Archive for December, 2014

Decluttering the Ghosts of Projects Past AND Make Fast Last Minute Gifts!

rice filled foot warmer

Use the cheapest rice this one cost about 40 cents a pound.

Last Minute Gifts that help you declutter from projects past!

We are in the holiday Gift Giving Season! Whatever it is you celebrate – it all comes together this month!

I like to have a stash of last minute gifts for unexpected guests, party hosts or just to fill in a gap under the tree.

This year I  established a practice of daily decluttering my household from past debris and detritus (i.e. old project leftovers).

Since I have an art studio/craft room I have LOTS of leftovers that are too nice to throw away. So for my last minute gifts I am using up small pieces of fabric by making non-electric heating pads. These little gems are great as a replacement for the old-fashioned hot-water-bottle as well as a substitute for the electric heating pad.

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Flip Side Friday #20 – New Beginnings

Written by on December 19, 2014 in Art Camp for Women, Art Journaling, Flip Side Friday with 0 Comments

Relief Stamping

I am making several new journals for my new year. I will have journals just for writing and art journals for writing and arting. I will also have separate journals for various classes, different events and then of course my traveling art journals.

One way I have of starting fresh or marking something as a new beginning, is by starting with all fresh and new journals. The one I showed in last Wednesday’s post is one of my favorites.

I primed the plain brown cover with gesso mostly so the colors I add later will show better, and partly to strengthen the cover page.

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The Journal Project 2014 – Week 50 – Art Camp for Women

Written by on December 17, 2014 in Art Camp for Women, Art Journaling, Journal Project with 0 Comments

These weekly prompts are not intended to make an entire page but instead are meant to give you a starting point for a daily practice of Art Journaling.

From now until Prompt #52 we will be making Journal Covers for New Year Journals!

Raised Journal Cover

Art Prompt: Use 3 stamps to make your own stamp picture.

Writing Prompt: What props do you use to make new beginnings?

If you want more help with Art Journaling click here. For more about how the Journal Project got started and how it works click here.

The Traveling Art Journal Part 9 – Music

Once again we are visiting my Family Reunion held on Whidbey Island last summer. It is very interesting how the same event evokes different – and then again – similar responses.

Music night Sister II

McGuinn & McGuire still a’gettin’ higher in LA you know where that’s at – and no one’s gettin’ fat, ‘cept Mama Cass..

Saturday night, after an afternoon of Bar-B-Que and Beach we gathered on the deck of the biggest beach house and sang everything we could think of the words. And when words failed us we got out the smartphones for lyrics. We sang everything from 60’s rock-n-roll to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

Our family has always been full of singers. My immediate brothers and sisters, encouraged by our mother, sang whether we were good or not. And given that practice always makes better – most of us carry a tune with elan. I was surprised to find that not all the branches of cousins sing. The cousins from my mother’s side – sing. Now that I think of it – my dad sang like a donkey braying – but given that he loved my mother – he did sing with us.

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Flip Side Friday #19 – Practice, Persevere at Your Play!

Written by on December 12, 2014 in Art Camp for Women, Art Journaling, Year End with 0 Comments
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Mask under Stencil – spray inks

Showing the backpacking avatar of Lori – surrounding myself with the images I want to BE and DO – an experiment in living a life worth having i.e. A Life I Love.

I sort of subscribe to the idea of manifesting my thoughts, but I must say to have my vision –  I have to practice and to persevere in my practices. I have to do it with a vague faith (manifesting my thoughts) that all will turn out for the best. And because I am human just like the rest of you…I get distracted, depressed, fussy, bratty, busy, tired –  all the moods and physical ailments that come the way of the modern human being.

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The Journal Project 2014 – Week 49

Written by on December 10, 2014 in Art Camp for Women, Art Journaling, Journal Project with 0 Comments

These weekly prompts are not intended to make an entire page but instead are meant to give you a starting point for a daily practice of Art Journaling.

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Tracy’s Hair Pin

Art Prompt: Look around where you are sitting right now – sketch something beautiful right where you are.

Writing Prompt: Write about what you think about you and drawing.

If you want more help with Art Journaling click hereFor more about how the Journal Project got started and how it works click here.

The Traveling Art Journal Part 8 – Past & Present in a Page

Written by on December 7, 2014 in Art Camp for Women, Art Journaling, Traveling Art Journal with 5 Comments
MBWhidbeyMemories

Family Farms & Barns, Ferry Boats, Our Ferry Landing, Mt, Hood or Mt. Rainier – hey i was very young when we moved from here.

This week we are again looking at Traveling Art Journals from my family reunion last summer.

Using photos, brochures and minimal amounts of Watercolor Crayons (Caran D’Ache Neocolor II) Sister #1 evoked every major Whidbey Island memory – memories from this summer as well as from our shared childhood.

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The above page she tried out a rubber stamp, a decorative napkin with matte gel medium and a vintage postcard.

All of her pages leave plenty of room for writing the happenings of the day – which is something I always struggle to do.

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Flip Side Friday #18 – A Life I Love!

Written by on December 5, 2014 in Art Camp for Women, Art Journaling, Year End with 2 Comments

more running mask

I reserve my Friday posts for more personal musings. I reserve the first half of December for taking account of the year and the second half of December for coming up with what I want to be, do and have for the following year.  I always have more journal pages than I have room to post so I also use Friday for that.

This past year I have used three different masks as my personal avatars. I use them to represent me in my journals. This year I have a runner, a backpacker and a meditator. I made the masks from photos of myself so I could really feel represented. HOWEVER – I did the scissor diet – LOL – I trimmed my weight by about 5 pounds by trimming the mask.

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The Journal Project 2014 – Week 48

Written by on December 3, 2014 in Art Camp for Women, Art Journaling, Journal Project with 0 Comments

These weekly prompts are not intended to make an entire page but instead are meant to give you a starting point for a daily practice of Art Journaling.

runningmask

Art Prompt: Threes – Layer two stencils and a mask. Use a spray, a sponge and and some gesso.

Writing Prompt: Write about what you have accomplished in 2014.

If you want more help with Art Journaling click hereFor more about how the Journal Project got started and how it works click here.

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