Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Two Friends Favorite Blog Posts Series

I have the honor today to be featured on Marjie Kemper's blog as a part of her series called "Two Friends Favorite Blog Posts".  I'll be there alongside the very talented Kaz Hall.  Just click HERE to read the article.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hugs~ Renee

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Chocolate Tag for Imagine

One of  the themes on the Imagine blog for this month is "Chocolate".  I made a chocolate tag with all types of chocolate in mind...white, dark, milk chocolate, the list goes on and on.  Check it out on the Imagine blog for instructions and a supply list.

Thanks for stopping by ~ hugs ~ Renee

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Zentangle, Mixed Media and Apple Picking in New England

I just got home from spending a glorious 2 weeks in New England.

  My husband and I moved to Bolton, Massachusetts in 2001. Neither of us had ever lived in a cold climate like that, what a change from Southern California!  After 14 years of shoveling snow my husband finally cried "uncle" and we moved to the warmer weather of South Carolina 2 years ago.

We made friends in Mass. that are more like family than anything.  One young couple has been like our own kids for many years and their daughter calls us Nene and Papa.  At nine Lanie is still trying to figure out who we are.  (lol)  They needed a babysitter for 2 weeks so off we went.  September is my favorite month in N.E., no complaints here.

The two weeks were filled with playing mommy, fixing school lunches, bus drop off and pick ups, laundry, cooking, blah blah blah.  I did manage to visit tons of old friends, go to see the Phantom of the Opera at the Boston Opera House, teach two Zentangle classes and also teach a little Mixed Media in my spare time.  Oh, and apple picking!  Apple picking just means pie baking to me, with the freshest, most delicious apples in the world.  Last year I kept moaning about the apples here not tasting as good so a friend in Mass. went out, picked apples, filled a box and shipped them to me.  You would've thought someone gave me a box of diamonds!  I made 5 pies and froze most of them for later.  That should give you an indication of the nature of the folks there, they are as sweet as their apples.

I wanted to give you a little background story before sharing these photos.  The awesomeness of Zentangle, my Mixed Media portrait technique conquered by another 12 year old newbie, and the beautiful countryside of Massachusetts showcasing the apples from my old stomping grounds.

Drawing faces with a Jane Davenport stencil and Distress Crayons

With this technique I can teach anyone to draw a face they're delighted with

Taking an hour walk through the countryside, the leaves haven't changed yet

My favorite place to pick apples

When you buy your bag you get a map of the orchard telling you which apples are which, go to the flag to pick designated trees marked with ribbons

This is a nice one!

These were delicious too

A close up showing the beauty of apples!

This bag doesn't look like much but it is a 1/2 bushel bag (translation 20 or more pounds of apples) that I paid $35.00 for and then filled with a variety of apples.  My friend, Lisa, and I spent about 2 hours picking apples in 90 degree weather.  It was unusually warm in Mass. for September.  I was expecting cooler temps. It took both of us to carry the bag back to the car.  No matter, I went back to the house and baked a couple of beautiful pies.  I shipped the rest of the apples home to myself, let's hope they are not applesauce by the time they arrive.

I did manage to teach two Zentangle sessions.  One was at a Montessori type school with children ranging in ages from 5 to 15.  I didn't expect much interest but ended up with 15 students.  The teacher said in 5 years he'd never heard a silence like that
 for such a long period of time.  The second class was a mommy and me type class, here's a sample of that group's work.  I believe the 4 year old's tile is the one in the center.  Not bad for a bunch of newbies!  This was the first time for most of them to do Zentangle.  It's hard to believe that everyone is doing the same pattern at the same time and yet the results are so different.

It was a delightful visit for all of us.  I think Lanie was happy to have just mommy and daddy with her after those strict "pretend" grandparents finally left.  I must admit I forgot how hard it is to raise children.  The tight scheduling, baths, hair washing, homework, etc. keeps one so busy there is barely time for much else.  I'm happy to be home and back in my studio.  Just hoping those apples get here intact tomorrow.  

Thanks for stopping by!

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P.S.  Just a side note, I have an apple pie recipe on the blog a few years back if you need a recipe for pie dough and apple filling, you might want to try it, it is easy and good.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Using Delicata inks as water colors

Have you tried using inks for water colored projects yet?  As a project on the Imagine blog today I share a technique you can use to do just that.

This technique is not only fun but also shows different ways to use your inks to get unique results. The end product is a one of a kind gift tag or a card.

I love to encourage everyone to use up their stashed products, don't let them just sit there and dry out. I hope you'll take time to create something that's out of your comfort zone today.

Hugs, Renee

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Every art journal needs its own special cover

Today on the Imagine blog I'm sharing an art journal cover made using the new Delicata inks.  Check it out when you have a moment.

I used one of Frank Garcia's beautiful frames as the focal point and then just layered it with tons of decorative metal ephemera.  The complete supply list and tutorial can be found on the Imagine blog.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Hugs ~ Renee

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A little artistic relief after Hurricane Irma

After all the Hurricane Irma drama during the past week and a half I needed a little TLC today.  It came in the form of the latest Art Journaling magazine, the fall issue.  Last year I posted some fun portraits I had created using Distress Crayons and stencils.  I ended up binding them together and sent them into Stampington for possible publication.  Well, guess what?  They were published in an article entitled "My Imaginary Friends" and I'm really delighted.  This is what the cover looks like, it  will be available on October 1, 2017.

The artwork of the amazing artist Pam Carriker is featured on the cover

My article is found on page 42.

Thanks for allowing me to share my joy with you even though all of us feel overwhelmed by all the sadness and despair not only in Florida but also Texas and the Caribbean right now.  My thoughts and prayers are with the thousands that have been displaced and suffered loss.

Sending big cyber hugs to you all and thank so many that checked up on me to make sure we were safe and sound here in South Carolina.  I want you to know I appreciated your concern!

xoxoxo - Renee

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Check out these Rose Gold tags!

I apologize for my long silence.  This week I had all kinds of plans to create but have been obsessed with preparing for a possible direct hit from Hurricane Irma.   We won't know the exact extent of the effects of Irma that will be felt here in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina until later this week end but at least it won't be the Category 5 earlier predicted, it might just be a tropical storm.  My heart goes out to all those who are suffering in the wake of this frightening disaster!

On a happier note, I do have some tags to share using the newly released Delicata ink in Rose Gold. They will be featured on the Imagine blog today.   I also used Dina Wakley masks and stamps with the Rose Gold, Sapphire Blue, and Emerald Green Delicata inks.  The instructions and product list can be found there, I hope you'll check them out!

Take care, be safe.  ~ hugs ~ Renee