art, challenge

Week 1 of Project 365

We’re already into the second week of the year and with it, the second week of Project 365 Somethings 2018. So far, it’s going well for me. I’ve done more cards than anything else, probably because it’s easier for me. But I’m trying to step out of my comfort zone by doing something different once in a while.

Last week, I showed you the two cards I made on day 1. Day 2 brought 3 more cards, using a stamp set from Inkadinkado. On day 3, I decided to make a bookmark from a watercolour background I had done during the fall and used another Inkadinkado stamp (I LOVE that peacock and will probably use it more in the future.) On the 4th, I actually didn’t do anything because I was very busy all day with my parents so I decided to do two things on Day 5: a card inspired by this one, and simply colouring a La-La Land stamp with watercolours. I don’t know what I’ll do with her but at least she’s done. On day 6, I took another break but I think the extra cards from the first couple of days makes up for that. On Day 7, I altered a big tag with a Julie Nutting stamp (the paper flower was made by my mother a few years ago.) And yesterday, Day 8, a smaller card (4″x4″) using 3 stamps.

Now, I’m ending up with a lot of cards and I don’t want to keep them all. So, I’ve already started sending some by mail (one from day one and one from day two.) If you’re interested in receiving something by mail, please let me know. You can send me your mailing info by email: sophietousignant at videotron dot ca (obviously, substitute the @ and . and remove the spaces.) Also, if you have ideas or suggestions of things to make with rubber stamps, feel free to comment or email.

Until next time…

 

Advertisements
Standard
art, challenge

Small beginnings

“From small beginnings come great things.”

A new year, a new beginning. In my little creative world, it means a new project. A new chance to get back into the habit of daily art, daily creativity. 2017 was a strange year for me for many reasons but I won’t talk about it here. This is not the platform for it. I want to keep this blog focused on creativity, on art and all the good things that come with that. The only thing I’ll say about 2017 is that it helped me to better understand myself, who I really am.

Anyway, on to 2018. Once again, inspired by Hanna and Tammy, I’m back in the blogging world and hopping on the Project 365 Somethings train. My goal is to use as many rubber stamp as I can during the year. I have way more than enough as you’ll soon see (Hanna suggested I do a video to show my collection and, well, I will!) And as if I didn’t have enough, I spent the whole month of December carving my own little collection for Carve December (you’ll also get to see those soon if you haven’t already on Instagram or Facebook.)

For my first project, I went with a simple card design using three stamps, one of which is text. I don’t know which company they’re from. I picked two inks and cardstocks which are old Stamping’ Up! colours: Pacific Point, and Kiwi Kiss. And that’s basically it! I made two cards instead of one because I wanted to layer the stamps a bit differently.

I won’t be making only greeting cards this year because I think that it would quickly get boring. I plan to also use my stamps on postcards, tags, art journal pages, mixed media pieces and whatever else I come up with along the way. And I doubt that I’ll blog every day but I’ll definitely make an effort to come back once a week at least.

On that note, I wish you all a Happy New Year and may 2018 be filled with health, love and creativity!

Art on!

Standard
Uncategorized

The time is now

Hello dear readers,

Once again, I seem to have taken a long unscheduled break from blogging. Because of this time-out, I was actually thinking of ending my blog even going as far as deleting it. But then, last week, one of my friends posted on Facebook about how she missed the blogging community and taking the time to visit everyone’s blog. She got so many comments on that post that I figured I shouldn’t dismiss the topic so quickly. And when I started thinking about it, I realized that most of the friends I have, I’ve met through blogging. In fact, I’ve been friends with some of them for over 10 years now.

Going back to Lisa‘s post… Terri, a mutual friend of ours, left a comment that really resonated with me. She wrote:

I keep thinking about this post, and the ways Facebook and blogging are different…It’s kind of like the difference between seeing everyone you know at a party, where everyone is trying to quickly work their way around the room just to say “Hi,” versus sitting down to lunch with a friend to really catch up with each other and share what’s on their mind and in their hearts.

I completely agree with this comparison! And this is why I decided to finally come back to my blog. I’m not satisfied with the look, the banner and most of what is happening on here right now but I’ll keep playing around until I find something more my style.

And because I know I prefer to read a blog post that has some visual, here are 3 ink drawings I created this week as part of Inktober.

Thanks for stopping by!

Standard
art, education, life, news

To blog or not to blog

Forgive me readers for I have sinned. It’s been six months since my last blog post. 

Yeah, yeah, I know, this isn’t news here. When I look back on my last 5 years or so, I realize that I often get side-tracked by life and I stop blogging for months at a time. And every single time, I feel bad about abandoning my blog. This time, I actually debated about keeping or deleting the blog. But in the end, when it came time to renew my WordPress subscription for this site, I decided to go for it and keep the blog alive. I am making no promises of regular blogging but I will definitely try to check in at least once a month. Nothing’s stopping me, now that I have a nice computer!

So anyway, what happened in the past six months? I finished my year-long project of daily art. I will share a few photos of the last ones here eventually. I continued my fine motor skills activities at school and am now doing them with the third group of kids, the pre-k class. I’m actually adapting a lot of the activities I previously did with the others so that we can do them in two sessions instead of one but these kids are really good (I’m afraid I might run out of activities!) 

What else… Those who follow me on Facebook know this already: I’m an auntie! My brother and his fiancée had a beautiful daughter a little over two months ago: Clara. We are totally in love with our little princess. I won’t share photos of her here to protect their privacy.

I haven’t created a lot of art since the beginning of this year. A few doodles. A bit of colouring in some of my books. I think that my daily art project burned me out and I needed a break but now, I’m ready to get back to art. Maybe not daily but at least weekly. I do have a couple of watercolour paintings that need to be finished soon. And now that the weather is improving, I’ll start going for walks and taking photos again.

In the meantime, I leave you with this quick charcoal drawing I did tonight. Thank you for sticking around and see you soon!

SoFy

Standard
art, education, life, project

Tangrams

First things first… I’m having computer problems these days so this will be my last blog post until said problems are resolved but you can always see my daily art on Facebook or Instagram.

Second, even though my blog title says tangrams, I’m starting with a mandala that I made yesterday.

img_4974

Third, here are some tangrams my students made during our fine motor activity. I printed the shapes from this website on cardstock and cut only around the square they formed. I had the students work on their scissor skills by cutting the pieces on their own. I noticed that instead of cutting the middle line to separate some pieces, they all cut each shape out individually. When all the pieces were cut and the scissors put away, they got to play with their tangrams by reproducing patterns I had printed out. Some of the patterns are in different colors because they come from this website. Each student left with their own little cardstock tangram in a little bag. In order for them to redo the activity, I gave them each a piece of paper on which I had printed the two website addresses I used.

Finally, inspired by today’s activity and this pin on Pinterest, I made my very own tangram stamps from a 2″ square of carving material. Fun!

img_4979

Hopefully, I’ll be back soon on the blog… Until then, thanks for visiting!

Standard
art, education, project

Oodles of doodles

Today, I’m showing you a ghost zentangle that I made yesterday, inspired by this mandala. And a “double draw” or two-handed drawing, which I first encountered here.

The latter was also a technique my students tried today in fine motor class, as well as the Michelangelo technique (lying on your back and drawing with your arm extended up), and the “easel” technique (standing with extended arm, the hand not touching the paper.) I noticed that a lot of kids were tempted to rest their wrist or even forearm on the paper while drawing standing and I kept telling them to reposition their arm. Each technique had its challenges but everyone seemed to have fun.

Standard
project

Weekend update

Lately, it is becoming difficult to create every single day. Not because of time but because of inspiration. See, officially, today is day 297 of my daily art project. But really, I’ve been creating daily art since November 1st of last year. That’s a lot of arts and crafts. And coming up with what to do next gets harder and harder. But I’m no quitter so you might see a lot more zentangles, mandalas and line drawings than anything else because that’s all I can come up with these days.

And on that note, here are my creations from Friday, Saturday and today.

Standard