Tuesday, December 31, 2013

:: gift yourself this 2014 ::
something new and exciting to learn this upcoming year…
Carla Sonheim - year of the fairytale online class 
I wanted to introduce you to Carla Sonheim, 
an illustrator and online art instructor known for using 
innovative exercises and techniques to help students of all levels embrace 
a more playful approach to creating art. 
She is the author of:
 "Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun" 
"The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone."
She made this Paper Doll tutorial in anticipation of her next online class 
"2014: Year of the Fairy Tale" which begins January 20, 2014.
1.Gather your supplies.


2. Lightly sketch in an outline of your doll. Keep your hand loose, and try not to worry about exact proportions (sometimes the most charming characters emerge when we let go of perfection!).


 3. Using lots of water, mix up a color to use as the skin tones. Paint face, arms and feet. When face has had a chance to dry, get some red pigment on your brush and "dot" it into the watercolor quickly. The color should begin to spread out a bit for some nice rosy

 4. Let dry completely.


5. Paint in some hair; let dry completely.


 6. Cut out your paper doll, and…


7. Play! 
You can find our more about Carla and her art and classes here:
Next Online Art Class: 2014: Year of the Fairy Tale 
Link to Carla's Online Classes: http://www.carlasonheim.com/store/

Thursday, December 19, 2013

journal spread

:: twas the night before christmas ::
wishing you all the gift of love and compassion this season.  

This will wrap up my year. 
Taking a much needed Blog and Art Studio break. 

:: CAUTION :: 
what you are about to read is straight from the heart 
Many life changing experiences have accrued and I am still struggling 
with the adjustments.
The lack of support, false boundaries, and compassion I am experiencing have consumed my everyday living and created an unbearable, heartbreaking lifestyle for me...
which I would have never dreamed would happen. 
Forcing me to adjust, is not a solution for me. 
I feel abandon and betrayed by those who claimed to understand, some (once) close to my heart, on what the effects / medical issues Fibromyalgia can have upon me. 
Once again... mislead by frustration. 
Me, I battle & defend everyday a disease I can not control. 
Ending results are:
"Thank you, Fibromyalgia for taking away another part of my life!" 
"Thank you, once again for the confusion, causing the unexplainable to others to react in a cruel matter!" 
"Thank you, once again... for NOT making me LOOK SICK, allowing others to place judgement on my appearance!" 
People need to take responsibilities for their actions. 
Allowing others to influence someone I love, unacceptable. 
I have exhausted myself... any hope of salvaging this, uncertain. 
Productive creating is impossible, while I am in this emotional state.
Trust me... it is very hard to break me down, for I believe art heals. 

I am in search of gathering and restoring myself.
See you all in 2014. 
thank you all for continuous support through my artful journey!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

12 Days of Christmas...

:: art challenge ::
12 days of Christmas crafts, cooking, and "cheer!"

:: day 12 ::
art dolls gifts 
uniquely crafted from repurposed/recyclable materials.
These girlies didn't even have a chance to make them-self at home in my art studio, 
with the support of others... these art dolls were SOLD within an hour. 

:: day 11::
altered domino accordion book 
The inspiration for this project was gathered from a member of our group

artist- Edie Cournoyer

:: day 10 ::
Christmas Carabo 
This fun project was created with thrift-store findings and recyclable materials.

:: day 9 ::
aluminum angel 
This was a fun and challenging ornament to create,what a great art piece... 
used an embossing templet, soda can, and a vice from the garage. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

paper craft

:: day 8 ::
vintage wreath with a little flair! 
** Here is a little inspiration from Altered Pages **
join the fun. get inspired. challenge yourself. 
a little flair is good for you!

Crafting in December…

:: day 7 ::

I invite you along this artful journey… as I share 12 days of Christmas in an artful way. 
 :: Christmas Tree :: 
crafted from a vintage song book 
This project was inspired by artist- Belinda Dworak, a member of The Studio.
fun… fun… fun...
I simply adore my Christmas tree in my art studio!

Friday, December 6, 2013

A Christmas Craft

:: day 6 ::
I invite you along this artful journey… as I share 12 days of Christmas in an artful way.
 :: rag star Christmas Ornaments ::
The inspiration was gathered from here
Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

December Art Challenge

:: day 5 ::
I invite you along this artful journey… as I share 12 days of Christmas in an artful way. 
It takes "group effort" to have this kind of fun! 

:: mushroom ornaments ::
materials needed:
brown paper bag
embroidery floss 
acrylic paint 
sweet. simple. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

12 Days of Art…

:: day 4 ::
I invite you along this artful journey… as I share 12 days of Christmas in an artful way. 
The fun starts here!
mixed media ornaments 

12 Days of Art…

:: day 3 :: 
I invite you along this artful journey… as I share 12 days of Christmas in an artful way. 
join us. play along if you wish.

:: mini piƱata ornament ::
materials needed:
paper streamer
glue stick
bakers twine
toilet paper roll
fun. easy. super cute!