Monday, June 25, 2012

Weekly Art Challenge June 25 ~ July 1
Art Journaling

So much has been written about art journaling that 
it's mind-boggling to select a few sample images for this post.
Quite possibly, you all have done some art journaling, 
or are even an Art Journal Guru!

SanArty Designs

The great thing about art journaling
is that there's no need to strive for perfection...
it's your very own journal ~ you can show your pages
(and I hope you will since that is the subject of this challenge!)
or keep them private for your eyes only.
The important thing is that you have committed to paper some
thoughts, ideas, hopes, dreams, or fears 
and it will help you to move forward to better self awareness.
Or if great introspection is not your thing, it's a way to try out
some awesome new art techniques and tools!

One of my very FAVORITE art journalers is
Her art is wonderfully colorful and quirky.

Art journaling gives you the opportunity
to get out all the art supplies you own,
then go online or to the art store and buy even more,
and use them all on one page! LOL!

colored pencils
book pages
magazine pictures 
scrapbook papers
and more, I'm sure

I'll leave you with links to some entertaining and informative
videos and courses, very inspiring!

A free online art journaling course by Tam of Willowing:
I've taken this course and it's awesome!

(Not free, but totally worth the price!)

I hope you've been inspired to create some journal pages
and share them with us! Get creative!

Guidelines are in the sidebar, if you need them.
At this point, I'm not sure if we will have Mr. Linky up in time,
so post a link to your blog post in the comments section.

Thanks for playing! Post your link by Sunday, July 1,
noon eastern time. (How can it be almost July already???)

Note: We now have Mr. Linky available!
Don't worry, if you have already left your link 
in the comment section, we will be sure to include it!

P.S. Here is a link provided by Lou Anne,
to download a free eBook on art journaling
from Cloth Paper Scissors.

You will have to create a free account with them...
I was not a member, but it was very easy to join and download the file.
Happy journaling!

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Oh, the places you'll go!

“On Holiday” challenge results
Sit back with your favorite relaxing beverage and
have a look at the wonderful places you all have gone!
Whether it's a real vacation, a stay-cation,
or your "heart's desire" dream vacation,
what they have in common is real creativity!

(Inspiration Avenue member)

(Inspiration Avenue member) 

(Inspiration Avenue member) 

Maggie (Me!)


I always post the entries in the order they were received.
(Have I been making too many phone calls where
the company puts me on hold forever?)

But my fingers itch to place them pleasingly by color
(like curating an Etsy treasury).
This time I think it worked out as if by magic that
each entry complements the ones around it.
I couldn't have worked it out better myself!

Visit each blog to find the story behind these vacation photos.

And stop back here Monday morning to see what
the challenge is for next week.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Off to see the world
On Holiday
When holiday time (or vacation time as we say here in the U.S.)
rolls around, how do you generally spend your time?

Do you travel, or do you take the time to relax and rejuvenate at home?

Where in the world (or out of it!) would you spend a "virtual" vacation?
(After all, money's no object if you're traveling in the virtual world.)

Create something that tells us about your ideal holiday.

Getting back to nature?
Embroidered Hoop Art from ThreeRedApples

 Don't get lost!
Giant Vintage World Map from MyBeardedPigeon

The scenery's the thing . . .
Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave Desert, California from 9thCycleStudios

Gotta have some souvenirs!
Vintage Australian Souvenir Cushion from BrownStreetBespoke

The "stay-cation" could be my favorite kind ~
Sun Tea and Summer Reading from Carapace
What's better than a good book and a creamsicle in your own backyard?

Whatever your vacation fantasy, I hope you will derive some 
inspiration from these examples! 
(Click the captions to visit the talented Etsians who created the art above.)

A few more. . .

Do you love to soak up the history of some ancient places?
Or spend time with family and friends 
you are normally separated from?

I'm sure you all will come up with some ideas I haven't even thought of,
since you do every week! If you haven't played with us before,
guidelines are in the's very simple, actually.
Get creative in your chosen your artistic self!

Leave your link with Mr. Linky and
meet back here on Sunday, June 24 to see the Holiday gallery.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Results of Chickens and Roosters

Thank you everyone for playing along!  You made my week!
Some beautiful art with wonderful inspiration,

Please visit one another and share the love.

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Peggy's Red Hen


Kate's Chicken Coop Celebration

"Chicken Coop Celebration" by {K}Mericks Studio

Percy the Rooster

Cottage Remnant Artwork copyright 2012

Why did the chicken cross the rainbow?

Barb Wire Pretty

Barbed Wire Pretty


Henrietta Hen

Eccentric is the challenge

Chicken Art

 Arnoldo Romero

Don't count your chickens before they are hatched


Foul Play

Rooster Xing

Today is a new day

And our winner this week is ..........................

Congratulations, Clare.

Please take your Showcase Winner Blog Badge from the 
side bar of this blog.

Be sure to return tomorrow for next week's challenge


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