October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween

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  How to be a scarecrow for $10 or less…….

  • Buy the straw bands (pack of 5)  from Factory Card Outlet~ $6.99
  • Buy a black Hat from Halloween Express~ $2.99
  • Grab some rope from your Halloween costume bin, detach the fake-bloody orange arm that the kids tied at one end of the rope that was used to scare people as they came to the door to Trick-Or-Treat~  FREE
  • Grab old fake Sunflowers put away years ago in the basement box for a future project~  FREE
  • Baste scrap fabric onto the jeans and Son’s old shirt in a random pattern~  FREE
  • Find Fake Bird kept in Christmas decoration bin and attach to top of hat~  FREE
  • Steal yellow bandana from daughter that she was given for a School parade last week~  FREE
  • Obtain Red lipstick (that you never wore from Clinique free stash) and do cheeks~  FREE
  • Obtain eyebrow pencil from make-up drawer and put a triangle on your nose~ FREE
  • SMILE !!!~  PRICELESS

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While working don’t forget to have a little fun!!!  Otherwise you’ll go CRAZY!!!  But that may redundant, see below!

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Lyrics….”clowns to the left of me….jokers to the right….Stuck in the middle with YOU!!”

October 26, 2009

Faber-Castell Pitt Pens……chart

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I love that FB puts numbers on all of their pens!  Helps me to keep track of what pen goes where, and what it does when it gets there! Ha !

I like the Bic Mark-Its too, but of course, absolutely no identifier on them!  Ugh!  And I love the Sharpie fine point markers, but has anyone seen a special note about the color/ a number to identify/ even a name (like they do with crayola crayons)?  Not I !!

I bought this last week.  8 new pens! Yum, I had two from the collection already, but you can never have too many pens even the duplicates, right?  Next, I’m going to check out the  BRIGHT COLORS  and the CLASSIC COLORS!  I get so overwhelmed when i go into my favorite Art shop and they have the whole display!  I just don’t know which is the best color choice for me, that day!  These 8-packs are perfect for the little beginner-me to try out all different colors.  And of course, over time a few favorites will appear.  Then i won’t be so stunned when I go back to the Art store!

How do you keep track of your art supplies that aren’t numbered or named?  Do you create your own system?  I guess I could use my Brother labeler and make my own identifiers……hmmmmm

October 24, 2009

Sun Series…..ColorSplash

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First it started with this drawing…..Wait, No! It started with this picture I saved into my FAVORITES in Flickr. Then I found a background I like from Aimeslee. So, I taped up a moleskine page and watercolored the triangles. Then drew the birds and colored them in. I love how the bird in the middle seems to be talking to the one on the left….i digress……………………………….Then I WAS STUCK!! I couldn’t do anything with this drawing! I was SO missing something!

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So, I moved on and forgot about the Bird Drawing and started a new page with my new favorite stencil, The Sun. I wanted to add a lot of color so I made a bunch of squares and colored them in. I know it doesn’t look like it but there is a method to my madness in coloring the squares. Each diagonal of squares follows a red series or blue, or green or yellow…….

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But the squares were needing something! But what????? Then I remembered my birds. So, I brought my drawing into Photoshop and cropped the trio out. I then enlarged them and triplicated them (in case i had sloppy scissor-hands).

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After I cut them out, I traced them onto my colored squares. Then I pulled out my new Dr.Ph Martin’s Pen-white ink.

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Then I outlined the trio in .03 black prismacolor. And spruced up the Mr Sun-side! I didn’t know if I should put a face on the sun guy but he needed something. I think he looks a little proud…….as a sun should!!!

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I seem to be hooked on the following in my journals;

  • checkerboard
  • diagonals
  • journaling in this loopy way
  • COLORS; red, green, blue, yellow
  • And that White Pen Ink from Dr.Ph Martin’s

Well, that’s all folks!!!

[Eden[

October 22, 2009

Red Fall Leaves

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“We learn to be kind, accommodating, and nurturing to others while denying our own thoughts and desires. Creative expression requires just the opposite-----lots of self-nurturing and a willingness to speak our minds.”

-Christina Thompson

From Women Embracing Creativity at amazon

We are having gorgeous weather this week! Those days in the upper 60’s and low 70’s with clear skies are my absolute favorite. Went swimming the other day and a friend was out stretching for her run and I told her that it’s days like this that made me wish I was a runner. But only days like this!!! LOL!! Ahhhh, to be out enjoying that weather. I really need an outdoor project other than trimming bushes, pulling up weeds…. I’m a virgo, the Earth sign and you’d think I’d like that sort of stuff.

I looked out my bedroom window this morning and the entire tree was RED! A gorgeous red. I should’ve taken a picture of that, but I wanted to grab a good red leaf and paint it. Here you have it. Simple dots done with my white-pen ink. Still getting to know my brush and ink.

October 21, 2009

First Moleskine……complete

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I love these moleskines! They are the perfect size for me. The paper is just right. I’ve had no bleed thru to the lower papers, and I’ve used Sharpies, Bic Mark It's, Faber Castell Pitt Artist pens , Sakura Micron Pens, Prismacolors and Watercolors.

I didn’t date my pages, but I’ll date my book. I have so much to learn here. Here being between these moleskine pages. I’m unbelievably hooked on markers!!! Markers, why markers? I have some really cool watercolor pencils, but I shy away from them because I don’t know what I’m doing. But they’re in my arsenal and when I get in the mood I will use them!

What I’ve discovered thru Tammy at Daisy Yellow is India Ink. What a cool product. I only have black and white right now, but I think I’m hooked and will have to get more colors. Of course, I’m not using a Dip Pen cuz it’s too hard for me. I really must practice. What I’m more comfortable using is a very small round brush. On the bottom pic. I tried highlighting and a little shading with the India Ink. Very comic book looking but it’s a start.

I’m curious in your Art Journals what is something that you’re trying to learn? A technique? A new product?

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October 19, 2009

Family Room Project…….coming along….

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I’m slowly getting there. This is Step 2 of the BIG FAMILY ROOM project that is now…….COMPLETE R.

I need something on my teeny tiny mantle, possibly a tall plant or vase or something…..If anyone has any suggestions, I’d love to hear them, cuz it looks pretty darn barren there, don’t ya think?

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After printing and hanging up my black&white pictures my Dear Daughter says to me, “Mom, you should’ve kept something colored on each picture, like with Gretchen’s scarf, keep it red”. Wow! Why didn’t I think of that? So the current group of pictures may get changed. I love her suggestion!!! Don’t you?

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The above is Step 3 of the project which is now…….COMPLETE R. I appliqued our last name on some pretty white fabric (oh, about 4 yrs ago) and finally this summer I sewed the border on and had it framed. The border fabric is one of my favorites in my fabric stash, so i get to look at it all the time now!

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And here is Step 4……………….what do i do here? Anyone? Anyone at all? I’m completely clueless. I do know that I want a light I can work under. I’m thinking about getting this Alang lamp from Ikea , I like this because it’s only 5 ft tall and it’s adjustable. I could possibly get two????? or I could get a couple wall/reading lamps similar to this. I have a big mirror that I could paint the frame black and put in this space. B.u.t……the couch isn’t centered on the wall, then would it look stupid if i centered the mirror on the wall? Ugh….no creative ideas for this place AT ALL!!

October 17, 2009

Jane Sassaman Quilt…….assignment to self

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I went to our public library the other day and I got so excited when I came upon this book….. Masters Art Quilts. Oh My! Oh, My!! Talk about eye-candy, talk about talent. The above piece is just part of the whole quilt created by Quilter Jane Sassaman. Not only would I love to be able to quilt such a masterpiece, I totally fell in love with her design….her art, here. Below, is the whole entire quilt. The yellow box is the small portion that the above picture shows.

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So, needing something to color in using markers (because that’s my latest obsession), I used her quilt as my guide. I put my own little spin on it in many areas. This was a lot of fun.

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To see more of Jane Sassaman’s work. Just follow this link to her very own website. Lots to oogle about over there :)

Thanks for stopping by, vEden v

October 14, 2009

Enhanced Freehand Writing

Writing is no trouble: you just jot down ideas as they occur to you. The jotting is simplicity itself- it is the occurring which is difficult. - Stephen Leacock

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I’ve been working on my writing-style, the look of it. This isn’t really calligraphy because I’m not using a calligraphy pen. But I’m trying to develop some styles that i can use in my Art Journals and what-nots.

Since my daughter is going to a Retreat next week they asked each family to write a letter to their child. What a perfect opportunity for me to play. I first wrote everything out on lined college paper with a .01 nib Prismacolor pen. I tried to be super neat and use all caps. Then I went back in and filled each and every letter with more ink. I used a .005 to fill in and Enhance certain characteristics of each letter. This was the fun part. But after 45 minutes of doing this my hand was screaming for a break. Hence, this took 2 days to complete. Yeah me! Got it done and mailed for the deadline on Monday. This will most likely embarrass my daughter. I’ll ‘betcha she says something to me about my writing style, you just wait!

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Oh, before I forget……On the first big picture the actual font I used was my own. See the writing at the **. There is a Font Generator website that lets you create your own personal font for FREE! Gotta love FREE! Check out This Site They have very easy to follow directions. You get to print out the template as many times as you’d like to practice. Then just upload your Page and it will create a text file that you put into your text font manager. Simple! Really!

October 11, 2009

Girl and Flowers

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It was such a gorgeous day today so I took my bag of markers and my moleskine outside and proceeded to, attempted to, tried to draw a girl. She’s a mighty simple girl, she is. I didn’t want to mess with hands so…… first I drew her pointing, well that didn’t look very proper. Then I drew her holding up a peace sign, but that was too SIXTY-ish. I finally just made her hand flat so I could add a bird. I adore birds. There is so much “bird art” around. Every artist has their own personal style with them. I Love, Love , Love the variety.

When it got cooler and the sun went behind the trees I brought my little page inside to finish! Ahhhhhh, a wonderful l.a.z.y…….Sunday!!! What more can a girl ask for????


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October 3, 2009

Art Journal with Markers

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Being the “independent” spirit that i am, when i came across this quote from Laura at Mixonian (one of the many blogs on my “following” list). I quickly grabbed my pen and notebook cuz I had to write it down before I forgot it….. then I emailed the blog author with my Kudos and if that wasn’t enough to show my exuberance…. I Art Journal’d it. I’ve never run across this quote. I like it cuz, it gives me permission. Yes, permission to go my own way! To do my own thing!! To be my own self!! Ahhh, the freedom of it all.

I also used Tammy’s suggestion for the journaling, from her Daisy Yellow blog. Here she talks about “slow journaling”. She explains it so well in her post. Head over and check out her blog . Super creative lady, with lots going on for the artistically inclined. I stop in with her every post :) and keep getting inspired!

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I just wanted to show you a close-up of a part of this page. My initial “bright idea” was to do all these stripes that would emanate out from the sun. Well, this is not as easy as it looks. I got going with the 5 vertical lines then realized there was no angle to the stripe, no dimension. Hurriedly, I finished this section and moved on disappointedly. I’d love to try this again but i hesitate drawing pencil marks all over the page to stay with the angle….oh how i hesitate. But my it would look cool if i could do it. Check out this image i found on flickr where someone made it work. Of course i saved it to my favorites for later viewing and hopefully analyzing the “how-to’s” and the “oh, i see now’s”.

Now, the last thing i want to show you is this image when it’s first scanned…….see below…….

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And NEXT the image when i bring it into photoshop and select my colors (like the black and red) and enhance them a wee bit!

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Can you tell??? Can you tell???? You may have to click on each image to make it larger, then you’ll see it better.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good weekend everybody! Eden Y

October 2, 2009

I’ll give you a HAND

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The first time I heard this quote I was a new mom to my first child!  I loved  these words!  They empowered me!  They reinforced the fact that I have a lot of influence over my young sons life.  Everything I do, the promises I fulfill will have such a lasting impact on his world.  I was building trust.  I was building character.  I was building a person with his own strong personality and strengths.  Our consistency in raising our kids has helped them to know how to trust their teachers, then their friends and hopefully have a good character judgment as they chose their future spouses.  Then…..with my future grandkids.  Ahhh……the circle of life!

Anyway, didn’t mean to go off on a child-rearing tangent but the quote added to the main reason I’m posting today.  I’ve finished my doodle hand.  Talk about relaxing!  If you haven’t given doodling a try since grade school, I urge you to do it!  You don’t have to show anyone.  But it would be fun to see.  You can easily upload them to flickr.  To get your creative juices flowing click HERE  to check out one of their many Doodle Art groups. 

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By day...I work in the Healthcare field, where every .. i.. has to be dotted and every ..t.. has to be crossed. This blog is the place where I can let myself go and have some fun. I am on a journey. A journey I started a long time ago, but it has been a bit sidetracked with Navy Wife relocations and raising kids. I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and I have got some time for me. No, I will not be one of those moms walking around the house with Empty Nest Syndrome, I have got way too much to do, to learn, to create. Sure, once the kids are gone I will miss them....but hey, there is always the phone, the email, the texting and the Plane tickets! I love my life and my family and It is fun moving into this new stage. I am into Digital Scrapbooking, photography, journaling, Art Journaling and Drawing. I am a do-it-yourselfer and I am trying to teach myself to draw. I am finding that it takes a lot of patience, lots of practice and a good eraser! And if you're really curious there's a 3 part Interview by Eileen: HERE All the best, Eden