For this week, make a grid on watercolor paper. Then play with pens, stamps, watercolor crayons, punches, pencils...whatever you have lying around. Here is the grid that I made. What fun!
Select a pattern from the dot and circle grid that you made. And then repeat it in a collage or ATC. I made this ATC called "B Natural" for the ARTchix ATC Lottery in our YahooGroup. What fun!
Here is a high resolution photo that you can print and enjoy! : )
Make an ATC with your flower photos or my rose photo. : )
Another ATC that I made using my rose photo (printed on transparency). : )
For this week, look around your surroundings and find a beautiful pattern to photograph and draw. I was inspired by my husband's cool shirt! Love this pattern!
Draw the pattern that you're inspired by. Don't worry about it being perfect, just have fun. I used watercolor pencils and crayons to draw this pattern. I couldn't help playing with different colors. The blue pattern on the right was "inverted" in Photoshop...couldn't resist!
Make a piece of art with the pattern that you've drawn. Or use the photo of the original pattern and incorporate that into your art. I made this ATC for the ATC lottery in our YahooGroup. The theme was "Odd to Oz."
For this week, look around your surroundings and find more beautiful patterns! I was inspired by the tropical pattern on Stella's new toy!
The pattern on Stella's new toy had beautiful hibiscus flowers. I gave myself 20 minutes to look through my studio and house and find anything that had hibiscus flowers. One of the things I found was this gorgeous vintage postcard. Here is a high-resolution version so that you can copy and play with it too. Enjoy!
After collecting your images, print them onto paper and make a piece of art. I made this fun bookmark using the hibiscus flower that I have included for you.
For this week, look around your home (inside and out) and find something that needs a little blast of art to perk it up. I focused on this plant pot that had an ugly label that I couldn't seem to get off. So, I decided to cover it with art instead.
I made this ATC to cover the ugly label on my plant pot. Feel free to print this high-res image and post it in your house too. I printed this ATC on sticker paper, then covered it with a piece of packing tape to protect it from outside rain and moisture.
Voila! Here is my label making my plant pot oh so beautiful!
For these 2 weeks, look through magazines and catalogs to find cool color combinations that you like. I LOVE this color combination that I recently found in a Land's End catalog: lime green, hot pink, orange and black and white.
Pick your favorite color combination (that you've found in catalogs and magazines) and make a piece of art with those colors. Here I made this ATC fo our ARTchix YahooGroup ATC Lottery. The theme was "Starts with B." So, you can see I chose bird. : ) And notice I tried to keep my color scheme close to the Land's End catalog colors of lime green, hot pink, orange and black and white. Fun!
After coloring in the background. I glued it to a watercolor ATC and then made this collage. Fun!
For this week, dig out a coloring book or get our new Art Flourishes collage sheet. Color in or out of the lines. I colored a background from our Art Flourishes collage sheet with watercolor crayons and a damp paintbrush for blending. So fun!
I made these ATCs using the blue and orange kit that I made for myself. I wasn't able to finish them yet but I'm planning on rubber stamping inspiring words on each ATC.
Feeling overwhelmed by all of your supplies? How about making yourself a little kit this week? Pull together some images, decorative papers and embellishments. Then challenge yourself to make something out of just those items. It can be helpful if you concentrate on papers in one or two colors. I picked orange and blue papers for my kit.
After finding my beautiful heart rocks, I scanned them and played with them in Photoshop. I inverted my scan to get this pretty blue heart rock. Then I printed it and made this ATC. Fun!
For this week, take a walk and find a special rock or object from nature to incorporate into your artwork. I found these magnificent heart shaped rocks!
Once you have pulled together a new goodie or goodies to play with, make something! I made this delightful dreambox that now sits on my desk by my computer. If you look closely, you can see that I used the new tinsel around the inner frame of the dreambox and the beautiful new velvet leaves are now "wings" inside the dreambox frame.
For this week, treat yourself to something new or pull out something from your stash that you've never used before. When I was at Art and Soul Portland, I bought these fun goodies: little mirrors, tinsel garland, mica, labels and velvet leaves.
For this week, make a set of 3 or 6 twinchies (2" square collages). I recently made these twinchies for an ARTchix swap and I had so much fun! I loved the little 2" square surface to play with. It's small but not too small if you know what I mean.
Get a jump on your Christmas and holiday cards this year by making a set of holiday ATCs. Once you make them, you can copy them and add them to the front of cards (instant Christmas cards!) or use them as gift tags on packages or..... You'll be able to share your beautiful art with everyone this year without too much effort and time.
For this week, get a jump on the holidays and make an ornament for your family tree or as a gift for a loved one. Here are two that are made with our #D407 DreamBoxes. Love 'em because they're so easy!
For this week, get a jump on the holidays by wrapping up a special gift or two. I find that if I start early, I'm able to put more time and thought into wrapping each present. And one of my favorite things about Christmas is wrapping presents. Here I've wrapped up a cookbook in pretty pink and green wrapping. I added buttons to the ribbon and the gift tag is a copy of one of my chunky book pages (printed on cardstock). My friend's name is "Mel" so see how I added her name to the "gift tag."
This week, sign up to participate in an art swap. They're so helpful in getting your creative juices flowing. How about trying an ARTchix swap? Or do a search for art swaps online. They're so much fun! I wasn't feeling very creative this week but I HAD to put together my collage packets for a Red and Green Collage Packet swap that I'm in. Knowing that the deadline was right around the corner, MADE me get creative an put this fun package of red and green papers together.
For this week, keep staying ahead of the Christmas rush by wrapping some more gifts. I wrapped this set of gifts for my dear friend, Suz. I will be mailing them to her because it's her birthday in a couple of weeks. I wrapped each present and then made little tags for each one of them. When I'm mailing gifts, I like to put little notes on the top to make it more festive and fun and to hint at what's inside. The pink gift is a pretty journal so I wrote on the tag: wishing you peace. The green gift is a funky camera so I wrote on the tag: wishing you art. And the leopard print gift is a piece of jewelry so I wrote: wishing you fun.
For this week, make your Christmas cards and get them in the mail pronto! Jackie McColl made this gorgeous card in seconds. Simply stick image from our Handmade with Love sticker sheet to a pre-made card. And add German Scrap. Easy peasy!
For this week, go through any magazine that you have laying around your house and tear out an ad that inspires you. Then start cutting it up and playing with it. For my collage here, I started with an ad for coffee (that's the main image in the center). Then I cut up the text in the ad and reworked it so that it reads: Express Yourself. Do it. The Most Majestic Experience. Cool, huh? Then I added bits of paper scraps, ephemera and watercolor crayon scribbles. I loved doing this and will surely do it again! Next time, I'll scan the ad first before I make the collage so you can get a better visual of what I mean.
I really enjoyed making these valentines for the special women in my life. I started by making the hearts out of watercolor paper. First I folded a 4" square piece of paper, drew half of a heart and then cut it out so that I got my template. Then I traced the heart onto watercolor papers and cut them out.
Next, I cut out and added my Winged Beauties and decorative papers to the hearts with a UHU glue stick.
Before applying the German Pink Border, I added a bit of Wild Plum alcohol ink to it to give it an aged look. Then I adhered it with Tacky Glue.
Then, using a black Micron pen, I wrote around the edges of the hearts: things that I love about these wonderful women in my life.
Finally, I added the beautiful painted background (which is my favorite color combination from my paint exercise that I mentioned at the first part of this challenge): red watercolor crayon - scribble it all around + Royal Orchid Twinkling H20 - dab it on top.
Fun! : )
For this week, make valentines to express your love and appreciation for the special women in your life.
Before I started making my valentines, I did a little color play exercise. I dug out my Twinkling H20 watercolor paints because I never use them! Then I scribbled down blocks of watercolor crayons in different colors. In my page shown here, you can see the original Twinkling H20 paints on their own on the far left (colors are Royal Orchid, Key Lime and Teal Zircon). Then, next column is 2 shades of brown with the same Twinkling H20s brushed over them. Next column is shades of blue...then green...then red and orange...and then yellow....all with the Twinkling H20s brushed on top of them.
I loved the results of this exercise and will definitely be using my Twinkling H20s a whole lot more! My favorite combination ended up being red watercolor crayon with Royal Orchid Twinkling H20 on top...gorgeous!
For this week, don't throw out your paper scraps...instead turn them into a collage!
First, I made valentines for a swap. Then I was left with a pile of paper scraps that I didn't want to throw away. They were just too pretty! So, I got out my art journal and randomly glued them all down without any idea of what direction I was going in. Over the next few days, I spent 10 minutes here, 5 minutes there...just tinkering with it. And before you know it, I had this fun journal page featuring the 4 loves of my life! Cool!
These are the valentines that I made originally. And then I turned my leftover scraps into a fun journal page.
For this week, make a collage of any size using black, white and grey. This was a tough challenge for me because I LOVE color. I found myself wanting to add touches of color here and there but slapped my hand and only allowed myself to use black, white and grey. lol.
In this collage, you can see that I ripped up the amaretto cookie wrapping and added bits and pieces to my collage background. This collage came together by me pulling out bits of papers from my scrap bin. It's about destiny and where I've been and where I'm going to. One door says "USA" because that's where I was born and lived most of my life. Another door says "Canada" because that's where I live now. And the third door says "Next?"
I glued everything down using my trusty UHU gluestick. And I made the circles using a plastic circle template and watercolor crayons. It feels a little unfinished to me...I may need to add more to it. We shall see...
I recently bought a package of amaretto cookies from Starbucks. Yum! They're delicious with a cup of tea. I thought the wrapping was so pretty, I couldn't possibly throw it away! So, I made a collage with it....
This week or next week, find a day or even just an hour to give yourself an adventure! Go somewhere new that you've always wanted to go or a special place that you've been meaning to go back to...a shopping trip, a museum, a garden... anything that gets you giggling when you think about it.
Recently, James and I went to Vancouver. And I had an amazing adventure day to myself! I went for a walk, took a ferry to Granville Island and shopped around and took photos. I took the photo here and I just love it! It makes me so happy looking at it remembering what I special day I had.
By the way, this is a large copy of my photo. Feel free to download and use for your personal use. If you're not able to find a day for yourself, feel free to play in my art challenge by making something with my photo here.
I recently made up pink and brown goodie bags for a swap that I'm in. So, I had a little baggie filled with pink and brown papers, images and tid bits...all ready to go.
I would recommend that you give yourself a time limit of about 15 minutes or so to pull all of your pink and brown paper and bits. This challenge will be so much easier if you limit yourself to just a little pile of pink and brown goodies to play with on your art desk.
Once you've got all of your pink and brown stuff together, start ripping, cutting and playing. I had so much fun layering my pink and brown papers onto my grid. I just played and tried not to think too much. I found that I had to get quite creative since I only had a small amount of goodies to play with. But that's what I ended up loving about this art challenge. I find that I'm always more creative when I limit the supplies I can play with.
Once I had everything cut and torn out, I glued everything down with my trusty UHU gluestick and Tacky Glue. Then I added some more dots and details with more watercolor crayons and pens.
I really enjoyed this challenge and can't wait to do it again!
For this week, get out your pink and brown papers and bits and make a little something. I decided to have fun making a pink and brown mosaic in my art journal. I started by making grid lines and then filling in the squares with pink and brown watercolor crayons and pens. I had fun doodling, scribbling and not worrying or thinking about what I was going to do with all of this. This photo shows what my page looked like after I my first layer of just watercolor crayons and pens.
On my adventure day, I bought these fun goodies: pretty ribbons and notecards, Japanese papers and a cool new rubber stamp.
I decided that I wanted to celebrate my adventure day with a special collage in my art journal. So, I challenged myself to make a collage showcasing my new purchases and the cool photo that I took at that special day. And voila, here it is!
For the background, I used my new rubber stamp with Ancient Page stamp pad. Then I scribbled pink and turquoise watercolor crayons on top of it. Next, I made tags with my photo, new Japanese papers and new ribbons. What fun!
After I enjoyed my cup of tea, I decided to cut up the box that the tea came in. This adorable tiger is from the tea packaging. Isn't he awesome? I put him on this ATC and added images from the Spring Blossom collage sheet that I colored with watercolor crayons. I also added polka dots with a pink Souffle pen by Sakura. "Embrace the Earth" is from our new collage sheet: Tell Me Another Story.
For this week, enjoy a wonderful cup of hot tea! My favorite tea of all time: Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice. This is the box it comes in.
For this week, dig out your art supplies and focus on papers and paints that are purple, yellow and green. I recently played with this color combination when I made these ATCs for our Art Flourishes swap. I was pleasantly surprised by how well they looked together.
After studying my cherry painting from Mexico, I decided to make a grid of little squares and play with putting images inside them. I tried to include only the top third of each image (similar to the cherry painting) and I kept the backgrounds really simple. I tried to go stark white like the cherry painting but just couldn't do it. lol. So, instead, I glued down some vintage text and painted some white gesso on top. On some of the squares, I added a bit of watercolor crayon to give them a bit of a green and orange tint. This was a really fun challenge!
For this week, look around your home and find a piece of artwork that inspires you. I picked this cool cherry painting that I bought in Mexico. I love how it's simple, beautiful and fun all at the same time.
For this challenge, make a collage celebrating the beautiful city of Paris! Think about what you'd do there: shopping, seeing art, lounging in cafes, touring the Eiffel Tower, etc... and make a piece of art honoring the fun things to do in Paris.
I made this fun ATC envisioning a chicks/ girls trip to Paris someday. We would drink champagne, see lots of gorgeous art and collect wonderful treasures at the flea markets.