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GPP Crusade No. 53: Mad Scientist

"I'm interested in having fun with ideas,
throwing them up in the air like confetti
and then running under them."
~Ray Bradbury

Another super fun challenge from Michelle Ward, GPP Crusade No. 53: Mad Scientist. I didn't quite know where to start. So I thought about it for a few days, twirling ideas in my mind.

STEP #1: The first step, if you don't know what to do, is to play! I made color blocks on an index card (that stack comes in handy!), a pentel waterbrush and watercolor half pans, a little color mixing but a lot of pure color. This is a great way to practice brush accuracy. The waterbrush is a very pointed round, unsure what size.  {if reading in your feed reader, click here for the full post}

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Peace in the Garden {Update}

"Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.
It's self-conscious and anything self-conscious is lousy.
You can't "try" to do things. You simply "must" do things."
— Ray Bradbury

{watercoloring doodles in the 5x8" moleskine...}

These are the names of the plants in our garden that I could remember. Before it was painted, it was difficult to see the flower mandala that started it all, so I tried to make the flower color pop in bright colors against blues, purples and greens.


A Little of Everything

"Me? I'm dishonest, and a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly. It's the honest ones you want to watch out for, because you can never predict when they're going to do something incredibly... stupid."
~Captain Jack Sparrow [Johnny Depp], Pirates of the Carribean

3x5" index card, pitt pen, gellyrolls, card #56

ⓐ dust bunnies ⓑ mustard stains ⓒ traffic tickets ⓓ exploding watermelons ⓔ tv dinners ⓕ migraines ⓖ meds ⓗ fire ant bites ⓘ being tired ⓙ bickering kids ⓚ plagiarists ⓛ indecisiveness ⓜ procrastination ⓝ rainbows ⓞ mandalas ⓟ art journaling ⓠ bokeh ⓡ friends ⓢ coffee shops + book stores ⓣ silly family ⓤ music ⓥ gardens ⓦ art ⓧ paint ⓨ cuddly dogs ⓩ white popcorn with soy sauce. 


Hanna writes in authenticity in a messy life about the reality of our lives vs. what we share on our blogs:

"Blogging my happy moments actually helps me re-focus on the happiness of creating a second time and how wonderful is that?! I think that it is super important to focus on what makes you happy."
~Hanna Andersson

Positive rewards work better for kids than negative punishment.

For me, dwelling on good works better than dwelling on bad.

Life is not all good. Bad things do happen.


 Each night, when I write my three good things list, I try to get my mind from the bad {what I didn't do, why I suck at this or that, bad things that happen in the world} to the good.


I'm happy to share that Kat Wright of Wright Story interviewed me in her latest Newsletter! Kat posts a regular TIC TOCC timed creative challenge and her art in her warm and welcoming way.

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer of Balzer Designs included Daisy Yellow's Groovy Printed Papers tutorial in her curated art collection at Crescendoh this week!

We're thinking of extending ICAD {index-card-a-day} in some manner after the challenge ends at the end of August. Please add your 2 cents to the conversation and help me determine which way to go.


ⓑ oxyclean
ⓒ got a ticket for $116 for flashing my high beams during the day
ⓓ purchased a round seedless watermelon at grocery, put in the fridge, later started to cut it, exploded like a ball that's been over-inflated

ⓖ expensive
ⓗ while pulling grass from the front flower beds
ⓛ unsure why {if you get that, cool}
ⓜ need to think about this later 
ⓝ love {rainbow board}
ⓠ near Ft. Lauderdale, great corned beef 
ⓤ jack johnson
ⓩ favorite snack


Sorceress Mandala

"If you are careful,' Garp wrote, 'if you use good ingredients, and you don't take any shortcuts, then you can usually cook something very good. Sometimes it is the only worthwhile product you can salvage from a day; what you make to eat. With writing, I find, you can have all the right ingredients, give plenty of time and care, and still get nothing. Also true of love. Cooking, therefore, can keep a person who tries hard sane."
~John Irving

5x8" moleskine, pitt pen, watercolor
drawn in June on the watercolored background while the kids were swimming; it was a wicked 100 degrees

on this moleskine paper, you can watercolor first, then draw on top
or draw first - with permanent marker - and watercolor on top


I'm just finishing Journal Spilling: Mixed-Media Techniques for Free Expression by Diana Trout. This book is soooooo good that I have added it to the curated list {got this wording from pinterest} of books at Art Journaling 101.

Last weekend, I baked two yummy blueberry pies with the recipe from The Pioneer Woman.

I've been painting pastel art journal pages for 30 Days of Get Your Art On w/Traci Bunkers.


Wonky Wormy Migraine Mandala

5x8" moleskine, pitt pen

I'm guessing there's a scientific continuum of migraine pain, a rating system between wicked and incomprehensible. In early June I had a "mild" migraine. Right.

A twitter pal suggested drawing to get my mind|brain off the pain. Later in the day, when I could move my head and open my eyes, I drew. Drawing in a daze. Different.

What's up with the wonky wormy center?


Art Journal: Sky Had an Intensity

"Joy is to fun what the deep sea is to a puddle.
It's a feeling inside that can hardly be contained."
— Terry Pratchett

9x11" art journal page on watercolor paper

This was an interesting page to make. It started a few months ago with an experiment with fresh berries and a bit of coffee! I pressed the berries into the page and let them dry overnight, scraping off some of the excess. I think I used blackberries, raspberries and blueberries.

This week I added the images and a photograph of the old tree I took at a farm that hosts an annual pumpkin patch each fall and sells christmas trees each december. The sky was a brilliant blue, and when I stumbled upon those words, I knew they were perfect!

I stamped my journaling with little alphabet stamps, aren't they cute? I love to stamp my journaling because it takes a long time -- you get into a rhythm of stamping and it's meditative and calm.

More fun adventures with alphabet stamps and links to other journal pages at Artful Alphabetical Arrays!