Quoteful Saturday: Balance

“Perhaps there could be no joy on this planet without an equal weight of pain to balance it out on some unknown scale.”
Stephenie Meyer, The Host

“There are moments when i wish i could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but i have a feeling that if i did, the joy would be gone as well. So i take the memories as they come, accepting them all, letting them guide me whenever i can.”
Nicholas Sparks, Dear John

“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.”
Rumi, The Essential Rumi

“My point is, life is about balance. The good and the bad. The highs and the lows. The pina and the colada.”
Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“The great Sufi poet and philosopher Rumi once advised his students to write down the three things they most wanted in life. If any item on the list clashes with any other item, Rumi warned, you are destined for unhappiness. Better to live a life of single-pointed focus, he taught. But what about the benefits of living harmoniously among extremes? What if you could somehow create an expansive enough life that you could synchronize seemingly incongruous opposites into a worldview that excludes nothing?”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

Today’s quotes were found on this page at Goodreads. If you enjoy books, you should really check out Goodreads.

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Day 149/880

John captured this beautiful sunset today after we experienced many scattered storms. The sky put on a powerful and awe-inspiring display almost non-stop today. Please do check out the rest of his fabulous work!

French Themed Mixed Media Art

Just a quick note to say that my last panel is in progress and almost complete. I only need to add a few more elements to finish it but I thought I’d still share a photo of the progress so far. I hope you enjoy checking it out!

For this panel, I painted the background with a light turquoise and a pale pink in patches. I sealed the entire panel with Mod Podge. Then I printed out some French themed clip art onto cardstock, and cut a few pieces from some interesting scrapbook paper, and added those to my panel using Mod Podge. I used the Mod Podge to fix a lace border onto one side. I added the two black ribbons atop the lace using Fabri-tac glue. We drink a lot of tea at our house and sometimes we use the Tazo brand teas. The inside of the box has a wonder pattern printed on it. I saved a couple of the boxes months ago and found a use for them here. I cut a piece from one of the boxes and wrapped some specialty ribbon around it. I fixed the ribbon in place with Fabri-tac, then affixed my ribbon-wrapped card to my panel by putting Fabri-tac onto my black ribbons and placing the card on top. I added 3 metal leaf beads to my panel using epoxy glue. I wasn't too sure the Fabri-tac would hold them permanently. I added metal eyelets to my embroidered mask, which was created with a floral brocade fabric and light gold embroidery. I added simple black satin ribbons to my mask. All that remains are the sparkly bits I want to add to the mask. I had a lot of fun putting this together. Both our girls love it and I hope others will, too!

For this panel, I painted the background with a light turquoise and a pale pink in patches. I sealed the entire panel with Mod Podge. Then I printed out some French themed clip art onto cardstock, and cut a few pieces from some interesting scrapbook paper, and added those to my panel using Mod Podge. I used the Mod Podge to fix a lace border onto one side. I added the two black ribbons atop the lace using Fabri-tac glue. We drink a lot of tea at our house and sometimes we use the Tazo brand teas. The inside of the box has a wonder pattern printed on it. I saved a couple of the boxes months ago and found a use for them here. I cut a piece from one of the boxes and wrapped some specialty ribbon around it. I fixed the ribbon in place with Fabri-tac, then affixed my ribbon-wrapped card to my panel by putting Fabri-tac onto my black ribbons and placing the card on top. I added 3 metal leaf beads to my panel using epoxy glue. I wasn’t too sure the Fabri-tac would hold them permanently. I added metal eyelets to my embroidered mask, which was created with a floral brocade fabric and light gold embroidery. I added simple black satin ribbons to my mask and fixed it to my panel with Fabri-tac. All that remains are the sparkly bits I want to add to the mask. I had a lot of fun putting this together. Both our girls love it and I hope others will, too!

If you’d like to know where I found the clip art, you can click here to go to The Graphics Fairy blog. I found the specialty ribbon at Cost Plus World Market. The pretty patterned gray card was found inside a Tazo tea box. The two smaller pictures that look similar to postal stamps are the pieces I cut from a larger piece of scrapbook paper. I used acrylic paints.

He who fears to suffer, suffers from fear.”  ~French Proverb

Quoteful Saturday: Writing

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” ~Anaïs Nin

A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.” ~Charles Peguy

What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.” ~Logan Pearsall Smith, “All Trivia,” Afterthoughts, 1931

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” ~William Wordsworth

Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.” ~Orson Scott Card

All of today’s quotes were discovered on this page at Quote Garden. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

Fabulous Friday 40

It’s time for another Fabulous Friday post! I have some nifty stuff to share with you today. The first two are actually somewhat linked.

I started following Lynette Noni’s blog recently. She’s an author. She is celebrating 5000 followers today. Congratulations, Lynette! In honor of the fantastic followers, she posted “Let’s Play a Writing Game”. You should really check it out for some easy and lighthearted fun. We’re going to be participating until each of us has had a turn to add a sentence to the story. Be sure you check out the rules before playing, though, or it’ll ruin the magical mayhem!

Continuing on the theme, we have a game that is pretty similar to what Lynette is doing with today’s blog post. It’s called “Rory’s Story Cubes.” It’s hilarious fun! I bought the first box, which was simply “Rory’s Story Cubes,” to add to my Grammar curriculum. Then several months later, I saw that they’d added more cubes to the product line. We now have the “actions” box and the “voyages” box. Altogether, you can have hours of fun building a story with your family and friends. It’s great! You can check out their website for more information.

If you’ve checked out John’s photography blog, then you know he loves to capture sky images. One of his favorite informational websites is Spaceweather.com. If it happens in the night sky, you’ll find the information on this website. Tonight, we plan to be watching the sky as there is supposed to be a fabulous meteor shower. We’ve invited a couple of friends to join our family and we’ll hopefully capture some beautiful photos and make some wonderful memories.

If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ~Toni Morrison

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” ~William Wordsworth

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ~Anton Chekhov

Interestingly enough, I found all the quotes to match all the promos on the same page at Quote Garden today. I hope you enjoy them!

Today’s song was chosen by Starshine. I feel I should warn you that if you do not like offensive words or touchy topics, then you should probably skip it. We all like this one, though. “Teenagers” by My Chemical Romance.

 

 

Mask In Space!

I have to laugh. While attempting to come up with a catchy title, I tried several before ending up with this one. I talked my way around to the one you see and immediately after typing it in, I thought back to The Muppet Show’s ‘Pigs in Space’ segment. Too funny! On with the project update!

I started working on my second panel yesterday and finished it up today. It’s not complex, which seems to be what I notice most about mixed media art projects I’ve viewed. In fact, it puts me in mind of a coloring book. I think this one would look pretty cute in a little one’s room.

I painted the panel a solid black. I fingerpainted some galaxies, dotted on some stars, and painted in a few simple details with a brush. I swept a coat of hologram glitter paint over the whole thing. I used acrylic paints because they cover surfaces well and dry quickly but I still had to wait a few minutes between layers of paint.

Once the panel was painted, I moved on to making the embellishments. Honestly, I would’ve liked to do more with this but a small panel and a large mask left me little place to put anything else. I searched through my scrapbooking scrap paper envelope and found a cute space themed paper. It was regular, thin scrapbooking paper, though of a good quality. I wanted to make sure that the pieces I added would last for quite some time, even if the panel was never put into a frame. I decided to use Mod Podge to back the scrapbook paper with some card stock. It worked pretty well but the paper had a tendency to curl at the edges. I’m thinking thin cardboard would work better in the future. I cut out one martian ship and one ringed planet. I stuck some dimensional stickers on the back of my space objects and tried to stick them onto the panel. The dimensional stickers didn’t stick to the paint so I dabbed a bit of Fabri-tac onto each sticker and placed the objects where I wanted them.

Once those were in place, it was time to embellish and place the mask. This mask needed very little embellishment. I chose a green hologram fabric to make a horned mask, embroidered in pale gold. I added some antique brass eyelets at the ribbon holes. Then I had a big decision to make. I knew I wanted the “ribbons” to extend from the top of the panel, as if the mask was flying through space. I thought I might use some shiny gold ribbon, threaded through with gold beading wire but it seemed like it wouldn’t be strong enough to stand upright when put together. I opted for a heavier gauge copper jewelry wire instead. I cut two lengths for each tie. I then had four lengths of copper wire. I loosely twisted two of them together, then did the same with the other two lengths of wire. I popped one end of each tie through each ribbon eyelet and curled the ends in random patterns to hold the wires in place. I flipped the mask over and dabbed a bit of Fabri-tac at each eyelet to make sure the wires wouldn’t turn or slip. I also tacked each of the ties to another place on the back of the mask for added stability. When the glue was dry, I flipped my mask over to the right side and used Fabri-tac to stick it to the panel. I used my pliers to make zigzags in the wire ties to give them a more geometric feel.

It may not look very complex but I do like how it turned out. It’s fun to look at and it makes me smile. Here are the photos I took of the finished panel.

While trying to figure out the setting for my panel, I wondered what I could use as a little complimentary decoration. Last year, the kids put together a little robot. I thought he'd look good beside the panel. The colors didn't come through so well no matter what I used to edit it so I just had fun with this picture.

While trying to figure out the setting for my panel, I wondered what I could use as a little complimentary decoration. Last year, the kids put together a little robot. I thought he’d look good beside the panel. The colors didn’t come through so well no matter what I used to edit it, so I just had fun with this picture.

The gold thread shows up a bit darker in this photo but the fabric of the mask shows really well. The yellow sun-looking spot in the mask's eye is actually a spiral galaxy. After I'd finished the whole panel, I wondered why I didn't try to add at least one more of those. Oh, well. I'm still satisfied.

The gold thread shows up a bit darker in this photo but the fabric of the mask shows really well. The yellow sun-looking spot in the mask’s eye is actually a spiral galaxy. The large white ‘star’, I’m calling a supernova. After I’d finished the whole panel, I wondered why I didn’t try to add at least one more shaped galaxy. Oh, well. I’m still satisfied.

So my second panel is done. I have one remaining panel and several masks to choose from but I now have my theme. Magiba is simply mad about Paris, so I thought I’d use a French country theme. I’ll sift and sort through my supplies and see what I can uncover. An art project and an adventure! Who knew?

There they stand, the innumerable stars, shining in order like a living hymn, written in light.” ~N.P. Willis