Sharing the small things.
Sharing the small things.
Posted on 12/06/2013 | Permalink
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I have been in the strangest mood since last week and I am no closer to figuring it out today than I was last week. So I continue to muddle around doing a little of this, a little of that and quite often a whole lot of nothing. I woke up one morning last week with a stiff neck and then it got worse and moved into my left shoulder and arm so that could have something to do with my mood as I just want to sit and have a love affair with the heating pad! :)
In the meantime here are a couple things I've done when I can give up the heating pad in spits and spurts.
Playing with a few of the Golden High Flow paints I ordered. I'm loving their neon colors.
We've been enjoying beautiful Spring weather and then BAM yesterday SNOW!I know many of you experienced the same weird weather. But this morning it looks like Spring is back. This has been one of the strangest winters I think I have ever experienced.
I hope all of you have been having a good week no matter the weather!
xxoo ~ Gail
I love digital collage work. I don't do enough of it and I really need to rectify the situation. I have several digital artists whose work I admire greatly. If you like digital collage and have not heard of these talented women you should check out their sites and be amazed. Sometimes I just sit and stare at images of their work, studying every little detail and wishing osmosis really worked! :)
For Christmas last year I found an inexpensive version of Photoshop CS6 and bought myself a Christmas present. I have been on a mission to learn to use it. A lot is extremely similar to me since I have been using Elements for years, but there are some powerful features Elements does not offer me, so there is a new learning curve.
I created the above collage with CS6 and I see a lot that can be improved but as I said...learning curve. And to that end I am taking some online Photoshop classes trying (the key word is definitely try lol) to step up my work. Photoshop Artistry: Fine Art Grunge Composition has been fun, and while I have been dabbling for a while in some of what is being offered over there, as anyone who has Photoshop knows, there is always lots to learn, and many ways to get there, and Photoshop Artistry has offered lots of wonderful learning for me.
Then I joined Lynda.com and have been devouring all their CS6 videos and a few other subjects of the very many they offer. I thought I would join Lynda.com for a couple months and then sign off but I have found some wonderful, well presented video tutorials on all kinds of information and I have elected to stay a while longer and keep paying the monthly fee.
So what are you up to lately? I love your visits and comments and I try to answer you back in the comments too.
Wishing each of you a lovely week!
xxoo ~ Gail
Trying out my new eyes with a little practise painting with a birdy picture I found on the net. I am rusty but I am pleased.
And if you haven't heard, the Mind Wide Open challenge blog is back, it is weekly and it is totally brand new and different. I'm challenging you to whet your creative appetite!
There is now a tab at the top of this blog to take you there where you can read all about it. We will be using a Mr Linky widget to post links and every Monday I will be posting a new widget. Come play with us, I'd love to see you there!
It looks like a blast and you can sign up HERE now.
I had cataract surgery on my second eye this week and my world is shiny new! Now as soon as I can get new glasses to fit the new eyes I will be walking on air! They tell me I have to wait 5 weeks, but the wait will be worth it even if I am feeling impatient. :)
I hope you have have shiny world too and a wonderful weekend coming up!
xxoo ~ Gail
Is Spring teasing you the way it us teasing us? Just when we get hopeful that the nice temperatures will stick around longer than a day or two, and I start thinking about flowers and planting and yard work, here comes the weather man promising yet another storm bringing us freezing temps and/or snow.
So I had to do something to remind me Spring does come. Eventually. :)
Happy Friday everyone! I hope Spring arrived for you yesterday!
I often wonder if I have a split personality and am suffering an identity crises? :)
The name of my business, Shabby Cottage Studio, tends to lead people to the assumption that I am all about this
and this...a soft shabby chic, cottage me
And I am. I have been that shabby cottage kind of woman for many many years.
But then I am all colorful, funky, messy paint, mark making, too
And even when I dip indulgently but deeply into a digital world my split personalities come into play
I started with my business name so many years ago on Ebay and when I left I was afraid to change my name because I had worked hard to begin to establish it. So I carried it with me. I often think maybe I should have gone with my name like so many other artists and then this identity crises would not have followed me through all these years. I don't think I intend to change it at this stage of the game but it does cause me some head games once in a while.
What really brought it home to me was last year at Art Is You when I met Sue Pelletier. I have known Sue online as she hosts a couple of her classes at Creative Workshops. We had a good long laugh when I walked up to her and finally introduced myself in real life and she yelled out, No that can't be!!! You're short and wear a lacy apron!!!
Actually I'm 5'10" tall, mostly legs, and wear a very messy black paint apron that I call my abstract painting. :)
So you see? Sometimes I'm really not sure who I am.
How about you? Do you have these kind of issues?
No matter who you are I'm wishing all of you a fabulous weekend! :)
A few posts back I talked about leveraging my artwork. I showed samples of digital designs printed on fabric and used to cover composition notebooks.
I thought I would share with you the one I created for my own personal use. Now I am not a visual journaler, but I have always kept a journal to scribble down ideas and thoughts, and often little rough sketches to support these ideas and thoughts.
If you click on my Free Printables tab above you will see this image...
It's a favorite of mine and I decided it was what I wanted to use on fabric for my new journal.
I did a very simple fabric collage on the cover because I really didn't want to hide the fabric design. I printed the roses image on fabric, added the striped fabric and layered them together with some messy stiching (which I simply LOVE doing), plus I added the same kind of stitching around the edges of the cover. The frame with Seek Joy is a transparency I already had so I added that too because, again, it didn't hide the fabric below. I then covered the back and added a tie with the same striped fabric I used under the roses. And called it done.
I am very happy with the results and I'malready starting to fill this journal with ideas, sketches, words, sayings and thoughts. It doesn't really matter if I get to them all, at least they have a place to reside if I need them.
Happy Friday to one and all. I hope you have a happy creative weekend ahead!
While I seem to own quite a number of stamps (I know real stampers would scoff at what I consider "quite a number" lol) I'm really not a "stamper". I own very few stamp pads, mostly blacks and browns, and I also abuse my stamps with paint. I have a tendancy to either use them for mark making or embellish pages in journals I create.
And when I do stamp, I'm not very good at it. As you can see in this picture I usually have extra marks, either from the edges of the stamps or messy fingers I didn't catch until to late.
While I am continually practising to not be a perfectionist and do my best to go with the flow of things, it does still bother me if I mess up a stamp on a journal page because I sell my journals for others to use.
So the other day here is what I did... because I was looking to play, but also I wanted build up some stash, rather than waiting til the moment I decide I want to use a stamp, and have to stop and pull everything out. :)
I laid down some freezer paper, shiny side up and taped it to my work table.
Then I laid down some white tissue paper.
Hard to tell with all the white going on. :)
Then I pulled out stamp pads and some of my favorite stamps.
And simply proceeded to stamp all over the tissue paper.
Until I had several sheets covered in a variety of stamping.
The thing about tissue paper is when you glue it down to paper or fabric, the paper has a tendancy to melt into the background so all you mostly see is the stamp. I do not cut my edges, I tear them as that makes the edges softer and more likely to "fade". Also if my background has color on it all I need do is add a wash of color over the tissue paper to help it do it's melting trick.
This little trick also allows me to not worry about those extaneous marks I don't want, because if I have to, I can just stamp on the tissue paper until I have a clean image.
Probably most folks know this but maybe someone will find this little trick helpful.
I also had the opportunity to do some digital work and here is a piece I am pleased with, called Her Secret Garden.
Tomorrow marks one week of having cataract surgery on my right eye. I keep saying that I knew how dark my world had become but simply not HOW dark. The difference is transformative and brilliant! Now I can't wait to get the left eye done because this transition of having one eye sharp and one blurry and not being able to wear my glasses tires me out. But I'm excited and looking forward to hopefully having my world back within the next couple months.
Wishing all of you a fabulous week! Spring IS on it's way!
xxoo ~ Gail
After spending a couple weeks working on the Fabric book in the last post (and sold, thank you so much!) I had the itch to do something for no reason, except to have fun and not do much thinking. I bet you know just what I mean.
I wanted to see colors and layers and blending and be surprised at the outcome. So since it's been a while, I pulled out my Gelli plate. I pulled lots of paints off the shelves, selcted a few stencils from the way to many I own, and lined up a pile of different type papers. I used deli wrap paper, sheet music, cardstock, ledger paper and text book paper.
I tried to not think about color combinations and just reach for colors that spoke to me in that moment. I told my inner critic to take a hike, gave myself permission to do whatever I felt like, and started to play. I spent two days in this frame of mind.
I find that when I start playing I often use so many layers some papers become a little rough to the touch. So when I am at the point of being fairly satisfied with results, I make a stack of those papers and sand them with a fine grit sandpaper. I love how they feel to my hand when I am done.
I thought I'd share some images with you. I love looking at other's Gelli prints and being inspired by colors and layers. These will all end up at some point in a journal. At this stage, knowing they will end up in a journal, but not what type of journal, I like to leave the backgrounds softer, less pattern. This leaves room for creative growth, whether by me as a journal idea starts to come to life; or so that whoever purchases the finished journal can then add their own creative ideas to the mix.
vintage text book page
Don't you think these would all make nice backgrounds in a journal? I do. :)
Happy Monday and I'm wishing all you you a great week. Maybe you'll find some time for play too!
It's done! My work in progress is now finished and I just listed it in my Etsy store. This is a fabulous, wanna hold it in your hand, kind of book. It is filled with fabrics, vintage and new (aged gently), and hand painted fabric. Also filled to overflowing with vintage lace...literally. You can see from the images all the laces spilling on the edges giving this book a very organic and romantic appeal. Lots of pockets to store treasured mementos, from love letters to photos of loved ones. I also added a number of fabric tags tied up in beautiful sari silk ribbon
Everything is done in fabric with little hand sewn touches added like french knots, and seed beads. Beautiful images and quotes printed on fabric or as an image transfer.
I apologize if any of these images are slightly blurry. With these cataracts I simply can no longer tell, and have been really struggling with photos. BUT! I had my appointment with the surgeon Tuesday and they can actually can fit me in for surgery on my first eye next Tuesday afternoon! So hopefully I am on my way back to better eyesight.
I've gotta say...I LOVE this book!
Today is so Spring like, in the high 60's and sunshine. Cold weather is coming back after the weekend, but today has been a breath of fresh air and tells us that soon, very soon, Spring will be here to stay a while longer.
Have a happy week my friends and count your blessings.
It's the little things in life you know.
xxoo ~ Gail
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