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Week 4 of 365 Somethings

As promised, I’m back with my post for Week 4 of 365 Somethings.

As you remember, last week, when these items were created, I was suffering from pink eye. So on Monday night, which was the 22nd, I quickly grabbed a tag, two rectangle stamps with two green ink pads and made the background. Then I took a die cut feather from the night before and stamped a “Merci” which was then punched out with a circle (not my first choice but the other punch shape didn’t fit.) On the 23rd, we had our “snow day” so I had time to rest my eyes and even managed to make two cards with minimal colouring. On the 24th, I was starting to feel better and decided to take a chance with some watercolour and stamping, as well as heat embossing. It didn’t quite turn out how I had hoped because of the texture of the watercolour paper but I’m still liking the result. And I almost had to scrap the whole thing because when I sprayed some water over my project to make the splotches, the so-called water resistant ink started bleeding. I had to heat dry everything before giving it a second go and I re-stamped the girl to make her more defined. On the 26th, I made a birthday card for a friend and finally, on the 28th I made three postcards. Because I made them with watercolour and regular ink pads, I’ve decided to rub Micro Glaze on them to make them waterproof. That way, they won’t get ruined if they get wet in the mail.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, don’t be shy. And if you’d like to receive one of these in the mail, send me your address!

Ciao!

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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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Experiments

I love my neighborhood, I really do, but this week, I wish it wasn’t so “photogenic.” Let me explain: there’s a movie being filmed just around the corner, a remake of Death Wish, featuring Bruce Willis. No I haven’t see Mr. Willis because when they’re filming I’m either working or in bed. There lies the problem: they are filming gun shot sequences… gun shot… late in the evening when I’m going to bed, or, like today, really early in the morning when I still have 30 minutes to sleep… Bad sleep = lack of inspiration to create. So yesterday, I managed a quick doodle in my sketchbook and today, some quick experiments with Sharpie markers on glossy paper and with alcohol dripped over it. They are postcard-size so I might end up collaging or doodling on top…

And for my fine motor skills activity, we worked on our skills by playing a few “precision” games such as Mikado (pick-up-sticks), Jenga, dominoes (standing them upright without making them fall), and building houses of cards. The kids had fun and the activity was a bit less involved for me which was a good thing today! I only took a few photos of the houses of cards.

Anyway, thanks for visiting. Hopefully, tonight I’ll get more sleep…

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Doodling and Lego patterns

Let’s start today’s post with the fine motor skills portion. We had fun playing with Legos and following patterns I had printed off of the internet. I found the alphabet here, the color towers here, and the other models here. Oddly enough, they had a harder time with the color towers than the letters or other models. And I don’t know if it was because they were more excited but this was the first time that my fine motor activity was really noisy. I might have to figure out a different way to do it with the next class.

And I finally took a photo of my manipulation objects.

Now, on to the art portion with some doodled mandalas and a hand-lettered postcard. Nothing fancy but still fun.

Have a nice weekend! And if you’re Canadian, happy Thanksgiving weekend!

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Poetry and a postcard

It’s been a hot couple of days and I’ve been busy with work but I managed a couple of different creations. Yesterday, I grabbed a page from a damaged book (Henry the Eighth) and started circling words to create some found poetry. I then blacked-out everything else on the page which turned into this:

“The Princess would never let the King soothe the new Queen below the windows. Mary was ecstatic and thanking Jane secretly.”

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So it’s not amazing poetry but it was fun to do. And today, I made another postcard. This one is on plain cardboard. I used some gesso, colored pencils, a China Marker pencil, a Sharpie and some liquid acrylic paint for the black spots. It was a quick exercise and fun to create.

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My pile of postcards is getting fat so I should start sending some soon. Who knows, you might get one! (Well, if I have your address that is!)

Thanks for visiting!

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Weekend update

Hello friends,

I’m back with another weekend update.

I kept my art simple this weekend with only drawings. I have a feeling I will be doing a lot of drawings and doodles this month. It’s so quick and easy, plus I can do it anywhere. Anyway, here are Saturday’s postcard and Sunday’s mandala:

Today, I decided to do another page in the Complete This Drawing book. I almost forgot to take the before picture and had already started connecting the lines but you get the idea. I’m also including mom’s latest drawing in the book, even though we don’t have the before picture.

Since the beginning of the month, I’ve also been creating and writing in a journal, as previously stated but I’m choosing to keep that private.

As always, thanks for visiting!

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Weekend update

Another busy weekend has come and gone. Once again, I kept my daily art simple with a mandala and a zentangle. I rarely draw specific shapes when doing my zentangles but this time, for some reason, I started drawing a cup. And I really like how it turned out.

For today, I went for another set of postcards. But this time, I played with watercolors. I painted rather quickly, without thinking too much and I like most of what I did. My favorite is the green “snowflakes” which were supposed to be mandalas. My brush was too big for any detail work so I left it as is. To draw on top of the other postcards, I used my Fude Ball 1.5 pen.

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Thanks for visiting!

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