Labor Day Bliss

Yes, it was truly a bliss to have a little extra time to work in my studio this past weekend, after getting my house chores done.  There were no major projects, but they allowed me to experiment with new media and were fun to work on.  God is good!

Art and Creativity
Mixed Media Tag
Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013 - September
Artists in Blogland - Show & Tell Saturday
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Stamping All Stars
In "Art and Creativity," I got to experiment with different layering techniques to create the background, as well as with Tim Holtz kraft glassine paper and Pearl-Ex powdered pigments.  

All Seeing Eye of God
Mixed Media Tag/Frame
Tag Tuesday: Eyes
The Three Muses - Eyes
Word Art Wednesday: Challenge 96
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday Week 26 Year 3
Maria's Orange You Glad It's Friday #54
Lorik's Mandarin Orange Monday #58
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday
In the "All Seeing Eye of God," which was inspired by 2 Chronicles 16:9, I illustrated the eye freehand and designed a freestanding tag/frame that simulates a Church window.

Singin' in the Rain
Collage ATC
Inspiration Avenue - Joy Through Your Art
ABC Wednesday - H is for Top Hats
Try it on Tuesday - 3 Different Fancy Edges
Jen's in the Studio
Manon's Paper Saturdays
In "Singin' in the Rain," I re-purposed an old ATC I made a while back as my background, used a scrap from a Tim Holtz umbrella man die, and got to practice my hand lettering skills.

Innocence
Pen and Ink
Twenty Minute Challenge
Art Journal Journey - Less Is More
Journal Journey's Challenge #23 - Childhood
Jenn's Artist's Playroom #73 - Food
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
In "Innocence," I got back into the practice of doing timed 20-minute sketches, which I believe help me sharpen my observational skills, develop my fluidity of line, and increase my confidence.

52 Photos Project: Gallery 20 {At the End of the Day}
What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 222
Sandy Steen Bartholomew Challenge #7
Last, but not least, I have 2 photographs of some amazing products on my drafting table, which made the end of day when I received them much more pleasant!   I purchased the products on the left at Simon Says Stamp, with a $50 gift certificate that I won at their Wednesday Challenge blog.  (Well, I spent about $25 more, so that I could receive free shipping. LOL!)  You may have noticed that I used most of the Tim Holtz products to make the art pieces in this week's post.  I won the tangle cards on the right through a challenge hosted by Sandy Steen Bartholomew.  They feature 40 tangle patterns, as well as a puzzle on the back of the 9 info cards.  I can't wait to share them with my gifted and talented students.  Thank you Simon Says and Sandy for your generosity!

In closing, I want to thank everyone who took the time to leave a comment in my last post.  I thoroughly enjoyed them, and made a point to reciprocate with a comment in their blogs.  Blessings!

Comments

Anne Manda said…
Beautiful and very creative tags, love how you use a mix of mediums! Wonderful drawing, too, cute capture of innocence! The eyes are so pretty!
Judy McCarthy said…
Gosh, you have some interesting things on your table.I love Zentangling, and I have that book.A TH dye do I spy?
Your cards are quite striking.
Judy #20
ike said…
WoW - you have been very busy - I LUV the Eye creation - gorgeous works though all round :-D
Thanks for letting me visit this week :-D

HAPPY WOYWW 222

IKE in Greece #67 xxxxx
wonderful artwork this week Arnoldo! AMAZING!
Valerie-Jael said…
Wonderful artwork, and congrats on your win and those gorgeous goodies! Have fun. Thanks for playing along at TIOT this week! Valerie
Sandee Setliff said…
wow, you were very productive, just love all your work. Thanks so much for playing along with us over at Try it On Tuesday 3 different Edges challenge, waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥
glitterandglue said…
Thank you for visiting, and for your comment. I love doing the pergamano - I just enjoy putting in the exquisite detail to make the whole look so lovely.
I like the very first picture on your post best of all - the colours and the gentleness of it. Well done.
Have a great week.
Margaret #50
Paula (PEP) said…
I was so delighted when I saw that you were going to receive a set of those tangle cards & congratulations upon the Simon Says win too. That All Seeing Eye of God is amazing with the way it is coloured - let alone the fact that you drew it freehand. It does look like a church window too.
Paula (PEP)
~*~Patty S said…
You've been busy creating some very fine things...
Great job on your "Innocence" piece...now I want an ice cream cone ;)
oxo
Leslie: said…
Always a pleasure to drop by and see what you've been up to. I remember that movie "Singin' in the Rain" from when I was a little girl - great music! and tophats lol

Leslie
abcw team
Jesh St Germain said…
Thanks for commenting on my post of Carrera! Perused your pages here -boy, you're one busy person!

I like the "The all-seeing Eye of God"
for it speaks about one of His characteristics:)
indybev said…
Loved your all-seeing eye, Arnoldo. Thanks for participating in our challenge at Three Muses!
Meggymay said…
Awesome creations, each one has so many wonderful details. Thank you for sharing one of these with us at TioT's this time.
Yvonne
April Story said…
Glad you got some extra time in your studio. The sketch is adorable. And I like the all seeing eye. April #22
Lynn McAuley said…
Remarkable work on your amazing tags, Arnoldo! I especially love the eye of God!! What a gifted artist you are!

Lynn #100
Anita Houston said…
What a post! So much goodness abounds! I love that mixed media tag...gorgeous color! The eye is too cool...you never know who is watching...lol! And, I just LOVE that ATC...too clever and yummy grungy! Glad you got some new toys to play with as well. Oh, and loved the baby girl...what an angel!
Eifelwicht said…
Wow, what beautiful pieces! I must admit I love your 20-minute-challenge most. It is adorable!!!
Jez said…
You are so productive, and every one is just lovely to look at and consider. I like especially your All-seeing Eye, Singing in the Rain and Innocence. I always enjoy visiting you.
Leovi said…
Me encanta tu ojo de Dios, saludos!
Winnie said…
The extra day was a blessing, right? Love your tags (that glassine paper is so fun, I love your flowers1!). Your sketch is wonderful, she looks so joyful having her yummy treat. Very expressive. I spot lots of goodies there from SSS, congrats on your win, and I look foward to seeing what you create!!
Lorraine said…
love that eye tag and the innocence sketch is superb
die amelie said…
Well done on the hand lettering! LOVE it!
Thank you for joining us at TIOT!

Hugs,
Claudia x
Minoru Saito said…
Hi! Nice drawings. I like Singing in the rain and innocence very much. Thanks for sharing.
Giggles said…
Happy new school year to you!! Wonderful pieces...love the singin in the rain and your innocence sketch is fab! Love the eye of god all the yummy pattern and color...lots of great work here this week!! Have a great weekend!

Hugs Giggles
Jen Price said…
Love that Singing In The Rain! So classic!
Candy C said…
Arnoldo...all of your entries on your blog this week are wonderful! Love the sketched picture of the little girl eating ice cream. That definitely IS a great interpretation of "innocence". The all seeing eye of God is another beautiful piece...love your freehanding art. The collage ATC is really cute and such a great idea and use of the umbrella man's umbrella and Tim's steampunk gentlemen. My favorite piece is the colorful tag using the glassine paper flowers. That background is really pretty and the Perfect Pearls on the glassine really pop the color. Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. <3 Candy
Kim said…
Love love love the All Seeing Eye piece, fabulous work!
Powerful eye piece and you pen sketch is so charming. xox
Diane ~ said…
i so much enjoyed seeing all of your creative tags. loved the touch of putting a pen nib on one of them and i especially loved the little girl in "innocence"! on a personal note i echo your sentiments "God is good"! :)
Linda said…
congrats on your Simon Says win-it's great to have new goodies to art with! You've certainly had a creative time here. They're all so wonderful but your "innocence" sketch is really FAB!
Mary C. Nasser said…
Glad you had some extra time this week to art!
Love seeing your variety of work each week!
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art
I saw Singin' in the Rain for the very first time this summer!

ROG, ABC Wednesday team
Diana Evans said…
Everything looks amazing!!!! Have a great weekend!
I SO enjoy seeing your creative works, Arnoldo. And I thank you so much for sharing your projects with us. Thank you for stopping by to share, and I pray that God will bless you for it. I'm so grateful and hope you're doing well.
Blessings,
Karen
Word Art Wednesday
Mrs.B said…
Hi Arnoldo, great ATC, love the image with that die cut, looks like a great background.
Thanks for joining us at TioT again.
Avril xx
Shelinwa said…
Hey there from Inspiration Avenue. Love you take on this and your eye is awesome. I am a new follower! :)
Faye said…
I love the seeing eye of God. Just gorgeous. And the pen and ink is wonderful. Innocence is the perfect title.
bellefrogworks said…
All your tags are gorgeous Arnoldo - but I absolutely love the eye of God. It's just wonderful. Glad you had a bit of time for art.
It is always such a pleasure to peruse your blog! Your background alone sucks me in and makes me want to stay! You've got a great eye for beautiful things (as I'm sure you already know) and I appreciate you sharing such inspiring projects. I simply adore the tag you made with the creativity quote and pen nib. I love the written word and you combined art and words in such a lovely tribute with that tag. Thank you for sharing your skills with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.
SAMARA said…
These tags are beyond fantastic Arnoldo! What a wonderful payoff to getting that blessed housework done! lol I really like how you have crafted such variance in each one. HPPF!
Neesie said…
As usual there's always so much to take in, appreciate and marvel at in your space Arnoldo,
I really don't know how you do it?
Thanks for sharing and giving inspiration.

Enjoy your weekend :D
maria said…
Glad to hear that you were able to do some cards even if you have been so busy. I love your work as always.

Glad you decided to share them on Orange you glad it's Friday. Thanks for joining and I hope to see you again next Friday. Have a great weekend.
Barb Cady said…
What a lovely colourful inspiring post Arnoldo! I'm glad you have been given time to create. Looking back I see I missed your last post which is equally inspiring, sorry I didn't comment life has been busy for me as well! Hope you continue to have space in your life, Barb.
Kat W said…
Your whole post is 'joy' filled and so perfect for this week's IA. Your tags are gorgeous - I love the beautiful layers and images. And the little girl Innocence atc is so cute. Really lovely to be introduced to your art this Saturday morning.

Kat :-)
denthe said…
Wow, that eye grabbed my attention right away. love it!
Pia Rom said…
You have been busy as always Arnoldo...love the singing in the rain tag with the three men sharing one umbrella :) your 20 minute sketch is awesome!!! xox Conny
http://piaromsartjournaling.blogspot.de
LonettA said…
So wonderful artwork!
Hannah said…
I followed your link from another blog hop, your art is amazing. I love your collages, the colorful leaves in the background of the Eye of God, cathedral window with the colorful border, luminous typewriter keys, and the creativity quote. I mainly garden, but do photography, ceramics, and knitting for art.
Melissa Kojima said…
Yes, it is truly a blessing when you can spend time creating! "Singing in the Rain" and "innocence" are my favorite pieces you've created this week. Thanks for sharing and inspiring us all.
Ritu Dua said…
The little "innocence" girl is my favorite!! I am back after awesome vacations and its time to have a look at all that I missed here...loving every bit of it !!
http://beneathmyheartart.blogspot.ae/2013/09/my-mithai-tamasha.html
voodoo vixen said…
Sorry I am so late returning your visit, love your tags, the seeing eye one is fab! Annette #18
zandra said…
Your writing for your ATC is great. Great take on the challenge. Thanks for playing with us at TIOT.
Hugz, Zandra
Melanie said…
You made great peaces. I love the eye art work a lot. Have a very nice week.
Liefs, Melanie
Manon Visser said…
I love next to all your gorgeous paper art seeing your sketches and I am glad you are creating some fast ones they are a wonderful way to just let go. The little girl is lovely! Happy Paper Saturdays. Manon X
Gotham Girl said…
Always love coming here for inspiration! My pic for the 52 photos project is on my personal blog...www.thenextfewyears.com Hope all is well!
Alexandra said…
I love your "singing in the rain" tag ALOT! :) So glad you got your chores done early to hop into your studio earlier and more than usual. Yeah! :)
Lynn Cohen said…
Love your innocence piece. It's all quite lovely. Blessings to you too!
Christine said…
beautiful work this week Arnold!
Beautiful pieces, I especially like the first tag, but they're all so elegant and lovely!
Love all your creations ~ little girl sketch in pen and ink is my favorite ~ lovely ~ carol, xo
jodeeluna said…
Love the All Seeing Eye of God. I've got a thing for painting eyes and you did such a creative mixed media piece to illustrate Chronicles 16:9.
famfa said…
I am very very late this week - thanks for visiting and commenting. All your work is truly amazing. Your sketch is adorable
Famfa
Anna-Karin said…
You got some really fun stuff for your SSS win!! Love all the beautiful projects in this post. The sparkly kraft glassine looks amazing and the sketch is wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!
Belos trabalhos...Espectacular....
Cumprimentos
FABBY'S LIVING said…
You have some amazing projects my friend! Loving the lovely sketch, you are so talented! Thanks for your kind visit. Big hugs,
FABBY
Maelchen said…
I have just arrived via Art Journal Journey and I do not regrett it! Your innocent girl is adorable!
I find your blog very inspiring and I will certainly come and visit you often!
kay said…
Wow,you are very talented,love your sketches and take on the sept tag,thanks for visiting me
lorik said…
Great collection - as always. Thanks for sharing Mandarin Orange Monday:)
Cozycomfycouch said…
your creations are truly inspiring!
Create With Joy said…
Congratulations Arnoldo - your gorgeous mixed media tag is one of my features on this week's Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy!

Was going to tweet it out but did not see an account.

Now following you on Pinterest.

Have a beautiful week!

Create With Joy
http://create-with-joy.com
johanna said…
what a fantastic collection of art pieces!! hard to choose a favorite...
Candy C said…
Arnoldo...YAY! I am just now getting to see who won our Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Designer Spotlight awards for last week. I am sooo happy to see that you are being honored! That makes my heart happy. :) I am a fan of your work and you were one of my nominations as well. :) Congrats to you my friend and thank you for the sweet comment you left on my blog last week. <3 Candy
Bella said…
Thank you for sharing your art and the end to your day!