Friday, February 5, 2016

Women Unleashed: Reliquary-Making

I'm finishing up some of the art-making opportunities from the wonderful instructor prompts that were part of the December Women Unleashed Summit.

Reliquary making was one of those prompts that had been unfinished until today.  This one has two interconnected boxes.  The smaller one's top comes off revealing a compartment of items that mean something to me.

This was actually very easy to make, and would be a very special gift.  It can be personalized to be a memento from a journey or activity together, or something altogether different.  It is a great way to recycle items like one remaining earring from a once existing pair, buttons, fabric scraps, magazine pictures, feathers, camera film, stones, etc.  The possibilities are limitless--as are the containers that could be used too!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Going a Totally Different Direction is Striking Out on One's Own Path

I've just read my posts over the last six months and have found a telling comment in most of them where my art work from the Life Book program has been posted.

What I've said in most of those posts is that my piece took off in a different direction than the lesson. Apology? Excuse? Justification?

What it reflects is that I approach the lessons as a launching pad to explore techniques and create a piece that reflects the lesson concept, even though it may not imitate the art instructor's piece.  THAT IS OK!  I think I've believed that it wasn't -- but no longer -- my unique voice is already coming through.

So, what I commit to from now on -- is to NOT SAY that my piece went in a totally different direction than the lesson (because each one will).  I WILL start acknowledging my take on each and every lesson is my own distinct voice!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Life Book 2016 - Week 4

Great lesson, but hard one to do -- for me, at least!

It took my many stops and starts with this piece to get to the finished one.  We were to be fearless in our work and in deconstructing the work and then reconstructing it.  I did a bit of 'fearless', but still need to work on getting even more so.  I'm satisfied with the work tonight that has brought this piece to a sense of conclusion.

This piece was created through a class offered by Tamara Laporte from Willing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this link:

Friday, January 22, 2016

Color Chart Work

While feeling a lack of inspiration, I started working up a color chart of all my colored pens, pencils and crayons (water soluble and non-water soluble).

This effort revealed that there are a few colors only available from certain brands, and I got a feel for brands that are easier to work with than others.  Both are very good lessons.

I'm now on Page 4...and still working!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Life Book 2016 - Week 2

I really liked the Week 2 lesson!  We were to collage images onto our canvas and then paint around and/or over the images (which were to include selected words) to create something with meaning to us personally.  From the instructional video, it looked pretty easy.

But alas, it really wasn't -- at least for me.  The more I looked, I couldn't find magazine images that appealed to me or that had sepia and/or black-white-gray tones.  So, I used something colorful and ended up with a completely different 'take' on the lesson.  At first I thought I needed to do something more.  But it is growing on me as it is.

This piece was created through a class offered by Tamara Laporte from Willing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this link:

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Life Book 2016 - Lesson 1 The Happy Traveler

Yes, I signed up for another year of Tamara Laporte's wonderful online art class (Life Book 2016), and this is my piece from Lesson 1!

It took a different direction than what we were led to do, but it uses the same techniques.  The result has a slight medieval quality though the colors are definitely not medieval.  I'm pleased with the work which took all weekend to create.  But it feels like a great start to my new 2016 art adventure!

This piece was created through a class offered by Tamara Laporte from Willing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this link:

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Life Book 2016 has begun!

The first lesson came out shortly before January 1, 2016.  As was the case with last year, the first lesson has a lot of information to digest including videos to watch and work to complete.

I haven't started the main project from Lesson 1 yet, but this is the warm-up to it.  This piece has a bottom layer of writing (using both hands), a collage layer, a watercolor/paint layer, layer of gesso cover plus a lot more.  The heart is a 'mask' made from a heart-shaped cutout that actually turned out quite neat all by itself.

'See' is my word for the you can see in a piece from an earlier post.  2016 promises to be a very productive year of arting!

This piece was created through a class offered by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this link:

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Women Unleashed: Online Retreat

I've never done the Women Unleashed online retreat before, but I'm really enjoying it!  From creating the cover of my journal to beginning to fill it with imagery, doodles, etc., I've been have a good time!
There are too many sessions to complete in the retreat's two-week format of two sessions per day, but I will have done some good work.  Among some of the things I've done so far, the two below were done this weekend, and tomorrow, I'll be making a personal reliquary.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Magazine Feast!

I went to the book store today for my quarterly haul of inspiring magazines.  Today's purchase included six that have some great pictures and articles in them based on a quick review.  My eclectic magazine mix includes:

Embellish  - an Australian magazine for textile arts, etc.
Art Quilting Studio - yes, on art quilting
Art Doll Quarterly - yes, on art dolls
American Womankind - an advertising-free publication with articles on fashion, philosophy, etc.
Happinez - a magazine with articles about living a positive, wise and loving life
Ever After High - a new fairytale comic magazine (for a teenage demographic) with some great character drawings.  It is a clever idea, and the first issue of this magazine.

From Bottles of Wine

My newest idea has been to slice wine corks and glue the them to a black painted canvas.  The corks will eventually be painted with a verse added through another layer of stamped or painted letters.

This is the creative process...with a concept that may potentially change as I continue to work on it.