Archive for March, 2010
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.
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 It was my grandmother’s quilt and as near as we can figure, it was originally made in 1903.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.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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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
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.
No point in having it if you can't find it!
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.
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,
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
container is the most
stable and space 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
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
too. They are short so that you can spot your favorite spool easily and
then get to it without unloading your entire col-
this way your goodies are kept relatively dust free and undamaged by
stacking. Also your bright colored items contribute to the 'art' of
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.
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.