Sustainable Souls-June and July 2017

Hi everyone! I am doing a quick catch up post on my year long Sustainable Souls collaboration. June’s theme was “Carbon Footprint”.

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A carbon footprint is defined as: The total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). My immediate thought when reading about this was of an old abandoned factory. Very smoggy, dirty, and polluted. I am documenting each monthly theme in a recycled journal that I made, and carrying out the themes using children and how our actions are impacting the future generations. This is the journal spread that I made to represent this particular theme:

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July’s theme was a fun one for me! It was all about saving the bees.

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Honey bees are very important, as they perform about 80 percent of all pollination worldwide. A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day. How incredible! I wanted this journal spread to reflect the beauty as well as function of these hard little workers, so this is how I chose to express this theme:

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Please check out my fellow artists and their interpretations of each monthly theme at https://thesustainablesoulsproject.blogspot.com.

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Sustainable Souls Project-January: Planet Earth, We are all Connected, Ecosystems

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Good morning! This is my first project for the year long Sustainable Souls Project hosted by my good friend Tina Walker. If you are interested in learning more about this project, please click HERE. Every month we are exploring different themes through art. This month’s theme is Planet Earth, We Are All Connected, and Ecosystems. I chose to express this theme with the creation of an art journal made from recycled materials and eco dyed papers.

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For the cover, vintage silk ties were quilted together and backed with muslin and then machine stitched. In my mind, the different styles and types of ties represented the diversity of humankind. Stitching them together is a way of “connecting” us. Binding the book with the string is what holds us all together.

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The inside signatures were created using the eco dying process on heavy weight paper, a technique that I learned from Tina last summer. The pages were created using only items found in nature to create color and texture.

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I am looking forward to creating more pages in this book as they year moves along, using the different themes that we have planned!

Starting From the Same Place Artist Collaboration

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Hello everyone! It’s been a few minutes since I’ve blogged 🙂 Today I am sharing with you another artist collaboration project that I recently completed. My good friend Tina Walker hosted this incredible challenge for over 60 artists from all over. The goal was to create a piece of art with everyone using the same materials.

After seeing all of the goodies provided by Amazing Casting Products, Beacon Adhesives, and Stencil Girl, I was inspired to create a mini book. 14481857_10209122052041092_834730878472343730_o

These are the materials that we were given to work with, with a few variations.

And this is my mini:

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You can visit these other sites to see what the other artists have created. There are so many amazing projects, and I love to see how differently everyone used the same materials!

Weaving Artist Collaboration

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Hi everyone! I wanted to share a quick post on a project that I completed about a month ago for another round of our artist collaborations. This time the theme was weaving. This is my first attempt at weaving, and there’s a definite learning curve, but all in all it was a fun little project.

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I used a few different types of yarn, and some rustic twine. I may go back later and add to this. I made my project small, since I was just trying to get the hang of it. I also added a piece of driftwood that I found on the beach in Galveston a few months ago. This is definitely not one of my best projects, but it was fun to try something new and I will probably continue to keep at it. 🙂

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We’ve organized a little blog hop to show off all of our weaved projects. You can check them all out by visiting the following links:

Martha Richardson

Beth Soler

Albion Gould

DeeDee Catron

Tina Walker

Laura Mooney

Robyn Crowningshield

Enjoy!! 🙂

For the Love of Mixed Media Blog Hop

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Hello everyone! Welcome to our first “For the Love of Mixed Media” Blog Hop. I’m so glad you’re here 🙂

Our theme for this hop is hearts. I decided to alter a paper mache heart. I had some lovely “Downton Abbey” tissue paper that I’ve been hoarding, and I used it to cover the heart completely. I added some fabric trim from my stash, and a broken Charlotte doll that I molded with Amazing Mold Putty and casted with Amazing Casting Resin. I also had some doily pieces that I cut into little wings and added behind my molded piece.

And here is my ornament!

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For more heart inspired projects, please visit my fellow artist’s blogs:
Christy Strickler: http://myscrapbookevolution.blogspot.com/2016/02/for-love-of-mixed-media-blog-hop.html

Robyn Crowningshield: http:///cozienookhomestead.wordpress.com/2016/02/for-love-of-mixed-media-blog-hop/

Tina Walker: http://adogslife-thirteen.blogspot.com/2016/02/for-love-of-mixed-media-blog-hop.html

Katie Smith: http://www.punkprojects.com/2016/02/mixed-media-heart-journal.html

Beth Soler: http://scrappingwonders.com/for-love-of-mixed-media-blog-hop/

Susan M. Brown: http://sbartist.blogspot.com/2016/02/cre8time-beauty-lies-within-for-love-of.html

Lulu Bea http://lulubeas.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/mixed-media-altered-art/

Altered Paper Mache Animal Collaboration

Hi everyone!! I was so excited to participate in another fun collaboration with a bunch of my fellow Facebook mixed media artist friends. This time, we all altered paper mache animals!

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My original intention was to create my animal from scratch; however, time got away from me (as it normally does this time of year) and I ended up ordering a pre-made animal instead. I opted for the always cool camel.

I love using bright and bold colors in my art, so I couldn’t wait to give my camel a glamorous makeover 🙂 I started out by covering the whole body with a few layers of paper napkins from World Market and Mod Podge.

Then, I glued on some colorful bling and put a layer of gold glitter paint all over. I also painted the saddle in bright colors. Finally, I added a nice thick layer of Amazing Clear Cast Resin over the entire body. I love how the resin turned the matte look of the paper into a glossy finish! It really made the colors pop and the glitter shine 🙂

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I couldn’t stop with just my camel though…she needed a home! So I repurposed a box and turned it into a fun little desert getaway. Yes, my camel is glamping! You can find more details on this part of the project HERE.

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Follow our hop to see more fun altered paper mache products!

Laura Mooney

Michele Kosciolek

Tina Walker

Christy Strickler

Albion Gould

DeeDee Catron

Mitra Pratt