Friday, January 30, 2009

Random Acts of Kindness

It is only here that I blog with real consistency.  I do have another blog that is more “personal” (you know, about family and that kinda stuff) but more and more I am beginning to even share those parts of myself here instead of trying to divide myself so much.

Here, this blog, my little corner of the big ol’ world wide web, is where my heart is….with my art and my creative online friends.  I enjoy sharing what I create because that has become such a saving grace for me…my creativity has always been important to me but in the past year it has really bloomed and through that, it has truly saved me from sinking into the deepest depths of depression (now I just skirt around the edges. lol)

Anyway, Some of you have my address from trades we made through ATC's for All and some have it from ning memberships we share…there are even a couple of you that asked for my address a while back.  So I don’t know who did it.

Who did what, you ask?

Well, look at what came in the mail today…in a sweet little brown paper wrapped package with no return address…the postmark says Des Moines, IA (but I don’t know anyone from Des Moines, do I?):

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and newone

It has to be someone from online…I have no friends in real life. I live in a tiny little Alabama town and being just a little eccentric and somewhat new here (I’ve only lived here for 3 years), I’m still “that strange lady from Arkansas that Richie married.” LOL

I just don’t have a clue who sent these wonderful gifts to me…and they’re so well suited to me, too! 

Apparently, since there was only an unsigned note inside that said: “I hope these will give you hours of comfort and creativity while you mend” (you have beautiful handwriting, by the way), you don’t want me to know who you are…and that’s okay. I believe wholeheartedly in random acts of kindness and this is one that really blew me away.  Tears flooded my eyes with this unbelievable gift that just popped up in my hands so unexpectedly.

Yes, I am ill.  Very ill.  So are a ton of other people out there.  I try not to dwell on it but when your life revolves around your illness, it’s hard not to let it creep into what you write, what you create and journal and, of course, what you put on your blog. 

One of you out there, kind soul that you are, must have felt my achy, lonely heart and decided to make me smile and jump for joy today. 

And I did.  I still am.

Thank you, dear sweet Angel of kindness.  Please know that this fabulous gift is received with gratitude and thankfulness.  I plan on being better one day soon and you can rest assured that I will pay forward your selfless act of kindness with some random acts of kindness of my own.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.  Kindness reigns, no matter what the pessimists of the world might say.

Peace & Love,

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Falling off the Wagon

Yes, it’s only the 28th of January and I’ve already fallen off the wagon of non-spending on art supplies this month.  I fell hard…really hard.

*sigh*

CVR1_JRN0109_xlgFirst it was just a little something that I was able to kinda justify by saying to myself that it wasn’t a really a supply, it was a book/magazine…

It didn’t help that everyone is touting what a fabulous publication this is and how it is a true MUST for any art journaler.

Then I got really sucked into the “gotta have it” vortex when McTrav3 had to gloat on Twitter that she had just bought it and how great it was…then she taunted me by saying how it was so well worth the money and I should splurge and get it.

So I did.

And it’s all her fault! lol

But wait, since I’m being honest here, I have to admit that my purchase of Somerset Studio’s Art Journaling is not my only indiscretion…*hangs head in shame*

Dick Blick keeps sending me these friggin emails…all these offers and great prices…oh my, it just got to be too much!  You just can’t taunt an art supply junkie like me with emails that show her drug-of-choice all at sale prices!  Yea, I caved in to the pressure when I saw that they had their Sharpie Poster Paint Pens on sale! OMG, I love those babies…they are so wonderful and I was running low on the water-based ones (yea, I’m defending my purchase) so I slipped up and placed an order.

And no need to waste that shipping charge on just the ones on sale, right?  Yea, so I went ahead and replenished my entire supply of water-based Sharpies.

Oh, the horror.

Bwaaahhaaaa!

I know I should feel bad…but I don’t. lol

Now, time for me to get in the studio and work on some of the projects I have going right now.

How’s your creative side treating you?

Peace & Love,

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I don’t wanna grow up…

I’m a Toys ‘R Us kid. 
There’s a million toys at Toys ‘R Us that I can play with.
La la la lala la la….

You know where I’m coming from, right? 

Growing up. Leaving childhood behind. Facing our own mortality as we grow older and move further and further away from those carefree days of being a kid.

*sigh*

Well, that’s what was on my mind today.  I didn’t feel like going into the studio so I got nothing, nada, zip, zilch done on my paintings or my street number sign that I’ve been working on…just art journaling but at least I’m creating and that feels good.  It keeps me from feeling like a slug.

So here’s my journal layout for the day…”Kid Again” (be sure to click on it to see it larger/more close up):

Kid Again

I just love the little girl in the page on the right.  She has the look on her face that is exactly what I feel like most days. ARGGG! lol  I just really enjoyed doing this layout…it is built on copies of original photos done by my youngest daughter which makes it extra special.

Plus hey, the feelings are genuine, too.

Anyway, if I’m feeling better tomorrow (and if the doc will call with my latest liver panel results, I know that would help make me feel better…well, if they come back showing improvement in liver function, I mean) then I will try to finish making Melissa’s Journal that she won in my giveaway.  She’s decided to leave color choices up to me so I’m having a ball in making something really original for her.

Now, I’m way behind on reading my favorite blogs so if I haven’t been around in a few days, blame it on my being icky.  I will get there, eventually.  I promise.

I hope you’re all having a great week and that the creative spirit is tickling you silly.

Peace & Love,

Friday, January 23, 2009

Possibilities

I read the most amazing and inspiring blog post from Kelly Kilmer today. She was really on a tangent about how people feel the need to voice (in comments or emails) condescending, judgmental and/or just generally mean things about journal pages that we (the collective “we”, being the art based blogging community) put on our blogs.

I am not a longtime art journaler (yet)…I am just scratching the surface of this area of my art…of myself…but I am finding my own voice as I do different pages and spreads. I try to do at least one page a day but some days bring about 3 or 4 pages (depends how much I have in me that particular day.)  Some are simple, direct and to the point, while some are more in depth and layers upon layers of color, pics and writing and those often have very little meaning to anyone but me.

I guess that brings me to my point…this is one art form that is done specifically for ME, not for anyone else. I share them solely for the purpose of letting others into my inner sanctum and sharing an art I enjoy with others. I don’t do a single page with anyone else in mind but myself, what I’m thinking/feeling at that particular moment in time, and images and words that portray those thoughts and feelings. Sharing these pages is something I like to do because I love looking at the pages that other artists share so maybe something I do can be enjoyed by someone out there.

Why would anyone take this very personal art form and turn it into a competition of sorts? We are entitled to feel what we feel so what gives anyone else the right to judge those feelings and emotions and how we choose to express them?

No, I think that is bullshit. Critique my paintings, my craft projects, my pretty girls (even if you think they’re not so pretty), my drawing or sewing...but not my art journal. It’s there for sharing but not for mean spirited critiques! In the words of Kelly from her post: “It is *not* meant to be judged.”

I guess Kelly just got me to thinking about this subject and I felt the need to talk about it. Eh, you know how it is…something gets on your mind and you just can’t seem to shake it until you rid yourself of it, one way or another.

I guess this was my way today. *shrug*

Okay, enough whining…I am working on my paintings for over our mantle (trees, glorious trees!) and our street number sign, too…it’s just slow going since I can’t seem to stay in my studio for the long stretches I was able to do even a few weeks ago. But I’m getting there on each project, very slowly but surely.

I promise to share each when I complete them.

For today, here’s a journal page I completed last night…

POSSIBILITIES

Possibilities

Just a reminder for myself to stop limiting myself and to remember what possibilities that life holds for all of us.

For ME.

Infinite possibilities, if I just open my eyes and heart to them. I am my biggest limitation.

Be quiet and still. Let calm overtake you. Let the good things in life come to you. Be optimistic and not pessimistic. See the good and stop focusing on the bad. See the wonder and joy and POSSIBILITIES in life and not the failures and pains.

Attitude.

So much of how we see life is in our attitude.

I’m learning…I’m learning.

I hope you have a wonderfully creative and art filled weekend…may you not only be surrounded by the possibilities but may you be open enough to SEE them.

Peace & Love,

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Simplify

I’ve been thinking along these lines lately but just never found the right words…until last night. In the wee, wee hours when sleep was eluding me, I found myself caught up in thought about something I read (on a t-shirt, no less) that really stuck in my brain…

“Live Simply so that others may simply live.”

I’ve read it before but this time it really struck a chord with me, as though it was speaking directly to me. I couldn’t sleep for the words just running through my head over and over. So, what do you do when you’re unable to sleep and have an idea, a thought roaming around in your head?

Well, if you’re me and in the process of becoming an art journal person (as an every day part of life), you get your stuff and do a journal page or spread about it and how it makes you feel or think or want to change.

Simplify

I think that reading that t-shirt must have made me realize, quite subconsciously at first, how I’ve become something I never wanted to be…a shopper.  By that I mean, someone who shops just for the sake of shopping…out of boredom or trying to fill a void or some other idiotic reason. 

We don’t have the money for me to be doing this kind of thing, for sure, and it’s not like I’m buying useless chachkies or high fashion or anything like that…I buy books or art supplies.  Those are my drugs, I guess you could say.

*shrug*

As they say, the first step in conquering a problem is to admit that you HAVE a problem.  Now, to take steps to rectify it, huh?

Art as therapy…yep, it’s at work again.

Peace & Love,

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Inauguration Day Journal Spread

Yesterday was such a historical and emotional day of events for me…for our country.

Not only did we put into the highest office in our country the 44th President of the United States but it was monumental in that President Barack Obama is also the very first black president. Along with his taking of the office came a feeling of change on the horizon…a feeling of HOPE that has long been missing for so many in our country.

I woke up yesterday brimming with excitement and the first thing I thought about was commemorating the day and the feelings it gave me in my Art Journal so that’s what I set about doing.

Inaugeration Day

I enjoyed doing these pages so much (you can click on it to see a larger view, if you'd like) and have taken to scanning my art journaling pages instead of digital pictures. I think it gives them more clarity. What do you think?

Here’s to hope and change and the new beginning on the horizon.

Being ill and that keeping me in the bed so much of the time has given me much time on my hands. I work on my journal pages, read like a mad woman, draw and collage but I haven't been painting much since it can be so messy (if you're me, it's VERY messy lol.) I really want to feel a brush in my hand, at least for a little bit, so I think I'll venture into my studio for a bit sometime today. We need a house number sign and being the crafty, recycling chica that I am, I found the perfect palette for one....a discarded drawer front I found sitting by the neighbor's trash a few weeks ago. WOOT! (Oh, and I also manage to abscond with a like-new oriental rug from their discards, too...how cool is that?)

Anyway, it will probably take me a few days to actually finish it but it will be nice to have a painting project to work on for a while. I'll share before and afters with y'all when I make some progress.

May your muse dance in your dreams and give you peace and creativity that is overflowing.

Peace & Love,

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Monday, January 19, 2009

And the Winner is….

No time to post the photo I took of myself drawing the winner but the winner of my handmade journal giveaway that I have been so shamelessly promoting is:

Melissa said...

Adoring the pages! "The outsider" touches me today - I could have written those words. The writing and the coloring and all the swirls and extra do-dads are appealing to my senses. And the SHOES! ROCKIN'! Wanna be 'outsiders' together?? ;) Oooo a journal....count me in please (YAY, I get extra points, haha!) ~Magick~ Melissa
Thank you so much to everyone who entered.

It is my plan to begin doing giveaways on a regular basis…I love doing nice things for those that visit.


Have a wonderful week and be sure to spread your creative wings!

Peace & Love,



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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Things that Bring me Joy

I think we should all seek out the things that make us feel giddy and full of bliss…and I’m not just talking tangible things, either. Reading a good book, enjoying the sound of children’s laughter, a crackling fire on a cold, blustery day, finding ways to recycle things would have wound up in the landfill, giving compliments…those sort of things.

Books are such a huge joy of mine.


I have mentioned my love of books before and, once again, I’m in book heaven! I
1000_journal_pages_coverreceived an order from Books-a-Million Saturday and it had so many goodies inside that I have been in hog heaven ever since, just pouring over the pages of each of these great titles.

ABS Every single book I got is Art related. Every one of them is one I’ve been wanting for a while so I am enjoying reading and perusing each one to the fullest.
BOOKSAJS
Each one is geared toward my latest obsession(s), Art Journaling and Altered Books and other altered art. These are things I can do in bed, where I spend most of my waking hours these days.
b318 I really believe that Art Journaling has saved my sanity and now I want to branch out into Altered Books, too. I think these amazing books will help me be well on my way to learning more about journaling and to learning about altered books and items. I just love these art forms and I want to learn them, grow with them, become good at them.

I’m just so excited all the things I have to learn and the tools I have to do it, too! Can you tell? lol


I’m also excited about my journal giveaway tomorrow. WOOT!!!

Don’t forget, I'm drawing tomorrow at 5pm cst…so if you haven’t yet entered, be sure to jump over HERE and drop your name in before the deadline. Remember, you even get to pick your colors out, too. YAY!

Until next time, get out there and be creative!


Peace & Love,



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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Changes

“Sometimes you gotta take chances
Nothing stays the same
The world will keep on turning
Again and again, again and again”

From “Changes” by Chris Lake

As you can see, I do love some change. I loved the other layout but it just didn’t seem to be ME. I’m not really sure this one is me, either, but I thought I’d try it on for size.

My creativity has been taken up with making invitations to my youngest daughter’s wedding reception and it has worn me out! First there was designing them (which was hard enough considering that my daughter turned into Bridezilla over everything from the fonts to the paper to the layout!), then the printing which was tedious since she chose to print on a vellum overlay (oh geez!).

Next, there was cutting and adding the black and red ribbon to each invitation (another Bridezilla choice…can we make this a little harder please? UGH!), then we had to do the addresses, stuff the envelopes and seal them.

This has been a 3 day adventure….and I mean 3-FULL-DAYS. I don’t mention it here but I am ill with some chronic conditions and recently found out right before the holidays that I have another serious condition so now I’m I’m on even more meds and feel like total crap 80% of the time.

Can you see why this adventure made me cranky?

Whew! I’m just glad it’s finally done.

Now to just get them in the mail and, since I don’t leave the house very often right now, I’m going to have to insist that Bridezilla, er…I mean Shelby (my daughter), take them to the Post Office this morning. I better no catch any flack from her over it either!

I’m whiny today…sorry.

I’ve not done much artistically otherwise…well, except for playing with my new slew of Sharpie Paint Markers in my Art Journal for a while. I just love those markers…they are just such yummy art goodness. I’m so glad that some of you are going to order and use them…I promise that you’ll love ‘em. One little note, be sure to follow the directions to prime them and use them for a bit on a scrap paper to get the paint flowing well before you start thinking that they don’t work right.

And be sure to let me know what you think of them, too.

If any of you have any other wonderful inexpensive (remember, I’m a thrifty kinda girl) art supplies, clue me in – I do love a good artsy bargain.

It’s still early but I’ve been up since 5:30am and didn’t get to sleep until after 3am (meds again) so it’s time for a nap for this sleepy girl. I hope you all have a wonderful Saturday and rest of the weekend.

Oh, and don’t forget, I’m drawing for a handmade, recycled materials, wire-bound journal on Monday evening at 5pm. If you haven’t entered yet, be sure to check out THIS POST and drop your name in the hat.

Until next time...Happy Creating!!!

Peace & Love,



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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Tools of the Trade

I love the things I consider to be the tools of my art. Paint, brushes, colored pencils, watercolors, inks, stamps, stencils, gel pens, markers…oh the joy of new toys…er, I mean tools. lol

One tool that I’ve found invaluable (thanks to the recommendation of Teesha Moore, the art journaling guru) is Sharpie Paint Markers. THEY ARE FABULOUS! I mean, seriously fabulous. If you art journal and you don’t have some of these babies, you have no idea what you’re missing out on.sharpie set

The first ones I got were this set of five…just black, blue, yellow, red and white. I fell immediately in love with them. I just wasn’t so in love with the price…I’m too cheap of a chickie to enjoy paying $16.00+ for five markers.

Geez Louise, that makes them over $3.20 each!

Yikes!

But still, I love the way they work on anything (even shiny National Geographic magazine pics I use in my art journal…and nothing else seems to stick to those bad-boy slick magazine pics) so I just couldn’t think about not branching out and getting more, lots more-in every color, of these great markers/pens.

Now, I’m a researcher so I have been doing my homework so I could find all those other great colors and not have to pay out the butt for them. Teesha has some sets for sale on her website but she’s out of the colored ones and only has black and white right now. Besides, I just can’t bring myself to pay $20.00 for six of them…like I said, I’m cheap.

sharpieassortment Anyway, my thrifty girl research has paid off…I have found the objects of my affection. Sharpie Paint Markers in a slew of great colors…all those pictured here AND a dark green, purple, magenta, silver and gold.

Oh my, that is a big Woo Hoo!

The really big Woo Hoo is that I found them for the low, low price (the words that make a cheapo chick like me just melt) of $2.08-2.59 each. Not only that but I got free shipping AND I just ordered them yesterday morning and they are already en route via UPS. Now, get this, they are due to be delivered TODAY! I think that calls for a big ol’ fat YEE HAW! lol

So, if any of you fellow art journalers out there love these markers as much as I do, or if you’re just wanting to get into art journaling and want to invest in the very best and most useful tools possible, not only are these invaluable but I’m willing to share my find of a great shopping spot. Check out HERE for these yummy markers.

By the way, have you entered my giveaway for a journal of your very own? If not, be sure to check out my previous post and see what’s up.

Until next time...Happy Creating!!!

Peace & Love,


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Monday, January 12, 2009

Journal & Giveaway

This is my current art/visual journal that I made with my Bind-it-All and some recycled things I had stored in my studio.

Ah, the advantage of being a packrat!

The covers are made from 1/8" chipboard I scavenged from the hubby's store he manages (some signs they were discarding that I snagged)...I covered those with some natural colored paper I found lining some Christmas wrapping paper and just stored away thinking I'd find a use for it (and see, I did!)...then the inner pages are just a lightweight cardstock reclaimed from a sketchbook that I had finished up for 2008.

There you have it...my first art/visual journal for 2009.

I've began the decorating process for the front cover but my gut tells me that is a process that will go on for a while before I feel that it's finished.

I did learn something, though. In my next journal I won't be binding the pages before doing them but will, instead, bind each page AFTER I complete it. It's already getting the wire binding a little goopy (which I don't really mind so much but still) and you wind up with blank areas on each page you do because of being unable to get to the areas inside the binding. So yea, I'll bind as I go next journal...but we live and we learn, right?

Anyway, here are some other pages I've completed lately (can you tell I love my art journaling?):



This next one was done for the SoulJournal Group on yahoo for the prompt about weaving your dreams. I have yet to complete a prompt in the right time frame but I got close with this one. lol It was actually a lot of fun to do, too.


Other than working in my art journal, I've been resting tons and reading like crazy. I'm studying up on Frida Kahlo since everyone seems to love her and I knew so little about her. (I'm now very entranced!) I've also been reading and enjoying my many books I got for Christmas and ones that I won in some fabulous blog giveaways.

Many of you asked what is up with my liver (I mentioned this in my last post)...I found out a couple of weeks before Christmas that my liver function is very low. Not good.

I have numerous health problems that have all seemingly come about or worsened in the past 18 months...diabetes, kidney problems, depression, anxiety/panic disorder, blood pressure, yadda-yadda-yadda...so this is one more thing to add to the list of my ailments. For now, my doc is treating it with drugs and my watching my diet VERY carefully to see if we can get it up and running right again.

If not, we'll deal with that when the time comes. For now, I'm taking it one day at a time, doing what I should do, creating as much as I can when I can, and resting.

I've been thinking about having a giveaway on here.

I love my journal that I made so much that I'd love to make one for someone else who would enjoy it, too. Mine measures 6"x9" with 50 pages (100 if you count front and back) and I think that would be a good size to make another one.

Oh hell, let's just go ahead and do it....

If you would like to win a handmade all from recycled/upcycled goodies (except for the binding coil) Journal, leave a comment on this post WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS OR BLOG URL (those without an email addy or blog URL included will not be eligible for the giveaway...although you can still leave a comment) for a chance to win. I will even let the winner pick their colors for the covers...WOOT!

Let's see...when should we draw? Today is January 12th...hmmmm....how about we draw for the winner one week from today (since Mondays generally suck and that will give us all something to look forward to) at 5pm.

Yea, that sounds good to me.

Now, go forth and enter...say nice things to me for extra points (not extra chances, mind you, just extra points in my own little mind, but hey that should count for something) and have a wonderful evening.

Until next time...Happy Creating!!!

Peace & Love,


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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Through Your Hands


Are you creating? Is your art progressing the way you want? Is it taking you to far off places and lands of your dreams?

I hope so!

I am holding true to my "Creative Every Day" vow...I work in my art journal(s), paint, draw, collage, am trying my hand at altering items like a book I've began and some gift card tins that I grabbed at Wal-Mart's (*gag*) after holiday sale for mere pennies, baking and cooking! I have my hands in a bit of everything lately...but only in spurts. I found out recently that I am having problems with my liver and am on a butt-load of medication that makes me icky-ill about 90% of the time.

*sigh*

That really cuts into my creative abilities...but never fear, when I find energy it is used in the best of ways...ART! Other times, when I'm not feeling so well, I lay in bed (like I am right now) with my laptop and try to do some digital creating or like I did over the past few days, revamp my blog. (YAY, I think I finally have it situated the way I want it....for now. lol)

Anyway, music is another form of art so, for today, I wanted to share this with you.

Through Your Hands

And you ask, "What am I not doing?"
She says "Your voice cannot command.
In time, you will move mountains,
And it will come through your hands..."



So whatever your hands find to do
You must do with all your heart
There are thoughts enough
To blow men's minds and tear great worlds apart

There's a healing touch to find you
On that broad highway somewhere
To lift you high
As music flying
Through the angel's hair.

Don't ask what you are not doing
Because your voice cannot command
In time we will move mountains
And it will come through your hands


~John Haitt

Just a thought from the recesses of my mind this morning. Every time I sit down in my studio to do any kind of art, this seems to be the soundtrack that floats, even if only momentarily, through my mind. It's as though this song is there to remind me th

I thought maybe some of you could use it today. It amazes me how music and art go hand in hand for so many of us.

What music gives you that creative feeling or plays through your mind as your artistic soundtrack?

Until next time...Happy Creating!!!

Peace & Love,


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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

New Year, New Look...Sorta

ex⋅as⋅per⋅a⋅tion [ig-zas-puh-rey-shuhn]

–noun

1. an act or instance of exasperating; provocation.
2. the state of being exasperated; irritation; extreme annoyance: Her exasperation at being interrupted was understandable.

Origin:
1540–50; exasperātiōn- (s. of exasperātiō) roughness, bitterness.
Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.


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That would describe how I'm feeling about this whole updating of my blog right about now.

*slams head repeatedly on keyboard*

I'm okay with just about everything (for now, cause we all know I love change!) except for trying to get my header to work! I've fiddled with it for the past 2 hours and right now I'm sick of it! Sick, sick, SICK!

Good thing I'm not a computer programmer cause I'd have shot myself or my laptop in the first week of doing that job.

Anyway, I know the header is ugly and all kinds of messed up....but I hope you'll overlook the mess (I act like you're showing up at my door at home, don't I?) until I can get it sorted out...and who knows when that will be? Hell, I may wind up just changing the whole layout all over again if it doesn't come more easily when I sit back down to it later.

Now, I think I will work on my art journal and let some of the stress from farting around with my blog that has taken my brain and body over just melt away. Oh, did you ever realize how many images, borders, text lines, letters and the like you can get from just one single magazine? In case you don't, it's TONS!

Ahhhh, art....my saving grace. lol

Until next time...Happy Creating!!!

Peace & Love,


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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Journal Pages

I have been a busy bee since the start of the New Year.

I've cleaned up and organized (for the most part) my studio, getting ready for a new (to me) painting table that my wonderful hubby is bringing me home from his work. My studio has become full to overflowing because I just can't bring myself to throw anything away (you never know how I might be able to use it somewhere down the road!) As wonderful as this little habit of mine can be when it comes to creating things, it's not so great when it comes to being organized.

Ugh!

Anyway, once I got things a little more "in order", it became fun again to actually use the room for its intended purpose again. My muse must have been hiding in one of my piles or something. lol I can't wait get my stainless topped table for painting in there, too! That will really make it a great place to create...hopefully I'll have it in there tomorrow.

With this wonderfully organized studio, I have been journaling up a storm. Art Journaling, or visual journaling as some call it, is absolutely addictive! Here are some pages I've done lately (click on them to make them bigger, if you'd like):

A Murder of Crows


Two page spread in order to save Teesha Moore's
"How to Art Journal" instructions/ideas/tips.


My Fears

I even managed to create my own journal for the New Year with my ultra wonderful Bind-it-All! Woot! No pics of it yet but it's on the list of things to be photographed...along with my latest Pretty Girl and her progress. She's coming along fabulously.

Lots of creative things going on in my head these days and, thankfully, I'm finding it easier than ever to let them seep out through my hands.

I hope you are finding creativity flowing like water these days, too. If you're finding it hard to know where to start or just can't find your creative drive, consider checking out some of the blogs in my blog list at the right for wonderful inspiration. I'm even considering starting to post some prompts of my own for my great readers to possibly use as inspiration for YOUR pages in your art journals.

Whaddaya think? Good idea or no? You can be honest, my feelings won't be hurt, I swear! lol

Until next time...Happy Creating!!!

Peace & Love,


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