Thursday, June 25, 2009

Summer Artventures Continue!

These art packs started off looking like this but in the end they were filled with a lot more fun stuff. Soul, Bea and Teri will be very surprised to say the least.

In addition to making art packs and art for swaps, I've been trying to organize my paper rack. I have a long way to go but this is a start. It's fun to see what I have now that it's out in the open.

The ABC ATC swap I'm in is featuring the letter "F" this week and I couldn't think of a better subject than Frida.

With extra time on my hands I jumped over to the next letter in the ABC swap. The letter is "G" and "G" is for Grungy Gritty Ghost Girls. I'm thinking about adding a couple more elements to this card but this is it for now. I like the girl's transparent appearance.

I included a short story on the back. I felt an explanation was in order for these girls. Click on the image to read it.

I'll be heading out to the post office tomorrow to mail out some fun stuff to 3 bloggers. I said I was mailing something in particular and by the time I finished, there was also this, that and more! Way more.

It's nice to have some time off from work. I get to sleep in a little later. I don't have to dress up. I can finally work on trying to organize my "stuff" without looking at the clock because, hey, I don't have to get enough sleep before I go to work! And I get to play and work on my art projects for summer swaps - all day if I want to. Yes, I love being home. My money may be funny but I'm having too much fun to miss it.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Soulfull Artventures

You just never know what you'll find at the bottom of a drawer. My long lost SOUL CARDS were lost no more when I unexpectedly came to their rescue. Imagine my joy at rediscovering them!

Making them takes a few supplies you probably have at home or can easily find. A box of blank flash cards surfaced as well. I knew I had a box somewhere. Well, there they stayed buried along with my little stash of soul cards. At least they kept each other company all these years. LOL!

I like to use a variety of paints in various colors for the backgrounds. Sometimes I make myself choose colors I don't like or I go with whatever colors pull me in. Painting solid backgrounds or layering paint varies with each painting session.

My stash of imagery and words has always been one of my art tools. Soul card making would draw me to certain words and images and these would become the focal part of each card.

I always take advantage of stamped images as well. It's fun looking through my collection and making use of what I have to create a scene or words.

Here's a glimpse of a few of my cards. Begin to build a stash of interesting pictures or words from magazines. These make great resources for instant art in your visual journal or soul cards.

I've found that adding three dimensional elements make interesting touches.

These cards were created in the fall season when projects at work become a little stressful. Can you tell? Look at the way I have a lot of wild and dark composition going on. Interesting how I was drawn to these images and dark colors without giving it much thought. Very soul wrenching.

This is a sampling of seasonal soul cards. In case you're wondering, "Juan" was our missing in action gardener. He disappeared that summer.

I happened to be doing some re-organizing and purging this weekend when I came across a deck of soul cards I made 6, COUNT THEM, SIX years ago! First of all, where did the time go? Secondly, why were these at the bottom of a drawer?! No wonder I can't find anything. But that's another post.

Kelly Kilmer got me started on these soul cards. I took her workshop back in 2003 and as soon as I got home I went wild! Painting and collage feels very natural to me and if it feels that way to you too, you can put some soul cards together in a flash. In fact, the first 3 people to leave a comment will get one of my soul cards, 6 plain ones for you to art up, and bits of collage stuff. Lucky for you I found these, huh?!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Altered Artventures of Past

This is the inside front cover of my Beatle altered book. I used black brads to hold the screen in place.

I have a collection of black and white Beatle pics and went with those tones on my pages.

It was always advised to place a page of "rules" in your altered book to give participants ideas to help them get started in your book. Sorry about the blurred words.

Here's the sign in section. I always liked to have tags for players to art up rather than a page to sign into. These were just as fun to look at as the pages themselves.

Before I was into journaling, inchies and ATCs, I was into altered books. I played in several round robins with various themes and couldn't wait to get my book back after being on the road for several months. Yes, sometimes it would take almost a year before I saw my "baby" again. There was an unfortunate incident when my beloved "Retro" book was lost. When I realized I was never going to get this fun and awesome book back, I became angry and then sadness quickly took over. I eventually, but reluctantly, joined other rr's which brought me excitement and all seemed well once more.
I thought I'd share a few pages from my Beatle altered book with you. Click on the pages to get a closer look. I don't know if altering books and round robins are as popular as they once were when I was participating in them, but I'm glad I had the chance to play and learn from others.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tagged Artventures

I had to resist the urge to name "people" in this list of 6 of my favorite things so I wrote the definition of the word "thing" to get me out of my "people rut." Knowing that listing objects as opposed to people put my mind at ease because, well, people are NOT things. It felt a little weird not to list family but I kept telling myself, "people are NOT things." Click on the images to get a better look.

The list continues. I put my answers in my journal. It's almost filled up and I'll be starting a new one soon. This one is large and it's been challenging to fill up the pages. I'll probably miss the larger format. Definitely more space to fill it up with "stuff."

I got this in the mail from my friend Soulbrush at http// It's my "C" ATC from our ABC ATC swap around the world. I love the playfulness these cats exhibit and I like the way she layered them.

A few days ago my friend Sherry from tagged me. My dad fell ill unexpectedly and I put my answers on the back burner. Now that things are back to normal, I'm happy to announce that I have finally taken care of business! What I'm to do is tag 6 other people. Knowing how some would rather pass than play is fine with me. The choice to play "tag" is entirely up to you. Here are the rules. You mention being tagged by me and my blog when you post your list. All you have to do is list 6 of your favorite things and then tag 6 people to play.

I hereby tag the following:






Remember, the choice to play is entirely up to you.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Summertime Artvenures Begin!

I'm so excited! And I just can't hide it! I'm about to....what's the next line in that song? Oh yeah, I'm about to loose control and I think I like it..... Anyway, imagine hearing the beat of that song (if you remember that Pointer Sisters tune) and that sums up my feelings about summertime summertime sum sum summertime many fun songs about summer. I should create a playlist. I think I will. Add that to my summer "to do" list.

I seldom make "to do" lists but since I'm planning on having a carefree summer I thought it would be fun to put one together. I'm keeping it easy so that I can follow through. Yes, nothing but "HOT FUN in the summertime....." Stop me with the summer songs already!

This is an ATC from the ABC ATC around the world swap I'm in. This represents the letter "E" and it's titled, "Empress of Eclectic Elephants." Would you look at that guy standing next to her. He seems to be saying "Hot fun summer in the city, back of my neck gettin' dirty and gritty..." I can't help myself with these summer songs! It goes to show I'm ready to "roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer...." Did I even get those adjectives in the correct order? OK, I'll stop.

These are some ATCs I've received from fellow swappers. I really admire the works of these women because they're actual watercolor paintings and on such a small surface. The elephant and mandala came from Marianne in The Netherlands. You can visit her blog at to see some of her cool mandalas. The bottom ATC came from Mim at and it's her interpretation of "dust." If my dust looked this arsty, there would be a lot more around!

These cards are from Gina at and they came all the way from Ireland. She has a great garden filled with lots of wonderful sights. This swap will definitely be keeping me busy over the summer.

Where have the past 9 months gone? I have no idea where they went but I do know one thing. Before the next 2 months are over, I want to have accomplished my "to do" summer list. I've always wanted to solder and there's no excuse for me not to know how. My husband the tool man has the proper materials for me to get started. I have the glass slides and images. Helloooo, why has this taken me so long?! Well, like they say, better late than never, right?

You can take a peak at my summer list by clicking on it. If you think there's something fun and easy I should add to it, drop me a comment. But please, keep it simple. LOL! I want to make sure I complete what I start. Remember that last post?!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Challenging Artventures

This is my Prayer Plant and it carries a couple challenges. One, it only gives me one bloom a year and two, Momma Cat loves to nibble on new leaves. I've decided to place an open book around the base of the pot to prevent future nibbles.

A major challenge for me has been to work on a small book that will hold a collection of inchies. The person who is receiving this book has expressed her disdain for working on a 1 x 1 area, let alone cutting out the squares. This is her challenge and I'm hoping she will make an effort to fill the blank pages full of inchies.

Finding words of advise came easy. What is it they say? Easier said than done? Yeah, I know.

I'll have to send some blank inchies and tiny images to make this an easier artventure for her. Hopefully it'll help.

In the end it doesn't matter what kind of art you create on your inchie space. Some like to put words and art on their blanks (like me) while others prefer a single image. It's all based on personal taste and it's all good.

In my last blog post I wrote about how I procrastinate when it comes to finishing projects. It finally occurred to me why that is as I made myself sit down to complete one over the weekend. I can't half-ass anything. There, that's it. If I can't make something that satisfies me, I put it aside. That explains why I have so many unfinished projects! It's not because my life is so busy that I can't find the time or that I have so many things going on (such as swaps) at one time, it's because I CAN'T HALF-ASS stuff. I spend too much time on how "it" looks. And a lot of times it looks good but there I go adding more. Oh man. I hope that doesn't make me a perfectionist. I detest perfection. Those types give me hot flashes and hives. Wait. No, I'm NOT a perfectionist. Phew. I just glanced at my living space. LOL!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

ABC ATC Artventures

"A" is for Asia

"B" is for Bird

"C" is for Cheerful Children

"D" is for Dangerously Delightful Diva

How long does it take you to finish a project from beginning to end? I read this question today on another blog, can't remember whose, but I'm guilty of starting something and taking waaaay too long to finish it. Unless there's a deadline, I drag my sweet time getting to the end. So maybe it's a good thing that this ATC swap I joined last month has deadlines. Deadlines keep me grounded and as much as I don't like them, I'm grateful for them. Now, If only I could something about those unfinished projects. In the meantime if you view my profile, you can gain access to the ABC ATC blog I'm a part of.There you'll see the works of several artists who are very good about starting and finishing their projects. But I wonder if that's because there are deadlines to meet. Hmm...

Sunday, June 7, 2009

More Natural Artventures

Even Momma Cat loves to go on "Natural Artventures" from time to time.  She's been enjoying sitting near and under the vase of flowers.  Oh look, her mouth is open as if to say "ahh, flowers."  LOL!
This beautiful bloom is my white agapanthus or Lily of the Nile.  A neighbor was kind enough to give me several divisions when he was thinning them down a few years ago.  They've multiplied like crazy over the years and I'm lucky enough to have them in blue and white. 
This is my Whisky Rose.  What a funny name.  The blooms have a wonderful old fashion scent.
When this Calla Lily blooms, it will bloom a yellow flower.  Another bargain found in the dollar aisle after Easter, two years ago.
My Iceberg Rose continues to bloom throughout the summer until winter. 
This is my Polynesian Sunset Rose.  Very large heads bloom and the thorns on this bush are huge and thick.  Ouch!
As you can see the sky was the prettiest blue.  Those palm trees drop massive amounts of unedible orange dates.  Big messes cover the ground but the crows love them!
Basketball can be an artventure if you appreciate the colors purple and gold.  LOL!  Colors of the beloved Los Angeles Lakers who are in the finals and 2 games ahead!
I spent my day working on unfinished art projects which I will share with you in a day or two.  In between projects  I was drawn to venture outside with my camera.  The sun was out, the sky was a beautiful shade of blue and the wind was mild.  A great day for not only finishing art projects but also for enjoying the natural beauty that nature's art  provides. 

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Natural Artventures

Look at that palm tree trying to reach the clouds.

My purple Lily of the Niles are all beginning to bloom. I transplanted a few to the backyard and it's taken them almost three years to flower. I love the spots of color they bring.

Have I shown this one to you before? It's my geranium and it blooms year round. I love the way white peaks in the center of the magenta petals.

My pink Calla Lily is continuously blooming and there are more leaves pushing from the ground where there will be even more! This lily was found in a drug store after Easter two years ago in the dollar aisle! It was drooping but I new the bulbs were still alive. I'm so happy I gave it a home!

This ground cover is spreading outwards. I love the tricolors of purples and pinks. I place some chunks of concrete and big rocks in between to give them a little personality.

We're having unusually wet weather these days. One minute the sun it out and then it gets windy. Next thing you know we have numerous dark clouds and it's raining! Which may be good because we have new water rationing laws that must be strictly followed in Los Angeles. We can only water on Mondays and Tuesdays. So much for weekend gardening. AND, when we water we have to do it before 9:00 AM or after 4:00 PM so I suppose I should be embracing the rain for giving my lawn and flowers extra water this week.

In between rain (and it was heavy) I went outside when the sun peaked out and took some pics of what's blooming. I call it "natural artventures" because after all, with all that color and texture, well, nature is natural art.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Artventurous Magic Bags!

Meet my "magical bags." Magical cause you never know what you'll find inside!

Sometimes I'll find interesting photos or words from a magazine that will give an instant boost to a journal spread.

Other times I'll find scraps of paper to use as a background in addition to very cleaver magazine imagery.

Just today I found a great piece of left-over scrapbook paper that I thought would look great in an old picture frame. It worked. Instant art. You never know what you'll find in my magic bags.

When it comes to scraps of paper, interesting pictures or phrases from a magazine, they will undoubtedly go into one of my huge clear "magical bags." I never really thought about calling them magical until right now as I was typing this post. That's a good word to describe them because sometimes I find something that I forgot all about and I have this "moment." LOL! It's like hearing from a long lost friend and sometimes it even feels like eating a scoop of my favorite ice cream on a hot day. Yeah, that good.

My "magic" bags, as I'm now going to start calling them, have been with me through thick and thin. I dive into them when I need a catchy phrase for a journal entry or if I need some scraps to spruce up a background. If I need it, it's there.

I think it's safe to say that all of us who are drawn to making art in one form or another have a magic bag, box, drawer, or something where we keep our treasures. Where do you keep yours?