It’s a wrap!

21 Aug

 

strawberries wrapping paper

my original sketchbook in the center on top of  a section of wrapping paper…what fun! 

 

How to repurpose and re-enjoy your art….

One of the things I’ve been doing with my art recently is re-using it in different ways. I especially liked this small “strawberry” watercolor I did in my sketchbook, and made it into postcards and cards. And one of the most amazing things I learned in my BEGINNING class at the Sketchbook Skool (www.sketchbookskool.com) was that I could turn my art into fabric or wrapping paper, so… I took a chance and sent my artwork (digitally of course) to Spoonflower.com and voila! …an amazing roll of wrapping paper came back to me via US mail.  Now to be honest due to the resolution of the file the background of the paper came out brown instead of white, but I learned what I did  wrong and I loved it even in brown. If you want to turn your art into something totally new and interesting check out Spoonflower.com. And if you want to really enjoy drawing and painting again, or for the first time try taking a class at the SketchbookSkool.  They even have some free trial classes.  And please subscribe to my blog. I promise I won’t inundate you with email,  but it will keep me on my toes and remind me to write now and again. I hope to inspire you to give your creativity a boost or a jump start if you need one.

Ivy Covered Walls, Ravello, Italy

27 Jul

How beautiful is this?

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Ivy Covered Walls, Ravello, Italy

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Draw what you see…

21 Jul

What I’m learning at Sketchbook Skool…

Parked in Jersey City

I’ve started carrying a sketchbook with me wherever I go, so when I found a prized parking space in Jersey City, NJ this morning I took some time to draw the scene in front of me. I sketched using a marker rather than a pencil, which is a new concept for me and added watercolor and some colored pencils when I got home. In the past, I would have found all the imperfections in my drawing, and there are plenty; I might even have torn it up and tossed it.  But I learned to silence my inner critic, to enjoy the process and know that I’m learning and challenging myself; and I’m really having fun. So this week, challenge yourself. Carry a sketchbook  or journal and draw (or write about) what you see.

Here’s a shoutout to http://www.sketchbookskool.com. Check ’em out!

Down time…

15 Jul

What do you do at the service center while waiting for your car to be repaired? Do your Sketchbook Skool homework, and draw the kitchenette…

Next time you find yourself having to wait,  draw something, write a poem or a song, or a story. Do something creative and the time will fly. This week my http://www.sketchbookskool.com homework this week was to “draw your kitchen.”  Mine’s a mess, so I borrowed this one.  Give it a whirl. Draw YOUR kitchen, or use your kitchen as a writing prompt.

Getting unstuck…

30 Jun

My week 6-28-16

Painting my week…making mini books, painting the sky, the sea, organizing computer files, dealing with a road-construction detour, upgrading to Windows 10 and rearranging some bookcases.

 

Recently I found myself stuck… I wasn’t blogging, wasn’t sure what to blog about. I wasn’t doing much art, wasn’t working in my journals or sketchbooks and wasn’t sure what to do about that either.   When that happens one of the best things to do is to take a class, to sit on the other side of the desk for a change. This time I went to class online, and am happily attending The Sketchbook Skool (www.sketchbookskool.com) . I’m having the best time… I’m challenging myself, getting back into watercolors, colored pencils, drawing outside, journaling about my art and sharing my work and my insecurities with my classmates…and getting a lot of positive feedback.  One of my favorite assignments was painting my week.  If you’re feeling stuck take a class, online or off, and in the meantime grab a sketchbook and paint or draw your week. — Michele

Apple Picking …in progress

2 May

I’ve had the idea to use produce labels in an art journal page for quite a while, so today, making applesauce, seemed the perfect day.  This page is in progress and not complete, but it is fun to use everyday household things in an art journal page.  I’m going to call it “Apple Picking” because I am just terrible at picking fruit.

Art Prompt: Find something around the house and use it to create a journal page.

Writing Prompt: Use this page as a writing prompt…write about fruit, apple picking, applesauce, produce labeling….whatever comes to mind…or…

Cooking Prompt:  Make applesauce!apple labels 4

Poetry month Haiku

13 Apr

April is poetry month and so I’ve challenged myself to write a Haiku a day. Haiku is a Japanese poem with a total of seventeen syllables in three line. The first line is 5 syllables, the second line is 7 and the 3rd line is 5.

Here’s today’s…

A gel manicure
and a visit with Harlene
retirement rocks!

 

How about trying one of your own, or join me in the challenge. I may even use some of them as art journal prompts.

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