the day once again, I was coloring hundreds of little dots on a piece of bristol board. Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Day 11: Lefthanded

 I'm right-handed... very right handed... so when the prompt for today suggested using a comfortable medium, but using the "other hand," I decided to take the challenge. I also happened to be due to donate blood again so, while out running some errands, I stopped at the blood bank.  I told the technician to use my right arm while I doodled with my left hand on the brochure I was given.  I'm right-handed, very right-handed.  I left with a couple of bandages and a new found respect for southpaws.

Did you know that 1 out of every 7 people who get admitted to the hospital will get blood?  Yet, according to the Community Blood Bank, only 1 in 33 Americans actually donate blood.  So if you're healthy and eligible, consider stopping by your local blood bank and donating.  You don't know who's going to need it and it's an easy way to save a life.  It doesn't take that long and it doesn't hurt that much (unless you're a big wuss.)  Plus, you get to drink pop and eat cookies afterwards!

Community Blood Bank. Our Donors Save Lives. [Brochure]

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Day 10: Layered Masking Tape

I wasn't quite sure what to do today so I took a slip from the box and it said "layered masking tape."  It's a technique from a book on collage.  First, you cover your surface with masking tape then seal with matte gel.  Next, you apply some acrylic before buffing some away with a paper towel.  Finally, I used transfer paper to trace the text and filled it in with a thin layer of fluid acrylic. 

Monday, January 9, 2012

Day 9: How to Play with Your Food: Breakfast

Good morning, all.  Welcome to Day 9 of my Love One Another Project.  Thanks to everyone and anyone who has been checking in.  Today, the book a.k.a. 365: A Daily Creativity Journal says to do something with my breakfast.  Therefore, I spent a good while this morning carefully arranging my Fruit Loops on a piece of foam core.  Did you ever notice they come in complementary colors?  

NEW!   Love Somebody!  Food banks, pantries, and city missions are always happy to get donations of cereal and other breakfast items.  Keep an eye out for sales and think about taking a donation of crunchy goodness to your local food bank or mission. 

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Day 8: Old New Book

Today's mission was to transform an old book.  I have no idea how old this sketchbook is, but I know I started drawing in it in July 2010. Is that old enough?  Finding a cutout of a bird I made a while ago, I traced it on the front.  Then, I "painted" it with bleach.  The rebellious bleach strayed outside the lines making a halo around my little sparrow.  Finally, I used a black permanent marker to color in the tree branch.  This bleaching technique also works well with black t-shirts and spraybottles.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Day 7: Stencil

Well, today makes one week.  Today's objective was to make a stencil and use it.  I took a box for parts for my printer and spread light molding paste over the stencil.  This technique looks especially good when you use fluid acrylics to stain the paste.  I think this has some potential, too. 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Day 6: Berries!

Today I was rather excited.  The prompt was to do something with the first fruit or vegetable you spot.  I wanted to try my hand at making a berry tart.  This project gave me the excuse to make one and make one I did.  I'm not entirely sure what it's supposed to taste like, but it's alright.  Unfortunately, there wasn't quite enough room to really spell it out once I put the mixture in the pie crust, so I took the leftover berries and placed them right on the counter top and threw in a Photoshop filter for good measure.   Ta-da!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Day 5: Bulletin Board

I had several ideas for today, but none of them quite panned out.  At least one I was planning on suddenly sounded like a much better idea for another day.  Another I actually carried out is actually a prompt in the book  later in the year.  That and I'm fairly paranoid about copyright laws and such.  This, however, is another idea from the list so I hope you like it.  Loving one another should be on everyone's to-do list!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Day 4: Taped Text Boxes

Day 4: The creativity journal suggested that today I go for a five minute walk and use whatever I could find.  Well, here in the snow belt, winter has come at last and I decided not to risk getting hit by a snowplow so I decided to draw a slip from the box.  The slip said "taped text boxes" which is a technique/activity found in a book I have about art journaling.  It involves masking tape on patterned paper, a paint brush, and an ink pad to create a faux spray paint look.  Then, I stenciled the words using a permanent marker.  The photo is from a trip to the zoo and I printed it with my new (and very cute) photo printer.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Day 3: No Rocks, Paper, No Scissors

Hi there.  The rules for today are to make something out of paper, but not to draw on it or use scissors.  (They didn't say anything about a printer and a knife!)  

Monday, January 2, 2012

Day 2: Tiger Tiger

In the book I mentioned earlier, there are prompts for everyday of the year.  Next to Day 2, it says to use your favorite animal as your inspiration.  I've liked tigers since I was little which got me thinking that I could make the stripes into letters.  Another thing I've liked since I was little is coloring.  Only now I do it with much, much more expensive materials!  Then, I decided to spiff it up on the computer.  I hope you like my L.O.A. tiger.  It took half a movie and several crime dramas to finish it.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Day 1: Mystery Box Day

Happy New Year and welcome to the Love One Another Project!  I'm very excited about this and I hope you enjoy it, too.  The object, of course, is to create something or take a photograph everyday based on John 13:34-35 and post it online.  It's going to be a challenge, but, God willing, it will turn out pretty awesome.

I'll be working off the prompts in Noah Scalin's 365: A Daily Creativity Journal some of the time and also using many of my own ideas.  There will be days when the prompts in the book don't fit my concept very well and when I don't have anything in particular in mind.  That's where the Mystery Box comes in.

Inside the "Mystery Box", are slips of paper with the names of different mediums and art/ craft techniques typed on them.  On those days, I'll just draw out a slip or two and go from there.  It should be interesting.  Also, I've already learned something.  Stamping with my swirly stamps with the darker shade of gold has some potential.  Well, here goes nothing!