Saturday, April 21, 2018

Mixed Media Art Journal

Mixed Media Art Journal Quote
"Making Art" page in my Art Journal
I have been thinking and reading about creativity over the last couple of years, and I have started collecting quotes for creative people (artists!) (me!) as well.  I have also taken several Mixed Media and Scrap booking classes over the years.  All of this culminated in not one but two art journals that I have created in 2017 and started filling with quotes, many about creativity.   

Mixed Media Art Journal Cover
Small Mixed Media Art Journal Cover

This journal is currently my favorite.  What is fun about this creation is the small size (5 x 7 inches) and the ultimate flexibility of the pages.  I can add, remove, and move pages around easily so there is no stress about which quote goes first, and what pages I want to use.

Art Journal page Vision
"Vision quote" page in my Art Journal
I use this journal as a testing ground for ideas, and it has papers created in other classes.  I'm not using extravagant calligraphy on the pages, because I know I can do that "later" in the better journal, so I'm just having fun recording the quotes I like.

Art Journal Page
"To be an Artist" page in my Art Journal

I write quotes on post-its as I find them, and then transfer them to pages on artsy days with more time. The hand writing might be fast and primitive, but book has now become one I cherish because these quotes speak to me.

In future posts I plan on sharing pages and quotes, as I get the pages and lettering finished.  If you have the time, let me know what you think, and if you know of any art journal specific blog parties.

(I created this journal in Stayce DeWid's "Art Anthology Mixed Media Class".  Other papers were created in a class taught by Dyan Reaveley)



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I am linking up to these parties:
Lakeshoredrive: Bouquet of Talent Sa 6p 294 (Entry 58)
Little Farmstead: Sundays Home Sa 7p (Entry 64)
Eclectic Redbarn: Happiness is Homemade (Entry 8)
Maison de Cinq: Sundays Home (Entry 64)
Darling Diaries: Good Morning Mon 166 (Entry 25)
Silver Pennies: Sundays Party 260 (Entry 64)
Rustic Refined: Dishing it and Diggin it 197 (Entry 28)
Jembellish: A-Round-Tuit 411 (Entry 1)
Dwellings: Amaze me Monday Sun 5p 261 (Entry 46)
IShould: Inspiration Mon Sun 5p (Entry x) 

Create with Joy: Inspire me Mon 329 (Entry 36)
TumbleContessa: Whatd-do-weekend 269 (Entry 40a) 
* Stroll Life: Inspire Me Tues 411 (Entry 36)
Good Random Fun: Good Random Fun (Entry 14) 
Intelligent domestications: Merry Monday 201 (Entry 166)  
BNOTP: Metamorphis Monday 6a 482 (Entry 15)
Maria Elena: Tue at Our Home 254 (Entry 35)  
Uncommon Slice: Inspire Me Monday 4p 213 (Entry 6) 
Cedarhill Farmhouse: The Scoop Mon 5pm 323 (Entry 11)
Snapcreativity: Show and Tell Mon 7pm 316 (Entry 95)
How to Home: Project Inspired Mon 7pm 270 (Entry 138)
Dedicated House: Make it Pretty Mon 8 242 (Entry )

Celebrate: Celebrate your Story 125 (Entry 86)  
Gingersnapcrafts: Wow me Wednesday 338 (Entry 4?)
Interior frugalista: Talk of the Town Tu 6p 120 (Entry 19)
21Rosemarylane: Share Your Style 167 (Entry 48)
Girlish Whims: Your Whims Wed 352 (Entry 136)
Savvy Style: Wow Us Wed 384 (Entry 76)

A Delight: Home and Garden Thur 322 (Entry 50)
 

Imparting Grace: Grace at Home 286 9:30A Th (Entry )
My Thrift Store Addiction: Vintage Charm Party 119 (Entry )
Celebrate: Celebrate Story 115 (Entry )
* Designthusiasm: Style Showcase 26 (Entry ?)
Katherines corner: Thurs favorite things Th 6a (Entry )
My husband: Beautifully Made 8 (Entry 43)
Life as we know it Th 4pm 272 (Entry )
Grandmas House: Wed Party 74 (Entry )
Ducks In a Row: Wonderful Wed 264 (Entry )
Mythriftyhouse: Waste Not Wednesday 90 (Entry )
French Country: Feather Nest Fri (Entry ) *
A Glimpse Inside: Handmade Hangout Th 191 (Entry )
Fromgardners2bergers: Handmade Hangout Th 4pm 193 (Entry )
Happy Nester: Friday Friends (Entry )
Chic: Flaunt it Friday 225 (Entry )
Marcela Cavaglieri: Finde Frugal 202 (Entry )
How Sweet: Pink Saturday (Entry )
Ms Toodygooshoes: Best of the weekend (Entry )
Bernideens: Tea Time (Entry )
Pieced Pastimes: Saturday Sparks 258 (Entry )


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Friday, February 9, 2018

Valentines Hutch Version 2

Valentine china hutch in Welsh Dresser cabinet
Valentines Day Hutch
Happy Valentines Day!  I arrange my welsh dresser seasonally, and today I am sharing my Valentine's display.  I changed from my Christmas arrangement by replacing the Christmas green glassware with pinks, and adding pitchers and tumblers.

Valentine Vintage pitcher
Vintage pink glass pitcher and tumblers
I have been collecting vintage pitchers, tumblers and depression glassware over the years when the price is right, so I have a variety of glassware to substitute in.

Valentine Vintage pitcher
Vintage tumbler, otagiri birds and unlabeled plate
It's funny to me that many of the items in this hutch are recent acquisitions from 2017 - the red striped plates I bought at an estate sale in November, and the white heart place settings ("Love Story" manufactured by Mikasa) were a Jan 2018 find!

Valentine Vintage pitcher
Vintage white glass pitcher and glass tumblers, contemporary plates, Mikasa teacup

It was a fast arrangement, and I'm sure it could be improved upon, but I'm happy to share it today anyway.  I last shared a Valentines hutch arrangement in 2011, even though I've made a different Valentine's arrangement almost every year since.  I want the results to better before I post, so I don't end up posting.  Recently, I've been reading books on creativity.  One great book I read, which I highly recommend, Elizabeth Gilbert's book "Big Magic" had this inspirational quote. 

"Done is better than good"
Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic
 


Another quote I found (in the book "Art and Fear")...

"The perfect is the enemy of the good" 
Ansel Adams




I encourage those of you who are slowed or paralyzed by imperfections in their results to be kind to yourself and create and share.  There are so many steps that can slow one down - the idea, the plan, the execution, the photography of the result, and the writing and posting.  Be gentle to yourself and create and share, and don't worry if the result is not "perfect"!  

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I am linking to these parties:
Jan Olson: My funny Valentine (Entry 71) A Valentines projects only party

Pieced Pastimes: Saturday Sparks 258 (Entry 71)
Marcela Cavaglieri: Finde Frugal 202 (Entry 11)
How Sweet: Pink Saturday (Entry 29)
Ms Toodygooshoes: Best of the weekend (Entry 131)
Bernideens: Tea Time (Entry 16)
Lakeshoredrive: Bouquet of Talent Sa 6p 284 (Entry 73)
Little Farmstead: Sundays Home Sa 7p (Entry 27)
Darling Diaries: Good Morning Mon 157 (Entry 26)
Silver Pennies: Sundays Party 255 (Entry 89 of 151)
Designthusiasm: Style-Showcase 16 (Entry x) Decor only
Silver Pennies: Sundays Party 255 (Entry 89)
Rustic Refined: Dishing it and Diggin it 187 (Entry 26 of 116)
Jembellish: A-Round-Tuit 401 (Entry 41)
Dwellings: Amaze me Monday Sun 5p 252 (Entry 44)
IShould: Inspiration Mon Sun 5p (Entry 109)
TumbleContessa: Whatd-do-weekend 259 (Entry 60 of 100)
BNOTP: Metamorphis Monday 6a 472 (Entry 28x of x)
Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tues 393 (Entry 44 of 67)
* Stroll Life: Inspire Me Tues 411 (Entry 10 of 59)
Good Random Fun: Good Random Fun 44 (Entry 14 of 41) 
Uncommon Slice: Inspire Me Monday 2p 203 (Entry 77 of 164) 
Cedarhill Farmhouse: The Scoop Mon 5pm 313  (Entry 36 of 255) 
Snapcreativity: Show and Tell Mon 7pm 306 (Entry 7)
Cupcakes: Project Inspired Mon 7pm 261 (Entry 3)
Dedicated House: Make it Pretty Mon 242 (Entry 110)
Maria Elena: Tue at Our Home 244 (Entry 126 of 153)
Gingersnapcrafts: Wow me Wednesday 338 (Entry 1x of x)
DIY dreamer: Let's Share 299 (Entry 160)
Interior frugalista: Talk of the Town Tu 6p 110 (Entry 74) 
Lets add Sprinkles: Keep in touch Tu 4pm 7 (Entry 3)
21Rosemarylane: Share Your Style 157 (Entry 236)
Savvy Style: Wow Us Wed 375 (Entry 36 of 323)
Jan Olson: Share your Cup of Tea Thur 283 (Entry none) 
A Delight: Home and Garden Thur 312 (Entry 1)
Imparting Grace: Grace at Home 286 9:30A Th (Entry 36)
My Thrift Store Addiction: Vintage Charm Party 119 (Entry 45)
Celebrate: Celebrate Story 115  (Entry 77) 

Pieced Pastimes: Saturday Sparks 258 (Entry 71)
Katherines corner: Thurs favorite things Th 6a  (Entry 82)
Marcela Cavaglieri: Finde Frugal 202 (Entry 11)
Life as we know it Th 4pm 272 (Entry 138)

Grandmas House: Wed Party 74 (Entry 145)
Ducks In a Row: Wonderful Wed 264 (Entry 7)
Mythriftyhouse: Waste Not Wednesday 90 (Entry x)
French Country: Feather Nest Fri (Entry 17) *
A Glimpse Inside: Handmade Hangout Th 191 (Entry 8
)
Fromgardners2bergers: Handmade Hangout Th 4pm 193 (Entry 8)
Create with Joy: Inspire me Mon 318 (Entry 225)
Happy Nester: Friday Friends (Entry 7)

Chic: Flaunt it Friday 225 (Entry ) 


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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Valentine Heart Quilt

February!  I love Valentines Day and it's colors - bright reds and pinks to distract me from the reality of winter outside - the cold, the bare trees, the often gray skies, and the dormant landscape waiting for spring.  This year there is rarely any snow to make the outside pretty.  It's a great time of year for getting cozy inside, and creating and completing projects.  

Valentine heart quilt by Jeanne Selep Imaging
Finished Valentine Heart Quilt
In the spirit of completing projects, in January 2018, my Valentines Heart quilt was finally completed!  I created the top probably a decade ago and displayed the pieced top in a frame for several years.   

Valentine heart quilt by Jeanne Selep Imaging
Quilting Detail

I love the fabrics I used in each of the scrappy hearts and backgrounds, but the quilt top kept calling to me to be reworked and quilted.  

I decided to stitch down each heart with a tight machine zigzag stitch using gold metallic thread.  After that, I free-hand long arm quilted the top as an exercise in getting better at long arm quilting.  And just last month, a friend sewed the red binding on after finding out binding was a real road block for me.  

Valentine heart quilt by Jeanne Selep Imaging
Valentine Heart Quilt Detail
I guess one message to those with un-quilted tops (or other unfinished projects) is heaps of encouragement - projects can be finished years later when skills catch up with the vision for the project.  Enjoy making quilt tops you love, and perhaps you will finish them later.  **CREATE**!  

"Art is never finished, only abandoned" - Leonardo da Vinci
(of course, he didn't say that in English...) 


Valentine heart quilt top by Jeanne Selep Imaging
Heart Quilt Top before reworking and quilting


I hope the bright and saturated colors brightens your day.
Blogs are a great way to document progress. I featured the quilt top in a 2011 post here, and I find it amazing that it took 7 years to get it completed!

Valentine heart quilt by Jeanne Selep Imaging
Heart Quilt Top before reworking and quilting detail

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I am linking to these parties:
Jan Olson: My funny Valentine (Entry 45) A Valentines projects only party

Classical Home: Homemaking Party Th 6xa (Entry 64 of 64.)
Lakeshoredrive: Bouquet of Talent Sa 6p 283 (Entry 43 of 190.)
Maison de Cinq: Sundays Home Sa 7p (Entry 5 of 260.)

Darling Diaries: Good Morning Mon 156 (Entry 24 of 65.)
Silver Pennies: Sundays Party 254 (Entry 107 of 177.)
Rustic Refined: Dishing it and Diggin it 186 (Entry 4 of 258.)
Jembellish: A-Round-Tuit 400 (Entry 35 of 200.)                        I was featured!
Dwellings: Amaze me Monday Sun 5p 251 (Entry 9 of 116.)
IShould: Inspiration Mon Sun 5p (Entry 191 of x.)
BNOTP: Metamorphis Monday 6a 457 (Entry 21x of 84x.) *
Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tues (Entry 10 of 69.)
Dedicated House: Make it Pretty Mon 241 (Entry 97 of 149.)
* Stroll Life: Inspire Me Tues 410 (Entry 22 of 252.)
Good Random Fun: Good Random Fun 44 (Entry 16 of 42.) 
Ruby Tuesday: Ruby Tuesday (Entry 2 of 14.) 
Uncommon Slice: Inspire Me Monday 202 (Entry 48 of 310.) 
Cedarhill Farmhouse: The Scoop Mon 5pm 312  (Entry 60 of 460.) 
Maria Elena: Tue at Our Home 243 (Entry 39 of 179.)
Mersad Photography: Through My Lens 131 (Entry 40 of 51.) 
Savvy Style: Wow Us Wed 374 (Entry 160 of 367.)
Gingersnapcrafts: Wow me Wednesday 337 (Entry x)
DIY dreamer: Let's Share 298 (Entry 187 of 315.)
Jan Olson: Share your Cup of Tea Thur 283 (Entry 50 of 156) 
A Delight: Home and Garden Thur 311 (Entry 137 of 169) 
Imparting Grace: Grace at Home 285 9:30A Th (Entry 144 of 178)
My Thrift Addiction: Vintage Charm 119 (Entry 14 of 51) no food
Celebrate: Celebrate Story 114  (Entry 77 of 134.) 
Lets add Sprinkles: Keep in touch 6 (Entry 20 of 22)
French Country: Feather Nest Fri (Entry 149 of 198) *
A Glimpse Inside: Handmade Hangout Th 190 (Entry
192 of 222) *
Fromgardners: Handmade Hangout Th 5pm 192 (Entry 192 of 222)
Katherines corner: Thurs favorite things Th 6a  (Entry 220 of 290.)
Marcela Cavaglieri: Finde Frugal 202 (Entry 12 of 37)
Life as we know it Th 271 (Entry 172 of 220)
Grandmas House: Wed Party 73 (Entry 182 of 185r)
Ducks In a Row: Wonderful Wed 263 (Entry 6 of 329.)
Pieced Pastimes: Saturday Sparks 258 (Entry 42 of 243)

Mythriftyhouse: Waste Not Wednesday 89 (Entry x)
Interiorfrugalista: Talk of the Town 110 (Entry 90)

Clairejustineoxox: Creative-mondays (Entry 138 of 138) also fashion
Eclectic Redbarn: Happiness is Homemade (Entry 230 of 268) *
Happy Nester: Friday Friends (Entry 7)

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