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My Creative Slump

WINTER DOLDRUMS

 

Time to be real and confess that I’m in the throes of a maddening, creative conundrum. I think it all began just before Christmas.  I spent a week working on pencil dog portraits.  I hadn’t worked in pencil for quite some time, so I found myself pretty nervous.   Finn has a vision problem if you noticed the difference in his eyes. Here are the sweet pooches that I drew that week:

 

 

SAMMY

PEPPER

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FINN

 

The following week I spent a painting on canvases for my amazing grandchildren. I don’t pretend to be much of a painter.   I love to draw, but painting feels out of control to me!  I managed to get them all done but didn’t have any drawing time that week.  Here are the paintings I worked on:

DESARAY AND ALYSSA DECIDED ON LAVENDER AND AQUA FOR THEIR ROOM.  THESE ARE SUCH PRETTY COLORS.

I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT THEY COME UP WITH FOR THEIR BEDROOM DESIGN!

CAMERON IS OUR FOOTBALL PLAYER!

NATE IS OUR VIDEO GAME PLAYER!

LEAH LOVES DISNEY’S FROZEN!

RYDER LOVES DINOSAURS & GUNNER LOVES TRAINS!

Christmas came and went.  It was a lovely day and so much fun!  You should have seen all seven kids unwrapping their gifts at one time.   It was hysterical!  After our festivities were over, I planned to spend plenty of time drawing.  I’m not sure exactly what happened to me, but a couple of weeks went by and I hardly drew at all.  I stayed busy and didn’t worry much about my lack of creativity.  I had signed up for a class that began on January 2 and I thought it would get me back on track.  Here are the only two drawings I did after the holidays:

 

FRAMED TEAPOT WITH GRAPHICS

60’s VINTAGE COUTURE

FRAMED PIECE – VERSION ONE

FRAMED PIECE WITH GRAPHICS – VERSION TWO

PLEASE BE SEATED . . . 

CLASS WILL BEGIN!

Class began and I practically had to force myself to do the exercises.  I really liked the teacher’s style of instructing but I wasn’t really getting into the assignments.  I allowed myself to take off last week and draw in my normal style, medium and subjects that I enjoy.  Slowly but surely, I feel that I’m beginning to work through my creative slump.  I’m so grateful that I’m beginning to feel more like myself!  Here is the last drawing that I worked on:

At least it’s a start!  I know a few other artists who struggle from time to time with similar problems.  I’m curious as to whether any of you ever find yourself unable to do something that you love.  If so, how do you get over your writer’s block, artistic slump or any kind of creative trap?  Let’s encourage one another!

Please leave a comment!

 

 

The Chocolate Extravaganza

The big event is finally here!  Tomorrow The Chocolate Extravaganza will be held at The Barn at Bay Horse Inn, Greenwood, Indiana.  The doors will open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 3:00 p.m.  There will be 38 vendors of various kinds and also a raffle that will include gift items from each vendor!

Here are a few of the items that I’ve been working on recently:

Colored Pencil/Ballpoint Pen Note Cards
Framed Vintage Illlustrations

Ballpoint Pen Illustrated Note Cards

Sorry that my pics are blurry!  I am packed up and hope to see you tomorrow!

Have you begun your Christmas shopping or are you all finished?  If you had to choose one gift, that you are most excited about giving, what would that gift be?

 

 

I’m Crushing on Foil!

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Do you ever find a project on Pinterest that you obsess about; something new and beautiful that you are dying to try?  I tend to have a one-track mind when I find a new art project or craft technique that I want to conquer.

 

LIVING IN THE STICKS HAS IT’S ADVANTAGES BUT NOT ALWAYS!

Living away from stores and shopping doesn’t usually bother me.  That is, until I find something different that I want to dive into and then find I’m missing a major component to create said project.  This dilema leaves me with three solutions;  the first involves driving the winding roads to the next town, the second is shopping online and waiting for my package to arrive and the third is to sweet talk my husband into shopping for the supplies on his way home from work (insert wink)!

None of these options are ideal!  I try my best to come up “Plan B” so I can get my craft on!  The craft I’ve been crushing on is gold foil prints.  Love, love love!

 

NOT ALL PRINTERS ARE CREATED EQUAL

Much to my dismay, I realized s much as I love my Canon Pixma Pro printer for printing my invitations and cards, it wasn’t going to work for this task.  I needed a laser printer that used toner and not ink.  The toner is  necessary to make the foil react and stick.  I couldn’t justify purchasing another printer and I was far too impatient to send my work to a print shop and wait on the laser prints.  Are you beginning to see that I donn’t possess the virtue of patience?

Because I was desperate, I decided an experiment was in order.  I rummaged through my art and craft supplies.  I had already purchased a roll of gold reactive foil and a toner pen.  I didn’t like the tip of the pen and found it clumsy to work with.  It also dried up when I tried to use it the second time.  Ugh!

I had to find something that would activate the foil to stick to the design.  I thought about the different glues I had in my arsenal.  I decided to try a glue by Aleene’s called TACK-IT Over & Over.  This glue remains sticky so I decided to give it a try.  Here’s what happened:

 

A STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL WITH SUPPLIES PICTURED

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  1. I applied the glue lightly to a rubber stamp and then went over it gently with a paint brush to spread the glue evenly over the raised areas.
  2. Next I cut a piece of reactive foil just large enough to cover the area of the stamp and a bit beyond.
  3. I found the horizontal center of my card and placed the rubber stamp on my smooth cardstock.
  4. I pressed down softly on the stamp and then lifted it carefully.  There was a bit of resistance as I lifted the stamp, but I could see the glue was just where it was supposed to be (insert happy dance)!
  5. I placed the foil on top of the glue and gnetly smoothed over the image with my fingertips.  I could see the raised impression of the glue through the foil.
  6. Next I put the cardstock through my laminating machine on the 3 millimeter setting.
  7. Once the cardstock came through my machine, I carefullly peeled the foil away to find a beautiful, shiny gold image!
  8. On the cards below I added a strip of Scor-Tape near the bottom edge of the card.  I placed the tape and smoothed it on the cardstock.  I peeled back the top to expose the sticky top side of the tape.  I placed a sheet of foil over the tape and ran it though the laminating machine.  The foil strip added a nice finishing touch!

HINT:  To throughly clean your rubber stamp, soak a cloth in rubbing alcohol and rub vigorously over the stamp.  You may have to do this a couple of times to remove all the glue.

HINT:  I found the more detailed stamps worked better for me than the smooth stamps using this technique.

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What about you?  Hav you fallen in love with all the foil designs found around the interweb?  Do you have any hints about working with a toner pen or printed toner?  I’d love to hear from you and see your stunning designs!