Friday, August 29, 2014

Gate Leaf Cards

I saw these cards on Julie Fei Fan Balzer's blog.  They are made with a Scan and Cut machine which I own but have not used very much.  So I purchased the file she was selling to make these cards.  This one I made has a mistake in it. Some the green paper tore off on one of the leaves.  The idea is pretty simple and now I think I can go make my own designs.  You could really make stencils out of all the rejects. In fact its very easy to make stencils with this machine. I need to plan some time to do that very thing. That is why I wanted the machine in the first place. To make my own stencils, that are different from what you can buy. Sometimes I look at other blogs and I can identify the stencils that someone used.

I finished with all the preparations for my 21 Secrets class.  So happy that is done.  I think its going to be an amazing group of classes.  Don't forget to sign up here.  Today is last day to enter my giveaway, which is on a post here.  I'll be picking the winner today, so you have until this evening to enter. See my next post to see who the winner is.

I've seen some tea bag art lately on some sites I frequent. I usually drink tea that has round tea bags so I thought there might not be enough surface to draw anything.  Last night this bag was on my desk and decided to play with it. My pens and pencils were in my bag upstairs so I used the closest thing available. This turned out to be pitt artist brush markers, and I drew a simple woman and added her to an old book page.  I also used some distress stain to color around her. This was interesting to do.  I have some full size tea bags drying to try out next.  The surface is interesting and stained so it looks old right away. My friend Palma Rae from Rome has a whole used book full of drawings on tea bags. I think its a fun idea.

Check out the other folks at Paint party Friday.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Angels Among Us

If you haven't entered my 21 Secrets giveaway tomorrow is your last chance.    Go see this post for details.

A group of Angels on O'Connell Street in Dublin, Ireland. I spent a lot of time on this street, it was a great central location.

I didn't think I would miss Dublin that much, but I would love to be exploring on O'Connell street once more.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Looking Through a Window

A view at Coventry Cathedral, in England, or the ruins of to be exact. Another snippet from my trip.  I have always been fascinated by the shape of a cathedral window, so it was great to see so many on my trip. Windows in general truly fascinate me, its that mystery of what the view shows or what's behind the corner that you can't see. Is there any aspect of architecture that fascinates you?  I'd love to hear about it.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Moment In Time

I am recording videos for my class this week so I have little art to show you.  So I think this week I'll show some random photographs that I took on my trip to Ireland. Just a small snippet of beauty here and there. This is at my friend Donna Higton's home in England, well her garden actually. Wishing for you, a little spot of beauty today.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Easter Sky - My Version

On 12 X 12 canvas a simple imaginary landscape from my Expressive Landscapes course.   I am still reworking the one I posted early.  I am finding this kind of painting hard to do.

I finished my Tardis socks a couple weeks ago.  They turned out pretty good.

I spent Saturday on the phone with Sarah and Kyle.  She got really sick while they were camping. Told her to go to the emergency room. Turned out to be appendicitis. She had surgery at 9:00 that night. The appendix had not ruptured but the surgeon said if it had been a couple hours it would have ruptured.  It was really inflamed. She is home now recovering.  It sure was hard being so far away and not being able to be there in person.

I did the ice bucket challenge to support ALS awareness and research for a cure. Here is the video I posted on Facebook.

I really encourage all my readers to donate to ALS, it is such an awful disease. Donations can be made at