Make a funky bird, friends! I just posted a new YouTube video on how to make this fun and quirky bird (owl?) A fantasy bird maybe? Click HERE.
I have been pretty busy in my studio this month, but I’ve focused more on sewing than paint and paper. I made a couple of songbirds. They are so much fun to make, but now I have to put away all the sewing paraphernalia.
I got a couple of paintings made as well.
I think I mentioned in my last blog post that I’m re-issuing the old historical romances I wrote in the 90s. One is set to come out on September 1, The Undoing of Lord Saville, and the other is already out, TheTaming of Viscount Perth. If you like humorous sweet romance, you might like these. Only on Kindle at this time.
I hope you’re having some joyous time in your studio during these crazy times. I love going into my studio and make happy things. Nothing better to keep the positive vibes up! Well, meditation really helps too.
Paint is always something I explore to enhance the quality of my art work. It’s an ongoing quest.
There are so many different brands of paint and you have to try them all to see what works best.
I’ve used Liquitex, Winsor and Newton, Golden, and some other brands I can’t remember now.
Liquitex paints aren’t the best, but they do the job. The pigmentation is rather poor, and some of the paints are very runny and annoying. I think the quality has gone down a lot over the years.
Windsor and Newton paint is a better quality for sure, and Golden, yes, very nice but the price is high.
I came across a box of acrylics at a garage sale for $5 and found this tube:
I had never heard of the brand. Such a strong pigmentation and richness of consistency. The very best. I researched the brand and came to find out it’s by Bill Alexander, an artist/ company similar to the legendary Bob Ross.
I found their sets for sale on their website and they are very pricey. The website is the only place you can buy them (that I know of.)
I went to Jerry’s Artarama to see if they might sell them. Jerry’s always has some good sales going on. Quality canvas for better prices.
Someone had posted that Charvin brand would be comparable to Alexander’s.
It’s another brand of paint I’d never heard of (where have I been?)
I bought four tubes of random colors to complement those I already have. They were on sale for $9.49 each, which wasn’t too bad. Free shipping. Jerry’s had a huge variety of colors. I’d say they are not as good as Alexander paints, but very good. They dry with a slightly slick surface, different from that of Liquitex.
I don’t know about you, but I get tired of using the same colors all the time, so I’m looking to branch out where I can.
I also use lots of permanent inks, but I’m not going to cover those in this post.
I have been busy painting lately in a loose intuitive style. These two paintings are available in my etsy shop. They measure 12×12″.
If you’re looking for some gifts, I have free shipping on my polymer clay mosaics. Lots of inventory right now, and great prices.
Fabric collage is one of my “things.” I have painted and dyed fabric over time and now have a nice stash of unique colors and styles to use for my fabric collages. These collages are usually attached to everyday usable items, which is a bonus.
Fabric collage makes a unique product that gets many ohhs and ahhs from (mostly) my fellow artists. No everyone likes a whimsical bag on their arm.
I got inspired with the last canvas mini bag and made a video of the process. To see how the other bags turned out, please check my two previous posts.
For this last bag check out my YouTube video HERE.
I filmed and filmed and just as I was done, the camera batteries died. What perfect timing, huh?
You might ask how I dye fabric. There is always the conventional fabric dyes in the stores, but I like to make patterns and mix the colors.
I use mostly alcohol inks and diluted acrylic paints in spray bottles. I rinse out as much as I can, but the alcohol inks leave a pretty mighty color infusion. I use mostly cotton fabric because it absorbs the paints the best.
The acrylic paints usually embed themselves in the fabric, and when they dry, they are pretty stiff, but still flexible enough to use. I usually just spread the fabric on a drop cloth to dry. Try different paints, and make sure they are color fast after drying, otherwise they will wash out.
I have added the four fabric collage bags / pouches to my etsy shop, Earth and Faery.
There are many items in my shop at the moment since the holidays are coming. I have felt a creative high for some weeks and I’m grateful for the flow. Sometimes I have long periods of no great inspiration, but I keep showing up in my studio. That’s what you do!
If you want some art journaling inspiration, I have a bunch of easy videos on YouTube under my name. Keep creating. The process will make you grow.
Busy time in my studio. This time of year it’s always good to stay busy so that I have lots of inventory for the Christmas season.
It’s not all about selling and producing though.
I’m still doing my art journaling almost every day because I can’t stop! Part of me is critical of the process–always, but another part is really addicted to the evolution of my art.
Whereas my crafts give me great satisfaction, they don’t always delve deeply into the process of creation like art journaling does. I try to keep a balance. They all move me forward on my creative journey.
All of it makes for a happy day. 🙂 No matter how challenging art can be, it makes me happy to create. What more can I ask for?
Busy is good too. The juices are flowing; inspiration is like an overflowing river, and ideas pop up constantly. It’s been a long while since I felt this inspired.
I finished the spirit doll that I started a couple of months ago. (Check out my previous post.) Here are some pictures of recent creations.
I painted the wooden box in various colors, attached paper to the interior back of the box, and then added my doll. She inspires Courage, something we need every day.
Here are some other samples of new things. They are all available in my etsy shop.
I had fun with this watch casing. The portrait is a miniature painting, and I tell you, it was fiddly and tricky to paint.
I started making these four-inch plaques with stamped affirmations at the bottom. So much fun! I like the idea of reminding folks that we are all perfect just the way we are.
You are worthy!
I also made some more clay faces for doll making or to use as an ornament. I wasn’t sure if there would be any interest but I sold some. Now I’m working on creating a cat face mold.
Sculpting in clay is not easy…
New ideas keep me fresh and eager to move forward. I may have to sculpt many cat faces before I’m satisfied, but the main point is to plunge into action. The rest takes care of itself.
If you’re feeling blocked or full of resistance, plunge in anyway. It’s the only way forward. 🙂
Make your own art journal is easy. I actually put up an e-course on how I made a similar one to the one below. (Link at the bottom of the post.)
I love making stuff, and experimenting with materials, mostly paper and fabric.
I hand “painted” the muslin cover with acrylic paints and alcohol inks, let it dry, and then I ironed it flat. I used a manila folder that I cut to size to fit the pages I made. I also made sure the muslin covered the inside of the cover. I got lucky because it did!
Then I proceeded to deckle the edges of 34 sheets of card stock in various colors.
I then wet all the pages and dribbled or poured paints and inks on them, and the effect is always fun when paint runs in the water.
It is very rewarding to make your own journal, to be part of the entire process of making it your own and then filling it with art and writing. Modern day journaling… I think we long for expression, something to keep us in touch with what we REALLY feel.
So much time is lived behind the mask that society expects from us. Art is a great way to express your innermost thoughts and feelings, and some stuff you didn’t even know was in there. 🙂
Art is healer and a challenger. Why not go for a wild ride and claim your innate creativity? Everyone is an artist and that’s the truth.
Everyone knows how to express themselves, therefore there is an ability to express in art.
The above journal is available in my Earth and Faery etsy shop. The link is EARTH AND FAERY. SOLD right away, but you can still make your own. 🙂
If you want to check out the e-course how to make three different kinds of art journals, go to THIS PAGE.
Lately I have been very busy in my studio making “things.” I paint also, and joined a 30 day painting challenge on Instagram that was started by Tracy Verdugo. We are painting on the same painting for 30 days. I’m on day 20 today. You can check out the painting on Insta. My username is @greeneearth. It’s a tough challenge for sure since you might fall in love what you have painted, but you have to let go and keep painting.
The rest of the time I have been making faery boxes, intention boxes, and other purdy things, like polymer clay mosaics for my boxes. It has been a month of experiments and it’s SO MUCH FUN! When one art form is sluggish I try something else to get my creative fix daily. Here are some pictures.
This is a wooden box that I painted with various colors and I attached a wooden altered heart to the top. The inside has a picture of the Buddha and a polymer clay tile that says “believe.” Intention is about setting the course or goal and then believing it’s possible.
I used a wooden pencil box for this one, with a wooden flower attached. I used golden beads and glass mosaic tiles to embellish the lid.
The fairies helped me knit this fun and colorful purse /shoulder bag. Mostly knitted with wool yarn, it also has strands of shiny and eyelash yarns. I needle felted some flowers to attach as embellishment.
I hand-painted some fabric with acrylic paints and then made some fabric cuffs just for fun. I have two more but no pictures as yet.
THE BIG NEWS.
I opened a new etsy shop for all of these magical things. It’s called Earth and Faery and it will be filled with inspirational and pretty things.
There are things in the shop of various price ranges, so check it out. 🙂
I wish you a creative weekend!
Artist and writer
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