October 09, 2015

30 Days of Watercolor- Week 1 Check in

If you missed my announcement I am doing 30 days of watercolor paintings this month.

It's been over a week of colors and painting so I thought I'd check in. I'm painting whatever strikes my fancy each day, be that portraits, pets, nature or random designs. This past week it's definitely been random. I think if I do this again, I may come up with a set of prompts before hand to stick to.

Day 1: A cactus painting plus some crazy brushstroke patterns.

Day 2. A Bobcat.

Crazy story- I was laying in my hammock last week when this bobcat walked by. I decided to paint him.

Day 3: The moon. I was almost a slacker for this day. I waited until bedtime to paint anything and by then I was tired and wanted to keep it simple. So I painted this moon in like 5 minutes. :)

Day 4: A Watercolor Chart. I followed this fabulous tutorial by Jennifer Frith on how to make a watercolor chart. IT shows what my 15 different watercolors in cotman pan set looks like when mixed.

Day 5: A Rainbow Bear.

Day 6: Fall. It's full on Fall here in the Pacific Northwest and I love it.

Day 7. Trees. This painting is inspired by our Summer trip to the Redwood forest in California. The redwood trees were HUGE.

Day 8: An Om-nom-nom-asaur. I'm not sure why, but I felt like painting a dinosaur.

This has been a really fun challenge so far! You're welcome to play along with me if you want! Just share your work with the hashtag #30daysofwatercolor or #punkprojects

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October 08, 2015

Get Messy Thursday- Space and Fires

It's Thursday! That means it is time for another peak in my altered book!
This is the Season of Words in the Get Messy Art Journal community, so I am art journaling in a copy of Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.
This is week 3 (halfway already??)  and I am enjoying working in an altered book. It is like having premade backgrounds on every page, because the words on the page are such a nice pattern. You can use them as actual words, paint lightly over them so they show through, etc.

Let's start with my favorite page! NASA just uploaded a bunch of photos from their Apollo missions onto flickr. I love space (you probably knew that) so I was excited about this. I printed out one of the photos and used it in my journal for this page.

The prompt for this page was about using your favorite word, and Space is one of mine. #nerd.

My next page is actually two pages... yeah, that's not confusing at all.

We were challenged to try and cut out a window in our book, a way to see through a page, so I cut out this circle  and coordinated the two pages.

I doodled on the leafs last week, just for fun, and then they found a home in my journal here. I coated them heavily with gel medium, so it will be interesting to see if they lose their colors or not.

Here is what the back page looks like. A gelli print and doodles with watercolors.

I actually just heard the song "flicker" by Lorde and liked the lyrics "I'm quiet like a fire" so I had to use them here. Even better- that song is part of the Mockingjay soundtrack. So appropriate, right?

Now for my least favorite page. I created a blackout poem, by painting over the entire page except for a few different words on the book text.

I like my poem, I just don't like how chaotic this page ended up. It's too messy.

There you have it! I am liking sharing these every week, it's a good creative habit!

Have you done any art journaling lately?

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October 07, 2015

Creating Art/Scrapbooking While Traveling

I have always loved the idea of scrapbooking while traveling, or having a travel journal that you add photos and ephemera to. But for me, it's just that. An idea. a dream.

When I left on our Summer trip I packed a bag with a handmade kit of scrapbooking supplies, marker, watercolors, a sketchbook, a mini album, an instax camera, etc. I planned on taking photos with the instant camera and scrapbooking in the mini album.

It didn't happen. I didn't make even one scrapbook page in my mini album in the 4 months that we road tripped. Oops.

I took photos with my Instax instant camera, but that's as far as I got with the scrapbooking.

I couldn't get started because I felt like as soon as I got out little bits of paper, I would have my page halfway done and the opportunity to go see something or explore would come up and I would have to put away my scrapbook unfinished. I hate getting interrupted so I don't start at all

So that's the story of how I cannot scrapbook on the go no matter how much I like the idea.

I can however draw/doodle while traveling.

When my only supplies are a marker and paper or watercolors and paper, I can put that down and come back to it later so easily that I don't mind the risk of getting interrupted.

Not to mention the fact that I doodle on basically any paper I come across. Sketchbooks, Hotel notepads, paper cups.. nothing is safe if I have a marker.

Maybe one day I'll successfully scrapbook while traveling, but I'm happy with drawing on the go.

What about you? Do you scrapbook, travel journal or draw when you're traveling?

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Colorado Photography part 2

I took SO many photos while I was in Colorado for a month. Like hundreds. I am just sharing a select few with you here, the ones I love the best, so that I don't totally overwhelm you with a gazillion photos of mountains.

I took a few hikes by myself early in the morning so that I could watch the sunrise from up on top of the rock dikes. It's pretty magical.

I also took a couple of selfies of myself and the landscape. Normally I would feel really weird posing like this, but considering I was the only person out on the mountain, I could be weird without anyone knowing. ;)

We took a trip out to the Great Sand Dunes national park in Alamosa which was really cool. If you're ever out that way then you must stop for a visit!

My aunt and Uncle have a couple of hives of honeybees. I had to take some photos of them, of course!

There are just so many wonderful opportunities for good photos in Colorado. Beautiful scenery and so much amazing wildlife.

and lastly, Colorado has the brightest rainbows I have EVER seen.

There you have it, part 2 of my favorite photos of the hundreds I took. I guess you know you're a photographer when..... When it's so hard to choose one out of a hundred photos to share.
Consider yourself lucky there are only 13 photos in this post.

Next week I plan to share some of my astrophotography attempts!

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October 06, 2015

DIY Candy Dishes made with Pirouline Tins

If you're new here, I post a recycled Pirouline tin craft every month! You can find them all here.

First, can you believe this is my 24th recycled Pirouline tin project? So many projects and so many cookies!

Second, This project is inspired by Autumn. This is my first time living in a place that actually has a real Autumn (Seattle area), cool temperatures, leaves changing colors and home to the Pumpkin Spice Latte!

I've really caught the Fall bug, so I've been doing lots of fall crafts and decorating for Autumn and Halloween. These treat dishes are perfect for having little candies out to snack on and you could put them on your porch for trick-or-treaters!

Are you wondering where the Pirouline tin is in this post?? Well, I didn't use it. I know, this is a recycled Pirouline project and I didn't even use the tin! What's up with that?

Well, For this project I'm recycling the lids of those tins!

I'm showing you 2 different ways to alter these lids into candy dishes.

Version #1- The Glitter Dish.

Supplies: Empty tin lid, Glitter Paper, Patterned Paper, Adhesive, Scissors, Pencil

1. Start by tracing around your lid onto the back of your glitter paper. Cut out your circle.
2. Adhere your glitter paper circle into the lid.
3. Cut a strip of paper to go around the outside, you'll need about 13" in length so you may have to use to pieces.
4. Glue the patterned paper around the side of the lid.

Version #2- The Painted Dish.

Supplies: Empty Tin Lid, Paint Brush, Orange and Black Paint.

1. Take your orange (or other light color) paint and paint the inside of your lid/candy dish. You may need multiple coats for this.
2. Let it dry.
3. Take black paint and paint the outer side ege of the tin lid and you can also decorate the inside with stripes, dots or another fun pattern.
4. Let dry.

Fill with candy!!

I think Reese's are the best Halloween candies, so I obviously used them. 

What's you favorite candy?

You can find out more about the yummy Pirouline Cookies here: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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October 01, 2015

Get Messy Thursday- The Preface

For this season of words (from the Get Messy Art Journal challenge) I am working in an altered copy of Mockingjay, the last book in The Hunger Games series.

This week the journaling prompts were for the first few pages of the book, for the preface. My preface is about who I am, as you can see on the first page below. I used a photo of myself I took in Colorado, gesso'ed over the book page and made a watercolor background.

On the second page (the purple page) I used a favorite quote as well as a photo I took on Sunday of the Super Blood Moon Eclipse. I've been hoarding that purple star paper for a couple of years now (I love it) and I finally decided to use it.

This page uses a quote I saw on pinterest and basically describes me- "I have less to say than I thought".

I used a Gelli print circle and doodled around it with a GellyRoll pen.

This last page might very well be my favorite (my nerd is showing).

The Get Messy prompt said to use a favorite quote, so I used the quote "Fire is Catching." from The Hunger Games and made it a themed page. I am working in the Mockingjay after all.

I painted the firey background with acrylic paints, as well as the Mockingjay symbol. The circles I actually drew on with a good ole Crayola crayon. I love crayons. I have the 152 set of them that includes metallic and glitter crayons. ;)

If you like to art journal and are not already a part of the Get Messy community I would recommend it! There is a small fee, but it's totally worth it, for the fabulous prompts tutorial and the amazing, supportive community!

Alright, done promoting. How has your Thursday been?

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