Got Glue?

I have spent quite a bit of time scouring the net for various art journal background inspirations. I have found some great stuff and have begun to make it my own. Today I was lucky to find a new technique!! If you have glue (elmer's) you can do this technique!! Over at Make the Best of Things Ann shows us an awesome, affordable technique that's normally quite expensive. She has a great tutorial on how to crackle! I am going to try this on one of my journals. I also think this would be a great idea for a photo frame - you know, the blank wooden ones you can get at Michael's Arts & Crafts for $1 dollar.

Hope you enjoy this new technique (new for me anyway - if you have any other awesome ideas - let me know).

Have a great wednesday!!



Mother's Day 2010

Hello fellow crafters/artist! It was a fun filled weekend and lots of crafting occurred! I have been working on my art journals...made one and had a few pages going...then it all fell apart and I had to start all over. I made my own journal and had a blast this last time. I also made a few Mother's Day cards. I started with a pink and that lead to brown. I started with some Royal Pink on some bubble wrap. Set that down and followed it with some circles in Gold. I then added some lines using a cardboard edge in Brown. After it all dried I added some pastels. I started with ivory in the middle and dark brown on the edges. Blended in to out. My favorite is the darkest brown, but I love the way the first one looks, like big giant ruled paper.

I then decided to just have some fun with these cards and using a credit card to get my techniques down. I can always go back and add more.

They are all blank on the inside. I didn't add any other element. I like how simple they came out but I think I'll stick to using paper instead of paint. I had a lot of difficulty keeping paint of the other pages. :/

Ok, that's it for now. Will try and do a journal tutorial this week. *Stay tuned for my art shenanigans*



Where does the time go?

I've joined a few more swaps on Swap-Bot and I've been busy working on my swaps and getting ready for Mother's day. This will be my first official Mom's day and I want to make and give out as many cards as I can. They are turning out great and I absolutely love how the first batch came out. I'm also putting together a journal for a swap. I made the journal myself and should do a post on it huh? Ok.

Well since I don't have any pictures (yet) of what I'm working on, I thought I'd share some of my REAL pictures. I am a Film girl...nothing digital - I like the crispness of the film shots and have been contemplating learning to develop color photos. May start my own dark room....oh ya!!!

This is a picture I took out in a beautiful resort in Ojai, Ca. It was a meditation/yoga retreat and this fountain was outside the yoga studio.

This is my step-daughter. We went to an church event and she loved this necklace. She wanted a picture asap. Isn't she a-dorable? (P.S. she's happy in this picture).

About 3 years ago I took the bus everywhere! I was doing a year on public trans. to minimize my carbon footprint. I used to take my camera, which was awkward sometimes. I saw this one morning and loved the contrast of the cracked floor and the light hitting it. It touched my soul and had been a very important shot for me.

Delicate. Soft. Feminine.

I love pink. There. I said it. This leaves were a goldmine!! Love this shot!


Creating up a Storm!

Happy Sunday!!!!

We've been working on the Yudu machine screening our little hearts out! The mirror that you see is a re-purpose. Someone was throwing it out. We took it, sanded the frame down, painted it, and screened the glass with the classic laughing Bob Marley.

We made a couple more shirts. It's the same print only in brown on tan. Looks pretty awesome. I'm loving this machine!! So much fun, and yet, I still have so much to discover!

“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don't bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality . Wake Up and Live!”

-Bob Marley