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AEDM Day #30 – Working On The Snow Peoples

So, it’s the last day of AEDM (Art Every Day Month) and I’ve had a pretty pathetic showing this year. I have no excuse. I just didn’t make it a priority, and as a result, I really disappointed myself.

I can’t change that, so I’m not going to dwell on it, but I AM going to try and make up for it by kicking my creativity and productivity up a bunch of notches in December.

For my last “official” post of AEDM for November, 2014, I’d like to show you the progress I’ve made on the snow people ornaments I showed you yesterday. BTW, did you know “snowoman” is not a word? What’s up with that? Humph!

So, I started with four hand prints using just plain ol’ acrylic paint…a little messy, but I can work with them.

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I cleaned them up a little adding extra paint in the empty areas of the palm prints and around the bottom for the “ground” the snowmen are built on.  To that I added “snow-tex” for a little extra dimension, and began adding detail.

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Somehow, Lexi’s ended up with 6 fingers (how did I miss that while the paint was wet???) and when I tried to remove the dry paint, messed up the finish on the ball. Yikes. What to do, what to do? So, plan “B.” The 6th finger became a package in the snow. Not bad, huh?

If I don’t run into any more problems, I should be able to finish painting them, do the pen detail, and have them done tomorrow! Woohoo! Looks like I’m going to actually finish a project!

Now Josh wants me to do one for his cat, Bootsie. Mama is game to try! Heeheehee! THAT should be interesting!

AEDM Day #29 – Closing in on 1000 – Snowmen/women

No, not 1000 snowmen/women!

Just realized today that I am only 7 posts away from having done 1000 since the inception of this blog in August of 2011. Had I been a good big girl and actually done “art every day” in November, I’d be there already!

Well, there are times when art is hard to get done, and this has been one of those times for me. I have a tendency to only allow myself to do it when I am reasonably caught up with “life.” And right now, I am anything BUT caught up, with life or anything else.

We’ve traveled a lot this year, and I’m making that my scapegoat, but it’s not really true. I could have fit it in if I’d wanted to. Or I should say, if I wanted to bad enough, but I obviously didn’t. Which kinda bugs me. I only ask myself to do actual art for 30 straight days once a year, and I didn’t do it. Grrrrr. Well. Can’t get the month back, so the best I can do is move forward.

I’m tempted to throw a challenge for myself out there into the Universe in hopes of following through on it. But, the reality is, even a challenge does not appear to be enough to get me motivated right now. So, I’m going to avoid setting myself up for yet another failure, and simply say that for the rest of the year, I’ll post when I have something I want to post about, and just see what happens.

SO. Today, I actually have something I can show you – the BEGINNINGS of snowmen and snowomen!

They started like this…

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and with some help from my daughter-in-law on one of them, turned into this…

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Okay, so at this point you have to use your imagination a little. But in a few days, they WILL be snowmen and women.

No, REALLY, they will!

I’m wanting to be indignant that you’re laughing (HA! Like I’m really going to actually finish a project!) but it’s hitting a little too close to home to dismiss. I am very good at putting things out there that I don’t follow through on. But this will be different. Why? ‘Cuz I’m going to pretend like y’all said I can’t do it, and there’s nothing that will motivate me more than telling me I can’t do something! Oh, and I still have the handprints we did one year in clay when my kids were little, and I wish we had done more as they grew.

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Yep. My “kids” are 37 and 38 (ages 3 and 4 when these were done!) and I STILL have them on the wall!

The grandkids hands will never be this size again. Heeheehee! If that isn’t motivation enough, I can’t imagine what would be. So, I think I’ve got this.

Anyway. It’s not an original idea. Back a few months ago, somewhere (heck if I remember where) I saw a bunch of ideas for turning your children’s handprints into little works of art, and this was one of them.

Last year we did wreaths.

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I’m already thinking about next year – any suggestions?

 

AEDM #25 – On a Roll…

Today was my art group.

I knew I wanted to work on my London album, but I was a little panicked before leaving the house, trying to think of everything I could possibly need to take. Then I decided to make it easy on myself and just START by getting a few pages laid out, then worry about getting them embellished at home. Turned out to be a good plan.

I dove in, and by the time I came up for air, almost 3 hours had flown by! I’m sure a messy scrapper!

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Once I got home, I still had some more left in me, so I spread it all out again and got back to it!

I ended the day with 5 basic layouts (very few embellishments, so far, just photo placement) plus 2, 2-page collages. Half of them document my visit to Highclere Castle. I confess I went a little overboard on photos, but given my obsession with Downton Abbey, it was to be expected, doncha think?

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Whew! Productive day. And a fun day. As much as I’m enjoying putting the album together, the best part is reliving the trip.

 

AEDM #18 – It’s a Start!

Well, at long last, I’m starting back into a bit of art.

I’m going to be incorporating some mixed media art into my scrapbooking. The project I’m working on (getting the 5000+ photos from our European Vacation in albums) is huge, and I’m tempted to take short cuts and just slam them into an album, but I really want to get as much as I can out of my available time. Combining painting, stamping AND scrapbooking will be a great way to do that, I think.

I started with this basic paper.

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Then I added some stick on letters and stamping…

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This will be the title page. I plan to cut the word “London” out of photos of icons, and add a 5×7 picture of the two of us (the photos will be ready to pick up tomorrow!)

Then I embellished two papers for the 1st layout, starting with this…

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…and turning it into this…

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I’ll do some more embellishing, but I need to get the photos in place first.

Not a huge accomplishment, but at least I got my toes wet and I’m ready to get going! It’s a good feeling.

Gratitude:

Today I’m feeling grateful that I haven’t completely lost my desire to create! I was beginning to wonder if I had! Altering paper isn’t anything monumental, but it’s a step in the right direction.

 

Art Every Day Month – 2014

In my life, art takes many forms.

I dabble in many mediums, a “jack of many arts, master of none…” And as much as I would LOVE to be really, really good at some art form (maybe even famous!) it just won’t work in my life. I am a creative magpie. I keep getting distracted by another shiny medium, and off I go, pursuing something else. And, as fun as that is, it doesn’t allow me to put in the hours, days, months, years necessary to hone my craft.

And really, that’s okay with me. I am happiest when I flit about. When I do one thing for too long, I get bored.

So. My “art” these days has been photographing and reporting on my travels to Europe. I take all the iconic photos that everyone would expect to see. But my eye is constantly scanning for an odd view, or a piece of something more interesting.

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I’ve just about wrapped it up – just a few days to go – and I’ll be getting back to doing more traditional art! Hope you’ll join me as I get back into “Art Every Day.”

30 Days of Gratitude:

Today I’m feeling very grateful for having the means to travel!

Day 25 AEDM – Pretty Please, Leah?

Let me start by saying that it is now a month before Christmas. Yikes! If that isn’t enough to put a damper on the day, I don’t know what is. From here on I start deleting things from the “I’m hallucinating about doing this for Christmas” list, and adding them to the “ain’t gunna happen (again)” list. It’s getting a little scary.

WHERE has this year gone? If I had been keeping up the scrapbooks like I should, I’d know!

Anyway. I’m starting to get sad about AEDM coming to an end…think Leah would extend it another month if we asked pretty please? I am SOOOOO much better at actually allotting time to my projects when I have adult supervision.

Today I made time to clean the garage with Mr. Tattered. I guess he hasn’t noticed that the house needs it more than the garage, but whatever. We lightened the load out there – some donations, some trash, and some pushing things from our piles to the kids (Hey! Whatever works!) I took before and after photos, but truth be told, the massive progress can only be seen by us! Still looks very cluttered to a casual observer. My back knows I worked hard, and the hub is satisfied, and those are the important parts.

On the art front, I returned to the scrapbook again. Another layout done. I think you’ve gotten the gist of my process, so I’ll just show you the finished product from here on out, unless there is a new technique I think you might find interesting!

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Today’s Gratitude:

Today I am feeling grateful for the simple fact that I am me. I don’t want to be anyone else, I don’t want anyone else’s life. I’m not perfect, and my life isn’t perfect, but I’m pretty darn content with both. Not COMPLETELY satisfied – I’ll continue to attempt to improve on both. But if life never gets any better than it is right now, I’m good with that.

Today is also my first week to participate in “Inspire Me Monday!” If any of you are visiting from there, I am a media media artist, photographer, and avid scrapbooker who is in the midst of the monumental task of documenting our last trip to Yellowstone. Feel free to roam around on prior posts if you want to see what I’ve been up to lately. I’m also working on a “Happiness” Art Journal, and sharing a daily gratitude. Whew! Lots on my plate. Thanks for coming by!

Day #29 Art Every Day Month – A Necessary Prep Day

Today I took a break from decorating to put all my Thanksgiving decor away and take care of some art “prep” work.

I am taking a class from Christy Tomlinson, actually two of them…SheArt #1 and SheArt #2. Her style is a little more ragged or unstructured than mine, but I’m liking it. She advocates the use of a lot of stamps and rub-ons, which I don’t have many of, so I needed to pick up a few things. I have been watching the videos, but not following along with painting, primarily because it will be easy enough to add her techniques to what I am already doing. I have been unable, so far, to find some of the tools she has suggested, so I’ll probably head out again tomorrow, but at least I’ve got a start.

I also picked up some more yard to start another scarf. AND, someone suggested that it would be easier going if I was using shorter needles, so I picked up some of those as well.

Then I took an hour this evening and got going on the scarf. I find knitting to be sooooo relaxing. It makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something when I can sit down for an hour and come up with something to show for it.

So, here’s to a relaxing day, and even having accomplished some art!

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