Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I've not fallen off the face of the earth....

I've just been pre-occupied with my TRI training... and I have been creating art and doing some wonderful things in my condo so check back after Sunday and I'll get back on track with consistent updates and a few new things (think tutorials...!!!) ; )

...scatter joy...

Sunday, June 13, 2010

I must be an artist!

.... two words.... art studio.  For me, it conjurs up so many things.... one of the biggest being, you must be an artist to have a studio.... and/or have money... and be making money from your art.... and... and... and... all these very limiting 'rule' i had created in my head.....

About a year or so ago I was have an ongoing email exchange with my friend D-.... she casually mentioned that we should go to her art studio and create some fabulousness together... and she continued discussing all the different things we could create.... but I wasn't listening.... I was still mesmerized by her mentioning her 'art studio'....

'art studio' i thought..... but she's a struggling grad student..... how can she have an art studio???? now, don't get me wrong... D is an artist through and through.... and her grad degree is a master of fine arts.... but still... it didn't quite fit the rules I'd created about having an art studio....

And so i placed it out in the universe.... 'i will have an art studio'.....

Fast forward to last weekend.... I was doing my typical round of procrastinating and thought I'd google 'art studio for rent chicago'..... multiple and various things popped up and i eventually found my way to an exciting discovery... there was a listing for a studio for rent not even 4 blocks away from where I live.

now for those of you who know me personally, you know that 1) I do not live in the 'artsy' part of town (wish I did, but that's a different intention) and 2) my space is very small and I long for just one more room where I could not only house all my art (and craft) but actually have a space to create in....

and so I spoke with the owner... made arrangements to view over the weekend while I was home .... all the while, of course, envisioning it as my own (even though I didn't know what it actually looked like yet)....

it is now mine.  it is my perfect place to begin... my perfect 1st studio..... the next step to 'awakening the artist'....!

I'll send pics as I begin to fill my space with supplies and artistic endeavors..... !

What are some of your self-limiting beliefs?  Are they real or imagined?  What would happen if you reframed your beliefs?

...scatter joy...

Monday, June 7, 2010


This was a really fun swap!  The challenge... create a piece of art the size of a postcard.... any medium, style, subject.... THEN hang it outside to 'weather' for a week... bring it in, let it dry if neccesary and then send it off 'naked' through the mail....

We created two and sent them out into the world. 

what color would your art be?

...scatter joy...

Monday, May 24, 2010

artist at work

I have a couple larger projects I'm working on... they are taking longer than mere hours which is different for me.  I am working on my submission for My Art is Love (see link on the left side of page), as well as a journal page entry for a swap I'm in on the Milliande Art Community for Women. 

I'm also making a few tote bags with some gorgeous fabrics I have and handmade invitations....   ; ) 

Baxter is most often by my side keeping me company but sometimes Bax gets so tired he falls asleep before he makes it all the way into his bed....

Be patient... some deliciousness is on its way!

What has been holding your attention lately?

...scatter joy...

Monday, May 17, 2010

trash to treasure

Our task: create a bookmark from items destined for the trash or recycling....  it's a salvaged goods bookmark. 

For the front I used a discarded paper I had used as a paint pallet and added a piece of a paper coffee cozy, some plastic that came as extraneous packaging, scraps of craft paper, old foil, & an old coil.  To which I added scraps of ribbon with attached charms.

On the back I added some fun sentences from a rescued book.

This was a fast, fun project .... I LOVE functional art. 

What have you re-purposed recently?

...scatter joy...

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Creative Journaling Kit

One of the things I truly love to do is give gifts.... there is a fantastic pleasure in giving with joy something that you think the person will truly love.  I recently took part in a swap that was to pull together a Creative Journaling Kit.  We did not need to include the journal, just items to make the journaling fun... and we needed to make it something that could be transportable.... 

I chose to go with the colors listed in my partner's profile... she mentioned she loved black and white with punches of teal.  I took that into the contents as well.... I hope she loves receiving it as much as I loved creating it.

The container: A cigar-like box purchased from Michaels... used scrapbook papers to cover the front and sides... painted the edges and inside lid teal.

Inside the box: journal prompts (on the lid), pens, pencils, watercolors, squirt bottle, tags, paper ribbon, stamps, stamp pad, tape roller, scrapbook papers in shade of grey, white, teal, alphabet rub ons and probably a few other things I can't remember... lol

The key to journaling is having things readily available... gather your own kit together... make it easy to write/paint/sketch your story.

What is your 'must have' in your journaling kit?

...scatter joy...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

word art

You know I love me some word art... this site, allows you to take any word or phrase, choose the shape and color and then they mash it up for you.... check it out!

What color are your words?

...scatter joy...