Tree on T Tuesday

 T-Tuesdays are the day that Elizabeth of
Altered Book Lover blog has a link party. 
All you have to do is share whatever you've
been 'up to,' and something related 
to what you are drinking...for me that's 
coffee every morning. Visit her to 
join in, or to see what's going on
with other creative bloggers.

Above, the sketch I did while at the 
craft show I had attended a while back.
I made enough to pay for my space, plus a bit 
extra, so was satisfied by that. The honey bee 
watercolor painting sold to a very nice gal
 who was pleased to get it.   
Met some very nice
folks at the table next to mine, and 
enjoyed beautiful weather.

Have been working in my Project Life photo album,
which for me just means I put stuff in as I have time.
I don't try to do a spread per week as I have many 
other projects going on too. This was during
our visit to see the grand kids in May.

I was pleased with these pages when they
were finished.  But the whole idea of this
being easier and faster than a scrapbook 
doesn't seem to be working for me! 
 I can still obsess over decorating
 each little 3" x 4"  or 4" x 6" card!
Need to get busy and get caught up
on the photos I have left, before our
next visit!

Above, The Documented Life Project,
Week 34: Use numbers related to
your week on your page.  I chose to
use my grocery list, with the running
tally of what the total cost was going
to be.  Added some doodles, watercolor,
and other numbers from the week.

Finally...a coffee mug drawing that I
came across from 2011. I think this is
on an index card...and that's part of
a thin bagel from breakfast that day.
Coffee with cocoa powder, fat-free milk,
and Stevia sweetener is my standard
beverage for breakfast every day...
but I do have tea now and then!
And it's always fun to
draw your food!

Cottonwood Leaves

Peddlers in the Park

Looks like the weather on Saturday should be
so I am planning to set up a little table at 
Peddlers in the Park, 
7am ~ 4pm.
Click on the page above for
more details.

I am going to have some hand made cards
and art work for sale...

some crafts...

Honey Bee Watercolor: 5"x7"

and miscellaneous items.

If you will be in the area,
stop by and see me. 
Have breakfast (for a donation)
hike around the lake, and take some photos.
Volunteers will also be serving lunch. 
I haven't been to this event before,
 but it should be a 
fun day, and the park is lovely!

For sure, I will bring my sketch book,
and maybe my Documented Life Project planner.
Always need to have a pen, some
paper, and watercolors at the ready!

Watercolors and Collage

Week 32: Incorporate a fortune from a 
fortune cookie on your page...
I used several scraps and borders of my own
designs on the watercolor background, along 
with the fortunes, and a vintage computer label.

Week 33: Use 'under papers' on your page.
Under papers are the papers that you might use
beneath whatever you are painting, to catch
spills, or to clean your brush.  This collage
includes brown craft paper, acrylics, deli paper,
napkins, scraps with scribbles, and my 
watercolor with doodles.

I got the opportunity to visit a local state park
this week.  I went for a pleasant walk to enjoy
the views, and took some time to draw some
of the wildflowers that were grouped near
the Wildlife Center. (educational exhibits)
It was nice to see that there were honey bees
enjoying the wild flowers...

Linking up with Elizabeth over at 
Altered Book Lover blog for T Tuesday.
Instead of tea, I am drinking coffee with
chocolate, and listening to big raindrops
falling outside.

Here are a couple of greeting cards that I
made this week...

Have a colorful week!

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Collage Everywhere on T Tuesday

"Collage: an artistic composition made of various materials
such as paper, cloth or wood, glued on a picture surface."

I see them everywhere... even at McDonald's.  I drew 
the cup of water I was drinking because it had a collage of
images on it...and because of the circle design.

Joining Elizabeth today for T Tuesday's link up party.
Just show a photo or drawing of your beverage, and
you can join us for T, or coffee, or any beverage you prefer!

put a pocket on your page.

I used a vintage library pocket from a thrifted
children's book, and attached it to the scrapbook
paper background.

Because our cottonwood trees are dropping leaves
already,  (and the background had leaves on it)
I decided to put leaves in the pocket.  I had made these
a while ago (ok years!) intending to make a small book
from them, but it just didn't happen.  I wrote quotes
about August, and autumn on the leaves that are made
from scrapbook paper and painted paper bags. 
(These are not cottonwood leaves, by the way)

I've also been working on some art lessons
that are posted on-line by Derwent Academy.
Lesson 5 was painting in watercolor, wet in wet.
I usually paint lightly over dry layers, and over pen
drawings, so this was a little stretch for me.
This is loosely based on some Maple trees in 
our back yard...

Just a few weeks of summer left...I have been
hearing a few locusts along with the tree frog chorus.
I need to take more walks and enjoy the warm
weather while it is still here!

cottonwood leaves

Derwent Art Lessons

Derwent Academy has a series of
art lessons on-line. (click on the top Tool Bar
on the Derwent site to create an account)
 This is Lesson 4, Color and Tone-
Blending Colored Pencil.
Some friends recommended the class
because when you've completed the
six lessons, Derwent will send you a
 small set of their colored pencils!

Since I don't have any of the 
Derwent colored pencils, I used
Crayola brand colored pencils, and 
various brands that have accumulated 
over the years. They are not as 
intense in color, and the scan is a bit light.

Quote from this lesson:
"It's all about describing what's in
front of you by using different marks."
--Dee Cowell, Derwent Academy instructor

I was rather pleased with the outcome
of the sketch of the cockerel,
considering the image on the computer
screen was a bit difficult to see.
The border around the video obscured
the feet so I just had to 'wing-it!'
And the instructor shows how to 
layer color over each other for
more depth and variation. (not sure
if you can tell, but there are blue and
purple beneath the black)
A fun exercise!

ArT Journal Pages on T Tuesday

Make your page 'Smash Book style.'
I added bits and pieces of my week
into the collage, and scraps
of painted papers.

What do you do for fun?
I draw, paint, cut and paste in my journals!
I find it Therapeutic...

Joining Elizabeth of Altered Book Lover blog
for her T Tuesday link party.  Above, a detail
of a larger collage that incorporates  a green
tea package and a little sketch of a tea bag.

What do you do for summer fun?

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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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