Thursday, August 28, 2014

Get Messy Art Journal 01 - A Self Portrait in Objects

I'm so thrilled to announce that I am now a part of the Get Messy Art Journal Challenge!  This means that I have joined a group of talented art journaling ladies who plan to create two art journal pages to share with you every Thursday.  At the end of each month, we are going to make pages in response to a prompt given to us by one of the group's hosts.  I am so excited to get started!  
Here is the prompt for this month:
August Prompt: A Self Portrait in Objects (created by Caylee)
Journal challenge: Who are you? If you had one page to show the world who you are what would you put on it?
Art challenge: Use anything except an actual photo of yourself to make a self portrait.
For my first page, I decided to take a picture of the things that I always keep close by: my planner, my phone, my sketch kit, and a cup of coffee.  (Can you tell I am a fan of Orla Kiely's patterns?) These are the things that travel around with me during my day...  I printed my little "still life" out onto matte photo paper, glued it in, then embellished the page with pens and watercolors.

For my second page, I thought about how much my sketchbooks mean to me and how much they say about me.  I always have a sketchbook/art journal on hand wherever I go, and drawing and writing in my little books is SO important to me and a big part of who I am.  For this page, I took a photo of some of my favorite books (most are handmade), glued it in, then embellished everything with pens and watercolors.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the first pages in my Get Messy Art Journal.  They were really fun to make, and I'm so excited to be joining a group that has been inspiring me a lot lately!  
I am currently using a book I made years ago filled with watercolor paper as my Get Messy Art Journal.  I won't show you the cover of the book yet, because I really don't like it, ha ha.  I made it when I made the book, and my style has definitely changed over time. I hope to paint over the old cover and give it a makeover soon!

Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Recent Sketchbook Drawings

I seem to go through phases where I don't draw too much, then other times I am drawing every day and every spare moment.  It's an all or nothing kind of thing...  Right now, it's all drawing all the time.  Here are some recent snapshots of my books...

I hope you enjoyed these peeks into my books.  Have a creative weekend!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Family Frames... An Art Journal

I've recently started the process of taking photographs of all of my past art journals so that I can share them online.  This "Family Frames" book was one of my favorite books that I made while in college.  It's hand bound, made with cardboard, art papers, string, and glue.  The book is filled with cream drawing paper, and I used it for drawing, painting, and some note taking from my studio classes.  You can see bigger photos of the book by going to its album on Flickr here.  

Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

...little bits...

The other day, we made burgers with a sunny side up egg on top and ate them on english muffins.  We couldn't help but share our epic meal with our little dog, Ruby Roo, so we tore up little pieces of the meal to put on a plate for her.  We have to make the pieces small so that she won't eat too fast... Sometimes she has a tendency to eat big bites that are too much for her little throat to handle!

When I think about all of my goals and dreams for my future, especially my creative and business related goals, it can sometimes feel overwhelming... I always need to remind myself to break my goals up into little doable bits that I can handle and chip away at little by little, rather than always looking ahead to the big picture.  So tonight, I am going to sit down and making some lists of big goals, then I will be breaking them down into smaller, bite-sized goals that I can begin to tackle bit by bit...  Wish me luck!

What are some of your summer goals?  Do you like to make lists and dream big as much as I do?  Goals are really one of my favorite things to write about in my journals...

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Typewriter Love

Have you heard of typewriter art?  Below is my very first attempt - it was so much fun to make!

I created the above piece with my cursive typewriter, a yellow Royal Safari:

I am in love with that Royal Safari, and I especially like its cursive font:

I'm more than a little obsessed with typewriters and all that they can do...  I have even amassed a small collection of typewriters, which I quickly learned is kind of an impractical collection, since typewriters are so huge and heavy, ha ha. So I have decided to part with a few, and they can now be found in my Etsy vintage shop, Nostalgia Factory

Here's my favorite one from the small group I am parting with...

It's a pink Smith-Corona Super Silent typewriter from the 1950's in excellent working condition.  It's just so charming and fun!  You can see more photos and read about the typewriter by clicking here.

Here are a few more typewriters up for grabs in the shop...

Thanks so much for stopping by and for letting me tell you about my typewriter obsession...  I hope your summer is going well and that you are taking the time to indulge in some obsessions of your own! :)


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