It’s Been Awhile

2 Nov

Sorry I have not posted anything for a while.  My sisters and I have been working on finding assisted living for our parents.  My dad got sick in June and now needs to use a wheelchair to move around.  We tried making their home of 57 years work, but he needs more help than what can be provided at home.  So we found a nice assisted living apartment…but three days after mom and dad moved in, dad came down with pneumonia.  So he is in the nursing home trying to build his strength back up and mom is in the assisted living home by herself.  We emptied the house of their belongs and have it ready to sell so they can pay for all of this, which is very expensive. This is all so hard and not planned for very well. Both parents are in their 90’s and thought they would just live their days out in their home.  And we blindly went along with it. I have empathy for anyone going through this with their family.

But I am home now (I live 200 miles from my parents home) at least for a little while and trying to get life back on track.  More art post to follow.

Decorative Tape

21 Sep

This technique is from Birgit’s Daily Bytes.  She makes her own decorative tape using paper and clear tape.  This is a lot of fun and works well.  I started using packaging tape and like the bigger area it allows.  Different types of paper and print give you different results, so take time to experiment a little.

birgit

birgit2

White Page

9 Sep

Sometimes you sit down to write or do a little art work and that white page just stares back at you.  I always have ideas, but sometimes I have a hard time getting it on paper.  Or I start and it doesn’t come out the way I see it in my head.  Time for a little inspiration.  I love Pinterest for this, of course the down side to that is you can spend a lot of time looking at all those pictures.  Here are a few ideas to get you started.  Coloring books can give you great ideas for filling in around a verse or quote.  Use bits and pieces from magazines or news papers as a collage background.  Sheet music and maps make great backgrounds.  Recycle that watercolor or painting that didn’t turn out as planned by cutting them into shapes to fill in empty spaces.   To add distressed edges run them across an ink pad.  I have posted a few ideas with their source pages.

map
Craft Critique

music
The Imagination Box

newspaper
Art Journal Club Quebec

Journal Cover

27 Aug

Here is my journal cover.  I used wool felt for the outside.  The flower is three-dimensional with beads in the middle. Most of the stitching is done by machine except for the blanket stitching around the edges.  If the holes for the rings look a little off-center to you, that is because they are. I wanted to use my three-ring punch (yes I only using two holes) to punch my paper for the journal.  It was a hard battle between balance and ease.  Ease won.  I still have a few more ideas for adding decoration, but for right now it is ready to start adding journal pages.
journal outsidejournal inside

 

Art Journal cover part 1

12 Aug

It has been a very busy summer.  My parents have been in need of extra help so I have been traveling between their home and mine most of the summer.  On top of that my husband and I are trying to get our home ready to sell.  Lots of painting going on.  Even with all of that I have found a little time to work on my art journal.  Here is my plan for the cover.  Still: Living came up with this idea for a soft cover book.  I took that idea and I am in the process of making the cover for my art journal.  I have the basics done, I am now doing the handwork. I wanted a cover that I could add the pages to, that way I have the freedom to use paper or fabric or anything I can put holes in. I will post pictures when completed.  These pictures are from Still: Living.

Still: Living

Art Journal

20 Jul

Well life has taking a different path than the one I thought was going to work.  I will not be teaching in the fall.  So to keep myself occupied I have decided to make an art journal.  I really try to do some kind of art work everyday and I think this will be a fun adventure.  Here are a couple of ideas I am using to get started.

December Daily 2009 | Cover

From The Nerd’s Nest

From Amy Powers’ Inspire Co

Chad Alice Hagen have workshops on felting and I love the cover they make for books..

Helpful Resources

16 Jul

Harper Collins Children has a web link with work pages for popular children’s books.  I may not always use their work sheets, but they do give me ideas on what I can and will use.

Teachers Pays Teachers is another great site for lesson plans.  They do have some free ones available for us on a stricter budget.  A lot of teachers have shared ideas and creativity that works for them.

If you have a favorite book, search the publisher on line. They may have ideas to go along with story.

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