Friday, May 20, 2011

Dino Wall Art now on exhibit at Paper Temptress Community Blog

I'm designing for the Paper Temptress and loving the inspiration from all the amazing papers available through this company. I'll be posting one project per month for the community blog along with playing on their new "soon to be released" challenge blog too.

My first submission is called Dino Wall Art and it's a hybrid layout that has been framed to hang on our wall. I used the Silver Lustre text weight papers for printing my design and they make such an incredible difference on printed digital layouts. You have to see it. This paper puts a whole new spin on digitally based paper art.

The whole point of posting my designs to the PT blog is for you to go visit the PT blog so I can't give you lots of detailed pictures here. I will, however, give you a tiny peek to whet your appetite. Look for an additional post next week with more detailed information on the project including resources for the frame.

Even on this tiny sneak peek you can see the cool textures of the papers and ribbons that were all from Paper Temptress.

Be sure and scroll through all the recent posts on the PT blog for some great ideas and inspiraiton. The team members are all inspiring artists. Leave a comment too and tell them I sent you so they'll let me "keep my job" --smile.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Answering the call of the studio

Love Paris in the Springtime card made with double sided papers
from Prima. This was sent to my friend Sharonna who went to me
to Paris in the spring of 1995. Ain't life grand when you're a tourist?

I love my little blog, truly I do. And, I've loved my web site since it started in 2002. These are amazing things in amazing times when I stop to think about it...

But there's a catch--I don't want to spend more time photographing, scanning, posting, proofing, and publishing than I do in the studio.

Since we last met, so to speak, I've been a very busy Artful Tourist. Over 40 projects have left the studio for happy lives in my home, the mailboxes of my beloveds, the birthday, Easter and new baby gifts. It's been sheer joy.

A few highlights include:
  • A new Flash! Cards set featuring use of chalks and now available on the web site.
  • More samples of double sided print paper cards and recycled cards -- not yet available for viewing except the sneak peak of Paris in spring shown here
  • I was selected to design for a way-cool company called Paper Temptress. I will be posting on that blog monthly and linking over here. I've already finished a couple pieces using the amazing papers. I predict you will love using them too.
  • A set of ink background cards featuring bold stamps that has the potential to be another Flash! Card tutorial.
  • I started my new art journal -- still using the renew this book technique.
  • I spent less than $10.00 on art supplies/materials/tools in April 2011.
  • I found an awesome digital design resource called Deviant Scrap and I am  positively in love with the designer for Crow About Studio B. Check her out if you love the quirky.
  • The Artful Tourist Facebook page is featuring lots of quick art journal tips and links to cool inspiration. Please come join me there--you won't be overwhelmed with posts and I'd love to see you.
I'm sure there's more, but highlights are the key word here. Thanks for checking in and keep in mind that being kind to yourself makes you strong.