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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 3 of 365 Somethings

Last week turned out a bit different than expected. I had a severe case of pink eye all week (started in the right eye on Sunday night, spread to the left on Monday night so I spent a couple of days with demon eyes… not pretty!) There was a bit of an ice storm Monday night, enough to have all the schools close on Tuesday which happens very rarely around here. In my 17 years working in schools, I think this was maybe the 4th time that schools were closed due to weather/road conditions. For me, it was a blessing since I could really rest my eyes all day and not worry about scaring my students or their parents! Then on Thursday, we had a ped day (no classes but daycare still open with activities.) So that was a really strange week at work.

Thankfully, everything else went well. Now, what I’m showing you isn’t what I created last week, but the week before, from the 16th to the 21st. And they are: 4 ATCs (artist trading cards) on the 16th; a “thinking of you” card on the 17th; altered kraft packing tape (the kind you have to moisten in the back) on the 18th; 2 colouring books on the 19th; and, 2 greeting cards on the 21st (inspired by cards I saw in one of my Facebook groups.)

I tend not to create on Saturdays because I spend the day with my mother. And usually, any creativity I have on that day is for matching cardstock colours for her embroidered cards or scrapbook pages. Or I do some colouring in one of my many colouring books. I might show you the results of that in another post.

By the way, any ATCs I create during my 365 Somethings are available to trade if anyone is interested. And I might do more mini colouring books if anyone wants to trade those as well. You know what to do if you’re interested!

I’ll be back soon for the week 4 update!

 

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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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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!

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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.

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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!

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

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Art journal page

I was very hot today and I went in my studio later than usual because of the heat. I decided not to install the AC this year because I like to keep the windows open and listen to the neighborhood’s wild life.

Anyway, when I sat down to do some art, I had no idea what to do. I wanted something that wouldn’t take too long. So I picked up my art journal and a box of collage elements and got started. Well, I played for one hour until I got the result you see below.

Bunny art journal page

I had no plan while doing this page. Just playing with papers and paints.

Material used: Americana paints in Lipstick, Flamingo and Coastal Waters; Neocolor II in Yellow Green and Cobalt Blue; gesso; washi tapes; empty cardboard rolls as stamps; and of course, papers from magazines and newspaper with Collage Pauge.

Thanks for visiting and see you tomorrow.

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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!

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