Wednesday, December 31, 2008
One of the things I got for Christmas was a new journal! Yay! So last night I started in it and I share the results with you.
This first one in black and white is about creating. It's rubber stamps and journaling. Just something quick that popped into my head. I like stuff in black and white sometimes. Shape and form take more importance that way.
The second one evolved from an idea from a book True Vision: Authentic Art Journaling by LK Ludwig
the idea is to tear a scrap from something like the phone book and build from that... which I did. As I started to paint over it I noticed that both Washington state and Ohio were right there on the page... and a very good friend of mine recently moved back to Ohio from Washington state (pleasing me greatly) so I decided that was what I meant to journal about on this page... so off I went. The bingo card was already there, but seemed appropriate: "Bingo!" and I added arrows and stamps and writing plus two tags with the two locations as well as my own location. The colors are oil pastels that were a present from this friend - so it really ties it all together. It's a bit looser than my typical work, which I have been striving to do, so that made me happy.
I do propose to do more art journaling and blogging this year (nice to have a FUN new year's resolution!) so please come back to see if I am keeping that resolution!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Anyway on this site you simply type in your blog's address and it figures out your Myers Briggs result. It's kind of fun (if you enjoy that sort of thing) to see what comes up. Mine seemed somewhat accurate, though it didn't match how my tests usually come up for me (usually an ENFJ for those who understand the terms). I believe that stands for Extrovert, iNtuitive, Feeling and Judgemental if memory serves.
I'm not sure if the test (for the blogs) is purely random or what, the actual test is based on a load of questions you answer about yourself and is pretty scientific in nature. So here's the link if you want to have a go at it:
Here's how mine came up for Dieverdog's Art Blog: http://www.typealyzer.com/index.php?lang=enI guess you can judge for yourself if you think it fits!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Obama is for the cat lover's votes! Here's proof!
I'm done now.... get out there!
This guy's art is terrific and it's great what he's doing. It makes me wonder what I could be doing to use my talents for the betterment of the world. Very inspiring...and his art is just plain fun to look at!
Take a look!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Well I managed to find one more craft to try! Going into a yarn shop yesterday after a work meeting next door was over... in an area way north of town I've never been to before... I was very warmly welcomed by one of the shop owners (though I didn't know that at the time) Elaine. She showed me how she made these neat little woven squares (or rectangles) on a tiny hand-held loom (called Weavette looms) and then she pieces them together (NOT sewing - she proclaimed). You can do so much with them and she and I really connected as we continued to talk. Ideas started flowing on what I could make with these little gems.... scarves, purses.... and then Elaine proceeded to show me samples she'd done! And then she gave me a little demo on how to start the loom with yarn and before you know it.... I bought a loom and she showed me how to do it and before I left I had my first little rectangle (shown above). I tried to do another one at home, but I think I need a remedial lesson on the last step because something wasn't quite right... but I almost have the hang of it. I'm definitely going back for more lessons, more yarn and more of Elaine's warm conversation.... I felt like I found a new home!
In case you want to go.... it's called A Tangled Tale and is in Powell, OH 50 S. Liberty St. suite 174... it's a cute little town. Their web site (which I haven't even gotten to yet myself is: atangledtale.com. Elaine and her daughter Doreen run it and it's a lovely place filled with windows, light and lovely colors of yarn!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
this is an interview with Gregory Maguire the author of Wicked. I wasn't as pleased with Wicked as I thought I would be, but this is an engaging interview and he makes some interesting points. I may check out his children's books actually. I hear that the play based on Wicked is good, and I'm curious about it, after reading the book, I wonder how it could be made into a play... there's not a tremendous amount of action in it, so I wonder how it would hold attention as a play. He's an interesting man at any rate so I'm putting in this interview for those of you who might want to see it. He mentions the importance of his journal in his writing and how he was inspired by a book he read as a child to keep a journal. So maybe I should do more with that myself as I'm always thinking I should.
Monday, October 13, 2008
I know this is an art blog, but it's my main blog, so I'm gonna share the photos from the rally I went to on Friday... it was so much fun! Was a beautiful day and I met some great people and got to see the future president of the United States (I hope). I figured it would be cool to say that when he wins and I didn't want to miss out on an opportunity. I also had a whole adventure since I took the bus and I never had before. Nice people on the bus who chatted with me. All in all it was a tiring day but fun. The two ladies in the pictures are Julie and Julie who I met up with there while waiting in line. We made fast friends and stuck together through the whole rally. One thing I thought was cute was right when Obama came out a lady in front of us yelled "we love you!" and he said "I love you, too!" That was sweet, I didn't expect that. I hope that whoever you are for, that you go out and vote... it's really important.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
This card is actually one long
card but the scanner couldn't
scan it all in one piece. The front
shows the closure with brads and
a blue ribbon/string. My friend
requested a neat card from me for
his birthday, I hope he likes it!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Well Ike sure packed a punch and kept on punchin'! Even way up here in Ohio he was still wreaking havoc in the form of near-hurricane force winds. We were unprepared for the widespread damage. I took a few shots Monday as I was out trying to find gas station that was open and pumping gas... proved to be futile for quite a while. Schools were out for three days (some still are) and I heard that there are still around 1 million people in Ohio without power.... wow. I was lucky and my power came back on early Monday morning around 3 a.m. (not sure why I was so lucky, but hey, I'll take it!). Had no internet, cable or phone 'til last night, but that wasn't as much of a hardship (at least I won't miss the season finale of Burn Notice tonight!). It was amazing the size of some of the trees that came down! We didn't have power at work until Wed. and had to go work at another site on campus in the meantime... some adventure! That was once I got gas and could get to work.... hardly any traffic lights in town are working even today. It's making for a lot of conversations but we are all more sympathetic I think for what the poor people on the gulf coast have endured and are still enduring, it's hard to even imagine.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I like to do inchies (little one inch pieces of art) and haven't done any in ages. So I thought I'd make a few. But what to do with the little one-inch wonders? I thought I'd make them in a series and put them into cards... These first few tries I was quite happy with. They are very fun to do. Having a 1" punch sure helps. Now I can hardly bear to throw out scraps unless they are less than an inch.... like I need one more reason to hang onto anything! If you haven't tried making inchies...please do...they are really fun!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Some cards I made a few days ago with those new stamps I keep talking
about. They are clear stamps you use on acrylic blocks, those seem to
be all the rage right now. I do like them because you can see where you
are putting them on the paper since they are clear. That's kind of nice,
really, not so much guessing and hoping stuff is where you want it.
Sometimes that's not as much of an issue, but getting that cat to sit on
the "dreamer" word just where I wanted was sure a lot easier than it
would have been with a wood stamp. And Sharon will note I'm still using
my Stampers Anon. checkered stamp... an all-time fave! (a little private
joke we have).
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Here's my photo of my yummy lunch today at Tommy's Pizza.... double cheese and pepperoni! I'm submitting my lunch and some wishes on the Journal Revolution blog by Linda Woods and Karen Dinnino. Their books are awesome and the blog is such fun. And they sometimes have fun contests. Gotta run... it's a 'working at The Container Store' night for me.
-- I didn't eat that WHOLE pizza by the way... I was sharing with a friend!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Here's a little card I made last week entirely on the computer. I like the look of it, the silhouette of the bird (that is actually a font, believe it or not). I found a lot of really cool, free (the best part) fonts on a site called Dafont.com. Check it out (but only when you have a couple of hours... it's very addictive!
Friday, May 16, 2008
Taking care of poor little Parker
this week. Sunday night at midnight
(Monday morning) I took him to
the emergency hospital at OSU
because he had a blockage and
couldn't go potty. Fortunately he
was a candidate for a special study
they are doing for that very thing.
He came home on Tuesday since
he was doing so well and I'm giving
him medicine 3x a day. He seems
better but is still having troubles and
isn't eating or drinking as well as I'd
like to see, but sometimes progress
is slower than one would like. I sure
hope he gets better, he's such a
sweet cat and only about a year and
a half old. If you're inclined to say prayers,
say a few for him or send him good
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Please watch this...it's a bit older than the bit he did last night, but it's a riot if you've ever gotten frustrated with your computer... who hasn't? He's dressing more mainstream now as well, but he's every bit as funny as ever.