Saturday, May 28, 2011

doodle morning

This morning, with lots of weekend errands and inevitable car-sitting time (waiting for the vacuum-cleaner repair, for instance), I enjoyed the sunshine and doodled. I've been trying to discipline myself to stake out some time to get back into drawing more, but that hasn't been easy. For me, drawing requires a little patience and no interruptions so I can focus. But doodling seems to fit more easily, and it suffers less from change of focus.

So this morning, I took along a journal, a black pen and some Copics. After starting one spread (the one with the curtain below), I lost interest in it when I came back to the car. So I happily flipped the page and started another one (above). Since I'm excited to be joining Pam Garrison for her journaling class at Jenny Doh's home studio in July, I doodled the spread above in homage to Pam. It is inspired by a wonderful page in her Sketchbook Project 2011 journal. I can't wait to practice at the elbow of Herself.

As you can see, I'm not exactly a minimalist. Since I'm used to working on large-scale paintings, up to 5 feet by 8 feet, I tend to crowd the page. But I do have fun. What is your doodling style?

Monday, May 23, 2011

organize to inspire, or inspired to organize?

How I wish my craft supplies were organized in a truly inspirational fashion! Instead I have piles accumulated with each passing project, never enough time to put them away, and soon barely enough room left to work. My friend Amy and I are each working to outfit a small craft suitcase in which to take our supplies to Mary's birthday party workshop in less than two weeks. Amy says this is a project to organize her, but I know it is an attempt to organize me.

So far I've snagged the last two large red cardboard suitcases at my local Paper Source stores. The closer store in Reston had only one red suitcase in poor display condition, but it does have those cheery polka dots inside. :) Was it worth the half hour drive to find it? The further store, on M Street in Georgetown, involved a bear of a drive, literally -- I growled all the way through miserable traffic. If I hadn't had other business nearby, I would have needed major payment to tackle that maze. The traffic closes in on you like the hedges in that Harry Potter movie. Anyway, they had one red suitcase in better condition, but it has stripes inside instead of polka dots. Of course, the real issue is whether I can find work space enough to tailor the suitcase to my needs. Given any success, I might even be inspired to finish before the last minute. We'll see.

Meanwhile, pop on over to Amy's for her latest giveaway connected with her Inspired Ideas Birthday issue. I think you'd love to win Tracey's fun layered prize ribbon.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

crafty birthday inspiration

If you are someone who has a birthday
and if you know someone who has a birthday,
Amy Powers' latest online magazine
inspired ideas: the happy birthday issue
features 245 pages full of crafty birthday projects
just for you.
Online and always accessible from your purchased link,
with pdf versions of each project available to print,
this huge ezine just bursts with inspiration.

Click here for details to make it yours.

Friday, May 06, 2011

painting with misty mawn at art & soul

This past weekend I thoroughly enjoyed a couple classes with Misty Mawn at the Hampton Art & Soul event. We covered a wide gamut of drawing and painting approaches on paper, including transfer techniques and stencils, all guided by Misty's sure hand. Since I tend to prefer building up the paint, layering each technique on top of another, I was less prolific than many in the class who produced lots of background papers. But here are some painted pages (11"x 15" cold-press 140-lb watercolor tablet) and a couple drawings photographed in class in various unfinished states. If ever you have an opportunity to take a class with Misty, don't hesitate.