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    2014 Reading Challenge

    2014 Reading Challenge
    Tammy has read 0 books toward her goal of 36 books.



    digital photograph and an acrylic painted art journal background

    One chilly morning in early March, a flock of birds was flying around, landing on a tree, lifting up and flying over to another tree, round and round among 4-5 trees on our street. The birds were returning, it seemed, in mass. The pale white-blue sky formed a backdrop to birds with gold chests perched on bare trees.


    Links | Creative | Curiouser

    "There is no such thing as blogging.
    There is no such thing as a blogger.
    Blogging is just writing —
    writing using a particularly efficient
    type of publishing technology."
    ~Simon Dumenco

    morning raindrops, japanese maple tree, altered

    1. The Janeville blog, bursting with inspiration and gorgeous artwork
    2. Navigating by Color in Maps and Color Trends in Wine Labels from Colour Lovers
    3. Julie of Moments of Perfect Clarity decoded the colors that have been inspiring her by running her Flickr favs through Color Palette Generator
    4. Retro photography at My Parents Were Awesome
    5. 4 Simple Principles of Getting to Completion from Zen Habits
    6. Beautious works at Lemon Tree Studio and the artist's collection of purse love at My Lily Eden
    7. A Layering and Shading exercise at Art Projects for Kids provides a twist from the Shadow Spheres my kids and I drew on black paper, based on Spheres in Space.
    8. Charmed by ornate retro charms from Terri of Pringle Hill Studio.
    9. Unique rock-inspired red sky at dawn mandala at A Magic Mom and Her Mandalas
    10. A layered celestial design at Mandala's Message (via A Magic Mom and Her Mandalas)
    11. 100 Ways to Screw Up Your Life and How to Get From A to B in 5 Random Steps from Dragos Roua
    12. A photographic tour of desolate Six Flags New Orleans
    13. Fresh + fun wedding photography at Feather Love Photography (via 100 Layer Cake)
    14. Photography prompts are calling me to That Pioneer Woman (discovered TPW via Sophie)

    Weaving Paper with Kids

     "Discoveries are often made by not following instructions,
    by going off the main road, by trying the untried."
    ~ Frank Tyger

    kids art project - weaving paper

    My 9 yr old daughter and I have been weaving paper! Here's how she describes her 5x7" weaving project,"Weaving paper is pretty hard and pretty fun. It doesn't look especially good when you start but it looks great when you finish. The hardest part is actually the weaving itself. When it's done it looks like busy streets squished together." Her tips:

    Tip #1: Don't leave any space between the woven strips.
    Tip #2: Don't put two strips with the same pattern going the same direction.
    Tip #3: Keep the colors wild, it looks more interesting if the colors are crazy.

    How to weave an Artist Trading Card:
    Above, my daughter's 5x7" weaving. Below, my 2.5"x3.5" weaving.

    1. Cut 15 strips of 3" length and 10 strips 4" length cardstock, guesstimating not measuring. Detailed patterns with bright colors work well.
    2. Cut cardboard or heavy cardstock into the size of an ATC artist trading card (2.5"x3.5")
    3. Tape the ATC to your work surface. This will be function as both your guide and your backing.
    4. Tape the tops of the longer strips to the top of the ATC and to the work surface. Ensure they touch but NOT overlap.
    5. Weave the shorter strips through horizontally. Pointed tip scissors (these Fiscars are my favorite and easy on the hands) help lift the vertical strips as you weave the horizontal strips in. Push each horizontal row up tightly against the one above. If your vertical strips overlap, you will have trouble tightening the rows.
    6. Lift the weaving, pulling the tape off the work surface but not off the woven strips. Turn it over and put a thick layer of Mod Podge on the back of the strips and a thin layer on the ATC.
    7. Tape the weaving to the ATC, being careful to fix any strips which have gone astray. Rub the back of the ATC firmly. Turn over and check that everything is in place.
    8. After a few minutes the Mod Podge will be dry. Trim the edges of the weaving strips down to the size of the ATC using sharp scissors or an exacto knife (an adult should do this step).
    9. With parchment paper on top to protect your book, set the ATC under heavy books (Harry Potter works!) for a day to dry without warping.



    Children's Mandalas #1


    "Circus Castle" mandala, 8x8" drawing paper, pitt pens, drawn by my 10 yr old daughter.


    Video: Athena Mandala

    The watercolored purple Athena mandala began as a pitt pen doodle in a 5x8" watercolor moleskine. I'm always interested in exploring more, more, more creative things to do. So using the video mode on the Nikon D90 DSLR and a tripod, I filmed myself drawing this mandala.

    It was edited in iMovie, then uploaded to YouTube... but the quality was worse (it's not huge, so it's not a compression issue), so I tried Vimeo and the quality is clearer but I obviously still have a lot of things to learn. So I will continue playing with these tools and make some more videos. The original is of better quality - you can see the ink lines clearly - but here many of the lines are out of sync. So my apologies for the quality, but I wanted to share my fun.

    I like learning technology by figuring out how to do a project I want to do, rather than via a tutorial of a project someone else does. So in this process, I learned the basics of iMovie, YouTube, Vimeo, finding copyright free music for videos, adding music to a video, creating title and end credits in photoshop... trial and error and lots of google searches! This took a LONG time! So if there is something you are curious about, there is nothing wrong with just jumping in. As they say, the water is fine.


    Make Tags With Paint Chips + Abstract Art

    "Gardening is the art
    that uses flowers and plants as paint,
    and the soil and sky as canvas."
    ~ Elizabeth Murray

    Tags. For storage containers, gift wrapping, calendars, hooks, anywhere you can hang a label!

    tags with paint chips

    Paint chips are my favorite tags! You can use the same color, "color code" based on medium, pick a bunch of cheerful colors, work within the color scheme of the room, or coordinate with the embroidery floss or gift wrapping paper.

    Use abstract art as tags by cutting into label-sized pieces. Find instructions at How to make artist trading cards from abstract art.

    make tags for baskets

    Paint chips come in so many varieties, just use what you have; this long tag was cut to 1.5" x 2.5"

    label art materials

    Create tags from leaf prints made with acrylic paint and a brayer.


    • Heavy cardboard, paint chips, abstract art, cut to size
    • Hole punch
    • Embroidery floss, raffia or ribbons
    • Word charms (optional... instructions here)
    • Basket or box
    • Metallic markers or paint markers


    1. Punch a hole in the top center or a corner of the tag.
    2. Label or address the tag using the metallic or paint markers.
    3. Cut a piece of embroidery floss double the length to position the tag.
    4. Fold the embroidery floss in half with folded loop facing down.
    5. Add a word charm to your tag (see the red maple leaf print above) by inserting the floss through the charm and bringing the the charm to the bottom of the loop. For gifts, you might use the person's name or a holiday message.
    6. Working from the front to the back, push the open strands of the floss through the hole, leaving the folded loop in front (see the abstract art tag above). If you are adding a charm, the charm should hang in the folded part of the loop.
    7. If you create a word charm that is larger than the punched hole (see the peach paint chip above), just put the floss through the charm and anchor the charm to the tag.
    8. Pull the open part of the loop through the folded loop and pull through.
    9. Tie the open strings to the handle of your basket, gift bag, or hook, tape to gift wrapping, use a heavy needle to poke a hole in your box/basket to attach the string.

    My art materials are tucked into wooden baskets in a small closet-sized area off the kitchen, looking neat & pretty. Everything is labeled so I don't have to rifle through a zillion baskets to find what I need. Each basket has a tag made from a paint chip, labeled in metallic paint marker, and a little word charm. If you are contemplating or planning to organize your art stuff, read Organize Art Supplies With No Dedicated Workspace.


    Altered Catalog: Collage Madness

    "Life is like topography, Hobbes.
    There are summits of happiness and success,
    flat stretches of boring routine
    and valleys of frustration and failure."
    ~Bill Watterson

    This 8x12" (open) industrial catalog is filled with heavy duty cardstock and covers that fold out. What a find! I found 3 in mint condition in a recycle area at work about 5 years ago, and grabbed them, thinking they would be good for some sort of kid project. That was before I'd even heard of altering a book, or art journaling, for that matter. I was too busy analyzing numbers I suppose.

    This is the third of these catalogs, you can see pages from the first two (which I lavished over for months) at The Next Action, Adjectives, One Thing, Documented, Do Something, 3 Dots.

    Did you ever start art journaling and just got in the flow? It happened a few weeks ago when I started playing around with this catalog. The kids and I were busy going through clothing catalogs, cutting out words and images. They like to make "pretend people" with random clothing and people. I wonder where they got that idea? So I kept gluing and gluing, a dozen pairs of collaged pages. I shared a few of these pages a while back, but I wanted to show them all together.

    Next to embellish this first layer...


    Step #615: Organize Art Supplies With No Dedicated Workspace

    "Why not seize the pleasure at once?
    How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation."
    ~ Jane Austen

    ornaments in a shop in amsterdam, summer 2009

    My breakfast table multi-tasks as my art studio, so I've got to work smart. The biggest hurdle in organizing my art supplies 2 years ago was deciding what materials to store together! But it's paid off; I can find the #8 flat brush I need, the replacement cobalt blue half pan or the J. Herbin ink...

    I had to think through HOW I art journal, for example, to put together the baskets I'd need. I tend to do pages in 3 phases, so I set up the baskets that way. Backgrounds (gesso, fluid acrylics, stamps, texturizers, brushes, molding paste), collage (images, adhesive, scissors), journaling (neocolors, pitt pens, paint markers, alpha stamps). Other baskets were straightforward (watercolors w/palettes, etc).


    1. Quick set-up and tear-down so getting stuff out isn't an energy drain, or something to dread.
    2. Know what goes where. I keep stuff in baskets themed by activity. Baskets are labeled with contents.
    3. Take out as few baskets as possible to do art.
    4. Art supplies look pretty when in storage (on shelves just off the kitchen). Everything is in wooded baskets. I love clear lidded plastic boxes, and the kid's art supplies are stored that way in the pantry, but I wanted to have a more uniform look since it was out in the open.

    How do you keep your art supplies organized if you don't have a dedicated art space?

    Find more tips in the step-by-step art journaling series.

    You might like Catalyst One Hundred and Five at Creative Therapy... "Tell a random childhood memory."