Wednesday, September 28, 2011

My Own Cat In A Hat

Just a quick post today, to share "What's On My Easel".  

I've always loved drawing, ever since I was a kid, but life took its course, and somewhere soon after my high school years, I lost confidence, and I lost touch with it.  But since trying my hand at scrapbooking, that in turn lead me to junk-journaling, which then lead to mixed media and art journaling.  So, whether it's a scrapbook layout I'm working on, or a painting I'm feeling inspired to start, it oftentimes starts with a drawing.

It feels good to draw again, when I find the time to.  Most often, this is sometime later in the evening, after dinner....   maybe while watching some t.v...   Being an ex-smoker, I really appreciate having something to do with my hands.  Even though I may already feel relaxed just kicking my feet up for the night, I still need something to do with my hands...  Anyways, I think I like my drawing better than the painting, but hey...  I'm just learning here!

(The brick background comes from using a 
Crafter's Workshop "brick" template.)

I'm just getting a feel for acrylic paints..  how to mix and blend them, how much to load my brush and not load my brush, and remembering how fast acrylic paints dry as you blend and shade, TRYING to create a the tiniest spec of dimension! Oh, and remember, there's no erasing here.  You can try to paint over a mistake, but you can't erase it...  A little scary, but I want to learn!  I like to think, at least I've got style, and at least I'm having fun with it!

So, what do you think?  Should I pursue this interest, or stick to drawing?..  Maybe go back to crocheting?  Ha! Ha!...   Well, you KNOW I like to do it all!  But how about YOU?  Do you think it's something you'd like to try?  It never has to be anything fancy; and it's YOUR art, which means it can be as simple or as elaborate as YOU want it to be.  You can keep it to yourself, as private as you want, or be dumb brave, like me, and share it with EVERYBODY!  The important thing is just to enjoy it!  Have fun with it! 

Each week, The Artistic Biker shares his ideas, paintings, journals, and even music, as he travels his own artistic journey.  You can find him on his YouTube channel, or at his blog, The Artistic Biker.

Thanks to all for visiting today!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tags, Pins and Pie, Oh My!

I don't know why or how, but I've been seriously sidetracked from one of my favorite Blogland events lately...  that being Tag Tuesday...

 ...hosted by Rebecca, at Blog Challenge GardenThis week's theme is a flower pot!  Well, as I am just beginning my Fall Junque Journal, I thought a Fall-looking flower would be best, so here's what I came up with.

I love making flowers by recycling dryer sheets!  After my laundry is washed and dried, and as I begin my ironing, I save all the dryer sheets I've used, and then I use them AGAIN!  One sheet makes two flowers for me.  I color them in various ways, depending upon what color I want.  Sometimes I die them in tea overnight.  Sometimes I use ink/glimmer sprays of whatever sort or brand.  In this case I colored my flower in Candy Apple Red glimmer mist, then coated it with Red Distress Stickles.  I played with various buttons, but for a Fall look, the two-toned brown button looked best to me.  I cut out the pot myself, by hand.

I thought this tag would look cute in a window kind of setting, so here it is, as I set up my next junque journal page.  Each window pane will be a spot for journaling what's happening 'round our house for the week.

I was pleasantly surprised to receive some "Happy Mail" today!  Diana, a friend from YouTube, sent me a set of stick pins, after I won a giveaway she was hosting!  As my morning did not start out as well as I would have liked, this package...  all the way from Australia...

 ..along with some of my own homemade coffee cake...

 ...both certainly made up for what ailed me at the time! 

Inside was this little pouch Diana made herself...   And inside the pouch were these three very beautiful stick pins, which she also made herself!

I was so happy to receive this!  It really made my day!  You should check out her YouTube channel, dianadiana1262, if you're interested in learning how to make various hand-crafted items like what you see here!  Thank you so much, Diana!

Well, our session of home-schooling is done for the day.

It's not easy readjusting from those lazy days of Summer, back to a full routine of daily lessons, but both Dear Son and I are off to a very good start!

I'm so happy to be firing up the oven again too, now that the weather is cooling down.  I'm looking forward to apple picking, making homemade apple pies, and baking all kinds of homemade goodies again!  Dear Daughter wants me to show her how to make homemade apple crisp sometime soon!  But my first pie, for the season, was the chicken pot pie I made for dinner last night!  Delicious!  We'll be polishing off this plate tonight, I'm sure!  Mmmmm..  I think I'll start making some biscuits to go with it!

Thanks so much to Rebecca for hosting Tag Tuesday
and thanks to everybody for visiting with me today!