• 10DCAC,  Everyday Life

    Day 10. Last prompt for April!

    “If wishes were horses beggars would ride.” Can’t tell you how many times I heard that quote growing up. A quick research session attributes the quote most commonly to a nursery rhyme from the 1840’s If wishes were horses, Beggars would ride: If turnips were watches I would wear one by my side. And if if’s and an’s were pots and pans, the tinker would never work. English Nursery Rhymes Collection, 1840 Why choose it for today’s prompt? Seemed like a good idea at the time! Truthfully, it promises to be a fun prompt – especially for collage or photography. Besides, who doesn’t love horses or dreams? I thought we…

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    Day 8: Mandala Monday

    Many of you know how much I love creating Mandalas. Monday seemed like a great day to make a mandala! For today’s prompt, create a mandala, find one to color and glue in your art journal, or find something that reminds you of mandalas and share a photo. The mandala I created is known as a Twelve Petal Mandala. I was experimenting with colored pencils to add shading and depth. I think I prefer markers for the more vivid colors, but this was fun to play around with. I’m using one of Tami Chacon’s handmade journals and the paper is incredible no matter what I use for color. If you…

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    Day 6: Red – Cool or Warm?

    Red, rojo, rouge…Isn’t it such an interesting color? Have you noticed how people react when you wear red? I once worked with someone who always disagreed with me if I was wearing red. It wasn’t a coincidence. We worked well together, but put me in a red shirt and I was certain to get pushback. Today’s prompt is all about the color red and its many nuances. Which do you prefer? The warm, toasty reds or the cooler reds? What better place to discover the answer than in your art journals? I began today’s prompt looking for the cooler reds, but much to my surprise was wooed by the warmth…

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    Day 4: Tag It!

    There are several ways to complete today’s prompt. I’m choosing to make tags to add to my art journal, but you could create a tag and include it in a photo, or digitally tag a photo or a piece of work. I have a stash of epherma that includes PILES of different types of tags. Spell check reminds me…does anyone else love that you can file away “stuff” under epherma? Having a respectable label for all of the odds and ends that I just KNOW I’ll use one day was one of the best things that ever happened to my marriage. When it was “stuff” it was annoying, but now…

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    Day 2: Take it Outside

    Today’s prompt is about texture, play and going outside. We’re going to shake things up by using a very simple technique. Remember crayon rubbings? Well today’s prompt is a variation of that theme. Find your favorite “crayon,” I used oil pastels and Neocolor crayons, and a few sheets of ordinary copy paper. Head outside and start looking for textures. (I know we have some photographers in the group who should also enjoy finding shots with great textures outside.) There’s something magical about the patterns that emerge from the different textures. This is your chance to play with colors, line and motion. I had my usual helpers, Comet and Beamer, jumping…

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    April Ten Day Choose Art Challenge Kick-Off

    Are you ready for an Instagram Art Party? Have you heard of them? Join Tami and me on Sunday, March 31st from 8-9 EST as we kick off the April 10DCAC with an art party! Follow each of us on Instagram so you can follow along on Sunday night. Choosejoystudio & Lhudsonnc Grab your favorite art supplies, your favorite beverage and/or snack of choice and get ready for some quick art making. We’ll have two fun bonus prompts that night. We’ll both hop on IG at 8pm EST with prompts. Have your computer or phone so you can join in on the conversation while we create. If you haven’t tried…

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    The 100 Day Project

    Starting a long term project fills me with trepidation. One hundred days is a huge commitment! However, in the context of a job or career it doesn’t seem that long. I’ve decided to participate in the #The100DayProject this year. Joining the project isn’t newsworthy, but my project might be. I’ve been writing a children’s book (a series actually) and I want a very specific illustration style to go along with it. Since I’m a new author and the illustrator I want is a seasoned veteran, it’s unlikely that we’ll be in partnership anytime soon. Over the years I’ve illustrated a few books for family, but they were never published for…

  • 10DCAC,  Art Journals

    Day 9: Where I Call Home

    What state do you call home? Do you remember the symbols from your school days; state bird, state flag, state flower? Is your state famous for something? Is there a rivalry with another state? How do people feel about it? Many of the prompts I create for my work come from inspiration while shopping and poking around all kinds of stores. I don’t often buy anything, but I like to search for that perfect treasure for someone. Today’s prompt came when I discovered a bag of pre-cut US state shapes in a craft store. They were tiny, less than an inch long for the average state. They made me think…

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    Day 7 Prompt: Let’s Face It

    Choose how you interpret this prompt. Focus on faces OR face your inner critic. Which feels juicier today? I can’t wait to hear about it or to see what you come up with. In a way today’s piece did both things for me. I painted one face, covered up two faces and faced my inner critic all in one journal spread. Not a bad days work! A little history if you will. I’ve been fascinated with painting and drawing faces since I had my first sketchbook. I have a vivid memory of one of the faces I painted in first grade, but I’ve been largely unhappy with my results since…

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    Day 5 Prompt: Wings

    Today’s prompt is wings. Paint, draw or find pictures of wings that inspire you. When I was a little girl, I wanted to fly. I suppose that’s not unusual in itself, but I was convinced that I would wake up one morning with wings. I’d secretly check each day to see if they had started to grow. As a teen I discarded my childhood fantasies and tucked those imaginary wings away into my closet with other impractical dreams. Will I ever fly with actual, physical wings? Probably not. But can I fly on the wings of my imagination? You better believe it! Creating gives me the sense of soaring beyond…