Thursday, August 28, 2014

Back with some new Art

Hello everyone!!
I'm finally back from my (other) hometown in Abruzzi! 
I had the lucky chance of meeting some long time good friends from all over Italy and my sweet relatives. I have spent such a great time with them! 
And I also had some time for thinking about my life and what I want to do with it (kaizen - kaizen - kaizen!!!).
So, stay tuned for news! :)

Here are some photos of Città Sant'Angelo (Pescara), a wonderful Medieval town stretched down the hills between the Adriatic Sea and the Grans Sasso and Maiella Mountains.
Definitely worth a visit if you come to Italy. :)

Links: 
WIKIPEDIA (English)
 WEBSITE (Italian. Info for visitors and online visit)








As soon as I got back home I took my art supplies and started painting!! 
I looked like an addict! Ehehehe!!
So, here what I came up to.



Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Found Poetry & FREEBIE Friday

Last post before leaving!
Next week I'm going to Abruzzi with my parents, because they have to sign some documents for my late aunt's house. I'm going to stay at least 2 weeks. Internet connection has always been very difficult there, so I think I'll post photos and such when I come home.

I'm leaving you with another page of my Mixed Media Found Poetry little book.
You can find a short sample video of it in my YOUTUBE CHANNEL
If you want to know what Found Poetry is, please read my previous posts. :)

It reads:
"My art
is a gift of the gods.
Mistery and
wonder"
Postcard size

And now to FREEBIE FRIDAY!
This week I want to share with you one of my digital papers.
It is for PERSONAL USE. Please, DON'T resell it or include it in personal or commercial collections.


Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Don't worry, Mom! I'll protect your Supplies!

This is what my friend Cream is telling me. :)

During the last week I have been working on an art project: a Found Poetry & Mixed Media "book".
See my PREVIOUS POST for an explanation of what is Found Poetry.

First I have painted, collaged and doodled some background pages (front and back) and then cut them into postcard size cards.

I have used an old Italian edition of "The Portrait of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde.
The collaged elements are also from scrap pages of the novel.

From each page I chose words or phrases and arranged them into new meanings. Then I glued each "poem" to each art card.

This is the cover. It says: 
" The most famous
portrait
creates huge sensation.
Confinement.
Humiliation."

I am now trying to create a video of all the pages.
For now I can only share a short sample:


See you for the complete video!!

Monday, July 28, 2014

My 15th Tangle: Leafheart & Found Poetry

Oh, what a crazy Summer!
Well, I guess we cannot talk about Summer this month, because the weather looks like November. Rainy and cold days followed by one hot day. Apart from the huge humidity I'm happy with it.
Now that my family has gone back to Canary Islands I can pick up my pencils again. :)

Yesterday I created my 15th tangle!
I called it LEAFHEART.

This year I joined an Italian Found Poetry Swap Group on FB.

From Wikipedia:
 Found poetry is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them as poetry by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning. The resulting poem can be defined as either treated: changed in a profound and systematic manner; or untreated: virtually unchanged from the order, syntax and meaning of the original. 

I like both kinds of Found Poetry and usually combine it with doodling and painting.
As I am still waiting for receiving my swap cards, I'm showing you some other pieces I made on Friday.
First I painted a background on an A3 sheet.
Then filled it with drawings, collaged papers, stamps and doodles and cut it into postcard sized cards.
I finished them them with some words cut from a book (I used Oscar Wilde's "The Portrait of Dorian Gray"), creating a completely new meaning. :)

Have a great week!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Waiting for Halloween & Other Stuff

Hellooo!
I am soooo proud of my new blog banner!!! :)
What do you think?

As you know Summer is not my favorite season.
While sitting on the sofa, trying to breathe and not to sweat, I usually focus on the coming of Fall. :)
This month my social check will expire and there are no jobs on sight... it's very disheartening. Luckily, my hubby has been working a few weeks during the last 3 months and we could pay our bills and his heart checkups. On Thursday he'll know wether he has to undergo cardioversion or not. Cross your fingers!

Going back to my longing for Fall, I have drawn a sugar skull.

In my previous post I wrote about a handmade gift for my Daddy's birthday.
Now I can show it to you!
I have made a card and filled it with some mandala drawings and a card with wishes from all of our family.
The actual gift was a Smartphone (because mine is a technologic Dad... ehehe). So we made a cardboard gift box and decorated it.
And here they are!

As staying in front of my PC is almost impossible due to the hot weather, I have picked up my Doodle Moleskine and made some new pages.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New Tutorial for Scrappin' Sisters and Daddy's Birthday

Helloooo!
I have finally started massage therapy for my backache. There's a massive contracture caused by years of bad posture due to chronic pain, due to Endometriosis etc. etc...(it's a long chain). Luckily I have a friend who is an Ayurvedic therapist and she is treating me at a very special price. :)

This month was my turn for a TUTORIAL for SCRAPPIN' SISTERS.
The subject is Create Your Art Journal. It shows you how I make my art journals from scratch.
I wrote it in both Italian and English.
Enjoy!

Today is my Dad's 80th Birthday!
My sister and nephews have come from Canary Islands and the whole family will be reunited tonight for a party.
I have drawn some mandalas to use for his birthday card.
But I cannot write more now, because he reads my blog and I don't want to spoil his surprise. :)


Being forced to lay down on the sofa for a week, I enjoyed drawing and coloring some bigger ones, too.


More to come! :)
Have a great week!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Going back to Mandalas: a Review

This last week has been a bit tough.
Migraines, backpains and bad news have been my companions almost daily. 
As I could not sit down on my chair, I spent most of my time on the sofa jotting down notes and playing with my pens. In a couple of days I made a new Mandala.
I have always drawn my Mandalas using round shapes and then adding lines and doodles by eye.

This time, instead, I used my friend (and co-migraine sufferer) Cindy's
Cindy is the owner of THE RAINBOW ELEPHANT website and LINE WEAVING COMMUNITY
In her blog you can find a number of FREE Mandala Templates for you to download and doodle, as long as patterns and tips about doodling.
Cindy's DIY Template System is a set of half circle grids that help you draw dozens of different mandalas.
You only have to download, print and cut the shapes, read the easy instructions and you're ready to go! You can create small and large templates and combine the shapes in many ways.

This is my first Mandala done with Cindy's Template System.
Have a great weekend!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday Freebie & Funding Campaign

It took me a little bit to write this post, because I had some PC issues last week.
Now (I hope) they should be fixed and I can give thanks to the AMAZING-AWESOME-WONDERFUL SOULS who helped me with my crowdfunding campaign! 
Toda y I went to the Post Office and shipped your rewards!
So, check your mailboxes in a week or two!
I hope you will like my artworks as much as I loved drawing them. :)
The crowdfunding didn't reach the requested total but, anyway, I'm happy with it and will be able to purchase some of the supplies I need. 
As soon as I receive them I'll write a post with photos! :)
So, thank you again
MASS - GENA - DANIELA - STEF - HEATHER - STACY - VALERIE - GINA - SELE - RENATA - BRENDA!
♥♥♥

As for my updates, at least I have one good news to tell you this week.
My  hubby has been working for two weeks now and it seems that he has got work for another 2 or 3 months. I know it's not much, but it's a starting point.
Cross your fingers!! :)
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And now let's talk about this week's FREEBIE!

Some of you already know that I am a huge fan of horror movies/books and everything strange, monstruous and unconventional. 
This time I have a little funny monster for you. :)
I created it starting from a PS action that I purchased some months ago.
I'm having a lot of fun creating these little furry monsters! :)
Enjoy!

It's a PNG file with transparent background.
This clipart is for PERSONAL USE. Please, DON'T resell it or include it in personal or commercial collections.

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My ETSY SHOP is growing bigger!
I have uploaded some new digital items.

 Printable Pennant Flags
https://www.etsy.com/listing/193086884/pack-printable-diy-editable-party?ref=listing-15

 Printable Recipe Cards
https://www.etsy.com/listing/193560275/printable-vintage-recipe-card-digital?ref=listing-9


 Printable 2x2 inches Small Owl Notecards
https://www.etsy.com/listing/194114546/printable-owls-small-note-thank-you?ref=listing-2
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And last but not least, here are a couple more journal pages for 
JOURNAL52 Challenge.

Rain or Shine

Party Animals

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Update #5

Still 36 hours until the end of my FUNDING CAMPAIGN.
Next week I'm going to write a dedicated post about it. :)
Today I have checked all the shipping adresses and I'm almost ready for shipping!
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And here we go with my latest updates:

1) Hubby is taking pills and having injections for his heart issues. At the end of this month he's going to a cardiologist and then we'll know wether he has to have cardioversion or not.

2) No jobs on the horizon. We are going towards Summer, and the chances of being hired now are very low.... Hubby is making occasional jobs, but the pay is not very good... We are going to bite the bullet and see if something will change soon. Fingers crossed!

3) I'm adding items on my ETSY SHOP on a daily basis.
I'm receiving hearts and visits, and I hope to make a selling jump soon! :)

4) With the last of my supplies I'm also catching up with JOURNAL52 CHALLENGE and creating some new drawings to put on sale.

A Day in the Life of Me

Where does your Garden Grow?
(This one is dedicated to Depression)

And these are some new Etsy Items (click images for link):

Printable Dry Erase Menu Boards
https://www.etsy.com/listing/192431436/printable-vintage-dry-erase-menu-boards?ref=shop_home_active_6

Printable Keep Calm Inchies
https://www.etsy.com/listing/192634466/keep-calm-36-printable-1-inch-squares?ref=shop_home_active_2

Printable DIY Love Coupons
https://www.etsy.com/listing/192710385/printable-diy-editable-love-coupons?ref=shop_home_active_1

Have a great weekend!

Friday, June 6, 2014

FREEBIE FRIDAY!

Last week I was chatting on Whatsapp with my nieces.
One was telling me she wanted a nose piercing but that my sister didn't want her to, while the other was talking about her favorite TV series, Supernatural.
I wanted to make them something that they could print and hang in their rooms.
Now you can enjoy them, too.

These images are for PERSONAL USE. Please, DON'T resell them or include them in personal or commercial collections.

Have a great weekend!