Saturday, August 17, 2013

Tying Up Loose Ends

Things are a little quiet in Blogland these days.  I hope that you will share a quick comment if you come by, just to let me know that you've been here!

I have some loose ends to tie up--a couple projects that I've finished up but have yet to share the results with you.

When I came home from the CREATE Mixed Media Art Retreat, I had an unfinished page from my drawing and watercolor with Jane LaFazio, and I didn't want to just leave it in its half-completed state.
We used our pages as learning tools, rather than with the intention of becoming finished pieces, and since we didn't know exactly where we were headed during the class, we didn't have the option to plan out the balance of color or design on our pages.  I tried to improve those two aspects of the piece with the addition of some colored borders, decorative tape, and small colored circles.  It's not perfect, but let me know what you think!
I also participated in Tammy's Index-Card-a-Day (ICAD) challenge, but was't very diligent about sharing my final cards on the blog.  You can see cards from the first weeks of the challenge here:

And here are some additional cards from this year's collection:

My daughter participated in ICAD with me, and donated one of her cards to my group:
I like using index cards to practice tangle patterns, old and new:
I also love stitching paper for my cards.  I found a discounted bag of scraps at the craft store, some of which I used for these two cards:
And these two cards were truly scraps I just pulled from my art table, left over from other projects, and then indulged in some crazy stitching just for the fun of it:
I played around with paints and markers for these four cards:
I commemorated a dinner out with girlfriends on this card:
I used paints to create a little "On the Road Again" card (whose background is an orange that contrasts strongly with the sun's yellow, but you would never know it from my camera!):
And, finally, I "had at it" with paints and brushes and stencils for my final week's worth of cards:
I only missed maybe a week in the middle of the challenge, but I still have quite a satisfying stack of index card art to enjoy, and to add to my work from last year.
This year's stack of ICADs
Last year's stack of ICADs
I hope you are having a relaxed and happy August!


Janet said...

As always, you've been super busy! I enjoy coming here to see your creativity and the things you're working on.

I haven't been very good about blogging lately but you know I get by to visit when I can.

Tina said...

I'm loving the way your Jane LaFazio piece turned out! The touches you added really make the nature elements pop out of the page. Also, great work on the index cards -- you're so creative! I got a fair pile done this year, not as many as I wanted to, but there's always next year!

Tina said...

I'm loving the way your Jane LaFazio piece turned out! The touches you added really make the nature elements pop out of the page. Also, great work on the index cards -- you're so creative! I got a fair pile done this year, not as many as I wanted to, but there's always next year!

Adriann said...

All very nice work. You are really talented with the tangles. I love them!

Linda Gibbons said...

I love how you completed the sketch piece, the borders and elements you added are perfect--they make it a cohesive art piece.
Your ICADS are inspiring, I love the zentangle patterns (still a beginner here, but learning)

Emie58 said...

It's fun seeing all the ICAD's in one place... they add up quickly.

Jane LaFazio said...

Great finish on your page from my class !

VivJM said...

Loved seeing all your "loose ends". Well done for sticking with the ICAD challenge. I loved your paint & marker cards especially.

Parabolic Muse said...

Lots of goodness! I think what you did to complete your class work page was really nice. I love the colors of the backgrounds, and circles always seem to be great embellishments, or maybe I'm just into them. LOVE leaves, as you may remember, but haven't worked much on them lately. This is inspiring.

Blog land IS quiet, and I have to say I've been remiss. I have been concentrating so much on creating doodle pages I haven't blogged or read blogs for a long while. I liked seeing your tangles, because I have been doing just this kind of black and white doodling lately.

Off to look at your icad links. I shared all mine, but they are sitting over at Flickr, too. I'm enjoying Flickr lately, as a way to share quickly, and also another server where I can find my images quickly (as I haven't yet organized all my thumb drives of images!!

thanks for sharing your works!

Karen Isaacson said...

amazing how a little strategically placed color pulls your sketch piece together. It's wonderful!

uncustomary said...

Oh my gosh, so much creativity in one post! I love that second tangle as well as the on the road again one. You're doing so much, I love it!!

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