2014 was the lost year. Seriously, I can honestly tell you I don’t have a record of most of what I did outside of my day job. To combat that this year, I’m leveraging an idea I’ve seen several other places, including Stampington’s Resolutions blog post, to create an “accomplishments” jar. When I do something that is on my annual goals list, something big from my to do list, or something creatively fulfilling, I’m going to write it on a slip of paper (already have cut up a stack), date it and put it in my jar. That way, at the end of the year, I will have a way to know WHAT I actually did this year.
One of my goals for this year, as it was for last year, is to post more. I failed miserably at that last year, part of the “lost” items for last year, but am trying again this year. I have a few things that I do remember from last year that I never shared. The first Art-Xscape was a success. I’m hopefully close to solid dates for the next one. My beloved Marigold went across the rainbow bridge to wait for me. The 4th All Dolls Are Art went in the books and the 5th is open for registration. I went to Barcelona for work. I adopted two rescue kittens. I participated in the 2nd annual ATX Artisans Etsy Local market. I opened a new Etsy shop! So, I have a lot of catching up to do with you here.
First, I’d like to introduce my new girls, not so little now, Calla (the calico) and Cookie (the Siamese). They are sisters, and soon will be 7 months old. They are sweet and funny and definitely brought a blast of sunshine into my life. Calla is the innocently ornery fearless one. Cookie is the vocal lover when she wants to be and is more timid than her sister. They think I’m a softer, louder, more fragile cat tree.
Second, I’d like to introduce my new Etsy shop: AnLiNa Mixed Media by AnLiNa Designs. I have put a lot of my new work there and will be transitioning my art dolls there are they expire on my first Etsy shop. AnLiNa Designs will remain where I stock my hand-dyed velvet, rayon, cotton and trims. I’ll be adding digital collage and paper packs in the future. (speaking of the ornery fearless one, she’s in front of my screen trying to play with the cursor!).
Last, I’ve been spending more time in my art journals lately. Yes, that is journals, plural. I’ve given up on just working in one. I have one that I’m chronicalling my life and thoughts in and another that I’ve gelli printed in. The third is my painting journal. I’ve not gotten very far with it yet, but after spending lots of time online looking at art journalling videos, I broke it in this week. Here are two spreads, not so well documented in stages as I took some of the in process photos on my cell phone and some with the camera. This is definitely not my usual style, but I like it.
This is the second or third layer on the 2-page spread. I started with Dylusions spray inks through stencils, then FW inks dripped and spread around the page. Then a charcoal pencil and Caran Dache Neo Color 2 crayons. Paint and more marks with black FW ink. Matte medium over the crayons and to glue two news paper circles down. More paint.
This has lever layers of paint on top, white on both sides, an orange on the left outside the bird (which I didn’t like once I got it down, so more white). Then I started stencilling, painting, drawing with FW ink and a skewer and just kept going.
I think this is the finished spread, but I could change my mind still.
“Be There” scanned in to my laptop.
And “Flowers”, also scanned in. Very subdued color palette, which is not my usual style, but I’m pretty happy with it.