Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Collage work for a change

The past two weeks I wanted to explore collage.  Something I have wanted to learn, but could never exactly fully grasp.  It looks easy, but I found not really.  Or maybe they just never turned out the way my brain wanted them to turn out.  I also found that my logical side of my brain wanted rules and step by step instructions.  Last summer I took a class on collage and it too fell flat on instructions.  I watched a few online videos, but being hearing impaired that is a challenge in its self.  Note to those who do videos give a list of supplies or word prompts!!  I think the only thing I learned that you should use a matte medium under and over the papers that you add to your base.

But what is cheep drawing paper?  This was mentioned many times in video but is this just copy paper.  Frustrating at times.

So will share the two pieces that I was happy with.  Here is a set of three 5"x5" mixed media collage that are available on my Etsy shop.

The canvases were painted and then I added mono printed papers that I did on with my Gelliplate.  I used newsprint paper, which is a nice thickness but does have a grey tint.

Here is another collage that I finished

What I have learned from this weeks worth of collage studies...I need more Gelli printed papers in lots of colors.  I think next weeks projects is to just do mono prints in lots of colors, of course on all sorts of papers to figure out which ones work the best.  So next time I will share a bunch of painted papers.

Go get creative! - Judy

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Last week's project...conquer the BIG canvas fear

Conquer  the big canvas fear!
Actually I worked on two of my fears last week...big canvas and testing fibers on canvas.

First let me talk about my fear of big canvases.  I have tried doing larger canvases and have hated them and they sit in my closet waiting to be be painted over.  Generally I like to do small works from 3" - 12".  the are nice doable sizes and usually on paper, not canvas.  But if I do a canvas it is small also.  Ok, so I like painting on paper because easy to ship on my Etsy shop and if the don't come out as I like they can go into my scrap box for the one day when I conquer my collage fear (coming soon!)

Canvases on the other side, I am really scared to mess them up.  But this week I went decided to just do it.  So here is my canvas.

I prefer the vertical position, but wanted to show up the horizontal too.  I have a hidden signature so it can be hung either way.

So let's talk about size!!  24" x 12", ok as I type that size it sounds small, but it is much larger than my comfort zone.  As you can see in the next photo, it takes up my whole photo light box!

Now I need to talk about my second fear/challenge...adding fibers to canvas.  A long time ago, about 11yrs ago I had this dream or desire to create works of art that encompassed me.  What do I mean me?  Well I have tried every so many things like stamping, scrapbooking, beading, sewing, quilting, embroidery, fiber art, and painting.  I knew back them I wanted to create art that incorporated all my skills into one piece.  But, when I told friends they would look at me weird and ask what would you do with it?  Funny thing I heard about mixed media back then, but much of what I was seeing was vintage or grunge, neither was where I wanted to go.  I knew it would be abstract and textured.  Somehow, this week I feel I am getting closer.  Those darn baby steps take so long to get up to running.  In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this wild, bumpy, crazy ride.

So, take some time to look at some of these yummy textures....

Alright, I have to admit I did enjoy doing that larger of a canvas once it was finished.  In fact today it was hard to go back to the smaller ones for my next project.  This next week I am going to conquer my fear of collage.

See you on my next adventure.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Whew! 3 months since I posted!

What have I been doing!  I had no idea that it had been so long since I updated the blog. Some days I feel there is not enough hours in the day.

So since I have last posted...my daughter had surgery, my senior dog got sick, hubby went into the hospital and I have been trying to keep up some sort of normal by doing daily paintings and daily walking.  Most days I don't sit down until 8pm!

Here is the good news, I got published in Sew Somerset.  It has taken some time for the publication to come out.  But for all the nay-sayers about Etsy, the magazine found me on Etsy and asked me to to send in some of my work.  I sent in 5 different fiber art pieces and they are all being published!  Very exciting.

I have not received my free copy and my artwork back yet, but I did find this on the shelf at Barnes & Noble.  I think the lady next to me thought I was a little strange to be taking a picture of the magazine on the shelf.

My article is on pages 56-59.

There is a little bonus on page 137 too.

Although right now I am not working too much with the fiber, I still have some on my Etsy shop.

I will try harder to update this blog, but you are more than welcome to follow me on Instagram https://instagram.com/judy_applegarth/ to see what I am working on daily.


Friday, February 13, 2015

Weekly recap...

Can I say there has been so much going on this week?  I could write a huge list, but I won't.  I did the artist event last week-end which was quite fun.  Hanging with other artists was nice and I didn't feel like I didn't fit in.  I have done craft fairs and I don't usually fit in, but this time people got me.

So this post is to recap this week since I didn't get a chance to write.

Event was worth it and I felt fearless, so check!  I achieved my goal and sold a little at the same time.  But while that was going on I got 3 special orders on my Etsy and my Facebook page...yeah!

Then the really BIG news came in via email.  I got 1 email that said they want to publish my work and have me write a featured article. WHAT!?!  Yeah, happy dance....re-read the email on Monday and in fact I am writing TWO featured articles on two different items.  Oh my...it didn't stop there because I got another email that one of my smaller items will also be in the readers gallery in the back of the magazine also and they need a blurb on that too.  So I guess I know what I will be working on this next week.  I can't wait to share with you what magazine, but it comes out June 2015.  I will keep you posted.

So I will share with you my new wearable art pendants that I have been painting this past week.  Let's just say I am taking the mini painting to an extreme.  I have a bunch to be added to my Etsy shop each day, but if you want one in a certain color please contact me at scrampalot@gmail.com

With all this good news, it has been a very stressful week.  My daughter is getting ready for her brain and spinal surgery on the 20th.  So to get her ready for them to shave her head for surgery,  we decided to thin out her hair a bit.

I think it looks great and we do know they will be shaving a stripe down the back of her head but I'm sure we can work with it.  That was an emotional day of cutting off her hair, shaving it and accepting that it is really going to happen.  But she was a trooper with all the pre-op testing.

Overall the week came with some joys and some tears.  May you have a wonderful week-end.  I think we are going to be low key this week-end.


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Busy in the studio

I am so flipping busy right now and I am not sure what to do next.  It is a good thing that my Etsy shop and my Society6 shop is seeing a lot of traffic and I feel so blessed. So lots of hearts go out to my online community!

So part of that commitment to living fearless this year is putting myself and my art out there.  Taking some chances, risk rejections and gain more insight.  Here is my first step of being fearless, I decided at the last minute to do a show this week-end.   I am embracing that fear and say "what did I get myself into this?" "Do I have enough stuff for this show?" "Am I good enough?" "What are the other artists going to think of me or my art?" "Am I too crafty and not enough art?"  OK...wouldn't you liked to be in my head??? LOL.  Needless to say, I am a chicken with her head cut off at this moment.

Here is where it is.

Here are a few things you will see at the show.

Pendants!  Lots of hand painted pendants.

 A little bit of fiber art!

And a few new painted pieces!

  If you are local stop on by, if you aren't there will be new items on both my Etsy and my Society6 shop next week.

Have a wonderful week-end and see you on Monday! - Judy

Thursday, January 29, 2015

What does living fearless mean?

This is a good question.  Living fearless means many things, I guess it depends on who you are.  I don't see me doing anything wild and crazy like skydiving or putting myself in harm.  Living fearless for me this year is going to be about putting myself out there, taking a few more risks, and believing in myself.  I know there will be many people who like and dislike my art or how I do things but this is me.

Here is what I created from my journal page:

I created a print from my first journal page for this year.  Don't think my hubby will mind a little purple in our teal bedroom, do you?.  But I think having a visual for me will be helpful to see each day.

Actually, my #Society6 shop is awesome in creating fun stuff that I can get a mug or a pillow as my daily reminder!  Silly girl.

The decision will be hard as to which to get.

But here is my first step my sharing 1 side of my 2 page layout of my journal page, putting it out the publicly and trying to be fearless one baby step at a time.

You can join me! - Judy

Friday, January 23, 2015

Let's get real.

Today I want to share facts about me.  Yes, it is my birthday but there are many things about me that might surprise those who are close and some of you may know a few of them.

So here goes...

1.)  Art journals scare me.  Something about putting my art/doodles/thoughts in a book seems so permanent.  I start drawing and I want to tear out the pages!  Maybe I can get rid of that perfectionist one day. 

2.)  Although art journals scare me I seem to keep buying them.  Not sure how many I have laying around the house but I found 5 yesterday!  I have now designated a drawer for all lost journals to go and then I can get real about my collection. 

3.)  Here is an odd tidbit about myself, is I hold two titles, Miss Connecticut and Miss New England.  I won't disclose the years, but I was a competitive bodybuilder for many years.

Which goes to 4.) I was a trainer, and worked with many people helping them get ready for bodybuilding competitions.  Maybe that is why I feel crappy when I see they extra pounds I carry around. Doesn't everyone wish they could loose that last 10lbs? 

5.)  I was a single mother for 11yrs.  I think that was the best time of my life because Jessi was a great kid.  I discovered that I was a strong person who did not need a man in my life to make me complete. 

6.)  While being the single mom, I went back to college and got my degree in criminal justice and a paralegal certificate.  My interest in law might have come from my first husband who was a police officer. 

7.)  I lived most of my life in Alaska (35yrs), with time in CA, CT and now NV. 

8.)  I am addicted to Diet Pepsi.  This is my morning drink, I don't like the smell or taste of coffee.  Maybe one day I will replace my Pepsi for tea. 

9.)  I love pens and markers, Sharpies, Flair, Copics, Prisma, Micron, Tombow, PITT, and my go to Molotow pens.  You name it I probably have some.  In fact I have two 12x12 bins full.

10.)  Today I am fifty...I really don't like people to know my age but now you know and it is out.

So in honor of my dreaded birthday, I like birthdays, but not this number 50, I an going to get real about it.  It is national handwriting day and my 50th, I am pulling out my journal and make art/doodles/journal this whole year.  I want to live this year fearless as I might miss a great opportunity.  I might share some of the pages as that is one of my fears of not being perfect.

Go get real.  No more blank pages.  Embrace your handwriting.  Live fearless.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Monday Painting

Today I took some time to spend with my family and we went to the movies.  I felt we needed a good laugh, so I chose the Wedding Ringer.  A very funny movie and it was nice that the theatre was some what bare.  I would guess maybe 30 people, which is good because a few times I was a little loud.

Even with time away from the studio I managed to get a mini painted and have a few more prepped for future painting.  Today's painting was a little different than what I have been doing, still abstract but this time some definite lines that almost reminds you floral or foliage.

This mini has been added to my Etsy shop and it come with an easel to display it.

I love how these look on my desk, mantel and book shelf.  My little addiction.

I hope you will join me on this little addiction and visit my Etsy shop.

Happy Monday and remember today is National Popcorn Day!



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