Inspired by Color

Banner3333333threehearts2In my post “Getting Inspired Artistically”I talked about what I do when I don’t know what to do to get inspired artistically and I showed you these colors that my son had photographed that really inspired me.

Photograph by Matthew R.
Photograph by Matthew R.

I laid items that I had in my art supplies out on my art table to inspire me to create something.  It worked so well that it kept me busy creating for a few days.  Let me share the three projects with you.

SimplyLiving101 art desk
SimplyLiving101 art desk

In the picture above from left to right, I wanted to create something on the canvas you see with the materials laid out in front of it.  It turned out like this…

"Wings & Wheels" inspired by Ezekiel's vision in Ezekiel 1
“Wings & Wheels” inspired by Ezekiel’s vision in Ezekiel 1

I absolutely love how this picture looks on my wall.  The colors are amazing and it continues to inspire me to be creative every time I walk by and see it.  The perfect place for it is on the wall above my art desk for sure!

Next I wanted to create some pendants using the teal and brown colored leather you can see in the picture, as well as the adorable heart and oval shaped metal pendants. They turned out so cute!

Pendants, Metal & Leather: Love, Believe, Wisdom, Inspire
Pendants, Metal & Leather: Love, Believe, Wisdom, Inspire

I  think these will be adorable on key chains or a necklace and they are so fun to make!

Finally, my third project was to make a sketch journal cover using my lovely house mixed media art  that I call “Cloudy Days”.  These come in three different sizes and although they are sketch journals, I use mine for notes and drawing and  I love it!

"Cloudy Days" Sketch Journal Covers
“Cloudy Days” Sketch Journal Covers

The smallest one is so cute at 4.5 x 6″.  It’s perfect to pack in a small purse.  The medium is 6 x 8.5 ” and this is the one I carry with me everywhere.  The largest one measure 6.75 x 10″ and is great for a backpack or a larger purse/bag.  Of course I add Scripture or something to inspire us to cherish the things of God above all else!

"Cloudy Days" Sketch Journal Covers
“Cloudy Days” Sketch Journal Covers

Well, there they are, all three projects inspired simply by checking out the Facebook of someone who has similar tastes to mine, then placing some materials on my art desk to catch my eye as I pass by.

Three Art Projects by SimplyLiving101
Three Art Projects by SimplyLiving101

Let me know if you find this post inspirational and helpful.  I would love to read your comment if you  leave it below!  Have a wonderful and safe Labor day.

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

 

Eggs and Art?

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Around our homestead chicken eggs and art go hand in hand, but I try not to mix the two 🙂  I’ve been working hard on a couple new art projects – the second of the three projects I mentioned in my “Getting Inspired Artistically” post is the heart and oval pendants.  They are made with a deep metal pendant, a piece of teal or brown leather, some fabric glue, a leather stamp and a complimentary colored pen to do some highlights.

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But as I looked out the window from my art desk, I saw the sun peaking through the big fluffy white clouds and from the front porch I saw the yard is greening back up with the rain we’ve been having of late, and I just had to go out and play!

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The first thing I noticed was my Hon- cleaning out the gutters and getting ready for the heavy rains we typically have during fall, winter and spring.  He looks happy to do his “Honey Do This, Honey Do That” list (that’s what my Grandpa Millican use to call it 🙂 – I hope he doesn’t mess up the patio I swept and re-arranged this morning.  But I’m not going to complain – I’ll just sweep again, if I have to.

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Then I headed down to the pasture to see how the chickens were enjoying this beautiful sunny, but not too hot day.

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This new flock of chickens we purchased in May are now busy laying eggs – and lots of them!

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They are so fun to gather from the hen house every morning, and again a few times through the day.  The nine girls are being quite obedient in putting them into the nesting boxes inside the coop.  If you are living in my area and would like some eggs, I sell them for a reasonable price – just let me know.  They are freshly picked every day, organic and free-range.  The best eggs ever!

My husband is glad to see that he didn’t waste any time by building the boxes.  I like to keep some nice clean hay inside each box to encourage them to “Come on in and lay an egg!” It seems to be working…

Inside the coop, I can see all is well…

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Oh look, one more egg !  That makes 6 that I’ve collected so far today!  You go girls!

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They are still so small and adorable!  And they are all different colors since I have an “Easter Egger” hen in their midst.  Her name is Egger Allen Poe, but my kids call her Lois.  I’m not sure why…

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After checking out the chicks, I stopped by to see how Mopsy is doing.  I found her in her run, sitting on her throne in the sun – what a cutie pie!

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Well, I have to buzz out and run some errands.  Hope you all have a blessed Day – take some time and enjoy the sunshine! 🙂

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance