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A Colorful Weekend

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Colordash, Monday, July 4

Friday: From the Sunset Test Gardens at  Cornerstone Sonoma with Rem:

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Sunday: Marin Farmer’s with Ariel:

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Monday: Colordash Fun Run (and walk) with Sarah, Ariel, Kathleen & Caitlin.

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Caitlin stayed relatively clean because she is suffering a cold and veered off the course for some hot tea.

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I also fit in crafting, cooking and walking.

I hope you had a good weekend. Thank you for stopping by.

Kathleen and I ta da moment

 

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Day 30: 30 Day Journal Project

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“The creative force flows over the terrain of our psyches looking for the natural hollows, the arroyos, the channels that exist in us.  We become its tributaries, its basins; we are its pools, ponds, streams, and sanctuaries.

The wild creative force flows into whatever beds we have, those we are born with as well as those we dig with our own hands. We don’t have to fill them, we only have to build them.”  ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estés

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The prompts for Day 30 are:

  • My wild creative force looks like…
  • My wild creative force feels like…
  • My wild creative force is asking me to…
  • My wild creative force wants me to experience…

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In my journaling, I wrote that my wild creative force doesn’t feel that wild. I feel as if I have a persistent, deeply-rooted creative force, and maybe that’s pretty much the same thing.

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What came up for me is that I want to take a class, probably in water color, and learn more about how to do it. I’ve been fooling around with paint but I think I would enjoy getting some basic skills with this medium.

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I was working on my page and Rem was in the kitchen and I asked him “What is my wild creative force telling me?” His immediate answer was “Be awesome.”  Yep, I think he’s right!

Maybe brightly colored tiles, cut from paint chips, don’t look that wild, but not only was I inspired by the tile wall behind the dancers and musicians,

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I had a beautiful mosaic staircase in San Francisco in mind.

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I used light molding paste mixed with some water with watercolor crayons as the grout between these little tiles.

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Although this has been billed as the #30DayJournal, we have a bonus day! So there is ONE MORE PAGE, and more accurately could be called the 31 Day Journal Project.

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After the 31st page, I’d like to let my Wild Creative Force get some rest. Perhaps I can let my Wild Physical Force out to play and catch up on a few walks that have been cancelled while creating pages, photos and posts.

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Thank you so much for your views and comments.

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Fall Colors

Yellow Red Grape Leaves

Here’s a quick photo post.  I had Veteran’s Day off and we went for a drive through the Sonoma and Napa valleys.

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After a string of warm, sunny days, it was a cool, foggy day.

Down the row

Purple Grapes

Stripes of crops

Trailing Red Leaves

The tapestry of different colors was beautiful.

Big Red Leaf

Glowing, Warm Color

Yellow Vines in Rows

Vines on a hill

Thanks for stopping by.

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Vacation Crafting

Bike & Balloons

I made a bunch of cards while I was on vacation at Sea Ranch.  I got this idea on Pinterest and will make more of these.  A piece of map for the background stamped with a cute bicycle plus some paper balloons on pop-up foam dots.

Pretty old calendars from Paper Source gave me lots of great card-making material – I used pages from 2012 and 2013 calendars.

Small, sparkly Starform stickers embellish the seeds and serve as Dianne Dots here.  I left my little hole punch at home (I was trying not to bring everything under the sun).

Strawberry card

Washi tape pennants and a flower cut out from another printed paper finish this card.

Big Flowers Card

The bird page in the calendar has several more birds so I have more cards I can make from that one.  A few foam pop-up dots lift the bird, leaves and branch off the background.

Bird Card

I love this peacock feather graphic.  I just added some glitter.

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For this purple card, I found the pretty, large flower  left from a set embellishments.  Behind the flower, I used a photo of crackle-glazed tile cut out from a magazine.  A little purple washi tape finished the card.

Purple Flower

A shopping outing over the long President’s Day weekend included a stop at Scrapbook Territory in Berkeley.  I used some of the pretty paper in these cards.

For this card I used orange-striped washi tape to highlight the greeting.

Blue, White, Orange card

This big pink flower is cut out from a magazine.  I glued the picture to card stock before cutting it out to make it sturdier and so it wouldn’t allow the layers of paper under it to show through and make crease lines.

Big Pink Flower card

A collaged tag is embellishment for this pretty flowered card.

Pink and turquoise floral card

It doesn’t show well in the photo, but on the card below, I cut the central flower and leaves from another scrap where the design repeated. I put them on foam dots and added some of the glittery Starform stickers.  These add have a jewel-like effect but lie flat on the card.  Although I love how self-adhesive jewels look for bling on a card, they aren’t the best for mailing and can poke through an envelope.

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I also did a few pages in my Art Journal.

I cut out the fabulous circle of people from a New Yorker and have been wanting to use it.  It was illustrating a story called “Thirteen Wives” by Steven Millhauser. The illustration is by Balint Zsako.

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When I found the rainbow circle quilt picture in O, the Oprah Magazine, I thought I could use the two illustrations together.

Quilted Circle

Marigold Indigo

A shopping bag from Dianne’s Estate Jewelry in Healdsburg is part of the collage on the other spread I completed on my birthday, “Dianne’s Creative Happy Life.”  A rainbow arches over the top of the page and music on washi tape embellishes it.

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The word CREATIVE is from an advertising brochure for printing and paper. I used bits from dictionary pages, greeting cards and magazines.

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Things I love, including my wonderful Rem, crafting, picnics and chocolate, all found a place in this page.

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LOVE

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I included “happy birthday” and “54” since it was made on my birthday.

I hope to spend more time art journaling soon.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Autumn Leaves Art Journal

Fall Colors Mixed Media

With supper in the slow cooker, I wanted to spend some time with my art journal but wasn’t sure what to do.  I’ve still got a trip to the library to fit in this afternoon, so I decided on a page that wouldn’t take too long.

Using a dark walnut brown ink, I stamped a maple leaf on the page and then heat-set the ink. I colored each leaf using a combination of Portfolio oil pastel crayons, densely pigmented Neocolor crayons and Stampin’ Up! colored markers.  With some of them, I first dipped the crayon in water and other times I brushed the scribbles with a small, wet paint brush.  After this step, I again used the heat tool to dry the page.

I went back with colored markers to fill in any little uncolored pieces.  Although I forgot to include it in the photo, I used my air-spritzer tool with markers to add a fine spray of dots on a few of the leaves.

Stamped Leaf

Maybe when I get back from the library, I’ll have time for another page…

Autumn Leaves

Thanks for checking out this one.

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Day 27: Do Something Creative

Inside Front Cover

Day 27: Do Something Creative. This is my inside front cover which, in this book, is pretty much like my title page.

I was thinking about what I wanted and knew I wanted to have my name on it – in essence, this is where I’m signing my work.

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I looked at my desk and saw several sheets of grid paper, paper I use under my projects.  In part to cover up my work surface but also to scribble on, test a pen, try out a font, stamp ink off a rubber stamp, test a color, or put a wash of pigment down with a water soluble oil crayon and water that I can pick up with a brush and use on a page.

So these sheets of paper are both desk protector and palette.   They had all sorts of interesting swaths of color, bits of washi tape, smears and scribbles and random words.

My Art Journal

I decided that pieces of the grid paper, with their bright colors and detritus from many of the projects in the book, would be the perfect paper to use for my “title” page.

Borrowing the slogan from The Paper Source, I wrote out the quote on a scrap of paper and colored in some of the letters.

“Do Something Creative Every Day!”

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The exclamation mark is mine.  I also added an asterisk and the word “often” below the quote because I know that sometimes life gets in the way and it can be a real challenge to do anything EVERY day.

Inside cover, right side

I added my blog address on the right side.  The word “love” and the word “homemade” were already on the grid paper.

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Mod Podge was my collage medium – I just brushed it on the back of each piece of paper and some down on the surface of the page, placed the paper where I wanted it and brushed some more over it.

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I really enjoyed creating this page from paper that I normally throw away when it is either too sticky with glue or coated with paint to be effective.

For Day 27 last year, I did a spread on creativity in my Image Journal, the precursor to my current Art Journaling.

The year before I made these Photo Cards.

Thank you for your visit.

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Watercolor Heart Card for Mom

It’s May and Mother’s Day will be here before you know it – Sunday, May 12, to be specific.

Watercolor Heart Card

Here is a beautiful card you can make for mom, that looks harder than it really is.  I was inspired by this stunning card  at oh so very pretty, complete with intricate calligraphy, but knew my version would be a little simpler.

With the right tools and tips, you can make one too!  It isn’t just for Mother’s Day either –  I’ve already done a version of this card for a retirement and a birthday and I think it would be perfect for a wedding.

Paints and Crayons

Supplies:

Watercolor Paints or Watercolor Crayons like the awesome Neocolor II Water-soluble wax pastel by Caran d’Arche.  You can buy individual crayons at art supply stores.

Brushes

Watercolor Paper

White Ink Pen  – mine is the Uni-Ball White Gel Pen and the label says it is pigment ink

Colored Card Stock to complete the card

Scrap Paper for making a template

Scissors

Adhesive I like Tombow mono adhesive

Paper Trimmer (optional)

Heat Tool (optional) This makes drying time really short, but if you have more patience then me, you can still make this without a heat tool.

Directions:

Determine the size of your card.  I often use a half-sheet of 8.5 x 11 inch paper, scored and folded in half to make a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card.

I actually just started with my white watercolor paper and painted the heart then built a card using that.  But my card is not a standard size and I will need to make an envelope to match.  So it might be easier if you start with the card.

Determine the size of your watercolor paper piece for the card front.  If using a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card, a piece that is 3.5 x 4.5 will work well.

Cut a heart out of a piece of paper, creating a heart-shaped template for your card front.

Heart Templates

I recommend painting more than one heart on separate pieces of watercolor paper, because in addition to being fun and very satisfying to make, the results are lovely and work beautifully for other occasions.

If you DO make want to paint more than one heart, it’s really a good idea to make a new template for each one.  The edges of the template get wet and painty and it is very easy to smear the edge of a second heart since your template already has paint on it.  Take it from me.

Put a few dabs of the mono adhesive around the backside of your template – I put one at the v in the center and at the point of the heart at the bottom plus a few around the edges.

Center the template on your piece of white watercolor paper, tapping gently to adhere it but don’t press too hard because you want to pull it off when you’re done.

Now use your watercolor paint or watercolor crayons and fill the heart with color.  I love the rich pigment of the watercolor crayons – it isn’t really obvious until you add some water.

Crayoned Heart

You can scribble bands of different color than go back with a wet paintbrush and paint it over the crayon.

Painting Water on Color

I experimented with different brushes and color combinations.

Foam Brush Heart

Watercolor paints work very well too – I swirl water into one color until my brush is loaded then I paint overlapping bands of different colors.  I think it looks best using analogous colors so it doesn’t end up getting muddy.

I was having so much fun, I decided to try some small hearts.  I used a heart-shaped punch for the template.

Small hearts template

I painted a row of hearts and then cut the heavy paper into individual little cards.

Little Hearts

But I’ve gotten off track.  These next steps are very important: when you finish painting, carefully lift off the template. If the edge of the painted heart is a little uneven, you can use a small brush and a little paint to even things out.  On the other hand, I think the raw edge of paint adds to the finished project.

Heart no template

Now let the paint dry.  This is really important.  If you have a heat tool, you can use that to dry the paint.  If your watercolor paper is really wet, be cautious how you aim the heat tool so you don’t end up spraying paint around.  Just keep moving the heat tool around until the paint is dry.  I found the paper started to curl so after awhile I flipped it over and heated the back.

If you don’t have a heat tool, you will need to use your patience.  If you try and write with the white pen on the heart, and your watercolor is still a bit damp, you won’t end up with white ink.  So be sure the paint is dry.

Now is a good time to rub off any bits of adhesive that were left behind from the template.  I have a little rubber square for this purpose, but a clean fingertip will do the job too.

Use the white pen to write a sentiment on the heart.  Go slow and easy.

Grateful

I found that even when the paint is dry, the pen tip scratches into the watercolor and needs to be wiped off.  Having a paper towel handy made it easy to wipe the tip of the pen.  Other times I scribbled onto scratch paper which helped to keep the white ink flowing. With most of the blue paints I was happier when I wrote over the letters a second time so they looked white and not light blue.

My hand-writing isn’t the best so I referred to a sheet I printed showing a font and used that as a guide.  This is called the Vimala Alphabet and I found it in the quirky yet fascinating book Your Handwriting Can Change Your Life  by Vimala Rodgers.  That is another project that so far hasn’t really gotten off the ground for me.  If nothing else, it is an interesting font.

Let the white ink dry then trim the piece of watercolor paper to the size you want.  If desired, you can paint on “Dianne Dots” a little row of three dots.  For this I made a template using a small hole punch and painted the dots to the right of the heart.  Again, lift off the template and let the paint dry (or help it along with the heat tool) before proceeding..

Painted Dianne Dots

Cut card stock for the card and another color for a layer and adhere the watercolor to the layer and adhere that layer to the front of the card.  Keep the watercolor theme going, and take a small brush and use paint to paint a message on the inside of the card.  I pasted a piece of white watercolor paper inside for this purpose.

Painted greeting

Scribble with the watercolor crayons onto scratch paper to make a little palette. Swirl a wet brush through it and pick up the pigment to paint the greeting on the inside of the card.

Here is another card I made using the same technique.

Memories & Dreams

I think the sentiment written in white ink looks as if the white paper is showing through the painted heart.

Even without any text, the watercolor heart is beautiful.

Painted Heart with Template

I don’t even know how old I was when I first put brush to paint, but my mom was almost certainly the one who washed my blue and purple fingers when I was finished.  Happy Mother’s Day, Mom, with lots of love.

Thanks for the visit.

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Day 25: DIY Blue Glass Jars

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I’m a Pisces.  I like water and colors of the ocean.

I saw colored or tinted glass jars and put them on my 30 Days of Creativity “To Do” list.  I saw them on Momtastic and also on Homework.

I wanted to make color me some  blue jars.  First step: collect jars.

I saved some at home, took some out of mom’s recycling bin and picked up a few more at the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse.  I also picked up a fried chicken sandwich and lemonade slushy at Bakesale Betty’s. Oh, my!  If you go to one, don’t miss the other.

Rem, my hero, used some elbow grease, Goo Gone and love to get the labels and glue off the jars today.  What a nice surprise and big time saver.  Thank you.

One the jars are clean and dry, mix up three or so tablespoons of Mod Podge, (I was using the Satin finish), and about a tablespoon of water. Add food coloring: I used a combination of Neon and Regular food color.  In fact, I went to Not Martha‘s post on dying eggs to follow her blue recipe: 6 drops neon blue and one of regular blue.  Just the food color, not the vinegar!

Stir those together in the first jar you want to tint.  I used a chopstick to stir the mixture.

You want a fairly rich, opaque color.  Once it has dried it will be translucent and much lighter .

This is a good time to turn the oven on to 300 degrees.

Tip the jar around to coat the inside of the glass with the colored Mod Podge.  For the best effect, the mixture should be thick enough to coat the inside and be fairly opaque.  I did a few with a thinner mixture but by the time I was done the color on those ones was very sheer.  A pair of gloves would help to protect your fingertips from being dyed blue.  I rarely use gloves which is why my finger tips are stained blue.

Pour the excess Mod Podge into another jar and set the coated one upside down on some newspaper, paper towel or (as I saw suggested) wax paper.  Tip the next jar around in the same manner, coating the inside.  Continue with all the jar you want to color.

I moved the draining jars a few times and wiped off the edge that was face down.

You can see on the two jars in the picture above one had more color and more Mod Podge.  Once it is dry it looks very different.  The one on the right was very subtle when it was done.

Once you’ve finished all the jars, pour any excess Mod Podge down the drain with some water.

Put a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet and arrange the jars upside down on the parchment paper. Put jars on baking sheet into the oven.  I had to move a shelf to fit the jars and even then the tallest one had to lie on it’s side.

Bake for about 15 minutes.  I had some excess Mod Podge on the parchment paper and needed to use a scrubby sponge to get it off the rims of the jars. If inside of jars seem wet or even damp, bake for 10 more minutes.  The finished color shouldn’t look white or milky, if so, it needs more time in the oven.

After jars are cool you can take your thumbnail or a damp scrubby sponge and start working on that excess gunk around the edge.  A few also had stuff that stuck on the inside of the jar at the bottom, like this one:

I decided to ignore it.

This project was better suited to an afternoon with more time, but it wasn’t really difficult.  One of the jars has a long drip down the inside and two that that had a thinner, lighter coast of color will probably get a second coat.  Or I’ll saok it and start over. Some day. AFTER 30DoC!

I think they will look even better in the sunlight, but I’m very happy with the results.  The color is very watery and speaks to the fish in me. Now that I’ve done it once I have a better idea of what works and what doesn’t.  Tall, narrow jars are kind of tricky.  A small brush helps distribute the Mod Podge on jars with embossed details.

These are decorative and not meant to hold water as the Mod Podge is water soluble.  They look beautiful empty or with a candle inside.

Pickled Carrot Sticks were my project last year on Day 25.  They were delicious.

As always, thank you so much for coming by!

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Marbleized Paper with Shaving Cream

This is a fun and easy crafting project that results in beautiful marbleized paper.   You start with shaving cream, dot on some ink, swirl it around, smoosh paper into it, then squeegee the shaving cream off the paper and that’s it!  You never know exactly what you will get until you scrape off the layer of shaving cream but the results are usually delightful.  Clean up is super easy which is another plus.

I crafted with my friend Margaret today and we were having so much fun that we didn’t want to stop. Playing with the lemon lime scented foam and the beautiful colored ink was both relaxing and satisfying.

Update: For a look at marbleizing using gouache and acrylics, check out the blog by Wayside Artist where she experiments by replacing the ink with thinned down gouache and acrylic paint.

Marbleized Paper with Shaving Cream

Supplies:

Rimmed Baking Sheet for your work surface

Shaving Cream (not the gel type – and I prefer the lemon lime scent)

Reinkers  in several colors (small bottles of ink used to re-ink stamp pads – mine are from Stampin’ Up! and are water-based dye inks, but I’ve read that alcohol-based inks also work)

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Food Coloring

Plastic Spoon for smoothing out the shaving cream

Chopstick or popsicle stick to swirl ink in shaving cream

Squeegee, plastic scraper or rubber spatula to scrape shaving cream off paper

Paper Towels

White Card Stock or White Printer Paper – cut to size for your projects – 8 1/2 x 11 cut into quarters is usually a good size for greeting cards, but some projects will need a larger size sheet.

Directions:

The baking sheet is your work surface.  One one half you will have the shaving cream and on the other a relatively clean surface to squeegee the shaving cream off the paper.

Spray some shaving cream onto one half of the baking sheet and smooth it out into a rough rectangle a little larger than the size of paper you will be coloring. Smooth it out with a plastic spoon and drip some ink onto it.

Now use a chopstick to swirl the ink around. You don’t want to mix it completely, but just swirl the ink lightly into the surface of the shaving cream.

Once all the ink spots have been swirled around, lay a piece of white paper on top of the shaving cream and tap it into the surface so the paper is fully in contact with the shaving cream.

Lift it off and lay the paper face up on the clean side of your baking sheet.

Using a squeegee or other scraper, gently scrape the shaving cream off the paper, revealing the beautiful marbleized design.

A quick wipe with paper towel will get any excess shaving cream.  Set paper aside to dry.

The colored shaving cream can be re-used, often without adding more ink.  Just swirl the chopstick around through the inky shaving cream and if desired add a few more drops of color and swirl again.

I find it best to stick with two or three colors in adjacent shades. As you mix more ink into the shaving foam your base or background color will be a light version of the original colors which can be even more stunning.  If your colors are too far apart on the color wheel, your shaving cream can become muddy-looking pretty fast.

I also tried this method with food coloring.

The colors aren’t the same as the ink refills, but it still produced nice results and folks are more likely to have it in their kitchen.

When you’ve got swirled ink covering all your white paper or your shaving cream has become loaded with so much color that you want to start fresh, it is quite easy to wash the inky shaving cream down the drain, rinse off your utensils and start again.

You’ll end up with inky fingers and a bunch of beautiful paper that you can now use to cover little notebooks, line envelopes and make cards, like this!

Try it out!  Thanks for the visit.  And thank you, Margaret, for being being a willing hand model and great crafting partner today.

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