Some Artsy Projects-Flashbacks!

No Comments on Some Artsy Projects-Flashbacks!

August 24, 2016 at 12:37 pmCategory:Altered Projects | Art Journal | CARDS

IMG_7534

Here is another “flashback” blog post as I try to get caught up on all of the great posts that I never published. (hanging my head lol) Lots of inspiration and a few glimpses of the amazing artists of the Gotham City Paper & Paint Meetup Group!

 

IMG_7535

IMG_7536

IMG_7537

IMG_7538

IMG_7539

IMG_7542

IMG_7543

IMG_7544

IMG_7545

IMG_4365

IMG_4367

IMG_4368

IMG_4369

IMG_4370

IMG_4372

IMG_4373

IMG_7628

1st Event at Heidi’s Studio

No Comments on 1st Event at Heidi’s Studio

August 21, 2016 at 4:37 pmCategory:CARDS | CLASSES

IMG_7631

Yep, here is another oldie but goodie post…

These pictures were taken back in the Fall when we had the first event of the Gotham City Paper & Paint at our apartment. We were renting a space to get the group moving along and decided it was time to bring it home. This allows us more time, a chance for a spread of snacks and drinks and my art studio packed with supplies. Hope you enjoy this fun flashback! IMG_7632

IMG_7633

IMG_7634

IMG_7635

IMG_7637

IMG_7638

IMG_7639

IMG_7640

IMG_7641

IMG_7642

Artsy Fun!

1 Comment on Artsy Fun!

August 20, 2016 at 10:33 pmCategory:Altered Projects

IMG_7907

I made myself a promise (so to speak) to start writing three blog posts per week. Now, let’s see if I can hold true to that and make it happen. This post is packed with lots of past art to hopefully inspire you! I won’t spend the time to write about each one but please take some time to check out the pictures. You can leave a comment with any questions or leave some love! IMG_7909

IMG_7911

IMG_7912

IMG_7913IMG_7677

IMG_7682

IMG_7683

IMG_7769

IMG_8031

IMG_8032

IMG_8033

IMG_8066

IMG_8067

IMG_8078

IMG_8079

IMG_8107

January 2016 Artsy Creations

July 13, 2016 at 7:13 pmCategory:Art Journal

IMG_8125

This entry is an oldie but goody! Packed with lots of art and inspiration. As I am dusting off my blog, I am finding lots of things to send your way. Hope you don’t mind the late “vibe” of this stuff…

The first one is an art journal page that I created at the beginning of the year. Little did I know how TRUE this page would be. So far, 2016 has been packed with amazing moments & experiences! IMG_8126

The next two pictures are canvases that my 5th graders created! We were working on a unit in which we held really deep, intense conversations about slavery and equality for all people. They worked on these canvases to depict their thoughts on some of the texts we discussed! (deep stuff-love these kids)

***The blue papers were awaiting their essays!***IMG_8258

IMG_8260

The next few pictures are of faces that I created. I was inspired by the SKTCHY app-check it out! (it’s free)I love mixing paints and making faces that are “unrealistic” in their colors. I hope some of these pictures inspired you! Would love to hear your comments…IMG_8262

IMG_8263

IMG_8264

IMG_8269

IMG_8274

IMG_8275

Where have I been?

July 11, 2016 at 7:35 pmCategory:Healthy Journey

It has been a REALLY, REALLY long time…

No worries. All has been good. Just busy and unfortunately my art life went on the very far back burner.
What have I been up to?

1. Finishing my 21st (that is hard to even believe) year of teaching. This year has been one of the best. One of the hardest. The kids in my class were gifts to me. All of them. It was super busy as the year came to a close as we prepared for the 5th Grade graduation. What a special but very bittersweet day!

2. Jury. Duty. I am in the middle of dealing with that. Enough said.

3. I have been doing more reading. I have missed it. I grew up reading. My mom would take us to the public library all of the time. I love the smell of books. The feel of them. I joined a Book of the Month website that I am IN LOVE WITH! Check it out. I am currently reading BEFORE THE FALL and am gobbling it up!

4. On May 1st, Marty and I started a healthy journey to get our bodies back on track. After my dad passed away in 2010, my health fell apart. Coincidentally, it was at the beginning of May in 2011 that I started being healthy again. Watching what I put in my mouth and being more active. I lost so much weight and felt healthy. Last year, I went through something really hard and fell apart again. On May 1st, I realized that I was (for lack of a better description) a HOT MESS. When I make a decision to do something, I go at it 110%. It’s my personality! Since that date, I lost about 17 pounds. I am addicted to cute workout clothes to wear to Zumba, yoga and on walks. Something about wearing cute workout clothes gives me the kick I need to get active.

***I have been getting great workout clothes from FABLETICS! (I am in LOVE!) Click the link for my referral code.

***JourneySpace is my favorite place for Zumba & Yoga. Such a wonderful (non judgmental) community of people-both men & women. I was nervous when I went for the first time but have felt so comfortable and welcomed.

Are you curious about my weight loss progress?

This is how I looked on May 7th:

IMG_9661

July 2nd & July 9th:

IMG_9599

IMG_9658

IMG_9657

All This STUFF Art Journaling 101 Online Class with Heidi Bound

February 8, 2016 at 3:33 pmCategory:CLASSES

Wondering what to do with all of this art journaling stuff?
Overwhelmed by the choices and don’t know how to get started?
Do you consider yourself “experienced” but want some new ideas, tips & products for your toolbox?

Check out Heidi’s BRAND NEW Online Class-Only $25 for 10 Weeks of videos in a private online classroom.

Sign up is quick & easy with PayPal! (don’t have PayPal? Click the link and pay with a credit/debit card)




All You Need Is Love ATCs

January 22, 2016 at 8:00 amCategory:Altered Projects

IMG_6831

Interesting that I clicked on this post while this song was playing on my iPod. Coincidence?! I don’t think so! I created these little beauties for two different ATC swaps that I was participating in. They are so ME with the bright colors and touch of New York City.

IMG_6832

IMG_6833

Latest Art Journaling (from the Summer)

January 21, 2016 at 8:00 amCategory:Art Journal

IMG_6780

WOW! Why haven’t I shared these until now? Ok, no lame excuses…promise.

I never used to draw faces. I think there were something about them having to actually look like someone or look “real”. Marty told me that I just see things differently than other people and to embrace that. He’s right, I guess. The more I paint & draw what is in my mind, the better I like what I do.

The top picture is a sketch and continues to be a work in progress (yes, even now in January). I love finding interesting faces on an app called SKTCHY and seeing them through my own eyes.
IMG_6733

This drawing (above) came from a personal experience. It helped me deal with something I was going through as art always does for me. It also brought me back to when I was in 4th Grade. I remember being on this kick where I would draw these odd abstract palm trees all the time. Kind of strange from a kid that lived in Central PA and (at that point) hadn’t been anywhere where I would have seen a palm tree. The tops of the palm trees always looked like the hair on that kid that I drew. Funny how certain things come back.

IMG_6732This one was kind of a strange moment for me. One late night, I grabbed a Sharpie that was on my desk and this came out. There were no rules and no restrictions. This just happened. I am still not totally sure as to why but there is that “hair” again. I colored that face/hair with some chalks that Marty had picked up from Target.

IMG_6637

IMG_6638

I kept going with another very abstract face. Someone told me this one had a bit of a Picasso influence. That was quite a compliment but I get it, I guess. To me, that face looks really out there. As I look at it now, it’s interesting that I didn’t add a white dot inside of the eyes. He looks very confused & disconnected. Maybe how I was feeling at the time?! Amazing what our art tells us. (that is why it is important to date your paintings)

IMG_6762

This one made me smile. Flowers, bright colors. I was experimenting with some techniques that I learned from the Joanne Sharpe lesson on LifeBook.

IMG_6763

Another one of those odd faces. Huh?!

IMG_6761

IMG_4366

The two faces here were drawn and then traced over with India Ink from a eye dropper. Not sure why. It just is.

IMG_4367

Here, I got my hands on TONS and TONS of Crayola Crayons. Something about that smell brought me back to my childhood. I needed that at the time. We are given what we need at certain times in life. Especially when we are struggling. Which at that time…I was. The flowers were pretty simple. It was all about the colors and using those crayons.

IMG_4368I kept telling Marty that I was AWFUL at drawing trees. So, after watching a few youtube videos, I drew these trees. I felt pretty proud of myself. There was progress…AND I drew them in the car on the road to PA. (yes, I was the passenger)

IMG_4369

Some more funky trees. My niece, drew her version on the page next to mine. She was almost 5-that page will remain forever! (date that stuff)

IMG_4370

I did this watercolor at one of Marty’s Summer Park gigs. I am quite blah at drawing anything realistic! This is my attempt. It is a gazebo. We shall pretend you knew that. lol

And the last picture. It seems for itself. Is it “art”? It touches my heart. So, yes.

IMG_4371

Happy Family Scrapbook Layout

January 20, 2016 at 8:00 amCategory:Scrapbooking | Stampin' Up!

IMG_6913Look at how warm & sunny it was in that picture. AH…memories!

I created this layout using only products from Stampin’ Up! It was actually a card kit but I pushed myself outside of what was expected of this kit and created 8 layouts. I shared a few of them already and this is yet another from the “collection”. That sounds so artsy & official, doesn’t it?!

Anyway, I hope that you enjoy it!

How do you push yourself out of your creative comfort zone? I would LOVE to hear from you in the comments…

IMG_6911

IMG_6909

IMG_6910

Holiday In July Cards

January 19, 2016 at 8:00 amCategory:CARDS | CLASSES

IMG_6850

Just a quick share today of some holiday cards that we worked on back in July! Remember when it was warm & Christmas seemed SOOOO far away. Well, now we are looking forward to Summer (at least I am) and the holidays are just memories.

I hope you find some inspiration today in these cards. I would LOVE to have you join the Gotham City Paper & Paint Meetup Group and join the fun. We meet several times a month and create tons of different projects-all levels of artists are MORE than welcome.

IMG_6851

IMG_6852

IMG_6855

IMG_6857