Thursday, May 31, 2012

Day 152: Artist Paper Collage

   A number of people who are currently working on a 365 project have reported falling into ruts and feeling rather uninspired.  I think I've just slumped into one myself.  I've just haven't been "feeling it" lately and have been disappointed that I haven't been able to make anything super cool or profound. But I'm fairly confident this dry spell will end soon.  Until then, I hope you enjoy my little collage here.  This is the end result of a raid of my collage or mixed media box and features artist papers that came in a magazine.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Day 151: Crayon Day

    Happiness is a new box of crayons.  I knew I had a box somewhere, but when I pulled a box out of the drawer and opened it, I saw that the tips were still sharp.  It looks like these haven't even been touched.  Now, after today's project, they are quite broken in.  

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Day 150: Index Card

    To be honest, I wasn't really feeling it today.  Today's prompt really didn't do anything for me.  Somehow, I ended up with an index card.  First, I wrote on it with pen to see if it went anywhere.  Then, seeing all the lines and outlines, I couldn't resist coloring them in with the markers that I keep on a table near the couch.  I hope tomorrow will be better!  Thanks to everyone who checks in!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Day 149: Memorial Day

     I hope everyone had an awesome Memorial Day weekend!  To all who served and are serving now, we can't ever thank you enough.  God bless.

LOVE SOMEBODY!  Thank a vet.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Day 148: Purple Day and Fan Day for Gina

     Depends on who you ask, it's either Purple Day or Fan Day.  For our Facebook group, it's Fan Day in honor of Gina.  You can become a fan of her fans at  When I heard we were using her project for inspiration this week, the first thing I thought of was folding fans out of paper like we did when we were kids.  A little low-tech, maybe, but it works.  I just printed out the words on card stock and folded it as evenly as I could.  Since the book says to only use purple materials today, I used purple paper with purple text and used more paper as a background.  This project would have come in handy about six hours ago when a friend and I were roasting at the flea market!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Day 147: Inspired by Favorite Movie Day

      According to 365: A Daily Creativity Journal by Noah Scalin, today's project is supposed to be inspired by your favorite movie.  Anybody who knows me knows I'm a bit of a Lord of the Rings nut.  I saw The Two Towers six times in the theater including once in the Embassy Theater which hosted the world premier of the third film.  Also while in New Zealand, I visited many of the filming locations and even met one of my most favorite artists who designed some of the looks for different characters.  Just now, I was surfing the internet for some inspiration and came upon several font generators.  These things crack me up.  I hope this makes all the other nuts out there smile, too.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Day 146: Stamping with Objects

       Well, it's been a while since I used the ol' Mystery Box so I decided to skip the book today and pull a slip.  Today, it said Stamping with Objects.  I can't remember which book I got that idea from, but I ended up with a piece of ivory card stock.  Then, I just took nearby objects including, but not limited to, a palette knife, an action figure's foot, a stained-glass sun-catcher, markers, a gift card, a plastic thingy that comes off a new printer cartridge, and even the lid of the ink pad.  

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Day 145: Welcome to Artiegras!

     Welcome to Artiegras!  This little shindig is held Thursday nights during the summer at the original Quaker Steak and Lube and includes artists and other vendors as well as a parade led by a man in a smock, a mariner's hat, and a kazoo.  This same dude goes around beforehand and gets people ready for said parade by painting faces.  So for your viewing pleasure, here's a lovely photo of yours truly.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Day 144: Feet as Hands Day

    I think today the title says it all.  It turns out I'm not as right-footed as much as I am right-handed.  Yes, this was done by writing with my foot using a Sharpie and some highlighters.  It was much harder than I thought, but maybe someone will still enjoy it.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Day 143: Sense of Taste Day

     Welcome to Day 143!  It's also another addition of What Do I Feel Like Doing After Work Day! (Hooray!) What I felt like doing after work was getting home in time for my run.  This is included a stop for gas and something nom to make letters with.  I found these green apple twists at the gas station.  Some didn't make it home.  The rest have been turned into art.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Day 142: Cut Up a Magazine Day

    Today's project involves cutting up a magazine and revealing what's beneath.  I kind of took a different spin on it and cut out areas of ads and made my own holes or windows.  I'm very concerned about copyright especially so I tried to use pieces of ads and such to create an abstract pattern, but the most important part still shows through!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Day 141: Sun Day for Frances

    I found out earlier that for today's group project, we're inspired by Frances's Sun Today project.  You can check it out at  Me?  I got cozy on the couch with my collage box.  The gold paper is from the church bulletin and you'll never believe what was printed on the front.  Enjoy!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Day 140: Rebus Day

     Today is Rebus Day according to Noah Scalin's book.  A rebus is a kind of visual puzzle.  It was kind of tough at first, but I think I got it to work out.  

Friday, May 18, 2012

Day 139: Decay Day

     Today's mission is to make something that decays.  One thing that is decaying are the beautiful lilacs outside my window.  We had one of the most mild winters I can ever remember, but then some cold spring days did a number on some of the crops and flowers.  However,  the lilacs were still able to make an appearance.  Now, their mostly brown and the leaves look like they've been munched on.  For my project today, I took some leaves and cut letters out and put them on a bed of mostly whole leaves.  I can't promise this will survive so I can document what happens to it later on, but for now... enjoy!      

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Day 138: Day Book Journal

     This is a page from my Day Book.  It's just a daily planner I keep where I don't write down what I plan to do, but list what I actually did.  I got the idea from the book Journal Revolution by Linda Woods and Karen Dinino.  They actually write down appointments and stuff, but what I liked about it was how they inserted ephemera from their day.  For example, they glued in labels from drinks and photos.  It's just another way to bring art and creativity into more places in your daily life.  (It also helps when you have to remember when you did something or went somewhere!)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Day 137: Rubbings Day

    Monday's prompt was to make a rubbing with paper and rough objects.  I got my theme days mixed up and decided to do it today while on my walk.  Gravestones are the usual source for these things and there just happens to be a cemetery within walking distance.  It's funny, though, I've passed this little cemetery thousands and thousands of times in my life.  I pass it nearly every time I leave home, but I can't remember ever setting foot in it.  
     This little cemetery is just off the road nearly a mile from my house.  From the road, you can see that one end is very old and overgrown while on the other end someone cuts the grass and cares for it.  Many of the people buried there lived and died in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  As I was doing my rubbing, as respectfully as possible,  I read some of the inscriptions and wondered about some of the people.  Agnes was nearly 73 when she passed away the day after Christmas in 1860.  An unnamed infant was buried there in 1897.  Possibly the newest grave was from 2011 and featured a colored etching of a seventeen- year- old fishing and it towered over the small grave of a World War 2 sailor.  I'm not trying to depress anyone, I just think it's interesting the things you find just a short walk down the road that you don't even know were there.  

LOVE SOMEBODY!  Just give someone you love a hug tonight... because you can.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Day 136: Pen and Marker Layers

   Hi there.  I just wanted to show you an ATC I did this evening.  I experiment sometimes with marker and pencil together and this is another example of that.  

Monday, May 14, 2012

Day 135: Love Birds

     I totally thought today was Lifesize Person Day when it was, in fact, Rubbings Day.  Whoops.  Oh well.  I can always do this later.  I just sat down after work and exercise and was trying to think of something to do when I spotted this bird stencil/ cutout I made who-knows-how-long-ago.  I pulled out my box of collage stuff and some paints and just played around a little.  This is the end result: a mixed media piece which includes concentrated watercolor, watercolor paper, scrapbook paper, pen, glue stick, and gesso.  The colors make me happy.  I hope they make you happy, too. 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Day 134: Love Sunday

    Today, we're inspired by the blogs of Sarah Eddenden and Melissa Lesley-Fox.  Part of that involves something you enjoy and I enjoy coloring.  This is also inspired by the readings of church today which includes these words.  In fact, the word 'love' is mentioned so much that some people refer to today as "Love Sunday" which is even more appropriate as it is also Mother's Day.  Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Day 133: Surrealist Day

     Today's mission is to make something surreal.  I don't know how "surreal" this is, but it is at least surrealism-inspired.  To be more specific, this little experiment in Photoshop Elements was inspired by Rene Magritte's The Large Family from 1963.  You might know that piece as a painting of a bird flying over a beach, but the silhouette of the bird is a cloud-filled blue sky.  I used it as an opportunity to go over how to crop a photo into a specific shape.  Have a great weekend, everybody!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Day 132: T-Shirt Day

     Today is about creating something on a t-shirt and wearing it.  I remember seeing someone do this is college and have been waiting for this day in my creativity journal to try it out for myself.  The process is pretty simple.  First, I cut a stencil from a piece of card stock and put it on top of a black t-shirt.  Then, I sprayed it pretty good with my squirter bottle filled with your everyday bleach and let it sit in the sun.  After my walk, I found it dry and smelling of bleach, but ready to wear.  I was actually expecting it to turn that rusty color you usually get with bleach and black, but it actually turned out grey like a regular grey t-shirt.  I might have to try this again!  

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Day 131: Environmental Objects Day

     Hello, all.  Today, before I dash off to a meeting, I made a word out of objects around me like the book said.  Since I'm working from my work area, these are mostly art supplies and tools.  It reminds me of those photo collages you see at craft shows where people make names or words out of photographs and whatnot.  

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Day 130: Free Card

     If you ever find yourself in certain cities in Ohio and southwestern Pennsylvania, you'll find lovely little (and by little, I mean pretty darn big) shops called Pat Catan's.  It's an arts and crafts store chain and my GPS is programmed to refer to the nearest one as "the best store ever."  For people like us, it's a wonderland of art and craft supplies and you don't need a coupon because pretty much everything is already cheaper than other stores with a discount.  Anyway, my friend and I got to go there today and as I was walking around, I discovered a table with some supplies on it encouraging people to "make a card for mom."      Other people saw a table with cards and cutouts, I saw today's project.  I let my inner child out to play for a little bit and decorated this card.  Then, I left it there.  I hope someone else enjoys it!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Day 129: Several Shades of Grey

   This is just a little experiment on an ATC.  It's just pencil plus shading plus warm grey marker plus cool grey marker plus more pencil.  It was a nice way to relax while I caught up on some of my shows.  

Monday, May 7, 2012

Day 128: Altered Postcard and Six Word Memoir Day

    Today's project is a two-for-one.  Since yesterday my project was "inspired by a friend's blog," I didn't do what Scalin's book suggested which was to take an existing postcard and alter it.  For today, that book suggests writing a ten word memoir, or better yet, a six word memoir because then it can be posted on  Therefore, today's project is a combination of the two.  It's simply made from a postcard I had that was made with one of my archival ink pen drawings printed on it, some scrapbook paper, some labels, stickers, and some silver Sharpie.  Just seeing all the crap that goes on, really inspires me to try to get this message out any way that I can.  Art has been my thing for as long as I can remember, so I hope I can use that somehow.

P.S. I need someone to send my postcard to!  I promise not to do anything else with your address. 

See my submission at:

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Day 127: Creature for Kenneth

 It's Sunday and that means Let's Make Something Using Inspiration from a Friend's Blog time.  This week we're inspired by Kenneth, the man behind 365 Creative Creatures.
     Sometime ago, I found instructions on how to make a sock monkey and thought about doing it on a whim for my project. Like so many other days this year, I spent pretty much the whole day doing what looked so simple.  Anyway, here is my first attempt at a sock monkey.  Poor guy.  It's not his fault I sewed his arm to his butt or cut the ears too small.  He seems happy, though.  I hope this makes your day.

I'd also like to give a shoutout to the people over at where I found these instructions.  I love the way they were written.  You guys rock.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Day 126: Happy Cinco de Mayo!

     After a nice lunch of tacos, pineapple pop, and a "naked" burrito, I whipped up this little digital sign in honor of today's holiday.  I used Google Translator for this, so if I made a mistake, would one of my Spanish-speaking friends out there please correct me?  Gracias and enjoy!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Day 125: How to Wait for Your Pizza

     You can make art everywhere with whatever you have.  Today, while out to lunch with a friend, I used some nearby materials to make a little tabletop art project.  Those nearby materials happened to be red pepper flakes.  However, I cleaned it up immediately so as to not be a jerk to the waitress.  Love one another and don't be "that guy" or "that girl."  

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Day 124: Passing Through Day

     Today, the book says to make something that looks like it's passing through a wall or other solid object.  At first, I thought about skipping this one, but there just happens to be a bulge, a crack, and a hole in my bedroom wall caused by some water damage years ago.  In the process of installing my little message on a paper "ribbon" I made, I actually made the hold a bit bigger.  Small pieces of wall rained down upon my laptop, but I got my shot.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Day 123: Inspired by an Eggshell Day

     Hello and welcome to Day 123!  It still feels like I just started this project.  At the beginning, I wasn't exactly sure how it would come out or anything like that, but I can't say I anticipated patching up an eggshell with bandages and tape.  In case you were wondering, the book says to make something inspired by an eggshell.  It even gives directions on how to empty the shell without breaking it to pieces.  You actually make holes in either end and blow through one so all the yolk and whatnot comes out into a bowl.  Not disgusting looking at all...
     But, I did it and was able to make not only my project, but some brownies, too. (Nom.)  Then, I had a nice little eggshell and it sat on my desk while I tried to figure out what to do with it. I didn't have a cute little nest like I saw in a mixed media magazine so I wrote on it.  I thought about writing on three, but then I got the bandage idea.  It reminded me of something we did on a retreat for my Confirmation class where we all had flower pots which we broke and put back together to remind us of how God heals our brokenness.  That's when I broke up my nice little hollow eggshell and fixed it back up.  The moral of the story is to love and just be nice to one another even people you don't even know because, quite honestly, we're all a little "cracked."

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Day 122: Lots of Dots

     Today was another one of those days where I just wanted do something simple and meditative not unlike the tangle from the other day.  This time, I just took a bristol board ATC, a pen, and a stencil and went to town.  After stenciling the letters, I did some stippling.  The result wasn't all that spectacular, so took it as an opportunity to experiment some more with filters in Photoshop Elements.