I have been remiss in keeping my blog up to date but I've been using my time arting. I saw handmade tiered trays on Pinterest and had to make one. I always needs more storage and having art supplies visable, reminds me that I have them and now I can put them to use.
I signed up for Tam's Radical Wellness online class for a couple of reasons. The first being that I love Tam's classes. They are always full of insight, details, instructions, and videos that can be downloaded and saved on my computer. If you ever need guidance, Tam is just a click away and will assist you anyway she can. I don't know how she keeps everything straight and keeps her sense of humor with a husband, small kiddos, and her classes which have generated a huge following.
The second reason I signed up, is because my health sucks. Willpower=zero. Eating too much crap=100%. Exercise=minimal. When I retired, I was doing in-home yoga for almost a year and then I woke up lazy. I am now slowly getting back into it by meditating each morning and then doing the sunrise salutation poses. My bum knee (I twisted it while walking Winston...see exercise is bad for my health) still gives me problems but I'm working around it.
Tam suggested we dedicate a journal to the wellness class. The majority of my journals have spiral bindings. I do have journals that I've made but haven't used them. You know. The fear of ruining it paralyzes me but that's a different story. I decided to make my journal so I can spread the artwork across pages if I want to.
I used 18" X 24" (140 lb) watercolor paper and tore each sheet in half. Then using a full size (parent) sheet of bright handmade paper aka I have been hoarding this paper, I cut it down to size for the cover. Using a simple 5-hole pamphlet stitch and waxed linen thread to match the cover, I stitched it up.
It was very easy to make. You can google 5 hole pamphlet stitch and you'll find tons of tutorials. Here's one to get you started 5-hole pamphlet stitch tutorial
Here's my journal. It is ready for Tam's class which begins May 20th. I just noticed, that the cover of my journal matches the border around her welcome packet. Its karma!!
I used to be pretty consistant about keeping up with my blog but alas, it is feeling ignored. I have been busy doing this and that and more of that than this.
I've also been busy driving up to Reno frequently to visit my niece who is attending UNR (University of Nevada Reno). Hard to believe, she will be 19 on Monday.
The car has been detailed and the gas tank is full and the taxes have been paid. All I need to do is rest up before I hang out with 9 college students and celebrate her birthday. Where do they get all that energy?
Its a new year and I signed up for Tam's 2013 Life Book class. Our first assignment was to draw our Fairy Art Mother (or Father). She will watch over us during the year and give us encouragement and support. She is our own personal cheer leader. I wrote out a few doubts and Fairy Art Mother provided her loving words in the bubbles. I decided to make the tree using one of the lessons in the 2012 class and her bubbles will rest on the branches. I need to come up with a name for Fairy Art Mother 'cause there are too many words to type! lol
Even though, Life Book 2013 has started, I'm still doing some catch-up with the 2012 class. This drawing is for Week 46 and the theme for the month of November was on celebrating the changes we made over the year. I'm still pondering changes I did or did not made!
I'm at the point where I can do some shading using a variety of colors however this lesson used only monochromatic colors like white, black, sepia, and grey.
I smudged out the person's initials on the quote. Do you know who she is?