Daily ATC in February

  

I’m having fun this month revisiting a format I hadn’t worked with in quite some time: the artist trading card (ATC). I used to participate in a lot of swaps and trades for ATCs and, later on, chunky book pages. At one point, it just became too much and I stopped. Now, I create for the joy of it and, if someone wants to trade, I’ll do it when I feel like it. I don’t want it to become an obligation or a burden like it was after a while. I want my art making to be a source of joy and even relaxation.

The techniques used for this first set are: collage, painting, drawing and stamping. If anyone is interested in trading for any of these, please let me know in the comments. 

Thanks for visiting!

The last of the zentangle coasters

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Here is my last set of Zentangle Coasters. I have to tell you, it was getting to be quite a challenge towards the end, deciding which “tangles” to draw and how to place them on the tile. I’m glad I’m done with them… for now. The photo below shows two stacks: on the left, the ones from September 2011; on the right, the ones from January 2016.

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I decided that my daily art for February will be ATCs: artist trading cards. I’ll be posting them daily on Facebook and Instagram with a weekly update on here. And yes, they will all be available to trade, if anyone is interested…

Zentangle Coasters 11 to 20

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My collection of Zentangle coasters is coming along nicely. I seem to be playing more with the shading now, to add dimension. There are days when I just don’t know what to doodle anymore but I keep doing it anyway. In this batch, I did one of the coaster with a metallic gel pen so it doesn’t have many fine lines and it looks a bit different. Can you spot it?

I haven’t decided yet what my daily art project will be for February. I’m open to suggestions if you have them. Keep in mind that I don’t knit or crochet…

Have a nice week!

 

New Zentangle Coasters

Over the past few months, I’ve noticed that my Zentangle Coasters have been some of my most popular blog posts and have been pinned often on Pinterest. So when I decided to do a daily project for January and I found a pile of 31 (no more, no less) blank coasters, I decided to continue my collection. I still have all the ones done in 2011 and my plan is to put them on my living room table which I will then cover with a piece of glass. In the meantime, here are the first ten coasters:

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Last week, I also made myself a new mousepad from craft foam and a piece of stiff fabric (I think it used to be self-adhesive and was sold for scrapbooking.) Isn’t it cute?

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So far, this month, I’ve done my daily coasters and some daily lettering as well, which I’ll show you later this week, I hope. But I haven’t done much art journaling. My job requires a lot of energy and at the end of the day, there’s not much left for anything else. Still, I think I’m doing quite well, all things considered…

Art on!

Journals

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This is the pile of small journals and notebooks I’m working in these days. I have several more journals that are incomplete and which I plan to fill up this year. And when I say several, I mean at least five or six.

The ones in this photo all have different purposes: the one at the bottom is my lettering journal (made from a dollar store composition book) and I’m using it to write quotes in pretty lettering for Kate’s #letteringjanuary challenge; the second one is to keep track of a daily ritual I started in August (1 self portrait + 1$ in a jar each day until my 40th birthday); the third book is an altered book I just started for Journal 52 and Colour Me Positive; the 4th book is for Lisa Sonora’s class Creative + Practice; the 5th book is my planner (altered dollar store notebook); and, finally, my mini Moleskine I can carry with me at all times.

In front of the journal pile is a stack of 31 blank coasters. I’m drawing Zentangles on them, one per day, for the month of January. I’ll post the first batch at the end of the week.

How many journals/notebooks and or projects are you working on right now?

Happy New Year

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Hello friends!

My blogging muscle is a little sore so forgive my clumsiness but lo and behold! I’m back! Yes, I have decided that 2016 is the year to bring back blogging. I know that some of my friends miss it too and hopefully this will encourage them to get back to the blogosphere with me.

2015 was a busy year, as they usually are. Some bad stuff but a lot of good stuff. In fact, mostly good. I moved at the end of June to a bigger apartment which I love. I’ve yet to organize my studio but my plan is to get that done before my one year anniversary in this place. I’ve participated in a few art challenges over the year: The Documented Life Project for a few months, FMS Photo-a-day for about 6 months, Hanna’s Postcard SwapNanojoumo-The 15 minutes edition, Flood the Streets with Art on Black Friday, Carve December. I took some art classes with Els Van De Burgt, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and Jodi Ohl. And I’m sure I’m forgetting some things. It’s been a very creative year but sadly, I didn’t share much of it on here.

Ok, so, I’m done for today. At the top of this post, you can see the 40+ stamps I carved in December. I love them!

Happy New Year! I wish you all lots of creativity!

Welcome 2015

Welcome 2015The last few years haven’t been very good for this blog. But it doesn’t mean that I haven’t been creative.

This past year might not have been my most creative one but I still managed to play in my art journal a few times outside of my mixed media classes (which I love attending!) I also got sucked into the Rainbow Loom madness, mostly because of the students I was working with at the time. But other than that and a bit of doodling, not much has been accomplished in the arts and crafts section of my life. It is sad but understandable considering that I never completely unpacked all my supplies and set up my studio in the almost 3 years that I’ve been living here. But that will change. I intend to move and downsize my supplies. I have way too much stuff, like a lot of people I know, and I don’t even use half of it. I already started. Slowly. It is quite surprising how hard it has become to simply put a pile of paper/magazines in the recycling bin. Or to throw away a leftover piece of ribbon or yarn. Anything can be used in mixed media. That is, if you actually DO some mixed media, not just gather material for it.

For a few years now, I have been picking a word or two to focus on throughout the year. Some of the previous words have been: fresh, simplicity, balance, move, renew. This year, I chose two words: Flow and Free. I want to feel the flow of energy and air, wear flowy skirts, go with the flow. I want to free myself of negative thoughts, things and people, take advantage of free activities and feel more free. And I knew I had chosen the right words when I found this: Flow: The 30 day journal project from Lisa Sonora (and it’s free too!) Coincidence? I think not!

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