Monday, January 13, 2020

Encouraging Others with Mixed Media

Mixed Media art quote Goal without plan is just a wish
"A goal without a plan is just a wish" Mixed Media Art Quote
Parenting is a funny career.  You can be active at it for years, competent even (hopefully), and realize you still don't know what your doing; for example when the kids go to off to college, and call to share their woes.  (I don't understand the professor, I think I bombed the test, everyone else is so smart, I didn't get an A, should I apply for this job, ...)

Winston Churchill success Quote Mixed Media art by Jeanne Selep
Winston Churchhill Success Quote - Mixed Media

My parenting dilemmas changed when my teens went to college, and included trying to advise my young adults from a distance.  In this previous post I mentioned I was creating art journal pages with quotes to inspire and encourage them. 

Success is not final Quote
Success is not final Quote

Occasionally I take a photo of a multi-media work and send it to their phone when I think it will encourage them in a particular situation.  (my own phone "Stickers")
Talent Quote
Talent and Perseverance quote, misspelled!

I don't know if they appreciate it, but words of wisdom from sources I respect shouldn't hurt.  And I have the fun of creating art in the process as I try to help them. 

The rest of this post documents progress and perseverance [spelled correctly this time!], for others on the art journey.  I'm trying to encourage others* to say "I can become more talented if I practice" instead of saying "I can't do that".

(*AND my young adults, should they ever read this)

practicing hand Lettering
Practicing Hand Lettering
I have worked over the past 2 years to improve my handwriting and journaling, by taking courses and workshops.  But improvement frequently comes down to practice.  I practiced what I learned, which is the way to really improve.  Classes are not enough.

Hand Lettering practice idea
Hand Lettering practice idea
One technique I have used to improve my "hand" is copying over lettering samples I like with vellum paper. It helps with learning to form letters in a very different way.  After I copy exactly, I try it in a smaller format, or with a different phrase. 

Creating Journal Papers
Creating mixed media Journal Papers

Besides practicing lettering, I practice creativity when I create the backgrounds for my quotes.  Practicing creativity is easier and more fun - less rules. 
Creating mixed media background journal papers
Creating mixed media papers
Creating the backgrounds takes more time, space, and is far messier than calligraphy practice.   I have practiced my calligraphy on plane flights on tiny airline trays.  I also practice during commercials while watching TV.  Creating my backgrounds can take over my kitchen, dining room and living room for nearly a day.

Creating Journal Papers
mixed media Journal Papers drying
I often create backgrounds by applying paint over wallpaper samples, using stenciling, stamping and other techniques.
Da Vinci Quote Art is never finished mixed media
DaVinci "Art is never finished" mixed media quote
I make many of my quote pages 5x7inches so that they could be framed in the future should one of my children want to.  

Feel free to snap a photo of my quote journal pages to encourage your children or friends.  

I hope I have encouraged you to keep up your efforts and projects, whatever they may be - blogging, artistic endeavors, getting a job, raising children, dealing with self doubts, etc!

Click on the images to see them enlarged.

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heart quilt
Heart Quilt

I am linking up to these parties:
Avenue613: Challenge 229 Anything Goes (Entry 118)        I was featured here!
Kathleen: Bloggers Pit Stop 204 Th 8p (Entry 17 of 93.)      I was featured here!
Creative Mom: Craft Schooling Sunday (Entry 5x of 26x.)   I was featured here!

Good Random Fun: Good Random Fun Mon 4a (Entry 44 of 52.)
BNOTP: Metamorphis Monday 566 6a (Entry 4x of 48x.)
Uncommon Slice: Inspire Me Mon 2-4p (Entry 2 of 82.)
* Stroll Life: Inspire Me Mon 531 3p (Entry 2 of 77.)
Maria Elena: Tue at Our Home 342 Mon 12p? (Entry 16 of 74.)

Thistlekeylane: Tues Turn About Mon 31 (Entry 18 of 119.)
My Random: Anything Goes 220 (Entry 49 of 50.)
Lindas lunacy: Making-a-home Tue 147 (Entry 11 of 27.)
Stonecottageadventures: Tuesday with a twist 351 (Entry 30 of 45.)
Lets Add Sprinkles: Keep in Touch Tue 94 4p (Entry 10 of 52.)
Interior frugalista: Talk of the Town Tu 207 6p (Entry 25 of 78.)
Also My Repurposed Life: Talk of the Town (Entry 25 of 78.)
Gingersnap crafts:Wow me Tue 7p (Entry 23x of 50x.)
Girlish Whims: Whims Tues 442 8:50p (Entry 12 of 96.)
Also My Wee Abode: Tuesday Turn About 28 (Entry 12 of 96.)
Faeries and fauna: Waste not Wed 188 (Entry 36x of 107x.)
LeCultivateur: Wonderful Wed Tue 9p (Entry 39r of 159r.)

    Also Ducksnarow, ElecticRedBan
Applestreetcottage: Party-in-your-pjs Tue 291 (Entry 23 of 96.)
Delightsome Life: Home and Garden Wed 5p (Entry 10x of 95x.)
French Ethereal: Share Your Style 239 Wed 7p (Entry 8 of 47.)
My thriftstore addiction: Vintage Charm Wed 215 (Entry 7 of 68.)

Grandmashouse: DIY Wed Party 174 (Entry 20 of 93.)
Raggedy-bits: Waste-not-wed 188 (Entry x of 111x.)
Myslicesoflife: Encouraging hearts Thur (Entry 53 of 94.)
Kathleen: Bloggers Pit Stop 204 Th 8p (Entry 17 of 93.)      I was featured here!
FromGardners: Handmade Hangout 267 Th 6p (Entry 14 of 60.)
Twochicksandamom:Funtastic Fri Dec 5 (Entry 38 of 106.)
KatherinesCorner: Thur Fav Things (Entry 70 of 236.)
Also Follow the yellow brick: Thur (Entry 70 of 236.)
Petals pies + otherwise: Handmade Weekly 32 Fri 8a (Entry 22 of 58.)
Firemanswife: Fri at the fire station 149 (Entry 28 of 52.)
Ohmyheartsiegirl: Friday Feature Party 199 (Entry 76 of 192.)
Cottagemarket: A morning cup of joe 14 (Entry 33 of 65)

Tryit-likeit: Creatively-crafty 206 (Entry 85 of 96.)
Artsymama: Artsy Party 275 (Entry 80 of 82.)
Shabby art: Create-bake Fri 402 (Entry x of 84x.)    
The Painted Hinge: Farmhouse Friday 137 (Entry 20 of 53.)
Funkyjunkinteriors: DIY Salvaged Fri 510 (Entry 9 of 25.)
Pieced Sat Sparks Sat 8a 358 (Entry 70 of 125.)
Our mini family: Our mini party 261 (Entry 34x of 65x.)
Creative Mom: Craft Schooling Sunday (Entry 5x of 26x.)    I was featured here!

Acrosstheblvd: Create Bake Make 318 Sat 5pm (Entry 41 of 155.)
Finding Silver pennies: Silver Pennies Sun 342 6a (Entry 42 of 105.)
Life and Linda: Dishing it Digging it 28 Sun 3p (Entry 22 of 126.)
Pams Party: Dare to share 403 (Entry 20 of 58.)

Apriljharris: Hearth and Soul Mon (Entry 5 of 126.h)
Acrosstheblvd: Beautifully Made Tue 7a (Entry 57d of 82.)
Lovemylittlecottage: Little Cottage Mon 35 (Entry x of 67x.)
Debbiekitterman: Tune in Thur 145 (Entry 24 of 27.)
Imparting Grace: Grace at home 363 (Entry 93 of 113.)
FromGardners: Handmade Hangout 267 Thur 6p (Entry 14 of 60.)
2dishingdivas: Creatively Crafty 207 (Entry 93 of 103.)
Calypsointhecountry: Best of month 1st Fri 7a (Entry 17 of 213.)

Art-journal-journey: Something New (t Entry 91 of 145.)
Lovetocraft: ltccb 42 jan-anything (s Entry 176 of 247.)
Mixitupchallenge: Miucb 33 anything goes (s Entry 30 of 48.)
Movingalong: Challenge 114 January (t Entry 113 of 144.)
* Avenue613: Challenge 229 Anything (m Entry 118 of 192.)   I was featured here!
Crafters castle: Welcome to Jan (m Entry 69 of 116.)
Dragonfly Dreams: Anything-goes (m Entry 139 of 209.)
Creative fingers: Challenge-177 (s Entry 124 of 164.)
Brownsugar: January challenge (m Entry 169 of 264.)
Not just cards: January-challenge (s Entry 53 of 103)
Craft rocket: Challenge-66 (m Entry 118 of 144.)
Love to craft: Ltccb 42 Jan (s Entry 176 of 247.) 

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Isabel para ALROMASAR said...

I love working mixed media techniques.
Your works are fabulous.
Greetings from Spain

Jeanie said...

I love your quotes and what a great connection idea for your kids. You're right about copying -- it's good practice and it gets it in your fingers and pretty soon it's all yours. I haven't done mixed media in a long time, focusing more on painting and needlefelting. I need to get back to it. I think about getting rid of my supplies but can't do it. Not yet! It's still in me too much!

Jean | said...

Beautiful! I need to perfect my watercolor skills (just started in April) before I branch out, but mixed media looks fascinating.

Joanne said...

These are beautiful works of art. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Encouraging Hearts and Home. Pinned.

Kathy said...

I posted several onto my facebook page (crediting your blog, of course) as I enjoy encouraging quotes. Thank you!

Nina said...

This is great. It has given me an idea. I want to create a notice board for my office / spare room. I am going to use this as a starting point. Thanks for Link.

the 4 M's said...

These are beautiful! I hope I think of sharing something like that when my boys grow up!

Allyson @ Southern Sunflowers said...

Your mixed media art pieces are so pretty! I love mixed media. You're right about constantly practicing writing techniques. I took a calligraphy class many years ago and I wished I had kept on top of practicing because I have now forgotten everything I had learned. I'm visiting from Home and Garden Thursday ~ A Delightsome Life. If you're interested, I shared a "let it snow" farmhouse printable and a "let it snow" painted frame mat.

Ann said...

Beautiful artwork. Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ's!

Elkes Lebensglück said...

Alls are wonderful and idea this Journal pages!!!
Greetings elke

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, what beauty! I love the backgrounds that you create for your amazing handwritten quotes 😀. They are so inspirational and thought provoking! I'm loving how you added the lace to the last one - stunning! Thanks so much for joining us at Art Journal Journey for our Something New challenge! Hugs, Jo x

Audra @ Renewed Projects said...

Great selection of quotes! Love your inspiring art!

Lisa notes... said...

These are beautiful! You're doing a great job. My handwriting has gotten worse as the years go by and as I write less and less by hand. I don't want that to happen.

Chana Malkah said...

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Twórcze pasje Danki said...

Amazing work, beautiful quotes.
Thank you for participating in our Anything Goes Challenge at The Brown Sugar Challenge

Danki's creative passions {My Blog}

Kathleen said...

I love your creativity, so beautiful. Our Elise has chosen your post to be featured on the next Blogger's Pit Stop. We would love you to come back and share more of your work with us.

Aimeslee Winans said...

Hello there, Jeanne! All I can say is WOW. I've subscribed via email to your blog and have Pinned this post. What you are doing speaks to me. My only is 31 and will be married in 2 weeks, she and our son in love would love getting nuturing art nuggets. So hope I can make some room to play after the wedding. And look forward to reading your blog. Meanwhile... Thanks for playing with us at Love to Craft! xoxo, Aimeslee DT

Chrissy said...

Wonderful..loving the textures and colours..Thank you so much for joining in with us at 613 Avenue Create..hope you will play along again..


April J Harris said...

Your images and calligraphy are beautiful and so very encouraging! Thank you so much for sharing with the Hearth and Soul Link Party! said...

Really fantastic, and the quotes are truly a wonderful way to guide your college age kids......and don't worry too much if you feel you don't have the answers, just be glad they are sharing with you and speak from the heart. Love seeing your creative process, looks very much like mine!
thanks for sharing on craft schooling sunday!

Jeanne said...

painting and needle felting will probably help you become better calligraphy, so I encourage you to keep your supplies, and occasionally play with mixed media

Jeanne said...

I'm glad my post inspired you, and I encourage you to create something beautiful for your office. Mixed media can be very fun!

Diane Louise J said...

Hello… Thanks for sharing your lovely artwork and inspirational quotes with ‘Moving Along with the Times Challenge Blog’; they fit perfectly with our ‘All Things New’ challenge theme. Hope you can join us next month for our new challenge. Diane Louise (Team Leader) xx

Gayl Wright said...

Your work is beautiful and so thoughtful. I love the idea that you can be creative with art and then share it with others. What a blessing! I enjoyed reading your post. Blessings to you! I'm your neighbor at #TuneInThursday.

Jenny L said...

Your work is very wonderful and so colourful love all the wonderful verses and the gorgeous art work.
Thank you for joining the MAWTT Challenge.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

Typical Mummy said...

This is such a lovely post. I made framed quotes for my children's playroom to inspire them every day. Thank you for linking up to #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time!

jeremy@thirstydaddy said...

Looks fanstastic. Nice to see somebody actually doing all of this by hand, using real materials. I'm not sure that my 20 year old would appreciate the quotes either but like you say, it can't hurt to put these little positive voices in their ears #KCACOLS

Jo (A Rose Tinted World) said...

What lovely pictures and inspirational words. Particularly love the blue with the lace added. #KCACOLS

Whimsey said...

What a brilliant idea to copy it over on to vellum; looks beautiful!

Thank you for joining us at Mix it Up!!
~Michele, DT

crafty said...

These are lovely. Thank you for joining in the Dragonfly Dreams challenge.

Jeanie Ellis - Scrapbookingmamaw said...

Wow! Those backgrounds are just awesome! Beautifully done! Thank you so much for entering our Challenge at Crafter's Castle this week. Good luck!
Blessings, Jeanie Ellis DT
Crafter's Castle
Scrapbookingmamaw MyBlog

emma dowey said...

Ah such a lovely idea and what beautiful artwork! #KCACOLS

KathyA. said...

Love your card on "A Perfect Time to Craft" challenge and had to stop by. Your handwritten encouragements on vellum are excellent! I especially like the VanGough one. Also, I noticed a Green Bay cup on your crafting table. I'm from WI so always love seeing that logo in unexpected places on the web. Go Pack!

Rocky said...

There are some very inspirational quotes there, applicable to all and not just your young adults. Coupled with some lovely art work it has been a pleasure to see, thank you for sharing it with us at Not Just Cards.