Friday, April 26, 2019

Cosmic Penguin does the Spectacular StencilGirl® Squared Off Swap Hop

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"Don't wait for the stars to align.
 Reach up and rearrange them the way you want"

The most terrifying part of this was once I began cutting there was no turning back. I knew I wouldn't have any extra pieces to fall back on if something should go horribly wrong. I must have looked at the pieces of paper for several days, letting them "speak to me" before proceeding.

Then I began cutting...
telling myself to breathe....have faith...
The stenciled squares that were given to me came from 

And lo and behold the Cosmic Penguin was born. Once he appeared I had one of my moments where I knew the universe was leading me somewhere and I know that you must sit back and just enjoy the ride. Now, you may ask: why did I think something was going on? It's because I don't normally draw penguins, as cute as they are they are not one of my spirit animals that I am drawn to
...but the riddle will soon be solved.

Here's where I thought I was in BIG trouble.
This part happened so fast that no pictures were taken but I can try and walk you through my mental state of being. Please keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times. This could get bumpy.

The conundrance began when it came to the background. I was drawn to the stark whiteness of it, it made the whole piece feel very modern and very pop art to me but I was too worried it would be considered plain and unfinished ( seriously worried about this for several days! 😕 ) then, I thought maybe a textured white background would make it work.That will solve everything!!  I grabbed modeling paste, glitter paint and gesso and went to town, it was a frenzy of texturizing going on, splattering and mixing my art ingredients somewhat like a mad scientist in a 50's movie!! Now I decided that the all white textured background was the worst possible thing I could have done so now what? Oh did I mention I've already glued ALL MY FREAKING PIECES down? 
I calmly and carefully painted black around the penguin and the planets.
And now I hated it. It sat on my art desk...staring at me...

Now, I'm all about the universe talking to me all the time and if I would just sometimes get out of my own way and just listen then solutions usually present themselves so I turned off the studio spare bedroom light and walked away went to bed...but that's usually where my best thinking happens. For some people it's the shower, for me it's that moment right before I fall asleep that the problem resolves itself and out of the bed I pop...this time grabbing my Spirit Animal guide book from my night stand and I looked up penguins which I thought was ludicrous, a penguin as a spirit guide? 
(I'm such a spirit guide snob, lol ) 
But whatever universe, I'm listening...and....reading.

" You have everything you need inside you and in front of you to have a good life, so always keep that in mind."

Now if you do any kind of interpretive work you know you that you aren't suppose to translate anything in a literal sense but have an ebb and flow for what's written according to what's going on in real life. So this one sentence really stuck out, I mean I wasn't looking to find anything earth shattering revelation but it seemed to fit. So I went back to my canvas and took another look at my bumpy black background and decided, if everything is here then don't add to it, but take away from it so that's what I did. 

With a small piece of sandpaper I began sanding around each planet and the results just don't show up here but the glitter that had been mixed in with the gesso just pops and gives a stellar background!
( pun intended )

and now I love it!

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Go native - go wild!

I'm embarrassed to say that for the majority of my life spent gardening I did not focus on what I was putting in my garden or as to how it effected the environment. I am guilty of buying hybrid-plants, using pesticides and avoiding just about all insects as much as humanly possible. In the last 5 years I have begun buying and planting native plants as much as possible and I stopped using pesticides. Having a pollinator garden may not be as showy as a cultivated garden but I have learned to appreciate the sound of the bees, to pull weeds by hand and to proudly explain to every person who strolls by my garden the names of all the native plants and hopefully make a convert along the way.
***full confession...I'm still not fond of bugs, but I don't kill them any more, unless they are in the house and then all bets are off...just saying, I'm far from perfect! lol ***

One way as artists to recycle is by taking our art supplies and looking way outside the box to find other ways to use something that you might not normally think of. The flowers and the bees all came from a rather Christmas theme die but you wouldn't know it if I didn't tell you! The flowers, stems and circle shapes are easy to pick out of the set but can you 
guess what the bees are made from? 
(the pine for the body, circle for the head and the wings are the tips of the flower stems)

Arnold Grummer medium pour hand mold 
Arnold Grummer Design it Yourself Spiral notebook 
Stampendous Build a Wreath Cutting Die Set
Stampendous mica
Rubbermoon stamps
StencilGirl Tea Cup stencil

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Monday, September 3, 2018

For the love of paper!

Howdy everyone out there in blogger land, hope you are doing well and staying cool! I've been absent for awhile but oh so busy arting and one of the things I have been up to is making paper by hand. I'm back on the Arnold Grummer design team so be ready to be submersed in some awesome papermaking.

Out in the garage...errr...."Paper Studio" with Stefanie - Oakmother's Handmade Paper 

Technique to try out:
"The origin of the water part of a watermark can be found back when a watermark was something that only existed in paper, at that time the watermark was created by changing the thickness of the paper and thereby creating a shadow/lightness in the watermarked paper. This was done while the paper was still wet/watery and therefore the mark created by this process is called a watermark."

Stefanie uses a dip method creating paper with her handmade deckles, which means she dips her deckle into a vat of paper pulp.

 We both watched the Arnold Grummer video before joining up to make paper so we each had an idea of what we wanted to try out. Stefannie had a plethora of ideas to experiment with.

She used a hot glue gun to create one of her signature Oak leaves with. 

It did pretty well but she said the glue lifted a little after being in the water . 

Next she tried the wire method of twisting wire together to form a shape and the sewing it to the screen. 

In hindsight she noticed that the "stem" to the leaf was too thick and that she wished she had clipped off one of the wires instead of twisting them together.

However, a little patting down while the pulp was still wet and the problem was fixed.

Now I only played with the plastic lettering and mine is much more G rated, lol but please do visit the Arnold Grummer blog to see what I created.

Friday, July 20, 2018

It's been a couple of weeks since I last posted but I was preoccupied with testing and debugging my next set of stencils to be released in September. (insert big woo hoo here, lol ) I did do some art journaling but didn't post them like I should. I've gotten lazy and been putting things on IG, so anyway, for anyone not following me on IG or ya go :)
linking up with
Paint Party Friday

STILL trying to adjust to a new video editing program, but it's been a tough transition. I still prefer my old one...sigh...old dogs, new tricks, blah,blah, blah...

Monday, June 11, 2018

Prompt want me to do what?? a page out of your journal and take it outside...

do what??

oh you mean to take a picture of it?
(shakes head no) admire it outside?
(shakes head no)

Looks around...

to leave it just ...outside?
(nods yes)

no no no no no no no NO...I won't...
OK, I'll tuck it in my birdcage that sits outside on my balcony, I think I can handle that...

So yeah, that was my reaction today to the second prompt on the challenge, lol 

Linking up to
Paint Party Friday

Thursday, June 7, 2018

prompt 1 for #thestencilfiedjournal

Been making LOTS of art with my new stencils,
 this has been such an exciting time for me, to become a stencil designer. 💗💗💗
I know I become over-excited so I'll try and curtail my enthusiasm by just saying, if you want to see all my art journal pages you can visit my IG page. I even learned how to post an IG widget on my sidebar of my blog showing recent posts.

 I am also playing along with the #thestencilfiedjournal which gives you a prompt each week for 16 weeks, this weeks prompt are circles. I used the gears stencil for my circles over an old mono-printed back ground and then just doodled the heck out of it with miniature circles and dots.

Linking up my circle play in

Friday, May 25, 2018


So, I don't know what rock I've been hiding under but I never heard of #MerMay before and I love mermaids!! So, knowing my record for lack of finishing a monthly draw a day goal, I'll give this a shot and see how far I get. Again, doing it on my iPad using Sketchbook and the prompts:

I put the "prompt" out there, you'll just have to give it a go as to where I took it..sometimes to a whole unrecognizable level, lol But in my head there was a idea/story attached....just trust me on that. 😜

#1 Snooty 

#2 Precocious

#3 Racy

#4 Star Wars 

#5 fluid

#6 Rocked

#7 Pirate

#8 Masculine

#9 Wander

#10 Sweetheart

#11 Rebel

#12 strange

OK, so I peaked at the Mer-nana, lol I just have to admit I don't do well at drawing the same subject matter day in and day out, but I did learn some new features and how to use them on my iPad so I still think it's a win!
Linking up to Paint Party Friday