Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Day 8 we had to paint our taped pages - I don't like mine AT ALL. I saw some other soul journal sisters' pages and I am horribly jealous. But I'm just going to go with the flow and hope we cover up this mess quickly because this ugliness is ruining the whole thing! Grumble.
Now on our magazine pages, again, painting on top and rubbing off and I like the way this one turned out. I used a baby blue which worked out well to soften the purple. Then I took my trusty Sharpie and drew dotted lines, broken lines, messy boxes and words on the pictures. I like the way it turned out! So that makes up for my ugly tape page.
Well kids, that's all for now - I need to prep some pages and get a whole mess of photo profile cards ready to send tomorrow. Wish me luck!
Till next time, Cheeka.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Oh yeah! Soul Journal, day 7. Honestly, I have been dragging my feet because this involves journaling (I don't know why I'm surprised, isn't this just getting gluey fingers and paint in my hair - I thought that's what this was all about!). Anyway, the journal prompt is "I forgot to tell you..." and I'm all like, I don't forget to tell nobody nothin - seriously, people are always saying "okay, tell me how you really feel." I just don't believe in hiding stuff - and hey, if you stick an ugly baby picture in my face, I will tell you that baby is ugly. Like my friend showed me a picture of her granddaughter and I said "dang, where'd she get that nose? It's taking up the whole picture! I sure hope she is really smart, because she sure is - oh crap, sorry." But really, that schnoz was humungus! Seriously! And she tried to tell me it was the camera angle - please.
Anyway, after thinking on it a bit, i did think of someone I don't remember to talk to enough - God. So hence more foot dragging, because I really suck in this area. I'm quick to shout "Oh Lord, help me, please" but do I remember to say thank you? Or, I'm sorry I missed our prayer time, I know you were waiting? Nope, I figure, well God knows everything, so what's the point. He knows all the hairs on my head, and how many there are without counting and all. So I had to do it. Here's a few excerpts of my journaling before I cover it all up with tape! I'm only putting the first line of each paragraph because well, this is private stuff, y'all. Quit being so dang nosy!
I forgot to tell you I love you.
I forgot to tell you I'm sorry.
I forgot to tell you I'm grateful.
I forgot to tell you a lot of times I'm scared.
I forgot to tell you that I'll try to be better.
I forgot to tell you I'll listen more.
But there's a whole bunch more but you'll just have to guess cuz I'm going to blur it all out in the photo! Hey and the cool thing is, we were sposed to journal with a ball point pen - like who has those anymore? I left mine in the drawer with my QUILL, okay? But somehow I found a purple ball point pen! That made me VERY HAPPY. Check it out!
So anyway, then we had to find all the tape in the house that was not transparent. As I mentioned in a previous post. I have a lot of adhesives. Lots of tapes, too. Most of which are transparent! But I did have some black duck tape (yes, hussies, that's how it's spelled on the package, duck) and some metal repair tape which ROCKS. Check out my book now - betcha can't read a thing!
Yeah, me neither. Then we had to sand it. Okay, I am such a girl! All I have for sanding are manicure blocks. Whatever works, right?
So the journaling part made me cry a little, which makes me mad because I do not cry. I'm tough! And mean! And scary! Well I was scary when I had my mean glasses but I had to get new ones and evidently they don't have mean ones in bifocals. Sigh. So I had to go back to looking friendly. Anyway! I got that done and I'll tell you a bit about day 8 now - I had to put gesso on it then wipe it off. It's drying right now!
Till next time - Cheeka!
ps - any weird layout choices are Blogger's, not mine! Just so you know!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Then we were to cut the 24 pictures out that I discussed last post, and cut the image into an inch square. I was going to steal a tip from ruby claire at ruby.clair.x and outline my pix with a black sharpie, but I forgot! I heart sharpies! This picture looks a little whack because the gel medium is still wet and is bouncing the flash.
So next is to journal on the next two pages without any gesso or nothin on them, with a ball point pen - I'd better do as Sarah sez and use a ball point - I'd hate for that to be important in the next step and I SCREWED UP. And small letters - I think she's onto me - grumble. Dang. So I'm off to hunt for a ball point pen so I can journal to the prompt: I forgot to tell you... Honestly I don't know what I'll come up with for that - it sounds hokey and dumb - ugggh. Kinda like sharing with a large group which I have to do a lot but don't like to do! Blah. I'll get through it and probably find out it's like mowing at church - something I dread but enjoy when I'm finally doing it.
Okay - till next time! Cheeka
Friday, July 18, 2008
1. A smile
2. Something beautiful
3. a chair
4. something red
5. something blue
6. something comfortable
7. something exotic
8. a leaf
9. a color you love
10. a pattern
11. a flower
12. a bird
13. something you want
14. something you own
15. the letter R
16 something that smells good
17. something that tastes good
18. A circle
19. the letter A
20. An eye that’s the same color as yours
21. a hand
22. the letter T
23. a butterfly
24. a number
Then she says, put them aside and I'll tell ya what to do tomorrow. Arrrgh! Then Ms. Confucious says: "Part of not knowing what the end result will be is learning to enjoy the journey." Grrrr. Well I know what I'll be doing instead of lunch tomorrow - clipping magazines! Maybe I'll go gesso before bed. I'm also working on 8 profile cards! I think I owe 5 or 6 and this is getting pretty big so I figured I'd get ahead. Then the devil INTERNET caught me up in looking at other blogs. I can feel smug about it as I was only going on my sister soul journaler's blogs. Not wasting time at all...grin.
Till next time - Cheeka!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
The next step was not only to find a picture of a knight or protector of some kind, but:
"I want you to think about what you need to protect and nourish your creative spirit. Think about the things that sustain you. What’s needed to shield you from outside criticism and your inner critic?Today we will be constructing our own Soul Armor!I want you to think of strength and protection. Think about what you turn to when you are “under siege”. What does your creative spirit NEED more of? How do we keep all those critical voices from crippling us in our crusade?"
So here's what I did to express all that...
I will say this - for some tough guys, it was hard to find a knight who didn't look completely GAY. Seriously! What's up with that fluff on his hat and the horse's hat? This was the best I could do. Now y'all know I am totally down with the gay boys, and a lot of them are extremely tough, but the knights I was finding honestly looked kinda nellie. I did NOT feel protected. But the big horse with his big horse eye - how freaky is that? - looked very protective. So there you have it. I'm not quite done coloring in his horse coat, and I put a lil silver leaf pen on the knight, but not too much because I was afraid he'd turn into a big shiny mess. Just to gay it up some more, I put silver glitter glue on the horse's hooves. I just couldn't help myself! Sorry, big protector horse.
Till next time, Cheeka.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I neglected to photograph the first day's assignment, which was to take your journal, paste dictionary pages on the first 3 pages, then journal on the pages for 5 minutes. Honestly, I just journaled till I had filled the pages, and I used a big fat Sharpie to do my journaling so it filled up the pages quickly! We were to start each thought with "Today I feel" and fill in the rest. It's funny the myriad of feelings I have every day and hardly realize it.
The next day's task was to dry-brush gesso over all the journaling. It was quite liberating (actually I knew it was coming because I got started on day two so I journaled quite honestly).
Okay, I so blurred it so no one could see what I'd written! Private stuff here, guys! Now the fun begins! We had to gather all our favorite writing tools, and write "This book belongs to" and then write our names over and over and over. The assignment was actually to write full names, but I loathe my full name so I only wrote it once. The coloring, glittering, doodling, all kinds of fun stuff came next! Check it out!
As I said earlier, I'm a day behind, but luckily the third task spans two days, so I will be able to catch up. Looking for a knight or something to paste in the book - you'll have to wait till tomorrow to see!
Till next time...Cheeka
Monday, July 14, 2008
Oh Lord, behold your worthy servant Cheeka
Who would never take your trust in vain.
I have always put my trash in the proper receptacles.
And tried to be a good steward of the earth as you directed.
Behold those evil litterbugs!
Smite them, Oh Lord, smite them!
And cast their bones to the dogs.
Whatcha think? It has all the basics - I'm a good person, I love God, my enemies suck, kill them all and scatter their bones! Ya gotta love a psalm - although I'm a bit puzzled why people could say it's their favorite part of the bible. Takes all kinds, right?
So anyway - what have I been doing? I've been busy! I finished my cards for the "Holy Cats" swap on http://www.atcsforall.com/. And here they are!
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Oh yeah, my day! Road Princess and I tried to hook up her sporty new router and failed. So instead we went outside on the porch and talked and enjoyed the day. On the way back I not only found Archiver's by myself (I didn't want to be an enabler and it was a whim when I left her house) but then topped it off by a small side-trip to Urban Arts & Crafts. I think I will have to go back on my slimming hot dog and boloney diet now till next payday. You didn't know Cheeka's secret to a beautiful curvaceous body, did you? Hot dogs and boloney. Seriously. Ice cream helps too, if you can afford it. Also lunch many times is Cheetos and an ice cream cone - wonderful stuff!
More ATCs follow - these are for the Recycle It swap on (guess where - duh) http://www.atcsforall.com. Take an old greeting card, postcard, calendar, whatever and make it into a brand-spanking new ATC. I am getting caught up on my swaps! Next up is Holy Cats! I will try to work on those tonight.
Recalcitrant Mermaid ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ *~*~*~* Butterfly Dreams
Why Santa Chose Elves series:
Dwarfs ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ *~*~*~* Gnomes
Flying Monkeys ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Trolls
Happy almost Fourth-of-July! Till next time, Cheeka.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
First up are some picture profiles I did for a couple of chicks on atcsforall.com . One had asked that I portray either my favorite flower, bird or animal in the profile - and it must be 4 x 6 so it fits in a standard photo album. Well, y'all know how I feel about birds - and if you don't, well I'm terrified of the creatures - especially if they take a notion to touch me with their freaky little bird hands. It's been suggested that's why I loathe the winged children phase some people are into with their art.
Then I HAD to finish some ATCs for the Grimm's Fairy Tales Swap on atcsforall.com. Silly Cheeka had written down August 8 for the due date and on Friday I noticed it was JULY 1. Crap!
These were to depict the real Grimm's stories - not that namby-pamby Disney pack of lies! If only I could have done The Juniper Tree (linked for your reading pleasure!). There's so many ways to go with this, from the evil stepmother chopping off the kid's head, to cooking him up into a pudding to his dad chowing the pudding like he was starving to....wow! I'm not sure what lesson was being learned by the kids hearing that beauty - perhaps it was a warning to stepmothers! Anyway, as much as I wanted to depict that one in an ATC, I had to fall back on some old standbys. Each story is linked in the title of the ATC.
If you're ever having trouble sleeping, these stories should ummm, keep you from sleeping at all! Grimm's ROCK.
Till next time, Cheeka