Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Give Thanks in all Circumstance...

Give thanks to the Lord for He is Good and His love endures forever! 

Hello Lovely people!! 

It's been a minute since I posted last, but lots has happened in the past 3-4 months.  The biggest change is that my husband and I moved our little family to Florida from New Jersey (exciting I know!).   We took a leap of faith and trusted in the Lord and so far so good (will share more on the move in a later post)!  

Anyway, I wanted to share with you some art that I worked on with the kids during the month of November.  On Wednesdays during Bible study I had the kids of the church do several art projects focus on giving thanks.  I wanted to make sure they got the message of being thankful at all time and appreciating and being grateful for the good times and even the bad times.  Of course I get funny looks when I include being thankful when times are tough, but I assured them that those are usually the moments when you learn to trust God and rely on Him.  So as 1 Thessalonians 5:18 states "give thanks to the Lord in all circumstance;"  

Here are some pictures of the kids in the process of making a mixed media piece, they had so much fun.  


 Materials: white crayon (as a resist), water color crayons, stenciling, stamping on water color 140lb coldpress paper



Here they are decopaging their little hearts out!! 


                                                     Adding some finishing touches, boarder and doodling




Super proud of the end results! 



I am extremely thankful to the Lord for the opportunity to share with you and I hope you enjoy my post and I hope to post more often in the coming year.  

Blessing to you all and remember always give thanks with a Grateful Heart!! 
Carmen

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Bog Hop Continues

Artist Around the World blog hop...


Happy Monday!! 

Last week I shared my answers to the Artist Around the World Blog Hop (if you didn't get a chance to read, please check it out here).  
So, I just wanted to remind you to visit Kirstin McCulloch's Listen to the Squeak Inside blog. I know you will enjoy reading her answers, and seeing her awesome work!! 

Before you go, I wanted to share my entry to one of traveling journals from the Face In the World Facebook group I'm in.    I gave you a sneak peak in last week's post, so here is the finished page.  


(this 5x7 traveling journal belongs to Joy Redington.  She is an incredibly talented artist you can see her work on her Facebook artist page here)

On this page I used... watercolor pencils, acrylics, white paint pen, black ultra fine sharpie, the Crafters Workshop mini punchinella stencil and some washi tape. 



Thank you for stopping by!

~Blessings
Carmen

Monday, July 21, 2014

Artist Around the World (Blog Hop)

My first blog hop!!

Hello Beautiful People! 

Today I will be sharing a little bit about myself with you thanks to the Artist Around the World blog hop!! In this blog hop an artist is asked to answer 4 questions in a post and also link you to 1-3 other artists that will be answering the same questions the following week. 

First, I want to give a big HUG and THANK YOU to the lovely Gracie Howle for asking me to participate!!  She is super sweet and her work reflects her very caring and tender nature! Please visit her at http://www.graciehowle.com and see how she answered the 4 questions.  

Ok, so here is just a glimpse to who I am and My Creative Me! 

1. Why do I do what I do? 

Art is relaxing, healing and just plain fun!!  I have always loved art and creating.  Last year, after a 12 year hiatus (give or take a year), I rekindled my love for art and I was introduced to the wonderful world of mixed media.
It has been such a blessing to my life and has given me the motivation to create and have confidence in my work!  I have also met a lot of amazing people who are open and real and love sharing themselves and their art with the world.  

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? 

Not sure... I have been taking inspiration from different people and trying all different types of techniques and styles that I don't feel I can separate myself as of yet.  I guess eventually I will find what best fits me.  I am sure you will see it all here if you continue to follow me in this journey! 

3. How does my creative process work? 

Since I'm in a year of learning (not that one ever stops learning), my work is usually driven by whatever challenge, project or swap I'm participating in.   I am usually working on 2 or 3 projects at one time, so my brain is everywhere.  Any ideas that pop in my head that are not connected to any current project, I document it in one of two idea journals. Hopefully I will get to bring some of those ideas to life one day soon!

My process for getting started differed from project to project and it is usually the hardest part of the process for me.  Sometimes I can just sit down with the theme/challenge and go at it without really thinking about it. But for the most part I usually have to go online for inspiration before I even sit down to create.  I can go for hours reading blogs and watching videos (I know I'm not alone on this).  Once I have my thoughts together and I decide on my supplies, I turn on the TV (need the background noise) and try to just let go and let the creative juices flow! 

4. What am I working on now? 

I'm addicted to swapping art!  I am part of several collaborative art facebook groups, ATC swaps and I even have a Swap-Bot account.   Keeping up with these projects has kept me very busy!
I am also enrolled in Life Book 2014, though I am way behind, and in June I started The Documented Life Project
also, I cant forget to mention the Napkin challenge from Mixed Media Monday with Tracy Weinzapfel (the woman who is one of the main inspirations to making art part of my everyday life)!  In the month of June we had a napkin swap and in the month of July it's all about sharing what we have created with the napkins!

I hope to post on the different project in the coming weeks, but until then here are some pics of what I been working on: 


     Some ATCs...


     Traveling Journal Pages via Face In the World Facebook group (works in progress)...



Thank you very much for visiting me! 


Mark you calendars so you can come back NEXT MONDAY, July 28, 2014, when this lovely lady will post her answers: 

Please visit the extremely talented Ms. Kirstin McCulloch at  
Listen to the Squeak Inside.

Kirstin doesn't know this, but I was introduced to Life Book by reading her blog post of her journey through Life Book 2013.  So, thank you very much sharing, I love reading your post! 

http://kirstinmcculloch.blogspot.com/



~Heavenly Blessings
   Carmen





Friday, May 16, 2014

Mixed Media Monday Creative Dare - April/May 2014


Music is in the Air

Hello People!!

April's (well April/May) Mixed Media Monday Creative Dare proposed by Tracy Weinzapfel was to choose a song that moves, and inspires you and incorporate it into your work. 

I love all types of music from gospel, to rock, to salsa, to bachata, to hiphop... event country! Because I'm bi-lingual, the choices are endless!
I have many favs, which change by season or mood: Third Day (Christian Rock), Group 1 Crew (Christian Hip Hop), Marc Anthony (Salsa Latin Pop), Camila (mexican soft rock), Isreal Houghton, Natalie Grant, (Contemporary Christian), Yolanda Adams, Mary Mary (Gospel), Rene Gonzalez (spanish Christian Contemporary), Prince Royce (bachata, Latin Pop) and I can't forget Prince and Michael Jackson! I can go on and on. 
But there is one song that no matter how often I listen to it, I always get goose bumps and teary eyed, and depending on my emotional state, I might even cry in the presence of the Lord in gratitude!!
The song is I Am Not Alone, by Natalie Grant.   Here are some of the lyrics, followed by my  journal page:

... You are here in my mind
I talk to you and all my fears unwind
I know I'm loved, for who I am, you make me want to be the best that I can
and you walk beside me, giving strength I've never known

And I am not alone, You walk beside me
Oh, I am not alone, Wherever the road leads


And I rely on your patience  When I face the unknown
And because of you, I am, I am not alone...


...In the sun, in the rain, Through the good times and in the pain
You're always beside me I reach out for your hand
I know that you understand... I am not alone





Thank you for stopping by!

Enjoy and Be Blessed,
Carmen

Also, posted on Art Journal Every Day, Creative Everyday, and Paint Party Friday

Monday, April 21, 2014

Back in the Class Room...

I miss teaching! 

I had the pleasure of teaching the Art Class at Amparo de la Niñez, Inc. (Children Safe Harbor, Inc) for the month of April.  It felt good to go back teach the class that I taught for over ten years way back when! (more info on Children Safe Harbor at the end of the post) 

We completed a mixed media piece of course around the theme of Resurrection Day!  The kids learned that they can use any house hold items to create texture to a painting.  We used toilet paper rolls, bubble wrap, cardboard, baby wipes and of course our fingers!! 
Each student interpreted the project in their own style, and I really encouraged them to let the creativity flow. 

We started by creating a background using the materials listed about with craft paints on 140lb coldpress watercolor paper (Canson 9x12 watercolor pad, $6 from Walmart). 
Then the children cut out a cross(es) from either magazines or cereal boxes, painted them or shaded them and adhered the cross(es) to the background with decoupage.  
They completed their project by adding text with sharpie marker and embellished with white gel pen.

Here are a few pics from the class: 


 


 




It was fun getting back into the classroom, and I always feel rejuvenated after working with kids... it's good for the soul! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

~Blessings, 
Carmen

PS:  Amparo de la Niñez, Inc. (Children Safe Harbor, Inc), is a non-profit, non-denomination, Christ-based organization dedicated to promote the welfare of children (ages 4-12), through programs designed to meet their spiritual, cultural, educational, and social needs.  This organization was founded in 1988 by Felipe and Myrtha Castro (kindly known as Tio (uncle) Felipe and Titi (aunt) Myrtha). I love them like family and they have been part of my life for 26 years.  








Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Faces... Pt 2

29 faces challenge - February 2014

Happy Wednesday!! 

Here are entries 7-10 for the 29 faces challenge (For entries 1-5 click here).  Yes, only 7-10... I will NOT be sharing #6 is was an epic fail!! I tried drawing a face from a photo (which wasn't too bad, been years since I attempted), then added color with pastel chalks.  It was not good at all... no not sharing (I don't even want to look at it!)


Enough of my rant... I did want to try adding color to the faces and because it has been forever since I worked with pastels (my first love...*sigh*) I wanted to give it another go.  

So I grabbed some pastel chalks, charcoal pencils (B&W), and color pencil on toned charcoal paper and went at it... see my results: 








 






























I know I'm a little behind, but I will catch up! I will have my 29 faces by the end of the month!  

Thank you for stopping by! 

Many Blessings! 
Carmen

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Your Love makes me feel...

HAPPY VALENTINE's DAY!  

Well Friday was the day of LOVE!!! Unfortunately, no babysitter equals no date night!  But that is ok, because we celebrate our love everyday!! (sap sap... yes I'm corny but I love my Bubba!!!)
Anywho... I did get a very touching valentine card, some yummy chocolates and a melt in  your mouth strawberry shortcake on Thursday evening.  It was very sweet, and I think he thinks he got some brownie points for giving it to me early...ok he did! 

My lovely gift from my love:

My hubby doesn't really care for receiving gifts on V-day, but I wanted to make him something special and something he will actually use.   Since he, like most people,  reads the card once, then I get an "awe thanks bub" and that's it, the moments is over and the card enters stationary limbo.  So I decided to make him bookmarks because he is always reading, especially for school, usually about three or four books at a time.   

I made him three bookmarks, inspired by designs I saw on Pinterest.  He really liked them and actually showed them off to his co-workers!  He's too cute!  

 




(Acrylics, B&W sharpie paint pens, charcoal pencil, washi tape, text on printer paper, TCW219 mini punchinella, and 7gypsies Clear STAMP Set Numbers)

Btw, we did get to go out on Monday night (dinner and a movie), thanks to my sister Melinda for staying with the boys. 

Many blessings! 
Carmen

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Happy Birthday Tio Joey!


For my Big Little Bro!! 

Hello everyone and Happy Thursday!  This past Monday (Feb 10) was my younger brother's big 3-5.  He is an awesome brother and a super uncle, so the boys wanted to give their Tio Joey something special.  So what is more special than something made from the heart!  

This was a perfect time to bring out the gelli plate, because gelli prints are unique and special, just like Joey! 
Each of the boys chose several color for their prints and used a paint brush to make their design. 

Here are some pics of the process.. Brian and Ethan are now gelli plate pros!


I made the cover just by brayering some colors on poster board, I decoupaged the words that I wrote on plain printer paper and added some washi tape for a little extra umph.  
The boys made two prints each, the first page was wishing their Tio a Happy birthday and the second page they wrote why they love their Tio Joey!  (well, I wrote Ethan's but the words are his)

~Brian (7yrs): I love Tio Joey because he takes care of me and lets me play Mario Bros Party 8
~Ethan (4yrs): I love Tio Joey because I love him! 


Happy Birthday Tio Joey, We love you!  

Blessings and thank you for stopping by! 
Carmen






Sunday, February 9, 2014

Faces...

29 faces challenge - February 2014

Hello people!  As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I have set many goals for myself and one of them is completing  ALL the challenges I enter.   So I will be posting my entries in groups depending on whether they are daily, weekly, monthly or one-off challenges.

Today I am sharing my entries for 29 faces challenge, entries 1-5.  29 faces is a challenge held twice a year for a month to encourage daily creative time.  You can use any medium, but the focal point is the face (animal faces are welcomed).  

I love this challenge!! One, because it makes me stop everyday and create, and two, because I love drawing faces especially eyes (forgot how relaxed it makes me feel)!

Below are my first 5 faces. I decided to keep it simple and just draw with pencil on paper.  I use text pages (1 & 4), regular printer pages (2&3, those I completed at work during mtgs...figured if I'm going to doodle anyway let it be a face!) and the last one was in my sketch book.





Thank you for stopping by!

Blessings,
Carmen

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

2014 - My Word is Trust

TRUST ~ Firm reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing
                ~ To have or place reliance... to be confident

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Yes, it is still the new year, even though we are already in February!    
I know I haven't blogged  in over a month, but I'm happy to say that I have been able to take time to create regularly.  I set many goals for myself this year and on the top of the list is creative me time!  

As I meditated on my goals and what I wanted to achieve this year, especially regarding my art, I started to feel a little overwhelmed.  My inner critic trying to add doubt on my ability to take out the time to create, or whether or not what I produce will even be as good as I envision it. 
Of course, I had to shake that off and not let that doubt fester but what it did do is lead me to my word.  So my word for 2014 is Trust!

Trust, Trust in me, in my talent, Trust in my Family, Trust in the Lord (especially the Lord), believing that the gift He has placed in my hands is for a purpose, which means I have a purpose and that keeps me encouraged!
 
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;
                                                                                                                      ~Proverbs 3:5


      ~ acrylics, B&W paint pens and charcoal pencil on an altered book

This journal entry is what I submitted for Mixed Media Mondays with Tracy Weinzapfel: January Creative Dare

Thank you for stopping by!

Blessings,
Carmen