inky weaving

I am so in love with this newest weaving right now. It isn't finished and it isn't complicated but I am happy with the colorful direction it is taking.

I have a zillion scraps in my stash. Okay. Maybe more than a zillion. I have been trying to come up with creative ways to put them to good use and I decided a loom project was in order. I love how the mix of torn and stripped fabric give this piece so much added texture.

I was planning on adding a shape somewhere in the piece, but decided to leave it as a simple striped pattern instead, letting the random color scheme take over. 

I can't wait to finish this and work on a large that I know it looks awesome! I think I will hang this one in the studio! 


ten things

1. Practicing letting go in my art journal. I have tried to set aside the worry about rules and color theory and what is "right" when it comes to art. I KNOW that there are real and valid reasons to knowing and applying those same rules, but they scare me. They make me curl up inside and suddenly I can't create. I have decided, this year, to just let that go. To just draw, sketch and paint what feels right to me. I am not in a contest. I am not looking for validation. I am looking to make art. My art. Even I don't have to love it - I just have to enjoy it.


2. Enjoying this year's The Documented Life Project™- The Journal. I knew it was going to be a huge change working in a large journal rather than the small planner, but I had no idea how freeing it would be.

The addition of word prompts this year are challenging me to find new ways to express myself and to incorporate these new found words into my art. It is helping me to stretch as an artist, that is for certain. I am thinking this is going to be an interesting year for me and this project.


3. I am both nervous and excited to announce I will be teaching in person this year. I am definitely a behind the scenes kind of person, so this is something new for me. Sure I subbed in an elementary school for years, but that was easy. I wasn't too intimidated by 3rd graders. But to stand in front of a room full of my peers ...well that seems scary. I know it is going to be awesome. I know I am finally going to get to meet some of the women I have grown so fond via blog conversations. I guess I am just feeling like a kid on the first day of school. 

4. Never regretting for one second the moments lost in the studio to THIS. My family will tell you that I panic in the aftermath of such stolen moments... and they tell the truth. I rush around and multi task and feel overwhelmed and short on time, but I always finish the days knowing it was all worth it. I even remind myself that tomorrow will be just the same and just as valued. A wise & talented lady taught me to just accept it as God's gift to me. You should read more about what she has to say here.


5.  Loving that there is a little human around here that keeps coming back to this over and over. For someone so small to not be tempted by that big black eraser is pretty interesting. I thought for sure that is what would intrigue her. Instead, she adds teeny tiny marks several times a day. Sometimes no more than an inch of color.

I love it. She is already a mark making fool. Adding lines, dots and scratches. Layer after layer. I wish I could preserve it as is. A girl after my own heart!

6. Making my own marks. I have been working on some small canvases lately. By small, I mean pretty dang small. Only 8x 10. I add a few things each day to two or three different canvases and walk away. I like how they are total chaos at this point.

Should I be nervous that that is what is making me happy lately in art? The chaos? The more wild it is the happier I am. Maybe it is the one area of my life that tolerates the disorder. The one place I can let my hair down and know that anything goes. Weird, I know. But I am sticking with it for now.

7. Enjoying a few long overdue date nights with the man that goes above and beyond in everything. Whether it is planned or spontaneous our nights out together are at best, harried and disorganized. It doesn't matter. We find joy in the few hours we have one another all to ourselves. It is a blessing, a miracle even, that I found a man who, at the end of the night,  is as ready to head home and hug the kids as I am. I am so grateful for our time, but even more grateful that we share that deep and unending love for our family.


8. Still not tired of leafing through my Documented Life Planner™ from last year. I am in awe of the fact that it is complete. I mean the whole deal - Week 1 - 53,  including art challenges as well as the documentation of my weeks. It may not seem like a big deal to a lot of people, but for me it is monumental.

With my crazy life I am lucky to finish a bowl of cereal in the morning. I was bound and determined to make the ONE project whole. One whole, very real year in my life. I am so happy to have it. 

9. Finally able to share the peek at what I will teaching in February. Juxtaposed Journal is a fun mixed media class where we will build a fun art journal! I had a lot of fun creating this journal and have found myself reaching for my own version over and over. I love it. The secret is in the pages and how they are an easy jumping off point for creating ! 

I hope to see you there! 



10. Editing, editing, editing. Making videos takes ALOT of work. It gets pretty intense over here since I rarely have twenty straight minutes to sit in any one place. I feel like I start over five hundred times for every one video I create. That is an exaggeration of course, but when you walk away from something as complex as editing it is tough to jump right back in and not be tempted to "re-watch" everything again to make sure you are remembering right.Oh well.mThat is how it goes over here.  I just want to make the art! 

15 minutes of mixed media©

So today is my birthday. I choose to not make a big deal out of it - 48? How the hek did that happen? I was going to skip creating this video today and then I had time to myself and decided, why the hek not...well...after THREE major technical difficulties with my camera I realized I had a total of 4 strung together minutes of video. WHAT? Well, guess what? I am sharing it anyway. It is short and pieced together but you get the idea! 

Have fun watching this mini version - hopefully the glitches will be non existent by next week! 


Supplies Used This Week: red, pink, yellow, purple and white paint, pencil, colored sharpie markers, blue, green and hot pink paint pen, and this black pen. 

So just set the timer and go for it!  ENJOY!