Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Peek in my Art Journal Returns!

This weekly feature has been gone for a while now.  I was starting to feel disappointed that week after week no one joined the link-up, but I have decided to continue sharing my work and progress.  I am not including the link-up this week, but it will return next week, with a small giveaway included.  

For now here is a page that I created this week.  I had colored a coloring sheet from Dover Publications a long time ago and always wanted to do something more to it.  So this week, I cut the coloring page into strips and wove them together in my journal.  I love the effect.
See you next week when I will ask to see what you have been creating and present a small giveaway.  Be creative every day!

Wordless Wednesday WIP: Lace Armlets

Friday, June 17, 2016

FO: Earbud Cozy

Pattern:  Easy Listening Earbud Covers
Yarn:  Rainbow-colored thread
Hook:  1.65mm steel hook (#7)

My husband and I recently bought new earbuds.  We both bought the same earbuds, same color, same style.  The thing is I get weird about putting other people's earbuds in my ears, so I needed to find a way to differentiate mine from his.  This pattern helped solve my little problem, and it couldn't have been easier!
To make my earbuds even more user friendly, I added green thread to the rainbow on the left earbud and purple thread to the rainbow on the right earbud.  I love them!
 Have you ever made an earbud cozy?  What do you think?

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Tips and Tricks: How to Make Doodle ATCs

Here's another installment of Tips and Tricks Tuesday.  I'd like to make this a regular feature on the blog some day.  Today I am going to show you how I made a series of 10 doodle ATCs, or Artist Trading Cards.

Step 1
Grab a sheet of white cardstock and randomly color it with markers.  I used my Chartpak Ad Markers, but any markers will work.
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Step 2
Start doodling with a pen color that will show over all the colors.  I used a black pen and some tangles from the Tangle Patterns website.  Cover the whole sheet of cardstock with the doodles.
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Step 3
Measure and cut the cardstock into 10 rectangles that measure 2.5" by 3.5". 

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Step 4
Protect the doodles with Mod Podge or a varnish and add artist information to the back of the ATCs.

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Voila.  You now have 10 beautiful doodle ATCs to share with friends or strangers.

 Do you make ATCs?  Do you doodle?
Have you ever made anything like this project?

Monday, May 30, 2016

Weekly Wrap-up (May 29, 2016)

Blog Posts
5/22/16:  W is for Watusee and Wiffles

5/23/16:  X is for Xeni

5/24/16:  Y is for Yoga

5/25/16:  Z is for Zedbra

5/29/16:  FO: April ATCs

Personal Stuff
I have an 18-year-old diabetic cat, and some weeks are very hard.  This has definitely been one of those weeks.  I won't go into detail; it's just been an emotionally draining week taking care of her.

Interesting Stuff I Found on the Internet
I haven't really had time to be on the internet this week.  I am so behind on reading all my blogs.  I'll catch up soon.  Promise.

Most Popular Instagram Post
My most popular Instagram post this week was my Y for the A to Z Challenge.

Link-ups I Participated in
Creative Every Day on Instagram
100 Days Project on Instagram
And I am finally finished up my A to Z challenge

How did your week go?

Sunday, May 29, 2016

FO: April ATCs

ATCs, or Artist Trading Cards, are small works of art that are made to be traded with other artists.  ATCs are the same size as baseball cards, 2.5" x 3.5", and every single one is completely different.  

Last month I participated in my first swap on Craftster, the Ongoing ATC Swap (here is a link to this month's swap).  I have wanted to sign up for a swap for a very long time, but I know that I am not always good with deadlines.  ATCs seemed like the perfect choice: small enough to create within a deadline.  Now I am addicted :)  I love making tiny little works of art and experimenting with new ideas and techniques.

During the April ATC swap, I created two cards.  The first was titled "Lord Shiva."  The person I made this card for listed two themes that I combined to make this card: gods and goddesses and collage.  I started by covering some cardstock with a page from an old book.  I then painted the page with acrylic paint.  Then I collaged an image of Lord Shiva (from a National Geographic story about a water park in India) and a yellow flower (also from a National Geographic).  Finally I added some gold  around the edges and glued a jewel over Shiva's third eye.
I made a little tangled notecard to send the ATC in.
The second ATC that I made in April was for a science fiction theme.  I checked out the swapper's Pinterest page and saw a board devoted to Doctor Who.  One of her pins was a Tardis necklace.  It was shaped like the Tardis and had neat circular designs cut out.  I tried to recreate it with paper, markers, paint and pens. 
I started this card with some water-soluble markers.  Then I painted over them with some pearlescent paint with smudged the markers a little and gave the whole card a blue hue.  I added details on top of the paint with gel pens, then varnished the whole thing to protect it.  I also make a cute Doctor Who themed notecard for this ATC.
Because I sent two ATCs, I also received two ATCs.  First I received an awesome drawing of a dolmen from Craftster member blupaisan.
I also received a sugar skull themed fabric ATC from audio.  It has little beads sewn on it.
I've signed up for the May ATC Swap and have already sent out 3 different ATCs.  Have you ever made ATCs?  Have you ever participated in a craft swap?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Z is for Zedbra

A to Z Challenge 2016:  Zentangle-Inspired Art
I will be tangling my way through the alphabet.  Zentangle is a form of abstract art formed from tangles: patterns of simple lines and curves.  A traditional Zentangle is drawn on a 3.5 inch square tile.  Since my art is in a larger format, it is Zentangle-inspired.  I will be using the list of tangles on to journey through a Zentangle-inspired alphabet this month.  Each day I will choose at least one tangle that is new to me.

Z is for Zedbra.  Finally the challenge is over!!