Archive for August, 2011

Art Journal Project ala Art Camp for Women – Keep an Art Journal

I am participating at the Art Camp for Women – Art Journal Project.  For the purposes of honesty and full disclosure I will tell you that I am one of the partners and facilitators for Art Camp for Women.  Follow the link to read and see all about the Art Journal Project .

Art Camp Art Journal Project Cover

Art Camp Art Journal Project Cover

At first I was just going to use my journal for sample pages and for posting examples on the weekly journal prompts over at the Art Camp blog. But then we, my business partner and I, decided to play too.

After 30 years here in the states, one of my best friends, moved back to Ireland last year. With a surprise  change of immigrant policy by our dear Homeland Security, she has returned for an unexpected visit – I decided to send my journal off to Ireland. Hopefully as she builds her new community this will help her include a bit of art into it.

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Art Camp Journal Project Weekly Prompt – Week 3

Written by on August 31, 2011 in Art Camp for Women, Art Journaling, Journal Project with 2 Comments

These weekly prompts  will not be enough to make an entire page (unless they are) but instead are intended to give you a kick-start or a mild nudge when you need one. Here we go:

Week Three:

Art Prompt: Pull a page out of an old book, catalog or magazine. On a portion with dense text, draw or stamp a row of geometric designs (triangles, circles, diamonds…). Then cut them out for a border.

Writing Prompt: Write about your favorite aunt or uncle.

Designs on text

Geometric designs stamped onto old dictionary page - to be cut out

Geometric text border

Geometric text border cut out and used on partially completed journal page

Art Journal #1122 is Ready to Go! Art Camp Journal Project

Written by on August 28, 2011 in About Camp, Art Camp for Women, Art Journaling, Journal Project with 0 Comments
Briefly, Art Camp is sending out Art Journals to Art Camp alumni, mainly to nudge them into creating an art community right in their own neighborhood with friends or family. Each of us here at camp will also be participating in the Art Camp Journal Project.

Art Camp Journal Project Weekly Prompt – Week 2

Written by on August 24, 2011 in Art Camp for Women, Art Journaling, Journal Project with 0 Comments

These weekly prompts  will not be enough to make an entire page (unless they are) but instead are intended to give you a kick-start or a mild nudge when you need one. Here we go:

Week Two:

Art prompt: Draw a vine around one entire page, add leaves.

Writing prompt: Write about your favorite bedroom as a child.

My Bedroom Window

My Bedroom Window - This is a completed art journal page where I wrote about my bedroom window. It also happens to be that I wrote about my favorite bedroom as a child.

Behind the Scenes – Apron dyeing 101

Written by on August 21, 2011 in About Camp, Everyday Creativity, Fiber Arts, Newsletter with 2 Comments

Aprons

Art Camp Aprons waiting for Campers

We’re letting out a secret about Art Camp for Women here…shh…one of the goodies you get when you come to Art Camp is your very own hand-dyed apron!! 

It’s a great way to protect your clothes, it has 4 roomy pockets to hold all your stuff (mine has lip gloss, my mp3 player and the house phone) and most importantly, it’s luscious. 

We think the practical things in our life should also be beautiful when possible.

Mixing Procion MX dyes to change the apron to a luscious color


Hand-dyed aprons batching overnight

Hand-dyed aprons batching overnight


After batching overnight, each apron is rinsed by hand before going into the washing machine




These gorgeous aprons start out as plain, boring and white.  We mix Procion MX dyes and use little buckets to hold the aprons while they “batch” overnight.  Batching is a process where the dye distributes itself through the fabric and chemically bonds to the fibers of the fabric.

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Art Camp Journal Project Weekly Prompts

Written by on August 17, 2011 in Art Camp for Women, Art Journaling, Journal Project with 1 Comment

These weekly prompts  will not be enough to make an entire page (unless they are) but instead are intended to give you a kick-start or a mild nudge when you need one. Here we go:

Week One:

Art prompt: Thin down your favorite color of paint to a very light shade, then paint a double page spread with it. Let it dry and go from there.

Writing prompt: What constitutes a Bad Hair Day…

Lightened Purple Background

Lightened Purple Background

More Art Journal Pages ala Kelly Kilmer|Keep An Art Journal

Written by on August 17, 2011 in Art Journaling, Classes, Cool Products, keepanartjournal with 0 Comments
Namaste

Namaste

I just downloaded a new photo editor software and am trying it out.

Mainly all I need to do is crop, rotate and re-size.  But I need to do all that without sacrificing the picture quality.

The new software is GIMP and is a free download. My man says it does everything Photoshop does but is more user friendly and much, much cheaper!

I have been using a much simpler,  also free, download. But alas, it somehow loses the pixel density and the pictures end up not looking sharp.  So I will try this and after just 45 minutes I have edited/manipulated 5 photos. I am not using any where near the capacity of the software and think that I will gradually add to my skills as I need to.

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Weaving More Wonderment!

See Kelli telling us about the first afternoon session:

To watch her video of the first session of the day – click here.

Hand-blown drinking glasses

Written by on August 5, 2011 in Everyday Creativity, Uncategorized with 0 Comments

Lorri here – I wish I could say I’m in my studio every day, but I’m not…so bringing art and creativity into my every day life helps keep me happy!

My vision for our home is that it feels creative and artistic to anyone who enters.  We have colorful Fiesta ware dishes, some purple walls and beautiful hallway length floorcloths plus many of my art quilts on the walls.

Hand-blown drinking glasses

Hand-blown drinking glasses from candle holders

When it came time to replace our drinking glasses,  I started looking for some that were made of colorful glass and reasonably priced.  I would love to buy glasses at the glass blowers shop in Estes Park, CO, but I don’t want to be upset when one of them breaks!

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Kelly Kilmer – July Art Journaling Classes

Table mate & Kelli Kilmer Fun!

Table mate & Kelli Kilmer Fun!

Some People Work Harder at Having Fun

Some People Work Harder at Having Fun

On the last Friday in July I treated myself to a Kelly Kilmer IRL (In Real Life) Art Journaling Workshop!

Kelly comes to Colorado once  a year and once or twice a year to Arizona. I do my best to make it to at least one of her art journaling classes. The Colorado classes this year were held at a new venue,  Scrap2It. I am not a scrappish-type of person, but the pens, tape, stamps and stencils sold there don’t know that and are top of the line products.

The Workshop I took was called “An Artist’s Life.” I love Kelly’s classes because I always learn some new techniques and remember some old. She brings and shares tons of pens, stamps, ink and ephemera. Also Kelly is organized and rigorous enough to keep the class moving along in a way that has you finish class with a new art journal as well as several pages ready for writing .

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