I have made 200 posts! Wow. Thanks for stopping in and sharing some kindness. I hope you enjoy this butterfly that helped me celebrate my birthday. My husband took me to a labyrinth that is a flower garden. It is one of my favorite places in Wisconsin and it happens to be up the street from a lovely art museum and a delicious restaurant. So I will be posting a flower a day or so for a while. I hope your day was as beautiful as mine.
The prompt for Journal 52 is wings and that fit so well with these journal pages. They also had some tips on using napkins in collage and I had planned to use the butterflies from a napkin. I will fill you in at some point, but I have been really busy lately.
Yesterday was the first day of Art Camp. I am teaching the kiddos how to make hats out of paper bags using scissors and tape. I also have a selection of Anansi the Spider stories to read to them as they create. I love to listen to stories when I am working on my art and the campers do too. Especially if I ask if it may be too scary for them. I love to play with different kinds of tape and so do the children. The teenaged helpers do too! We talk about Ghana and Kente cloth and make patterns using masking tape and electrical tape. One of the student’s father wears a kufi and he was able to share that with his friends.
Kelly’s challenge for yesterday (day #23!) was to use my favorite color. Have you noticed that I like purple? The challenge for Sunday (day 22) was to use an image that is meaningful to me. The butterfly/moth really is my mascot. If you have read my about page you will know that Lunanista is part moth. The change that looks like the end of the world to the caterpillar is really quite transformative. The change may be painful, but it can be survived and something beautiful may come out of the process.
http://whimsyandzen.blogspot.com/ check out all the creativity that has come from the challenge.
Also on Sunday, we dropped our young man off at Music Clinic. He will stay in the university dormitories and have jam sessions night and day. His idea of heaven. And I can get the house a little bit cleaner and know that the groceries I buy will be in the refrigerator when I go to make supper! Do you think he misses me yet? I know I have been thinking of him quite a lot.
So, I have been getting for our local Relay for Life tomorrow. It is an organization that raises money and creates a network of support for survivors of cancer. My mom has cancer and this will be her first year walking as a survivor. She has been an active participant in years past to support her friends. This is my first year walking. In the past I have given her money. The butterflies and flowers are cut from bags that will be used as luminaries with candles in them to light the track at night. Yesterday I decorated 10 bags using my die cut machine, markers, and washi tape. Here I have followed Kelly’s 30-day challenge day 17 prompt and decorated the butterflies and flowers using tangle patterns from the http://tanglepatterns.com/ website that start with the letter o. For day 18 I finished a better tile for the Diva’s challenge #172.
I did one a few days ago with crayon, but it really didn’t work for me. This one uses the tangle auraknot and mooka. I am really happy with how my auraknot came out on this one. The other tile on this page is my “candy” response to Kelly’s day 19 prompt. I actually think this would make a beautiful piece of jewelry. I have had a few really busy days and I have a few more to come. It will be interesting to see if I can keep going with the 30 day challenge. Tomorrow I have acupuncture and the Relay for Life walk for some challenges of a different kind. Have a beautiful day.
I made my own stencils for these pages. The one is a cutout of The Little Dancer by Degas. I love this silhouette. The butterflies are just a very simple cut out. I keep finding very fancy butterfly stamps and stencils and I do enjoy those, but I really wanted something simple. The feather stamp is a new one that I’m loving. I am so happy with the way this layout came together. So often I am increasingly grateful for my gratitude journal. It has enriched my life in so many ways, not the least of which is my growing confidence in my art skills.
This page did not come out at all how I had envisioned it. The quote was shared at the Day of Mindfulness I participated in as a followup to an MBSR program. The quote is by Albert Camus “In the depth of winter I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer.” I had this image of a silhouette of me meditating with the quote inside. Well. I added too many details to the silhouette and the pattern tissue kept sticking to my fingers and ended up all bunched. The pen that I wrote with became blurry, but it does capture the idea that I had in my mind. Part of the beauty of art journaling is that each day is a new page.
I was preparing for a collage class using transparencies and I have really enjoyed experimenting with different kinds of transparent/translucent layers. These copies of the daffodil painting for my mom’s birthday card were made on different copiers and one was on a transparency and one was on the wrong side of a transparent label. I used the actual transparent label for my mom’s card and it turned out beautifully. I will definitely use this technique again in the future.
The blue sky page was such a clear spring day outlined with crisp bare tree branches. My husband and I went for a fabulous walk and he bought me this lovely forest stamp. Another satisfying page.
Fun with layers and transparencies. Lots of scones, friends, and coffee shops this week.
Wow. Although I hardly left the house in the last two days I feel like I have been on a fabulous journey. Yesterday I spent hours exploring the blogs of those who had liked my recent posts. What a wonderful virtual world out there (or in here?). I have also finished my design for my first tattoo. It has taken a long time to come up with all of the components, but I think it is ready. I hope you enjoy this excursion, too.