Recently I completed another journal for a close friend. I learned how to make this particular journal from this wonderful site... http://dispatchfromla.typepad.com/dispatch_from_la/rotdoci.html . I absolutely LOVE making these journals, each one is so individual and personal. What do you think? Something you would like to have??
I do a monthly Post on Effy Wild's website - I choose a quote by the lovely Rumi, and paint something to go along with it, what inspires me. I then challenge all the people reading it to make something of their own with the same quote. You can visit us here: http://effywild.ning.com/workshops/the-rumi-project?xg_source=msg_wel_group Effy has a lot of courses she runs, Book of Days being my favorite.
Ok --- tonight was night #1 of new recipes to try and rate - just for you! We had Bacon Wrapped Chicken. A little time intensive, but got great results from girl-child and hubby. Boy-child...not so much! Here are a couple of pictures to show you what it looked like, recipe to follow. We also had Outback Steakhouse Sweet Molasses Brown Bread. Yum!
Here is the chicken recipe:
It is a kind of fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants thing. You just take a chicken breast, cube up some cream cheese. Add salt, pepper, season salt (whatever flavors you want). Put a couple of the blocks of cream cheese on the chicken breast. Add a handful of cheddar cheese. Take four pieces of bacon, laying two horizontally and two vertically so you can lay the breasts in the center of the "T" you just made. Wrap the bacon around the chicken - move to a foil lined pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes, turning over half-way through. Turn the temp up to 500 degrees and bake another 10 minutes, until bacon is crunchy. Enjoy!
And...the Outback Steakhouse bread recipe:
In the wonderful class, Supplies Me, with Jane Davenport, she challenged us to make a page going CRAZY with inks. Here is what my results were! I love inks - I used Dylusions, even though they usually come up through the layers, I kind of like that. The first thing I did was spray the various colors I wanted to use. Then I used a thick white Golden paint to stencil on top. When that dried, I used some gesso on a brayer to push back some of the bright colors so I could draw on it. I used a layer of clear gesso where I wanted her face to be, so it would somewhat hold back the ink from coming through. I used a Jane stencil for the face, and gave her wild flowing hair using two different dylusions spray colors. I sprayed them on, then pushed them around with some water. To finish, I set the painting upright, sprayed on some more sprays, and let them run down the page. One of my absolute FAVORITE ways to work. Thanks for the challenge, Jane!
Last May, some of you may remember I got to go to South Carolina for an art retreat with the amazing Jane Davenport - who came clear from Australia to teach us how to draw and paint mermaids! Well, she also has on-line classes, one of which is called "Supplies Me" and I am taking it right now. If you are interested in any of Jane's classes, click here:
I know an artist in South America who teaches the FUNNEST classes ever. Her name is Guadalupe (we call her Guada!) and I have taken two classes with her already this year - an angels class and a class on how to make your own art doll! If you want to know more, click here:
I am also taking a class from Effy Wild called Book of Days.
We learned how to bind our own art journal - and once a week we get a video lesson to work from. So fun! If you are interested, please click here:
Here is my journal, and a few pages from it...
My sister asked me to paint a "portrait" of her four kids. Well, I don't draw boys, at least I hadn't before. But, I decided to give it a whirl. Here is the finished product - after I showed this to some other people, I got orders for more! Yay!! Contact me at email@example.com if you are interested!
For the past 3 years I have taken an online art class called "Lifebook". It is run by the lovely Tamara LaPorte - and I LOVE it! We get a new lesson every single Monday for a year! This was one of my first creations, "Beacon of Light."
If you are interested in Lifebook, click here: