January 31, 2011

One World One Heart 2011

 A Heartfelt Welcome!

 "Celebrate the Day"
4"x6" Original Postcard

Last year I participated in Lisa Swifka's "One World One Heart" event, and I met and made many new friends. I had so much fun, I just had to participate again this year. If this is your very first visit, a very warm "Welcome"! (If you'd like to read more about this event, please click here to go there.)

As a mixed media artist, I love creating pieces that use vintage images and highly saturated colors in unique ways. One of my giveaways for this year's event is an original, collaged postcard (4"x6") that's suitable for sending or framing.

Here's close-up look at some of the details. Along with the vintage images, I've used watercolor, Golden fluid acrylics, prismacolor pencils and paint pens.

In addition to this postcard, the lucky winner will also receive twelve sheets of deli paper tied with a generous length of recycled Sari silk ribbon. You can use this paper to make your own original backgrounds for art journals and projects. Cover it with paint, stamp it,  ink it, etc. It's flexible and durable.

And, last but not least, the last item in my giveaway is a white Sharpie Poster Paint Pen (extra fine tip). It's fantastic for journaling and doodling.

If you'd like to enter this giveaway, all that you need to do is leave a comment on this post and a way to be reached. You must have an active blog. Other than that . . . . there are no hoops to jump through or bells to ring.  The winner will be announced on February 17th at the end of the "One World One Heart" event.

Heartfelt thanks to Lisa for organizing this wonderful event. Have fun and enjoy the next two weeks. I hope you meet and make many new friends. Thanks for stopping by and best of luck in my drawing.

May your day be filled with new discoveries!
Credits: Thanks to Tumble Fish Studio-Etsy for the image of the girl, her crown, the heart, borders and words.

January 26, 2011

Paper Beads

 Paper Beads

Yesterday afternoon I decided to wander out of my artistic comfort zone. My art group posted a swap to exchange paper beads, and my first instinct was to shy away from this challenge. However, the more I thought about it, the more intriguing the challenge became.

I gathered some simple materials: Scrap paper, old book pages, scissors, glue and sparkle Mod Podge. I wrapped my paper (cut into triangular strips) around toothpicks, and glued the "ends" in place. Before long, I had rolled quite a collection of paper beads.

After they were rolled, I coated the beads with two coats Mod Podge (you can use clear nail polish too), and stuck the toothpicks in a cork to let them dry. To be honest, I was amazed at the results! Who knew that such pretty little beads could be made from paper scraps and even old magazine pages.

If you'd like to give this a try, there are quite a few bead making tutorials on You Tube. Just search for "paper beads". The finished beads can be used for jewelry, charms or journal embellishments. Just one warning: Making these beads is addictive - you can't make just one!

May you spread your creative wings today and soar!

January 23, 2011

Remember Summer?

 Do you remember the colors of summer?

 The feel of soft, warm breezes  . . .

 Flowers, gardens and flea markets?

 The smell of freshly cut grass and . . .

The buzzing of happy bumble bees?

 Thought you might enjoy a walk down memory lane!
May your day be filled with abundance!

January 19, 2011

Goddess of Love

 Goddess of Love
Approximately 4" Long
(Click on any picture to see the details.)

One of the advantages of being in an art group is that you're forced to grow new creative wings. When the challenge was presented to create a goddess - either one to wear or one to hang - I was a bit intimidated. I'd never made a goddess of any type before!

With minimal jewelry skills, a pendant was out of the question. However, I could manage to create a hanging goddess.

After tracing a template onto watercolor, the mixed media fun began. I pulled out my Golden acrylics, a few stamps, watercolors and paint pens. And, since one of the requirements was to include at least one 3-D item in our creation, I even found my polymer clay to make her tiny face.

With Valentine's day around the corner, a Goddess of Love seemed most appropriate.

May your day be filled with love,

January 16, 2011


"Love" Bookmark

Mother Nature has covered my environment in white lately.  Although the snow is beautiful, I'm craving color . . . . and LOTS of it!

One of the my art group challenges was to make a Valentine's themed bookmark. This definitely fulfilled my need for color.

May your day be colored with happiness!
Credits: Thanks to Tumble Fish Studio-Etsy for the hearts, and to Crowabout-Flickr for the borders.

January 11, 2011

A New Journal

"Think Orange"
4 1/2" x 5 1/2" Journal Page
(Click on a star to see the details.)

It's almost impossible for me to choose a favorite color, because I love them all. Choosing one color is much like choosing a favorite child. Each color of the rainbow fulfills a certain need and nourishes my soul in its own unique way.

Imagine the dilemma I faced when one of the challenges in my art group was to start a new journal with the first prompt being: "Choose a Favorite Color". Decisions, decisions! Ultimately, I had to choose "orange". Why? Because it makes me very happy!!!

May your day be filled with many colors!
Credits: Thanks to Ceremony-Etsy for the Zetti's head, and to a Flickr sharing group for the top border. All remaining images are from Tumble Fish Studio-Etsy. Handpainted background by Pringle Hill Studio.

January 9, 2011

Zetti Ornament Received

 Zetti Ornament
Created by Nayski

Back in November, I posted a Zetti doll that was made for my art group's swap. (You can see her if you click here.) I love the doll that I received from my swap partner, Nayski, and thought you might like to see her too.

The attention to detail is awesome! Just look at that darling little face. She makes me smile.

And how cute are those tiny, striped Zetti eggs?!?! Adorable! Nayski's work is fabulous, and if you'd like to see more of her art, you can click here to go to her Flickr.

Happy wishes for a creative day!

January 6, 2011

A Friday "Freebie"

A PNG File
And . . .


There's something about the look in this lovely lady's eyes that I find mesmerizing. I know that you'll find wonderful ways to interpret her "story"!

Wishing you a day filled with serenity!

Credits: To my knowledge, this image is in the public domain.

January 4, 2011

One World One Heart Announcement!

The word is out and spreading quickly throughout Blogland. The lovely and talented Lisa Swifka has decided to host the famous "One World One Heart" virtual open house event one last time! (This will be Lisa's 5th year!)

One World One Heart is a worldwide event for bloggers only. It gives bloggers a chance to meet, mingle and form connections with those they may not have otherwise met from all over the world. In the past four years this event has grown to over 1,000 participants. Last year I was blessed to meet and make many new friends and discovered many wonderful new blogs.

If you'd like to participate or read more about this worldwide blogging event, click here.

May your day be filled with new discoveries!

January 2, 2011

Happy 2011

January 2011
(Click to see the detals.)

This mixed media calendar is one of my very first art challenges for the New Year. Several members of my art group are creating "calendar journals". After we've made our personal calendar for the month, we'll journal something that summarizes our day. We can write as little as we want, draw a picture, doodle, rubber stamp, use a quote, etc. By the end of the month, each little box will be filled with a "memory". 

I've never succeeded in keeping a daily diary or journal, but this little journal looks like a promising way to record my journey through 2011.

May your New Year be filled with peace and personal fulfillment!
Credits: Face, stars, striped bars and upper body - Tumble Fish Studio-Etsy. Hat - Moonlight Journey. Skirt - Ceremony-Etsy. January & 2011 journaling spaces - Roben Marie Smith.