Monday, March 19, 2018

Monday Art Journal Peek - March 19th

Good morning friends, and Happy Monday!!!  Errrr.....March is flying by....have you noticed that?  We celebrated the hubby's St. Patty's Day birthday on Saturday by going out to breakfast and relaxing at home with a movie before he had to run out and perform in TWO....count 'em....TWO plays!  He is in Diary of Anne Frank and Bent.  I had the pleasure of seeing them both this week at Theater Cedar Rapids, and they were gorgeous!  Well done!!!  

I'm popping in today, as promised, with another peek into my art journals.  This spread was created in an old altered book about Whirligigs.  Ha!  

I'm really loving gray alongside the brighter colors.  The collage paper in this piece is a leftover scrap of kraft paper that I cover my work table with.  Every few days, the paper gets messy enough that I need to change it I save the most colorful bits for collage.

As you can see from this pic, I also really love scratching into wet paint.  When it dries, it leaves behind the coolest texture.  The scribbles are from a heavy graphite pencil, and water soluble crayons.

I keep a little notebook handy of quotes that I this is the one that made the cut.  Easier said than done sometimes....being bold everywhere....but it's something to aspire to, nonetheless.
Have a wonderful day!  -Dori

Monday, March 12, 2018

Monday Art Journal Peek! March 12th.

Howdy pals!!!  I'm going to TRY to be consistent with a new weekly feature here on the blog, and call it something catchy, like "Monday Art Journal Peek."  HA!  Every Monday, I'm going to give you an in depth look at a fairly recent journal page.  The good, the bad and the ugly.  Hopefully it will inspire you to crack the spines on those neglected journals and altered books again, and move your hands.  

I absolutely LOVE working in a book.  There's just something about it.  I guess it's the "non-preciousness" of it all.  It's 100 times less intimidating than a (sometimes) expensive blank canvas.....and there's something about knowing that what you're making is just for you.  No need to share it with anyone else, if you don't want to.  That idea is so freeing to me.

This spread was done in an altered old book as opposed to a blank journal is even MORE freeing, because the page isn't blank.  Someone has already made the first mark for you!  Ha!  

That patch in the lower left corner is fabric that I stitched on the sewing machine earlier, and I just felt called to use it I gessoed it, added some marks, and the quote.  I glued it down with some heavy matte gel medium.  

These pages are a mix of acrylic paints, and collage papers, glued down.  The stars were already cut out, found in a goodie bag at a thrift store.  The angel sticker.....she literally just fell on the floor while I was rooting around for things, so I slapped her in there.

Pencil marks.....I adore them.....and crayons.  Scribbling is one of my favorite things to do, to get the cobwebs outta my brain.

And my favorite part of this spread is the stitching!!!  I punched holes along the curve of the page with a circle punch, and then randomly stitched over the openings.  This was really meditative for me....and I just love the "webs" that I created.  They seriously excite me, and I feel like I want to stitch up my entire book now!!!!  Happy Monday, friends.  Make it a good one.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Prayer Flag Workshop at Prairiewoods

Come play with me at Prairiewoods!!!

MARCH 10th 9am-4pm
Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center
120 E. Boyson Road, Hiawatha, Iowa 52233

Do you have some "good vibes" or loving intentions that you would like to send out into the universe?  Let's  turn to our inner creative spirit and do that together!  The power of positivity and hope through challenging times cannot be underestimated.  As a group, led by local mixed media artist, Dori Patrick, we will create prayer flags for healing.  Your completed flags could be a beautiful addition to your home, or a gift for a friend.  This will be a fun day of moving our hands with paint, printing, embellishing and sewing.  We will work with paints and inks in the morning.  A delicious lunch will be provided by Prairiewoods staff for our mid-day break, and in the afternoon we will move on to assembling and embellishing our flags.  This class is for adults only.

PLEASE NOTE:  A sewing machine, and general knowledge of how to use your machine will be required for this retreat. We will have plenty of power cords for you to plug into your station.  Most of the supplies will be provided for you, but there will be a small list of suggested items that you might like to bring along to personalize your flags. (not required, but fun!)  Dori will provide a printed hand out and small goody bag for you to take home, detailing the steps and supplies we used during the day, so you can make more.  Cost for this all inclusive day long retreat is $100, and you will need to pre-register by contacting Prairiewoods at 319-395-6700, or register online by clicking HERE.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Sacred Heartaches

Happy Hump Day, friends!!!  Just a quick check in with what's happening in the studio these days.  I finally feel like I'm getting my mojo back.  I think.  I've been having some nice, productive days in the studio....playing with some new ideas....and just making whatever I feel like.  Yay!  I'm currently obsessed with sacred hearts in my journal...and have moved that idea to some canvases.  Here are some in progress from the other day.....

Sacred hearts in the sunshiney spot in my studio

I really love the symbolism of a heart with flames leaping from it!!!  If you google "meaning of sacred heart", you can find many interesting stories of what this symbol means in different cultures and religions.  Personally, it reminds me of strength and passion.  I'm excited to make more.  Larger ones, and possibly some sculptures?  Hmmm....

Sweet Princess Elsie Fuzzybutt Cutie Pie

In other news, this is an emotional week here at the Patrick house.  Our sweet girl Elsie has been in decline for a little while now.  She fought (valiantly, I might add) cancer last year.  She had a positive response to the treatment, and was able to enjoy several extra months of life.  I mean, GOOD LIFE.  She has always been our active one...running, fetching, leaping in the air to catch her ball.  She had extra time to do all of that.  It was amazing.....and I can tell she was grateful.  The cancer is returning, and is slowing her down again.  She's very tired and achy.....and I'm thinking a lot about our goodbyes.  I know they are coming soon.  For now, we are keeping her comfortable and loving on her every chance we get.  When she's too tired to get up to greet us, she thumps her tail on the floor to let us know she cares.  It's not fair that such pure, loving souls can't stay longer than they do....but there it is.  Hoping you all are staying warm and cozy and creative through the rest of January!  We're almost there!  February is around the bend now.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Wake Up. Kick Ass. Repeat. My new year mantra!

Good morning friends, and happy Friday!!!  And happy new year!!!  2017 was kind of a challenging year for our family....we had several small health battles, for both the humans and the furry ones!  We are happy for the new year, and a fresh start.  I decided my mantra this year would be based off of a piece of my art:  "Wake Up. Kick Ass. Repeat."  To me, this means trying to tackle each day, doing the best I can, and hopefully making things better in my wake.  That's the idea anyway.  (smile)  Always trying to work on that "make it better" part.  Ha!  

Well, I've put together a little "multi pack of items with this inspirational saying on them....
This fun bundle of goodies includes.....
one 6x6 print
one 8x8 print
2 square greeting cards with envelopes
and two 2" stickers

Click HERE to go to the Etsy shop to purchase.  Free shipping on this item only, in the U.S.