Saturday, March 30, 2013

This year's eggs

My Easter traditional is to dye "onion skin" eggs.  My grandmother and mother did this every year. I start saving the skins in February until I can fill a pot with them.  Us red or yellow onions, or a mixture, it doesn't matter. Just boil, allow to sit after turning off the heat and this is what you get.  When cooled, rub them with a little oil to make them shine!

A new tradition is trying a different way each year to take the photo. So I went for a Zen-look this year.

Another family tradition is to "Box" eggs at Easter dinner.  Each person chooses an egg. Then one person holds his/her egg while the other person hits the egg from top.  The egg that doesn't crack is the "winner"! Enjoy your Easter!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Doodle book

I got the Art Doodle Love book by Dawn Devries Sokol and started the first page - the intention page.  I did some wonky doodles on the color already on the page. Then I started using some lettering doodles within my writing.  What fun!  Give it a try.  I look forward to doing more.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

"Beautiful" pages

Today I finished the other side of the yummy background colors page.  This week I got a tea bag fortune that read "There is beauty in your presence".  Then Jay came home from a long week and called me "Beautiful" all weekend.  When I was in my studio today the "Beautiful" song was playing from a Glee CD.  So this is the result of my mind playing this scenario. I added gesso and oil pastel around a hand-cut heart stencil then glued strips of Japanese newspaper.  As I was working, the blue paint strip fell off the shelf so I wrote the lyrics to the Beautiful song right on it.  The ink ran a little but I added some turquoise and liked the effect.  Everything was so filled with synchronicity today!
I also have to say, I love working with these spray inks on a wet page, you get wonderful results like the blue burst in the right corner.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Yummy colors

I'm delighted that I had energy the other night after work to play with some brand new spray inks.  I'll finish the other side and share soon, I hope!
These are Dylusions London Blue, Turquoise and Fresh Lime. I love using Japanese newspapers, too.