Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Yesterday, I had the privilege to attend CHA Summer 2012 in Chicago, IL. (Thanks Amy! You are the best!) WOW!!! 8 straight hours of creativity. It was amazing, inspiring, overwhelming, and intimidating all at once. I had the chance to meet people I have only seen in other peoples photos, hug and chat with those I have met before and love seeing any chance I get, and even miss those that I didn't get to see because they were not attending this year. (You were missed greatly Jess!!)

I absolutely LOVE to see what other people do with both scrapbooking and mixed media products. I learn something new every chance I get to be in the presence of other designers. Sometimes it is a WOW that is amazing moment, and sometimes its a DUH, why did you never think of that dork moment. That is ok though, as long as I continue to always be open to educating myself and pushing my comfort zone box to be bigger.

I do have pictures to post for CHA, but I want to wait for a few more from a friend before I upload them. Keep watching. They will pop up on here soon.

While sitting and talking with Donna Downey, I told her that I absolutely LOVED her Canvas Create Class. It is an monthly online class that she started back in January. Every month she creates a canvas and then emails us a video and inspires us create our interpretation of it. I love the class because it is teaching me techniques, pushing me to do things I would have never thought to do on my own, and inspiring me to just create and be adventurous. In 5 months, I have learned so very much. Thank you Donna.

While chatting with Donna, and doing her make n take, I shared that I was behind in class. I had managed to finish May's canvas, but had not started June yet, and I had just received the July email. UGH!! What Donna said to me was very profound, and really stuck with me the rest of the day. She said:

"You are not behind, because you are farther than those who have done nothing at all."

I have a nasty habit of beating myself up because I did not get this or that done in what I thought was a timely matter. This is wrong. Donna helped me see that. I had decided when she first announced the Canvas Create class, that I was going to take this year and spend some time on ME. You see, like most of us ladies, I seem to pour myself out for my kids, my husband, the house, the garden, or even the job that I love. What I don't always do is find time for me. My Canvas Create time this year is just that, time for me!! It doesn't matter if some months it takes me 6 weeks to finish a project, or only three days. I need to learn to value MY TIME, MY LIFE, and MY ABILITIES and never put myself down because I have mistakenly compared myself to someone else.

Ok, that is it!! Lori will now step down from her soap box. Now to the fun stuff!!!

So, here is the last two canvases I have created that were inspired by Donna's Canvas Create Class. They were done at the end of June, but I never had the chance to blog about them before now.

This one I call Believe (Or Canvas #4 - I refuse to go by the timetable of a certain month anymore)

I did my background similar to Donna's, but used a different stamp set.

The cool technique this month was a resist using modeling paste and a large stamp.
We took a 12x12 canvas and covered the entire front in modeling paste. Let it dry until the paste forms a skin over the top, but will still indent if touched. At this point, push your stamp into the modeling paste and make an impression all across the bottom. Let it sit until completely dry before starting to paint.

I absolutely love the texture on this canvas. I am not sure if the photos convey it well, but it is a very 3D canvas. The final front area is completely different than Donna's. I saw this quote on Pinterest and decided I wanted to use it. I love the way it turned out.

This one I call Finger Flowers (Or Canvas #5 - Once again, I refuse to go by the timetable of a certain month anymore)

This month we used a Black gessoed stretch canvas. I believe mine is 16x20.
It was the largest I could find locally.

The cool technique this month was that the entire canvas was painted with our fingers and a paint knife. It is by far one of the coolest things I have ever done. I absolutely love this canvas!!! Both the black canvas and finger painting were something I have never done before. (Except maybe in preschool) It was a lot of fun!!

If you are interested in Donna's monthly Canvas Create class or any other event she is currently doing, you can check out Donna's online store at:

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Impromptu art and planned art can both be fun

Yesterday, I was cleaning off my desk trying to prepare for my normal Monday nights. I usually spend my Mondays with Tracy Weinzapfel. She does a regular Monday night LIVE stream on Ustream where she creates something on the fly. Those of us chatting offer up our input on what she should and should not do. Why she listens to us, I have NO IDEA!! LOL. Sometimes if my schedule is hectic, I just watch and chat, but last night I had a completely free night, so I had planned during the day to clean off my desk and then play LIVE right along with her.

Well, as plans usually go, mine changed. Well, you could say I got distracted. Here was my thought process while cleaning off my craft area:

1) Make small progress on desk.
2) In cleaning off desk find - new jar of modeling paste.
3) Wonder if living in 102 degree heat may have an advantage. Could modeling paste dry faster outside on patio?
4) Decide that I must quickly try experiment. (I got some new stencils the day before. They were screaming from their package that they needed used. Not my fault.)
5) Set out 6x6 canvas outside to dry and go back to cleaning.
6) Stumble across Copic refills that I bought after seeing a good friend Dick Folse do a demo of his art.
7) Yell at myself for not trying the technique. It has been an entire MONTH. UGH.
8) Decide to quickly try Dick's technique and place that canvas to dry outside too.
9) Quickly learn that I did not buy the canvas like Dick uses AND that there is a major learning curve to dripping alcohol ink from the Copic refill.
10) Also learn, that if you decide to absorb some ink (Like Dyan Reaveley does ALL THE TIME) you should make sure your paper towel does not have a textured bumpy pattern. It will show up in ink!!
11) Decide, I am a genius!! Ink and paper towel should be the new rage. Absolutely love texture impression in ink!!
12) Learn quickly to not let daughter view the process of creating ANYMORE. Between the paper towel incident and the fact that I have no idea how Dick drips Copic ink without being completely covered in it, she is now laughing at me hysterically. UGH!!
13) Take second canvas out to patio and continue cleaning.
14) Nearly done, plenty of time for class.
15) Go check on dry canvases. They do dry outside MUCH quicker.
16) Bring in canvases and decide I will use the modeling paste one for Tracy's online Ustream. It is stretching my creative brain, because I only know she is using a 6x6 canvas. I have NO IDEA what else.
17) Look at Copic Canvas and like colors I used.
18) Remember I never did the canvas Tracy did last week
19) Decide to quickly add quote and a corrugated heart to canvas just like Tracy did last Monday when I just watched.
20) Get Canvas quickly done and post a picture online before it is even completely done drying.
21) Realize I did not finish cleaning desk area, and class starts in 10 minutes. NUTS!!!!!

Here is the Impromptu Art that I did using Dick Folse's drip technique, Dyan Reaveley's paper towel cleanup, and the quote and inspiration from Tracy's online Ustream from June 25, 2012:

Here is the video of Tracy online on Ustream from June 25, 2012:

And here is the video of Tracy from July 2, 2012 (I created while watching her LIVE using the 6x6 canvas that I threw some modeling paste on and dried outside earlier in the day.)

 And this is the canvas I created:

And here is a list of the supplies I used:
Modeling paste on a 6x6 canvas
Red and yellow gelatos
Black Soot Tim Holtz distress ink
India yellow hue and green gold golden acrylics
Black Faber-Castekk PITT artist pen big brush
Black and white divine twine
Black chipboard letters
ButtonLlabel maker
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
Foam tape
Helmar 450 Quick Dry

Creating LIVE with someone is stressful, but I challenge everyone to try it. You never know what is coming up next, but it keeps you out of your head and keeps you from over thinking every little detail. For someone who plans things WAY TOO MUCH, this is a skill that I need to learn. Tracy is helping me do that.
Thanks a bunches girlfriend!! HUGS