Inspiration Wednesday (in progress) on Friday

wpid-20150612_070646.jpgThe final countdown is on to Summer and so I am running around polishing off all of these details so we can have as smooth as transition as possible. Since the kids are out of school and usually have a few (or more than a few) places to go ¬†and things to do, my daily routines completely shift with theirs. We’ll make it though. We always do.

This week’s project is taking a bit more time because I have to paint a layer, let it dry, paint another layer, spray it with the reactant before it dries, go back and experiment a bit until I’m satisfied with what comes out. It is almost complete, but here it is thus far.

Podcast 9 : Dragon Boats and Gelli Printing.

wpid-20150606_105053.jpgThe podcast opened with some mention of the recent end of the Portland Rose Festival and the wonderful weather we have enjoyed. We have had some amazing weather in the past week or so, but it is getting to the point where it is starting to become too much of a good thing, especially after about¬†11:00 am. I cringe as I write this, but I am looking forward to the cooling down beginning tomorrow. My husband participated in the Dragon Boat Races with his employer’s team. I described them as being sort of like viking boats and canoes, but looking at the picture, I’m thinking they look a bit like a gondola too. A good time was had by the everybody involved, regardless.

wpid-20150608_140728.jpgI have been using my gelli prints as backdrops to my personal art journal while I refine my process. I am having a lot of fun playing with the press, paints and media in the process. My latest discovery has been deli paper, which I can not wait to use in collages. The quote for the week is from Mother Teresa, “Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home.”

Inspiration Wednesday 11

Watercolor and water-based dyes are really big in paper crafting and art right now, so my latest Inspiration Wednesday project proved to be extremely fun and useful.

iwed11It can be done with just about any watercolor type of medium mixed with acrylic paint. I used gelatos and white acrylic paint. The black lines were from a fude pen, but a lot of my brush markers could have rendered the same effect. I mixed a little bit of white paint with glazing medium and added it when the paints were almost dry (before I added the black lines) to soften the colors a bit, but it looked perfectly fine without.

I had so much fun doing this that I can see myself playing with this technique a lot as I find new ways to use it. :)

Podcast 8: Embracing the rain.

For now, the rain has returned to my corner of the Northwest. It came back in a major way. This morning I was awakened by the sound of it pouring on the roof. I was thinking about how much I enjoy the sunshine when I remembered that the rain brings life to all of the trees, flowers, grass and vegetables I enjoy when the skies are clear.

wpid-20150601_131109.jpgMy personal life can be like that, too. This week I have been dealing with a lot of rain in terms of the conflict between my children’s need to test boundaries and my need to maintain sanity. At moments it has been a thunderstorm, but just like the vegetation, we need these episodes to grow and become the people we were created to be. If only it could be done in peace and quiet.

In the podcast I talked about the fun I had with my most recent Inspiration Wednesday Project, which will be featured in tomorrow’s post. The quote of the week is from Georgia O’Keeffe, “The days you work are the best days.” For the most part, I agree.