Friday, July 29, 2011

A handmade stencil

"Art is never finished, only abandonded"
                                               Leonardo da Vinci
Today the job was to create a stencil and use it in my work. There was no work that I did today other than online so I went back to the background piece I had been working on around day four. I didn't have an exacto knife to cut a stencil so I went really really far back and pulled out my kindergarten skills! I took an 8x11 piece of printer paper, folded it 8 million times and then cut teeny triangles all around the folds. Voila! A stencil!!

I used brown walnut ink spray. The collage components are not permanent yet.
This particular piece of art will keep morphing and changing until I have reached a final stage of loving it....
                 .....or abandoning it.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sea Shell Extravaganza Day 5

Today's Prompt:
What do you collect? Work with a collection that you have at home

I collect shells, pigs and precious stones. My very favorite are the shells! After some thought of how to incorporate my shells into my heart theme I came up with this: TADA!!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Day Three...the money shirt!

What can you do with a dollar?

 Day Three:

Create something with paper but do not use scissors, glue or draw on it.
This one stumped me for the afternoon. I found myself thinking about it all day. Some thoughts that I pondered were making a paper mache with flour and water. That felt kind of like cheating to me since flour and water is a type of paste. I finally got online and surfed around for a while looking for cool things to do with paper.
I came across this womans site on oragami adn learned how to make a miniature shirt out of a dollar bill. The original idea I had was to use a fake 1 million dollar bill (so my shirt could look like a million bucks?!) but the bill was not creating the same effects as the 1 dollar bill. When I was finished I looked around for some things to embellish it with and found some pink confetti packing shreds, so I used them. Although it looks somewhat like a girlscout uniform lol.

I had a ton of fun with this! Normally I am a visual learner and need to learn from watching someone do it. However I was able to work throught he written instructions with only a couple of re-do's and I was very happy with the final results! So I'm almost half way throught he first week and its flying by.
What would you make if you had paper but couldn't use scissors, glue or draw on it?

Happy Creating!!!

Day 4 Changing it up!

A Heart A Day

This is Day 4's project but I created my own prompt for it.
In "365" the prompt is to walk five minutes from where you live and make something from whatever material is found where there. Then you leave it for someone to find. I love the prompt but its not practical right now on the east coast. We are currently in a heat wave and the index is well over a hundred so walking anywhere is basically out of the question, let alone being outside long enough to create something artistic.
So I have taken this opportunity to create a background for a future piece of art.
I am currently taking an online class with Pam Carriker and have attempted to use some of those techniques to create the background. I have documented the process although I am not overly thrilled with the results. I usually rely heavily on collage elements, so having a background without the other elements added makes me uncomfortable but I'm putting it up here anyway. I have added the heart for the prompts "heart art" and hopefully there will be much more from this in the future when I create the rest of it in collage techniques.

To start I used an art board and began by adding a wash of yellow and then removing some of it with wipes and paper towels. It was all going well....
You make the wash with half water, half yellow acrylic paint or 1/4 glazing medium, 1/4 water and half acrylic paint. I applied with a cheapo sponge brush and wiped some off
Next, and this is where I started to become unhappy with things, I added diluted burnt umber to age the yellow background and worked it around with a paper towel to create depth. Next I added a speckled egg blue and an orange to the background with a paper towel to bring in some color. I again aged it but at this point it started to muddle up the bright pastels and became dirty looking. I was becoming increasingly unhappy with the colors!
I could have stopped here but I was unappy with it so I moved to adding spots of yellow and white (using white gesso) with a paint brush and splattering it on the background. The final result has some promise for something in the future but it will have to sit for a while until I decide I am ready again to work with it. If I go further with it right now it will just make me more and more unhappy until i finally give up and declare it as ruined! Great art sometimes comes much later than when we start out. Sometimes it has to sit and perculate for a while so when we come back to it we see it with new, fresh eyes. When this piece is finished I will post how I did it and I will refer back to this post so that readers can see the final results. The last picture of the upper right hand corner I think has potential as a background image for a website or blog. Another project for the future?!? Over all a GREAT learning experience and lots and lots of fun that opened up my creative thinking and started me thinking about future projects!

Here is what it sits as right now:

Monday, July 25, 2011

Time Constraints, Gratitude and the Land of Creativity

In the real world sometimes we just have to say uncle! I was thinking of fiddling with my clock so that one hour drags out to two, therefore doubling the hours in each of my days. If I thought it would work I swear I would do it! Alas I just have to work within the same 24 hours that the rest of the world is using.

I am coming to the realization that I might have to put up the 365 projects a few times a week due to time constraints. I think this might work as long as I document each project each day.

Along with this current daily project going on I am participating in Artella lands art summer camp, Pam Carrikers journaling class, building my business up at a painful pace and learning how to blog to make it the most effective. Finding readers is another gig. There is just so much to learn on some days its completely overwhelming. And yes, lets squeeze housework, babysitting and the gym in there.

Do I sound like I'm complaining? I am! But only a thirty second rant before I get on with my day and whip myself back into gratitude. I AM grateful for every day, every breath and for the chance to keep trying to get things working like a well oiled machine.

Someday it will work like a well oiled machine...I think it can, I think it can, I think it can..

Off to the gym then back to create something. Ahhhh to dwell in the land of creation is like surfacing for a breath after being underwater for days.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

What If?

What if all you needed to do to change the world was BE YOU??

What if you are enough? What if you are a magnificent plot hatched by the universe with every little movement preplanned in order to make the world more magnificent?

What if your birth and every breath was perfectly timed? What if every single encounter on your journey was perfectly scripted in order to make the world a better, bigger place?

What if every ounce of love you have ever felt is designed to expand all of the love on the planet?

What if that was true?

What if your feelings of love are the tipping point for the whole world?

Would you love more? Would you be more fearless? Would you be more confident? Would you put yourself out there more?

Why wait?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Day 2 Saint Bernard Love

Day Two~ COMPLETE! The mission was to create something using an animal that I love. I love my St. Bernard. This was done using mixed media/collage, ephemera, acrylics, ink and a photo of Sam wearing a party hat. I think he looks regal, a bit like Napolean.

Friday, July 22, 2011


Ok so day one was not very challenging!
The Prompt: Since its the first day, start small and make something that fits into the palm of your hand using only materials in your immediate surroundings.
Hence the little crocheted heart. And it really does fit in the palm of my hand.

The Bohemian Couch Project

365 Projects in 365 Days!

Thats the goal. I'm following prompts from "365. Make Something Every day and change Your Life!"

The theme is Heart Art.

The idea is to make something using whatever prompt is given for that day. I will incorporate a heart each day. When I am done I will have put all of my heart into every single day of the year.