When somebody asked how you are doing, have you ever said, “I am facing a huge challenge regarding my….”? Maybe it is at work or at home. The feeling is of frustration, overwhelm, anxiety or a host of other negative feelings. Most of us face challenges that we do not want to deal with.
Are all challenges negative? Of course not. There are challenges that we can be eager to take on. Something that involves a change that we do not perceive as negative. I was just involved in this type of challenge. One of the Facebook groups I belong to for creatives of all types, issued a challenge to commit to a creative project every day for at least 30 minutes over 5 days. I accepted that challenge. As a digital collage composite artist, it would have been easy to create a new digital piece of art. Instead, I added my own challenge. I would do mixed media art project, complete it and get it ready to be juried so that I could exhibit it in a local gallery. I have done mixed media in the past, but it all came to a halt in 2020. I’m sure you can guess why.
Well, I forgot how long it takes to do all those layers. Gesso and glue take time to dry, even if you use a heat gun! It’s Friday and I did not finish the challenge. Did I fail and am I going to finish what I started? The answer is “no” and “yes!” To actually start a mixed media canvas and not give up and switch to doing digital art is a big victory. I didn’t actually have all the time I needed because of other commitments, but this experience helped me remember two things. 1) Mixed media is fun to do. There is no limit to what you can use to create your art. 2) Mixed media is messy! Working with gesso, glue, paint, and pastes leaves sticky fingers, smudges, and goop on the work surface. Just check out the photo below.
This isn't finished yet. I just finished gluing everything on. I have to wait for all the layers to day, then I will start the finish layers. The colors will be antique silver, blue and black. Title: Journeys: We Are Connected
It's December 30th already. Are you ready to say goodbye to 2021 and welcome 2022? It seemed like 2021 would never end, yet this month has gone by so fast. It just dawned on me a couple of days ago that I need to make some changes on my website and to get new art ready for my Art Store. Well, I went into high gear and selected art for the New Year. However, I wasn’t quite ready to post my selections yet. That was when I did an “Oops!” I decided to delete everything in my Store and start over for January. I forgot two things: 1) Don’t start something you don’t want to finish. I started to delete December’s art from my store, then decided it was taking too long and I didn’t have time to finish and reload. Well, Weebly didn’t know I had changed my mind. When I came back to my website every piece of art in my Art Store except one had been deleted. Anyone visiting my site would not see any art! 2) I don’t need to delete everything. All I need to do is update. Believe me, it really is a lot easier not to start from scratch, especially when your website host has changed the way you add items to your store and you didn’t realize it. I hate to confess this, but it took me about five attempts to finally get the right size and price together. I was not happy. Have you ever done an “Oops!” like starting something you couldn’t finish or jumping in without checking all the facts?
After all the drama, I did get my art thumbnails up. I usually wait until the 1st to post, but since it will be New Year’s Day, I am giving you an early viewing. I also have new selections on my Fine Art America store. Check out About Art and Artist to see what I have been working on. I hope you have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and Day. I don’t know what 2022 will bring, but I know each day will offer different opportunities and challenges.
I have one more Christmas present for you. It is a 6x4 print from my "The Reason" series. It is blank so you can add your own words or a photo. May you have a wonderful Christmas and remember that The Reason for The Season is Jesus.
I have been working in Affinity Photo, which is a graphic software program. I had been using Photoshop, but decided it was time to switch software. As with anything new, there is a Learning Curve! I have been diligently studying, but came across a tutorial on how to create patterns in Affinity, which is a lot easier then Photoshop. I have been busy turning everything into patterns. I found a photo of a candy cane and thought it would be fun to create a candy cane pattern, but not just a plain cane pattern. I almost called this one Caneflake! The download file is 11x8.5 and will print on a standard home printer. Try it with my free mini note card and envelope template.
I am offering a free mini candy bar wrapper template with an original holiday design this week. I have used this wrapper template for parties and once for my church. For my church, I took a photo of the building. If I remember correctly, I believe I added the name of the church on the front. For parties, I designed patterns to go with the season or theme.
For the Christmas wrappers, I used the Red and Green pattern two ways. One red and green that has the design on the front and back. The second has the design on the front and the back white. Both say “Merry Christmas.” The pattern is 8.5x11. Print on 20- or 24-pound paper. Cardstock is too stiff to use for this project. Cut out on lines. Use tape to secure back. I’ve found that a piece of double-sided tape in front keeps the wrapper from sliding off. If you don’t want the tape to show in back, use double-sided tape or glue.
Single wrapper sample.
Single mini bar wrapped.
i am offering two original Christmas patterns with a mini note card and envelope template to download for free.These patterns are my own designs and you will only find them here. Be sure and check back next week, when I will offer another free download that makes a great party favor. I've used different designs and people always love to get something unique.
What do parties and art have in common? Decorations, party favors, note cards and more with designs created by artists. I am having a party this week for my group, Creative Women. It is a group of crafters and artists that come together once a month to work on projects and for fellowship. We are having our Christmas party this year and I am putting together treat bags for everyone. The treats include a spoon made of chocolate and a candy cane striped peppermint spoon, I am adding a packet of hot chocolate to go with the candy spoons, but I didn’t want to just toss a packet in the treat bag. Instead, I used my Red and Green and Ribbons and Bows Christmas patterns and a template to create a gift bag for the hot chocolate packets. I also printed a mini envelope and card using the Red and Green pattern . Both of these patterns are available for download on my member’s page. Go to my Home page to see how you can sign up to get these Christmas patterns. I will be adding the mini card and envelope template. These patterns are my own designs and you will not find them anywhere else.
Check my blog next week for an early Christmas present-a special download!
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving for if you celebrate this holiday. All I can say about last week’s celebration is this: Never Again! Let me hasten to explain this is not about being thankful or coming together as a family to offer our thanks and enjoy a meal together. It is about turkey. I want to state that I have never bought and cooked a turkey in my life, nor will I ever cook a turkey. However, since my mother does not go shopping any more, it fell to my lot to go and purchase, not a whole turkey, but a turkey breast. Being clueless about the finer points of turkey shopping, I went to the store in all innocence to fulfill my commission. I zoned in on the area where poultry was sold and saw The Sign-Turkey Breasts xxx a pound. Ah ha, my mission was almost complete. I snatched up my prize and paid for it. Only to realize after I got home that this was not a frozen turkey and it was days ahead of when we (Mom) would need to roast it. So, into the freeze it went. It only dawned on me then that I should have looked in the freezer section. Oh well.
Then came Disaster Day, er I mean Thanksgiving Day. The bird was cooked and rested for the appropriate amount of time. Now, who was going to carve it? I was given the thankless task of carving (butchering) that poor bird. Not only was this turkey breast the size of a chicken, it was impossible to cut a decent piece. As a Christian, I am committed not speaking swear words , but I did have some naughty thoughts and exclamations of disgust as I wrestled with that stupid turkey. That is when I told my family that I would NEVER again buy a turkey. I would recommend Cornish game hens or even a whole chicken, but I was not going to be responsible for buying and carving, (er, to be truthful, butchering) turkey in any form. Well, I would consent to ground turkey. but that is it!!!
I am so looking forward to Christmas dinner. We have agreed on a nice roast beef. Now, I wonder, which one of us is going to go shopping to select a nice roast?
Speaking of Christmas, I have a free printable download for you with a black or white background. The black background is very ink intense for a home printer, but makes a great wallpaper. Download one or both of them.
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