Monday, March 28, 2011

Outta town.

Sorry, no postings this week yet, I've been out of town.
Later.
xoxo
k

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The charms are on their way!!

I finished all 30 charms for "Art & Soul". I noticed that every time I paint, I use my hand as a place to wipe off extra paint. My hand takes on some very interesting colors!

Here they are, all 29 (plus one extra) that are going to be packaged up and sent out tomorrow.

I love the colors. There may be something for everyone.

I even sent one extra, because there were 2 charms that I didn't like. I figured that at least one of the 29 girls won't end up making any, so there will be extras.

This is an extreme close up of one charm. I love her sweet face.
Can't wait, can't wait, can't wait!!
xoxo
karen

Oh my gosh! I think I'm hooked!

I saw this idea on a web site. I LOVE it! I bought this brass, pocket watch back, in Mount Dora. I knew I wanted to try this stamping. My plan is to make a charm necklace with old, odd pieces of jewelry that I've collected over the years. I think the stamping turned out well.

This piece was missing something. Before I attach it to the necklace, I needed to make something to put into the cone part. See the picture below for what I came up with.

People that come to my house always comment on the number of bird nest's I have collected. I love them. A home of 'organized chaos'. I thought the tiny bird nest would look cute. I really like the way it turned out.

I doubt I will make too many of these but I like the idea of being able to personalize jewelry. I also like finding a home for all my weird pendants I collected over the years. We will see if I ever wear it!

A new breed of horse???

Let me start by apologizing for my pictures. I took them off of my computer screen. The reason I've posted these is because I've never (ever) heard of this breed. They are called "Gypsy Vanner".


As a kid I fantasised about owning a horse like this.

The horse breed was started in 1996 and they have just recently started importing them.

The breed is distinguished by their long, thick manes and the "feathers" on their legs.

Wow, I'm hooked. We always had Quarter Horses. They are magnificent also, but not as wild looking as the Gypsy Vanner.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Happy St. Patricks Day!!


Don't forget to wear a little green!

St. Patty's day. Thursday, March 17th, 2011
Photo by: Tracy Raver and Kelley Ryden

Monday, March 14, 2011

Charm swap

The end of April is "Art & Soul", a wonderful week of learning new art techniques. I CANT WAIT!!! This year they're having a charm swap. A group of 29 attendees make charms (29 charms a piece) and when we arrive we all get one from each of the artist!

I started on mine this weekend. I didn't know what to make so I fell back on good old polymer clay. I'm looking forward to meeting all these great people. What fun!!!
xoxo
karen

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sorry, nada...

No posting this week available yet... I was at a funeral most of the day and haven't had the energy to post. Hopefully I will post tomorrow.
:(
karen

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Gotta love Anthropologie!

Last week we were in 'Anthropologie'. Such a cool store, but it's not the clothes, books or home decor that I love... it's the in-store displays.
Check out what they did with old paint brushes!
How cool would this be in your art studio as a hat rack or hanger for something?

So, OK, they were fake old brushes but don't we all have old paintbrushes laying around? If not, Home Depot and Sherwin William's sell these for only a couple of dollars a piece. What a fun project.

The above and below photos were just "vignettes" in corners of the store.
I LOVE THIS PLACE!!!!


Just awesome.
xo
k

Yellow Journal is back!

Four friends decided to participate in a journal swap.
The parameters were: The owner of each journal had to find a journal, paint the front and back cover and send it off to the next friend, who in turn had done the same. The only limitation was you had to work within the artist chosen color. We did this many years ago. My sister was 'Yellow', I was 'DARK Red', Kim was 'Blue' and her sister Kelly was 'Black and White'.

I just received 'Yellow' in the mail once again! After many years, my sis and I decided to work in each others journals once again.

These are some of the journal pages from many years ago, from the pages of 'Yellow'.

Maybe Kim and Kel will want to get in on this again!!


'Yellow' is continued in the next post....

Yellow Journal is back part 2!

So many different forms of art!

I'm working on what is called scribble art so I decided to do scribble art in 'Yellow' this week. The above quote was by Ringo Starr. I used it on the opposite page of my yellow octopus. Along with a paragraph from the song "Octopus's Garden"

You run random swirls of paint on the page and let the design dictate what the picture will become. When I finished my swirlys, it was obvious it was going to be an Octopus.
Scribble art is taught by Carla Sonheim. Her book is called:
"Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists"


This is the back of the journal.
My sis is a genius. I love what she does. Actually, I love what we all did. It was a riot!
xoxo
karen