Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Creating ICADs

Hello creative friends.  This past weekend I had my granddaughter come for a visit and we had a lot of fun being creative, as usual.  As I mentioned last week, I have been watching Aaron's videos from Imperfect Impulses and wanting to try making a few ICADs.  Which stands for index card a day, if you are not familiar with the anonym.  Not sure about making a card a day, especially since the time I have for being creative is so sporadic, but I can make a couple at a time.  I painted a few cards last weekend and finished them this weekend.  I also made a few more this weekend with my granddaughter.

Here are the ICADs I started last weekend and finished this weekend.

And here are the ICADs I made on Saturday and Sunday.
Here are the ICADs that my granddaughter made.
We had so much fun creating these miniature pieces of art, I can see us making many more in the future.  They are so quick and easy to make.  The only issue I had at first, was what to put on them and what word or phrase to add.  But then I decided to select the word or phrase first and create the card based on that, which made them come together much more quickly and easily.  And I decided that I can just make a card for fun and not always a word or a phase.  Have you created ICADs before?  I would love to hear about your experience creating ICADs.  Until next time, happy creating.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Visit to the Harn Museum

Hello creative friends.  This past week was a very busy week for me.  Thursday night I accompanied a friend to an opening at the Harn Museum.  Friday night and Saturday I joined another group of ladies for scrapbooking and got a lot of scrapbook pages done.  However, I also realized I am 4 year behind on my scrapbooking, yikes.  I guess I have been having too much fun art journaling and painting.  And what little bit of time I was able to spend in my craft room over the weekend was spent messing around.  I managed to put some paint on paper and start a couple of ICADs but was not able to finish anything.  I have been watching Aaron's Imperfect Impulses YouTube videos and he has me interested in trying some ICADs, which I will share what I have done next weekend once I finish the one's I've started.  For now here are a few pictures from my visit to the Harn Museum.

They have a lovely oriental garden.  Which I took several pictures of so that I can maybe do a painting of it.

A few of the art pieces that I liked and found interesting.

A few pictures of the reception.  It was a nice gathering and they had great appetizers and drinks.

And a picture of the museum at night that I snapped as we were leaving.

We had a great time and saw works from local artists.  This was the first time I have visited this museum and would like to visit again sometime.  Have you visited any good museum's lately?  I would love to hear about your favorite museum's to visit.  Until next time, happy creating.

Monday, September 15, 2014

New Hand Cut Stencil

Hello creative friends.  I hope all is well in your world.  This past week I made a new hand cut stencil of two birds.  Here is the bird stencil I created.
And then I made a journal page using the stencil.  I used acrylic ink to stamp through the stencil on a background page that I had previously made using fabric squares and Gesso. I traced the birds with a black sharpie pen and added a quote from my stash that reads: "It is never too late to be what you might have become" - by George Eliot.  I may have to go back and trace the letters in black to help them stand out better.
Then I decided to add a quote and some stamping to finish a page I started before using another hand cut stencils that I created.  I used spray inks through the stencils on a colored paper towel background.  


Then I decided to just play with my supplies and make marks and do some stamping with purchased stamps and found objects. 

I really like the first one and the third one, not so much the second one.  I plan to do more with the third one,  but not sure what to do with the second one.  The second one is a bit of a mess and I am not sure if I want to scrap it, try to do more with it or just leave it.  So what have you done lately?  Have you tried cutting your own stencils?  I would love to hear about it.  It is much easier to cut your own stencils than I thought it would be and am now hooked.  I already have other stencils I am planning to cut.  Until next time, happy creating.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Smash Book/Junk Journal

Hello creative friends.  I hope you are all doing well.  A while ago me and my granddaughter each made a smash book/junk journal, but did not do anything more with them.  Recently me and my husband took my granddaughter to St. Augustine for the weekend, so I thought it a good time to start filling them up.  The weekend before last I printed lots of pictures and was able to put a few pages together.  This past weekend my granddaughter came to visit so we had lots of fun filling them up.  Here are the books we made.  The one on the left is mine and the one on the right is my granddaughters.

I collected brochures and literature from places we visited to use in the journals.  And I saved other items to use as well, for example ticket stubs and parking tickets.  Here are some of my favorite pages from my book. 

And here are some pages from my granddaughters book.

I've put together a number of scrapbooks, but this is the first time I've created a smash book/junk journal.  I love how quickly the pages came together and how many pages we were able to complete in a short period of time.  Have you created this type of journal before?  If so, I would love to hear about it.  Until next time, happy creating.