Friday, April 4, 2014

Word Path • Borrowed and Shared from Théodore Géricault


Everyone has a word path. One word leads to another.
Velásquez©2011
Word Paths have  been a Friday feature showcasing possibilities in written words, creative process and artistic pieces from the beginning of my blog You can go here, to my first post on this project and see how it all started.
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Here is My  Borrowed Word Path for today,
very true.

 Théodore Géricault

From Peggy Hadden's book, The Quotable Artist


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Happy Weekend • Make Art in full Color • Enjoy the Language of Words


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Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap

I have joined The Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap. 
This card is on its way to Dulcie Horn in the UK.


 Embellished Ribbon Tree by Velásquez 2014

The Postcard Swap was put together by Beth Kempton of  Do What You Love in association with Coats, the world’s largest supplier of crafting products. 
This event is a global swap of stitched postcard love, where people all across the world make a postcard-sized piece of art using any materials they like. The only rules are that it needs to include some kind of stitching, and it needs to fit with the swap theme. The theme for this swap is CREATE.
You could use any materials you like (paper, ink, fabric, ephemera, ribbon etc) , and put it together anyway you like to make a postcard. You had to include stitches with a machine or by hand. 

I do a lot of block printing when I CREATE so I wanted to incorporate what I CREATE with the stitching portion of the postcard.
Picking colors ….

Deciding on which stock to use.




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 Embellished Ribbon Tree by Velásquez 2014


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Monday, March 10, 2014

Scissors, Paper and Placemats

The PaperLove Blog Hop is a celebration of all things paper! Follow the links to discover more bloggers who love paper and use it to inspire and delight. And if you want to explore a whole world of paper, and stretch your paper passion further with a host of creative projects, why not join the innovative new online course PaperLove (starts March 31). 
Led by book artist Rachel Hazell, PaperLove is a five week creative adventure for paper lovers. 
Find out more here





Project: 

Laminated Placemats with Cut Flowers

Colorful Paper to cut Flower designs
Backing paper, I used white 11x17, you can use any color
Laminator and Sheets/pouches
Scissors

1. Flowers and flower centers are cut and placed in pattern of choice, I chose scattered. 

2. Flower sheet is then placed in laminated sheet and sleeve and then run through the laminator, giving you a place mat in minutes. 

Fun and colorful for any table.





A variety of  place settings to show your lovely work !







In addition to your lovely table setting try 
doodles on cardboard for great coaster art.



Do you love paper, does paper make you happy?…….Here are some links to artists and bloggers who share that same love of paper, click on links below to find paper inspiration and projects from other paper enthusiasts.





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Friday, March 7, 2014

Word Path • Closure • A repost, remixed and done with a heavy heart

 We can all take something from this as we help those who face loss.

Everyone has a word path. One word leads to another.
Velásquez©2011
Word Paths have  been a Friday feature showcasing possibilities in written words, creative process and artistic pieces from the beginning of my blog You can go here, to my first post on this project and see how it all started.
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Video of Anderson Cooper interviewing his mother Gloria Vanderbilt.


I am a big fan of Anderson Cooper, a CNN anchor. I like his style of
 reporting, he is accessible, funny and genuine. His mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, , a designer, writer, painter and a fashion icon has my respect and admiration for all she has contributed to the world of design. Back on September 19, 2011 Anderson interviewed his mother on his new daytime talk show. Wonderful to watch the both of them so full of pride and love for each other. There was a point in the video where Gloria opened up about their family tragedy, the loss of her son and Anderson's brother, Carter. They both spoke about the word closure and how they both disliked the word, they called it a "TV word". It is mentioned at 13:04 in the video if you want to have a listen. I was going to just have that snippet so you could understand my inspiration for today's Word Path on closure but decided to include the entire interview. I believe it is important to see Gloria and Anderson's relationship in full. 
You get a chance to see how they are each other's champion. 

As a mom especially of boys I am always touched 
by other mother and son relationships, 
it grabs a piece of my heart so tight it aches.

  
Here is my word path for today 
Closure                                                                              by Velásquez@2011

Inspired by their conversation I made this piece. I am not here to make anyone sad by today's post. I believe it is a good one for sharing and understanding. 
My hope is to have you think of the word differently. 
To see what someone feels in words, that is my goal. 

The word closure is just a line literally and figuratively. As an artist I see the line as having a beginning point and an end point never meeting to complete or make a circle. The line has its ups and downs and at times it spirals out of control or swirling leaving you dazed and confused when tragedy or loss show up at your door.

Closure never makes a circle. 
It is two points never meeting, never making you whole just changed.

In My Heart, I Will Hold You                 by Velásquez ©2014 


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Be Open and Kind• Enjoy the Language of Words


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Friday, February 21, 2014

Word Path • Magic

Brush Play • The Script Sessions

I had the opportunity to teach a workshop this past Thursday at the Farmington Valley Arts Center, in Avon. I am lucky enough to have a studio there and can share my creative experiences with so many talented artist there. I shared some of my Word Art techniques and concentrated on the scripted word using a Sumi Brushes. We made some fun and amazing art and I know everyone in attendance had a chance to "see" words differently.


At the end of the workshop I was introduced to Anna Murfin, fine artist & ceramicist who stopped in to join the group in the scripted workshop. She brought some fantastic tools, she brought handmade bamboo brushes, made with animal hair. There was fox, moose and hound. Here are some pics of the brushes she used to make her word art. I had the opportunity to try them and they were "magical". I found new tools and found the magic. 
I created my Word Path art about finding the magic using these brushes. 
If you are interested in making your own brushes, check out this link, here.


Everyone has a word path. One word leads to another.
                                                                                               Velásquez©2011
Word Paths have  been a Friday feature showcasing possibilities in written words, creative process and artistic pieces from the beginning of my blog You can go here, to my first post on this project and see how it all started.
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Here is My Word Path for Today, 
two versions in a sea of fun color. 

Find the Magic was inspired by words of advice shared by Lilla Rogersone of the world’s top illustration agents. I have taken her wonderful Make Art That Sells courses and I am currently enrolled in The Make Art That Sells Assignments Bootcamp. Lilla said no matter what the assignment or brief you are given, even if you are uninspired by the topic and are not "feeling it" you need to be positive and find the magic. 
I think these words can be applied to everything in life. 
Go find the "magic".

 Blue Magic                                         by  Velásquez ©2014

 Pink Magic                                         by  Velásquez ©2014 



Happy Weekend • Make the Magic • Enjoy the Language of Words


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