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Friday, February 25, 2011

Some Rambling...

Hi everyone...
I wanted to share with you some of my messes this week, and some other things...
This was a page that was started at my demo on this past Sunday at Jerry's...I think I will call it done. I don't know why I'm completely not satisfied with anything that I am doing lately...just feels like a mess...
Here's a page that I started, haven't finished yet, because I'm just not happy with it...so, for now, I will let it go....and revisit some other time.
I played around with doing some watercolor hearts from the class that I was taking online with Gina. She has so many great ideas for working with watercolor paints...something I have been completely obsessed with lately! I'm completely still in the learning stage with this though...you wouldn't think so with the looks of my watercolor paints stash...but I'm learning...




I've been at home with my daughter this week....and just when I thought I was at the breaking point...the door bell rings....hhhmmmm... THANKS JERRY'S!!!
I have been hoarding my gift certificates from the demos that I have been doing and in a weak moment of sheer boredom, I broke, and ordered some things that I have wanted for such a long time. Well, I REALLY want two new watercolor sets..
One from Lukas
And this one from Maimeri....





I warned you that I love watercolors, but these will have to wait...who knew watercolors were so expensive :)

So, I got these instead....still a color fix, right...
some watercolor pencils....
and some colored pencils...
Lets see if some new art supplies can get me going again.....
I was thinking about being in a slump....and one thing that is important is to just show up....I wondered if I was just bored....you know, needing to spice things up a bit.... here's a thought....anyone want to swap some collage/ephemera bits.....you know how sometimes playing with someone else's toys are alot more fun than playing with your own...maybe we can swap paper type things...what you would usually play with in your journals....
Let me know...I'd be happy to do whatever its gonna take to put some life back into my journals...
One more thing....I have been getting my fill of youtube and ustream this week, and wanted to share with you some great art journaling videos that I found....
RachO113 is such an amazing artist...she makes some wonderful things....
And, she has the most amazing haul videos that totally make me want to run out and shop!! Check out this journal page....She even has a ustream channel. Instant inspiration!! It will sink in one day hopefully!!!
Sorry for such rambling today....thanks for listening, and if you're interested in swapping some paper goodness, please let me know.
Until next time,
Ophelia

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Totally Uninspired....


Guess what....I'm in such a funk! Everything I touch lately turns to ruin... its horrible, I say...just horrible. I head up, make a mess of something, then head out. I have tried some blog visits, became completely inspired, headed to the studio, and well, you know what happened.

My daughter has been sick...and we have not been sleeping at all, so that may be what is causing this creative funk...

The bum part is that I have absolutely nothing to share....unless you would like to see the pile of dirty laundry that sits there...the unwashed dishes...my serious case of bed hair...just blah today...I will however try to get back later and share with you someof the things I have been doing.
So, for now, I just thank you....each of you, for your constant inspiration and encouragement...my visits to your blog keep my hope alive!
Have a great day everyone,

Until next time,

Ophelia

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Back to some Art...


I hope that you are enjoying a beautiful day where you are. Here the weather is so perfect....

I did get a bit of playtime in the studio today between cleaning, grading papers, cleaning, laundry, and more cleaning (and honestly, it looks as though I have not done a thing!)
Also, I am doing a demo tomorrow at Jerry's Artarma in Raleigh 1-3 where I will be playing in my art journal with Gouache!!! Should be REAL interesting since I have not yet a clue as to what I'll be doing...I'd better get busy!!!
Until next time,
Ophelia

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Collage Packs for a GREAT Cause...

Its time to get your collage goodness for a great cause!!!! I gave this a try last year for a family in need, and your outpouring of generosity was just so amazing! I hope that you will offer your help again!!!!

Each pack is $25 which includes shipping...you can send a paypal to sstaton3@nc.rr.com or email me at the same address for other options....



Please consider treating yourself or your friends to one of these great collage packs!
Each pack is filled with pure collage pleasure to be used in your Art Journals, Altered Books, Mixed Media Collages....whatever it is that you imagine!!!!
Dictionary pages galore!! Foreign text pages, vintage ads...
Cool papers, painted papers....
Handwritten letters, tags.....

Ledger pages

Gorgeous stuff!!!
Each pack is different and is being offered for a donation of $25 which includes shipping!
I would REALLY appreciate you help in spreading the word as well!
Thanks in advance!!
Until next time,
Ophelia

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Time to Reconnect...

Today we have been blessed with a delay at school, and I happily spent the time in my studio. It seems lately I have been thinking about friendship...what kind of friend am I...what it takes to be a friend....



I realized that I am not really such a great friend...time just seems to get by, and before long, it has been years and years since I have spoken to the friends out there that I have. It seems that I never have time, or I should say, I don't honestly make the time, to connect anymore. It wouldn't take to long to pick up the phone to say hi, maybe grab a cup of coffee or lunch or something...but time just simply slips by.

I have decided that I will make the time to reconnect, as I have missed out on so many things with my friends...children being born, weddings, etc. I have met so many amazing people in my life, and most of them have been lost to busy days of work, children, well, you know....
Childhood friends, sorority sisters from college, friends from days of old....it is time to reconnect...and from this day forward, I will do my best to be a friend.
I realized that in order to have "friends", I have to be one....its time.
Until next time,
Ophelia

Monday, February 7, 2011

Happy Monday...

Gosh, I don't know about you, but last week was the longest week for me on record! It seemed to take forever to get to Friday, and then in a blur, it was Monday morning again...I just somehow can't seem to keep up!!
I did a demo at Jerry's on Sunday, and it was soo much fun!!! I was working in the Passport journals, and I have to tell you, its been a long time since I have worked in (A) a small journal, and (B) a journal without spiral binding....
So, this page is not finished, but it will get there as I have really enjoyed working in these!
Anywho, I hope that you all have had a great start to your week....I look forward to getting around to some blogs....with papers to grade and planning, its all I can do to just keep up.
Thank you all so much for just your continued support and blog love....
And, stay tuned....I have been digging, as its time to offer collage packs again for a good cause....I hope to have those ready and posted soon.
Until next time,
Ophelia
Ophelia

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

In a Flash!

Gosh, I'm not sure about you, but I have no idea where January went....with normal house stuff, and switching schools (I will NEVER do that again in the middle of the year!) I just can't explain where the time went...


Here is my February calendar......I am bound and determined to finish 12 months of these...


Bye bye January....

Until next time,
Ophelia
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