Evening Faces

In the evening, while I sit and watch TV, I have started going back to sketching faces.  I miss the 29 Faces challenge.  I really enjoyed that.  So I am just sketching faces, then putting them aside and using them to add a spark on the backgrounds in my journals.

BOOK OF DAYS 2014

 

This is my first one.  I sketched her with pencil in a watercolor tablet I had.  Then used my Prismacolor pencils to finish her face and hair.  Then an Extra Fine Tip Sharpie for her eyes and lashes.   I fluctuated back and forth between liking her and seeing all of her flaws.  Then I decided to make a background for her.  I used some craft papers, stamps, napkins, washi tape and of course some pens.  Glued her on the background…and now I love her.

Lady Dianna

Lady Dianna

I have names her Lady Dianna.  I don’t know why.  I have a sister named Dianna, but she doesn’t necessarily look like my sister.  She just told me her name was Lady Dianna.  So there you go.

Closer look at Lady Dianna.

Closer look at Lady Dianna.

I wanted you to see the stamp I used on the background.  It was given to me by my friend Dawn Howell.  I just love it!  It is the veins of the leaf!  Isn’t that wonderful!  It comes with four various stamps to a pack and is by Inkadinkado Stamping Gear.  All four are wonderful.

Leaf stamp

Leaf stamp

 

Even though this is in my Book of Days 2014, it does not coincide with Effy Wild’s prompts.  I am having trouble working with the prompts, but do not want to give up my BOD.  So, I am just creating my own pages and adding them to my BOD.  After all, I know Effy would tell me it is MY Book of Days and therefore I need to put in it what feels right to me.

 

INSPIRATION JOURNAL

Here is another page I have completed in my Inspiration Journal.  The quote I copied from somewhere…sorry I don’t know the author (let me know if you do and I will credit them).  ” Breaking someone’s trust is like crumpling a perfect piece of paper, you can smooth it over, but it’s never going to be the same again.”

Breaking someone's trust

Breaking someone’s trust

I used craft paint, stamps, washi tape and crumpled paper.

Linda Ann

Linda Ann

This was done with the same process.  First sketching with my mechanical pencil, then completed with Prismacolor pencils, and finally a Sharpie pen.  I have tried to paint my faces, but find it very hard.  I may try again.  Maybe.  Someday.   LOL

My 2014 Planner

I know, I haven’t blogged since Feb. 20th!!  Sorry.  Going to try to be better about it.    Today I would like to share with you my 2014 Planner.  I use paint, collage, tip outs, washi tape, stickers, stamping, doodling, and sketching.  Each month there are four pages.

FIRST PAGE

It starts with a monthly calendar.

First page for each month is a monthly calendar.

First page for each month is a monthly calendar.

 

SECOND PAGE

Then I have a two page spread with a tip out on the right.  Under the tip out is a lined sheet with records of my bills and spending for the month.  On this particular month I also have a tip out on the left showing the Nutribullet Pro 900 that I bought.  Love it!!

Second page each month includes a tip out to hide my bank balance info.

Second page each month includes a tip out to hide my bank balance info.

 

THIRD PAGE

This is the third page.  No tip outs or ins.  Just painting and collage, journaling and some doodles.

2014 Planner 002

 

FOURTH PAGE

Fourth and final page for the month includes paint, collage, doodling, stickers, three small tip outs and of course journaling.

Fourth page.

Fourth page.

This is a pretty typical month in my planner.  I started with a planner I made last year from a and kind of got in to the swing of it.  This year I am being more dedicated to the whole process.  I am really enjoying it and hope I stick with it because I think it is good for me to make notes on what my day to day life is like.  Maybe when I am gone, my children or grandchildren will find it interesting.

 

I hope you enjoyed seeing this.  I know I love seeing other peoples planners.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

Working hard on the inside of the house.

I thought I would share the house progress with everyone.  This is the living room.  Cherrie bought an entertainment center from IKEA and put it together.  Here she is setting everything out to start on the first box.  There was a total of 5 boxes to put together.

Cherrie working hard

Cherrie working hard

Cherrie and Patrick finishing up on the 4th box.

Cherrie and Patrick finishing up on the 4th box.

I know I jumped ahead and skipped boxes 2 and 3.

Attaching the fifth box (the bridge) to the book cases.

Attaching the fifth box (the bridge) to the book cases.

And now for the finish!!

I just love it!!

I just love it!!

But of course we then have to put some bling on it and hang pictures, etc. around the room.

Our living room.

Our living room.

We all love the way everything turned out. Worry that I am boring some of you, but am so excited about it.  Had to share 🙂

Hope you all have a great day…and keep smiling!

Look what I got for my birthday!

Hi everyone!  I know, I haven’t been posting on my blog for almost a month!  Guess I have some catching up to do.  Today is my birthday.  For those of you who are interested, I am 69 today.  Thought I would share with you my wonderful present from my daughter, Cherrie.

Dressing table.

Dressing table.

Isn’t it gorgeous!  Love it 🙂  OK now to sharing my art with you.

Book of Days 2014

Week 3

What lies beneath

What lies beneath

I watched a video on u-tube by my friend Dawn Howell.  It is a two part video on painting a scene with a tree.  The first part is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuLCdMUe9x4  and you can find the second part from there.

Week 3

This was dedicated to my Mother.  I didn’t use Effy’s prompt, but made my own very personal page.

Thoughts of my Mom

Thoughts of my Mom

My Mother is in a nursing home and not doing well.  Struggling with Dementia and not eating the way she should be.

Week 4

Be aware of OPS (Other peoples stuff), but don’t let them take you over.  Be in the world, but not bombarded by it.

I am here

I am here

See the dot in the middle of my forehead.  When I was working on Week 5 on the other side of this page, I got paint on my face.

Week  5

What feeds your soul.  I completed this page using the same items that Effy used, because I related to those items so much.

What feeds your soul.

What feeds your soul.

I am thinking of doing another page about “What feeds your soul” before going on to week 6.  We will see.  This is how far I have gotten in my BOD.  On Monday, Effy will post week 8, so I really should start week 6.  🙂 ….However, it is my birthday, so I get to do whatever I want.  Right?

Journal52

Week 3

You always make me smile

You always make me smile

Our new house always makes me smile.  I am enjoying watching Cherrie fix it up and helping her decorate it.

Week 4

Create your own character

Create your own character

I know, I know, it just looks like another of my faces.  I am still working on painting a face with character.  It will come some day.

Patchouli, sage, pine needles and cheese cloth to make a hat.

Patchouli, sage, pine needles and cheese cloth to make a hat.

Week 5

Create an abstract art piece.

Create an abstract art piece.

I enjoyed this and will do it again.

From one of my Journals

This is just a little something extra from one of my journals.

February 12 face

February 12th face

Hope you all have a fabulous day!  Sending out a lot of hugs and smiles.

Working with my Muse in my new space

I have been trying to work in my new space.  It is strange…having to get my Muse to work with me in a place she isn’t used to and that isn’t totally organized yet.  But I think we are starting to get our rhythm back.

Journal52

I am a little behind in my Journal52 prompts.  Not bad…but a little.  This is my week 2 page.  The prompt was:  My Happy Place.

My Happy Place

My Happy Place

Not a place I actually know, but a place I would like to be.

A cabin in the woods

A cabin in the woods

With a comfy chair where I could read a book or write in my journal.

With a comfy chair where I could read a book or write in my journal.

Somewhere near a lake.

Somewhere near a lake.

That would be my happy place  🙂

Book of Days Week 2 2014

This week for BOD we where supposed to complete a face on another surface and glue it onto our BOD page.  I completed this face…I believe it was December 7, 2013….and thought I would use it here.  I know, I wrote 2014 on the page, but that is obviously wrong and I have fixed it now.

She is done in colored pencils, pens and a little Carand'ache Neocolor II.

She is done in colored pencils, pens and a little Carand’ache Neocolor II.

We were to us similes in our composition.  The one Effy used was:  Color is to winter what music is to silence.  I love this it is great!  However,  I’m not very poetic and had a hard time coming up with something.  So what I ended up with was:  A smile is like the song from a bird.  May be it should have been:  A smile is to a face as a song is to a bird.  Or something like that.  But oh well…it is what it is  🙂

This is my completed page.

This is my completed page.

Then I thought:  what makes me smile?

Freedom to go where you want.

Freedom to go where you want.

This need for freedom may have come on me because my car was being repaired, and I had no way to get around.  LOL

Travel - even in your mind - can set you free.

Travel – even in your mind – can set you free.

I remember traveling around California with my friend and enjoy the wonderful memories.

My life

We are in the middle of week 3 for both of the groups and I need to get busy and finish the pages before Monday so I won’t be behind again.

For those of you who are curious, my car is back and working great.  It was not my transmission (thank goodness since that would have cost well over $2,000).  I needed a new Input Speed Sensor, had the tranny fluid replaced and replaced my battery.  The old battery had a crack in it and was leaking battery acid everywhere.  It all came to $425.  Much better than a new tranny.

Thanks to all of you for stopping by.  I truly appreciate it.  Put a smile on your face and have a beautiful day!  🙂

Something I want to share

Something To Share

I found this very informative.  Something I needed to read.  I thought some of you might also enjoy this information.  I don’t like the way this is stated (what I just wrote).  Very dry.  All I can say is take a minute to read Lori-Lyn’s post.  It is well worth the read.

Lori-Lyn Hurley

http://lorilynhurley.com/seven-things-stop-right-now-want-let-light/#comment-12623

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BOD 2014

This is the first week for Book of Days 2014 with Effy Wilde.  This week we are doing a page representing our word for the year (mine is a phrase…not a word).  This is my page.  I finished it yesterday while Cherrie and Edison worked on a wall in the living room.  I had to just stay out of the way and what better way to do that than create!

BOD 2014  Week 1

BOD 2014 Week 1

My phrase for the year is Relax and Enjoy.  This is made with acrylic paints for the background, and colored pencils to color the face I drew.  The butterflies are Main Street Wall Creations  jumbo stickers.  I get them at the Dollar Tree.  28 butterflies in beautiful colors for a dollar!!  🙂

I am still unable to find my favorite pens and pencils, but found some of my daughters pencils…just not the colors I usually use, but having fun with them anyway.  I am very limited on my pens, but have a regular black Sharpy and used a white pencil for the white marks I wanted to make.

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Art Journal

This is a page in one of my Art Journals I completed yesterday while staying out of the way.

Creating art

Creating art

I really enjoy making these faces, so I will probably continue to include them in a lot of my pages.

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My Life

So while Cherrie and Edison were working on the living room wall, they sent me to pick up the pizza.  On my way home my transmission decided to stop shifting into 2nd gear.  So it starts out from a stop just fine, then picks up speed till it gets fast enough to go into 3rd … and suddenly BANGS into 3rd!  Not good!

That leaves me without transportation until it can be fixed.  I of course have no money to fix it since it will be very expensive.  However, I do have a wonderful daughter who will put it on her charge card and let me make payments.  Sooo very grateful to my daughter….but still not happy about it, or the fact that I have to owe her soo much money :-(.

Trying to look at all of the good sides to this, but just not happy.  I know,  I must keep smiling!  🙂

Pencils and Pens

BOD2014

When we were moving I packed away all of my favorite pencils and pens together with some other of my favorite craft tools in one box.  Do you think I can now find that box?  Of course not.  I have unpacked many a craft room box and have yet to find that box.  So now my class BOD 2014 with Effy Wilde has started and I don’t have what I am used to working with.  It is totally driving me crazy.  However, I figure it is a good challenge for me to learn to use some of my other craft tools.  At least that is what I am telling myself.

I haven’t made a journal for BOD 2014.  I am going to work on my pages loose and then bind them later.  I am using Strathmore 140 lb. watercolor paper.  It is 11  x 15.  I started working on my first page today.  Very nervous about trying to do my face without my pencils and pens.  Maybe I can find them tomorrow.  We are going to look at some of the unpacked boxes that are in the garage and see if it is there.  Think good finding thoughts.

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JOURNAL52

I have also joined a group called Journal52 with Chelle Stein.  We will be making one page per week using a prompt Chelle will be giving us.  I made a journal out of a flexible 3 ring binder for this class and added papers that I had already.  Some watercolor, some sketch, and some mixed media.  This is the front of the flex binder I decorated.

Front of Journal52 binder.

Front of Journal52 binder.

The prompt for the first week was “Up, up and away“.  Here is my page.

Week 1 page for Journal52

Week 1 page for Journal52

I know most people are putting the UP on top, but for some reason I had to start with the UP on the bottom…going up.  It may not make any sense to anyone except me…but that is the way my muse said it had to be.

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MY WORD FOR 2014

OK, here’s the thing.  I tried to come up with a word for 2014 like everyone else does, but I couldn’t.  I came up with a phrase.  Relax and enjoy.  This seems to make me happy, so I am going with it.  🙂

Everyone take care of themselves and remember to smile!

Making this house ours

Wanted to share with you the new colors of our house.  When we purchased the house it was white with black trim.  It just didn’t suit our personalities.  Cherrie wanted to make the house hers and this is what it looks like now.

Shades of orange and brown.

Shades of orange and brown.

One of the neighbors, Katheryn, said to me: “Jack told me you were going to paint the house orange.  I said, Who paints there house orange!  But now that I see it, I really like it!”

Closer view of front.

Closer view of front.

Not sure we are keeping the bushes, but that will be a decision for another day, week, month….maybe even year  LOL

Corner on the front.

Corner on the front.

I didn’t like the shutters, but now that they are painted, I have changed my mind.   I like them.

Back of house

Back of house

Inside the patio.

Inside the patio.

This was taken prior to the trim being painted.  Hmmm  well just pretend the trim around the door is brown.  The window at the right is the kitchen and the washer and dryer are hooked up below that window.  The other window is to what I call the great room.  The living, dinning and kitchen all open as one room.

OK  So there is the house with it’s new coat :-).  We love it!!  Tomorrow the house gets new gutters and then the outside is done for now.  Next Cherrie starts on the inside.  More about that later.

New Years Morning

I know I have been gone for quit a while, but moving seems to take a lot of my time and major amounts of my energy.  Just thought I would stop in this morning to say HAPPY NEW YEAR to you.  Hope everyone has a happy, productive new 2014.

This is how mine started this morning.

From our new back yard

From our new back yard

Keep smiling!  It is actually good for you 🙂

Art while packing

Packing to move is interfering with my time with my Art Journal.  I have picked one of my new journals to use strictly for collage.  I have been very inspired by PackerDi.  Here is one of her videos on utube.

I have started several spreads, but this is the only one that I feel is finished.  This page I used two of my most favorite ladies clipped from a magazine several years ago.  It took me a lot of guts to do this spread, because I liked these so much and didn’t want to ruin them.

Collage using some magazine pages

Collage using some magazine pages

Such a lovely suit and look at that hair!  Just love this.

Such a lovely suit and look at that hair! Just love this.

I want this coat!

I want this coat!

Hmm  Maybe the hat too.

Hmm Maybe the hat too.

I started yesterday packing my craft room.  VERY hard to do because if you pack it you can’t unpack it till you unpack it!  Such stress!  What to pack??  I have decided to keep myself from panicking I am going to keep out certain things so I can still do at least a little art while waiting to move.  We are supposed to move on the 14th.  So that would be too many no art days for me.  Which is funny since I didn’t start any art or crafting before March of this year.  LOL  Now I’m an addict.

I have also sketched a face in colored pencils.  This may be what I keep out to work on during this time.  A sketch pad and colored pencils.  That is what I decided last night while doing this face.

Yes, I think I will practice faces while I am moving.

Yes, I think I will practice faces while I am moving.

Well I really should get busy and pack some boxes.  You have a happy smiley day!  🙂

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