Wednesday, April 2, 2014

DLP# 14- Draw your name and embellish

For this week's Documented Life Challenge 14, we are to  draw our name and embellish it.  I saw two other DLPers use a fun technique called Stacked Doodling on Rainbowelephant.
It is a fun technique, where you stack repeating shapes.
Here's what I came up with:

It was really fun and there is a video also on Rainbowelephant.
Give it a try!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Documented Life Project and Happy Happy Mail!

I've been busy creating happy mail and I love it!  It's become my latest artistic obsession.
Sending happy mail makes me so happy to know that I am putting a smile on someone's face across the miles. And what a wonderful surprise to receive colorful happy mail in my mailbox, instead of bills:).

In happy mail, you decorate or make your own envelope.
I will post more about how I make my own envelopes, on my new blog dedicated to happy mail:
You've got Happy Mail:
Then you fill the envelopes with ephemera, handmade papers, stickers, text paper, book pages, minature paintings, twine, or whatever you think someone would be happy to receive.

I joined the Documented Life Project, a fantastic free year long journal project run by five fabulous ladies, Art to the 5th. At the moment there are over 6,000 members!
I have met lovely ladies from around the world that I have chatted with and exchanged happy mail.
Here are some pictures of happy mail I've sent.
More to follow on:

Gelli printed envelopes

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Jewelry I made

Yesterday I got together with friends and Helen Kutash taught us to make wonderful jewelry .
I can't wait to make more.
Here is what I made:

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Journal Class

Yesterday I taught 16 lovely ladies in my community art group how to make a journal.
We had so much fun! Most of them had never heard of art journals before.
We used a file folder like Susan Bleiwess' tutorial : Folder Sketchbook, and did the pamphlet stitch.
Then we  painted our pages using gelatos and baby wipes as I learned from the fabulous Terri Kahrs : Backgrounds
I love teaching, and passing on what I've learned. 
We had a lot of laughs.
The ladies loved their new art journals.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Make Your Mark!

I'm taking an amazing online class with the wonderful Robin Mead!
I love her art and she is a lovely person.
This is her first online course and there is so much content.
I'm loving it, and  highly recommend it to beginners and beyond.
It is a good way to learn about drawing, line, and color for $20.

You can work at your own pace and keep the videos indefinitely.  The class is ongoing, you can register anytime here:  Make Your Mark Course

This is my second exercise for Lesson 1. I have never worked with Sharpies before, so it was a fun challenge:

Want to join me  in this adventure?

Thursday, March 13, 2014