Archive for March, 2010

Round Robin – Sacred Feminine

Written by on March 30, 2010 in keepanartjournal, Round Robin 2010 with 4 Comments

Mystery of the Sacred Feminine

Mystery of the Sacred Feminine

I finished this month’s Round Robin spread two days early! It will go in the mail today. The Sacred Feminine was a tough subject for me. Probably because I hold the role of females very sacred and much aligned. Feminine power is probably my most fierce motivating drive. Then there is another, almost opposite intention. I hold very little as significant. By that I mean that although something is important to me or even profound, I don’t hold it to be significant. That could translate to I am spiritual, but not religious. So to honor the Sacred Feminine which is profound, and at the same time avoid the airy-fairy, felt like quite a task. I spent most of the month grappling with the mental gymnastics rather than the art.
The Goddess Revealed

The Goddess Revealed

Then I remembered a Wiccan Text I had come across years ago, The Charge of the Goddess, in which the Goddess instructs her disciples in ways to be. After days of searching the internet and getting clear references to the text, but not the actual text, one of my friends came up with two versions of it within 5 minutes of me asking – what are friends for – right? This set of instructions set the stage for the entire piece and directed the layering and arrangement through out the process.
Bodhisattva Guanyin Among the Many Names

Bodhisattva Guanyin Among the Many Names


Kuan-Yin or Kannon in Japan

Kuan-Yin or Kannon in Japan

The version of The Charge of the Goddess that I was familiar with was an interpretation put together in the 1950s, the older version actually named many of the names the Goddess has been known as. I used the first paragraph of the old version and then used the text from the 1950s interpretation. Here it is:
Listen to the words of the Great Mother, who of old was called Artemis, Astarte, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Diana, Arionrhod, Brigid, and by many other names; Bodhisattva Guanyin, Kannon, Venus of Willendorf, Kuan-yin.
I who am the beauty of the green earth, and the white moon among the stars, and the mysteries of the waters.
I call upon your soul to arise and come unto me.
For I am the soul of nature that gives life to the universe.
From Me all things proceed and unto Me they must return.
Let my worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.
Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.
And you who seek to know Me, know that your seeking and your yearning will avail you not unless you know the Mystery, for if that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without.
For behold, I have been with you from the beginning, and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.

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Adventure Art – Keep an Art Journal

Written by on March 29, 2010 in Adventure Art, keepanartjournal with 3 Comments

I just returned from my March Adventure – in case you are new here – I have a New Year’s Resolution to have an adventure every month! Hard life, but y’know. The only part of the adventure that happens at this blog, is the art and art journaling I get done on the adventure. The adventure this month involved a 6 – 8 hour drive (one way) so during the drive I worked on the quilt I am refurbishing. It was my grandmother’s quilt and as near as we can figure, it was originally made in 1903. I am doing the stitching up the sides, the vines and flowers on this panel.

Panel #4

Panel #4

I still need to repair one patch of silk in the main body of this panel and complete the stitching. I got so carried away with the stitching, I’m going to have to go back to check if the other three panels look dull comparatively.
Here is the original quilt before the refurb began. I separated the quilt into 5 panels and used the fifth panel to replace deteriorated silk patches in the other four panels.
Made in 1903 the silk patches did not survive storage

Made in 1903 the silk patches did not survive storage

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My Test Page Journal – Keep an Art Journal

Written by on March 27, 2010 in Art Journaling, Cool Products, keepanartjournal with 4 Comments

Okay – now I’m going to let you in on a secret. My test journal. I keep a separate journal that in my mind I call, “the worst art journaling in America.” I purposely keep this book to test out new materials and techniques. I also use it to use up excess paint that I have mixed. I clean my brushes of paint here too. I attempt to allow myself to randomly lay leftover paint down to see what happens. I am one of those folk that think too much and so a lot of my pages have a certain sameness to them.  With this book, by testing different stamps, tapes and other materials on top of randomly selected colors I sometimes, inadvertently, come up with a new ‘style’ or method.
This weekend I was testing out my new set of stencils, purchased at MizzFrizz

Another Stencil and Punch-Out Test

A Stencil and Punch-Out Test


Pastel Crayon with Stencil and Tape Punch-out

Pastel Crayon with Stencil and Tape Punch-out

The reason I am testing stencils is because two of the women I met at Frenzy Stamper on my February Adventure, Jeane and her mom Jane, have started making and selling incredible sets of stencils. They make several different designs and sell them in sets of 8 – 10 stencils of graduated sizes. Go here to see all the things you can do with the stencils on paper (you will need to follow through the posts to see all the different uses) and go here to see how they can be used with fabric. You can see the different designs and also get your own stencil sets on the first blog.

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More Pages for Journaling – Keep an Art Journal

Written by on March 25, 2010 in Art Journaling, keepanartjournal with 2 Comments
A Bird Told

A Bird Told

Life has taken the upper hand in the past week or so and I have not gotten to my blog as much as I wish to. When the choice is to make the pages or post the pages, well posting usually gets left out. This page was originally a mistake page. I didn’t keep wax paper between the pages until they were completely dry. When I went to open the book I had to peel apart the pages and there was a big patch torn through all the layers. You can see the uneven nature of the paint around the sides, that is what was left after it peeled. So I gesso-ed some newprint in and then glued the birds in over the worst part of the tearing and this is now one of my favorite pages.  The second picture is the other side of the spread that got messed up by sticking together. I think it ended up a little to brassy and busy, but definitely worth keeping. I may try to tone it down with another layer of something light. This  page was almost torn in half when I peeled the two apart so I added some of my wonderful tape to make it stronger – and more interesting – I think.
Culture Old and new

Culture Old and new

I will have figure out a clever way to add text here as it seems it will just add to the busy-ness. Maybe a plain sticker label with just a little writing will work, might even be what is needed to tame it down.  I am wide open for suggestions and input. So fire away!

Studio Organizing Take 3 – Keep an Art Journal

Written by on March 20, 2010 in keepanartjournal, Organizing for Art with 1 Comment

My studio reflects my philosophy of money. Spend the big money on paper, paints and classes, use anything left over for keeping your expensive supplies visible, available and usable. I also have a strong recycle and reuse habit. Here are a few more low-cost, fit almost anywhere organizing tools and ideas.

Nothing hidden behind

Nothing hidden behind

I bought this shelf new 15 or more, years ago. It cost about $30 (which was a lot of money at the time) and it held ALL of my art supplies. It is only about 10 inches deep and is ideal for keeping my items always in the front. I have found that if something is stored behind something else, I have a hard time finding it or if I find it, can I get to it with sticky hands? On the second shelf you can see my recycled salad greens cartons. I buy salad greens in bulk all winter and these clear boxes with lids allow me to keep projects I’m working on clean, visible and handy. The red bins were originally used in the children’s rooms and are now handy  for catching coffee cup holders and other interesting textured papers I find on my way through life. My favorite magazines and my watercolor instruction books also live here.

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Landscape Pan Pastel – take 2 Keep an Art Journal

Written by on March 19, 2010 in Art Journaling, Cool Products, keepanartjournal with 0 Comments

As some of you have realized I am having a love affair with PanPastels. I love the medium, the rich, creamy colors snag me whenever I see them. I have no experience with using them though so I set out to find some classes. I found one online. It had it’s points but was very, very basic and left me without much hope. So I decided to try to learn on my own using You Tube.  About two pages of posts back I posted a you tube video of a woman painting a stormy landscape with PanPastels – see I don’t even know the correct terminology. You can see the video here.

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New Journal Pages – Keep an Art Journal

Traditional Garb

Traditional Garb

These new pages are a combination of collage on painted and stamped pages with decorative tape and some stickers. My journaling i.e. writing, has dried up the last couple of days. Maybe because I have been blogging and writing the newsletter my writing needs have been met this week. In the meantime I will keep creating pages.

Whether she is celebrating her coming of age or her wedding - she is dressed to the nines!

Whether she is celebrating her coming of age or her wedding - she is dressed to the nines!

Another country's interpretation, I understand that even the way the folds hang means something regarding status.

Another country's interpretation, I understand that even the way the folds hang means something regarding status.

And as we move out of the death grip of winter into the slightly loosened grasp of spring I can completely relate to the expression on this bear's face. Another combination of painted and collaged pages with the addition of tape and stickers - make for delicious texture.

And as we move out of the death grip of winter into the slightly loosened grasp of spring I can completely relate to the expression on this bear's face. Another combination of painted and collaged pages with the addition of tape and stickers - make for delicious texture.

The journaling reads: I am feeling vulnerable and exposed. I feel cynical and jaded in the face of the professions of undying love.  Left : Strangely though when all has been laid bare when the lies have nothing to hide behind. When the foolish facade is breached; my power in all of it's nakedness surges like a bolt of lightning and I speak my truth. Without judgment or shame. Besides, if you got it - flaunt it.

The journaling reads: I am feeling vulnerable and exposed. I feel cynical and jaded in the face of the professions of undying love. Left : Strangely though when all has been laid bare when the lies have nothing to hide behind. When the foolish facade is breached; my power in all of it's nakedness surges like a bolt of lightning and I speak my truth. Without judgment or shame. Besides, if you got it - flaunt it.

Fish Tacos Coming Up!

Written by on March 12, 2010 in Culinary Art with 0 Comments

 Delicious, different and filling
Another Art Camp favorite!

First the fish:
Fish Tacos Coming Up!

  • 2 lb mahi-mahi
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 5 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • Salt, to taste
  • 8 flour tortillas, 8 inches
    in diameter

 

Grill the fish on the
first side over direct heat until the flesh is firm and well-marked, about 2
minutes. Turn the fish and grill until cooked through, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes
more.

Grill the tortillas until
they have light grill marks and are heated through, about 15 seconds on the
first side. Turn the tortillas and grill them until they just start to bubble,
another 15 seconds.

Center 2 pieces of
grilled fish on each tortilla, and top with the Southwestern Slaw and Chipotle Pico de Gallo.
Add a dollop of Mexican Crema, fold in half, and serve immediately
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Organizing Space and Supplies

Written by on March 12, 2010 in About Camp, Creativity Coaching, Fiber Arts, Watercolor with 0 Comments

No point in having it if you can't find it!

While
I was expanding and organizing my art studio last week I
realized that many of the things I was incorporating would work in any
space. Whether your studio subs as the dining room table or your
walk-in closet, many of these items would work for your space too.

Crock, Basket and Barrell

Crock and Basket. Good for
all types of paper rolls, material bolts, long
tools and rulers. I got the crock at an auction years ago and have the
heavy container on a plant stand with wheels. The heaviness makes it
good for my bigger rolls of paper i.e. newsprint ends. The orange
wastebasket was a thrift store find. Lorri Flint, our fiber artist,
keeps
her long rolls of cloth in a 32-gallon Rubbermaid Roughneck trash
barrel, which also has wheels. She tried a galvanized trash can, but
while it looked really cool, it was awkward to move. We have found that
a straight-sided
container is the most
stable and space efficient.

Flexible bag holder
Flexible bag holder.
Another Rubbermaid oldie, often found in thrift
stores. This can hang on your wall or on the inside of a door or
cupboard door. As a mixed media artist I save interesting bags, foreign
newsprint and plain brown packing paper for use in my hand made
journals. This is the most compact and efficient method I've found so
far. I don't know if the company still carries them, but I keep an eye
out for the unassuming beige piece of plastic at garage sales and
thrift stores.


Tape or ribbon holder.
This is a favorite for me. I found these paper towel holders at Home Depot. So you should be able to find them Tape hangers
easily
too. They are short so that you can spot your favorite spool easily and
then get to it without unloading your entire col-
lection. Used
this way your goodies are kept relatively dust free and undamaged by
stacking. Also your bright colored items contribute to the 'art' of
your room.

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Studio organizing continues

Written by on March 11, 2010 in Cool Products, Mixed media, Organizing for Art with 2 Comments

While I was expanding and organizing the art studio last week I realized that many of the things I was incorporating would work in any space. Whether your studio subs as the dining room table or your walk-in closet, many of these items would work for your space too.

Crock and Basket - for all types of paper rolls, material bolts, long tools and rulers. I got the crock at an auction years ago and have the heavy container on a plant stand with wheels. The heaviness makes it good for my bigger rolls of paper i.e. newsprint ends. The orange wastebasket was a thrift store find.  You can use any trash can or rubbermaid barrel you can find - straight sided makes it the most efficient.

Crock and Basket - for all types of paper rolls, material bolts, long tools and rulers. I got the crock at an auction years ago and have the heavy container on a plant stand with wheels. The heaviness makes it good for my bigger rolls of paper i.e. newsprint ends. The orange wastebasket was a thrift store find. You can use any trash can or rubbermaid barrel you can find - straight sided makes it the most efficient.

Flexible bag holder - another rubbermaid oldie, often found in thrift stores. This can hang on your wall or on the inside of a door or cupboard door. As a mixed media artist I save interesting bags, foreign newsprint and plain brown packing paper for use in my hand made journals. This is the most compact and efficient method I've found so far. I don't know if the company still carries them, but I keep an eye out for the unassuming beige piece of plastic at garage sales and thrift stores.

Flexible bag holder - another rubbermaid oldie, often found in thrift stores. This can hang on your wall or on the inside of a door or cupboard door. As a mixed media artist I save interesting bags, foreign newsprint and plain brown packing paper for use in my hand made journals. This is the most compact and efficient method I've found so far. I don't know if the company still carries them, but I keep an eye out for the unassuming beige piece of plastic at garage sales and thrift stores.

Collage file & Flat drawers help contain my collage images. You may think this is over the top, but I reduced 5 boxes of primo images and word images to the small file bin on casters that happily wheels under another cabinet. The long flat black drawers in the background are holding some favorite magazines i.e. National Geographics and some books of photos. Flat drawers in buffets or hutches are great for flat paper holders too.

Collage file & Flat drawers help contain my collage images. You may think this is over the top, but I reduced 5 large boxes of primo images and word images to the small file bin on casters that happily wheels under another cabinet. The long flat black drawers in the background are holding some favorite magazines i.e. National Geographics and some books of photos. Flat drawers in buffets or hutches are great for flat paper holders too.

A Clothesline with wooden clothespins is a great way to store or display large hand painted papers. I also use this one to hand large flat papers that I don't want wrinkled. Hanging the papers helps keep them dust free too. With care this could also be used to dry large pieces.

A Clothesline with wooden clothespins is a great way to store or display large hand painted papers. I also use this one to hang large flat papers that I don't want wrinkled. Hanging the papers helps keep them dust free too. With care this could also be used to dry large pieces.

I was thinking of putting a link to rubbermaid.com but after looking at prices thought better of it – check your garage sales and thrift stores and keep something out of the landfill – it will save all of us money in the long run.

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