Thursday, March 23, 2017

Archetype: Spirit Animals ( Crow )

 I'm up on StencilGirls Throw Back Thrusday today and I picked the Three Crows stencil designed by Kimberly Baxter Packwood who was inspired by crows that played happily on the roof of her house. The crows gathered crabapples from the ground then flitted up to the roof where they dropped the crabapples just to watch them roll off the roof.

I created a small booklet that is inserted into my larger journal. The first crow was stenciled using ColourArte's shimmering Twinkling H20's watercolors and I just love all that shimmer and shine that shows through!

The middle insert talks about the crow as a spirit animal archetype. Mary Beth Shaw turned me onto this book: Art Journal Your Archetype: Mixed Media Techniques for finding yourself which I really loved because I learned so much about myself.
( And yes, you can find the awesome Mary Beth Shaw from StencilGirl in this book too! )

The next crow was created by tracing the image onto some cardstock which I then added some brown ink over it to distress it some and cut it out and glued it onto the paper. I really like the writing used as a grounding tool.

And as you can tell, I have been enjoying my manual typewriter too. It's been a lot of fun to insert my art and type my journaling. I'm sure you will be seeing more of this technique in my art and lots of typos too, lol

And yes, there are 3 crows on the stencil, I'm saving the third one as a surprise ;)
three crows stencil kimberly packwood

Hope you are having a wonderful day, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

February #ARTifact - Bearfootin' Bear

artifact an object made by a human being, typically an item of cultural or historical interest.
Cultural artifact, anything created by humans which gives information about the culture of its creator and users.

I am joining in on Seth Apter's #ARTifacts. It's a collaborative project for 2017 documenting adventures in art and since I have so much going on right now I figure this will be a great year to record. We are suppose to make a physical artist book to hold these memories so I am going to make a toilet paper cardboard tube booklet with removable tags.

This is my first time making one of these tube booklets and I was surprised how small it is... ( not sure why ) lol

StencilGirl stencils:
Decorative Filigree Ornament stencil, designed by Gwen Lafleur
Planner Spiral Notes 4 stencil by Mary Beth Shaw
ColourArte paint:

I have  am learning that it is harder to use a manual typewriter than I remember! Technology has once again spoiled me but I still love using it. The bottom portion of the tag is a bit messed up and I'll have to tape the tag to a sheet of paper next time instead of just sticking the tag into the platen.
( the cylindrical roller in a typewriter against which the paper is held )
I had to look that up :)

I have a little catching up to do, making the cover and making one for January but I think I'll be able to catch up quickly.

Visit HERE to see what everyone made for February, it's quite interesting :)

Monday, March 13, 2017

in between "stuff"

Daisy Mae is doing great, she still tries to eat the fringe on my afghan and is a real stinker about it. I am now foraging for her, picking fresh (pesticide free) grass for her and some violets. Her favorites are the white clover flowers but they haven't bloomed yet...soon Daisy Mae...soon.

We had a not so untypical snowfall the other day, that's life in the mountains, it was actually all melted by the afternoon. I love the pop of red from the Maple tree flowers against the snow.

Still chugging along on the Bearfootin' Bear, was very lucky to have had such warm weather to work on her outside for the last month and a half but that has not been the case these last few days. I do love however dressing her up for photoshoots since I am not allowed to post full pictures of my work until the big reveal.

And speaking of other things I'm not allowed to reveal, the Artscape of Hendersonville show coming up. Our artwork is going to be displayed on small banners hung from light posts throughout the city for a year. I can't wait to see where mine will be hung, AND I got picked by one of our local magazines to have an article posted about me...they even sent a photographer for a photo shoot...yikes! Nervous and excited about that, lol

So anyway, just thought I'd check in with you :)
So how ya doin'?
( said in best Joey voice from Friends )

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Spring Lamb - #ccbchallenge


I am sure that wherever you live there will be an abundance if new births come springtime, even flowers are re-born each year. I live close to the Carl Sanburg home and everyone really enjoys the baby goats born each spring, they even announce their birthing schedules!

 I recently did a video for my ColourArte team called Spring Lamb where you can see me draw and paint the lamb in my 7 Gypsies journal. I also adapted a Stencil Girl stencil that is intended as a rose but I used it as a sun :)
 ( One day I may actually use it as a rose, lol )

But for right now I am entering my art journal page over in the 

Spring officially arrives in 15 days although we've had springlike weather for the last month and already have daffodils blooming.