Friday, October 28, 2011

All That Jazz

Friday! Paint Party Time and I didn't think I'd make it, but a short post to link up with a group of fellow creatives! Come check it out if you like the link is in the resources page.

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This has been a week of all that jazz! Music and art can be so interwoven. Especially in my house. At my house we all have our corners of creativity surrounding music and art. So while the Mr. is off playing music I got my own jazz going on! If you know me I love music, but can't carry a tune!

So I put one on paper! 

Happy Paint Party Friday & All that jazz~ 

This was created with pencil sketch first, paint, more paint, watercolor pencil, colored pencil, pencil and a touch pastels. I went back & surrounded the silver writing on the dotted journal page with black to make it pop! 

And a cool rendition Jazz metal of Adele singing Rolling In The Deep! Enjoy

"Everybody came. Everybody came to the Cotton Club."  Cab Callaway

"What we play is life." Louis Armstrong

Whose jazz art or music has influenced you?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Bit of Crafting

I thought I would share a bit of what I have been up to & let you know why I am sparse at posting. I have started working on another journal page. I made a video of me painting it, but haven't edited it yet. I hope to share it soon. If not here, it will be on You Tube.

I pinned one of my handmade paper art quilt blocks & its ready to sew by hand. Its not a favorite one but that is OK. I do love the colors & textures. Look at the top right corner for whole quilt block.

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If you would like to see another one of my art quilt blocks so far it is the Dreams art quilt block .& here are some other handmade papers prior to quilting that I did.

Here are a couple of links to making handmade papers but are different from how I did mine, but I sure want to try doing it this way too! Hanmade Papermaking Tutorial & many video tutorials on making handmade papers on You Tube.

Crafting Halloween stuff:
I found an older velvet dress at a thrift shop & am going to make Sammie a Halloween costume. Why did we wait to the last minute? She couldn't decide on what to be. So this week is going to be full. If you want to see how it is going to turn out & my inspiration for the diy visit here! You might like the little hat tutorials I found & the makeup tutorials. I will be working on that today.

I also have been making these Halloween vases from recycled jars & Fall inspired ones too. If you would like to see more about them you can see it on my freebies & tutorials page over here on
I have more Halloween, craft inspiration & tutorials there.

Honestly as we get closer to the end of the year I feel the time slipping away from me! Does that happen to you? Time already to pick up the kiddo! Bye for now.
What have you been working on?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Part 2 Art Journaling Video

Hi there, thanks for stopping in! I thought I would post the Part 2 art journaling video of me painting "Spring" in the Season's Series. I am also going to post "Summer. " You can see more "Summer" sketched out in post prior to this post if you would like to see more. I hope you enjoy the video. I tried to share some in sites to the details of when I was painting or penciling.

If you have any questions just ask in the comment section and I will answer.

Set 2 of photos of "Summer" 

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To see the finished full size visit my Flickr page
I'll be linking up with Paint Party Friday! Feel free to join a lovely group of people the link is in my resources page. I hope to take Sammie to the pumpkin patch this weekend, to wonder and choose a pumpkin or two.Then do a little visiting of everyone's blogs in the early morning or evening. Be sure and leave a comment so I can stop by. Let me know if you follow me and I will follow you back too!

Summer of Love
In the laziness of a summer day I sat on the grass and pondered my true loves caress, to whether he holds me in his heart or not. He loves me, he loves me not. I hope his love does not fade with the seasons end.  Theresa Huse 2011 

Are you finding the time to sit down and create art, craft or do something creative? 
What is your favorite medium right now?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Journal Pages Work In Progress

Hello, I thought I would share some work in progress photographs of the journal page "Summer" in the Seasons Series. I have been doing.

This is the sketch from which I began the process of the Summer page. Thinking back to how we would make those daisy chains & pluck flowers saying, "he loves me, he loves me not."

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1. I sketched out the idea. 
2. I have added dark blue for the shadows.
3. I have added yellow for some of the highlights & mid tones.

I usually try different techniques with acrylics in my pages. This allows me to see what I can do if I was to take it to canvas or another medium. I am taking a few more wip photographs to share with you. So be sure & visit to see how it morphs! I also hope to get to editing the part 2 video of how I created the spring page to share with you soon, but didn't want to keep you waiting on a post. If you want to see part 1video you can visit here.

summer list

I really enjoyed finding this journal page. By Elizabeth M. who creates pages in a different style. I just bought a few pens and would love to get some tapes to create a few pages like this. I created this pattern at ColourLovers from the colors on Elizabeth's page.

The link goes to the pattern and palette.

Now I have to get settled back in from being away for 5 days so I can get to editing, thinking of what new to be painting and start the process, along with some new journal pages. I will also share with you soon the "Seasons Series" all together. So much to do and always something needing attention. 

What are your biggest challenges that keep you from creating new pages in your journal?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Help Protect The Artic, Polar Bears, Spotted Owls & More

I wanted to share with you an easy way to help protect the land that is home to the Polar Bears and

Keep the Arctic Refuge Wild!

Source: via Zoe on Pinterest

All you have to do is hop over to Sierra Club, fill a form out with a letter to:
  • President Barack Obama
  • Secretary Ken Salazar
  • Dan Ashe 

    The letter is written and you are able to add / change anything you wish! All the details and information is on Sierra Clubs site. Please take the time at no expense to you to help a good cause! Thank you so much for doing something good for our planet, the Polar Bears home and other wildlife

    Source: via Lilly on Pinterest

    To see all the other current calls to action visit here.

     To help save the spotted owl details here!

    What good cause (s) have you helped with lately?  


    PS. No, not going to happen. It will have to be at least next week before I get the next video up. I have plans to go out of town for 4 days and time has just slipped away. More art next week! Until then stay creative, fill out a form and send it to help a good cause!! Again,Thanks for taking the time to help!!

    Tuesday, October 11, 2011

    Painting Spring Journal Page Video Part 1

    Hi There! Just thought I would share part 1 of the video I did of painting my spring journal pages. Part 2 coming soon! This is a week where I will be traveling later and gone for a few days through the weekend. I am hoping to get part two up prior to leaving. xx fingers crossed!

    If there is anything you want to ask me about the painting or process just post in the comments and I will get back to you as soon as possible! I promise to make my way around to those who have visited also, so just leave a comment.

     Page s finished, as you can see from the video there is still quite a bit left  & I hope to edit it this week.

    This is is a 7x speed of the actual process which was about 28 min. of filming.
    I also posted another tutorial on You Tube for decorating a clipboard with fancy scrapbook paper and trim if you are interested. Link is on the side bar.Thanks for visiting! ;)

    Have you made any video's yet?Do you have any questions about product or ...?

    Friday, October 7, 2011

    Spring Journal Page & Art Supply Discount

    I wanted to share my spring journal page with you today & a special discount later in the post. This is not my favorite in the series for my "Seasons" journal pages, but there are aspects of it I love. The mountains with snow left on the caps, the movement, the colors and the added textural layers that I played with.

    What I didn't like is she is not a pretty girl, lol she is almost cartoon like, but hey they can't all be pretty girls. Although if I want all pretty girls for the series I might have to try and do another spring. Or leave it at that. I actually made a video of  painting this one but was having problems with the program. But I will upload it when it is all done. If you are like me I love watching people paint. Sometimes you can catch things that help you that words couldn't express.Here is another that you can click and see larger if you like, to see some of the detailing. I have also uploaded them on Flickr.

    I'll be linking up to Paint Party Friday! Come party with us if you like. Link is in resources and wanted to share a discount link with you!

    Have you been painting lately or sketching? Maybe this will help you get the supplies you need!

    My sponsor Dick Blick is offering a special discount right now to my readers! Too many good deals not to share them! I hope you see something you need at a great price. Some of the things that I love about Dick Blick is they are super friendly if there is a problem (which is never accept when I enter in the wrong quantity or forget a discount code * they help adjust orders ;) , helpful and orders arrive fast! Who doesn't love a box full of art goodies to play with?

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    Tuesday, October 4, 2011

    Raindrops Keep Falling

    Today it is raining here! I love the smell of the fresh rain on the earth and plants, the feel of the humidity and when the rain isn't a cold rain I love it even more!

    Droplets, Natures Acrobatics

     Theresa Huse 2011

     Theresa Huse 2011

    I just love to see how the droplets fall onto the plants, watch and wonder how they stay sitting balanced upon leaves and petals. I also love the Fuchsia against the green leaves. And the color palette cream, fuchsia and green. Outside so grey yet indoors with my paints so colorful.

     Theresa Huse 2011

    This photograph of Narcissus is one I took this past spring, just after a rain. What I didn't know at the time is there are varieties that bloom in the fall! I must look what varieties they are as I can hardly wait to see them bloom again and plant some new varieties to bloom in fall for next year. The above link is to Wikipedia if you want to see its history, lore, information......

    I just loved this photograph I saw. I have always loved the rain.

    Do you stop, look, listen and feel the rain?