Thursday, February 4, 2016

Busy Girl Water Color

One of the things I've been really enjoying lately is pulling out one of the many craft books I've bought over the years and working through some of the projects. 

It's a lot like having a personal (book) shopper who knows my taste really, really well. And I LOVE learning new things; something that (I think) can only really be accomplished through practice and taking some risks creatively.

This is my current project from Danielle Donaldson's book:








Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Daily Drawing ChallengePart Three: Drawings 21-31


I did all 31 days of drawing in January!

Some were good, some not so good, some downright embarrassing but the habit was WONDERFUL and the practice really pushed my skills forward. So, hooray!

Now I'm going through my book and am art journaling over the pages I am not fond of. It's a terrific way to already have personal marks and writing to my art journal pages from the very base layer. 

I think doing this challenge in my mixed-media journal is turning out to be a stroke of genius ;-)












(Don't mind this one, I was sick in bed with the stomach flu. Not exactly conducive to steady hands, creativity or giving a damn.)




Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Showing My Work at Starbucks


You can see a collection of my art at the Murray and Scholls Starbucks in Beaverton,
 Oregon for the month of February.

*SQUEAL*



Friday, January 29, 2016

Quilted Coffee Sleeves

Coffee Sleeves... I think I've made a billion of them. LOL.
I'm that lady who sees a friend reach for the cardboard ones and says, "oh no dear." and slides a pretty one onto their cup.

And it's not really entirely for environmental reasons - although that's a huge perk - it's because they are soft and beautiful.


Coffee is pretty much the greatest plant based item on the planet (yes, I'm suggesting it's better than chocolate) and I want to make it as pleasing as possible. 

So at home that means my favorite mug and out in the wild I need a pretty sleeve. Otherwise where's the artistry? The sense of occasion? The celebration?

But, My husband was NOT loving the sleeve I always put on his cup when we're out together.  This probably had something it do with the fact I'd made it a zillion years ago with this fabric pack:


He requested one that, "was more metal".  His words, not mine. So I made a trigonometry and skulls 'more metal' one. What do you think?


Front
 

Inside

If I was any sort of blogger I would have procured a coffee cup to show the sleeve properly but that would have cut into my crafting time and you know how I feel about that.


Plus my readers have GREAT imaginations.


 As this is a very old, long-standing sewing project I won't rehash the instructions. I do use Insul-Bright  instead of batting inside mine as it's terrific at keeping the heat in my cup.

And I've used this pattern as long as I can remember but you can also trace a cardboard sleeve and add a seam allowance.




Thursday, January 28, 2016

Daily Drawing ChallengePart Two: Drawings 11-20

Here's the next set of drawings from the month of January.











Are you doing any challenges this month? Link me up, I'd love to hear about them.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Daily Drawing Challenge: 31 Things to Draw at Creative Bug

My dear friend, Lori turned me on to Creative Bug and I can't say I've got a bigger kick out of a site in a long, long time.

I jumped right in on Lisa Condon's Daily Drawing Challenge: 31 Things to Draw and have been having quite a blast trying this whole drawing thing out. 

See, I don't draw. I collage. I paint. I don't do the thing with the pen on the white paper and the straight lines that when put together actually look like something we can all recognize. 

But they don't call it a challenge for nothing, right?

Here are my first ten. As you can see, there are varying amounts of success and I broke down and used my beloved Kuretake Fude Real Brush Pen, Clean Color, 48 Set on more than a few of them.

May I say, just going straight at it with pen is terrifying. I am very attached to using my pencil and eraser until it's 'just so' and then going OVER it with pen. This balls-out, just go for it attitude of line-drawers is really pretty bold. Hats off to you folks.