January 1, 2011

Art word of the Year (2011) – Sparkle!

Posted in Art for beginners, Fun & frivolity, Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 8:29 pm by amateur-in-art

Now for my Art Word of the Year

I’ve heard increasingly about people who are choosing to select a “word of the year” rather than make New Year’s Resolutions.  I’ve recently begun doing this, too, over the past couple of years, and I’m doing it again, this year. But in addition to choosing a ‘regular” word of the year, I’ve also decided to choose an Art Word of the Year.

I’m not even sure what it means to choose an Art Word of the Year. To me, it is both an artistic theme as well as a personal ambition. Either way,  it may be too ambitious, considering I hardly have time to make art or post anymore.

But I like this word, I want to use it in my art – and I think I want to use it in my life, as well.

The word is:

**  SPARKLE  **

I have lately been very taken by all things Sparkly.  Shiny rocks and gemstones (real or fake, natural or polished), fake stick-on sparkly things, bead-type sparkles and so-called scrapbook “jewels’, sparkly powders for use on polymer clay, embossing sprinkles, glitter and glitter glue.  ALL THINGS SPARKLY I must have!

Sadly, I’ve not really used any of them, yet, although I did use some incredibly fabulous gold-leaf type paper when I created a Christmas gift for someone.

I like the idea of having a Sparkly Life!   It sounds very S.A.R.K.-ian — and probably is.

I belive that if I make more Sparkly things, then maybe my own life will be more Sparkly too.

“Sparkly is as Sparkly does!”

What I hope for is Sparks of ideas, happiness, and creativity that is electric and energizing and successful, and maybe also starting (eventually) back to work on this blog – which will also by definition mean making more Sparkly Art!

Cheers to 2011!!

And get your Sparkle On!


© 2011, amateur-in-art

November 18, 2009


Posted in Art, Fun & frivolity tagged , , , at 10:37 pm by amateur-in-art

OMG, I just found out about the coolest thing, by way of Thrifty Collage Artist.

It’s called the Art-o-mat and is the very coolest thing! Old cigarette machines have been given new life as art vending machines. And they have a cool retro 50s feel to them, too. Take a look!

September 14, 2009

Candy, or Art?

Posted in Art supplies, Fun & frivolity tagged , , , , at 10:52 pm by amateur-in-art

It’s a sad state of affairs when I decided to purchase a chocolate candy bar just for the art-full possibilities of using its label in some yet-to-be-defined art project.


Chocolate is an important part of my life. But in this case, the label was more important, and was the motivating factor in its purchase. What’s more – it’s imported!

© amateur-in-art, 2009

July 13, 2009

Soul Journal – Day 22 – Self portrait

Posted in Art, Art for beginners, Art journals, Beginner's art, Fun & frivolity, Soul Journal tagged , at 1:01 am by amateur-in-art

Today’s assignment was to write a “today I feel” prompt, then go to work with finger painting!  (latex glove recommended!)

I used gray gesso to start on top of my writing and it really blocked things out too much, even when I mixed it with some white to lighten it. The pictures aren’t worth posting here.  Then I put on the background, using 3 colors – green, blue, and pink.  I just squirted the colors right onto the page and then smeared around with my fingers. I was hoping they would not blend so easily so I could have some pretty solid bands of straight color, but it did not work out that way.

Then it was time for my “self portrait”. I cannot draw or do anything like that, so I went with the basic stick figure. In the end, I decided that was fine because stick figure is equally childlike as finger painting, so I decided it was a good match. The stick figure has a balloon in her hand although it looks like something otherwise unidentifiable. I also filled her out a little bit, giving some substance to her body, to help show that she was a grown woman, and not a child.  Because it was finger painting and kids  often include their pets, I added a cat on the bottom left, but he looks kinda funny. (love the fluffy tail, though!)


Then Sarah told us to add personal symbols or things that were important to us. I definitely wanted to add a cardinal, and I think he didn’t turn out too bad, considering he was finger painted. I also added a book (ha ha – the black thing that looks like a sad butterfly).  At this point, I still had some black paint to use up, so I did “fingertip dots” around the edges of the pages – and I like the way that part turned out.

I’m not much for self-portraits, because I can’t draw other people, let alone myself, but I did like the finger painting aspect of this, and I esp. like my cardinal.  I think this would make a great photocopy page, to reuse in the future.

I believe we’re almost coming to the end of the Soul Journal Journey, at least, the initial one with Sarah. I had no idea it would take me this long, but I have really enjoyed the trip and the things I have learned about myself, and about art and art making, along the way. I really liked following along in Sarah’s blog, Caspiana.

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© amateur-in-art, 2009

June 6, 2009

Wreck This Journal!

Posted in Art for beginners, Art journals, Fun & frivolity tagged , at 12:45 am by amateur-in-art

Today is Day 1 of “The Next Chapter – Wreck This Journal!” led by Jamie Ridler. Even if you’re late, you can still join, and it looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun!

I’ve decided to start a new blog, just for it, so bounce on over to
Wreck This Journal – (An Amateur’s Adventures in Art) to see what’s happening!

© amateur-in-art, 2009

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