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Flutter Strips

20 May

flutter strip treeflutter stripTrees as journals…why not?

As a final project in John Moran’s Zen Poetry and Painting Class we created “Flutter Strips” and at our last class gathered together and hung them on a tree. What an interesting way to journal!  What a fun thing to do with family and friends, and especially kids.  We all felt like kids at heart when we placed our flutter strips on the branches of this lovely tree.

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Coloring Craze…

4 Nov

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No one has been more surprised than me about the latest coloring book craze. Back in the day coloring books were the enemy of creativity and that made sense.  A kid with a crayon and a blank sheet of paper really learned to play with color, with materials with no restrictions about staying in the lines or using the correct colors. We do remember how important it was to STAY IN THE LINES!  (And NOT to color on the walls 🙂  I even remember a book called The Anti-coloring Book. Well, coloring books have taken over the bookstores not by the shelf but by the aisle. They’re in drugstores, specialty stores, stationery stores and who knows where else along with a myriad of colored pencils and markers.   I do believe coloring can be therapeutic, a great way to reduce stress or boredom, (although if you’re an artist or keep an art journal you’re never bored) but here’s a challenge.  Find a good permanent black marker and doodle your own coloring pages.  In this page, I used watercolors instead of colored pencils and I had blast.  I got to play with my watercolors without the pressure of having to create a watercolor masterpiece and as an added bonus I can journal in and around the spaces.  So give it a try and see what fantastic coloring pages you come up with.

 

Country Garden Crochet Bicycle

21 Sep

In line with the current trend for cycling what better way to celebrate than to our craft than upcycling a bicycle. I had so much fun creating this quintessential english country rose garden wrappe…

Source: Country Garden Crochet Bicycle

Ivy Covered Walls, Ravello, Italy

27 Jul

How beautiful is this?

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Ivy Covered Walls, Ravello, Italy

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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