Sunday, June 23, 2019

ICAD 2019: Week 3

Well, The Muse continues to dawdle and generally be temperamental and unhelpful.  C'est la vie.  On I plod... 

Day 15: off prompt I realized just before bedtime that I hadn't arted up any cards yet for the day.  Enter a quick and easy grid with Copic markers.

Day 16: off prompt. I tried the layered gelli print technique today.  Added bits of acrylic paint to the plate and let each dry before the next.  Then covered the whole business with paint and lift a print.

Day 17: off prompt.  I don't know quite what to say about this...LOL.  Layers...like and onion and/or an ogre.

Day 18: off prompt. Channeling my inner Piet Mondrian

Day 19: Theme - Yellow.  Yummy layers today.

Day 20: off prompt. Trying to do something different.  I found some cardboard circles and then used gesso, absorbent ground, watercolors (Color Burst) and markers.

Day 21: off prompt.  Feeling uninspired a started shuffling things around on the desk and uncovered a baggie full of used postage stamps.  
That's it for Week 3, folks!

Friday, June 14, 2019

ICAD 2019: Week 2

The muse still isn't totally up and running.  I'm not that thrilled with some of the results from this week, but that's okay.  Sometimes it's just about the process of getting something down on the ol' index card.

Day 8/61. Off-prompt.  I grabbed a pile of junk mail and just started cutting out words that made me think of ICAD and the process. 
Day 9/61: Off-prompt.  Doodle-y bits with Sharpies
Day 10/61: Off-prompt.  Came to work on this morning to the news that we had to call CPS on one of my families.  Feeling very troubled and sad. 
Day 11/61: Off-prompt.  Not what I had envisioned but I liked the idea of it.  The thought was to do some spotlight coloring - color only inside the circles and black, white and gray on the outside.  I wish I had stuck with that idea.  (Also realized I need more light-colored Sharpies in my life.)
Day 12/61: Off-prompt.  Drew circles with a gray Sharpie (and circle die cut) then colored them in with Neocolors.
Day 13/61: Off-prompt.  Started with acrylic paints over gesso and then started throwing random media on it.  (Gesso, acrylic paint, Neocolor, Pitt pen, gel pen)

Day 14/61: Off-prompt.  Started with a red and a blue Neocolor crayon over gesso.  Swiped a wet paintbrush over it and stared at the red and blue for a while.  Decided to go with red and blue...(I told you The Muse is being uncooperative! 😜)
So, that's it.  14 days under my belt so far and I am fully expecting to see some stuff I really like in the next week...


Saturday, June 8, 2019

ICAD 2019: Week 1

It's that time of year... Index Card A Day (ICAD) 2019!

It's been a couple of years since I've actually done the whole 61 days, but here's hoping this year I'll finish it.  Here's what I've got for Week 1...

Prompt: Mailbox.  When cleaning out my parents' house, I found a bunch of postage stamps that my dad collected.  I didn't know he did that!  I used some of them on this and some rubber stamp-y images from my collection.

Off-prompt.  I don't sketch very often but decided to try my hand at it today.  This was my breakfast.  😉

Prompt: Magenta.  Like many I tend to be a bit of a collector of art supplies.  I reached for things I *had* to have that have been collecting dust instead (washi tape, acrylic ink).

Prompt: Reflection.  I received this little critter graphic in a swap.  I cut it in half, glued one half onto the index card and then sketched the missing half.

Off-prompt.  The end of the school year is fast approaching and the littles have been driving me a wee bit nuts.  This day was particularly challenging.  Art therapy.

Off-prompt.  I needed some inspiration and went to the SDC blog.  The challenge this fortnight is to use a favorite Stampotique quote.  I've always liked this one.

Prompt: Stencil.  I went straight for the prompt today.  I used a variety of stencils on the background with acrylic paint.  The final layer I used embossing paste through a stencil.  I was really tempted to put a quote on it as well, but decided that sometimes it's okay to just leave it quote-less.
That's it for Week 1.  One of the things I love about the annual 2-month ICAD challenge is that it's a great opportunity to use media I've forgotten about and supplies that I don't usually reach for.  The Muse needs a little nudge now and then, wouldn't you agree?

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, April 22, 2019

So Cute?...or Stampotique Designers Challenge #321

So...I don't know if the gurus at Stampotique will think this qualifies as "cute" but I do.  😁  I'm a big sucker for all things coffee and I love this cute coffee cup stamp and quote from Stampotique.  Easy breezy to put them together on this ATC.

May your cup runneth over...

Sunday, April 21, 2019

I'm Still Here!

Life tends to get pretty busy for the Steed family during this time of year and Sunday mornings are typically the only chance I have to sneak into my artsy space and get my hands dirty.

My interests tend to be pretty cyclic.  I go from a card-making fiend to ATCs (I think that's about to wrap up) and this morning I watching a bunch of mini album tutorials.  It's been a while for the mini album phase...hmmm...

Anyway here's what's been on my desk over the last couple of weeks...

I affectionately called this one "Warning".  There is text along the side of the scissors that says, "Warning: She still plays with scissors, (something) and glue.  May your scissors always be sharp.".  Seems appropriate... 😁

Create Art ATC for blue-themed swap.

I hosted a swap "Inspired by Keith Haring".  The person I sent this ATC to is a hiker and outdoor enthusiast.

ATC with the theme "feathers".  (I fixed the crooked 'good life' after taking the pic. LOL)

ATC for orange-themed swap.

So yep, I'm still here and creating just not entering many challenge - mostly finishing up swaps I've committed to.

To those of you who celebrate, Happy Easter!

Sunday, March 24, 2019

LawnFawnattics CASE Yourself challenge

Typically I'm all about getting inspiration from other people but every once in a while it's nice to look back through my own makes to get The Muse ready to roll.  That's what the LawnFawnattics challenge #49 is all about.  When I see CAS I think 'clean and simple', but when you add an E on the end it becomes 'copy and share'. 

Here's my new card:

And here's the old one:

I think my little dinosaur card will go to one of my little preschoolers.  Just can't go wrong with dinosaurs!

To play along and CASE yourself, check out the challenge HERE

I hope you're enjoying the beginning of spring (or fall, if that's where you are) and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Bird Lady and Her Little Friend

Hello there!

I've been feeling under the weather so watched a bunch of gelli print YouTube videos.  When I saw one about printing on tissue paper and then layering it I had to get busy creating.  That's what I used to make the background on my ATC for the latest Stampotique Designers Challenge, "Birds and Bees".

Thanks for stopping by!