Monday, January 26, 2015

January Winter Challenge


Winter is here.. at least here in northern Finland and January is one of the coldest months.

Winter is very different to everyone. Some of us enjoy outside activities skiing, skating or taking walks with dogs who go crazy with all the snow.

Some prefer staying inside warm planning what flowers to plant in to the garden in the spring.

This weeks challenge is to portray what winter means to you


Is it silent beauty of nature


Majestic landscapes


Great time to hang out with family and friends


Be amazed by the beauty of snowflakes. Each one is a  miracle.


Awake senses to see all colors and shapes surrounding us

Link up your creations by Sunday February 1st

Can't wait to see what you come up with this theme

Inspirational week to all
-Niina

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Monday, January 19, 2015

A Purple Color Challenge



The color
PURPLE
There are so many shades of purple from deep eggplant to delicate lilac.

I've always thought of purple as a "love it or hate it" color.
But with so many shades and the fact that, to me, it goes with
just about every other color, I think it's actually very lovable!

Purple's complementary color is yellow.

 Purple, being the combination of red and blue, can become warm or cool
depending on whether the red or the blue is more predominant.
 
The complementary color of reddish-purple is yellow-green.
 Yellow-orange complements a bluish-purple shade.

This is easiest to see on a color wheel,
where complementary colors are directly across from each other.



How pretty purple and green look together!

This photo is full of complementary colors.
I love the turquoise blue with the orange table,
as well as the purple and yellowish lanterns in the wallpaper..

A pretty use of color!

Every mix of blue and red can qualify as purple.
If we add a bit of yellow, the brownish tones are candidates too.
Perhaps that would be close to Pantone's color of the year for 2015
which is Marsala.



I hope you enjoy combining purple with other colors!
I can't wait to see how you use this sometimes-bold and sometimes-delicate color.

Link up your creation(s) here by Sunday, January 25
(the sooner the better to give everyone a chance to visit your blog)

Have a colorful week!

~Maggie

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Weekly Challenge-Using Words to Inspire Your Art


Hi everyone.  I hope you all survived the holidays and are getting back to normalcy.  I'm working up the energy to take down my mermaid Christmas tree.  It seems like I have so many things to do and that time to do them keeps shrinking.  Of course, I realized that I was signed up to post our weekly challenge, so the mermaids on the tree will remain a little bit longer.
I joined two creative teams for digital art journal/scrapbook designers.  That means I get to try their new kits and make pages to show off the designs.  It sounds simple, and it sometimes is.  But once in awhile, I find myself sitting there pondering what to do.  That's when I head over to Google to search for words.  I love to find interesting quotes that inspire my artwork.  Here is an example of two pages from a recent kit created by Christina from 2 Curly Headed Monsters Designs.  

I looked for quotes about the color red, copied and pasted the ones I liked onto a page, and returned to the page to see which ones caught my eye a second time.  The first one mentioned red hair and since my hair is red, I decided to use it.  I also loved the edginess of some of the kit's elements and felt that they fit with the idea of redheads being "dangerous."  The second quote about red being "the ultimate cure for sadness" was in line with my own melancholy mood so I selected it as well.  You can see 
2 Curly Headed Monsters Designs kits here.

 
Amanda, from Altered Amanda's Studio, is the other designer I create for.  Many of her kits cause me to really reflect on my own life.  Some of them are rich with visuals, while others leave more room for interpretation.  Last week I worked with a kit called Lessons Learned.  It was wide open for interpretation so I visited some quotes I had collected.  The three quotes I shared were credited to Mother Teresa and each one tied in with my experiences that week.


For the second layout, I wrote my own journal entry.  You can see Altered Amanda's Studio kits here.


It doesn't seem to matter whether I use someone else's words or my own.  Reading what others have said on a topic does help to inspire me at times, but I also find it valuable to take an idea and translate it into words and images in my art journal.  Here are some gold stars just for you!

This week we would love to see you use words in your art.  It's up to you how you use them.   Directions for participation are on the right sidebar.  Please post your work on your blog and link up below no later than Sunday, January 19, 2015.
Have fun!
Misplaced Mermaid aka Lou Anne





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Monday, January 5, 2015

Show & Tell Show us your favorites of 2014

1st off HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE

 Show us your favorite personal creations and /or moments of 2014
Such as: 
  • Grand kids
  • Kids
  • Beautiful yard 
  • Your favorite painting you did this year 
  • Awards you won 
  • drawings
  • Photography
  • Flower you grew 

In three to five pics on your blog then
 link it back to here!

Here are mine!






~Shel


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