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Week 9 of 365 Somethings

I don’t have a lot to show you in this post because at the time (February 26th to March 4th), I was getting ready for my vacation. I’ll tell you all about that in the next post.

Photos 1, 2, and 3 show the pages of a mini colouring book I made with robots, aliens and gamer stamps. I wanted something that boys would prefer. I never got around to making photocopies of my mini colouring books but hopefully that will happen this school year.

Photos 4 and 5 are of two birthday cards using the same model but one in portrait mode and on in landscape mode. One of them was given to a friend for her birthday.

And, lastly, a quick page in my small art journal.

With these last creations, my total was at 81 out of 365 somethings. I was happy to be ahead but unfortunately, I stopped being productive for a while. That’s the thing about any practice really: if you don’t do it daily (or at the very least weekly), it easily goes away and then it’s harder to get back into it. I spent 3 months “off” but thanks to ICAD, I’m back “on”!

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Week 7 of 365 Somethings

I have a question for you today: How do you use your rubber stamps besides making cards? I seem to have a hard time using them other ways which is what I attempted during week 7 (February 12th to 18th.)

  1. I started the week with a card because I needed one for my secret Valentine at work (those of us who participated picked a name and I got the teacher with whom I share the classroom so I was really happy about it!) But this card is different because the heart is actually a pocket and I had tucked a square chocolate in there.
  2. While I was happy with the card I had made, I decided it wasn’t enough so I made a treat bag the next day. I was able to put a couple tea bags (caffeine-free mint tea) and, if I remember correctly, four chocolate squares (individually wrapped Ghirardelli chocolates.) I ended up giving the card to another co-worker and the treat bag to my Valentine.
  3. On Valentine’s day itself, I decided I was over the day’s theme! I used an old file folder and a variety of papers to make a journal/sketchbook. I have a set of stamps I had bought especially for journals so it was the perfect reason to use them.
  4. When you have too many stamps and too much cardstock, you make your own patterned cardstock! Here, I used border stamps over and over and decided to stick to tone-on-tone for the colours. Now, I have to challenge myself to actually use these cardstocks!
  5. Finally, another way I was able to use some stamps was by making my own wrapping paper. I used plain kraft paper (the kind you use to wrap breakables) and a couple of stamps repeated in a few colours. It doesn’t make a very bright paper but when you know it’ll just end up in the recycling bin, does it really matter?

I only have two more weeks to share with you before posting about other things like my March vacation and ICAD. I might also show you a few craft projects made by my students. Until then, I have a nice weekend!

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Week 6 of 365 Somethings

The ICAD challenge is now officially over. I took one day “off” of my daily art habit and re-started my 365 Somethings. You won’t get to see what I did yesterday because I’m still playing catch-up here to post for that challenge. Today, you get to see my creations for week 6 which was from February 5th to the 11th.

  1. Last year, I saved two boxes of Write-on slides at work from ending up in the trash. Since no one uses projectors anymore in schools, they didn’t need these. I stamped on one and coloured with alcohol inks and a blender marker. I also used a permanent marker on the border to make it black. I might still turn this into a pendant. I have lots more slides to use so if anyone’s interested in receiving a few to use in your own art, please, feel free to contact me.
  2. A simple “Thank you” card using three stamps and punched out butterflies. I saw a similar idea on Pinterest and loved the idea.
  3. Abstract art with many stamps in my art journal inspired by the talented Andrea Clement. I love her work. Amongst other things, she carves her own stamps (I discovered her art during Carve December.)
  4. A colourful card using one stamp. I had this idea in mind for some time and I really like the way it turned out. I might do some variations on this card in the future.
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  6. Using the other stamps from the same set as the orange, I made four smaller cards. I used water-based markers to add two colours on the stamps and print them. I also used an embossing folder to add texture to the white background. I just love this little set.
  7. Finally, a birthday card for a very special little girl, my niece Clara who turned 1.

I don’t know if it was because Valentine’s day was so close or just the need for bright happy colours but that week, I had used a lot of pink and red. And I love every single thing I created, which is not always the case.

Do you have a favourite from my Week 6? If so, let me know in the comments! And, as I stated above, if anyone’s interested in using some write-on slides in their art, contact me and I’ll be happy to send you a few.

Until next time!

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Lets keep going

Yes, you’ve guessed it! I’ve decided to re-revive my blog! Surprised?

I hadn’t expected to take such a long break from my blog. And it’s not like I had nothing to show you because I kept up with my 365 Somethings for the whole month of February. Then I had a nice little vacation in March. Which is when I stopped creating. But then June arrived and with it came the ICAD challenge (Index Card-a-Day) which was a great way to get back to art. I’ve been posting those on Instagram every day but I’ve been feeling like something was missing. So here I am.

Before I tell you about the creations above, I just want to let you all know that though I have stopped my 365 Somethings challenge, I plan to pick it back up after ICAD is over. I figure that if I make 2 things per day, even if I miss a few days, I’ll get to my goal of 365 items. And keep in mind that my personal challenge was to use my rubber stamps and clear stamps.

Now, about the images at the top of this post. They were made for Week 5 of 365 Somethings which was from January 29th to February 4th. The first card could definitely be used for Valentine’s Day and I used a die-cut sheet that I’ve had for years. Cards two and three were made on the same day and I focused more on the colouring with the stamped images. Cards four and five were done together and I simply changed the patterned paper and cardstock colour. The following day I simply coloured a stamped lady in my small art journal. Then, seeing that my art journal was already out, I made a spread the next day. And finally, I made two cards, reproducing one I had done years ago at a make-n-take (it’s the one on the left, of course.)

Thank you so much for your patience. And if you read all the way through, you rock!

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Week 2 of Project 365 Somethings

Last week, I was so busy with work and my Project 365 Somethings that I completely forgot to write a blog post! I guess I’ll just have to write two of them this week!

For week 2, I decided to try different things. On the 9th, a card using a previously made galaxy background. On the 10th, an altered card (the original card was from a charity.) On the 11th, a mixed media postcard. On the 12th, a mini colouring book. On the 13th, an art journal spread. On the 14th, a tag background which was then used and completed on the 15th.

Since the challenge is 365 Somethings, I decided that when I create doubles/triples, each item counts as a unit. So, from January 1st to the 15th, I have officially created 16 somethings.

Also, mini colouring books are easy to make and a great way to use many stamps, in this case 11 stamps plus the alphabet for the cover.

If you have any questions about the products I used or the techniques, feel free to ask in the comments below.

I’ll be back later this week with the Week 3 round-up. Thanks for reading!

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Art journaling

I’ve been itching to play with paints in my art journals lately. I always have at least 2 art journals going at once. Yesterday, I played in the small one (4.5″ x 6.5″) with watercolor pencils for a still-life while today, I played in the bigger one (8.5″ x 11″) with acrylics and ink for an abstract. Here are the results:

At work, for my fine motor group, we practiced our writing skills and pencil grasps by completing some drawings: adding feathers to an owl, scales to a fish, stripes to a zebra, etc. I kept telling the kids that this wasn’t to work fast but to work well as some of them were rushing through the pages. I asked a few of them to erase and restart some of their work as it was too sloppy but in general, they did well. I’m really impressed by their skills.

That’s all for today. I hope you have a nice weekend and I’ll be back on Sunday.

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Arts and cats

Today, I didn’t have time to take photos during my fine motor activity but we did a few basic models of origami. The kids did really well and I hope we have time to do more before our session ends in November. I guess you’ll have to settle for my art instead! (wink wink) Anyway, yesterday being a holiday, I had time to play a little more and did just that in my art journal. Some paint, collage, more paint… and I ended up with a lollipop flower of sorts. And today, a small mandala. Drawing is really my go-to when I don’t know what to create. It’s so simple and I don’t have to think about it much.

Since I don’t have work stuff to share, I thought I’d share a couple of photos of my babies, Pearl and Diesel. Pearl is the smallest of the two, a little over 4 years old, and really cuddly. Diesel is 12 -1/2 years old and very independent most of the time. Except when I eat a muffin, then she meows until I give her a piece or four.

I love them both, they bring me so much joy.

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