Monday, August 18, 2014

Blog hop fun!

A couple of weeks ago I was asked by the creative and kind Robyn of Faith Miner's Daughter to join a blog hop. Robyn and I met through a Facebook group called Flying Lessons, a group designed to bring together people who have participated in Kelly Rae Roberts' Flying Lessons e-course. You can check out Robyn's lovely paintings, cards, and jewelry in her Etsy shop. Thanks for asking me to blog hop, Robyn!

The blog hop works like this- I will answer 4 questions in this post about my creative process. Then, I will introduce you to some other artists who will answer the same questions next Monday, the 25th, on their blogs. Here goes!

Q: How does my creative process work?

A: I try to create everyday. Sometimes I sit down at the table having no idea of what I will work on. I'll look through materials and maybe they will spark an idea. If not I'll grab some materials and just starting making- painting, gluing, embroidering, whatever. Sometimes the ideas come after I am already in the act of making. And sometimes no ideas come! Sometimes I just make stuff and I don't like any of it! But I think that is essential because everything builds on what came before. It's inevitable that I make stuff I don't like. And even though it can be frustrating to feel like nothing is working or that I'm not liking anything I try to remember that it's still an important part of the process. Other times, I'll be in the middle of working on a series or exploring an idea or technique and when I get to the table I know I'll want to work on that. Often, ideas come quickly and I'll jump from one project to another idea then to a different project. Most times, I have a bunch of things in the works at once.

Q: How does my work differ from others?

A: I think everyone's work is unique. I think that my work does have a certain look to it or style but I'm not sure if I can pinpoint exactly how it is different from the work of other artists.  I use papers, watercolors, acrylics, pencils, colored pencils, glitter, embroidery, and stamping in a lot of my work- just like a lot of other artists. I guess it differs because I make my work and not anyone else!

Q: What am I working on now?

A: I'm working a bunch of different things! I'll attach some photos to give you an idea:

Q: Why do I do what I do?

A: I make art because it is my passion. Aside from being with the people I love, there is nothing that I enjoy more. I love working with my hands to explore color, texture, and composition in a totally non verbal right brained sort of way. I love using art to help me explore the workings of my head and heart. I love how art can keep me in the moment (something that I often struggle with!).  I love how art can facilitate not only self expression but also learning and healing. And I love how fun it is to get lost in the making, to get messy, and to play!

Now to introduce you to some great artists who will share their answers to these questions next Monday.

**In her own words- Anjuli Johnson is a mixed media artist from Raleigh, North Carolina. She is self taught and is constantly experimenting with different art forms and techniques, which come together in her artwork to form truly unique pieces. Anything from quilling to painting, encaustic to polymer clay are combined to form abstract pieces that often have deep symbolic and personal meaning. It's been a struggle for her to overcome her fear and allow herself to try new things and take big risks, but her main goal has been to push the boundaries of her comfort zone as far as she can. It expands a little with each new and scary opportunity.

Anjuli is all over social media! Please check out her blog, website, Etsy shop, Facebook page or even check her out on Twitter! She has such a variety of lovely works in many different mediums.

**Next up is Karen Duvel Campbell. Karen teaches primarily kids ages 4 and over but also does a lot of her own mixed media artwork including custom "playful pieces" mostly with acrylics. Karen says her favorite thing to draw and paint are whimsical faces, you can find a whole tab on her website dedicated to these whimsical faces! Check out Karen's website, blog, Facebook page,  and Etsy shop. Her shop is filled with prints, shirts, originals, jewelry, cards, and posters! That's quite a range of products! I especially love the necklaces, like this one.

Next Monday check out both Karen and Anjuli's blogs to read the answers to their questions and to find out who they will feature! Blog hops are such a nice way to bring people together, share our art, and support each other. I'm glad I participated.

Shared to Creative Every Day! xoxo

Friday, August 15, 2014

A look back

I spent most of this week out at the lake antique hunting and wedding planning. We found some great decorations at the antique show for our wedding (pictures to come in another post) and some dining room chairs! I also had a surge of wedding related energy and got a lot of little things done- groomsmen and bridesmen (my brothers are going to be my bridesmen) ties, bridesmaid gifts, emails with the caterer, more planning with the florist, and I ordered potential wedding shoes (fingers crossed!!). Finding shoes has been a bit difficult but I ordered three pairs from DSW the other day hoping one of them will work!! Good thing is is that DSW has free shipping and then I can just return whatever doesn't work at the local store, no money lost.

Anyway, I did have a bit of time to do some art making but haven't taken many pictures. I thought it would be fun to take a look back. To show you a couple of pictures of what I was making 3 years ago around this time, 2 years ago around this time, and what I was making last year around this time. And happy Paint Party Friday. I hope to make it around to visit more posts this week as compared to last week. Keep up all of the great art making and sharing Everyone!

2011- into watercolors and embroidery

2012- into acrylics and embroidery

2013- into collage

Hope you enjoyed this look back. It's fun to see how our process and interests evolve, isn't it? Happy Paint Party Friday everyone!


Monday, August 11, 2014

Back at the lake

We came up to the lake again yesterday. It was a beautiful day so we did some swimming and sunning. A lot of my nieces and nephews are here so we got some good hang out time with them too. There is a really big antiques show near here starting this week and Tyler and I are going to go today. I love going to this show, it's MASSIVE and so fun to look around and find things. You have to have time and patience though! I'm especially excited this year because I'm hoping to find things for our new apartment and some wedding decorations. I'll let you know if I find any goodies.

I put a few wall hangings up in my shop the other day. It made me want to get back into making them! Especially autumn themed ones.
I also had some fun with simple image transfers over the weekend. I cut up photographs of mine that I had printed on printer paper and some magazine and book pages, put mod podge on the side with the image, laid it down on the surface I was working on, used a brayer to make sure that it adhered, let it sit for a minute or two then pulled it off, revealing a cool looking transfer! Very fun.
I'm going to check in over at Creative Every Day then get ready for the antiques show. Have a great day! xo

Friday, August 8, 2014

A busy but good week

We've been getting a lot done this week, which feels great. Tyler got his wedding suit fitted and we bought his wedding ring- two big things on our list! I think I've found sweet little dresses for some of the flower girls and I hope to purchase them today. My mom is graciously working on getting a bus to shuttle people to and from the ceremony and reception. AND we signed a lease on a new apartment and will move in a couple of weeks!!!! Yay! The apartment is a lovely two bedroom in a nice old house in a great and quiet neighborhood. I'm so excited. We celebrated signing the lease with champagne and shish kabobs.
I haven't had too much time to be in the studio this week but I did get in there last night for a few hours. I finally finished wonky circles #2 and I'm digging it.

I also finished another piece, inspired by spring (even though it's summer). Like the wonky circles, I think this one as well might lead to some other similar pieces. We'll see.

I've already got a few glittery circles lined up for the next projects :)
I hope you all have a great weekend and happy Paint Party Friday!


Monday, August 4, 2014

Crunch Time

Alright, our wedding is two months from yesterday. October 3rd. It's approaching fast and this last week I've been starting to worry about all that we have yet to do to get ready. Not only are we in wedding crunch time but we are also interviewing for jobs and looking for apartments (we may have found one, fingers crossed!) We do have a wedding checklist and we are chipping away at it but I just feel overwhelmed! Anyone have any favorite tips or tricks to reduce pre wedding stress? I couldn't fall asleep last night, which is not like me, so I went into the studio for a couple of hours. I had started working on an idea over the weekend and I took it a few steps further last night. A couple pics:

Just a short post today- need to go over my wedding checklist before apartment stuff this afternoon. My mind is spinning!!


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Friday, August 1, 2014

Wonky Circles #2

I'm almost finished with my 2nd wonky circles piece. I'm having fun with these, and it's getting me back into embroidering on my work which I haven't done much of in a while.

Hopefully I get to the last of the embroidery today. I've been feeling a bit under the weather this week but, so far, it feels like today will be different. Aside from not feeling well it's been a good news week. I got a part time job as an after school art teacher (which I'm very excited about), I received news that a bunch of pieces of my art are going to be published in a magazine- which is sooo thrilling, and I made another sale of note cards on Etsy! I am very grateful for all of these things. Very grateful.


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