• Everyday Life,  Living a Creative Life

    Rituals

    I recently read a newsletter post by David Moldawer that talked about using coffee as a crutch for writing. His description of drinking coffee and writing made me think of rituals. That cup of coffee beside my computer is more than just a cup of decaf coffee. It’s part of my preparation to write. It’s the signal to my brain and my body that now is the time to focus on the craft of writing.  The weight of the pottery mug, the sound of the coffee pouring into the cup, the crinkle of the chocolate bar beside my computer, the melting chocolate as it meets the hot coffee, (wait, that’s for the…

  • Coffee based art
    10DCAC,  Art Journals

    Coffee or Tea? Dyes

    How many of you have used tea stained pages in your art journals or artwork? Has anyone else tried coffee to dye pages? Today’s a great day to experiment with tea and/or coffee dyes. Why does tea get all the fun? I may have discovered the answer with my most recent experiment with staining assorted book pages. Coffee smelled great, but the results were mildly successful. The pages dried with a lighter color and more wrinkles than tea stained pages. I used them anyway because they work well in collage. They are most recently in my art journal. Who doesn’t want a journal that smells like coffee – even with…

  • 10DCAC

    .:meander:.

    Today’s definition. 1: a winding path or course noun from Merriam-Webster : to wander aimlessly or casually without urgent destination : RAMBLE verb from Merriam-Webster Do you consider this a negative or positive definition? What comes to mind? I immediately think of a meandering path or a meandering stream. In fact, I can hear the water moving over the rocks right now. I love the idea of a meandering path. It reminds me that the process, not the product is important. Or spoken in the popular words of today, we should pay attention to the journey not the destination. Art and creativity offer the opportunity for meandering. The process of working with a daily…

  • 10DCAC,  Living a Creative Life

    Lake Walk

    What inspires you? What fills your creative bucket? I believe that being around nature helps fill our creative selves. Walking around the lake nearby gives me a feeling of contentment and calm when I most need it, which usually helps my creativity flow. If you have a lake, river, or stream nearby I recommend a lake walk. Leave your headphones home and walk around to fill your senses. What do you see? What colors grab your attention? What sounds do you hear? Any birds? Any manmade sounds or only nature? How do you feel? Is it cool and crisp or hot and humid? Take a moment and take a few…

  • #the100dayproject,  10DCAC,  Beamer,  Everyday Life

    Dog Days of Summer

    Does anyone say that anymore? If you’ve heard it, does it feel like we say it later in the summer than we used to? It’s that time of year when I mourn the end of summer and the waning daylight. In the western hemisphere, daylight hours have been slowly decreasing. Have you noticed? It’s a gradual change, just like being in the proverbial boiling pot. We don’t realize until, “Wow, it’s 8pm and it’s already dark!” I miss the light. What does this have to do with art? This prompt came from the often repeated phrase used to describe those sweltering hot August/September days during my childhood. And…I was trying…

  • Tomato Illustration
    #the100dayproject,  10DCAC,  Everyday Life

    “Tomato – Tomahto”

    If you’re old enough you’re going to have that song stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Sorry? or You’re welcome? September means LOTS of tomatoes in North Carolina gardens. Big ones bursting on the vine and hopefully adding that bright flavor to some of your favorite recipes and salads. If you live near someone with an abundance of tomato plants, chances are you’ve been gifted with lots of tomatoes. It’s that time of year when the excitement of spring planting has lead to the reality of a LOT of veggies if you’re lucky. If you’re looking for a reconnection to gardens, both flowers and veggies, go…

  • 10DCAC,  Summer Fun!

    July Week 4

    What did you think of the change for this month’s 10DChoose Art Challenge? Did you like having the prompts spread out on weekends? Do you prefer having the first ten days to focus on making time for creativity? Tell us what you think! I liked the change as it fit the summer schedule well. This week’s prompts are Prompt 1: Quirky, or Get Your Quirk On Prompt 2: Summer Fun! Tami shared her techniques for creating the start of quirky characters and I can’t wait to get started tomorrow on my Quirky page in my journal. My “Summer Fun” pieces changed while I was in the middle of creating them.…

  • 10DCAC,  Everyday Life

    July Week 3

    Baby It’s Cold Outside! Oops, wait. That’s the opposite of what I meant. If you’re in a part of the world that’s experiencing the heat of the summer, then it’s time for some Cool Art. Our prompts this week embrace that idea! Prompt 1: I scream, you scream….for ice cream! Prompt 2: A walk in the park Both of these can help you cool off. Find a shady park or go sit somewhere that serves ice cream and indulge in that heavenly, cool treat. Then grab your art supplies and start creating! I’m partial to thinking of both prompts for their coolness because our A/C has been broken for a…

  • 10DCAC,  Summer Fun!

    July Week 2

    This weeks prompts are: Rainbows of Summer and Summer Bounty We’re in the thick of summer weather here in NC. The air is literally thick with humidity and those summer thunderstorms have been rolling in every afternoon like clockwork. It’s my favorite time of year and I love walking into the back yard to check on my lush garden. Only problem is that the garden didn’t make it this year. Between the dogs (OK, just Beamer) and the deer I have two lone tomato plants that didn’t bloom and a very scraggly oregano plant. We won’t even talk about the sunflowers, peonies, dahlias and cone flowers. It’s a great lesson…

  • 10DCAC,  Summer Fun!

    July Week 1

    Have you ever searched through your art supplies and found something you’d forgotten about? That’s how I came back to using Dylusion Spray Inks used with my prompt for this week’s Summer Challenge. I was searching for some India Ink for a doodling project and found the spray inks hiding in my “ink bin.” Perfect for my prompt this week – Summer Sunsets! What I love about these spray inks is one of the same things I don’t love about them. They’re MESSY! That’s both fun and aggravating at the same time. If you’re a person who likes a clean work area, do yourself a favor and use a large…