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Thursday, April 30, 2009

On My Work Table...

Remember that art journal I painted on months ago that started this whole painting frenzy?

Yep, that's the one! I was all excited about having my very own art journal! I was going to work in it every day. Experiment with "new to me" techniques, let my creativity soar without fear of mistakes or failure, blah blah blah... Needless to say, it sat and collected dust. Until....
Tonight I decided I wanted to play, just for me, not to sell or gift, just a little art therapy for me.. So, here's what I have so far..

She's not quite done yet. I have to finish the picture frame and add a picture of course and a little tweeking here and there but I have to tell you, I'm loving her! Even the hubby stopped in his tracks to take a look. I may offer prints of her at some point (as soon as I figure all of that out. BTW, if any of you have any advice or guidance regarding making prints of your originals, please do share... I'm inexperienced in the print arena and do not know where to begin. Any help would be much appreciated!). What do you think?

I'll probably put her away for today, I'm really rather tired. I have got to finish a Tooie Doll and a Matchbox Doll to finish up an order that I've been putting off because I really just want to paint! I also have a nesting doll that I should make for a very nice woman who has asked me repeatedly to make one. So, maybe I'll finish her up in the morning and spend the afternoon tomorrow catching up on things I "should" be doing. I did clean the house and do laundry today, does that count?
More Later....
Moriah

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Suzie and Her Hufflepuff ATC

This one is for the Simple ATC swap, open theme..



Hubby is out of town and I'm missing him, so I think I'm going to call it a night, take a hot shower and curl up with a movie. I also have to get up at the crack of dawn to get the kiddies off to school which my hubby usually handles, so all the more reason to turn in early.

More Tomorrow!

Moriah

Tissue Paper ATC Swap

I finished another group of ATCs for a swap titled: Tissue Paper ATC Swap. For this one I had to make 4 ATCs and use tissue paper on each of them. I decided to crinkle some up and glue it to the entire surface of the ATC. Then I inked them in different colors. Once that dried I painted some girls in acrylics. I then sealed everything in with a matte varnish.. This swap was a lot of fun!!!



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Moriah

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Black and White ATC Swap

Here's what I did for the Black and White ATC Swap on Swapbot. Zentangles!!!!


More later..
Moriah

Monday, April 27, 2009

Thank Goodness That's Over!

I am pleased to announce that my wonderful husband is back on his feet and trying to get back to normal. He's still a little sore at the surgery site on his back and tires quicker than normal but all of this is to be expected. We are keeping our fingers crossed still that it is now fixed. For over a year he has been dealing with excruciating pain shooting down his legs. I found him huddled on the floor several times in complete agony. He walked with a noticable limp for months and months and could only walk a few feet before needing to rest or sit. Standing to do anything was out of the question too. I just really hope that this has solved the problem and he can get back to enjoying life again! Lord knows he deserves it!
Anyway, I am just so glad that the surgery is over and the hard part of recovery is over and I can get back into the studio for some much needed art play!
I caved yesterday and signed up for some more swaps on Swapbot. I know, I know.....

I decided to only sign up for ATC swaps that interest me so that I can use the excuse that it's practice for my painting journey.
Today I made the swap that was due the soonest, Let's Face It Atc Swap. For this swap I am required to make 2 ATCs where a face takes up most of the card. Here's what I came up with...
They are mixed media..

I wish all of the metallics showed up better in the pic! There are sparkle metallics in their hair, on their lips, and on the little stars on their cheeks. I hope my partner(s) like them!


Friday, April 24, 2009

Absence

Hello everyone! I apologize for being MIA lately. My hubby had to have surgery on his back and I haven't been in the studio for several days. Me and the hubby are still trying to recooperate, but once I feel human again I'll get back in touch. Until then, I wish you and yours well!

Moriah

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Ingrid

Another ATC available for trade. Introducing Ingrid..


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Moriah

Edie

Introducing Edie.... 2.5x3.5 mixed media ATC available for trade! If you'd like to add Edie to your ATC collection, contact me with pictures of ATCs you have available and maybe we can swap!~



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Moriah

Friday, April 17, 2009

Beads, Beads, Beads......

I am working on an order and one of the things ordered was a Tootie Doll in light teal with beaded embroidery. I spent the better part of yesterday working on this doll! I think I have about 4 hours invested at the stage it's in here...


Now I have to give her hair and a face! Busy, busy I tell you!
Moriah

Playing

I have been wanting to try a technique of painting on a black background and allowing the background to come through in your painting as strong black lines around your subject(s). It was a lot of fun! Here's the painting... A Hufflepuff!


This cutie patoootie will be in the Etsy Shop this evening!
Back to playing!
Moriah

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Absence

Hi all! I know I've been MIA for a few days and I do apologize! I have been busy, busy and haven't had the time to come say hello.

I've been working on finishing up an order, handling some rouge swaps, and starting a new Paint and Pass with the family. Then my sister drags me, kicking and screaming, into Joann Fabrics today (okay, so there wasn't any dragging.... or kicking and screaming either) and informs me that she is going to teach me how to sew dresses for my girls. I felt my face go pale! She must have picked up on it because she assured me that it's super simple, sewing straight lines she says. My palms start to sweat. Come on, she says, let's go pick out a pattern! My heart starts to race. Choices, lots and lots of them! Okay, deep breath, it's just picking out a pattern, get a grip, Moriah! Ok, oh, look, this is cute and this one and this one and this one.. Grief, which one do I choose? The easiest one I can find, that's which! I looked for straight lines, no frills, no puffy sleeves, not complicated looking folds and such. Big sissy, I know. I settled on this one and I think it's adorable....




The blue one on the left is the one I'm going to make but without the bow. We got the fabric for both dresses, really cute seersucker material that I've been drooling over for months. Now I have to try to read this pattern and figure out what the heck I'm supposed to be doing. It's not like I haven't read or used a pattern before, I have. Just never for clothing. I'm sure it'll be easy, cake really, at least that's what I tell myself to keep from passing out... lol. No really, I am nervous about the whole thing but I'm going to give it go anyway. We shall see what transpires.

As I mentioned before, we started the 2nd Paint and Pass for the local family members. We drew names again to decide painting order and I was #1. So, it was up to me to create a background for everyone to paint on. Here's what I came up with....





From me it was passed on to the #2 person, my sister and this is her addition:




Now it's up to my 9 year old daughter to paint next. I'm sure it'll be the first thing she does when she gets home from school tomorrow.

I haven't done anymore work on the Mermaid painting, the painting for my sister or the board book for my daughter. It seems I just can't help but have 5-10 projects going at once. I'll get to each of them and show you the progress as I go. For now, I'm off to catch up on some emails and blog readings.
Have a great Friday!
Moriah

Sunday, April 12, 2009

New Painting in the Works...

Hello everyone!



I hope your Easter Holiday was everything you hoped it to be! We had a great day! The Easter Bunny was a big hit, of course, and the kids were spoiled by a few of our neighbors who also gave them baskets full of goodies. The girls and I did a little mixed media painting which I would show you but as soon as theirs were finished, they dashed out of the house with them to give them to our neighbors.. hrumph..

I haven't finished the painting I started on but it is in progress and I'm really starting to get the hang of this painting thing! I'm enjoying it more and more and can see improvements in each new piece. Here is my painting that I'm working on as I type this (Waiting for a layer to dry).



Oh that was awesome! The most wonderful cool breeze just came through my studio and it felt and smelled great! I think it's getting ready to rain and thank goodness for it! We desperately need rain here in Florida! All of the ponds and lakes are really low and the water table is really low too! It has been hot and sticky for a few days so the cool breeze blowing through was a real treat!
I got off track.... :)
Okay, so that's the painting I'm working on at the moment. It's on wood and I'll be using ribbon as a hanger on the top of it when it's done. It measures about 8.5 inches wide by 5.5 inches tall.
I have a quick question. For those of you that have left a comment on my blog, have you received any replies from me? I receive an email every time a comment is left and I always reply to that email since it has the commentor's email addy in the email. I'm just curious if you're actually getting them or if they're being dumped in bloggerville somewhere. Please take a moment to leave a comment and let me know if you have received my responses to your comments. I'd really appreciate it! I'd hate to think you're not receiving them and that you think I'm ignoring your comments, because I'm not, I promise! I respond to each and every one!Thanks!
Okay, the paint is dry, back to work! Have a great Monday and I'll be back later with more great stuff!
Moriah

HAPPY EASTER!

I hope your Easter Weekend is as fun and full of family and friends as ours!

I wish you a very Hoppy Easter!


Friday, April 10, 2009

Natasha

New painting finished!
Hubby and the girls went to a baseball game tonight which allowed me some quiet time so I decided to make another painting.
This painting is on wood and is 5x7. It has a hanger on the back so it can be hung straight out of the box, or you can put it on an easel like I have here..


Natasha and her Hufflepuff Bird friend will be added to the Etsy Shop in just a bit..

Here are some more pics so you can see the detail.


Okay, that's all for today. Are you busy putting Gesso on board books yet?? Well, get busy!!
More Later...
Moriah

Thursday, April 9, 2009

The First Family Paint and Pass is Complete!

My sister, Tina painted her part on the paint and pass today! It is now completed. We put our names in a hat to see who would get to keep the original painting and we drew out Tina's name, so Congrats! You are the keeper of the very first Paint and Pass! I have scanned the painting and will frame a print for us. We are moving on to paint and pass number two now and have figured out the painting order. After we complete this one I'll be organizing one which will include out of town relatives as well. When that one is finished, I'll draw a name again for the original and send prints to everyone else.

I don't want to burn them out on this but I'm hoping to do Family wide ones once a year. Maybe more if enough people want to do more.

So anyway, here's the completed Paint and Pass #1 for our little family of 6...

Jada Fru Fru's TuTu

I've been wanting to play around with altered board books for awhile now and never did. I had a few of them sitting in my studio for ages and finally, today I decided I was going to play with them! I decided I was going to make 3 of them, one for each of my kids. Instead of distressing them and making them all artsy fartsy, I thought it might be fun to paint them. To make a story about each child and paint in the pictures to go along with the story.


I started my youngest daughter's today. After 6 hours of Gessoing each page of all three board books, I was eager to get on with the fun part!! All I have completed so far (besides all the gessoing) is the front cover.

If you're an artist, more than likely you know how to make these and have probably already made at least one. For the rest of you, I'll explain what I did.

You start off with a children's board book. You know, those hard, thick paged easy reader books. I used a few old ones that my girls had out grown but you can pick them up dirt cheap at thrift stores and yard sales.

So anyway, get yourself a board book...

Some artists sand the glossy stuff off of the pages before adding the Gesso, I didn't and the Gesso stuck just fine for what I wanted. I guess if you wanted a really smooth surface it would be better to sand the pages, then add the gesso and sand that too. For me, I'm all about bumps, grooves and texture, so I let mine be that way. So, now that you have your board book, you need to cover each page, including the cover and back, with 1-2 coats of Gesso and let dry. My husband says this is where you ruin a perfectly good book... NONSENSE! I will warn you however, that this is the most boring process of the project and I have no patience for dry time either so I use a heat gun to hurry it along.




Alright, once you get that boring part done, it's on to the fun stuff! Paint the cover and the back of the book in matching colors, or not, no rules here. I painted this one a medium pink and then used hot pink on the spine.







Then decide what your story is going to be about and design a cover with the title.
Since my youngest daughter is a big frilly girl and lover of all things shiny and pink, I decided to make a book about her and her tutu. Title: Jada Fru Fru's Tutu..





As you can see, I have quite a bit more work ahead of me by the looks of these white pages, but this is the fun part!




I'll share more of the book as I go along. Here is a scan of the cover so you can see it a bit better..



Okay, my eyes are burning and I'm yawning my head off... It's time to say good night and head off to dreamland.



More Later...

Moriah

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Paint and Pass #1 Stage 5

The painting was passed on to my 9 year old and my goodness! She added all sorts of stuff. I hope my sister can find some space to paint hers on!


Paint and Pass Stage 4

Here is the painting after my 7 year old daughter added her handy work to it!

More Later....

Moriah

Family Paint and Pass Step 3

Okay, so I added my work to the painting, now it's off to my 7 year old daughter! I'm sure she'll be tickled pink when she gets home from school tomorrow and gets to paint!

Here's the painting after 3 of us have worked on it..

Okay, off to bed I go... more tomorrow!
Moriah

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Memories in the Making

I spend a ridiculous amount of time at night cruising the internet! I belong to a few groups on Ning that I enjoy and of course I end up looking at a million blogs, vlogs and how to vids, tutorials and such. I saw a group of artists were participating in a "Paint and Pass" started by another artist and decided to do this with the members of my family. It's me, my hubby, my son, my 2 daughters and my sister. 6 of us in all. All of the females in the family love to create art! We can't get enough of it! The two males, well let's just say their enthusiasm is less than ours...in fact, I was confident that I'd have to drag my son kicking and screaming into the studio. I told everyone (except my sister) my plans and what it was that we were going to be doing. Hubby was on board, son grumbled but agreed and daughters were so excited they were jumping up and down and making the numbers to put in the hat!



We put 6 numbers in a hat and each of us (except my sister) drew a number. The number signified the order in which we would be painting. The number that was left in the hat was assigned to my sister and it happened to be the number 6 anyway.

Okay, some of you may not know what a Paint and Pass is, so let me explain before I go any further. In a paint and pass each person paints on one canvas and then passes that canvas to the next person to add their work and so on until everyone has contributed and you have a completed painting.

I thought it would be a great way to bring the family together to work as a team while at the same time encouraging creativity! When it is finished, we are going to frame it and hang it in our home. I plan on doing many of these and am hoping to include some out of town family members as well by sending it to them and having them send it back when they're done. I really want one of my aunts and my mother to participate but I don't think either of them have any paints!!!! Maybe I'll send some paint to! Another of my aunt's is very crafty and I'm sure she has some paint around. Okay, I'm rambling...

So, we all drew numbers and Hubby got #1, my son #2, me #3, youngest daughter #4, oldest daughter #5, and sister #6. This is the order in which we will add to the singular painting. I have to admit, I truly thought hubby would slap one color onto the canvas and then hand it off but I was so impressed with what he painted! He knew this meant a lot to me and he did such a great job! He really put some effort into it which both surprised and delighted me! He used several colors, and even added some texture!!!

My goal was to take a pic after each person added to the painting. I screwed up and let my son start his contribution before taking a picture of hubby's work... ugh..

My son's contribution was a single cloud so imagine the painting without a cloud and that was the hubby's work..

Here is the painting at stage 2 after hubby and my son's contributions....



Now it's being passed to me for my contribution.. I'm working on it now and will post another pic when I'm done (tonight or tomorrow).
I am loving this! What a treasure to have and pass down! Maybe I'll even start a new tradition in my family! Maybe someday my kids will be explaining paint and pass to their children or even grandchildren! You can never have too much art! We are starting out with 5x7 canvas panels and will work up to larger paintings in the future (I didn't want to terrify the male members with a large painting right off!).
So, to my sister... you better be ready to paint when you come this week!
To the rest of my family... get ready! I'm coming after the rest of you soon!
To my blogland friends... if you do a paint and pass with your family, friends, groups, etc, please let me know and share some pictures! I'd love to see your creations!
More Later... Off to paint!
Moriah

Monday, April 6, 2009

Studio View and Today's Work

I have to say I truly love being in my studio. My favorite spot is right in front of the sliding glass doors where I can look out at the grass, trees and pond from my seat. There's nothing better than having the door wide open so you can feel the breeze on your skin, smell the smells and watch nature as you create! Here's some pics of what I see from my window (sliding glass door)...






The kids all left for school, the hubby left for work and at long last, there was quiet in the house.. I hurried into my studio to get as many hours, minutes and seconds in as possible before the troops returned. I pulled out the painting I started awhile back for my sister and got to work on it.

I was really good about not being on the computer today. I did cheat and answered a few emails and posted a video on the blog but other than that I stayed off of the computer until after 8 pm.
This is what the painting looked like when I stopped this evening..

I have 3 more animals to put into the painting and I have to finish the 3 that are already shown. I have many little details and some shading and fine tuning to do, but it's coming along. I promised her she'd receive it before July! I'm going to work on it a bit more now that the children are in bed and then I'm going to bed earlier than usual myself.
More Later,
Moriah

New Blog Design

Okay, so I didn't get to work anymore on the painting... it's just too darn hot! Here it is 2:20 in the AM and it's still TOO HOT! Thank goodness we're getting cooler weather tomorrow and then down right chilly weather for 2 days after that. It's a welcomed occurance after the hot, sticky days of late! I love Florida 8 months out of the year but I really HATE it the other 4! Anyway, I decided to give the blog a make-over.. I was too lazy to design it myself and went with a pre-made one that I found for free on the net. I like it a lot! What do you think?

I'm off to try to get some sleep in this sticky, icky weather... tomorrow I will be starting a new schedule... no computer until after 8pm.. so, if you send me an email or post a comment here, I won't be able to answer you until after 8pm my time. Okay, off I go, let me know what you think about the blog design! Oh, and I haven't forgotten about the contest I hinted at back in February, just haven't gotten it completely together yet! As soon as I do, I'll tell you all about it.

Goodnight friends!

Moriah

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Update

Hello everyone!



I varnished the 3 little dollies I showed you last night and here they are in their finished state..




I've also started working on the mermaid painting some more. I was able to get her hair half way done before interuption! THANK GOODNESS TOMORROW IS MONDAY AND MY WONDERFUL CHILDREN WILL BE BACK IN SCHOOL! Sorry, just had to get that out! What on Earth am I going to do when summer gets here? Anyone know of any free summer camps in my area?? Just 4 hours a day, just 4 little hours is all I need..... Okay okay, enough of that!
Here's a peek at the work in progress pic of the mermaid painting I'm working on..






Alright, now I'm off to make sure hair and teeth are brushed, not with the same brush of course, and to get the wee little ones in jammies and off to dreamland for their big return to school tomorrow. Maybe when everyone is fast asleep I'll be able to work more on the painting. If so, I'll post another wip pic before I go to bed. In the mean time, I just wanted to let you know that I will be listing the 3 little dollies in the Etsy shop this evening. Okay, more later... off I go...
Moriah

Can't Take It Anymore....

......I have to make SOMETHING!! It's been a full week of no creations! Okay, so I was able to start a painting.. key word there, START one. It has been so hectic with everyone home all week and the back issues and the kids needing, wanting... I broke down tonight and decided I was going to make SOMETHING! I didn't care what, just something to keep my creative juices flowing. (Truth: I'm addicted to my studio and my supplies and if I didn't play with them, I was going to go through some gnarly withdrawls!)

So, I broke out 3 little wood doll blanks, I think they're about 2 inches tall and painted them up.

I still have to give them their gloss varnish, but I just can't stay awake any longer to finish them tonight! It's already 3am and I need to drag myself to bed! Here they are without their varnish...





I feel much better now that I got this out of my system and now I'm off to dreamland!
More Later..
Moriah

Saturday, April 4, 2009

I see...... Snails in my Future

Okay... so now that I've had some time to relax and rest after our little outing today, I thought I'd show you some of my spoils! Honeymoon Island is an excellent place to gather shells if you're into them. I'm not... BUT... I needed some more shells to make my little polymer snails! So, a hunting I went. I found a lot of snail shells!!!

(NOTE: Please ignore the gross looking towel that the shells are sitting on! It's one of my studio rags and is stained with paints, stains and who knows what else. The shells were still damp so I laid ed them out on a studio rag to dry. It looks really bad!!)


Then I started collecting some plain Jane little shells but loved the green color.....
I have no clue what I'll do with them but I'm sure I'll figure something out eventually..

I love these tiny tightly spiraled shells and think I'm going to make some jewelry for myself using these...


and then there's the curiosity collection..... these shells I just thought were interesting and am keeping them to go in the curiosities collection that I just started to collect...


This is one of my treasures from a visit to the same beach in December...... a claw..

I'm still hoping to find sea glass someday but I haven't yet. Anyway, I hope I didn't bore you to tears with my shell gathering today. I promise once I stick some tattooed snails in them, you'll love them!

More Later...
Moriah

Ahhhhhh.... Just What the Dr. Ordered!

We spent our day hunting for shells, enjoying the water, sun and sand at our local beach, Honeymoon Island. Honeymoon Island and it's neighbor beach, Caladeci Island (where hubby and I got married) have been named USA's #1 beach twice! I love it there and am so thrilled that both beaches are in my little neighborhood! 80 degrees with a cool gulf breeze and plenty of sunshine! It was a great day! Now I need a nap! :)








More Later...
Moriah