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Showing posts with label artists. Show all posts
Showing posts with label artists. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Round Robin Art Journal

I've participated in many internet art swaps over the years, but I have never participated in a Round Robin swap....until now.  I'm participating in my first ever art journal swap!  (Actually - this makes two firsts for me  as I've never made an art journal before.)  Needless to say, I've been spending many hours on Pinterest looking at art journal ideas.  (I love that site!)  This also presents a great opportunity to put my Zutter-Bind-It-All to work.  I just "had" to have one of these nifty little machines when they first appeared at the local craft store a couple of years ago.  I ended up receiving it as a Christmas gift that year and am now using it for the first time.  Oh, well, better late than never, right?

One of my artist friends on Facebook organized the event; there are 10 people participating.  Everyone in our Round Robin group begins by putting their journal together and deciding on individual themes.  Each person starts the process by decorating the first part of their journal.  The journals are then sent to each person in the group following a mailing list. Everyone will work on each journal sent to them and then send it to the next person until the journal has returned back home to its owner. So...in 11 months, my journal will be returned to me - fully decorated!

The theme of my journal is "In the Kitchen".   Here is a picture of the cover:

And here are the first pages inside of the journal:

I'm looking forward to seeing what the other artists contribute to my little book, as well as what themes they have each decided on for their own journals.  I'll be sure to share my contributions with you each month during this little artistic journey.   It's going to be one awesome little adventure!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Industrial Chic Blog Hop

I'm thrilled to tell you I am participating in the in Susan Lenart Kazmer's Industrial Chic Blog Hop event set for July!

A couple of days ago, I received my box of Industrial Chic goodies to include into my creations.  Here they are:

Stay tuned to see what designs I have created with this little treasure trove of goodies!

The July blog hop runs from July 6th to July 14th.  Be sure to stop by and visit the other artists blog sites and check out their designs:

July 6th - Ken Oliver  http://vertigographic.com/TurnHeads/projects-and-blog/

July 7th - Vicki O'Dell  http://www.vickiodell.com/

July 8th - Cindy Cima Edwards  http://www.cindycima.com/

July 9th - Elena Lai Etcheverry  http://thetravelingprincess.blogspot.com/

July 10th - Jen Osborn  http://www.themessynest.com/

July 11th - ME!  (Wanda Eash)

July 12th - Terri O  http://www.supersimplewithterrio.com/

July 13th - Susan Weckesser  http://mysweetearth.blogspot.com/

July 14th - Tracy Weinzapfel  http://www.tracywburgos.typepad.com/

The fun continues in August with ANOTHER Blog Hop for Industrial Chic.  Here are the artists participating in the August Blog Hop:

August 10th -  Barbe St. John   http://barbesaintjohn.blogspot.com/

August 11th -  Cheryl Bodkins Waters   http://blog.artsyfindings.com/

August 12th -  Cindi Bisson   http://fatcatcreations.blogspot.com/

August 13th -  Gretchen McHale  http://readingartworks.com/beta/?page_id=964

August 14th -  Jenny Barnet Rohrs  http://www.crafttestdummies.com/

August 15th -  Kari McKnight  http://backporchartessa.blogspot.com/

August 16th -  Lindsay Obermeyer  http://loops.typepad.com/

August 17th -  Seth Apter  http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/

August 18th-   Suze Weinberg  http://suzeweinberg.typepad.com/

August 19th -  Tami Bayer  http://www.tamibayer.com/

August 20th -  Theresa Cifali  http://theresacifali.com/

August 21st -  Tracie Stivers Lampe  http://www.radicalrecycks.com/BlogRetrieve.aspx?BlogID=7528

August 22nd -  Traci Bautista  http://kollaj.typepad.com/

August 23rd -  Jen Crossley  http://amarkintime.blogspot.com/

August 24th -   Eileen Hull  http://www.eileenhull.blogspot.com/

August 25th -   Pam Carriker  http://pamcarriker.com/blog/

August 26th -  Sandy Martin  http://sweetpeajewelry1.blogspot.com/

See you in a few days with my designs!  :)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Bella LuElla - New Boutique in Town!

My jewelry designs are carried in several boutiques and gift shops around the United States, and as of 6/1/12, they are being carried right here in my neck of the woods in beautiful Northwest Arkansas at Bella LuElla!    Bella LuElla is an eclectic shop that is located in the same neighborhood as our newest art museum, Crystal Bridges.  I'm thrilled about this for two reasons: 1) it's the first shop in the area to carry my designs and, 2) this is a brand new shop that carries artwork and designs from local artists in addition to vintage, collectible art and books.

Bella LuElla

Bella LuElla is the brainchild of owner, Cynthia Morshedi.  Cynthia was a designer by profession for many years, but she's always had a love of the arts and of creating, in general.  After doing some serious soul searching, she decided to set up shop in Northwest Arkansas in order to help promote the arts in our area.  And, Bella LuElla was born.

Bella LuElla is a charming shop set up in a vintage 1880's house.  It consists of several rooms which are set up by theme.  For example, one room houses jewelry, accessories and handmade soap products.  Another room houses shabby chic and feminine pretties such as tutu's, fabric hair flowers, and little stuffed animals.  (My handmade mini vintage hankie quilts are also displayed in this room.)  Cynthia is planning to have a grand opening/reception in the near future.  She also is planning to offer classes which will be taught by local artists.

If you are in the area, please take a moment to stop by and visit Bella LuElla. They are located at 1006 SW "A" Street, Bentonville, Arkansas, telephone (479) 644-8483.  You can also check out their Facebook Page and blog.  In the meantime, take a look at the pictures below for a sampling of what this fantastic little shop has to offer.  Hope to see you there!

Handmade body products by Marilyn Payne (they smell yummy!)
Some of my jewelry creations!
Vintage hankie quilts made by yours truly. :)

Jazzy accessories.

Vintage books and collectible, rare art.
Something for baby (the crochet hats were made by Sandy Krout - are these adorable, or what??)

Resin cross necklaces made by me :)

More lovely goodies for the girly-girls out there. (The feather earrings were made by made daughter-in-law, Hailey Rocko.)
Gorgeous flower accessories made by Cynthia Morshedi.

Crystal rosaries made by my daughter, Brianna Rocko.

Bejeweled cell phone bags made by Bobbi Gray.

Artwork by Laura Hopkins (I LOVE the shoe art!)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Youth Bridge Almost Van Gogh Fundraiser Art Challenge

Youth Bridge is a non-profit agency in Arkansas that serves youths and their families in the areas of neglect, abuse, addiction, homelessness, mental health issues and behavioral problems.  When my son told me about Youth Bridge's annual art fundraiser and auction- "Almost Van Gogh" - I couldn't resist the challenge of participating in this very worthwhile event.  This year's event focuses on the importance of art therapy.  As one who regularly makes art as a way of "de-stressing" from everyday life and it's issues, I can totally attest to the value of art therapy.

This challenge invites local artists to create their own version of a Van Gogh, or paint something in the style of Van Gogh.  Each participant is given 3 colors of paint (my colors are black, white and red), 2 paint brushes and a 14" x 18" canvas to work with.  Artists can use any other products (not paint) to color and decorate their art.

I decided to make my version of Van Gogh's Poppies.  I painted the background with a mixture of white paint, alcohol ink and heavy gel medium to achieve texture.  I then used punchinella (sequin waste ribbon) as a stencil and sponged red highlights over the background.  Colorful scrapbook paper was cut into little squares for the mosaic-style table and vase.  Pretty silk purple poppies, leaves and filler flowers were used to complete the design.  Last, but certainly not least, I used a touch a red and black paint and glitter glue to add highlights to the bouquet.

I am looking forward to attending the "Almost Van Gogh" event this year and seeing how other artists rose to the challenge of creating art with a limited base of materials.  The event takes place on Saturday, June 23, 2012.  Stay tuned for an update of this fabulous and worthwhile event after that time. :)

Monday, December 6, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways at The Hive Starting Today!

Hey, everyone, if you have not yet already checked out the social networking site for artists and crafters known as "The Hive", now is a great time to do so.  Beginning today, The Hive is having it's 12 Days of Christmas giveaway.  Several vendors have donated cool prizes for the giveaway, including gift certificates, handmade ornaments, jewelry and more!  I've donated 2 gift certificates from my Two Crafty Mules EBay store, an Our Lady of Mount Carmel pendant and a retro glass bauble Christmas bracelet for the big event.


Be sure to stop by and enter each day to win that day's prize(s).   Good luck and have a very Happy 12 Days of Christmas!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Art Circus has FINALLY Been Released - Yay!

My dear artist friend, Lisa Kettell, has a new book on the market titled, "Art Circus, Techniques for Journals, Paper Dolls, Art Cards, and Assemblages." Lisa is a wonderful artist - her designs are full of magical whimsy sure to inspire creativity in others.

Lisa's book also features artwork from several guest artists, including: Gina Smith, Eileen Grobeck, Jennifer Hayslip, Lori Karla, Debrina Pratt, Izabella Pierce, Laurie Duncan, Marla Tomlinson, Amanda Howard, Ann-Denise Anderson, Alejandra Pliegro, Sandra Koterba and....ME!!! (WHOO HOO!) I know many of these fabulous artists from Flickr and other internet groups. Their artwork really is eye candy for the soul. I think you will agree once you check out the book.

Art Circus was originally scheduled for release on 2/1/09, but I received notification that Amazon.com shipped copies that I ordered for gifts yesterday. A few weeks ago, Lisa had informed us that pre-sales for the book were doing so well that the publisher (Quarry Books) decided to release the book a month early. I live in a small town and we aren't normally first on the list when it comes to receiving new things. That includes books. I think I've worn down the carpet in my local Barnes and Noble looking for Art Circus there. Oh, well, maybe my publisher's copy of the book will arrive any day now. I'm anxiously awaiting its arrival; it definitely gives me something to look forward to over the next few days.
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