Day 6 of AEDM

For day 6 I decided to visit a WIP.  This past summer I visited AK, a beautiful state.  This trip inspired the creation of one of my wire trees.  I have been trying to decide what to do with it and was just thinking that it would be nice mounted on a piece of wood and a wire business card holder mounted next to it.  I think it would make a nice desk accessory… hmmmm?

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This picture of the tree is in its unfinished state, with a stone I picked up off the beach of Nome AK.

Well, as often happens with me, I switched gears and ended up with something different than I planned to do.  I didn’t like the wire business card holder(s) I was trying to make.  So, I just played around… bending and twisting the wire.  I figure I can just put them in my stash of embellishments for a future project.  That’s all right, I’m retired and don’t need a holder for business cards anyway!  🙂

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Something more to add to my stash.

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Putterin’…not Postin’

Well, I’m on the 6th day of AEDM.  I’ve been doing art, but not posting the results.  I’m a terrible blogger.  So, I’m just going to put in pictures of my puttering over the past few days.  I’m amazed that so many people come up with great ‘FINISHED’ projects.  Whenever I sit down and try to think of something to do, I draw a blank… no pun intended.  So, I just grab some art supplies that I like, or want to experiment with, and make marks.  What I’m finding is that I am coming up with many WIPs.  However, while puttering, I’m getting ideas for future projects.  I think that my WIPs are going to end up as backgrounds.  That’s okay with me.  I like doing them.

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I just put the date down on paper and doodled around it while watching TV. This is one of my favorite pasttimes.

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Yaaaaaay! I found my Gelli plate. I’ll be working on more background papers as soon as I find my brayer and stencils. (I recently moved all my arts and crafts stuff to the basement, and I haven’t got it all organized yet.)

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Ahhhh. I just love playing with my Derwent Inktense Blocks and my water brush. This is definitely a WIP. I’m thinking I might cut it up in 4×6 pieces and use on greeting cards.

Day 2 of AEDM

Wow!  I can’t believe it is already November 3rd.  I don’t have much time for blog hoppin’ this morning. I’ve got some housekeeping chores to do… and piles of leaves to tackle in my back yard.  I love fall.

Yesterday I dug through my pile of doodles that I keep hidden because they didn’t turn out quite to my liking.  I had decided to work with the Copic Opaque White pigment that I found in my stash the prior day, to see if highlighting some areas would please me more.

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I did some more doodling with my Pigma Brush pen, and then highlighted several areas with the Opaque White.  I’m beginning to like it better, but I’m going to set it aside and ponder on it some more.  Perhaps I’ll come back to this WIP some other time during AEDM.

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WIP

 

1st Day of the AEDM Challenge

I have joined several creative challenges while blog hoppin’ but normally don’t follow through. However, I love seeing what others come up with. This is the first time I have joined AEDM and I am already feeling intimidated by the beautiful creations of the talented people who have accepted this challenge.  Although this is the 2nd day of the month, this posting is what I did for AEDM on the first day.  Obviously, my posting will be at least a day late.  Anyway….

I started out making ink blobs with blue, red and yellow Bombay inks. My thought was how you can’t go wrong when you use the primary colors.   I dropped it on my paper and blew on the blobs with a straw (until I almost passed out).  There was still too much ink, so I dabbed it with a paper towel and tried drying the rest with a heat gun.  The results were not to my liking.  My plan was to doodle around the blobs.  This has worked well with me in the  past to get my creative juices flowing.  HA!  This was obviously NOT one of those times.  The blobs were very overwhelming, to say the least.  Oh well… I decided I should just see what I could do with this, and I added a squiggly object on one of the yellow blobs.  Whoa!  I forgot to take a picture of what I started with.  So, I took a picture. Yuck.

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Okay… feeling somewhat crestfallen at my results, I still stumbled on with a Micron 08 Ink pen.  Before long I was totally frustrated with my results so I just made random scribbles around my “art” piece.  BLA HA HA HAAAAA. This was not going well.

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I hated it.  But it was getting late in the evening and I wanted to say I at least was up to the challenge for one day.  So, I rummaged through my art supplies and found a small jar of Copic Opaque White.  Hmmm.  I don’t think I have ever used this.  It looked like it was dried up.  I googled it online to find out what it was used for.  I learned “Opaque white is a white pigment/paint you apply to finished drawings with a paintbrush to add highlights, or “glints” of white. Opaque White is used for corrections too.”  Ah ha!  The last sentence grabbed me.  I stirred up the contents of the jar and brushed and dabbed it on my “doodle.”  Lucky for me, it wasn’t dried out like I first thought.  I wasn’t happy with my picture but I think I have a new favorite medium for use in future endeavors!

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After that I just fooled around with a Bic permanent marker, and finally gave up on the idea that I was going to have a masterpiece.  This is going to go in my pile of paintings that I can gesso over for future projects.

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Yuck!

Normally I would not show stuff like this, but I needed proof (if only for myself)  that I did create something on the first day of AEDM. And now I’m thinking ahead at how I can use the Copic Opaque White.  Maybe I will come up with something for the second day of the challenge.  Like, I wonder if the Opaque White would work in the new FineLine applicator bottle I just bought.  Hmmm.

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Already the creative juices are swirling around in my head. Stay tuned to see how I use these on my next endeavor.