Sunday, August 29, 2010

Like a Hurricane

Congratulations to JOYCE for winning last week's challenge! Send me you mailing address: scrapacat at yahoo dot com and I'll get your prize out to you!

This week, we're watching several storms in the Atlantic ocean as Hurricane season fires up. Fortunately, it looks like the current spate of storms is going to veer away from land. This weekend marked the 5 year anniversary of hurricane Katrina, too.

Therefore, our challenge this week will be to include the category measurement for Hurricanes - wind speed. How, you ask, will we include wind speed? Why...with WIND! I want you to play with straws, compressed air or any other method of blowing paint or ink around on your page.

Your page can incorporate any theme, story or other elements that you would like. I want to see runny, drippy and spreading paint/ink in your final piece, though. That's it! So, let your imagination run, and get creatively messy! You'll have until 11:59 p.m. Central time, Saturday Sept 4th to link your project back here.

This week's prize is a paper pad from Basic Grey and 2 foil, glitter, and flock packs!

Have a blast! ~ky

Monday, August 23, 2010


Hello peoples! I'm so sorry for the delay and I appreciate your patience. I had a bit of a wreck on my bicycle, and I'm a bit banged up. I went to the hospital just as a precaution, and have been on pain pills. I lost a day in there somewhere! I'm ok - just bumps and bruises, and a badly sprained ankle. I do look a sight tho, so no videos. I knew I couldn't be hurt that badly, because I landed on my face! Hahahahaha!!

I loved all the entries from this week. I'm seriously glad that I pick by drawing because there's no way I could choose based on the artwork. Each one is uniquely beautiful and you all had something of a story within a story based on your song. Touching!!

Without further ado, the random drawing goes to POE!! She wins a set of one Tim Holtz distress ink pad and a roll of paper tape from 7 Gypsies! Yeeehaw Poe!

Now for the challenge. In honor (or satire) of my accident, I want you all to make something based on a childhood memory. See, I was doing something very childlike on a bike with a very non-childlike body! We call them stupid human tricks when they happen. In combination with the memory, I would like for you to include a favorite quote to keep the memory company. That's it - childhood memory paired with a quote.

Use any materials you like, just make sure what you submit is art journal related (i.e. sized for your book). Deadline is 11:59, August 28, Central US/CA time. This week's prize will be three unmounted (foam backed) stamps and an acrylic block. Pictures soon as I can manage.

I make things lots of times on separate paper or substrate, then add it to my journal when I'm finished. You are welcome to do this too. Thanks for making me feel missed, and for sharing your wonderful artful self with me! I just realized, I've not been posting the items I've made with the prompts, so I will correct that soon.

Happy creating!! ~ky

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sing, Sing a song

Sing out loud, Sign out strong! ~Perry Como

I love music. I love all kinds of music and most genres too. Chances are great that you too, my reader, have a passion or connectivity to music. Music paints a story in my head and it's better than anything a Hollywood producer could make for VH1 or MTV. I never have liked music videos for just that reason. Music is personal!

Is it personal to you too? Do certain songs take you back to a specific event or stretch of time? Is music theraputic for you? Inspiring? Let's take a look at music in our art journals this week.

Here are the details: Pick a song and journal about those feelings, or that event, or whatever it is that made you feel the need to select that song. Use whatever media you need to make us feel what you feel about that song. Include the title or something appropriate in your page so we know what song you chose. Have fun with it!

Last week you all amazed me with your gesso textures! A-Maze-ING! I know some of you struggled with your pages, but you pushed on through. Some of you didn't like the results, but you shared with us anyway. I love that - it shows strength, and that it's ok to not love your work. It probably taught you something, all the same!

So - the winner by random.CabanaBoy (he drew the name) - is KYM!! Woot woot! Way to go Kym!! Email me your mailing addy and I'll get the 7-Gypsies tape and Distress ink pad out to you right away! My email is scrapacat at yahoo dot com.

Alrighty  my lovelies - get your supplies out and turn that music up! You'll have until 11:59 p.m. August 21st to link your projects up here. Again, I cannot thank you enough for playing along with my challenges! They are so much fun!! Oh - we will have a prize, I just need to find and photograph it.

Ta for now, ~ky

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Embracing Your Gesso Dragon

Wow! What amazing work people! I am just so in awe of the response to my little challenge blog! Yippee!!

Mr. Linky wasn't very cooperative, so I will be checking out other options. I will be back to include the link language in a bit. You can always add your project in the comments to be included in the drawing.

This week, I've done a little tutorial video for you that explains and demonstrates your challenge. This video shows you the prize for this week's challenge, and also identifies the winner at the very end. It's my first video, so I promise I will get better!

Congrats to the winner!! Remember to post your link here when you're ready so you can be eligible for the prize drawing (deadline Saturday, August 14, 11:59 p.m. Central time). Enjoy and have a creative week!


Sunday, August 1, 2010

Big News!

Today's the day we start a new place in art journaling.

This is an Art Journal challenge blog!

What's an art journal? It's anything in a book form that you use to create art. It can be a ring-bound sketch book, a composition book you've altered, a book you've hand bound and used recycled cardboard for pages, a novel you've converted...just about anything that resembles a journal! I prefer to see a story told in the pages, and sometimes that requires writing, but that's just a personal preference. You can choose the materials and techniques that suit you!

Some of you know what a challenge blog is, but for those who don't, here's the skinny:

I post a challenge (can be a theme, a technique, a word prompt, you get the idea), and you have a week to make your journal according to the challenge requirements. You post a link to your project here, and we all go running over to see what you made, and leave you some love! You don't need to have a blog to play - you can use your Flickr website, a Ning site (so long as we can get to it), or even your Facebook photo section. At the end of that challenge's life (a week, remember?), I will draw from the entries for a prize!

Now, prizes at the beginning will be from my own stash, but I hope to get enough participants to eventually bring in sponsors. Wouldn't that be cool?? What should the first challenge be... hmmmm.

We just did the 30 Journals in 30 Days with Connie at Dirty Footprints Studio, so let us start there. Create a journal page based on someone's interview (yes, you can do a page about yourself!) to commemorate Connie's jubilant embrace of all things journally! When you have your page done, take a picture, upload it, blog (use the photo description area if you're on Flickr etc.) about this challenge and link your specific blogpost back here.

Please note: You did not have to participate in Connie's 30 Journals to play in my challenge. Just pick someone who inspired you to do a page, and let us know whom you selected! You may also do a page answering the 30 Journals in 30 Days interview questions (all or just one) about yourself! See? I'm easy!

Entries close at 7 p.m. Central time on Saturday, August 7th, 2010, and the winner will be posted in the next challenge on Sunday, August 8th. What are you playing for? This brand new, exclusive, luscious red rubber Ippity by Unity Stamp Set, a $21 value!:

So - get busy and get creative! I am so looking forward to your creations! Feel free to share the word - the more people who play, the better the prizes!

Ta for now, ~ky
(Sometimes, Mr. Linky is hiding. If that happens, leave your link in the comment section and I'll count it!)