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Valentines Challenge- 14 Valentines in 14 days – #5

My fiance HATES glitter, he is a custodian for the school system and is always having to clean it up, I on the other hand LOVE it..lol.

So we have reached an agreement, I can play with glitter glue to my hearts content and use glitter in the kitchen on tile (the rest of the place except the bathroom is carpet)

So here is me playing with glitter glue and some paper weaving I did last year for a series of ATCs that i had extras of

My art in a sildeshow

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8×8 art journal pages

Scanned the rest of the finished 8×8 loose leaf Art Journal pages finally, I will try to scan more as I go and not do them all at once again.

(the Zentangles from this book are below)

Trip to the LIBRARY!

We have this great thing in Boise called the Library!…. please note the name is actually LIBRARY! it is in fact as far as I know the only city or state building in the country where an exclamation point is part of the actual name… I love that.

One of my favorite parts of the Library! is that I can buy old magazines for $.10, and used library paperback and children’s books for $.25 and hardbound books for $.50 in a place called “under the stairs” (they have a huge flight of stairs just inside the front door.) They also have a real bookstore where they sell newer donated books that have never been on the shelves and newer magazines for a little more (between $1 and $3 for magazines and $1 and $8 for books) I also saw some old vintage magazines that i will check out next time I am there.
I was on my way to the Goth Coffee and Game meet up I host on Thursdays at a local downtown coffee place (I also host a Wednesday Alternative Artist/Crafters meet-up there as well.. it is a blast since I would probably be there anyway) so i didn’t have long to shop but I did grab 11 cheap $.10 magazines, one $.50 hardback book to use for an altered book and a $1.50 newer paperback that looked good. I also found a 2002 copy of Sommerset Studio ($.10) but I am afraid I left it at the coffee shop, I will call in the morning to find out.
One thing they have in Dawson’s coffee shop is a very large wooden dinner table that seats 8 easily and 10 with some effort and is great for art… I carry a couple large sheets of plasticized Freezer/deli paper in my Art Supply bag to cover the table if I do anything wet but the staff there is very mellow about us doing art there. I did some more pages in my WLS Art Journal I am making and had fun watching my friends play Apples to Apples.
I plan to hit the LIBRARY! again next week or so and take a better look at what they have for sale and hope to find my Sommerset Studio magazine tomorrow.

NOTE:: found my magazine in the Bag of Games I take to coffee each week

DIY Save the dates and Invited for the handfasting

I am changing our Handfasting site into less of a blog and more of an official wedding site so I am moving my DIY and art projects form it to here

The invite covers, a photo I did of Alex’s hand holding a squishy heart

Front of our invites

I did these on 140lbs Watercolor paper that I painted (watercolor wash sprinkled with raw sugar to get a cool effect) and then drew on, These are Art Trading Card size little cards (2.5in x 3.5in) and I mounted
them on cut down notecards I got for $.25 an 8 pack at Micheal’s.
I printed out the insides on business cards and glued them inside. I love
DIY projects and these were CHEAP, about $.06 a piece…LOL.

Making the Save the Dates

The inside is done in word so it is formatted slightly differently (this was a photoshop image

DIY Dragon Handfasting Cake toppers

Grandma was going to buy us this heavy pewter dragon sculpture for a cake topper but with postage it was about $60 and not really going to go with the theme we have for the Handfasting reception which is “A Big Kids Party for Adults”

So while I was taking her shopping today I showed her these plastic model dragons and told her my idea and that we were going to get them one at a time and do them when we could afford them… they are $15 each and I just had a cut in my income by over $200 a month… and she said grab them now and consider them your and Alex’s Christmas gifts but you have to decorate them and wrap them as Christmas gifts and bring them to the Christmas eve party.

Here are the dragons as we bought them:

I am using Folkart 662 Metallic Silver Sterling and Folkart 658 Metallic Antique Gold acrylic craft paints to glitz them up

Here is the first one finished, all I need to do now is buy plastic safe clear spray paint to seal them.

Front of finished cake topper dragon
Here are the finished dragons in their pose 

Back of finished cake topper dragon model
and these are the little knights (minus the dragon) we are going to have besieging the cake, we can buy 4 tubes for under $20 with coupons at Micheals 

Ultimate Gamer/geek dice/feather/bead bouquet FINISHED

My bouquet for our handfasting in April of 2011

It is all done, got to love dice, beads, crystals, feathers, wire, duct tape and ribbons… I LOVE IT!

Handle and crystals
view from above
finished Bouquet

First attempt with thinning oil pastels

I have been doing my Art Journaling Every Day work, a lot of it by prepping an old art journal I did for Anatomy/life drawing in university in 1990.  I took out some pages and reglued them in with matte medium so they would have both double strength pages and clean backing pages since the original markers ran through the cheap old pages.  I then Gessoed all the blank pages and I am in the process of covering some of the others with matte medium to protect the original sketches and leave them workable.

I am following the Strathmore Art Journaling Series (next purchase a Strathmore Watercolor Art journal or mixed media journal) and one of the suggestions she had was using Oil pastels with an odorless thinner.  I have oil pastels, a 36 set and a 25 set nearly untouched because I dont like the choppy look of them but I decided to give it a try since I would be carrying it in the Art Bag Of Holding known as my Backpack.  I had a 20% off coupon at Fred Meyer and theyhad odorless mineral spirits for $5 in a nice little bottle with a secure cap so I got it ($4)

Izzie (Alex’s sister) and I went to the coffee shop and I did some artwork Friday afternoon and the only watercolor paper I had with me was for my 8x8in loose leaf journal and it had been prepped with a watercolor wash already.  I used a tissue I had in my bag and laid out a large piece of plasticized freezer/butcher paper to protect their table and started just messing around with the page.

I seldom draw faces but I wanted to give ti a try so this is what I eventually came up with:

My 1st attempt at using oil pastels with thinner

Sadly the photo is from my phone and not too great, I will scan it eventually after I seal it with fixative and give it time to dry completely.  This fills both my Art Journal Every Day goal and my 8×8 Art Journal Weekly goal where I am going to do a page in my 8×8 journal as well as any of my random journal work.

Izzie was so impressed by how it came out I gave her my old 25 piece Pentel oil pastel set (which as I said looked like new since I had not used much of it).  Even though they are older they just need the tops rubbed off a bit to be good and usable.  I kept the 36 piece Pro-Art set and I intend to invest in a much better set soon as well as another book of watercolor paper, though I would like to find one smoother paper

50 art journal pages based on lists

These are 50 pages I either want to do or have done

they are all based on lists and inspired by http://www.flickr.com/groups/1359120@N22/

List #1. Art Supplies I covet
List # 2. The things you’d save if your home was on fire.
List #3. List of things I want in a man.
List #4. The professions you would like to try.
List #5. List of crafts I would like to try
List #6. List of new years resolutions 2010
List #7. List or new years resolutions 2011
List #8. List the people in history you’d like to have a conversation with.
List #9. List of projects for the handfasting
List #10. List of favorite colors in order
List #11. List the places you would like to visit.
List #12. List your guilty pleasures.
List #13. List of Favorite LOVE quotes
List #14. List of Favorite Creativity Quotes
List #15 List of new clothes I want/need when I reach goal
List #16 List of things to do after my knees are replaced and healed
List #17. List your bad habits!
List #18. List your favorite movie stars.
List #19. List your acts of kindness.
List # 20. List the ways you’ve changed since your teens.
List # 21. List your favorite books.
List #22. List of things I want to do with Alex (not sexy)
List # 23. List of reasons I like to Art Journal
List# 24. List the jobs you’ve had.
List # 25. Lists of great words and meanings
List # 26. List the hangouts from your past.
List # 27. List your biggest regrets.
List # 28. List the bands/performers you’ve seen live.
List # 29. List the most memorable friends from your past.
List # 30. List your favorite songs.
List # 31. List of favorite smells
List #32. List of reasons to love Alex
List #33  List of reasons I think Alex Loves me
List #34. List the role playing games you have played
List #35. List magazines I want to subscribe to.
List # 36. List the people you love the most.
List # 37. List your favorite cartoon shows.
List # 38. List of the silly things that make me happy
List # 39. List your favorite holidays in order.
List # 40. List the best things about you.
List # 41. List your favorite homemade foods.
List # 42. List things you would change about yourself.
List # 43. List the gothy Items you wish you had.
List # 44. Your bucket list.
List #45. List your closest friends.
List # 46. List your pet peeves.
List # 47. List the things you like to do on your day off.
List # 48. List your favorite bands.
List # 49. List how I wish I could decorate my house
List # 50. List your favorite movies.

Went a little crazy buying Markers for Art Journaling

I bought a bunch of markers over the last few days since Joann’s had 40% off scrapbooking supplies and markers

WOW I did not realize I got 62 markers.. I spent about $40

I got:

Sakura Gelly Roll Gold Shadow Pens, 5-Pack

Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust Bold Meteor Pens 6-Pack, Silver/Marine/Copper/Pink/Green/Blue

Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic Medium Point Pen Set, 10-Pack

BIC Mark-It Color Collection Permanent Marker, Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 36 Markers

Sakura Gelly White Gel Pen: Roll Medium Point White, Pack of 3 as well as a 3 pack that has Black, gold and silver markers

Art Journal Every Day… Days 6 and 7

Yesterday was Goth coffee and i did some very basic pages while visiting with friends and this morning I spent a couple hours taking apart a LUCKY and a huge VANITY FAIR magazine and sorting the pictures into my filing box (a large hanging file box with about 20 files, I need more hanging files to sort better)

Here are yesterdays art journal mini pages, I plan on doing my weekly 8×8 in journal page this weekend, with some collage stuff

Day 5 of Art Journal Every Day – Lots done

We had craft night tonight at a local coffee shop and I had 3 hours to journal and visit with friends.

Part of what I did was cut out a couple dozen silver velum butterflies that say Believe in different fonts all over them, the velum takes a great tint when you use gel pens and smear it on it, I am putting on on each page of my new 2011 mini journal since Believe is my word for the year.

Believe butterflies

I then finished two single pages of the 4×6 journal

and started the background for a two page spread, using colors outside of my comfort zone

Finally I helped set up a very basic Art Journal kit for a friend just to get him going

Art Pay it forward on Facebook

A friend posted this

~pay it forward 2011~
I promise to send something handmade to the first 5 people who leave a comment here. They must in turn post this and send something they make to the first 5 people who comment on their status. The rules are that it must be handmade by you and it must be sent to your 5 people sometime in 2011.

so I joined up and I am doing crafts for 5 people

Tanyia, Kat Stone, Liz Stone, Beth Cox and Chelsea Mortensen

I think this is a great idea, thinking of doing different light switch covers for them all

Art Journal Every Day Jan 1-4

I am working in my mini 4x6in spiral bound journal for at least 10 minutes a day everyday and still trying to get one page done in my 8x8in loose leaf journal each week (still need to scan those pages I have done)

I am not use to working so small or in a spiral notebook so it is taking a bit of learning to free myself up, also I am having to learn what I can and can’t do with this paper, it does not like watercolor directly on the pages but I can do it separately and glue a background in, which is what I think will be happening most with this book.

Here is the pages I have done in the 2011 mini art journal from Jan 1 to Jan 4

Jan 1, picture from NYE Jan 31st 2010

Half finished page from Jan 2 2011

Page done on Jan 3 and Jan 4

My Word for 2011

I have done a few simple pages in my mini 4x6in journal which I carry with me the most lately, nothing to complex yet since I can carrying it round in public and still finding out how much I can do in the smaller set up.

I will post pics of the pages soon