• 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…

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    June Day 10!

    Paint Your Pet Today’s prompt is inspired by two things, my 100 day project and a whimsical memory. First the memory. My daughter notices dogs no matter where we go, and because of that we always see dogs when we’re together. We usually pick a “favorite” from the day. So far one of my all-time favorites was a white poodle who had been dyed bright neon pink. She was sporting her various shades of pink with pride. I loved it! (I’m sure it has nothing to do with my purple hair.) My second inspiration is this year’s 100 Day Project. Some of you may have noticed that Tami and I…

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    June Day 8

    It’s time to make your own coloring pages. Have you ever tried it? It’s actually a lot of fun! Grab your favorite sharpie or black paint and make some lines. Take a picture of it before you start adding color and share with us. Then use your favorite paint or markers to add some color. For those of you who are following this challenge with photographs, try taking a photo that can be colored in like the example here. It’s been such fun following the posts for this month’s challenge. Tami and I are enjoying everyone’s work! Photo by Braden Collum on Unsplash

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    June Day 6

    A wise woman once told me that I should always have the brightest most whimsical umbrella I could find. It’s a great way to brighten a gloomy day. Ever since she shared that with me, I’ve carried a bright, bold umbrella whenever possible. “Never be afraid to stand up and stand out,” she also said. Wise indeed! That advice is not always as easy to follow, but I like it. Stand up and be counted. Or as Seth Godin would say, go make a ruckus. I believe that art helps us discover who we are, what we stand for and how we can and should stand out. I hope you…

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    June Day 4

    Today’s prompt is: Beach Time! Ocean Colors The beach is where my family and I truly relax. It’s magical how our rhythms change. It’s almost as if our edges are worn just a little smoother by the waves and the sand. I feel “at rest” at the beach. There’s something very soothing to me about the colors of the ocean. I associate them with the hot sun, warm sand between my toes and the sounds of the waves crashing or lapping on the shore. In my mind I hear the sound of laughing children and cackling gulls. Can’t you just feel that shock of the cold ocean water when you…

  • 10DCAC,  Everyday Life

    June Day 2

    Prompt: How Does Your Garden Grow? I’m a fair weather gardener at best. The dreamer in me imagines flower beds spilling into meandering trails around my back yard. I see lush green vegetable beds surrounding my deck. The reality is I have three healthy heirloom tomato plants, healthy because they were started by a friend who’s a master gardener, and a few containers of Gerber daisies on the deck. Beamer and Comet (my star dogs) have made lots of meandering paths along the back yard, but no flower bed borders. In fact we’ve discovered that Beamer loves to eat plant shoots and flowers. The herbs that I nursed from seedlings…

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    Day 9: Photo Background

    Sometimes it’s difficult to start a journal spread or an art piece on a blank page. Today’s prompt takes away the pressure of a blank canvas. Glue down a photograph on your journal page. Voila, instant background! From there you can decide if you want to use more papers for collage or if you want to paint and draw on top of the photo. Dealer’s choice as they say. You can work with a theme and choose a photograph that provides a “jumping off” point, or you can start with something that grabs your attention because of the colors or the composition. Play! Have fun! Make time for art. This…