Thursday, April 24, 2014

trust creates peace…. and a big pacific northwest family vacation!


 trust creates peace~
new journal pages and a big trip to the pacific northwest.
i made this little handmade journal to take out to oregon and washington with me.
we just had our big trip out to the pacific northwest coast and it was awesome!



"trust creates peace" explosion journal page


i will be doing another journal workshop at wrightsville beach rocks in june…
this is one of the fun things we will be making~



we arrived to portland late friday night (the 11th)
i couldn't wait to see judy again and meet jenny wentworth for the first time!
we all met up at the portland saturday market downtown under the burnside bridge.
i was SO happy to see them~~~


we all walked around downtown portland for a little while.  
the girls loved the downtown view of the river and bridges.


we enjoyed lunch together at one of judy's favorite vietnamese restaurants in the hawthorne district.
yum……...



then we were off to judy's house to make art with her and jenny.
the girls had fun in the studio with us!  


i asked judy where her trash can was, and this is what she handed me…..
even her trash can was artistic!  she added paper mache to a bag and painted it.
……so clever and so cute!  i just loved this :)


jenny is working on another beautiful portrait~
her style is so unique and her faces are dreamy….


judy has beautiful art everywhere you look!  
a vase and portrait from misty caught my eye….i love her style and her!


when judy came to visit and teach at my house in wilmington, she brought some of her journals with her……the collection she has at home is absolutely beautiful.  filled with her beautiful journaling style and handmade by her.  (drooling)…...



we had such a wonderful day~ 
jenny made some delicious brownies…(with blackbeans)!!
yes, they were yummy…..


judy is one of the kindest humans i know.  she always has a smile on her face…
she's the artist who shares and shares and loves and loves…..
what an appropriate last name she has!
xo


we spent the day in judy's studio soaking up the creative energy and having so much fun.
judy's husband, john showed us around his gardens and it was amazing to see.  he has so many different varieties growing….and the yard is gorgeous.  it was a perfect day.



saying goodbye to jenny and judy until the end of our trip~~~
xo

on sunday, we took a drive up to the multnomah falls just outside of portland.
the bridge was closed for repair, but we got to see it from a distance.  it was magnificent….
after visiting the falls, we enjoyed trouncing around downtown oregon.


next stop….cannon beach oregon~ it's as beautiful as the photos and so intense.
there were birds flying all around the top of haystack rock.  


luckily hagan noticed on the way home from dinner that the tide was low….we went back to explore and it was so cool to see all the marine life under and around the rocks.  pacific sea stars, huge anemone   and lots of mussels attached to the rocks.




the girls loved it here.  it's so different from our east coast !




pacific coast sand dollar…...


just a little ride up the coast to indian beach.  
so different from cannon beach, but so close by~




the drive up was beautiful….thick forest and tall , tall trees.




now, off to washington state….more HUGE trees!


and more rocky beaches~~~



taking time to journal at the lodge where we stayed.  
using pieces of collage paper from judy~ xo


la push beach was beautiful….so many rocks and lots of huge trees washed up on the beach.  the girls loved it here.  



next stop….seattle!
we had a great time in seattle.  i got to meet some friends from misty's full circle class at pike's place market….we walked all over seattle, then headed back to portland the following day.  



i went to the chihuly exhibit in downtown seattle.  it was amazing.  
i've never seen so much glass. wow~



a few more journal pages….



a view of the river from downtown portland...


japanese gardens with lenny and the girls and jenny wentworth…




making a little art in the hotel lobby with jenny ….waiting for judy to join us for dinner!


sushi!  downtown portland at koji sushi bar….i thought we would never get there….we walked and walked and walked.  i saw so much of portland on the way there and back !!! it was delicious…..



judy and me on the walk back~~~



i asked jenny to put a little something in my art journal….and this is what i got!!!
LOVE this face.  she whipped this right up and it's beautiful.


my journal page with a little love note from hagan…..


HOME.
this is my first journal page from home.
"now i know"…..


we had such a great pacific coast vacation.  i'm blessed to have seen so much and been to so many places.  we are home again, safe and sound.  it's good to be home.
xo

Sunday, April 6, 2014

nurture you own soul…make something meaningful.

nurture your own soul.  for me, this means i have to do what makes me happy.  to live the life i want to live.  to raise my children the way i want to raise them…and so on.  there are so many options in this world we live in, and we each have to choose what works for us.  thankfully, we are all individuals, so we don't really need to worry what the next person is doing…we don't have to talk about it, complain about it, dwell on it.  we only need to focus on ourselves and what works for our circumstances.  in my life, it's my sweet family and friends, togetherness, making art, learning new things, being in nature, and making memories every single day.
here's what i've been working on in the studio~

an upcoming workshop at the Cameron Art Museum , May 3rd and 4th weekend….
and it's going to be AWESOME~~~
 i will be teaching a collaborative workshop with my friend melissa manley where we will show you how to make a beautiful plaster covered heirloom book.  filled with luscious fabriano artistico watercolor paper with plaster covered wood substrates for the covers, we will spend the weekend creating and filling these pages with learned journaling and collage techniques.  if you are looking for a great way to spend the weekend, creating a beautiful, tactile heirloom, this class is for you.
you can register online at the Cameron Art Museum~
supplies?!  don't worry, we've got you covered.  we want to make it easy for you, so we will have a supply kit already made up for you with all of the essentials.  all you need to bring are a few of your personal collage elements, some of your favorite paints and brushes, and some copies of photos for learning photo transfers.  this information is on the museum site, but please feel free to email me with any questions you might have :)
kim@bigstronggirldesigns.com



this is melissa's sample book for the class.  i LOVE how she stitched the linen straps onto the cover.  so cool! hopefully you can see all the texture she added to the plaster cover.  we were working on a damp afternoon, so the plaster wasn't quite dry enough to embellish with paints.

my cover for the class sample.  i used another piece of fabric over the linen and added buttons to mine.
we will go over many options in the class and will also have scraps of fabrics to embellish with.

side view of my journal…
don't you just love the spine!  painting the spine beforehand is optional, of course….and you might want to add some washi tape for fun~



this is a wood substrate covered in plaster and painted over.  i sealed this one with some dorlands wax medium.  this is an example of one of the many things you can do with plaster ~


another wood substrate, plastered, painted and sanded.   this doesn't have any finish on it, and i will likely keep working on it~


a few more images of the unpainted plaster book.  next step is to paint and embellish.  i will post more photos once i have added more to it. 







bookmaking is one of my favorite things…and when you add plaster to the mix, it just gets better !!
i can't wait to fill the pages with paintings and images i love~

so, this week i will turn 47 and will go on an awesome family vacation to oregon and washington~
i am so lucky that i get to hang out with my friend judy wise and paint with her and jenny wentworth.
speaking of judy, a great book to have on hand is Plaster Studio…i highly recommend it~
i will share some photos from our journey when we return…AND i am finally getting my honeybees!  i will start with two hives.  growing up, i was blessed to have papa emerson the beekeeper show me the beauty of bees.  i have had an appreciation since i was a young girl and love the idea of honoring him by keeping bees.  

happy april~
xo