Sunday, December 30, 2012

My Happy Holiday

Hi  everyone!--I'm back--I  hope  you've  all  had  a  happy  Holiday  and   looking  forward  to  2013.   We  certainly  did  around  here--but  wow--I'm  a  bit  exhausted  and also  a  bit  glad  that  things  will  be  getting  back  to  normal.    One  of  my  favorite  parts  about  Christmas  is  shopping  for  gifts--I  really  do  like  getting  out  into  the  busy  stores  and  'fighting'  those  crowds--to  me  that's  fun--really!  But  I  also  did  some  online  shopping  which  can  be  a  bit  scary--just  click that  button, and  you  can  get  anything  you  want--I  have  to  admit--I  get  out  of  control.   I  even  did  some  shopping  for  me--
 
 
 
Pam  Carriker  is  now  offering  her  very  popular  online  class  Journal  365  in  a  DVD  format,  and since  I  never  took  this  class--well  I  decided  that  I  needed  this  for  Christmas.  I  haven't  really  started  watching  the  videos  yet  (4 discs!),  but  I  know  that  they'll  be  excellent--it's  Pam  Carriker--how  can  they  not  be?!
 
And  for  my  art  room--
 
 
This  is  a  print  that  I  ordered  from  Sharon  Tomlinson's  Etsy shop  Norah's  Ghost.   She  made  this  piece  during  our  online  class  A  Diary  of  Faces  (I  talk  about  this  class  in  my  last  post).   I   found  this  frame  for  it--nice  size  too--13x 19--perfect  fit--I  love,  love,  love  Norah's  Ghost!

And  I  found  an  unexpected  surprise  in  my  mailbox  on  Christmas  Eve--



I'm  in  the  latest  issue  of  Somerset  Studio  coming  out  in  Jan--THAT  was  a  very  nice  surprise!

So  now  that  things  are  winding  down,  I've  been  able  to  take  some  time  for  myself  and  'play'  in  my  room--one  of  my  favorite  things  to  do  is  paint  papers--





....and  then  doing  something  with  them...


 
 
 
 
 
I  enjoy  the  entire  process  of  making  pieces  like  this--from  starting  out   with  a  blank  piece  of  paper  (any  kind--text pages,  cardstock, canvas  paper,  watercolor  paper,  etc. etc.)  and  finishing  with  a  piece of  art--having  no  idea  how  they  will  end  up--the  papers  help  me  make  the  story.
 
So  I  hope  everyone  will  be  able  to  take  the  time  in  2013  for  their  passion  too--it  IS  the  best  therapy--even  in  these  very  cold  months  ahead  (well--at  least  in this  part  of  the  country). 
 
Happy  New  Year  everyone!!

15 comments:

Janet Ghio said...

So glad to see you back blogging! I always love seeing your art!

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

Yes! Me too... I love seeing your art. It was a sweet treat to see it in Somerset too. I was at Barnes last night and they had the new magazines out already! :) Congrats to you!! Happy 2013!

Kathy said...

Your painted papers are always such an inspiration! Congrats on the new Somerset. I received my copy last week and wanted to write you and just hadn't gotten to it yet in this miscombobulated time of year! I'm looking forward to seeing what you create from the DVDs.

sharon said...

You do amazing things Diane! I love how you make your own papers and then use them to make something else! That is pretty incredible. And your use of color is wonderful! Congrat's again on the magazine, you really deserve it!

Rosie said...

What a brilliant idea to just make pages and then make something out of them! I can see that working in my art journal, so thanks for the inspiration!

Emma Grace Anthony said...

It's been busy for me too but I just came back to blog world! Glad your back!!! You always amaze me and put a smile on my face!!!

CraftyViolet said...

I love your painted papers too - and what you are able to do with them. I have some 6"x6" paper that I know I'll never use and I may try to paint them before I start on large sheets. I'm very new to mixed media and art journaling but I love it!
Wishing you a happy, healthy and creative 2013.

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

What an impressive artwork!!!Wow...adorable Diane!

Wish you all the best and lots of creative inspiration in 2013

greetings, Alie :-)

rachel awes said...

happy new year and glad to see you back and congratulations on somerset!!! xoxo

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Hi Diane! Congrats on the Somerset Feature! It is so well deserved. :) I know great things will continue to be forthcoming from you in the year to come. :)

Marilyn Rock said...

Congrats on the publication; your art should be showcased. It's all so beautiful as are your painted papers.

Healthy and Happy New Year! xxoo

Theresa Plas said...

Happy New Years D! Looks Like yours is gonna be great!

Art and Sand said...

I randomly discovered you and can't wait to explore all of your posts. I make handmade journals, but don't have the skill to decorate them like you.

Retirement is 150 days away so soon I will have the time to play.

Juls said...

such gorgeous pages! Hugs Juls

krisatlarge said...

Fun to read your blog - I so love your art. congrats on the new Somerset publication! I took Pam's 365 art class so had to have the discs as well - you'll really enjoy it, Diane.

Kris - your friend from Seattle!

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