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