Tiny Accordion Book

Inspired by Tammy at Daisy Yellow I tried one of her fun little accordion books.  You can cut 3 books out of one file folder.  The little books measure about 2.5 by 4 inches when they’re closed and there are six small collage spaces on the front and on the back.  Love her attitude about random collage and not over-thinking what you’re doing.  Makes it more about the process and the joy of creating.

Not the best pictures–just a quick look at the collage fun I’ve been having!  Head on over to Tammy’s site for an instructional video and several other cool projects in her Tangent series. pop over to Vimeo

Side #1 of my little accordion book.

Side #1 of my little accordion book.


Side #2 of my little accordion book.

Side #2 of my little accordion book.

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Beads, Index Cards and Good Intentions

Well, I think I can surmise that summer is not a good time for blogging in my life.  All my intentions were to keep posting in June, July and August.  As a matter of fact I made a commitment to post weekly right after the new year and was doing well keeping that up….until the sun came out!

Three of my grandchildren from out-of-town arrived in mid-June and my attention turned elsewhere.  I even tried to enlist them in doing ICAD’s with me (yes, I stopped at 27/61) but pretty soon other activities took over.  I’m big at living in the moment so it’s all good, I have no regrets, my only problem being how do I re-motivate myself?

Since the kids have left I’ve not touched an index card (ICAD) but I did exercise my creative muscles a little with these projects–leather wrapped bracelets!  Thanks to a group of friends open to learning something new and one generous friend willing to share her expertise we began creating these:008

What fun this has been and I’m now amassing a good collection of beads and leather to continue.  Meanwhile I’m eying those index cards again and feeling the itch to do a little creating every day!

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ICAD days 15 thru 21

ICAD days 15 thru 21

A little behind but not bad for running Camp Grandma for the last three weeks!!

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ICAD 2014, here I come!

Two weeks worth of ICAD’s.  I’m barely keeping up and keeping it simple at that.  Last summer I only made it to 23 out of 61 but I’m determined to spend a little time each day with a bit of drawing, collaging or creating!

Index Card A Day How hard can that be?  Right?

ICAD 2014 cards 1 - 14

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Mailbox Delights

Here’s my hoard of cards from the 2014 DIY iHanna postcard swap.  Received 8 out of 10 cards.  I suppose it’s still possible to receive the other 2 since it can take about 10 days to mail a card from some places around the world.  Still hoping!!

From top left–sent by Eunice of the U.K., Lauren from New York, circles card from Cindy of somewhere in the U.S., cloud, rain and flowers from Randy of the Netherlands, orange background, blue washi tape and fabric cloud with “delightful”
from Simone in Australia, text background with my initial “C” monogram in embroidery from Barbro in Sweden, abstract in markers from Chris in California and stars, collage and “Do more of what make’s you happy” from Natalie in New York!

Love doing these exchanges!  Surprises in the mailbox are fun but one of the greatest parts are connecting with people from all over and knowing there are so many people out there who want to share a little bit of art in an unusual way!!

Postcards received in the IHanna DIY swap 2014.

Postcards received in the IHanna DIY swap 2014.

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Juicy Watercolors!

Watercolor postcards mailed out today for the MMSA watercolor swap.  Wasn’t really sure if I would get this one in this week but when I started playing with my paints I couldn’t stop.  I would have made a 4th card but I only gave myself a day and a half before I had to get them in the mail–still I’m really pleased with the results.

Two are simple designs but before I painted I went back and forth with curving sweeps of the pencil across the surface of the postcard.  Each section got painted a slightly different color.  I used salt on the pear and in the background of the leaf for a little interesting texture.  The circles doodle was painted using just 3 colors and what I could mix from them; permanent magenta, new gamboge and marine blue.  I used a Sharpie marker to go over all the lines in the painting.  I think that really helps set off the spaces of color.  Since they were being mailed without envelopes I did a couple of quick sprays of Kamar varnish which has now become my favorite way to protect  my cards in the mail.

My inspirations came from the book by Dory Kanter, “Art Escapes.”

MMSA watercolor postcards

MMSA watercolor postcards

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Come Alive!

All ready to go.  Sometime in the next few days I should get a list of 10 names from iHanna.   Address, stamp and write a short note and they’re on their way!!  Then just sit back and wait patiently  anxiously check my mail box everyday hoping to find what fun and creative mail will show up from all over the world!

I made these by starting with a couple of larger pieces of paper that I covered with acrylic and some stamping.   I collaged some circle layers of colorful papers to create a flower shape and helped that along with a little graphite in the background to suggest some petal shapes.  Another bit of collage on the base and a bit of embellishment with markers and they became mail art.

The phrase “come alive” comes from a quote by Howard Thurman:

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive.  And then go and do that because what the world needs is people who have come alive!”

"come alive" postcards; collage, acrylic, pen and graphite; iHanna postcard swap; Spring 2014

“come alive” postcards; collage, acrylic, pen and graphite; iHanna postcard swap; Spring 2014







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The good, the bad but mostly the fun stuff!

For the last 10 plus days I have been taking Carla Sonheim’s 21-day DRAW ! class.  What a great time I’ve been having.  Every day brings a new drawing assignment demonstrated in a 9-10 minute video by the ever encouraging … Continue reading

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Inspiration when you least expect it!

Last weekend we did some volunteer work at our local metropark.  It was a small Spring carnival mainly for little kids–a clown, crafts, junk food and game booths with all those kitsy little prizes.  I was assigned the ladybug bean bag toss.  I love working with small children and was having a pretty good time, letting them take extra throws and step closer to the giant lady bug to get the bean bags through the big spots on her red shell.

The bean bags; I loved holding them in my hands and tossing them around and I kept staring at the fabric designs on these hand-made bundles of fun.  I loved the design.  Circles with lines radiating from the center with small dots encircling it.  I was quite taken with the appearance (it’s the little things in life, right?).  I wanted to go home right away and paint this design.  So I did–well, pretty much in the next couple of days.

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After painting in watercolor I decided to go with a black acrylic background.  I used bottle lids to trace more accurate circles over the designs I’d already painted.  Then I used a blunt end of a wooden skewer to encircle them in white dots.  A few cuts into 4″ x 6″ postcards and they’re ready to go!

watercolor/acrylic postcards

watercolor/acrylic postcards

I did these also.  Some watercolor spots in light, medium and more intense hues with black acrylic dashes in the background.  I know I came across this in a book somewhere that I should be citing but, I’m sorry,  I didn’t write it down and it’s probably been floating in my head a while only to be jostled awake by the other circle design!  It’s been a circle sort of week–who’d a thought!

watercolor/acrylic postcards

watercolor/acrylic postcards

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“S” is for……….

Two more postcards out to snail mail today.  MMSA’s “S” scavenger hunt is the theme of the week.  Each postcard should have about 10 things starting with the letter S.  My first one is stamps but look closer……all the stamp’s subjects start with S……and…….there is a “striped” border!  I know, pretty nerdy, right??

The next postcard is S “actions”.  (scratching stringy hair, sipping through a straw, silly in stripes, service with a smile, swimming in sunglasses, sitting on a sofa)

I kept it at two this time because I wanted to get busy on the iHanna exchange.  I’ve got a pretty good start.  The backgrounds are done and I’m almost ready to start gluing on some collage–more on this later!

MMSA "S" scavenger hunt

MMSA “S” scavenger hunt

MMSA "S" scavenger hunt

MMSA “S” scavenger hunt

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