Sunday, January 5, 2014

My word for the Year

Challenge word was "Door"on TDLP
I have thrown myself into a new project this year and joined in with many others on the
Our challenge last week was the word "Door".
Since I am in two places (homes) at the moment, I sketched my door that lead me to the word  "Enter".
Enter thru my "Doors" where I Believe, Dream, Inspire, and Live, Laugh, Love.
If you like to learn more about the The Documented Life Project, click here.
The Documented Life Project
lead me to a mini class that converts a planner (Plan, Journal, Play, with Robin-Marie Smith and Lorraine Bell).

For the class, I already had a journal on hand about the right size that I can throw into my purse.
I converted it into a planner (to keep up with all the classe(s) that I am taking this year, work, traveling), journaling (write down my thoughts, quotes, phrases, etc., (I used one my daughter in-law posted on Facebook for my first week of the year. I will post a photo later.)) and a page for sketch, draw, paint or just play with my art toys.

If you have follow me along on my treasure blog, I travel with a laptop case, my art train case, suitecase, carry-on, a bag for shopping already filled before we get to our destination, my purse fill with a calendar, art journal, watercolor pencils in a roll-up, makeup bag, several notebooks, three cell phones, a bag with all my electronics and so many keys that I forget why and where to.
That is another post for another time.
So, you see why I was drawn to The Documented Life Project.
has started again and Nathalie Kalbach has a line-up of mix-media artists and scrapbookers participating.
Check out all the techniques and new materials and connect with all the artists.

Today Creative Jumpstart 2014 is having a giveaway so what is holding you.


I hope to find more time blogging this coming year.
With work, moving and traveling does not give me alot of time to quilt and create.
 My studio has been two totes full with paints, journals, fun stuff to create and my fabrics and quilts in another.

In the mean time enjoy creating beautiful treasures and I hope to see you soon.

Judith, Texas 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


Happy New Year!
My art badge
First, I want to thank all who came by my little world in blogland and wish you a Very Happy and Safe New Year in 2014.
This past year I was not so sure that I would return to my little world of treasures that I so loved to create and blog about.
It was also a first for me that I took some doodling classes and joined some art groups on Facebook.
Wow, unblieveable! ME....
It was a blessing, that I could go and getaway from all the stress in life for a brief moment in my journals, classes and creating a little bit of art.
I am happy that I have gone to a place that I never thought in a million years would bring me back to living.
Today's posting is a One Year celebration for April Cole-The Studio, a thriving artist commuity that I joined in 2013.
April Cole who formed the Facebook group one year ago today, challenged us to create an Art Badge.
Now, in no means I am no Artist!
But, I wanted to challenged myself at the start of a new year and give it a try.

(Please forgive the photos, I hurt my back and being still for any long periods of time was not in the cards.)
Click on the photo for a larger view
For my art badge, I used a recycle holiday starbucks coffee cup in red and gold.
I used a butterfly stencil that I purchased at the IQF in Houston two years ago and cut it out.
Instead of spraying with Heidi Swapp color shine, I dipped a round paint brush and colored in the details of the wings and also with Ranger's Sliver dabber.
I used a white sharpie waterbased poster-paint to outline the wings.
My first attempt did not go so well, so I gesso over the wings and let dry completely and started over again. As you can see, I liked my second attempt.
I found in my stash a heart from Heidi Swapp collections that I sprayed with dylusion spray twice and dotted up with the white sharpie waterbased poster-paint.
The card is that of a queen sitting on her throne and was fitting for the phrase and placed the heart in the center. I colored in the center of the heart with Tim Holtz red brick dabber with a paint brush.
I did not like the red brick alone, so I dotted it up with the white sharpie waterbased poster-paint.
 I need a little bit more to the wings, so I splatter with some paint and spray. 
I used a cosmetic sponge and a dotted stencil and dabbed with white acrylic paint on the wings. 
I also found some scraps around and a few pieces of ribbon.
(For a closer look, click on the photos for more details of my Art Badge)
Keep Singing in your cretive Journey

This past year was a testy one for me, so I added "keep singing in your creative journey".
power behind the throne
 "power of the throne" that I am in control of my life.
Words for 2014
Explore new avenues,
Believe in myself,

"HOPE" that I find peace with my day to day life,
Confident that I can do what ever my heart desire,
Beauty is what I see in my heart.
Discover art (HAVE FUN AT IT)
Last but not least:
Release your Dreams and create 2014
I hope that you enjoyed my little piece of blogland here.
Thanks for stopping by,
Judith, Texas