Thursday, August 14, 2008

Creative Lettering

I'm taking one of Nicolettes Creative Lettering classes. Since I've been doing mail art envelopes and trying to doodle more, I thought I'd brush up on my lettering. I've never had the patience to sit through the precision of calligraphy so I developed my own style. I'm looking forward to expanding my lettering techniques again. This should be fun and enjoyable. And the best thing about class is I can work at my own pace in my own timing, no deadlines. If you are looking to expand your doodling techniques you might consider a class. Nicolette is listed in my favorite links and favorite blogs. I encourage everyone to try something new this week. Have fun and experiment you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Still sorting

I'm still not up to the point where I can publish after pictures but I'm still sorting. The doctor was kind enough to give me a steroid shot to the knee Monday but I've still been able to do a little bit everyday this week and it feels so good to keep making progress. I think I pretty much have my organizer bags sorted out the way I'd like. I'm keeping 2 rolling totes packed and ready to travel to the scrapbook store to create cards and artwork on crop nights. I packed a basic supply kit of assorted cardstock, stamps and mini inkpads so I'm ready to roll. I also have a Krafter's purse on a carousel on my desk I work from all the time and a shoulder tote packed to travel also. I arranged my totes so I can work out of them at home without unpacking them all the time. What has to be my most favorite new organizational tool is the rolling beauty supply cart. I wanted an art taboret for beside my desk to keep the clutter to a minimum while I worked but keep several things handy. An art taboret can be pricey. Since I have a daughter in cosmetology school and saw that the beauty carts are similar to what I wanted, I waited until our local beauty supply had a sale and picked one up. It's a bit easier to keep the top of my desk clean now. Baby steps work as long as I keep seeing progress. It was really important to get my totes sorted out this week. Excitement builds as the Creating Keepsakes Convention in Tulsa draws closer next week. I'm going with 2 friends and we are taking 3 classes on Friday and plan to lay around the hotel room and veg on Saturday and play in our art supplies. I'm really looking forward to a creative weekend.

Playing with new paper

This is paper I picked up at the scrap store not quite knowing what I was going to do with it but it look like fun. So far these are the 2 creations I've made with it. A birthday card for my son's friend and a mingle page for another group. I really like how both came out.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Document 31 or Help I'm drowning in my art supplies

Well, I made a valiant effort at my Doc-u-ment 31 but missed the last half of July. It's rough to do anything with 3 hour PT sessions 3 days a week. But I did document most of my month and this is part of it. These are the before pictures of part of my art space. As you can guess from the photos I don't have a room to call my own. This is actually the dining area of my home. Hubby calls it command central but as you can see it's seriously unorganized at the moment. It's going to take some time but I'm slowly working it into shape. The goal for this area is to get it straightened out again, thinned out, and work on a better layout for most used supplies. I'm motivated in the next couple of weeks to get the thinning done as our local scrapbook store is having another "Trade Days" event or basically an art garage sale. I have dibs on a table already and determined to let some more stuff find a new home. I made almost enough at the last Trade Days to pay for a new rolling tote. Mine had blown out a zipper. I now have 2 nice new rolling totes thanks to a couple of good sale finds. Much easier to travel with and almost packed nicely too. Anyway, I'm going to keep on Documenting the odd day here and there. I'm finding it helps clear the mind a bit and flesh out goals and art ideas. Now to get my journal finished.

Superhero Anyone?

Let's get this blog shook up and rolling a bit more. Spending another 6 weeks in physical therapy just zaps my energy and creativity. But I'm finally getting caught up with some artwork. I created this envelope from scratch to compliment the postage stamps and then made a matching ATC.