Sunday, April 30, 2017

Caboodle of Janoodles makes a Funky Chunky!!

Just a quickie Show & Tell for today... a few months ago I shared a Chunky Book project that I had created and gifted to a fellow artist and friend, this post is a continuance of that project. 

I think my favorite part of a Chunky Book is being able to add pages, by using metal rings that can be opened and closed at any time, it's the perfect binding method for an "add-a-page" style book.

I decided that I would create additional pages for my friend's Chunky when and if my muse sees fit to inspire me... lucky for me, she has always been a fan and supporter of my Janoodle style artwork, so I'm hoping that the new pages will be a pleasant surprise when they arrive and become a welcomed addition to her collection!

Below: My latest Chunky Janoodles , created using Jacquard Dyes & Ink


Spring Bloomer - stem tucks away behind chunky

Don't Burst My Bubble!

Shake Your Tail Feathers - tail tucks away behind chunky

Create Art, Inspire! - title is part of my Janoodle design 


Thanks for popping in, until next time...
Happy ARTing!!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Weirdy or the NEW Normal?!

A couple of times each year, my mail art group "Envie Addicts Unite" on atcsforall.com, foregoes sending our monthly envies to our partners and in it's place we send out what we affectionately call "Weirdy Mail". The main challenge here is to send something "unusual" through the mail that we have "Arted Up" as well as being what we call "naked"... NOT in a box or envelope, just as it is, totally naked! (I have shared previously on this blog some of my past efforts!)

I know this is an odd thing to confess but I love to save packing materials... one just never knows when they can be reused or if they will come in handy for creating future projects! For my latest Weirdy, I went to my stash and came up with a cardboard form that had been a packing insert for a Crockpot that I had purchased last year. I hung onto this piece because I loved the texture and details pressed into the form... I just had to use it for something and finally, here was my chance!  

Almost immediately, I knew just what I wanted to create... I saw a "mask" in the form that needed to come out! Voila... a Weirdy Mask!


Closeup of cardboard "Crockpot" packaging - smooth side

Textured side - used to create the "Mask" face

"Sun Mask" Aztec Inspired Design - acrylic paint & clear spray

Backside - addresses & blank spots for postal labels

Hope that you have been inspired to create a "Weirdy Surprise"
for someone that you know or even wish to know, just for fun!! 

Thank you for stopping by...
Until next time, Happy ARTing!!



Sunday, April 16, 2017

Nature and ART just go hand in hand!!

Just a quickie Show & Tell for today... 

Every rock hound in the world will gladly tell you about the natural beauty that is all around us... granite, shale, quartz, marble, soapstone... the list goes on & on... rocks come in many different colors, shapes and sizes... no two rocks are exactly alike... this makes collecting them a fun and popular endeavor!

As an artist, it's the shape that attracts me... a perfect and unique little 3-D canvas that lends itself to creative inspiration! Recently, one of my favorite swap hostesses at AFA came up with a Painted Rock Swap... of course, I couldn't resist joining in on the fun and I signed up! In my excitement, I had forgotten that all of my rock stashes were still covered in snow... after a few frustrated weeks, I managed to fight the elements and I finally found some rocks that were just what I needed!


Let the ARTing begin... 

Each rock measures about 2 1/2 to 3 inches & the designs were created with acrylic paint, then sealed with a glossy clear acrylic spray.  

(since the object of this swap was to create rocks for use in gardens 
and flower pots, I left the back side natural, as it will sit in dirt)


I'm happy that you popped in...
Until next time, Blessings to One & All!!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

With your Easter bonnet with all the frills upon it...


 "Bunny" Tag - from my archives 

 Hippity...           

     Hoppity...
 EASTER's on it's way!


Blessings for a 
Joyous Celebration 
of Resurrection!

He is Risen!!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Magical Baja Whale Adventure

 ...  they should say "Big things come in even Bigger packages!!"

I have just returned from my annual trip south of the border... this year my friend, Clova and I ventured out of our "senior comfort zone" and traveled about 600 miles further south into Baja California, Mexico to the picturesque village of San Ignacio in hopes of petting a Baby Whale... yes, you heard correctly! Every fall, Gray Whales leave the icy waters of Alaska and travel thousands of miles south to give birth to their babies in the much warmer lagoons along the Baja Coast. Here they stay until spring, giving time for their babies to get strong enough for the long journey back to Alaska. 

Sounds easy enough? Well, for two little aged chubbettes it was a bit more challenging and adventurous... Up at 5:30 am, a light breakfast (too excited to eat but needed something before taking my Dramamine)... traveled another 2hrs. on a very rugged sandy & potholed back road through the desert to reach the Eco-camp at San Ignacio Lagoon...hiked down the rocks to the waters edge to board our boat... (panic sets in, how in the heck am I going to get into that boat!?!)... just when I was sure that I had no hope, I was literally swept off my feet by some wonderfully strong and determined young men... they lifted and tossed me on board as if I were as light as a feather... my heroes (it's been a while since this old gal had such attention)!! Off we go, our captain opened her up and we quickly sped through the water to an area that he said should make our "whale dreams" come true... in the distance we could see some whales frolicking and the numbers just kept increasing the closer we got, this sight was so much more awesome than any other whale watching that I've seen in the past (even in Alaska)... suddenly, the engine was cut and the Captain yells out, "splash the water, splash the water" ... the fun begins, Our First Contact... 
  
Looking for me? I am taking the video, only my hand can be seen 😎  




This is but a small sampling of our truly amazing and awesome experience. I wholeheartedly recommend this adventure to everyone... it is definitely "Bucket List" worthy!!  

As an artist, I couldn't help but take some time out and soak in a little local color! Below, are some creative discoveries that I came across along the way...


Baja Desert - Saguaro Cactus
 Baja Desert - locals say that they haven't seen it this green in nearly 20 years
 Fresh Catch - Grilled Lobster - yummm, so sweet & rich
Metal "Giraffe" Garden Sculpture in San Ignacio
"Zebra & Cart" in a San Ignacio courtyard
Metal Art at Catavina Hotel
Cactus Garden Art at Catavina Hotel
Restaurant Mural at La Fonda
San Ignacio Mission entrance - built in 17th Century
Roadside Shrine in Valle De Guadalupe
Sand Sculpture at Mama Espinoza's


Hope you enjoyed the little recap of my Baja Adventure...
Until, next time... Blessings to all!!

Monday, February 13, 2017

No More Unfinished Business!?!

Sometime ago,  I started to create a my first ever "Chunky Book"... I managed to make a few pages but eventually I ended up putting it on a shelf and pretty much forgetting about it, until now... I really do hate to leave anything unfinished, makes me feel like I've lost the battle between good & evil, for Supreme Creativity... so, I decided to jump back in and finish it once and for all, just like any super-powered Janoodle Warrior must do in these most uncertain of times!! 

Below are photos of my recently completed Janoodle Chucky... as usual, I do believe the pics do not do the work justice... (wishful thinking?? hope I'm not kidding myself!) Someday I will learn how to take a decent photo, but until then... oh well!! I was going to retake a few of them before I did the final post but I eventually remembered (whoops, another Senior moment) that it went postal today, it's on it's way to an unsuspecting soul at this very moment!!

Janoodle Chunky Book - front cover

Solar Explosion - page 1
Windy Wendy - page 2
           
 Nature Unfolds - 2 views of page 3


Snail's Pace - page 4

Magic Genie - page 5

Southern Belle - page 6

One That Got Away - page 7

Left Behind - page 8
 
Back Cover of Janoodle Chunky
My favorite thing about chunky books is that you can add pages anytime... the rings that hold it together can open & close at will... it does make a great gift because you can create & send additional pages to the recipient for any occasion... it's a gift that keeps on giving!!

  
Well, thanks for stopping by to take a peek...
Until next time, Blessings to One & All !!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Fan Out and enjoy the ART around you!!

Today's Show & Tell has been inspired by a recent flashback of my childhood  (far more years ago than I will admit to)... here's a little back story, I will try to keep it as short as possible!

My mother and her older sister were only 1 year apart in age and as far back as I can remember they had an extreme sibling rivalry that lasted their entire life... each one reveled in trying to outdo the other in even the smallest of ways. I remember stories of them competing over who had the smallest waist, 19 or 19 1/4 inches (I do believe this was pre childbirth). They were well into their 70's when I overhead a phone conversation between the two of them, still trying to convince the other that they were the smaller!! In actuality they were very different women, if they would have just taken the time to realize that fact maybe they could have set aside all of the jealousy and enjoyed each other for who they were!! Bear with me, I'll get to the point soon...

I was the only girl in my family, all of the other "cousins" were boys... whenever we traveled back to visit our hometown, Aunt Lou made a point of taking time to spend with just me, her favorite niece. She always wanted to show me her latest jewelry, her very stylish wardrobe and new furnishings... even then I suspected it was more about me reporting back to my mother than it was about quality time with me! 

Finally, today's inspiration flashback... My aunt had a collection of hand painted "Fans" that I loved to look at but could never touch...  I can still see her as she would flip one of them open to fan herself while drinking cocktails in the evening... tres elegante!

I remember after seeing those lovely fans for the first time, I tried to make paper fans out of every picture that I colored. 

So, my journey into the past leads us here... "Janoodle Fans"



Let's get started... Take a look at this short & easy  "You Tube Tutorial"

  • 4 in. X 12 in. paper - weight suitable to score every 1/2 inch and hold up to creating your design with your medium of choice ... I used a lightly textured scrap booking card stock, it scored nicely and worked well with my Jacquard Dyes as long as I didn't overwork with too much water! My usual 140lb. watercolor paper was too heavy for getting a crisp fold.
  • REMEMBER... paint your design before scoring, then turn over to score on the back side
  • [12]   7 inch wooden coffee stir sticks -  natural or painted, your choice


Another brightly colored Janoodle design for my next fan



Fan Back - sticks are glued along every other fold




Finish off by gathering fan at folds... I held the fan in this folded position with an elastic cord while I attached the sticks together. I used a decorative string with beads, the video used a long brad for this step but I made smaller holes... I liked this much better... experiment a bit and you'll come up with what you like best!








 Thanks for hanging in through my childhood ramblings...
I hope this has inspired you to create your own hand painted fan 
or at the least to become a Fan of Fans!!

Until next time... HAPPY ARTing!!!  

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Big things do come in small packages!


Just a quickie "Show & Tell" on Domino Books today... I have previously posted Domino Books that I created for various swaps on ATC's For All so there's probably no need for an in depth explanation of what they are... but for those new to my blog, I'll make a long story short... they are completely addicting little books created by using Dominoes as the front & back "covers" with an accordion style insert of "pages" in the middle!

For this swap, I chose an "alphabet theme"... No, I have not reverted back to my childhood (or at least I don't think so)... For the artwork, I decided to contrast vibrant colored backgrounds [using Jacquard Dyes] with basic black & white designs on watercolor paper (except for the Cats, I did use a bit of color for "personality")... tissue paper was used to create the brightly colored  domino covers. For the first time, I chose to use an elastic cord to create a "belly band" closure in lieu of ribbons... (I must give a nod to a fellow artist on AFA, "LindyLu", for this wonderful idea... thanks for sharing!)

Below are photos of my finished Domino Books...

Alphabet Theme "Domino Books"


Front Cover Design Details
Inside design details
I hope I have managed to inspire you into tracking down those old games stored up in the closet and try your hand at making Domino Books... 

WARNING: This activity can become addicting!!

Thanks for stopping by, Until next time...
Blessings and Happy ARTing to All!!