Saturday, March 31, 2012

Day 91: Coffee Day

     Today's prompt from the book is to work with coffee, coffee grounds, etc.  I'm not a coffee drinker myself, so I had to find some.  In the kitchen, there was still some left in the pot.  I poured some in a teacup (I said I'm not a coffee drinker!) and a painted with it on some watercolor paper.  Well, technically, I drew or "coffeed" with it on watercolor paper.  You need paint to paint right?

Friday, March 30, 2012

Day 90: Pinata Day

      Today is Pinata Day and Scalin's book says to make a pinata and destroy it.  This project, though, is all about the love so why not make it Pardon a Pinata Day?  What did it ever do to you that you have to string it up like that and beat it with a stick?  Have mercy and just take the candy out.  There's a hatch and everything.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Day 89: Packing Materials Day

     Sometimes you just have to keep it simple.  After trying some other things, I ended up decorating this bubble mailers with a permanent marker and stencils in order to work with packing materials today.  Now I can't wait for my next sale on Etsy so I can send this to someone.  

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Day 88: At Work Day

     Welcome to Work-Only-with-Stuff-You-Find-at-Work Day.  For me, work is at whatever school I'm assigned to that day.  I'm a school portrait photographer and when you're a school portrait photographer, you know all about the combs. Not only are they used to make kids' hair look nice, but are a free and treasured commodity. Who knew a little piece of plastic could make someone so excited?
     We all carry boxes of them around with us.  During a break, I arranged some on a background case and took a picture.  My point-and-shoot was still on sports mode when I shot this photo, so I jazzed it up a bit in Photoshop Elements.   I also took this photo of the chicken who sits on the camera at elementary schools.  Enjoy.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Day 87: Candle Day

     Today is Work-with-Candles Day.  First, I lit some tealights and tried to stamp into them.  I also thought I could use some ink to make it look like some encaustic work in magazines, but it didn't quite work out.  In the end, I put a dusty old green votive to good use.  

Monday, March 26, 2012

Day 86: Brownie Day

      This prompt had me at "cake."  Decorate a cookie or cake was today's mission.  I'm sure brownies fit into one of those categories.  It really doesn't matter which as long as it is chocolatey goodness.  Today, I hope you enjoy my baked goods art.  If you use your imagination, it looks like a field of flowers.  If you use your fork, it turns your teeth and tongue green.

LOVE SOMEBODY! and bake them a chocolatey treat.  Nom.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Day 85: Paper Crane for Ellen

     I was invited to join a group on Facebook for other 365ers and as of late there have been weekly activities.  This week was Incorporate Something from a Friend's Blog featuring Ellen who is making cranes.  I don't think I've made one since high school or junior high art class, but was able to find instructions online.  After I while, I think I got something that resembles a crane.  My cat, Rory, must have thought so, too.  But on the other hand, everything's a toy to him.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Day 84: Soap Day

     I hope this Saturday morning finds you well.  It finds me carving a piece of soap.  (I know, right?)  This isn't exactly how I pictured the beginning of my weekend, but whatev.  At least, it smells good.  I found this piece of soap in a drawer in the bathroom, a leftover from a business trip possibly.  It was easily carved with one of those pointy thingys that come with those cheap little engraving art kits.  I knew I'd find another use for it!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Day 83: Packing Tape Transfer

     It's another warm and beautiful day.  Usually about this time o' year, we're just getting over what we call the "St. Patty's Day Blizzard."  No such blizzard this year.  Even as a write, the buds are opening on the tree outside my window and the birds are singing.  I'd be more cheerful, but I'm kind of in an artistic rut and am trying to find any reason to be optimistic and feel good about my work.  Thank you to all the people who have left comments here and on Facebook.  Hugs all around.
     Anywho, today, the Mystery Box suggested packing tape transfers which basically involves images or text from magazines, packing tape, soaking in water, and gluing onto a surface such as an art journal page.  This is the first time I've done it and look how it turned out!  There's definately some potential here.  It was easier than I thought.  All you have to do for the transfer is cover an image from a magazine in packing tape, soak in warm water, and rub the paper off.  I think I'll have to try this again...

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Day 82: Colored Pens

     Tonight was another night for something relaxing and after not being able to make a decision on what to work with, I finally settled on colored pens.  They're just like the black archival ones I favor, but in different colors.  I colored/ doodled this ATC for you and hope you can find something relaxing to do.  For those really stressful days, I highly recommend coloring.  It doesn't have to be anything overly developed or fancy. Go ahead.  Try it. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Day 81: Eraser Day

     Did you ever use putty to copy images or text from newspapers as a kid?  That's what I thought of when I read today's prompt which was about working with erasers.  I noticed you get the same effect with pencil and kneaded erasers from my days in drawing studio.  Anyway, hope it's just as warm and beautiful where you are as it is here.  If so, get out and enjoy it!  Peace.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Day 80: Pens, Pencils, and More

     First of all, I just want to thank the people who have been reading this blog especially the ones who are official followers.  I appreciate all the comments and support I've received during this project.  Today, I was out most of the day.  Even though I looked hard for something to work with or make while I was out and about, nothing struck me.  As my Penguins thoroughly thumped the Jets, I made you this picture using whatever marking utensils where in this one ceramic vase I have.  As you can see, that includes pencil, ink pens, gel pens, and dry erase markers.  Hope you like it.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Day 79: I Have Tissues

     I just got home from work and was trying to think of what to do that would be quick and easy.  Somehow, I just got to thinking about the cold I've been getting over which brought me to my good friend the tissue box.  The light's not as great in this corner of the room, but this is what permanent marker looks like on tissues.  Enjoy.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Day 78: Chalk Pastels

     I pulled the chalk pastel slip from the Mystery Box today.  I originally bought this set because I was inspired by Katherine Dunn's work and wanted to add some texture to my work.  I keep forgetting, though, that pastels, charcoal, and other such media are not my forte.  Therefore, I have a tremendous respect to those who are able to do realistic portraits and photorealistic scenes with them.  God bless.  

LOVE SOMEBODY!  Let someone know they inspired you or encourage someone else today.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Day 77: Paper Strips Day

     Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!  As I post today, I have my Irish/ Celtic rock channel on Pandora playing.  Today is Work with Strips of Paper day in Noah's book so I decided I'd do some elementary school-style paper weaving.  Obviously, the green, white, and orange are inspired by the Irish flag, but do you know what the colors mean?  As I've heard it, the green represents the Catholics, the orange represents the Protestants, and the white represents the peace between the two denominations.  Therefore, as you wear your green tonight and drink your green beer, I hope you remember the meaning behind St. Patrick's Day: St. Patrick and his ministry.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Day 76: Save the Date

     It was another beautiful day in the snowless Snow Belt.  It was a great day for love and photography.  For my very first engagement/save the date photo shoot, I had the honor of photographing my sister and her fiance. During the shoot, they were kind enough to help me with my project today and this was much more interesting to me than things that go over ears.  Thanks, guys!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Day 75: Sidewalk Chalk Day

     Today, the book said to work with sidewalk chalk near your home.  That's all well and good except that out in the boondocks we don't have sidewalks.  Fortunately, my car was due for inspection in town and as it was getting worked on, I walked the streets of my hometown feeling old.  On the sidewalk near the train tracks and the lumber yards, I wrote my message and put it inside a completely inaccurate green bear paw in honor of my alma mater.  Maybe the kids will see it as they walk home from school.  Maybe it will be washed away in the coming rain.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Day 74: I Heart China Buffet

     Today's objective was to go to a store or restaurant I usually go to and make something there.  Therefore, after work today, I drove down the road to probably my favorite Chinese buffet for lunch.  As I loaded a plate full of lo mein noodles and General Tso's sauce, I thought about what great sacrifices I make in the name of art... When I was done with my "project" a.k.a. lunch, I thought I'd be sneaky and take the photo with my point-and-shoot on sports mode so there wouldn't be a flash.  However, as I was putting my camera away, the waitress caught sight of the plate and cocked her head to see what it was.  I explained a little bit of my project.  She smiled and gave me a thumbs up so I guess I have at least one "like" so far!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Day 73: Rock, Sand, and Gravel Day

   Today's artistic adventure takes us across the lake.  The book says to work with rocks, sand, and gravel near my home and my home just happens to be next to a lake.  On the other side of that lake are some beaches, one free and one not so free.  In the "free" area, there's a hint of a beach that is gravely and somewhat sandy where I wrote my message.  It's not as romantic as the sand on the state park beaches up north where I hope to do a day's project later on, but at this time of the year, I'm happy just to be about to see the ground.  It has been a warm and beautiful day and I hope it was just as nice wherever you are.  I saw people out walking.  At this beach, there were ducks, a man, and a toddler.  I wonder if they read the message or wondered what a girl was doing taking pictures of gravel.  Part of being an artist, is getting those kinds of looks, I guess.  Thanks for checking in today especially to my fellow 365ers out there.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Day 72: Shoe Day

  Today, we say good-bye to an old friend: a pair of my work shoes.  They've been sitting in the closet on stand-by since the new pair came along.  These shoes have been all over the tri-state area and to dozens of elementary, middle, and high schools.  The toes are worn out and the rubber is coming apart from locking and unlocking the wheels on a camera unipod.  They've tracked across stages, gyms, and football fields.  Even as I tried to write on them with bleach, the shoes wouldn't admit defeat and turn white like I wanted them to.  Now, they will go out as a work of art.

LOVE SOMEBODY!   I saw a picture today of a man with flattened plastic bottles strapped to his feet.   Donate used shoes to charity!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Day 71: Time Travel

     Today's objective was to make something that looks historical and figured (with St. Patrick's Day coming up) I would go Celtic today.  (That's kel-tic not selltic!)  I've done a few paintings so far inspired by illuminated manuscripts and I consulted my references again for today's piece.  I began with a small piece of watercolor paper and literally scrubbed it with a distressing ink pad.  Then, I drew the design in pencil and pen before painting it with fluid acrylics.  Lesson learned: even something as simple as this makes me appreciate the artists who worked on those intricate illustrations for such works as the Book of Kells.  God bless!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Day 70: Number Day

    Today's mission was to work only with numbers and at first all I could think of was those green 1's and 0's scrolling down like in The Matrix.  To start, I experimented with my camera walking around the house taking pictures of numbers on things thinking I could make a sort of collage where the numbers could be read as letters, but then I thought I could just do it on the computer!  I could use a little practice in digital art anyway.  This image was made in an everyday graphics program where I just played around with different fonts.  I didn't know where to go after that so I put it into Photoshop Elements and played around with some filters until I got what looks like a neon sign.  I find it kind of interesting.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Day 69: Make a Puzzle

     I'm off to an early start today... no hustling at the last minute to post before midnight for me!  Today is make-a-puzzle day.  I thought about making a hangman-type puzzle, but that's not very loving is it?  I mean, really if you think about it, that was just another thing we did as kids that now seems odd: a word game featuring an execution...  Anyway, I made a word search with the help of different word search generators online.  There are a a bunch of them online and can usually be found on teaching or education websites.  I got this one started.  If you like, you can find the rest! Have an awesome day.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Day 68: To Do To Get Book

     Today I just thought I'd show you what I call my To Do To Get Book.  It's a little Moleskine sketchbook I keep in my purse.  In it I write my To Do list and things I need to buy.  Many of the pages are illustrated and some just have sketches of wherever I was at the time.  They're perfect for the artist on the go.  I once saw a book in a store that was a collection of grocery lists found by the author.  Some of them are hilarious.  Maybe that's where this came from... I don't know, but if you have something similar let me know.  I'd love to see. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Day 67: One-Liner

     Two days I ago as I was leaving for work, I turned on my windshield wipers and one of the blades ripped right off as it was frozen to the windshield.  Today, I headed home without needing a jacket it was so warm.  I thought there could be a number of possibilities for today's project.  So many of my ideas seem better suited for better weather, but I think they will have to wait at least one more day.  To be honest, it was nice just to get cozy on the couch and color.  Drawing and coloring is one of my favorite ways to relax after a long day.   I took my last illustration board ATC and drew this design with just one line.  This is an exercise in one of my drawing books.  Illustration board doesn't take the marker that well, but it was still fun. 

LOVE SOMEBODY!  Do yourself a favor and just go color.  Your inner child will thank you.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Day 66: Art at the Grocery Store

     Today's mission was to find something to work with at the grocery store and there's extra credit if you actually make it at the store... and I did.  It began with a stroll around the store, through the cafe, and through the fresh fruits and produce.  Nothing jumped out at me.  That's when I headed to the candy aisle.  You know, one with those containers with scoops?  I was able to fish out the letters I needed (with some extra for the ride home.)  After checking out, I headed to the cafe and a sunlit table.  The cafe was otherwise empty except for a young couple working on laptops and maybe one other person.  As I arranged the gummies and pulled out the point-and-shoot camera from my purse, I wondered if they would notice.  Most people look at you funny when you're taking pictures of your candy at the store.  Maybe they were art majors...

Monday, March 5, 2012

Day 65: Tangram Day

     Today, according to Scalin's book, is tangram today.  I think I've seen these puzzles before, but I didn't know what they were called.  Turns out, tangrams are an old Chinese puzzle where you're given an outline and you have to figure out how to make the design out the shapes of these pieces.
     As soon as I got home from work today, I got right down to business.  First, I created the design on a graphics program.  Then, I printed it out on a piece of bristol board before arranging it into different shapes.
    Thank you to everybody who's been leaving comments, signed up to follow, or given me complements on Facebook!

A goose?
 LOVE SOMEBODY!  Host a game night with your friends especially some you don't see too often.  

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Day 64: Self Included

     Today's mission was to incorporate myself into the project.  I kept thinking about it throughout the day.  One of the recurring ideas was a Facebook-profile pic-type photo.  You know... one-handed with a point-and-shoot?  I tried to do it with my DSLR, but it's not as easy.  First, it's heavier and harder to aim backwards with one hand.  Second, my arms aren't long enough to get the proper distance away to focus right.  I ended up putting it through a poster edges filter and decided it looked cooler like that anyway.  Thanks for checking in today!    

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Day 63: Eyedropper Art

     Today's project is inspired by a project within a book about drawing ideas.  You basically make your lines using eyedroppers filled with ink like the ones that usually come with India ink bottles.  First, I wrote in black India ink. Then, I went over it with concentrated watercolor. Then, I went off to exercise and it still wasn't dry! That's when I started a new one... hope you like it.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Day 62: How to Play with Your Food: Dinner

      I love art.  It has taken me to some interesting places: drawing movie theaters in New Zealand, gluing rocks together on a Vermont film set, illustrating Einstein for a Florida magazine, taking pictures of Captain Barbossa dancing to "Love Shack" in Pennsylvania... and tonight cutting green peppers into letters.  Tonight's mission was to make something out of my dinner and eat it.  This is from a recipe for barbeque chicken pizza I found online minus the chicken because it's Friday and it's Lent.  And, yes, it was as delicious as it looks.  

LOVE SOMEBODY!  Take somebody out to dinner!  Bonus: sometimes restaurants have designated nights where a portion of the proceeds benefit a person or organization in need.  Go to those restaurants and  do two good things at once!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Day 61: Shave Gel Graffiti

     You can make Art Everywhere... even in your bathroom... using only things found in your bathroom.  I felt like a graffiti artist standing in my bathtub, but instead of a can of spray paint, I had a can of shave gel (kiwi scent.)  Today, I tagged my own shower.  The fact that the gel matches my puff is mere coincidence, but it balances the composition.  Hooray for unity!

LOVE SOMEBODY!  At least, this graffiti smells good and is totally removable.  Love a friend or family member today by leaving an unexpected note that will make their day.  Bonus points if it smells good, too.