Well, I have been stuck in a very dry spot for a very long time. And it's really sucked. lol But, while showing a friend my Renew canvas and talking out our "One Word" for 2014, I knew that I wanted to create canvas for them as well. Once I had that in my head, I just couldn't get it out and after a couple of months, out of the blue, I finally had an idea come to me. My friend is quite an amazing person and such an inspiration to so many people. She is a yoga teacher/studio owner and even though I haven't be able to attend a single class, just being able to talk to her about some of the things that I have been going through this year has been such a blessing to me. And in our talks and after mulling around what to do for her canvas, the word "flow" was pressed so strongly into my mind that I knew I had to use that word....even though her word this year is "synchronicity". After I had the word, the rest fell into place....a finger-painted, swirl of flowing paint and lotus flowers to represent her studio.
I'm so happy with how it turned out and am finally feeling that inner spark to really start moving some paint around again.... <3
Up until now, I haven't done any of the daily prompts that Tammy has been posting on her blog for ICAD2014. I usually really love the idea of prompts, but for some reason I like to just do whatever comes to mind for these cards. But.......lol.....I am a member of the ICAD2014 Facebook group and wow oh wow.....the cards that everyone has been sharing there are so amazing and when I started seeing all of these Orange-themed cards for the Orange prompt, I couldn't resist. I used to hate the color orange, but lately I've become quite fond of it. So, I grabbed most of my supplies that are orange and had a lot of fun creating this card. A lot of the supplies are so close to each other in color/tone that you can't tell that I used them, especially the ink sprays, but that's okay. There is that faint layer of color there and it was fun to use whatever I happened to pick up next off of my art table. And, just the process of putting down each layer is so relaxing to me, so it didn't bother me if it didn't really show up. So, I looked at some of the current prompts and I know that I will be doing more of them from here on....she has some great ones so be sure to visit her blog to read all about ICAD and see what each weeks worth of prompts are.
I had a lot of fun making these two cards. I daughter celebrated her 18th birthday on Thursday, so we had all of these leftover and unused party decorations sitting around. Of course, I had to try to use them on a couple of cards!
I am actually not sharing these recent cards in the order that I've been making them. I got behind and these past few days I have made lots of cards to try to catch up. The orange paint-covered deli paper that I use on a card below was actually created while making the card I'm sharing as Day 18 and will post next. I didn't number them as I made them, so I accidentally got them out of order when sharing the videos and on here. I'm not sure if anyone will even notice that, but thought I'd share. lol No biggie, just me trying to catch up.
Well, with this card I am officially "caught up"....for the time being. And like I said, no stress here to keep caught up but I do want to have 61 cards completed sometime by the end of this year. lol If I don't make it to the end of July, no worries, I will keep making them until I have 61. Low stress here is important! ;-)
I am almost caught up! lol Here is my card for Day 12. This one started with an index card that I had wiped up some different paints and color sprays with. It was actually quite an ugly combination of colors, too. lol But nothing that some paint-covered deli paper can't cover up. The great thing about the deli paper is that is kind of "melts" onto the paper and you can still see some of the paint and ink that is the first layer on this card.
This card turned out to be quite a struggle for me. But, I love a good challenge so I refused to toss this one and start over. I think that the colors on the tissue box that I was using is what threw me off. I was trying to keep up with the color scheme from that box and it just wasn't one that was really me, or I guess what I was in the mood to work with. I like the colors fine, but I tend to lean towards richer colors and not lighter shades. So, after getting tired of fighting with it, I decided to cover the whole thing with a coat of gesso and just start over. I'm glad I did, because I'm a lot happier with the end result, that's for sure!
Today's card is a fine example of how I can't throw anything away....I used the torn off tops of some mixed-media paper from a spiral bound book. I love using these and I have made several cards with them. They add totally fun texture to anything that you put them on.
I only used three colors of spray inks. I used hot pink, yellow and blue. The great thing about using those three colors is that they naturally create orange, green and purple. Just be careful to not mess with them too much and let them over-mix or you will create a muddy color. I also used one of my favorite products. Golden's Glass Bead Gel. Oh wow is this stuff ever fun to play with!