Tuesday, June 19, 2012

defining an artist...yet again...

oh. my. goodness!

time flies when you're having fun - is it really 3:15???  we did a trip to wegmans today - i don't know if their less expensive but considering all of the specialty stuff they have that i added to the cart i think it would still be a pricier option than good old super walmart.  you just can't beat a super walmart.

after lunch i turned on the food network - i used to watch it constantly.  paula dean was on - love her!  so pezza was watching intently and when paula added TWO sticks of butter to a rum sauce she was making pezza squealed and said it was her her kinda show! i swear she cracks me up sometimes! 

Pezza and i worked together in the studio this morning doing the challenge over on Art Journal Cafe - i am trying to do some mixed media challenges the way i used to do card challenges - i love doing challenges!  it was a color inspiration challenge and my page is something i felt i needed to get off my chest:

i hate when folks start splitting hairs over whether a person is a crafter or an artist.  but it's worse when it is your mother.  of course she is also the woman who told me i would never get to go to college after i was divorced with two very small kids - so i went anyway right on up through a masters degree with honors!  and no she is not using reverse psychology.

here is the color inspiration we were given:

 I began by using distress inks to add color to my background.  next i used some pale yellow Claudine Hellmuth acrylic paint and round sponges to stamp on the circles.
i also used this very cool rubber stamp - a silhouette of a woman - it is one of the Blank Canvas Profiles from SCACD.  I thought it was perfect - that is me thinking Really mom?

i used some sequin waste and white acrylic paint to add some flower shapes and then decided to use a part of the sequin waste itself because it is so shimmery and pretty!  i decided i needed some blue in here so i mixed a little Dutch Iris Primary Elements into my gel medium before using it to glue the piece of sequin waste on.

this is the definition of artist on the bottom of the page.  and personally i think  it fits me just fine!  but it's no wonder i didn't discover my artistic abilities until well into adulthood.  i was always told i just wasn't an artist - it was not meant to be.  now that i have a daughter i make sure to do the opposite and i encourage her in lots of different directions.  including being an artist - her page for this challenge will be posted here tomorrow - i am quite impressed with her and she did it all by herself - all i did was provide the colors and materials!


  1. Looks great Marti... So talented!

  2. You sure rocked the color challenge! Great to see your spin on this!

  3. Love the whole meaning of your "ART"! Trust me, it is truly art! And amazing art!
    the PaperTemptress

  4. feels like art to me too! what a great layering on this page!
    thanks for playing with us at Art Journal Café :)
    one of the frappuccinos

  5. Looking great! ...and mothers, yes, they can be very hard on you sometimes...LOL