Friday, June 17, 2016

June Art Class

We started off our June art class by going around the room and sharing what we did in the last month. First of all, we shared our artist trading cards that we made with the theme "Prima" art products. Here are some of the beautiful cards that I received.



Here are more of the faces and buildings from the artist who created them.


What a neat concept of putting the buildings together with the cards.



I didn't have Prima products and had been told that we can always do our own thing if we can't follow the rules. Well, I did have these vintage photos that are Prima products and added glitter to them.



You can see the glitter in the one below. Are you familiar with the Wink of Stella brush glitter pen? It's really awesome because it doesn't make your paper wet and create wrinkles.


We also shared the pages we created for our swap partner's circle journals. Here are the pages from my swap partner who had my book with the "green" theme. I love it!


The theme for the book I worked in is "Things I Miss". I don't know why, but the first thing that came to my mind were the hibiscus in our California front yard. I wrote about how I missed them in the journal, cut a large hibiscus and the word with my electronic cutting machine, and added a photo  of them in our front yard. 


Here are a couple of other circle journal pages. This one below had a theme of sharing a quote.


I cannot remember what the theme was for the pages below, but aren't they stunningly beautiful?


This month, our project was on Graphic 45 Fussy Cut and Layers. Fussy cutting is using a sharp small scissors for cutting details. These are examples our instructor brought.


So we got out our scissors and cut layers of the same images. I will be doing more of this on my artist trading cards to share next month.


You can see the layers below.


Hope you enjoyed seeing what we did in our art class. Maybe it has inspired you - sure hope so!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Girls' Week in Indiana

In mid May, my Southern friends Becky and Missy came to visit me. We had such a great time - it flew by so quickly. Since we met at an art retreat a couple of years ago, our main focus is always to create some things. We found that we enjoy doing so many other things, we didn't get around to doing much crafting. 

Getting ready for their visit was so exciting. One of the things I did was to bring out my vintage doll house. We are like little girls when we are together.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

May Art Class

This month our instructor taught us about Prima art products. We applied metal objects, lace, sewing pattern pieces, gesso, texture paste and paint to a small canvas. When I saw the model piece, I immediately thought "wedding"! This is how mine turned out! I love how the sewing pattern piece created a nice textured background.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

April Art Class

April's art class was enjoyable as always. This time we practiced layering with stamps. Here are the pieces I made that day.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Baby Shower Decor: Banners, Toppers & Confetti

I was recently asked to make decorations for two baby showers. The interesting thing was that their themes were quite similar. One had an Alice in Wonderland theme, and the other theme was a children's storybook. The three items I made for each party were a banner, cupcake toppers and confetti for the table.

For the Alice in Wonderland banner, I cut pieces from a children's book

photos from this baby shower compliments of Ashleigh Antle

Friday, March 18, 2016

March Art Class at Palette & Paper

This month we met at one of my very favorite inspirational creative spaces called Palette & Paper. We worked with colored pencils this time. But before we did that, we visited for awhile and then partook in our monthly Artist Trading Cards (ATC) swap.

With our swaps, we practice what we learned from our previous class. So since last month we dabbled in stencils, die cuts and stamps, that's what we did. Here's my creation. After cutting lilies with my Cameo, I decided they would be the perfect size for my ATCs. The lilies have a green base, and a second piece (the flower I cut from white cardstock) adhered to it with glue dots. The flower was sponged with ink.


Monday, February 22, 2016

February Art Class

I enjoyed February's art class with the Not Your Ordinary Art Class group.


Friday, February 12, 2016

13th Annual Indiana Art Fair

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of the Indiana State Museum. I received a complimentary ticket to attend this event. All opinions are 100% my own.

I'm excited to tell you about a local art event that is going on at the Indiana State Museum right now. The 13th annual Indiana Art Fair started this evening, February 12th, and will continue through tomorrow, from 10 a.m. until 5 p. m. This annual event features some of Indiana's best artisans showcasing and selling their work. Guests are able to enjoy the museum experience, while browsing the works of more than 60 artists representing 22 counties on all three levels of the museum. 

A special preview titled Galentine's Art Night was held tonight. "Gal's night out" featured an evening of art, food, drink and music. I attended a private reception with the artists and painted my own masterpiece. (I also received a cute little package of fun Valentine's Day cards when I checked in to the event - see * at the end of this post.)


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Wedding Wonderland

It's my time to enjoy the experience of planning a wedding with my daughter, Ashleigh.

Photo taken at the Indiana Fairgrounds Bridal Show

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Not Your Ordinary Art Class

I have finally found an art group that meets monthly in my part of town. It is called Not Your Ordinary Art Class. I have been searching for this type of group for several years! What a great way to start the new year! The ladies are all so sweet and welcoming. The group started 15 years ago so that tells me it's a good one!

Each month I will learn a new skill, have lunch, and swap artist trading cards (ATC) with the group. ATCs are miniature pieces of art that are traded in swap groups. The only official rule is that they are 2.5 x 3.5 inches in size. Our ATCs will have a theme, usually drawing on the skill of what we learned the previous month. This month, though, we started with our "word of the year". Through the holidays, I had been searching for my word of the year when I noticed a Facebook challenge showed up in my feed that offered to help me find my word of the year. I took FB up on their offer and my word became "wisdom!"