Documenting Life with Art



Week 29 of the 
Make a wish list. Draw or use
magazine cut-outs.

This tip-in page was a piece of
scrapbook paper in a bright yellow, 
and I decided to leave it 'as-is.'
I added magazine words, fabric,
Washi tape, assorted papers, 
doodling, and the quote
from a magazine...

It's not really a 'list' but that
may still happen on the spread
beneath the tip-in.  It's been
a busy week, so I kept the
page relatively simple.
Messy paint might happen later!




Linking up with Elizabeth
for the T Tuesday link party...




and sharing 'coffee art'
instead of 'tea art!'
I do enjoy a nice cup of tea,
but coffee is my daily 
Wake-Up beverage. This page
was completed at a Starbucks,
Barnes & Noble bookstore,
Mansfield, Ohio.




Yellow lily, Wauseon, Ohio.
The coffee travel mug and the lily
are all in a black hardbound journal 
with 8 1/2" x 11" pages.
Notes, drawings, collages, and
whatever else I can think of
may go into it. 
What do you put in your journal?



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Re-Posting a Favorite: T is for Tuesday, Q is for Quilt



Elizabeth invited us to look for 'buried treasure'
within our T Tuesday posts of the past, so I
am sharing an old favorite about the quilt I
made for my daughter and son-in-law.
I began working on this quilt in the summer of 2012...



A gift for the newlyweds, which they'll be lucky to receive
by their first anniversary in 2013!  (They did)



When I'm working on a quilt, I am careful to keep my
coffee cup (or any beverage) far away from the quilt!



The pattern is called Merry-Go-Round,
which I completely hand-pieced, and
 also hand-quilted..



It has bright happy colors, and includes many fabrics 
from the bride's past:  vintage fabrics from the bride's
great-grandmothers' stashes, fabrics from clothes 
that I sewed for her when she was little, and many
fabrics from the numerous baby quilts I've made.



I set the quilting frame up in my parents' home, as 
they have a bit more room, and it gave me an excuse
to go visit them and quilt!



My quilting stitches aren't exactly perfect,
or even tiny, but I tell myself that it's
 part of the 'charm of hand-made.'
I do attempt to keep them uniform in size.
In the block above, the red gingham was a dress that
I made for my daughter when she was in grade school.
A couple of the fabrics are from my maternal grandmother's
scraps, and one is even from a guitar case that I 
made in high school.  Yes, a quilted fabric guitar case.
Weird, I know. But I liked it much better than the
black 'cardboard' ones that you buy.  (I used
pre-quilted fabric on part of that guitar case, wasn't up to
hand-quilting in high school! and no, I don't
 really play guitar any more)



The cable quilting designs are marked in pencil and
then stitched.  The triangle and rectangle shapes are
just 'eyeballed.'  So they aren't always perfect...



It's challenging to get your shoulders, arms and hands
to 'turn' in the right direction to follow the quilting design.
I find I have to pace myself so as not to get sore muscles.
Many quilters have their quilt tops machine-quilted these
days, but I really enjoy hand quilting.  I don't exactly know
how many hours I have in this quilt. At least 500 hours, 
at a guess.  If I kept an accurate track of how long it takes,
I might never make another!

Here's how I have my morning 'mocha' coffee...
to your coffee cup add 1 heaping teaspoon of cocoa powder,
a pinch of salt, a teaspoon of vanilla, sweetener to taste,
(I use any Stevia sweetener)
and a splash of fat-free milk.  Yum!

Visit Bluebeard and Elizabeth at
to see what others are doing on Tuesday!
Perhaps they are having Tea on Tuesday,
instead of coffee, like me...




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Art Journal Pages: Turtle on T Tuesday


We had lunch at a Mexican restaurant on the 
Fourth of July.  I brought along my art journal
to sketch while we waited for our food.  In 
theory, drawing would keep me from eating
 too many tortilla chips while we waited!  
Our food came so quickly, however,
that I had to finish my pen sketch after we finished
our meal, and my hubby had to wait on me.
When I started sketching the planter, I didn't
realize it was a Turtle, until we were leaving, and
I walked over to see the other side.  The people
at the nearest table thought I was crazy, I think...
The sombrero was black velvet decorated with
silver and white sequins.  I added the
drawing of the turtle's head from memory when 
I got home, as well as the Watercolors. 
So my Turtle is the T for T Tuesday this week...


We also went to a concert in a local park,
presented by our community band.  The musical
selections were all patriotic and we quite enjoyed
it!  It is almost as much fun watching the people
as it is enjoying the music...I think the attendance
of my nephews brought down the median age
of the audience ~ most of us were seniors!

After doing a web search, I believe the 
distinctive bark on the tree I drew is
a Shagbark Hickory tree.  There were a
few hickory nuts being blown down by the
wind that evening, but there were no
casualties, that I know of...



Above, this week's Documented Life Project
challenge #27: add a Crossword, Sudoku,  
or Word-Find puzzle to your page. Another
opportunity to go with a black and white 
composition that I enjoy! Collage includes
scrapbook papers (music & crossword)
magazine clippings, and my own drawings.



In keeping with T Tuesday, I should include
a photo or drawing of my beverage of choice,
even if it isn't tea.  Joining Elizabeth for
T Tuesday, and sharing a drawing of
my pink travel mug, in progress...
not sure what else to include on the page.
Something will come to me...



Patriotic Index Cards~ A Reprise


 Wishing everyone in the U. S.


a safe and happy Independence Day!


Reprise of Index Card art from previous years...








Documenting June on T Tuesday



Add a scripture or quote from another book
to your page.  I added another flap to my
tip-in page, in the shape of a woman's
profile.  The scripture is Romans 12:2.




The profile is taped with decorative (Washi) tape on the right
and is watercolored in black on the back side, with border
designs collaged onto the profile shape.  
On the left, collage "challenge yourself."




When all the flaps are opened, this is the spread
beneath.  Media included are gessoe, acrylic, watercolor,
painted deli paper, Sharpie pen, painted papers,
scrapbook paper, and a scrapbook flower sticker.
The flower on the lower left is a very pale colored
scrapbook embellishment sticker, which I outlined in
black Sharpie marker for stronger contrast with 
the background. The yellow flower is my own drawing.

Week 26 means the year is half over, and I am still
'in the game!'  Time does go by quickly...




Above, Keep Calm and Have Lunch with Art Friends!
A Smash Book collage page...
I had lunch with some fellow artists, and we had 
'show and tell'.  Isn't it funny how a term we used 
in kindergarten is still so appropriate?  I suppose 
there are more 'mature' terms for it, but we do
enjoy seeing what each person has been creating
and catching up on the lives of dear friends.







I hope you enjoyed some  tea (or coffee)
on T Tuesday, and make a visit to Elizabeth at
Altered Book Lover to see what
others are getting up to for T Tuesday. 
Perhaps you would like to join the party!  
The guidelines to link up
are very flexible:  share a photo or art work about
something tea (or beverage-related) or 
something related to tea, or even the Letter 'T'.




And just because it's going to be a 
sweltering week where I live...I'm including
a fun page I did a while ago...just to cool
things down and hopefully make you smile.
I suspect some of the beverages featured this
 week in the link party may be cold!







Documenting Life: Hearts and photos



Above ~ Week 25 of the
Documented Life Project:
Add hearts to your page.
I made color copies of some of
my art work, at 50%, and
glued them onto my page.
I did add some black line-work
on the copies to give more
contrast to the smaller images.
The background is a fluorescent
pink acrylic paint, and the border
is done with Sharpie pen.



I have succumbed to the 
Project Life scrapbooking style...
Since I had so many photos, and the
supplies were on sale at a local discount store,
I took the plunge.  I thought it would be 
less expensive to do one large scrapbook
for the year, instead of several small ones.
Above, a beautiful sunset that we enjoyed in 
February 2014, at Panama City Beach, Florida.





It's supposed to be 'faster' to put
together a Project Life page...
but I end up fussing over tiny collages
like the one above. I love the way it
turned out, but smaller is not
necessarily easier or faster...
the above card is 3"x4".

Do you document the
days and events in your life?







A Father's Day Wish



Happy Father's Day
to all the fathers in my life...
especially my Daddy!


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Documenting Life - on T Tuesday


 Documented Life Project pages.  Above,
inside the Week 21 Tip-In. (which I 
posted here)  Contrasting non-representational
painting with the pen and watercolor 
representation of flowers.
Fragrant peonies just don't last 
long enough...especially when it rains, 
so I wanted to draw them before they
were gone...



DLP Week 23, above.  The challenge was to
write something you are grateful for
each day.  I have many things to be
grateful for, so it was hard to choose.
Even small things can be a big
boost for your health and well-being!



Week 24: Use book pages 
or text paper on your page. 
Included in my collage
 are scrapbook papers with
writing, text pages from a book,
painted text pages and a page
torn from an old calendar/planner. 



Sharpie pen for a bit of line work and details...


The strips of flowers were printed 
from my computer.


Linking up with Elizabeth
for T Tuesday, and sharing a  
tea-inspired collage, above.  When you
create mixed-media collage, every
bit of scrap cardboard and things
like tea-bag tags hold possibilities
for creating art.  Look around you
for the possibilities...see with
a new perspective.





Documenting Life on T Tuesday


Documented Life Project - Week 22: 
Draw, paint or sketch a house 
on your page...
had a bit of trouble figuring out what
I wanted to do  for this challenge, 
but finally came up
with the quilt block house...


and the Tree house!  The quilt block page
folds open to reveal the pen drawing of the
Tree house.


Facing page...the days that week.  
Brought in some flowers from the yard
this week, and enjoyed the fragrance of
the peonies.  Lovely yellow iris,
along with pink and white peonies.
Decided to do tiny drawings of them on
several of the days that week.


Linking up for T Tuesday with 
Elizabeth and Bluebeard, and
sharing a Tea collage.
The herbal peppermint tea bag package
was a lovely color, so used that 
as my 'jumping off' point.  The flower
is a print made from using a Bib lettuce heart
dipped in inexpensive craft paint. A 
snippet from an invitation, scrapbook
papers, and washi tape finish it off.