Sunday, February 27, 2011

Playing with paper and paint...

Had a lovely day with the girlies yesterday. They scrapbooked and I worked on some collages I had started. The set below is my first diptych attempt.  Technically I should hing them but I haven't decided if they would look better framed.  I'm also contemplating selling them on Etsy.  I started with layering some colors on the canvases and had fun with using some sequin waste and stencils for the background.  I layered on some scrapbook paper (including a fabulous piece of embossed felt), old papers, words torn out of magazines, a bird and nest cut out of paper napkins, some not so old pieces of lace, Maya Road chipboard trees, a couple international stamps and some little metal frames.  I got stuck at one point because I had a large area that was way too much pink.  Not sure why I am in such a pink mode lately.  I usually stay away from it but I am having fun with it.  Need to play with some orange next maybe.

 This is another collage I did a few months ago.  I even used a piece of baby wipes saved from previous painting wipe ups.  I need to flatten it but thinking about putting it on Etsy too.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Catching up...

I've managed to have a nice weekend with a little creative time and a little to do list time.  Saturday I spent some time with one of my best friends, Rebecca, hanging at Michael's for a crop.  I started a diptych collage but only got as far as some preliminary layers of paint so no pictures yet.  I seem to be in a girly phase with pinks.  Rebecca did a couple of lovely layouts that I'm sure she'll be posting soon.

Yesterday I installed a new light over my craft table (old gold chandalier v new brushed nickle).  The shades are more beige than the white in the picture.  Did laundry and vacuumed.  Still need to mop but it can wait a bit longer.  Don't want to get too crazy with the to do list stuff.

I have another collage I created towards the end of the year that I will post about soon but here is a card I made for my sister's birthday that started last May.  One of the workshops I took at Inspired last year was with Margie Romney-Aslett where we refolded a manila folder into an accordion type thing.  We only got a little way done with it because she concentrated more on some techniques like the rosettes.  As I was working on it in class I decided I would make it for my sister.  Didn't have her future birthday in mind but by the time I actually finished it that's what happened.  I made a couple of tag notes to go in it where I wrote her some personal messages.  There was one bird in the original design but I decided to add some more and a couple of butterflies scattered in.  My sister is one of those special people who is just a love bug and who has been going through a lot of personal painful stuff.  For me the birds and the butterfly are a symbol of good changes to come for her where she morphs into a new her with wings to fly and become who she wants to be.  Love you bunches and bunches Sher-bear.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

We have a winner!

Well, after a mad dash trying to visit all 871 blogs, I only made it through about 500 of them.  Fortunately the list will remain and I can finish at a more leisurely pace.  I had to tell myself last night at 11 pm that even if I could get to all of them it wouldn't alter my life in anyway so they would just have to wait for another day.  It doesn't help when you try to go look at all the Etsy or Artfire shops and Flickr.

I'm estatic that I had 196 people who wanted my collage and I have a bunch of lovely new followers.  It's probably going to take me a month to be sure I have visited everyone who left a comment and/or followed but I'll get to you.  I think I must have added at least 100 blogs to follow myself.  Lordy!  There were so many beautiful items created and lovely people to meet.

So to the really important information.  I ran the random number generator and Lucky 7 won.  Sarah is a dancer and choreographer, lives in the UK and she makes beautiful cards.  Check her out.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

One World One Heart 2011

It's that time again for the yearly One World One Heart giveaway.  This is so much fun and there are already over 800 entries.  I have no idea how I'm going to be able to visit all of the blogs but I'm going to give it a whirl.  It is so much fun to meet new people in blogland and discover new artists.  This is the fifth year of the event and my third time to participate.  I'm sad to say this is the final one that Lisa Swifka is doing although I imagine it is a lot of work to do this every year.  The rules are posted here and the blog roll is here. On the morning of February 17th I will 'draw' a name and announce the winner here on my blog.

So for those of you who are new to my blog let me introduce myself.  I live outside of Atlanta, Georgia, theoretically in suburbia although there are cows down the street.  When I first moved into my house in 1998 I could hear roosters down the way and the stars in the sky were so vivid.  Now we have shopping centers and a lot of what I call light pollution.  Still a little bit in the country and the North Georgia mountains are within sight.  I work 40 miles away in almost downtown Atlanta in a law firm as manager in the IT department.

I'm a bit of a workaholic so I don't have a lot of free time but I love being creative and exploring new techniques.  I actually started out scrapbooking which morphed into card making which has morphed into mixed media collaging.  I also want to play with making jewelry so that is next on the list.  I also love photography but have been woefully neglecting it.

So for my give away is a recent collage I did on 12x12 watercolor paper.  I used paper, fabric, antique wall paper, paint, postage stamps, a Donna Downey tree stamp and buttons.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment saying hello.  I look forward to "meeting" you.