Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Day 60: Sketchbook Page

     Today was supposed to be Cast Shadow day, but the weather didn't quite cooperate.  It stopped raining, but the cloudy skies forced me to have to come up with an alternative.  Anyway, in the years since college, I've let my pencil drawing get a little rusty so I started a sketchbook (one I put together featuring a polka record album cover) and have been trying to draw realistic figures more regularly.  Generally, I use comic book artist references and I found this couple under "Romance."  It could use a little work, but I hope to get back in shape pretty soon.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Day 59: Mix and Match

     My whole room smells overwhelmingly like fresh linen.  I have one of those porcelain thingys with a light bulb that you melt fragrant wax in and I put a whoooooole tray of blue linen-scented cubes in the dish today... all for the sake of art.  I needed to work with two things that usually don't go together.  Ok, I had this craft box lid and these little silver letter beads I've been saving for just such an occasion.  I needed to put them in something... wax!  I melted the blue wax in my little green dish.  Figuring I could pour the wax into this lid and embed the letters, I thought, why not add some beachglass, too?
     As soon as the wax was completely melted and my room smelled like a candle factory, I poured the wax into the lid and threw in some gauze just because I could.  As I moved the letters into place with a mechanical pencil lead stuck way out, I realized something.  Apparently I overdid it on the wax a tad and the letters became submerged so I took a picture before the wax cooled and you couldn't read it anymore.  I hope you enjoy my little experiment!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Day 58: Mini Canvas Painting

      Little is cute.  I see these mini canvases in the store and I think they're cute.  I don't know what I'd do with it... but it's cute.  This project gave me an excuse to get one.  For real, how cute is this little easel?  Anyway, it seemed like there were so many possibilities, but then you pick up the brush and wonder what detail you can get with such little space.       Then again, it's like a stretched canvas ATC, but square.  There are enormous possibilities for collage and mixed media.  I can imagine little inspirational quotes and accompanied by a vintage photograph  (all the rage now) or maybe just some fun design for some creative therapy.  I may have to play with this some more.  For now, now you can check out my little painting here.  It's a series of layers of fluid acrylic with the text and some doodles, too.  All that matters to me is the point getting across.  Did it?  I hope you enjoy this project and hope to see you back tomorrow!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Day 57: All Those Plastic Bags

     If you're like most of us, you have a whole bunch of plastic shopping bags collecting somewhere.  Maybe you recycle them when you go back to the store.  Maybe you use them for trash bags or maybe you trained yourself to carry one of those reusable fabric shopping bags.  Me?  I'm in transition.  I try my darndest to remember to put my bags back in the car, but now and again I have to take my purchases home in a plastic unearthfriendly bag.  Some of those bags were used to make today's project.  The book says to use disposable plastic bags today so I searched online for some cool things I could make.  
     One of the big things now is plarn, as in cutting bags into strips and crocheting or knitting bags and stuff.  Unfortunately, me and crocheting don't exactly get along.  In fact, I'm known for my "two-handed" technique.  Nevertheless, I know my way around a glue stick.  I cut out letters and a smiley face out of a couple bags.  (Good thing we got Chinese last night!)  Then, I cut one inch squares from several others and glued everything onto a piece of watercolor paper.  I liked the transparency of the plastic, the way I could layer them, and the pattern they made.  

    If you want to see some other cool things you can make with disposable plastic bags, check out my friend's page at  She goes by Joy and makes a mean beach bag... all out of plastic bags.  She also makes these cool fishes, too.  

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Day 56: Painter's Palette

     I "saw" this image yesterday as I was working out yesterday's idea and I couldn't wait until I had some daylight available to take this photo for you.  It was inspired by a picture I took last year when some paint on my palette looked like a heart and I had to capture it.  Today, I just wrote with some white fluid acrylic.  There's a whole list about five pages long on my computer of ideas for this project I can't wait to try out.  Many of them seem much better suited for the summer months ahead.  Until then, I hope I can come up with some pieces that can inspire and help people.   (I know, that's every blogger's dream, right?)  Don't forget if you have any ideas to share, let me know by comment or message.  If this project has actually inspired you to make some art projects on your own, I encourage you to add them to my Photobucket group page.  There's a link on my website under Special Projects.  Thanks!


Friday, February 24, 2012

Day 55: Highlighters

     Hi there.  Today I didn't feel the need to write a jingle like the book suggested.  I came home from work and tried to think of something simple and easy to do.  In the end, I ended up on the couch with a handful of highlighers and an ATC.  It turns out, highlighter doesn't scan that well.  The bright yellow looks like empty space.  I tried to tweak it a little bit, but I'm no Photoshop expert.  I hope you like it anyway.  Thank you for checking out my blog and have a fantastic weekend.


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Day 54: Dots Dots Dots

     Here on the Art Everywhere blog, we (and by 'we' I mean just me) are on a mission to make art everywhere and with almost any thing.  Today's project, that is supposed to use dots, shows you one thing you can do with all those little paper circles that collect in your hole puncher.  I know many of you have always wondered what to do with those...  Anyway, I painted this 8x10 canvas earlier today and later painted some circles.  Next, I added the paper circles with gel medium which was altogether a rather sticky business.  In the end, I can't say it was some of my best work, but that's what Photoshop's for.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Day 53: Sense of Smell

   You're going to have to take my word for it today... it smells like green apple.  Today's project is supposed to involve the sense of smell.  There are lots of ways to go with that, I suppose.  Someone suggested garbage, but why use garbage when I can use this cute little tree here that's both eye candy for you and makes my car smell nice?  Win win.

     For many of these projects, I'm looking for things I can personalize with this message.  I see these tree-shaped air fresheners for cars everywhere and I thought it'd be funny.  I just made my own little label on the computer and stuck it on there.

Craft idea:  You can throw out your air fresheners that no longer smell good... or you can decorate them as little mixed media car ornaments and take a little piece of art everywhere you go.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Day 52: Every Which Way

     Today's assignment was to create something that would need to be rotated 180 degrees in order to be displayed or seen.  Well, what about 180 degrees and backwards?  After arranging the text in a graphics program, I just hit the flip button.  Then, I added more words and flipped those, too, and flipped them again until I got the message every way but the way it's supposed to be.  I colored over the print out and went over it again several times with marker and later added pen and gel pen.  I hope you've enjoyed this little experiment!  Thanks for checking today.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Day 51: Linocut Prints

     Once upon a time, last year in fact, I carved this block thinking I'd do this series of projects based on a particular them and post them to a blog.  Little did I know, I'd soon find a book that would inspire me to do it not just few weeks, but every day for a year (God willing.)
     Today, I pulled that block out of my little collection of printmaking supplies and hand-pulled some prints for today's post.  Maybe you remember doing block prints in junior high?  It was a year or so ago that I got back into it thinking linocut printing would complement my black and white ink drawings pretty well, but mostly I've been doing text and some basic graphics.  Also, it's been a little tough doing these prints and being a perfectionist!  I want to get rid of all the extra marks and sometimes even the splotches.  Oh well.  I'm starting to think that's just how it works.

LOVE SOMEBODY!  Just give someone a hug just because.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Day 50: White Day

    I hope you're having a lovely Sunday.  Me?  I just got done playing with light molding paste.  The books says to only work with white materials today so how does white canvas plus white acrylic plus white bristol board stencil plus white molding paste sound?  (You get "extra credit" for working on a white surface, too.)  I got this idea back on Day 7 (Stencil Day) while working with the stencil and the molding paste.  I knew with just enough light to provide contrast to show the form, it could work out really well.  I hope you like it and have a great week.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Day 49: Lots of Beachglass

     Work with lots of something today.  Well, thanks to hours and hours spent pawing through gravel up at the lake, I have lots and lots of beachglass.  (That's broken bits of glass bottles, etc. churned and buffed by the waves for decades and washed up on shore for the uninformed.)  Brown pieces like these are one of the most common colors one can find and were probably beer bottles once.  I like to think they came from sunken pirate ships lost somewhere in the depths of the Great Lakes, but odds are they are leftovers from the olden days when one could paddle out and dump their garbage in the lake.  The moral of the story is, first, love one another and don't trash our lakes and oceans even if something good can come out of it.  Second, if you find yourself in a difficult period in your life, perhaps it's God's way of smoothing out your rough edges and making you more beautiful.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Day 48: Ink Stamps

     Another benefit from this project is having an excuse to use supplies and tools I don't use very often.  Today I pulled out the ol' lightbox so when I was trying to decide what to make today and pulled out the "ink stamps" slip from the Mystery Box, I was able to see the words that were printed on a piece of paper beneath the bristol board I stamped onto.  These little stamps haven't seen to much use either!  The  ink is a walnut distressing ink also rarely used.  Finally, I'm starting to run low on strips so if you have any cool ideas for a project, leave a comment sometime.  Have a great weekend everybody!


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Day 47: Flower Day

     Today is flower day and I could have made something involving flowers real or fake.  In this case, the flowers were hand-drawn and colored by yours truly on a illustration board ATC.  My ATC collection is starting to grow!  Since I'm calling them ATCs, they cannot be sold.  They can only be traded.  I hope to have them available at any craft shows I do this year.  Until then, if you see one you like... consider trading me for a donation to The Water Project.  (There's a link just below my blog banner.)  Thanks for checking in today and I hope you've been enjoying my project.  I have some exciting ideas I hope to try in the summer and maybe you can help me out.  

LOVE SOMEBODY!  I know it's no longer St. Valentine's Day, but you don't need a reason to send someone you appreciate flowers.  

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Day 46: Crossword Puzzle

     Crossword puzzles are not my strong suit.  Don't get me wrong, I know all kinds of useful and useless facts, just not the ones the puzzles usually call for.  So in the spirit of "coloring outside the lines" and for the sake of this project, I've used your everyday newspaper crossword puzzle as my platform today.  All that matters is the  message getting out.  I hope you enjoy my variety of attempts to do that.  Have a great day!  

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Day 45: On Tape

     This is an actual section of my bedroom wall damaged by water and ice and covered with duct tape to keep the cracks and crumblies under control.  Today's assignment is to work with tape and what better way to do that than to turn something damaged into a work of art (metaphor alert!)    I just wrote with masking tape and then with black electrical tape.  

LOVE SOMEBODY!   Your assignment is to fix something up for yourself or someone else.  If you have some handyman skills, consider donating some time to people who are no longer able to do such things for themselves anymore.  God bless.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Day 44: This Little Light of Mine

    "You are the light of the world.  A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."  -Matthew 5:14-16 NIV

 Today's mission was to make something that lights up.  It suggests using candles or existing lampshades.  I just printed out the words on cardstock, cut them out like a stencil, and taped it to my table lamp.  The circle shape reminds me of those little metal circles used in photography studios that are put over lights to project patterns on the background.  (5 cool points to whoever can remind me what those are called!)  I even turned this around to see how it projects, which isn't that clear, but there is some potential there.  Hope you enjoy. 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Day 43: Learning Cross Stitch

      "You know you're supposed to back through the other ones right?"

     This is my mom teaching me to cross stitch earlier today.  The books says to learn something new today and my mom's been cross stitching for as long as I can remember.  She showed me how to separate the threads, how to catch the loose end, and go back over to make the 'x.'  After the yarn project the other day, I knew better than to select something that looked easy but would take forever.  I found this simple alphabet in a book of cross stitch patterns and spent about three crime dramas and part of the news stitching the letters.  Ta-da!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Day 42: Junk Mail Ransom Note

     Happy Saturday!  This makes six full weeks!  Already I've learned some new techniques and discovered some new things to try later.  Today I was supposed to do something with my junk mail so I cut out letters from a coupon pack.  It had the look of a mini ransom note.  The letters were small so I thought they would fit on an ATC.  After watching a hockey game at a sports bar, I bought some more illustration board ATCs  at an arts and crafts store, brought them home, and put the letters on the card (first with glue then with tape.)  I also tweaked the image on the computer.  

LOVE SOMEBODY!  Send a handmade card to someone special.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Day 41: Distress with Tape

    Hi there.  Today I decided not to go by the book and pulled a slip from my box.  It said "distressing with tape" which is yet another art journaling technique.  You simply put some tape on a piece of paper or even a photo, burnish it a little, and peel it off.  I did this around the edges.  Then, I cut out letters from a another piece, glued them on, and treated it like an art journal page by adding some blue pen.  
     After last night, getting done while there is still daylight is kind of weird.  I was off of work today so I had plenty of time to work on this.  I hope to start putting some things up for sale soon to raise money for my Water Project fundraiser.  For those of you who know me, look for L.O.A. projects this coming summer at craft shows and whatnot.  Until then, love one another!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Day 40: Yarn!

     Made it!  I only have a few more minutes so I'll be brief.  The book says to do something with yarn today and I decided to go with yarn and plastic canvas since it's been a good while since I've really picked up a needle.  Today I learned yet again that things can take a lot longer than you think they do.  I also learned what many artists who undertake 365 projects learn: discipline and commitment.  These projects are also good for teaching you to meet deadlines even if it takes you past your bedtime.  I know this might not look like much, but this took about four and a half hours to do.  I hope you like it.  

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Day 39: Haiku Day

Today, the book said to write a haiku poem.  I decided to keep it simple and just write it on an ATC.   

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Day 38: Fishbowl

     Work underwater?  I sat here all morning and early afternoon staring at this empty fishbowl on my desk.  Ideas included making a giggly dessert with little gummy fish and everything.  Obviously, Martha Stewart had already thought of this.   I tried making a tiny sailboat, but it didn't quite work out.  A little frustrated, I kept staring at the bowl.  Soon, I noticed my collection of concentrated watercolors on the shelf.  Hmmm...
    After filling the bowl up with water, I put in a few drops of blue and watched it sink, swirl, and dissipate.  I had my idea.  Next, I dried out the bowl and placed the stickers inside.  The bowl was filled again and more drops of watercolor added.  I took several pictures so you could see the progression.  Enjoy!

P.S.  Don't forget about my Water Project project.  I'm trying to raise money so people can have clean water in parts of the world where they get sick because they don't have access to clean drinking water.  If you have a buck or two to spare... there's a link at the top of the page.  No obligation, just trying to do something nice.  Thanks.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Day 37: Office Supply Art, Staples

     For your viewing pleasure this evening, I give you another installment in my office art series.  Based on a suggestion from the book I'm working from, I used staples, something stapled, or a stapler today.  I wish I could say all these staples were pulled from old documents that were about to be thrown out, but I can't.  These were new staples sacrificed for the sake of Fine Art.  After arranging them on a piece of copy paper, I shot them with my DSLR, and toyed with the image in my photo editing software.  I hope you enjoy.

P.S. Search "staple art."  You'll be amazed at what people have done just by putting staples in a wall...

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Day 36: New Old Things

"...See, I am making all things new!.."   -Revelation 21:5 TCLB

     365... says to take something old and make it like new today.  After I got home from church, I went out to our old barn to rummage around for something old and forgotten, something I could make shiny and new again.  In a box with some other dirty, cobwebby things, I found an old open picture frame.  The frayed hanging wire was hanging broken from one side.  It had scratch marks on two or three sides.  I took it inside, washed it off, and used sandpaper to remove the paper or masking tape backing around the edges.  During a hockey game intermission, I applied a coat and a half of gesso before painting it a light green.
     The frame was kind of an odd size.  The opening was a little over seven inches by a little over ten inches.  What could go in here?  I found some old cork board material under the dresser I was considering throwing away and cut it to size.  While I was waiting for things to dry, I cut out letters from some patterned scrapbook paper.  Finally, I pinned the letters to the little cork board I've made.  So, there's taking something dirty and worn and making it new again.  There's a metaphor in there somewhere...

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Day 35: How to be a Blanket Ninja

     Today, the book (a.k.a. 365: A Daily Creativity Journal) says to create instructions others can follow and  I decided to share how I make no-sew fleece blankets.  This blanket is inspired by a blanket I once received  in college for a gift, a gift I still use and enjoy.  Follow these instructions and you, too, can be a blanket ninja.

    STEP 1:  Buy some colorful fleece fabric and some fabric paint.
    STEP 2:  Arrange pieces of fabric on top of each other and line up corners.
    STEP 3:  Trim any excess so they're exactly even.
    STEP 4:  Use scraps to make awesome ninja headband for yourself!        

     STEP 5:  Cut a square off of each corner.
     STEP 6:  Cut strips and tie together.

   STEP 7: Cut even strips along all sides and tie together.  (I used this
                 pad of sticky notes as a reference so I didn't have to mark
                 the fabric.

    STEP 8:  Decorate with 3D fabric paint!

  STEP 9: LOVE SOMEBODY!  Donate blanket to nursing home or 
homeless shelter.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Day 34: Work with Wire

      Today's mission: work with wire.  I rode in the car for about three hours today to go to one of my most favorite stores to buy art supplies and this wire.  I chose black because, well, black is awesome and goes with just about anything... and it reminds me of pen/ink lines.  When I read this prompt, writing in cursive was one of the first things I thought of.  I also thought about making it into some kind of jewelry pendant, but I liked the idea of the wire being a kind of 3D line. The shadows are pretty cool, too.  There are some definite possibilities there.  To make this image, I shaped it and arranged in on a piece of scrapbook paper.  Then, I took a picture of it without flash and added the vignette on the computer.

Notice the buttons below you can click: interesting, cool, etc.  Feel free to comment!  

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Day 33: Let's go Pen!

     I heart pens.  They've been one of my favorite mediums since college and I was excited to have a prompt that said to use pens.  Of course, I had about a million ideas, okay not that many, so I decided to simplify.  After several little sketches, I drew this with black archival pen on hot press watercolor paper.

LOVE SOMEBODY! And not jump on them, sleep where they sleep, or push them off the top of the couch...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Day 32: The Birds of the Air

"Look at the birds!  They don't worry about what to eat- they don't need to sow or reap or store up food- for your heavenly Father feeds them.  And you are far more valuable to him than they are." 
-Matthew 6:26  TCLB

    Your heavenly Father feeds the birds of the air... and sometimes He uses people to do it.  Today, I was supposed to make something ephemeral so I went outside on this beautiful and unseasonably warm first of February.  With a hoodie and my college sweatpants, I was comfortable enough outside to sit on the picnic table and carefully arrange birdseed into the message.

 I could hear the flutter of wings overhead.  At one point, a chickadee landed on the table within about two feet of me.  The birds must have been impatient for me to finish so they could eat my little installation because this is what things looked like about an hour an half later...