In honor of Mother's Day, I offer this loving tribute to my Mom and my Mother-in-law. These two women are the reason my family exists, and for this I am eternally thankful. They gave us joy, laughter, food, love, support, and everything else, really. I hope your day is filled with fun, family, friends, and good eats! Maybe flowers and candy, too :)
Angels here on Earth...Happy Mother's Day to us all!
Today's post is about how I sometimes feel like my head is going to explode with ideas for this journal and other art projects I'd love to tackle. Just crank my head and split it open. Aaah!! There are so many things I want to create that the wheels in my brain turn and turn until I stress and get overwhelmed. I have about 16 projects ongoing right now. I exaggerate, but it seems like that many :o List making helps, if I can remember where I put the list!
I did finish the organizer started last weekend:
I showed this photo of the empty boxes before the transformation into my new desktop organizer. Here's what it looks like now:
The inside looks like this:
Snug as a bug in a rug! Here's what the boxes look like close-up:
Room to grow, neat and tidy, colorful, and BOY! That was really fun to make :)
Try to make art everyday and Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!
This is a mock-up of an idea for a sketchbook cover that I designed. It's funny to me because I'm artistic by nature (the French artist in a jaunty beret) and a Jewish mother who's heard more-than-my-fair share of kvetching in this lifetime (the stereotypical Jewish grandma in oversized sunglasses). So, combining these two attributes, I have, VOILA! My next creative journal :D I must finish this journal first, though. I'm behind by a lot, but determined to finish.
My mounted rubber stamp collection is growing and has outgrown this sweet, little organizer. So, thinking I'd buy another one to stack on top, I drove all around the San Fernando Valley looking for one; from Joann's to Walmart to Target to (2) Big Lots to the 99 cent store and could not find one anywhere:
I searched all over the internet, too. Geez! It's not that old! Anyways, I found many ideas on YouTube for DIY drawers and now I'm making my own. These are some of the boxes I'm using:
I have a pretty awesome collection of boxes and it's nice to make use of them. We Art teachers are known to hoard all kinds of things to use in the classroom :)
I started the project yesterday and have two more tissue boxes to alter. Here's my progress so far:
Pretty darn cute, I think. These are altered graham cracker boxes. I had so much fun making them. There's nothing I love more than to use up my scrapbook stash. I'll post the finished project next week.
Five more weeks of school, 30 days left...grades are due this week, yet.again.
So, I'm running behind as expected. I forgive myself. The important thing is to finish a project that I've started because in the end, I will be so proud of my achievement. I encourage, well, nag, my students to complete their art work because they, too, will be so proud of their hard work.
I believe strongly that one should always go with the flow of life. This page reminds me to do just that and to be grateful for all of my abundances and to glow with happiness.
One thing I really don't want to happen with my 365 project is to feel guilty if I don't finish a project a day. When I committed myself to the project, I realized that my day job would affect my ability to complete a daily art work. So, my project will now be to just finish 365 art works in 1 year. Totally doable! I'll double up my efforts on the weekends :) Even though I'm too exhausted most days to dig into art work, my mind is constantly dreaming up projects for 365.
Now, I must get ready for work and I really hope that traffic is light because I'm running late and feeling a little like a
for not "arting" daily, which I really don't want to feel like!
This week is CST testing at school. Trying to figure out what the next page in my 365 journal would be, sitting right in front of me was Angelmarie, a fantabulous art student. She is so interesting, a gem in this South Central L.A. school. Even though her hair is bluish-green and she wears a big Bugs Bunny hat everyday, she's very quiet, always drawing Anime in her sketchbook. She is a serious art student! She sat at a very distinct angle and there was today's inspiration!
I decided to pick words randomly and not worry if they were in alphabetical order. I want this project to be stress-free. Here's a short description of today's page...
Last Friday, one of my students stole my iphone off of my desk...I offered a reward to anyone who turned him in and someone did. The thief was put into custody today. He sold my phone, but at least he got caught. He is a real ass.
Also today, I picked up my new glasses. They look similar to the ones on the page, big and black. They are very "Art teacher" looking and I'm sure my students will not like them. I'm not sure that I like them...
Today I embark on a new creative adventure inspired by Noah Scalin's book,
A Daily Creativity Journal 365 Make Something Everyday and Change Your Life!
I read through it last night and visited the artists' blogs mentioned in the book. It looks like a fun challenge with daily prompts for inspiration. There are no rules, just create something everyday.
The book I will be using for the journal is one that was left in my class stockroom; don't know who it belongs to and it has never been claimed. I may even read it! It's a teen murder mystery :o
The theme for this journal is "Ransom Words/Random Works" and I will be using mixed media. This is the title for the book cover. I will pick a daily random word, change a letter in it to create a new word, then create an art work about the word. Or, I may just change the order of the letters in a word. Not sure yet...maybe both. The wheels are turning. Should the words be alphabetical?
I want to come home from work and get my head and hands full of art stuff (even though I'm an art teacher!).