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    Friday
    Feb282014

    The March Experiments

    “I am a person who works well under pressure.
    In fact, I work so well under pressure that at times,
    I will procrastinate in order to create this pressure.”
    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

    Learn the idea behind The Creative Experiments Challenge and join the fun. This month, a fresh set of experiments for you to contemplate. The goal is to make a plan for the artsy experiments you want to do this month. It is not a competition, it is a personal challenge to set a goal for yourself and meet the goal. You do not have to do all of the experiments to participate, nor do you need to do them in order. You have an entire month to accomplish the experiments that YOU want to accomplish. One of the fine points... if you do art that could theoretically cover two of the experiments, it can only count for one! Your personal goal might be 4 points, or it might be 9. It's up to you.

    This is the last month of our 3-month experimental binge. 

    The March Experiments

    Points Available This Month: Nine (9) Set your point goal now!

    Find experiments CE #1-7 here.
    Find experiments CE #8-11 here.

    CE #12: {3 points} Document ONE color of all of your paints and water-soluble crayons/pencils.

    Choose ONE color. For example, if you choose red, you'll make a mark for each "red" you have in your art material collection. In many mediums you'll have more than one of that color so use them all! Work on a piece of watercolor paper or in a blank journal or old book, and put one sample of each red paint/crayon/pencil on your page. You could do this in a grid format or a random format, and you can note the name of each item if you wish. 

    CE #13: {1 points} Draw a comic or cartoon.

    Invent a character, or a few characters, and draw a little story or predicament. With thought bubbles. Did you know that I can actually hear you through the computer, saying that you cannot draw? Well draw it anyhow! Or cut out stick figures and do the cartoon with collage. 

    CE #14: {1 points} Draw a label.

    Draw the label of something in your fridge, bag or pocket. This is drawing practice. Try to emulate the fonts and the location of all of the graphical elements that are on the label. 

    CE #15: {2 points} Create an art journal page that starts with a map as the background.

    Use at minimum three different mediums to create an art journal page with a map as the background. Embellish as wildly as you wish, as long as there's a map!

    CE #16 {1 point} Alter a recipe.

    Alter a recipe that you've made many times. Substitute something, add something, subtract something. Substitute blueberries for raspberries, phillo dough for pie crust, lime for lemon, add mushrooms, delete potatoes, double the balsamic vinegar, cayenne for cumin, cardamon for cinnamon.

    CE #17 {1 point} Learn one new thing about your camera.

    Pull out your regular DSLR or SLR or camera {other than the one on your mobile phone}. Find the instruction manual or google the camera's instruction manual and read it online. Skim through the instructions until you find something unfamiliar. Perhaps you'd like to learn to use your camera with a tripod, shoot in aperture priority mode or manually focus the camera. 

     

    Photograph your work and post on your blog, in the DY Facebook Group, on Instagram with hashtag #dycreativeexperiments

    PS. Index-card-a-day starts June 1st! Read the FAQ

    Friday
    Feb282014

    Eraser Stamping

     

    Creative Experiment #11Make hand-carved stamps to use in your art journal.

    Eraser stamps are always an engaging activity. This go-around, I made one of my favorite-ever eraser stamps, the word "hello" in cursive. I made some stamps in preparation for index-card-a-day but of course {this is not the first time} I made the stamps writing the letters forwards instead of backwards. Twice.

    “If you wish to forget anything on the spot,
    make a note that this thing is to be remembered.”
    Edgar Allan Poe

    I used an x-acto knife for some of these and linocutting tools for some of these. The curves are easier to do with linocutting tools. How I adore immersing myself in ideas for repeating patterns and symbols!!! It's definitely an addictive activity where I lose all track of time. Just one more. Just one more. 

    More in The Random Art of Eraser Carving

    Friday
    Feb282014

    Link Love Mission Returns

    5x8" sketch moleskine, gellyroll

    The idea behind the Link-Love Mission is simple. Save the world, one blog at a time. Help your favorite blogs by linking to them! The Mission returns the last Friday of the month at Daisy Yellow and CraftyPod. We invite you to join by posting 5 links on your blog. Grab a LINK LOVE badge

    This week's theme! Post your links at your blog any time in the week ahead.

    Five blog posts that motivated you to try something new.

    1. At Roz Wound Up, a post about drawing people in public. While I have been drawing doodles and "things" in public for about 7 years, I rarely draw people. This post inspired me to try it again.
    2. Pam Garrison goes back through her old journals and adds stuff.
    3. This post at Be... Dream... Play... inspires me to create in a more free and open style in my art journal. I do this sometimes, but other times I smush so much onto each page.
    4. Inspired by Teresa at Right Brain Planner to take deeper breaths. Also to use more typography {more} in my art journal pages.
    5. At Lost Coast Post, inspiration to take a literal or figurative sabbatical and assess stuff.

    And Diane also has a set of 5 links for you today!

    The schedule for March and April {Last Friday of the Month}:

    March 28: Five informative blog posts that you pinned/bookmarked for future reference.
    April 25: Five tutorials that you would like to try.

    Grab a retro pastel orange LINK LOVE badge and read the intro to the MISSION. 

    There's a spot where you can add the URL to the link-round-up over at CraftyPod

    Thursday
    Feb272014

    Just Sewing Ogees

    I'm entranced with ogees. Drawing. Painting. Now stitching! This page started as one of the examples for my workshop, Painted Paper Paradise, and then I started looking at the page sideways and wondered... wouldn't the wavy lines look cool stitched? The challenge I set for myself: sew the wavy lines with the sewing machine at full speed while getting lines of thread to flow with the lines of pencil and the waves of paint. As you can see my results of my speed challenge are mixed!

    Tuesday
    Feb252014

    π’ŸΓ’β“˜π”–αΊ™ β“Žβ„°β„“β„“αΉβ’² Newsletter β„– β‘΄

    {A completely unrelated photograph from an altered book I did a few years ago}

    If you signed up for my little once-in-a-while-update newsletter, you should receive one via email some time in the next few hours. In the comments section, I welcome you to add feedback about the newsletter. The good, the bad, the ugly. It's the first time I've devised something that resembles a newsletter so I'm open to suggestions. If you missed it, you can read it at this link! And be sure to sign-up if you have not already done so. The form is to your right, on the blog. By the way, there's an unsubscribe option at the bottom of the newsletter, just in case!

    Tammy

    Sunday
    Feb232014

    Sometimes You Lose Track and Sometimes You Find It

    "Why not spend that time on art: painting, sculpting, charcoal, pastel, oils? Are words or numbers more important than images? Who decides this? Does algebra move you to tears? Can plural possessives express the feelings in your heart? If you don't learn art now, you will never learn to breathe!” 
    Laurie Halse Anderson

    I have a system of folders on my computer so that I know what I have blogged about and what I have not. It is a pretty simple system. Not rocket science. When I blog about something I move it to another folder. Bloggers keep track of topics and tangents thereof. A list of what they've already written about, what they plan to write about, projects they've finished and projects they've posted. And not posted. And haven't yet started. And forgot to photograph. This list might reside on an Excel spreadsheet, in a scuffed up Moleskine journal or in the back of a blogger's mind. Maybe on a napkin from a birthday party.

    So I lost track and started getting further and further behind my imaginary schedule. I was DOING art and photographing the art but not SHARING the art. That's why I'm still posting the 365 Somethings Project that I finished in October! I can say that I am finally catching up. Slowly but surely. Right in the middle of personal "stuff" and launching two workshops.

    Counter-intuitive. In midst of a big hugely over-scoped project, you can accomplish all sorts of unrelated stuff. You get into a focused work mode and just keep going. When do you accomplish the most? 

    Saturday
    Feb222014

    Summer + Winter Mandalas

     Summer Mandala:

    Summer Mandala, pencil sketch directly on canvas, acrylics

    Summer, pencil + acrylics on canvas, almost finished. I named this one summer because the original layers were very summery... 

     

    Winter Mandala:

    Winter Mandala, pencil sketch, beginnings of the acrylic work

    Winter mandala, almost finished. I named this one Winter because of the blues in the base layer.

    I think I'll paint around the mandalas on each of these canvases, to bring the background right up to the mandala, but that is for another day. I know this process works, and that is the important thing.

    Is there something that you have thought about trying? Maybe you just need to get out the materials and do a test. While I was painting a 24x36" painting on wood {will post photos}, I had this idea and wanted to explore it further. So right in the middle of painting something else, I put two 9x12" canvases on top of the wood board and started playing around. I didn't gripe at myself for not finishing one thing before starting the next. I'm not punching a creative time clock. There's no deadline on my work, no finish line. I just want to paint. Anyhow, I had painted a mandala on the wood board and that was long and challenging. I knew that drawing the lines would be more precise than painting the lines. Could I simply draw a mandala on canvas with pencil and then color it in with acrylics? Sometimes an experiment simply stares you in the face and dares you to give it a try. Had I never simply drawn on canvas in pencil? How could this be? 

    Wednesday
    Feb192014

    365 Somethings #348 - 353

    “How can you come to understand your life when even the beginning is so complicated: a single cell imprinted with the color of your eyes and the shape of your face the pattern on your palm and the moods that will shadow you through your life. How can you be alive when every choice you make breaks the world into a thousand filaments each careless step branching into long tributaries of alternate lives shuddering outward and outward like sheet lightning.”
    Dan Chaon

    fabric mini-art quilt 

    "inconsequential"

    fabric mini-art quilt

    "i'm undefined"

    fabric mini-art quilt

    "you won't remember"

    fabric mini-art quilt

    "prayer flags"

    fabric mini-art quilt

    "metaphysical: no sense of how"

    fabric strips

     

    All of the cards in this set are fabric collages.

    Yes, I know. It's February 2014. I'm late in posting but I actually finished my 367th card on October 23, 2013. On the back of each card, I noted the card number and the date completed. I stayed well ahead of the game throughout the year. To give you a feel for the pace, I finished card number 180... about half... on April 4. I stitched a few cards at a time, rather than one each day. It just happened that way, I got into the flow of creating these little 3x5" collages and kept going as long as I had ideas OR time. I never ran out of ideas... in fact the ideas inspired other ideas. I allowed myself to go on tangents and play with a variety of materials. All in all, a great project that I am thrilled about!

    All of the collages are stitched 3x5" index cards. Curious? Read all of the posts about my 365 Somethings project. 

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