Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety Jig

For this past week, I have been living out of my travel bags. Celebrating birthdays,time with my grand kids, and visiting my sister…what a great week!
I am home until it is time to celebrate the last July birthday at the end of the month. I will have a craft day with my granddaughter on that day.
Needless to say, I have not produced anything lately. I have, however, done the next best thing. I have benefited by meeting with creative people. My sister, Emma, invited me to go to her Girllustrators meeting. What a treat! These women are a group of very talented, creative, and inspirational artists. I learned so much just by listening to their conversation and seeing the work they shared. They included me in their share time, and they gave me such positive feedback on my work. Be sure to check the Girllustrator site and learn more about each of these women.
Alicia Traveria was also present at the meeting. You can check out her flickr site.
Patrice Barton was the host for this month’s meeting. She shared a journal that she made when she attended a workshop. My sister and I went to Jerry’s Artarama the next day to get the supplies we needed to make our own journal.

We found these cute artist trading cards by Bristol. I cannot wait to start on these trading cards.
Today, I went out and purchased more supplies for my art projects.
My sister made a video to explain how she started her journal.

I also purchased some other goodies for my projects.

Emma told me about a group of poets, Typewriter Rodeo, who attend events and write custom poems about real people.
They use old typewriters to write their custom poems. They have published a book, Typewriter Rodeo.

On pages 154-155, there is a poem written about my sister. Emma had attended the Texas Book Festival, wearing her red wig. She was in total Pig in a Wig character. The poem is entitled, Spare Hair. I love the concept of traveling poets.
Since I am planning to try new things with paint and pen, I had to reorganize my work room and storage. I spent the morning emptying bins, rearranging furniture, and dumping old paint and pens that were no longer working.
I hope to get started on some projects soon.
It was hard leaving my sons, grand kids, and sister; but it sure felt good to sleep in my own bed again…without a cat sleeping at my feet.


P.S.
I miss these family pets.

Peace in the Kingdom…my youngest son’s pets.


Bella
Emma’s sweet dog.

Fabric Book Journal…Almost Done

The last two pages of the fabric book journal are complete and ready to be sewn together.
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My sister likes to take walks with her dog, so I chose one of my favorite quotes for this block:
An earlymorning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” – Henry David Thoreau
I made an applique of her dog. The tree has small yo-yos.
On the second block, I included words our mother always used to tell us: Use your God-given talents.
We would always joke about it, but I guess mom had some good advice after all.
I found a book charm and covered it with a fabric photo of one of my sister’s books from her Pig in a Wig series of five books.
My sister’s name is Emma, but we call her M.
I just noticed that the M charm is twisted in the photo.


Tomorrow, I will make a simple front and back cover.
Then, I will try to put it all together.

Inktober

I was about to shut down the sewing room for the day, when I noticed I had some good remnants from the owl bunting and the journals I had made.
Instead of stuffing them in the bin, I made a journal cover in preparation for Inktober.
In October of 2009, Jake Parker, an artist, started Inktober as a challenge to improve his own skills and drawing habits.
The site provides prompts for drawing, but I don’t stick to this list.
My sister introduced me to Inktober about three years ago, and I enjoy the challenge of drawing everyday.

September has just begun, but I took the opportunity to make the art journal cover today.
I  have always found it fun to draw and doodle, but I never considered myself an artist.
I would get drawing books and hesitate to start, in fear of making a mistake.
My sister, Emma, shared her artist trick.
She said to break in the new book and jump in by just doodling and drawing lines on the first page.
It worked!
I found that this Inktober challenge to draw every day does help to develop drawing habits.
Just another form of expression.
Lots of fun.
I usually get Moleskin books for my drawings, but this time I bought a small art notebook at Wal-mart.


Front Cover/ Same as the Back Cover


I found my set of Prismacolor Black Pens, but some are dry. They have lasted a long time.
It is time to replenish my pen pouch.

Maybe you might want to give Inktober  a try!

Pig in a Wig Book Tote

During my Round Rock weekend, I visited the fabric department in Hobby Lobby.
My attention was drawn to some purple and white polka dot and some multi-colored striped fabric.
Pig in a Wig, a delightful character in books written and illustrated by Emma J. Virjan,
immediately came to mind! #PigInaWigBooks

I made these two child-sized book totes the other day, but I did not post because I wanted to surprise my sister, Emma. She received them today.

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