Tuesday, July 6, 2010

bloom where you are planted

i would like to plant myself right smack dab in the middle of an art supply store so i could play with any product in there and find the one that makes me bloom.

today that product would be my new caran d'ache neocolor II water soluble wax pastels. they are a fav of donna downey and although i was not at stamping bella for her classes i got the coles notes version when paula and i visited emily this past weekend. (more on that later) lacking fine motor skills i was able to get some scribbles down on paper and loosly watercolor it to create this beautiful bloom...i think it is beautiful and that is what really matters. this is my art journal. it is what it is and well, it is making me happy. i can't say i'll ever really 'journal' in it....but the process of just playing and creating and letting go is totally liberating. now emily told me i HAD to write something in it so i practiced a zillion times and finally just took ink to paper and went for it. clearly the fine motor skills need some improvement!

as i said paula whisked me up friday night for a whirlwind toronto weekend with emily. no classes, no particular agenda, just a chick weekend to play and create. did you know that emily is more than just a pretty face...she is also one talented artistic babe! and we also learned that she does not eat lunch....gotta work on that one! LOL!

we spent saturday at the booo-tique and i played with my new crayons then more fun with the new viva decor products. again...NO FINE MOTOR SKILLS required! the paper soft is kind of like distress inks in lush colors and very blendable and the paper and pearl pens are simply AMAZING! they are hands down the BEST dimensional paints that i have ever used. i'm a tactile chic and love adding texture to my cards and these will surely be put to good use in the near future.

and to save me typing a novel...i'll give you my coles notes version of the weekend
  • playing with kidlets while ryan bbq'd delish steaks, and let me tell ya....those kidlets are ADORABLE!
  • making 1pt WW soup with tyler and jayden....to balance off the 5million calories i consumed in challah bread
  • paula and I sitting on the porch trying to decide which house we want to move into
  • downtown to boost the economy some more where i got some BE-UTIFUL paper to cover my art journal.
  • dinner with dena at a korean bbq on sunday....poor paula, i don't think she knew what she was in for there! i just wanna say....the calamari was AMAZING!
  • by sunday evening my hand had about all the excitement it could take! i wanted to teach them some yoga stretches and cuddle with paula but they would have nothing to do with it
  • maybe next time!
that's it! it was an amazing weekend and ryan and emily were AMAZING hosts!!!!
now to go get weighed in at WW....hmph...just stepped on the scale and i'm up a couple pounds! darn challah bread!


Cindy H. said...

Wow, what a beautiful journal!! I have loved that sentiment since I first heard it back in the 80's. So glad you got to play. You are definitely on the road to recovery - Yay!!!

Crafty Cath said...

Sounds like you're itching to get back in the swing of things. Glad to hear that you were able to put your creative juices to work, had fun, and ate well. Can't wait to see what you'll make with your new color texture products. Your journal is wonderful - bright and cherry; a true reflection of you!

Crafty Cath said...

ok - I did not mean cherry - I meant cheery! Guess I should have previewed that one!

paula tracy williamson said...

I am glad you now know that paula needs her personal space and is not into snuggling, nuzzling or cuddling. {I reserve the right to change my mind on this activity, should it involve George Clooney!} The good Lord is kind not to have let me live near a Jewish bakery...that rolled chocolate pastry is one of the BEST things i ever ate!!

The Spotted Chick said...

Yay, sounds like you had fun!! I just placed an order for some Viva Decor Glitter Liner and Pearls. Glad to hear you like them! Miss ya Lindabella! Chicken

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