Ah, LifeBook 2013 is done. The last video was posted and I am gearing up for LifeBook 2014. I can’t wait! One of the major perks of LifeBook is the ability to download & save the videos. I have a bunch saved because I got on board near the end of the class. But, slowly, I have been watching them and learning. LOTS and LOTS of learning!
If you asked me a few months ago if I could draw, I would have said “NO” without a moment’s hesitation. Now, with the help of LifeBook, I have the confidence to draw. Like my mom, I struggle with drawing things from my head but I can look at something and recreate it. This lesson taught me how to create drawings using just a sheet of paper and a pencil (and an eraser for shading & erasing those boo boos). Tam (the amazing gal that runs LifeBook) taught a lesson on how to draw this detailed feather. When I am learning through an online class, I pretty much copy the work of the artist. I venture off into my own creation (using the new skills) in later art.
When I first saw this lesson, I was a little intimidated which doesn’t happen to me very often when it comes to trying something new in my art. BUT, at the same time, I couldn’t wait to try it out. I have been collecting drawing pencils and was excited to add this new skill to my “bag of tricks”. I drew the feather which has significance to our family & added the soft colors using the Peerless Watercolors. (gorgeous colors)
Right now I am in PA visiting my family. My mom brought out her teapot when we had company over. She left it out on the table and I was inspired to draw it. I used the same techniques for the drawing & for adding the colors. See the list that is part of the background? That is my packing list of all of the things that I needed to pack & bring to PA. It only made sense to draw the PA-inspired drawing on top of the text of that list. I can’t wait to see what else I am inspired to draw…
Wow! Wow! Wow!
What a mess-yes, it’s a creative mess but certainly a mess! (I guess I should take some time to clean this so I can get started on my next project.) BUT…until then…I have been working on a project for my next Art Anthology video. You can find it on my youtube channel today or tomorrow. It is full of bright colors and mixed media techniques.
Mess on the floor–those are the scrapbook pages that I just created using my Webster’s Pages Warehouse Sale box-more on that later!
This is another layout that I created in the Pop and Colours Workshop that I have been enjoying online. I love the layers and textures! I am learning to wrap my brain around this idea of doing tons of great mixed media and adding a picture (or two). Now, I have to admit…as much as I love this style, I do have a “traditional” 2-page layout in the works on my art desk right now. So, I don’t plan to lock myself into one kind of scrapping’ style. I do what feels right when I sit down to create. Don’t hesitate to try something new or create outside of your normal “box” or comfort zone. What have you been creating lately?
I am so excited about this new monthly challenge! At the beginning of each month, pick 12 items from your stash-it can be anything new or used…stickers, glitter, embellishments, paints…anything!
Use those items on your projects throughout the month. You don’t have to use ONLY these items but try to incorporate them during the month. You can alter them in anyway if you want!
Link your blog posts and youtube videos to share your 12 items and/or how you used them! I can’t wait to see what you create. Here is a brief video of the dozen items that I dusted from my artsy stash…
Wow! Is this a dream?! I am so excited to post my first project with the Art Anthology Dream Team. And an added bonus is the opportunity to participate in this amazing blog hop with Anthentique and Basically Bare.
This is Heidi from New York City and I love all things mixed media. If you are like me, you have a stash of those great things that you will alter “someday”. When I received the Thrilling Collection, I knew I wanted to feature the Halloween images and patterns to make a cool shadowbox. I started grabbing some Halloween items from my stash and had a blast creating! The shadowbox started out as an ivory tone that I sanded. I wiped off the dust from sanding and starting layering the Art Anthology paints to get this eerie look!
Years ago (yes, years) I bought this skeleton garland and knew that someday it would be perfect for a project. I altered him with Vegas Gold and added some June Bug eyes to make him my own. Do you see all of the details of the Thrilling papers, stickers and images?
I found these little bottles in my stash and knew they were perfect! See the spooky liquid inside-it’s some Truffle Paint mixed with water. The labels on the bottles are stickers from the Thrilling Collection-I painted the bat sticker with June Bug to make it pop.
A spider ring, some pretty flowers and spider web ribbon added just the perfect touches to the cute image of the witch and her black cat! I love layering items in the little spaces in the shadowbox. Each space is like its own work of art!
Love that image?! I cut it out of one of the pieces of paper and added Glossy Accents to make it really stand out. The scary moon is from the same image but I layered that against the back of the box. I loved how that one little image made its own scene in that box.
Are you drooling yet? The Thrilling Collection is the perfect mix of Halloween and everyday patterns. Check out the black & white chevron in the bottom picture. Imagine the possibilities for that paper! Check out the gorgeous collection of Art Anthology paints and sprays that I used for this project. I can’t wait to share more art with you—now…have a great weekend & GO MAKE SOME ART!
Phew! Back to school…
you could hear crickets coming from my art studio as the paints and sprays took a rest this week.
Back to school brings excitement, high expectations and VERY VERY OUCHY FEET!!! My sweet love set this up for me to soak those barkin’ dogs. (Thank goodness my sister Ashley bought this for me years ago!)
Now that we got that out of the way, onto the art…
Today I am sharing two of my recent youtube videos with you! Please take a moment and leave some comments so I know that you are watching. I love making videos and want to know that artists are enjoying them. Thanks a ton!
Save the date!
On Saturday night (Sept. 14th) I will be hanging out on UStream and sharing a mixed media mini book with you! We will begin at 7pm EST and end at whatever time we start to doze off.
I will be using the Paper Pumpkin Monthly Kit from Stampin’ Up! & breaking all the rules! I love what comes in those little kits and enjoy making them my own even more.
Want to stay up to date on all of my artsy adventures? Check out The Gothamettes Facebook Group and join the chatter!
Rolled paper flowers-an addiction of mine! I keep a spray bin near me when I create. It is a simple washing bin from the $1 store. I always throw papers in there and then when I spray flowers, etc. the papers get covered, too. The bin is full of copy paper, music that Marty doesn’t want and take out menus. I even use these papers as paint palettes to get them covered in lots of colors and mediums. I use those colorful papers to make these flowers. I get a ton of questions about how I make them. I have a video-it is pretty old but you get the point. If you want me to make a more current video, let me know in the comments and I would be thrilled to do it.
In the video (at the end of this post), the flowers come in around an hour and ten minutes into it. This is from a UStream that I did quite some time ago. Hope you enjoy!