Archive for December, 2010

Solstice Salutations and Celebrations to You!

Written by on December 21, 2010 in Art Journaling, keepanartjournal with 2 Comments

Solstice Salutations from My House to Yours

Solstice Salutations from My House to Yours


I tried a dozen different ways (and ruined several cards) to emboss the salutation on the front of the cards. I finally gave up and just used plain old handwriting. Sheesh. My wish for each of you for 2011 is Peace; Peace of mind, Peace in your heart, Peace in your families, Peace in your country and Peace on Earth.
What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings, rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace. title=

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings, rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.\


By Peace I don’t mean lack of fighting or war, I mean a calm, centered, restful certainty of who you are, where ever you are. I believe if we each cultivated this in ourselves, the rest of it would be taken care of. The quote is by Agnes M. Pahro.
Our next best opportunity is 2011

Our next best opportunity is 2011

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Test Driving My New Toy – Tool, Keep an Art Journal

Written by on December 18, 2010 in Altered Journals, Art Journaling, Cool Products with 1 Comment

Now that I’m all grown up and am Santa Claus, or at least Mrs. Claus, I get the best toys! And the best deals, some times those 50% off coupons can really make a difference! I generally don’t like to buy punchers or punches, because I don’t want my stuff to look like everyone else’s stuff. And besides how many times can I use the same pattern? Well – we shall see.

Left side edged, right side pieced in on a transparency with punch-outs to help define transparent pocket

Left side edged, right side pieced in on a transparency with punch-outs to help define transparent pocket

I have had my eye on this tool since I used one in a class last August. But it is a Pricey Name Brand and you know, all of the above. But now I have earned a reward, and I have this coupon AND another coupon for an additional 20% of on the same Pricey Name Brand – so it now lives with me. So of course I had to practice, and my g-daughter had to practice, boy is this fun or what?
Pieced on another stencil

Pieced on another stencil


Close up

Close up

Round Robin – Simple Pleasures – Keep an Art Journal

Written by on December 15, 2010 in Art Journaling, Round Robin 2010 with 5 Comments
And They Lived Happily Ever After

And They Lived Happily Ever After

The final installment of the Round Robin 2010 from my Sketchbook Yahoo Group. We started this group just a little over a year ago to egg each other on in the Art House Sketchbook Project. Once we had our Sketchbooks sent off into the ether or the sketchbook library, which is about the same, we needed a project and this Round Robin was it. I am the last straggler to finish up so now we are done. What did I learn? I learned that if I put myself in front of the task it does get done and usually with more imagination and energy than I knew was in me. I learned that deadlines have me be more productive. I learned humility, friendship and that the amazing creativity that resides in each person is unique. 10 or 12 interpretations of the same theme, with no repeats is a very interesting lesson. I enjoyed the new challenge every month although since last fall the challenge has occurred more like a problem – I still enjoyed it when I could work at it.

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Carving Rubber Stamps

Written by on December 5, 2010 in How To - Methods and Techniques with 1 Comment
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Hand-carved Owl Stamp - Lorri Flint

Materials and Tools:

Subject picture
Tracing paper
Soft pencil (#2 or softer)
Carving Block (Speedball)
Carving tool (also Speedball)
Inkpad

1. Find a picture of your subject. Lorri used an owl.

2. Trace the picture with a soft pencil, number 2 or softer

Trace Images

Traced Images - Cat and Wolf

3. Lay the paper on the carving block  face down (penciled side down) and rub. Light rubbing with your finger works, or you can use a burnishing tool if you wish.

This transfers your drawing to your carving material.

5. Carve around the outside line of the figure first and then move to the inner lines.

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Portabello Mushrooms stuffed with Artichokes, Leeks and Pinenuts

Written by on December 5, 2010 in Culinary Art with 0 Comments

This was one of our favorite vegetable dishes last summer.

Portabello Mushroom recipe

Portabello Mushrooms stuffed with Artichokes, Leeks and Pinenuts.

Ingredients:
8 Large Portabello mushrooms, gilled and stems chopped and reserved
1 Cup Olive Oil
4 Cups Leeks, white and green parts sliced, thouroughly washed and drained
1 Cup Dry white wine
1 Tblsp Garlic, minced
12 oz. Artichoke hearts, drained, rinsed and chopped
1/2 Cup Panko bread crumbs
1/2 Cup Pinenuts, lightly toasted and rough chopped
2 Tblsp Fresh thyme leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Methods:
1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
2. Brush prepared mushroom caps generously with olive oil & season with salt & pepper.Place on baking sheet and roast gill-side up until tender for about 15 minutes. Set aside.
3. In a large saute pan, over medium high heat, coat pan with olive oil. Cook reserved mushroom pieces until soft. Add leeks and cook until tender. Add garlic & white wine. Cook until wine is almost dry.
4. Stir in the artichoke hearts, bread crumbs, pine nuts & 1Tblsp of the thyme leaves. Season with salt & pepper. If the filling is too dry to hold together, add an additonal Tblsp of olive oil or water.
5. Spoon 1/2 Cup of the stuffing into each mushroom cap. Place on lightly oiled sheet pan and bake until hot, about 15 minutes.
6. Garnish with remaining thyme leaves.

I Think We're DONE!

Written by on December 5, 2010 in About Camp, Alisa Burke, Beryl Taylor with 0 Comments

Such sweet words! Lorri and I (Lori) are artists not HTML geeks. Never-the-less, in the last two weeks we have completely rebuilt the Art Camp for Women site on our own! And instead of killing each other in the process, we became better friends and more appreciative of each others strengths and abilities.

Beryl Taylor and Alisa Burke will be our 2011 featured Artist-Instructors! Beryl will be our guest instructor for the spring session starting May 26 and going to June 1. And Alisa Burke will be our guest instructor for the fall session starting October 11th and going to the 17th.

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Catching Up – Keep An Art Journal

Written by on December 3, 2010 in Adventure Art, Art Journaling, keepanartjournal with 0 Comments

Art Journaling in class

Art Journaling in class

WOW – Life is going really, really fast! I thought when our final Art Camp was over this year I would cruise into my next decade in slow gear – how wrong can you get?! Since we finished camp, I went to Florida for a vacation and a seminar, put together the 2011 agenda for camp, rebuilt our entire website, started another class AND I’m late with our newsletter! During all of this I have been art journaling in the notebook I’ve been using for my class notes. The page above is a sample. The class content is copyrighted, but I so love the page that I blocked the paid for part of the notes so I could share the page. I have been spending so much time in computer/code world that in my down time I don’t feel like writing as much as I usually do, so I’ve been preparing pages to take my notes on. I wonder what my instructor would think if he saw them.
Pages prepped for notes

Pages prepped for notes

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