Monday, September 27, 2010

Time flies

Oops, has it really been this long since I posted last?
I have been creating, I really have ... but most of it is half done. So I promised myself, no more unfinished projects. This week it's going to be all about completing what I have already started!

Last night I finished my Grandmothers 100 day bookmarks. October 7 marks 100 days since my Grandmother has passed away. In my family we have special prayers at 7 days, 40 days, 100 days, 1 year, 2 year and 3 year anniversaries. Most often, and in my Grandmother's case, close family and friends will be invited. My Grandmother lived and passed away in Indonesia. I won't be there for this event. So I thought it would be nice to take part in this little event anyway by creating a little souvenir for those who do come.

I created little bookmarks. On the front is my grandmother's photo with a quote printed with the Gocco; on the back is a quote by Helen Keller with a bird cut with the Cricut. I used different kinds of paper, merely for my own entertainment.


Today I finished up one of my assignments from my e-course. I sandwiched sequins, lace and decorative paper between two pieces of tissue papers. Then I cut the edges with different punches. I've been wanting to draw something on top of it for days ... actually more than a week. But nothing came to me. Plus I started to love my little pink creation and didn't want to mess it up.

Today I thought: now or never. I took a chocolate colored sharpie ... I still couldn't get myself to draw anything, but while I was looking for quotes for my grandmother's bookmark, I came upon a quote by Marcel Proust. So I wrote that, doodled a little to define my writing space and oila:

In real life it doesn't look whitish on the top. I think it's the Mod Podge reflecting the natural light. I didn't have time to play in Photoshop too much, so this will do.

I still have so many more projects and assignments to finish ... and then .... well, it's Halloween, Thanksgiving, my son's Birthday and Christmas time! 

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Continuing to experiment

I'm continuing to have fun in my art e-course. It's great to create and not feel like it has to result in anything specific. This time all I did was just splat color on paper ... well, more or less ...

I chose watercolor as a medium. Then I brushed and splatted and blew paint through a straw and spritzed with a spray bottle filled with paint. In some cases I used a stencil and added some decoration with a white gel pen or wrote using black archival ink.







Below I actually splashed paint on a baking tray, then gently laid the paper over it. After the paint dried, I drew with a white gel pen to lighten up the painting a bit.



I could create more and more ... but oops, the next assignment has been posted. Another fun one!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

My first E-course

A couple of days ago I started my very first e-course, called Experimental Art. It's taught by the talented Amelia Critchlow - whose collages I love. 


I am so happy that I found this course.  Amelia's instructions are inspiring and her assignments so far are projects that I can finish in one sitting (I have enough projects that I haven't finished!) And now, when I tell Jasmine that she has to sit down to do her homework, I sit next to her and do my own "homework". She thinks it's funny. It works for me!

charcoal

archival black ink

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Knitting

Just something else I have started: knitting!



This is going to be Alex's scarf. And when all goes well, I'll be knitting a matching scarf for Fluffy - a Build-A-Bear puppy who usually sports a Buzz Lightyear outfit.

I was going to knit an interesting pattern ... but lo and behold, I can't find my one and only knitting book. I'm not too worried though. The yarn has a beautiful texture and looks lovely all by itself.

By the way, does this scarf look a bit girly? Sometimes when I look at it I think I need to reconsider who this should go to. But then, Alex keeps putting it around his neck to check if it's long enough yet, and I don't have the heart to tell him that I will make him another one ...

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Blog obsession - boy hats

My obsession with blogs has taken me to IamMommaHearMeRoar's blog recently. On that particular day Cheri was showing how to upcycle old T-Shirts into boy hats. Her samples (and her boys) are super cute and the tutorial is real easy to follow.

Since I have been crocheting a scarf for Jasmine, Alex has been constantly asking: Are you making one for me? Which I suppose I will. I just had to try and make one of these hats first!

I upcycled some of Alex's baby clothes and a couple of hubby's T-Shirts. And oila ....

It's still too big ... but gosh, how cute is that?!!
And it was so easy, I'm ready to make another one :)
Thank you Cheri!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Labor Day weekend

What did I do over the weekend? Our family drove to Bear Valley - a 3 hour trip - to spend the weekend with great friends who have a cabin up there. I love Bear Valley. I love our friends! And I love my hubby's and kids' enthusiasm every time we go to Bear Valley.

The 3 hour trip up though ... not so much. It's actually not bad. But the first time we went up there, I was driving, and it was snowing and it was dark early just when the road started to wind a lot. I guess that first impression is always there somewhere in my subconscious. So whenever we go, I drag my feet a bit.

This time I decided I will do something productive (besides reading and entertaining my kids). I packed up my crocheting needle, a book and lots of yarn. The last time I crocheted was 5 years ago. I was never really good at it. I never finished anything big. All I did was crochet a few flowers for my baby's socks.

Well, after a weekend of crocheting, I must say ... I love crochet. It's very relaxing. I still don't like to make big pieces, because my stitches are not very even, so nothing ever stays straight. My favorite to crochet: borders!



The borders will be worked into some kind of scarf eventually. Not sure what or for whom yet.

But this scarf I made for my 5-year old - who desperately tried to learn to crochet. 


A couple more borders and then it will be done :-)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Silhouettes

In the past week I have been working on this: my children's silhouettes. I photographed their profiles, printed and cut them out, then transferred them onto black card board. I stuck the silhouettes onto some pretty paper and decorated them with flowery stickers, borders and descriptive words.




I hung the silhouettes in my dining room together with my hibiscus series of photos. The photos were taken 8-10 years ago and is a collection that was taken in various locations ... Orlando, Grand Cayman, St John. Ahhh, memories!

PS. Thank you to the link parties on the right, for letting me share what I make!