Monday, February 8, 2016

HAPPY HOUR




Happy hour for me is any hour of the day that I am able to hide away in my studio, close the door on the day and give attention to the wanderings of my mind.

I just recently created six 5" X 5" wrapped canvas
collage paintings that incorporated hearts and color. It takes practice (and courage) to let your muse go "Wild and Free" and throw color out there without intent. A freedom I have grown over the years to embrace and love. 

 Stencils used were all from Red Lead, a virtual candy store for supplies.

 Yep, I'm a Dreamer, big time and because of it, I have traveled far and wide. Magic and Joy comes from Dreams and Journeys we can't even dream up!

 Using art and color is a great way to tell your story. We all have one whether it's just for us or for the whole world to hear, expressing yourself through different art mediums is the ultimate freedom for your Soul.

 Dream a Little Dream and then don't keep it to yourself... Live BOLD.. Dreams do come true!

 ENJOY your Beautiful Journey... even on a rocky path there is something beautiful to be found.

    Nothing is impossible, with an open Heart!
(Amazing Alterables from Paper Whimsy)

 So get paint (or this happens to be black gesso) on your fingers and paint your Dreams!

       Get your Wonder Woman On and Be Bold!

 Don't Follow your Dreams, get into your Twinkie Car and Chase them to the finish line!!

XO
Kim~*


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

YOU'VE GOT MAIL!


                 Those are words I love to hear, especially when it is "MAIL ART". Who doesn't like to receive an envelope that has someone has taken the time to make it extra special.


 Anyone, any age can do Mail Art. It can range from your own drawings and words to cutting and pasting pictures and words from magazine. You can even add paint, embellishments, washi tape, fabric and even sewing your own envelope.


It would be totally against my grain to send a package or envelope that did not have a little extra love added to it.
I love that  Mail Art represents that person, their feelings, their heart, their creative vision and their likes and loves. It is very individual to the person, so all mail art is very different and unigue.
I never met a piece of mail art I didn't love.


Letting go of perfect is the ultimate gift to yourself. You completely free yourself to think outside the box and to try new things.

I water my Dreams everyday because Dreams are important.

I treat myself like a Queen because I am important.

I don't always get what I want, but I will never stop chasing my Dreams, they are part of My Story.

I am born to give Thanks to this life of abundance.
Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to "Happy Up your Mail", it will make you Happy too!
XO

Saturday, January 16, 2016

COLOR YOUR WAY HOME

                                                  

In the words of Robert Fulghum, we can learn a lot from crayons. As a mixed media artist, I am always painting, drawing and creating. However, when Stampington and Company published their first adult coloring book, my first initial thought was, “I don’t have time to color”. My thought now is, “I don’t have the time, not to color”. 

















 I realized that it had been a long time since I just simply colored without creating the image, making preparations, or putting a lot of thought into it. The beautiful contributions to this book by various artists made me want to take the time to color.


I was surprised by the memories that were brought back to me just by simply coloring, memories I had forgotten and things that made me laugh. It was fun to choose my colors with no expectations and no instructions. I didn’t know it when I was younger, but coloring gave you a good sense of yourself and the feeling that all was right with the world. The most exciting thing about starting school for me was getting that brand new box of crayons.







It didn’t matter if you weren’t the best at math or reading, everyone could color and there was no right or wrong way. Your pictures were most likely proudly displayed and loved by your mom, your teacher or your grandma. Some of my very best childhood memories with friends and family involved coloring.

You learn a lot about the people you color with. 
 Coloring, just like a smoldering fire, sparks the child in us again. It was a joy to spend those free moments coloring each day revisiting the child inside and no thoughts of things that must done or scheduled.



I was so inspired by the artwork that I could not help myself from turning a few pages into a bit of journal art.

 I added some of my own words and inspirational quotes to the pages about coloring, and how this book inspired me. 
From there I made my own Color Book Journal which completed the journey for me and connected it everything together.

I love the quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “It is a happy talent to know how to play”.



Sadly, the end of childhood play is when things cease to astonish us.




The Coloring Studio was a beloved reminder to me that when the world seems all too familiar and we have gotten use to our mere existence, then it is time to get out the colors and color your way home.


 Preparation:

Any adult color book will work with thick quality pages like The Coloring Studio. I carefully tore out the pages that I wanted to color first. I used a variety of mediums and all worked well on the pages. I used water color paper that I folded in half to make my journal pages.
I painted my journal pages first adding color to both sides of the blank water color pages keeping in mind that just the edges will be showing unless you cut out some of the images as I did on a few of the pages. I stenciled some of my pages to add definition and interest to the edges.



 I sewed my pages together to make a folding accordion journal so that it opens in the front and also the back side. After your pages are colored and sewn together, add your colored pictures to the pages. I used the roll on adhesive just on the edges of the coloring pages which made them lay nice and flat on the journal pages without too many wrinkles.

After all pages were secured, I went back on each journal page and added words and quotes to the pages.

 Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to COLOR! The second issue of The Coloring Studio will be out soon! Can't wait!
XO


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

MERRY and BRIGHT


Wishing You and Yours a Happy December and may all your festivities and celebrations be Merry and Bright!

     May Chocolate be your friend this month!

 May you be cozy and warm with those you Love!


               May your days be ever so sweet!

 May your home be filled with laughter, family, friendship and blessings!

 At our house, we celebrate Christmas. However YOU celebrate the Season, I wish you Love and More!

                 The "Secret of Life" by Snoopy!

 XO
Kim ~*

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

THE ANGEL JOURNEYS

It's funny when I purchased these Curious Angel wood kits from Paper Whimsy, I knew just what I had in mind to do with them. The first one was right on course with what I imagined and then all of the SUDDEN, my Curious Angels  took a different turn. One of them turned into Frida and the other one, My Muse!  I must admit it's very difficult for me to stay on course when I am creating. Once I have completed an idea, another one is following right behind it. I am not sure how Frida and My Muse got in there, but I'm kind of loving them!  It just goes to show you that you never know where you are going when you just let go!


This angel was inspired by a challenge from the Relics and Artifacts group on Facebook using one of Sandra Evertson's designs. 

She is called: Grace , the GR on the heart stands for "Grace Received".
 Her face is from Retro Cafe Art Gallery. I love the variety of faces and other images there. Another one of my favorite go to places.
 For the hanger, I used part of a vintage rosary necklace which I think really adds to the angel.









And then Frida took over.....  I had this Frida face from Retro Cafe Art Gallery (as well as the words on her skirt) that I was dying to use and that's where it all started.      

 She is always irresistible
to create with. I love so much about Frida.

She is hand painted with added collage work and stands freely.
I added these words on her skirt which reflect a lot about Frida and how I felt making her.
"And suddenly she knew something, and it made her feel wonderful about life itself"


      
 Then this happened! She was just as much fun to make as the others, but she really stole my heart. She is full of zetti and whimsy and is completely fearless. The words on her skirt are from CrowAbout Studio B which says: " Honor the Truth" and her apron says: "Take you where it will". She was totally inspired by this:



 A round wooden piece of advertisement from a cigar box that was gifted to me by a friend. I left the edges on the back with the original wording and then added my own in the middle that says: "Enjoy the Journey", and I did.

 She made me smile and my eyes sparkle so I named her "Twinkle" (artful words from Crowabout Studio B.

Thank you for being here today and sharing in my angel journeys!

Much Love, and "Twinkle, Twinkle" 
Kim~*