Sunday, February 26, 2017

ART FROM THE ROAD: Sunday Postcard Art (02-26-17)

I am sorry to have missed last week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge, but I was sicker than I have been in years and just was not able to participate. I am much improved this week, so have given the Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week a try! Jenn is our host this week and she has chosen BUTTERFLIES as the challenge theme. I have broadened that theme to include dragonflies here.

I began by rubbing several shades of blue from my Distress Ink "mini's" onto my craft mat, then spraying with water. I dragged a 4x6" piece of white cardstock (because I wanted a mat finish) through the wet ink. I dried that with my heat tool, then repeated the process with Squeezed Lemon but this time adding less color and water. Once that second layer was dry, I stamped my dragonfly using Salty Ocean then added my dragon text using Archival Jet Black. Both stamps are from Stampotique Originals. Finally, I added Wink of Stella (clear) to the wings and body of my dragonfly to a bit of shimmer and shine! The text stamp is a bit difficult to read on the scanned version so you can read it here...





Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you will take some time this week to play along with this fun art challenge. You can find the details here.

Cheers!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

ART FROM THE ROAD: Take A Word Challenge (02-12-17)

The Take A Word challenge this week is also following the Valentine theme--and appropriately so! In this case, I used a piece of 12x12 wedding designer paper for my background and then enlarged, printed, and trimmed a digital image (Gibson Girl) from The Graphics Fairy.


I hope you will carve out some time this week to play along with this Take A Word challenge! 

Thanks for stopping by and also for taking a moment to leave a comment. Both are important to me!

Cheers!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

ART FROM THE ROAD: Sunday Postcard Art (02-12-17)

Stacy is our host this week at the Sunday Postcard Art site and she has chosen Vintage Romance as the challenge, so appropriate as we near Valentine's Day this week.

I have chosen the paper/scissors/glue approach for my postcard with just a bit of inking around the edges to finish it. Grooms seem mostly to be an afterthought in weddings nowadays, so I decided to make the groom the focus of my work here.


Thanks for your visit today and for taking a moment to leave a comment. Both serve as inspiration to me. If you would like to be inspired and play along this week, you can find the details here.

Cheers!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

ART FROM THE ROAD: The Three Muses Challenge (02-08-17)

Wednesday is the day that The Three Muses Challenge is posted and this week's theme is MOON. 

The stamp I have used is called Son and the Moon and is by stamp designer Carol Porter. You can check out Carol's stamps here. I have used this stamp before but in a very different context. This one is about possibilities! Imagine, if you will, that before there was a Man in the Moon there was a little boy dreaming of becoming that man! The text stamp is by Stampers Anonymous.


Thanks for coming by today and for taking a moment to leave a comment. Both are appreciated!

Cheers!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

ART FROM THE ROAD: Take a Word Challenge (02-05-17)

This is my second go-around with the Take a Word Challenge, and I am following their word theme of FRIENDS. 

This is a simple piece of art that I will add to a card blank and send off to a friend. I began with a scrap of paper mounted on black cardstock. I first stamped my focal image ("Little Friends" from Stampotique Originals) directly onto my scrap of paper. I also stamped it onto a second scrap of paper and cut it out. I needed something to anchor the friends so they didn't appear to be flying, so I used a partial strip of a sticky border (from Stick-A-Bilities) and placed it over their feet in the first image. I then adhered the second image over the first so their feet seem to be standing on the chevron border. The text strip (Tim Holtz' idea-ology "Small Talk") finished off the piece.

It seems that I like working with monochromatic colors so there may be a pattern evolving here!


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Saturday, February 4, 2017

ART FROM THE ROAD: Sunday Postcard Art (02-05-17)

Today's art comes to you from California, where we are currently camping literally on the edge of the Colorado River!

Tricia is our host this week at the Sunday Postcard Art challenge and she has chosen ORIENTAL as the theme. Although rugs always come to mind when I hear the adjective oriental, it is correct to use it to describe things from the Orient, but never people!

For my postcard today, I have chosen a 4" x 6" piece of Asian-inspired patterned paper. The strip across the bottom is gold, as are the outer edges of the flower.


The quote is a Chinese proverb. China once had an Emperor but, today, Japan is the only country that does. 

I hope you can find some time this week to join Tricia and the rest of us at the Sunday Postcard Art site to get creative. You can fine the details here.

Thanks for coming by today and for taking just a moment to leave a comment. Both are important to me!

Cheers!


Thursday, February 2, 2017

ART FROM THE ROAD: The Three Muses Challenge (02-01-17)

The challenge this week at The Three Muses Challenge blog is BLACKBIRD. I can think of no more interesting a blackbird than the raven...which naturally leads to Edgar Allan Poe!

I used two digital images (so unlike me) as well as a strip of washi tape and computer-generated text to create this piece of art:



Thanks for coming by today and for taking a moment to leave a comment. Both are sources of inspiration for me!

Cheers!

ART FROM THE ROAD: Take a Word Challenge (01-29-17)

I happened upon a new art challenge site this week and I got hooked immediately on the word WORD! It is called Take a Word. While themes are generally words, this week happens to be a color challenge: black, white and a touch of red.

One of my favorite stamps is from Stampotique Originals and is called Frida Grande. Frida is beautiful in black and white alone, but easy to add red to her hair bow, her jewelry, her lips or, in this case, the neckline of her dress and lips! The background is a script stamp, also from Stampotique Originals, and is called Vintage Script.




If you love challenges (and words!), come check out the Take a Word site here.

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Cheers!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

ART FROM THE ROAD: Sunday Postcard Art (01-29-17)

Rosie is hosting the Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week, and she has chosen SEPIA as her challenge! I love creating in sepia, or rather creating and then turning it into sepia using my Photoshop software!!

Here, I have used a tried-and-true technique using Gesso to create my background. I cut two 4x6" substrates from white cardstock and applied a thick coat of Gesso to one of them. I pressed them together and massaged them with my fingers to move the Gesso around. When I pulled them apart, I had two unique substrates from which to choose. You can use any colorant (spray inks in this case) to add the desired color(s). 

My images were stamped on white cardstock, as well, and fussy cut and then adhered to my substrate. My text was created and printed on my computer and printer.




I hope you will find some time this week to play along with those of us who have come to love the Sunday Postcard Art challenge. You can find the details here.

Thanks for stopping by today and for taking just a moment to leave a comment so that I will know you were here!

Cheers!




Tuesday, January 24, 2017

ART FROM THE ROAD: Sunday Postcard Art (01-22-17)

The Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week is brought to us by Jopke from The Netherlands. She is an established artist and you can find some of her wonderful videos here. Jopke challenges us to use circles on your postcard! A rather simple request, it seems, but I want to make it a bit more interesting by tossing in a word totally new to my vocabulary. 

The title of my postcard here is PONDER THE PERIGON! A perigon is an angel obtained by rotating a half line in the same plane once around the point from which it extends. 


SAY WHAT?  

A simpler definition would be a round angle. Simpler still, a full circle!



If you would like to join our CIRCLE of friends at Sunday Postcard Art, you will find the challenge details for this week here.

Thanks for coming by today and for taking a moment to leave a comment. Both are important to me!

Cheers!