Saturday, July 29, 2017

Art Every Day, 29 July 2017

The card for today is very simple.  I've done a rubber-stamped image, embossed it in black, then used watercolor to paint the flower.  After everything was dry, I used watercolor to paint the background, layered it onto a printed scrapbook paper leftover, then onto a white top-fold card.  And done.

Item 59/365:

See you tomorrow!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Art Every Day, 28 July 2017

After a few days working with white flowers, I reversed and went for silhouettes instead.  Here is a silhouette of an early spring tree against a stormy sky.

Item 58/365:

See you tomorrow!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Art Every Day, 27 July 2017

Today I still want to explore working with white flowers.  This one is a stamp from Melanie Muenchinger's Stately Flowers 11 collection.  I have used several images from that set in this grouping.

Item 57/365:

See You tomorrow!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Art Every Day, 26 July 2017

Today's art every day card was a study in how to best present white flowers.  This is item 56/365.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Art Every Day, 25 July 2017

I made four of these for a gift.  The cards are watercolor and colored pencil.

Item 55/365:

See you tomorrow!

Art every Day, July 24, 2017

Today is item 54/365.  This is a card, rather than a postcard.

See you tomorrow1

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Art Every Day, 23 July 2017

I almost never get sick.  Almost.  But I developed a nasty cough that just won't go away, so it was time to get some professional help.  A few days into the meds, I'm feeling much better, and the cough has diminished.  I finally was able to sleep for more than 10 or 15 minutes at a time last night!

Now, I have to catch up with my art every day challenge.  Thankfully, I had done a couple of pieces in advance, so I have something to post for today and the three other days I've missed.  Of course, that means I have to get to work for tomorrow's piece!


Item 50/365:

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Item 52/365:

Item 53/365:

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Art Every Day, 19 July 2017

Today, a fun watercolor of birds and bamboo on rice paper.  Controlling the water on this un-sized paper was the most difficult part of the effort.

Item 49/365:

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Art Every Day, 18 July 2017

Summer is my favorite season.  I love the warm days and lots of sunshine.  Here in Montana, the sun is setting after 9 pm and the twilight lingers for a couple more hours.  The humidity is generally low and the weather is really comfortable.  I was inspired by the bright sun early in the day to showcase some weed leaves to make this little card.  The weathered wood surround is alcohol markers on bristol.

Item 48/365:

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Art Every Day, 17 July 2017

My worktable gets messy very quickly, so today, another clean-off-the-mess collage card.  The background was done when I was playing with Tim Holtz Distress Oxides, which I then splattered with Daler Rowney FW Pearlescent inks.  The two irises were a lucky find in my scrap die-cuts box.

Item 47/365:

See you tomorrow!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Art Every Day, 16 July 2017

Today, my work is this little black bird card.  The background is a mix of watercolors and gold mica powder.  The bird and his branch are sumi ink.  The bird's eye is covered with glossy accents.

Item 46/365:

See you tomorrow!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Art every Day, 15 July 2017

Today, my art every day piece is a greeting card, this is item 45/365.

Hope your weather is wonderful today on St. Swithin's Day!  We are fortunate to be having a gorgeous day, today, so 40 more just like it would really be terrific!

See to tomorrow!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Art Every Day, 14 July 2017

I had done a bunch of cards similar to this one a few years ago, and wanted to give it a bit of an update.  Watercolor and colored pencil.

Item 44/365:

See you tomorrow!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Art Every Day, 13 July 2017

This card is for a friend who is under the weather.  The technique is suminagashi.

Item 43/365:

See you tomorrow!

Fixing some Skipped entries for July 10 and 11, 2017

Somehow these did not post, so I will go a bit back and stick them in here.

Item 10/365

Collage of tissue paper on watercolor background

Item 11/365:

Just keep swimming

See you tomorrow!

Art Every Day, 12 July 2017

Today's art is a birthday card for a friend.  This one uses inks, watercolors, colored pencil, India ink, and a few more diverse materials.  Hoping she likes it!

Item 42/365:

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Art Every Day, July 9 2017

Today features another postcard created from a photograph my husband took in New Hampshire.  The foliage was beautiful last year, as you can see from this image taken on the road up Mt. Washington.

Item 39/365:

See you tomorrow!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Art Every Day, July 8 1027

Today's entry is a photo is one my husband took last summer in New Hampshire.  My only contribution in this effort was to make it into a picture postcard that will be going to Tokyo.

See you tomorrow!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Art Every Day, July 7, 2017

Today marks day 37/365 and I present to you a greeting card.  Watercolor....

See you tomorrow!

Aftershocks Continue and My Rant

We are still having aftershocks from yesterdays earthquake.  The main damage from this moderate earthquake was some spilled cooking oil near the epicenter, a little broken glass, power failure of a couple of hours near the epicenter, and a few bottles of spaghetti sauce and salsa falling from a shelf at Walmart..  

I had to laugh and shake my head in disbelief when I read a news article about the "DISASTER" of the earthquake and all the inflammatory speculation that this earthquake was the lead-in to a cataclysmic  Yellowstone "Supervolcano" event that would destroy the entire US.    And you wonder why so many reporters get so little respect.  Listen to the scientists, folks, not some excitable reporter looking for publicity and unwilling to do any research before writing a lot of frightening rubbish.  Visit the USGS (US Geological Survey) web site and look at  the list of all the earthquakes that happen every day all around the world.   Look at what geologists say about the "Supervolcano" and think before you get into a panic like this poor reporter.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Shake, Rattle and Roll

Just after 12:30 last night, we had an earthquake.  It was a 5.8.  Five minutes later, we had the first aftershock, a 4.7.  Since then, we have had 15 more aftershocks, none as strong as the original.  The epicenter was near Lincoln, MT, about 90 miles from us.   The quake is considered to be a "moderate" one, and was not the least alarming to us, both of whom grew up in the SF bay area of California.

Art Every Day, July 6, 2017

Today's art is a watercolor postcard that will go to Germany, item 36/365.

More art tomorrow!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Art Every Day, July 5, 2017

Today, my art every day piece is another festive card, which I think of as something of a watercolor mess, but I liked the way it serendipitously  fell into place.

Item 35/365

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

34 /365 July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July!  My piece today is a postcard with a glittery firework display.  My neighbor set off a huge firework during the daytime on Saturday and this is how it looked in the daytime.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, July 3, 2017

33/365, July 3, 2017

July is a month of many birthdays and you will be seeing a lot of birthday cards this month.

Here is item 33/365:

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

32/365 July 2, 2017

Today, a birthday card.  The balloons are made of handmade paper, colored, then cut into balloon shapes.  I drew in the little triangle bottoms and the strings with bows.  On top, a coat of Glossy Accents adds both shine and texture.

See you tomorrow!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Art Every Day, July 1, 2017

A new month should start with a bright bit of art, so today, I'm celebrating the 1st of July with a bold, citrus-y card done in watercolors and inks.

Item 31/365

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Art Every Day, June 30, 2017

The roller coaster of June is finally over.

My piece for today is a sunset, which closes out my first full month of returning to art every day.  The background is watercolors, the silhouettes of grasses and bushes are from a great rubber stamp.

This month has had a wide spectrum of emotions for me.  My husband and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary, a grand occasion for us.   And, sadly, on the very same day, our beloved cat, Dempsey, passed away at age 17.   We will miss him terribly.  

I am ready for a new month.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Art Every Day, June 29 2017

Today, there are two pieces, cards made at the same time.and sharing parts of each other.  This duo was my take of a card duo from Jennifer McGuire, who made an almost identical (only hers is much better!) pair of cards.  I saw her video, and having the same stamp, decided to make my own version.  Making two cards at the same time was a great bonus!

Art Every day, June 28, 2017

Today's creation is a page that I made using white embossing for the pattern, then painted with watercolors.  A spritz of shimmer mist and it was done.

See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Art Every Day, June 27, 2017

Here the latest art every day creation.    This was inspired by a piece that Marta did (Maremismallart) on you tube.  (And with a nod to Piet Mondrian...)

Digital age watercolor

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Art Every Day, June 26, 2017

Now that I have caught up on all the daily art pieces, today's post will be much shorter!

Item 26/365:  This postcard started with Karat Aquarell watercolor crayons.  The next layer was sprinkled Brusho powder.  Then I added a bit more of the watercolor crayon to a few areas.  Since this will probably be posted out of the USA, I covered the entire surface with acrylic glaze,  And finally, just for a pop of white, I added a die cut hello.

Watercolor crayon, Brusho postcard

See you tomorrow!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Art Every Day, June 25, 2017, Part 2

The internet seems to be working well today -- some days it is pretty poor here -- so I will do a second post and catch up with all the Art Every Day images.  

Item 18/365:  Acrylic painting of birch trees used for a postcard that went to the Czech Republic..  

Birch Trees Postcard

Item 19/365:  Acrylic abstract postcard.  This one went to the USA.

Abstract in acrylic

Item 20/365:  Acrylic abstract postcard.  This one went to Portugal.

Abstract in acrylic

Item 21/365"  Humorous thank you postcard.  Totally ridiculous and probably not politically correct, but I cut the figures and text from a damaged commercial card and re-purposed them for this postcard.  The bottom text says "if you want to find happiness, find gratitude"  Sending this one to a friend who loves cartoons and comics.

Thank you for a cartoonist friend

Item 22/365.  This is a watercolor painting done on photo-printing paper, it is not a photograph.  I've been needing a few thank you cards lately.  

Watercolor sunflowers on photo paper

Item 23/365:  Another journal page.  The moons are cut from hand painted bits of paper.  

Explore journal page

Item 24/365:  Very elaborate collage of  "stuff" I had hanging around on my work table.  

Clean off my work table journal page

Item 25/365:  Same Wplus9 stamp that I used on item 16/365, but with a different color scheme.  This is a terrific stamp!  You will see more of this stamp, as I still have a few uncolored ones waiting for my brushes.  

So ... I am finally caught up with all the pieces done since June 1st.  Stay tuned for ones still to be made!

Art Every Day, June 25 2017

Yesterday, I started playing catch-up with my art every day restart.  Today, more images, this time, items 9/365 through 17/365.

Item 9/365: A photograph postcard for one of my Postcrossings mailings.  Postcrossings is a worldwide exchange center of for postcards that is fun for all the participants.   This particular card is of a road going up a canyon just a couple of miles from my home.   This card went to Germany.

Indian Creek Road

Item 10/365:  This is another postcard for Postcrossings, one that went to a young girl in Russia.  She was very interested in fairy tales and I found this unicorn image and made a postcard from it.  Hope she likes it.

Unicorn Card sent to Germany

Item 11/365:  This postcard went to the Netherlands.  Brusho was my choice for the background, this time both painted and sprinkled, then I added gold embossing paste through a stencil.

Art Card sent to the Netherlands

Item 12/365:Watercolor crayon for the 1st layer, then Brusho and finally, acrylic gloss medium.  This postcard went to Australia and I wanted to make sure it was waterproofed for the trip.

Art Card sent to Australia

Item 13/365:  Ths postcard is a collage of many types of hand painted and distressed papers.  It went to Germany.

Art Card sent to Germany

Item 14/365:  I created this postcard using inks for the background, First I added the inks, then while they were still wet, I covered the inks with crumpled up saran wrap and let the card dry.  Then, I added a fern leaf created from translucent embossing paste which I had tinted green.  This card went to someone in the US.

Art Card sent to USA

Item 15/365:Another photograph of a mountain road near our home.  This postcard went to New Zealand.

Road in the Big Belt Mountains

Item 16/365: This card uses a rubber stamp from Wplus9 designs.  The first layer of color in the flowers and leaves is from alcohol markers.  After that I did all the shading with colored pencil (one of my favorite mediums).  This card went to Taiwan.

Postcard sent to Taiwan

Item 17/365:  The last entry for today is a journal page.  I finally discovered my bird feeder and hung it this week, so this page celebrates that milestone.

Bird journal page