Sunday, July 20, 2014

Three Years Blogging and Counting!

On July the 26th, It will be three years since I founded this art and design blog.  It was a lonely journey during the first couple of months, but I slowly started meeting artistic bloggers from around the world and developing many blogging relationships as well.  Blogging about my art journaling, drawing, painting, lettering, paper crafting, decorating, and photography has helped me improve my craftsmanship, experiment in new areas, and become more confident in my artistic abilities.  Blogging has also allowed me to share my faith with others, as well as helped me better understand the faith of others, which is highly important for world peace.  Finally, I've had the support of many of my blogging friends during my personal ups and downs.  Thank you for being an integral part of my journey!  I hope the following pieces express visually what I mean.

Ostinato Refrain
Watercolor Pencils, Micron Pens, & Marker
Art Journal Journey - Flower Power
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #133
Eva & Kristin's Paint Party Friday Week 20 Year 4
Genevieve Gouverneur (Iconographer) Quote
Marker & Pen
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Jenn's Artist's Playroom #116
Jen's In The Studio
Hebrews 6:19
Watercolor Pencils and Micron Pens
Pia's Mix It Monthly Challenge - Sailboat
Dion's Friday Sketches - Week 20
Karen's Word Art Wednesday
The 3 art journal pages above are all representative of my faith.  Each of them is like a little prayer that keeps me focused, helps me express who I am, and allows me to explore my creativity, which is a precious gift from the Lord above.  They are also fun to work on and serve as a record of my growth as an artist.

Dragonfly Mobile & Tag
Origami, Die Cuts & Organza Ribbon
Carolyn's Tag Tuesday - Bugs
Order of the Opus Gluei Challenge #187 - Picnic
Moo-Mania Challenge - Anything Goes
Dream Greeting Card
Mixed Media & Hand Lettering
Freshly Made Sketches #145 by Narelle
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - About a Face
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Spots & Dots

The 2 projects above are reflective of my love of paper as a creative medium.  The first one features my love of origami and nature, as well as my love of gift wrapping.  The second one features my hand painted paper, on which I did some mono-printing, stenciling, and spraying, as well as my hand lettering.

My Girls
Black & White Digital Photograph
Bella's 52 Photo Project - Year 4 Gallery 12 {Happiness Is}
Art Studio Shots
iPhone 4s Photography & ComicStrip App
Lorik's Mandarin Orange Monday #102
Denise, Roger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday B is for Bountiful Art Haven
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #268
Maria's Orange You Glad It's Friday
Manon' Paper Saturdays
Finally, I have some of my photographic compositions.  The first one depicts one of my major sources of happiness, whom are my daughters.  I took the photograph during the 4th of July weekend.  The photo montage shows different areas in my "Bountiful Art Haven."  I chose to share my reading area, a couple of my storage units, and the top of my drafting table.

This brings me to the end of my post, so I hope you enjoyed it.  Thank you once again for your support and all your constructive comments during the first 3 years on my blog.  Blessings!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

I'm Back Home!

After almost 2 weeks of being on the road all over Texas with my family, I'm back home - thank you, Lord!  During the trip, we picked up my oldest daughter at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport when she returned from Spain; we participated in several family celebrations; we did some shopping;  we did lots of walking; and we registered my youngest daughter at Texas A&M University.  Although we had a marvelous time, I was truly exhausted during the second week.  Therefore, I had a difficult time getting much artwork done.  I was not able to write any posts in my blog either, so please accept my apologies.

USA's Uncle Sam
Mixed Media with Tim Holtz Products
Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 - July
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Start From Scratch!
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Let's Be Clear
Japan's Samurai
Acrylic Paint, Micron Pens, Origami Paper & More
Tag Tuesday - Japan
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - July
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #267
As some of you may be aware of, I've been designing an original "Soldiers Around the World" tag series, in which I've used the Tim Holtz Toy Soldier die as my base.  To make the current two soldiers in the series, I altered the various die pieces; re-purposed some of them; created new pieces; and/or illustrated them accordingly before assembling each of the soldiers.  The USA tag's background was inspired by the techniques of the Tim Holtz July tag, and the Japan tag's background features an original illustration I did of a Japanese dragon.

Birthday Cards
Paper & Plastic Scrap Piecing
Keep It Simple! #44 Take A Bow
Happy Birthday, McCabe!
Pen Sketch and Collage ATC
Try It On Tuesday - Colors of Summer
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Denise, Roger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday - A is for Artist Trading Card
Eva & Kristin's Paint Party Friday - Week 19 Year 4
Jen's In the Studio
Manon's Paper Saturdays
Jenn's Artist Playroom $115
Several family members and friends of mine had birthday celebrations lately, hence the cards above.  I designed the feminine set using Freshly Made Sketches #139, which I really liked, but hadn't had an opportunity to use.  I made variations on each of the cards to make them a little more unique.  As to the ATC, I designed it during my trip, so I had limited art supplies.  Fortunately, I had colorful Smash products, which were the perfect accent for my miniature original portrait.  Using a paperclip, I attached the ATC to a gift card which had a complementary print.

Psalm 46:10
Digital Photo Alteration
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #132
Lorik's Mandarin Orange Monday #101
Bella's 52 Photos Project - Gallery 11 {Honey of the Fields}
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #141
Maria's Orange You Glad It's Friday #99
Last, but not least, I have a photograph I took during a walk with my wife a couple of days ago, when we were in College Station.  It's of a small creek in a field close to my oldest daughter's apartment.  I felt the photograph complemented the scripture which was featured at Word Art Wednesday a couple of weeks ago beautifully.  The lettering was designed by Diane Nobel, their graphic artist.  I think it would make a great print to use in cards.

I hope you've enjoyed my humble artistic offerings for this week.  I want to thank everyone who took the time to leave a comment during my last post, as well as all my kind followers for their patience during my absence.  Have a blessed week everyone!

Monday, June 30, 2014

An Art Smorgasbord

I had a very busy week with lots of different influences, hence my art smorgasbord for the week - LOL!  What's new, right?  

Hand lettered and Doodled Art Journal Pages
Colored Pencils, Micron Pens, & Markers
Julie's Art Journal Everyday
Lorik's Mandarin Orange Monday #99
Denise, Roger and Leslie's ABC Wednesday - Y is for You
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #265
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #139
Maria's Orange You Glad It's Friday
Dion's Friday Sketches #18
Manon's Paper Saturdays
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
This week we hosted Vacation Bible School at my Church, and I was asked to be in charge of storytelling.  As part of my personal daily preparation, I took a Bible verse from the lessons in the curriculum to do some doodling in my art journal.  They helped me focus, enhanced my understanding of the stories, helped trigger my creativity, and allowed me to practice my Lindsay Ostrom inspired lettering.
Happy Greeting Card
Paper Piecing, Die, Punch & Hand Lettering
Freshly Made Sketches # 142 - by Jennifer B.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - W is for White
With a couple of birthdays coming up, I was also inspired to make these colorful birthday cards with a white accent cupcake band.  You may recognize the Tim Holtz Umbrella Man die, whom I altered and gave him a couple of balloons to make him look more festive.  Last summer, I gave him a flag for a piece inspired by the techniques of Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013, which you can see here.

Happy 4th of July!
Americana Collection Vignette
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #130
Bella's 52 Photos Project - Gallery 9 {Sitting by the Window}
Eva & Kristin's Paint Party Friday - Week 17 Year 4
On Saturday, I was inspired to put together a 4th of July vignette around a line drawing of my Church, which was done on a vintage window by Sarah Maxwell, a good family friend.  I used a vintage USA Flag; a hand painted plate of the Statue of Liberty that I did a couple of years ago; handmade wood cuts by May Carsten, another family friend; a hand thrown plate by Nancy O'Brien, another family friend; a small Steinbach Uncle Sam Nutcracker from my private collection; my tag collection on a vintage oil can birch tree branch arrangement; a star hartstone cookie mold; a handmade paper cut; and some votive holders.  I believe I captured the spirit of this important holiday.

Hope you enjoyed my art smorgasbord - LOL!  I want to thank everyone who took the time to leave such thoughtful comments in my last post, as well as everyone who is following my blog.  Blessings!