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Hello!
You have found me.  This is my online art world, where I post all things creative that started with that creative spark within, and found its way out. I LOVE being inspired, and I hope that I inspire you.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cute, Fun and Inexpensive Christmas Gift for kids


Good Morning,

I am currently trying to get all my Christmas Shopping done, and I wanted to share a GEM of a book with you.  It is so affordable, and it gets your children off the computer, away from the television, and into their creative minds.

Kawaii means "Cute" in Japanese, and this book is filled with Cute Fun!  From character descriptions, how to draw them, and various puzzles, riddles and jokes.  

It is portable, and will keep them entertained while visiting family over the holidays!

What more could we ask for?  Have I mentioned that it is affordable?

It is available on


and 


Happy Shopping!
Hugs,
Tanya

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sparkle-Page 1 of my Recycled Cardboard Book



Hello,

I have decided to recycle the cardboard at work, and make a book of fond memories for my girls based on my past, and their childhood.  The above is the very first page.  It contains all the magical elements from my Oma (Grandmother) that I am now sharing with my children.  

When I was a child I would explore her sewing room, gathering buttons and fabrics, and simply sitting around all of them in awe. Organizing the buttons was one of my favorite things to do.

My Oma called me her Sunshine #1, as I was the 1st Grandchild, however I was but one of the many rays of sunshine in her life.  My Oma was a dreamer, and had so much talent. She had magical butterflies in her bedroom that moved during the night, and when I stayed with her each summer, I would awaken to find them in different places. I taught her how to say her first french word as well;  Papillon!

I hope I have inspired you to look into your memories and start creating.
Happy Krafting,
Hugs,
Tanya

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Coloring Animal Mandalas by Wendy Piersall


Hello! Have I got an amazing book to share with you. 


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This book is simply wonderful. I have included the one I colored in, but I want to mention that both my girls, ages 8 and 10, have started coloring them too.
I decided to give this book to them when they were upset about something. 10 minutes into the coloring, and they both calmed down. Focusing and using pretty colors to fill in the wonderful mandalas in this book helps calm the mind. It worked for all 3 of us on different occasions. 


I was fortunate enough to get a copy of an interview with the author. It is quite informative, and interesting. This is what Wendy Piersall had to say;

1. What are mandalas?
Mandalas are circle drawings that have history in ancient Buddhism and today are used in art therapy, meditation and as beautiful decorative art. Monks used to take days to make mandala designs out of colored sand, then sweep the sand into the water to teach the impermanence of life.

2. Why animal mandalas?
I first drew animal mandalas when my oldest daughter was going through a phase of a deep love of animals. At the time, she wanted to become a marine biologist and I was looking for inspiration of mandalas to draw for my kid's activities websites. Years later, my editor from Ulysses Press found them and approached me to do a whole book of animal mandalas. I jumped at the chance!

3. Why should adults color? (or How can adults find coloring relaxing?)
I find coloring relaxing for several reasons. Coloring was a favorite activity as a child, so it's easy to tap into the warmth and happiness of those memories when coloring. My mother has Alzheimer's, and the nursing home where she lives also does coloring activities with their residents because it is calming, easy and enjoyable. Mostly, though, I find it extremely meditative to both draw and color mandalas. You really have to clear your mind to color them and simply pay attention to the lines and colors. It makes you focus your thoughts away from daily life and stress and on the simple process of coloring.

4. Is illustration mandalas as relaxing as coloring them in?
As I mentioned before, yes, though sometimes I get stuck on the creative process when my perfectionism kicks in. When that happens, I walk away for a while or work on a different drawing. Just like with life, if you over think things, it's best to take a break and approach drawing with a fresh perspective.

5. How often do you color?
These days I've been coloring almost daily! In some ways, it's a nice break from drawing, because I get to enjoy the art rather than work on creating it. It also feeds my creativity, because I'm starting to get new ideas for more coloring pages to draw in the future. I have to be proactive against getting burned out, so coloring is the perfect way to stay creative without having to crank out work on paying gigs.

I am thinking of purchasing several of these books and gifting them to friends and family for Christmas!  Adding a wonderful array of pencils and pens.  It is nice to find something that is both wondrous, and affordable. Not to mention good for your health!

Hugs to all of you,
Tanya





Friday, October 10, 2014

Art Journalling


Hello,

I saw a photograph in one of the magazines I was reading, so I took out a steno pad and my black pen and reproduced it freehand, but not exactly worrying about the lines and technique. I then washi taped it into my book. 
This is but one of the pages in my Art Journal that I am still working on.  Loving my Caran d'ache watercolor crayons for sure!

What are you working on?

Happy Krafting, 
Hugs,
Tanya

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The World to Me



Good Morning!

Here is the Birthday card I made for my daughter's 8th Birthday.  I chose to use the amazing
Eat Cake Graphics 8033-K To the world (scene) stamp.  
I just love the sentiment. Both my daughters are the world to me, they are such gifts, on loan to us, until they fly out of the nest, to find their own place in life.

I used my copic markers to color it in, and then took my blender solution, dabbed it on my fluffy cloth (an old fluffy sock that had lost it's mate) and created the sky texture.  This technique has to be one of my favorites!

I used my favorite papers as well.  The Sassafras Lass "Indie Girl" collection.

Hope all is well with you,
Happy Krafting,
Hugs
Tanya

Challenges I am entering this into are:


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Stampotique's "Naughty" themed ATC cards
















Good Morning!

Here is a picture of my Artist Trading Cards for the "Naughty" themed Stampotique ATC trade.

I called them "Red Light District". I did not have a traffic light stamp, so I drew one up myself, colored the red one in and added some glaze to make it shine.  I then made it look like Smumanha the mermaid was naked and covering herself with feathers.

Do you think I succeeded in capturing the "Naughty" theme?

Happy Krafting!
Hugs,
Tanya

Monday, September 22, 2014

Thank You - Party Favor




Materials Required / Used

Eat Cake Graphics Stamps

Cardstock, Cutting board, hole punch,  Scor-pal, ribbon, markers, adhesive, lollipop

Cut your cardstock into a  6.5" x 2.5" rectangle

Score your rectangle at 
1/2"
3"
3 1/2"
6"

Fold your cardstock
 and punch out circles at 1.25" (center) 
as seen above.


Getting the lollipop in is a bit tricky, you have to angle it in.  Make a trial one and play around with it.  I promise, it will fit in.


As you can see, the lollipop is nestled in.
You can then go about decorating the front.  I used my fun Eat Cake Graphic stamps to do just that, and stamped the words "thank you " over the journal blotch.  Theses were given out to the party goers.  An affordable and impressive party favor!  Who doesn't like those?