Read new post, Mixed Media Monday 1-26-15, here.
ON MY NEEDLES
Nothing current, but I plan to change that very soon, like within the next hour or so. Yep, you heard it first from me, Tulips are finished, but you’ll have to tune in again on Friday to see the finished product. Mark your calendar. 📅😉
SAY IT AIN’T SO
My close to constant companion for the past several years (besides Mr. iknead), my trusty 160 gig iPod Classic fell ill the end of last week. 😱😭💔 It hasn’t been diagnosed as terminal – yet. Both Mr. iknead and I tried about a 1000 times over the next two days to resuscitate it with no success and I finally gave up and took it to You Break I Fix on Sunday afternoon for a diagnosis. I’m not handling it well. Seriously. I wish I was kidding. Here’s why it’s been traumatic: Apple discontinued the 160 gig Classic in 2009; this means that to fit all my data, I’ll need to buy five new iPods. That’s what I said, FIVE new iPods to house the 2000 or so songs and a couple hundred audiobooks. The guy at the repair shop seemed to think it could be fixed, I hope he’s right.
I’m excited about starting My Antonia. I’m really kind of surprised I’ve never read it before. Once again, my library rocks!
If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it. Andy Rooney
A look at two of my latest projects –
Stencils, stamps both hand carved and bought, stickers, die cuts, inks, book paper, doodads, buttons, beads, acrylic paint, copics
Just about everything but the kitchen sink!
Stamps, die cuts, book paper, card stock, acrylic paint, stencil, paper flowers, beads
I’m loving my BigKick die cutter!
*My Own Mixed Media
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Unfortunately, I’ve been sidelined these last few days with what started as a cold and then deteriorated into bronchitis. I finally gave in to it yesterday and went to the doctor. With the heavy duty cough syrup and antibiotic she prescribed, I should be on the mend soon. You know I was sick – I didn’t pick up my knitting needles or paintbrushes all day yesterday, sleeping most of the day away.
MY OWN MIXED MEDIA
Before my cold hit like a ton of bricks, I painted this background, getting ready for 2015’s first project.
Watercolor on wet journal paper, Dylusions large art journal
I did some playing around with my new Big Kick die cutter – which I love, by the way – using some fabric scraps I had lying around. I’m drawn to leaf shapes at the moment and here’s what they morphed into:
Cotton fabric, die cut leaf shapes, glued onto bristol artist tile, distress ink
Playing around with the size and arrangement.
Learn to listen. Opportunity could be knocking at your door very softly. Frank Tyger
I’m a tiny bit late posting for Mixed Media Monday, the Iknead family has been on the go since a few days before the Christmas holiday until today, such a blessed, busy time. We had a wonderful Christmas; but with the grands and the kids, I’m not sure it could have been anything else! Santa was extra nice, apparently we’ve all been very good this year and I have the pictures to prove it!
My son in law is the only person I’ve ever known to ask for cheese for Christmas. Really. If you’re wondering, it’s a Stilton he’s so excited about.
Sorry Babydiva! No pics because you have your back turned on them all. Every. Single. One.
MY OWN MIXED MEDIA
Book paper, fabric, stains, card stock, die cuts, wood heart doodad
Ooh, ooh, ooh! I scored a Big Shot die cutter at half price at Michael’s yesterday!!
He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough. Lao Tzu
I’ve been busy the past few days working on the cover for my 2015 Documented Life art journal and looking forward to using an actual journal made just for that. I’ve been using the smaller version and loving it. Sooooo much better than the spiral bound notebook I’ve been using! Here is a journal post using the smaller one and a look at what I’ve done so far on the larger journal’s cover. I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings!
*My own mixed media
Stamps, purchased and handmade, hand drawn and colored flowers, inks, die-cuts, stencils
Acrylic paint, inks, stencils, stamps, an ATC and a cut-out
I’m thinking of a more restrained approach for the larger journal cover.
This week’s prompt, week 52, is holiday traditions. The first tradition that came to mind was our tree, so that’s where I started.
Inks, copic marker, found hand drawn star and punched red and green cardstock circles
I like it so far.
I don’t know where that white circle came from.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without sharing these:
The Papoose and Sprout
Babydiva and Babymama decorating cookies.
Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens. Epictetus
M x 4
Monochromatic Mixed Media Monday – I think all those M sounds are called alliteration. See Mrs. Smith! I’ve not forgotten ALL of what you taught me in high school English. I think it sounds pretty neat. OK, moving on. This is what I’ve been working on these past few days –
Fabric scraps, hand drawn flowers, feather, stencil, vintage blueprint, diecuts, playing card, handcarved stamps, purchased stamp, black acrylic paint, spray ink and assorted doodads
I like the vintagey, grungy look of this one – how ’bout you?
An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity. A pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity. Winston Churchill
MY OWN MIXED MEDIA (MOMM)
I’m so happy and excited to have started my new Dylusions art journal. After using an spiral notebook with lined, not mixed media or watercolor paper, the mixed media paper is such a treat! Not having to prep my pages with gesso before starting work is awesome – more spontaneous I suppose. I love everything about this journal! Here are the first two projects:
Book paper, Distress stains mustard seed and crushed olive, blue jean and barn door
pitt pen, assorted gel pens
This particular journal is the smallest one, the pages measure 5×8 inches. I have the larger one also, I plan to get started painting the cover sometime this week. The first cover was just a warm-up! 🎨😺 Blank pages are sooooooo exciting!
The dream is over…
I was the Dreamweaver
But now I’m reborn
I was the Walrus
But now I’m John.
(If you missed out on the beginning of this project, you can catch up here.)
14. Hand drawn and painted flowers
15. Grunge heart stamp – silver
16. Pink acrylic paint splatters
17. Light teal acrylic paint splatters
19. First part of wonky frame done with white paint pen
20. More pink acrylic paint splatter
I think this cover is very close to being finished. I need to decide if it’s finished or not, I can always add a little more of “this or that.” Feel free to comment, do you think it’s finished???
Nope, not finished yet.
21. Wonky frame complete on front.
Finished (for now) I haven’t decided whether or not to wonky frame the back.
The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes. William James
ON MY NEEDLES
*MOMM ART JOURNAL COVER
Remember Monday’s post about this journal cover? If you don’t, you can refresh your memory here. It’s made more than a little progress since then –
I added more layers today. Here’s a list, in order of appearance:
2. Light violet acrylic paint brushed on
3. Anna’s Acrylic Craft Paint, Heather, sponged on
4. Anna’s Acrylic Craft Paint, Royal Fuchsia, sponged on
5. Black acrylic paint, randomly applied with my finger
6. White acrylic paint, randomly applied with my finger
7. Green acrylic paint, randomly applied with finger, which immediately turned into some totally disgusting urine yellow color
8. Book paper torn into scraps and applied with matte medium to cover as much of the above mentioned yellow color as possible and allowed to dry
9. Distress Ink in Dusty Concord, dabbed and blended
10. Distress Ink in Seedless Preserves, dabbed and blended
11. Stencils, iridescent white acrylic paint
12. Stencils, iridescent pink acrylic paint
13. Stencils, iridescent green paint
If not otherwise specified, all acrylic paint is Artist’s Touch, from Hobby Lobby.
Stay tuned – more layers to follow!
I finished a great book yesterday, Family Pictures by Jane Green, good enough to keep me reading for most of two days. No spoilers here, sorry. Bigmommy loaned me one during our visit last week, Jodi Picoult’s The Storyteller. I don’t usually read her books, I don’t enjoy the kid with the disease of the week stories, even with happy endings, but this one has a Holocaust storyline, switching back and forth between past and present voices, more like historical fiction and I’m enjoying it very much. Check these two out if they sound like they might be your cup of tea.
PLEASE, PLEASE MEME (sorry, overcome by Beatles lyrics for a second)
I’ve started a new Wednesday meme, Whatcha Workin’ On? Wednesday, open to all artists/crafters and I’d love for you to add your link below to spread the craftlove. All I ask is that you link back here to further spread the sunshine. Just one more thing – If Mr.Linky isn’t working, please let me know. Thanks!
*My Own Mixed Media
It’s a funny thing about life. If you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it. William Somerset Maugham
MY OWN MIXED MEDIA aka MOMM
I’ve become obsessed with Artist Trading Cards and the idea behind them. Learn more about them here and here. I love their size, they lend themselves very well to all different types of media, watercolor, collage, stencil, stamps, you name it. I love that their size being what it is, every element or space needs to “count”, with the attitude of more bang for your buck or large works in a small space and I love the idea of trading cards with other artists, though I feel very shy about this for some reason right now. Here are a couple that I’ve completed recently.
ATC, Distress Stain, stamps, butterfly die cut, distressed edge
Corregated ATC, die cuts, key, word beads
Maybe today I’ll get more confident and sign up to trade. Loyal readers, anyone into ATCs?
Christmas projects continue on the knitting front and I’ve added some of my pottery to the mix. Being Christmas gifts, your imagination will have to suffice, but I’m excited about gifting them and isn’t that what gifting is all about?
What’s going to be on yours this Thanksgiving? Ours will hold a turkey, the requested every year english peas, mashed potatoes, broccoli cheese casserole and corn casserole. My Thanksgiving offerings will mostly be of the sweet persuasion, a raisin pie, something chocolate, snickerdoodle bread, and an apple slab thingy that I saw on the King Arthur Flour website that looks and sounds delicious. Ya know, we could cut to the chase and just cut out the turkey and broccoli but somehow, I don’t think that will happen. Does it show that I’m not a broccoli fan??
Deeds of kindness are equal in weight to all the commandments. Talmud
I’ve been a busy bee this past week. Besides my usual color/cut/paste fun, I’ve been trying my hand at carving my own stamps after watching a tutorial offered by The Documented Life ladies and enjoying it immensely. I love trying new stuff. Here’s a look at my first attempts –
I’ve been having a blast with some new inks and paints and I’m currently in love with Tim Holtz’s Distress Inks. These are my newest mixed media adventures:
Stamps, both purchased and handcarved, copic markers, Gelatos, Distress Inks, hand drawn and colored heart and flower cutouts, stencils
Tim Holtz Distress Inks, stamps, Gelato, downloaded image, handcarved stamp, peacock feather ribbon, stencil, random ticket die cut, hand drawn and colored flower
The newest pic of the newest grand –
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. Albert Camus