8/22/2014

Zentangle and book making



 I joined a swap recently to make a mini (3") book with stab binding. At first I didn't want to swap, but as I started watching youtube tutorials on stab binding, the more I wanted to make one.

So I did. The theme was Recycle (R3) so the book had to be made from re-purposed materials. The cover on mine is made from the cardboard backing that the Gelatos color packs come on. It was large enough for both covers and quite sturdy. Then I took some orange paint and gave them a painting over. Next I took some orange tissue paper (I keep all the tissue paper that I get from shopping or gifts to reuse) and then smooshed (my favorite craft word) it up on the board which was covered in a rather thick layer of mod podge. That created random wrinkles that I just love! Once that dried I took some gold Lumiere paint (Jacquard) and brushed that on then wipped some off with a dry paper towel while it was still wet so that some of the orange underneath would show through. Lastly, I took some black paint and rubbed it on like you would with Buff-n-Rub to get it into the recessed areas. This created a slightly antiqued look. It came out very awesome.


The lady I sent it too is very excited to see it in person and right she should be because I put a lot of effort into my swap pieces. So when I get something back that looks "lazy" from swappers...it just makes me all frazzled. But, as one of my friends pointed out (to my surprise), she said that my artwork is very spiritual and not everyone expresses art in that way. She's very right about that and I was honored to hear someone say they noticed that in my artwork. I dunno what I would do without my friends in my life. They bring to me such a different perspective that I would never see on my own....cause I'm an Aries...and that's just how we are.





There was a Zentangle "class" at one of the local libraries here recently and this is what I made in the two hours we were there. I love it! We also got a rock to Zentangle. Mine is rather large. I like rocks, so...this rocked. LOL!!










Until next time...
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8/16/2014

Crafty Saturday


Wow what a day it has been. Went to the quilt shop to pick up the next quilt block pattern in the Block of the Month Club....and bought a couple fat quarters...I couldn't help myself. Oh so pretty, feel good, fabric!!

When I got home, I was setting up to do some sewing when I saw something in one of the canvases I had prepped the other day for intuitive work. I didn't see anything right away so I set it, and the other one, aside to work on another day. Today was that day!
Before



I did notice the big fiery looking splotch there...but nothing else really popped out for me until today. So the sewing project was put aside. When I see it, I am COMPELLED to fill it in. I can't describe it other compulsion. It's a "must be done NOW" feeling.



After!


Tis okay. When I am in that moment where my sole focus is the canvas, everything else melts away. The stress, the worry....the fucking noisy neighbors....put on some good tunes and I am oblivious to the world outside of my Craft Cave.










And I did try to document the process but my camera kept turning off after about three minutes of filming. Not entirely sure why as it has never been so damned picky before. After the third time of it falling off it's precarious perch on top of my shelving (I don't have a tri-pod yet) and disturbing my flow of consciousness, I decided that it just was not meant to be fully documented. This is the first, I think, published video at the new place.

Oh and by the way, this and other completed intuitive projects can be found at my esty store for purchase. Thank you for supporting an independent artist and adventurer! You can click the tab above to see the mini-store app.




Until next time...
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8/15/2014

Thankful Thursday, whoops!


I forgot about Thankful Thursday yesterday because I was so busy making monoprints. Of which, are for sale in my Etsy shop (click tab above to see them in my mini-shop)! I keep dreaming that I'll make some extra money from all the things I learn and create.

There are some new job opportunities presenting themselves. I had a pre-interview over the phone with Fedex for 3-9pm shift. They said they would call next week to schedule a face-to-face interview.
The pay is right. Now if I could get that other transportation job through the local YWCA that I have been working on getting for the last eight months (they lost my application, then found it, then promptly lost it again and asked me to fill another one out....UGH). So I am hoping to do the transportation job in the morning, then get a lift to my second job at the local Fedex place. Between the two I should be able to get some money put back for an effin car, a new computer, and a smart TV.  It is so hard to live without a car, I am finding out. And having one is super expensive but almost necessary to keep a good job. No one in town wants me. They are probably all like, she so over qualified she'd die of boredom! Or some other stupid excuse because I expect a higher wage. Meh.


So this week I am thankful for the job opportunities that are coming my way. I continue to do magic, as well as a friend is, that I will find the right job. I spend fifteen minutes a day meditating and focusing on obtaining those two jobs.




What are you thankful for this week?









Until next time...
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8/13/2014

Art Journal Tuesday!


So what have I been doing in Art Journaling, you may ask. 

Well let me show you!! I've joined swap-bot.com and I've started swapping through that site. I've been burned on more than one occasion so you could call be swap shy, but I still but my best into every swap.

Journal Page Swap #1

This page came about when I joined my first swap on swap-bot. I got the theme from, my latest six pack of all things. It was called  "Satin Solitude" imperial stout. So I cut out a few elements from the packaging and used those as my basis for the page. Background was done with a home-made gelli-plate, acrylics, ink, stamps.







Journal page Swap #2




A page that popped up from a gelli-print. The swap isn't ready to assign partners yet, but it's ready to go anyways!







Card to Mom

Mom and I have not been on the best of terms since she called me one night and told me "I love you, but fuck you" (she had gone off her meds....again) but I still send her cards and recently I have been itchin to get back to paper crafting This card was made from one of the gelli plate prints I have made, and stickers because I am multi-media like that. We don't chat on the phone anymore because of that one phone call, she's an abuser, but we still stay in contact via snail mail. This way, she can't call me constantly and harass me and call me names for no reason. It's all linked into her illness and I know this, but it can still be hard sometimes. I miss her and I miss the times when her mind was less fractured. 


These are some prints from my home-made gelli-print. It's very fun now that I have it in a permanent mold, an old rusty baking pan. It's been sitting out for weeks and it hasn't dried up yet!
A fellow spiritualist and I are swapping some mono-print pages on swap-bot as well.

I love the outlined images resulting from the foam stamps I used.

On this one, I took what I was pulling from the plate on the stamps and adding it to am earlier ghost print. 





In other news, I'm searching for a farming man to hook up with on farmersonly.com. I keep getting old geezers liking my profile. One even looked a lot like my dad in his younger years. Gross. I've specificed that I am not a follower of any mainstream religious bruhaha....and I get all sorts of lookings, but no contact. 
/sigh
Some would say I am TOO STRONG of a gal to attract any man, but I won't believe that bull-shit. I am strong willed. There's no denying that. That will NEVER change. I won't put up with what I have in the past. You have to let me be free to explore whatever path draws me, even if you think I will fail, because that is what makes me happy. My man will also support those endeavors, and hold me close at night and tell me what a wonder I am. I need a feminist man. LOL!!!

I hope to find a farming man. I really am drawn to the farmers life. But I have to find the right kind of man that will allow me to follow what interests me and do what most would consider "the man's work" on a farm. I want to do all the "guy" jobs and I am experiencing quite a bit of gender discrimination in the market I am looking to keep going in and it really pisses me off. 

Anyways....

Until next time...
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8/07/2014

Thankful Thursday!


 So I've slacked on the blog, or rather, I lost interest in it for a time. It's been super nice weather here in my area so I've been bike riding, gardening and crafting. This is going to be a longer post than usual, so if you have time, I hope you can stay. :)

This weekend I will be participating in my first fundraiser "race" run/walk 5K. I'm a little excited!

Two weeks ago I biked 40 miles (total)  to one of the neighboring cities that has a Quilt shop. It was one of the most pleasant and beautiful bike rides I have ever taken, and the longest. I've only done 20 in one day. I was very ambitious that day. I did hurt some the next day, but I was not as sore as I had expected to be which was a real bonus. Everyone along the route, which seems to be a popular one for local bicyclists, said Hi to me. Every. Single. One. You don't get that kind of interaction in the city where everyone is GRR-GRRR GET OUT OF THE WAY MOFO!
Bike ride booty!
I dunno if I will be doing it again this year, but you never know. I did bring home five fall themed fat quarters from the quilt shop and stopped by a shop called "Believe" . I noticed the store front window had incense and I ran out of Frankinmyrrh some time ago. So despite the fact that I was famished and needed to get my sugars up, I stopped in. I had a nice chat with the store owner who told me they do metaphysical consignment  (wands, tarot cards, runes, incense, etc-etc). That's neat!! So I mentioned that I do intuitive paintings. She seemed really interested so I just emailed photos to her of the ones I have. I really need to get some more made. I still have a hard time parting with my creations. It sometimes feels like a betrayal of sorts. I brought you into existence and now I give you away, not because I don't want you but because I want to make money. It's really a lesson in letting go...it's taken a while to let go of my previous relationship and even though now and again I think about it, it no longer triggers an ache in my heart. I have to let it go in order to allow something new, and better, into my life. Right? That's what they say, anyways. When I asked her where was good to eat that wasn't fast food, she referred me to the Koffee Kup down the road. I had a delicious bacon cheeezboogar.



Waffle Time!



Here is a Waffle Time pattern done with the pumpkin print I bought at the quilt shop I bicycled to. It's really pretty! This is just the top, haven't quilted it yet.













Summer in the Park


Remember that top I was working on that caused such a stir in one of the facebook quilting groups because I mentioned how mmisogynistic Hobby Lobby has become?

Well here is that top all done. They did help me pick the borders, which are mitered (pain in the ass that was).

Again, I found the pattern on youtube.









I've also been canning up some garden produce, beans and 8 pounds of cherries delivered by Sun-Ripe Fruits. I've gotten peaches from them as well and their produce is always top notch for less than grocery store prices.


So this week, I am thankful for the ability to take off on a random adventure. Not everyone is able. So I am very grateful to be able.

What are you grateful for this week?








Until next time...
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