Monday, May 8, 2017

May's Muse



My Theme for May is Birdsong & Sunshine. Small pictures of colorful birds have been glued into my pages.
I am grateful for watercolor painting and I am searching for a mentor to develop my skills. I really want to paint looser with a wet into wet approach. If any of you can refer me to a great mentor, please comment below – Thanks.
My colors are yellow gold, sky blue, royal blue and red.

Now for envelope making.
Here are a couple of very rough patterns and a few links you might find useful: 
 



Friday, April 28, 2017

The Monthly Muse Catch Up

To Muse is to:
• To dream
• To ponder
• To reflect on - a song, a poem, a story, a life event
• To wonder, to marvel


So, The Monthly Muse was launched.

Let's do some catch up. 
Add magazine cut-outs of your favorite things to your monthly pages. The left side includes the title for the month, the theme, items I am grateful for, a word list, a color list, drawing ideas and two columns for notes.  The right side has a small calendar, cut from a full year calendar glued to one upper corner, two rectangle outlines for drawings surrounded by open area for ideas, notes, and things I want to remember such as special happenings that month.  Please share with us how you personalize and add to the page set-ups for your journal.


My January:
Theme: Beginnings, learning
Gratitude: Writing community, rain
Word List: Winter, cold, stormy, rain & snow - grateful for every drop.
Colors: Blue, white, green sprouts
Drawings: Sketch 365 challenge, leaves, tangles
Notes: craft plans, ideas, writing craft, work on design elements, time management

My February:
Theme: writing
Gratitude: for focus
Word List: wisdom, discernment, compassion, grace, love & kindness
Colors: pink/purple sunsets, grey-blue rainy skies
Drawings: practice illustrations for children's books, design notes & ideas, flowers
Notes: empower, leave toxic situations, find community

My March:
Theme: Spring is coming
Gratitude: New friends!
Word List: confidence, contribute, trust, solitude, journaling
Colors: green, pink, lavender
Drawings: finished one sketchbook and started another "Anything Goes" sketchbook, love watercolor best, consider giving away acrylics.
Notes: editing classes, finding where I fit is a life-long process, write one short story per month - join challenge, use photo images for story prompts more regularly.

It's time to gather our ideas for our May pages.  Have fun with it, maybe start by adding the set-up outline and pulling some magazine pics for inspiration like I do.
----------- next time -- making our envelopes for magazine cuttings -----------------
 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

April 2017 - The Monthly Muse


Calendar Journal 2016
Spring is a season for new beginnings! 
So how about an artsy Calendar Journal?
 I have been considering several definitions for MUSE.  These are my favorites:
• To dream
• To ponder
• To reflect on a song, a poem, a story, a life event  
• To wonder, to marvel

So, The Monthly Muse began.

Here's the story: While browsing through craft books, I stumbled upon an idea for creating a monthly planner and making it artsy.  I used too many page as signatures for my 2016 book, resulting in several blanks I plan to go back to sometime.  I used watercolor paper, stitched binding, monthly tabs, and a fabric cover.


Calendar Journal 2017
For 2017, I reduced the page number by half and created my planner with a fabric cover that reminds me of my Mom.  I used fabric I had bleached with a design, beaded, and applied lace reminiscent of my mother’s generation. For the center stage, I used a pair of my mother’s dressy evening earrings. This time I used heavy stock paper not watercolor.  It can only handle a tiny bit of water.
 



Let me show you the interior set-up. The left side includes the title for the month, the theme, items I am grateful for, a word list, a color list, drawing ideas and two columns for notes.  The right side has a small calendar, cut from a full year calendar, glued to one upper corner, two rectangle outlines for drawings surrounded by open area for ideas, notes, and things I want to remember such as special happenings that month.



 
My WIP April pages include:
Theme: Spring
Gratitude: Time in seasons, months, weeks and days, my writing group
Word List: Taxes, classes, trust
Color List: pink, green, sky blue
Drawings: leaves, sunflowers & poppies
Notes:  Do No Harm


Have a go and share what you chose to do.  It is perfectly OK to start your Calendar Journal in April!  It is your book. It’s wonderful whenever you start.   ------ some Jan/Feb/March catch up next time -----   

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

It's good to revisit - Portrait of Helen sold in a SAQA Auction

"Helen"
 "Helen" was sold a few years ago in an auction for Studio Art Quilt Associates, aka SAQA.  I loved making this piece based upon a portrait I painted.
12"X12" textile portrait of cotton and batik fabrics, fusible applique, machine quilting, and set on a second backing of black felt.

The title for this portrait is special because my mother-in-law's name is also Helen. It doesn't look anything like her, but she is very dear to me.  My husband and I have been her caregivers - at 92 she is failing after two strokes.  Sad times.  (which also explains the gap in my posts)
best to you all, deborah

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Collage Making


I recently came across an interesting idea to gather 15 to 20 magazines and cut out images that speak to you.  Then trim and glue the pics to a poster or foam board.  The author said it was a portrait of my consciousness at that point in time.
I really wasn't surprised by my attraction to most of the photos.  To me they express friendship, color, portraiture, art, family, children, our pets, calligraphy, my loving husband and enjoying the shore.

Friday, December 30, 2016

MapMaking! This piece continues to guide me through the process of life.

I am intrigued about creating Maps of life steps, special times and memories of places and people.  Two Mapmaking Artists are my inspiration:  Jill K. Berry - Personal Geographies, and Valerie S. Goodwin - Art Quilt Maps.  Check out their books, I'm sure you have a map story too!  

I have several ideas I want to experiment with when I take a break from working on my current series: Moments in Time.  But I had to this one right away!  It's about where I fit and where I don't fit.  It did me so much good to work through and create this piece.

Best to you all!  deborah

Sunday, November 27, 2016

UPDATE 11/27/2016 - THAT'S A FINI WRAP -- I made it! NaNoWriMo Month!

Fantastic Experience - looking forward to Camp NaNo in the spring.

I'm 1/3rd into a month long event to write a novel of 50,000 words.  It's Astro-High Velocity daily writing fun.  NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month founded in 1999, with hundreds of thousands of international participants.  http://nanowrimo.org/
I have made new writing friends and love the adventure.  With a third written, I'm on target to finish my novel by the end of the evening November 30th, YEA!
Take good care, do what you love creatively today!  Best, deborah

Monday, October 17, 2016

"Reflections in Black & White" at PIQF - Mancuso Shows

Thrilled to have my collection show at Oasis Palm Springs and PIQF Santa Clara!  I was able to attend the wonderful PIQF show and have some pics to share.



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