Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentines Day

Hi y'all. I hope everyone is doing great and staying warm. Even though we live in Florida, we've had some chilly (for us) temperatures lately and I am definitely not liking it.
 
 
Sorry I've been absent the past week+...Noah, my precious grandboy, came home with a horrid cough last Friday and since then we've all caught it and been battling it since. *ugh*
 
It being Valentines, the hubby and I decided that no matter how bad we feel (and we both still feel extremely icky) that we were going out to dinner! Now we're sitting outside our favorite steakhouse waiting to be seated. We've been waiting 45 minutes so far...they said our wait might be as long as 90 minutes.
 
*sigh*
 
I'm really wanting a steak but this is insane! Oh well, it'll be worth it once we've finally been seated.
 
I hope you're all having a good Valentines and staying warm. I'll be back with some new goodies to share in the next couple of days.
 
Also, don't forget to check out the goodies in the Craft Therapy Goods shop (the link is in the tabs up there at the top.) I've added a couple of new, original pieces (like the Love Endures piece in the pic up there) and will be adding more soon.
 
Back soon!
 
Peace & Love,
Barb

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Using Your Junk Mail

The internet is, all at once, my greatest love and my worst enemy.

What happens is this: I can get online at 9am to check email and read my favorite blogs, and then *BAM* it’s 6:30pm and everyone is hungry, asking me “where is dinner?” I am being totally serious here…Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, my own list of blogs that I read, YouTube, Artstronauts Club, even the occasional perusing of Facebook can be my downfall…each one is a total time-suck (that’s a new word I invented, in case you’re wondering.)

I know better than to let myself get pulled into that never ending vortex of just peeking at one of them for just a sec. HA! Inevitably I get lost down the internet rabbit hole and have to be pulled away by some familial duty that I am hounded to take care of. LOL…sorta.

I really have to stop doing that, ya know?

Okay, enough blabbing about my insane internet addiction.

Now it’s time for me to share my weekly planner page layout. I really should have posted this Monday but, well, you know…I was in the midst of a binge and just couldn’t pull myself away to even write a blog post. (I know, it’s sad.)

Anyway, it’s a little bit different today.01e83cacca86f8aa553a8f393ce6f60f409d536bd6 I know you all know exactly what these fabulous papers are, right? Yep, junk mail return envelopes. I am trying very hard not to hoard paper the way I’ve been known to do in the past but I love seeing all the different patterns that these come in so I saved a few and decided to use them in my planner this week.

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<--I mean, c’mon, just look at that…isn’t that the coolest pattern ever? I just couldn’t throw it away.

 

 

 

 

 

Cut them down to fit the days, glue them down with a differing pattern on each day, then throw in some various washi tapes (another addiction of mine *sigh*) as dividers and borders, and there you have it, this weeks planner spread, ready to go.

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Here it is with the days of the 01f57e630de3d40ed823ec58602f29ab0ab994dac1week and dates done, as well as the first 3 days of the week journaled with images added.

I do wish I had stuck with the Moleskine planner that I used last year. As much as I like having larger areas for each day, this planner is not holding up well to the little bit of wear I have put it through so far this year. Something tells me the whole thing will fall apart long before the new year.

Oh well, you work with what you got, right?

In other news, I am going to be listing some of the stamps that I handcarved for #CarveDecember in my shop over the next few days. If there is one of them that you had your eye on, let me know and I’ll make sure to list it for you.

Also, I have found an absolutely AWESOME new supply to share with y’all…next time.

Peace & Love,
Barb

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Art Journaling Frida

So glad to hear that y’all are receptive to my supply/product reviews. I’ve always enjoyed doing them so look forward to some more coming up in the future.

Nothing big to report today. Just stopping in to say Hi and thought I’d share today’s art journal page.

I have long had a love affair with Frida Khalo and this isn’t my first art journal page that features her. She is my art crush, for sure.

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Like I said, nothing big…just your average ordinary Tuesday.

I hope yours has been a good one.

Peace & Love,
Barb

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Review: Pilot Frixion Erasable Markers

I’ve been on a self-imposed hiatus from buying any art supplies for a while. Last week I decided I needed a little treat so I bought a set of the Pilot Frixion Erasable Markers.

Even though I haven’t done any Supply Saturday posts in forever, I thought I’d give y’all a rundown on them.

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First off, the colors in this set are beautiful. The set includes colors you don’t usually see in small sets like this, such as two shades of pink and a beautiful lime green.

On the downside of color, the black and brown both lay down color that is quite washed out, in my opinion. Streaky (is that a word) is another thing that isn’t so great but it only happens when using these markers to color in larger areas; if just using them to write or doodle, the color lays down fine.

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These are the colors included (although the light blue looks kinda turquoise here, it does look much better and is very much a light blue in person.) I put down a scribble of each color and wrote the color name in that color…duh. lol

Now let me tell you about the erasability (I made this word up, I’m sure of it!) of these markers.

Amazingly, they do erase. How well they erase depends on what type of paper you’re working on. The sampling I have here is on a piece of white cardstock that is somewhat absorbent and I ran the special eraser (each marker has an eraser tip on one end) down through the middle of the scribbled areas. As you can see, a good amount of the ink did disappear with just a few swipes of the eraser.

However, if you’re working on watercolor paper, it is almost impossible to get the colors to erase. But, alternatively, on a glossy or semi-gloss cardstock, it comes off extremely easy.

As for using them in my art journal, I can see using them when I’m on gesso, light acrylic paint, paper or collage, or in my planner/journal which I don’t layer the way I do in my regular art journals. I’ve tried using them over acrylic paint and, as long as it’s not super shiny, they go on fine. I do hate that they take a bit to dry but I guess that’s the price for having them be erasable.

All in all, I will use these until they run out, I’m sure, but there are markers out there that are the same price range that I would get a whole lot more use out of so I can see myself buying these again.

What do you think? Would these be a good addition to your art supply stash? I would love for you to let me hear what you think.

Now, back to my piddlings.

Peace & Love,
Barb

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Finding Your Passion

“The longer you wait for the future, the shorter it will be.”
~Loesje

The new planner I’m using to document 2015 had that quote as the weekly quote this week. Sometimes things boil down to such very simple ideals that I often overlook them. That is one of them.

I am horrible about saying or thinking things like “As soon as ______ happens, I’ll get ______ done.” Do you do that? I can’t be the only one. Geez, how much of my living have I put off until life becomes perfect? I mean, just yesterday I was in my 20’s with two small children and had so much life in front of me, it was easy to put things off until later.

But now? I will turn *gulp* 50 this year which means that 30 years of my life has flown by and I still find myself putting things off until my life situation improves.What is up with that? Anyone know how to break this crazy mindset?

Ugh!

Ok. Enough of that drivel…just what is on my mind.

Let’s talk art journaling/planner stuff for a minute. I think it was Trece who asked what planner I am using to document my year; it came from either Wal-Mart or Target (Wally World, I’m pretty sure) and it’s made by a company called MintGreen. Cheapo at less than $10 but I like it because it gives me bigger sections for each day.

I showed y’all the process of prepping a week and, after daily journaling/documenting, this picture shows just how last week finished out:01bcaa812f67f2e61da889097b331b9f9ef2ef709c

Here is where this week is starting from, fully prepped with paint, etc.: 012090b76f4d8209f7163cb57dc1f2e01f834833a7

I like documenting my days and have actually used my planner from last year to look up events or something and having that to turn back to has been cool. 01a989b92e4ce608d707eaa823276e8a86a60c5135But that doesn’t mean that I’m not playing in my regular art journal, oh no…that baby is still getting plenty of play on the pages.

I was playing around with color and layering on this page…and I’ve found, at least for me, if I can just get my brain out of the mix and just enjoy playing, I like how things turn out so much more.

When I wonder what my real passion in life is (and yes, I am still finding myself at almost 50), I realize that my passion is that which I do between the covers of my art journals.

Seriously.

Pushing paint around with my brush (or with my fingers,) doodling, stamping, journaling, lettering, gluing, etc. are where my heart feels full and my soul feels at home. I love my art journals and they are truly my passion. It’s taken me a few years to figure this out because, once again, sometimes I don’t see those simple answers right in front of me.

Have you found your passion?

Peace & Love,
Barb

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