Saturday, July 25, 2015

Our Curriculum Choices 2015-16

This initial post is short.
I will be adding to this page, as there are a few things we plan to add to our learning here on the Creek.  Nursing a babe, and typing with one hand on a laptop with the “,” “L” and “M” keys not working properly make it hard going!
We have used Ambleside Online for several years now, and I am so thankful for all the time that the ladies of the AO Advisory and Auxiliary have put into it. 

MG, age 14.5, is officially a 9th grader!  She will be working and learning through Year 8.  She will also be taking a Spanish class at the local college 3 days a week.  

EK, newly 11 in March, would be in 6th grade in PS.  She is beginning Year 5.

HR, almost 9, is classified as a rising 3rd grader, and will be starting Year 2

SA, brand spankin’ new 6, is beginning Year 1!

OCJ, 2.5 years old, will be keeping things lively :)

WJ, almost 3 months, will keep us moving!

Friday, July 24, 2015

we have been busy

I do believe that it has been a good 6 months since I last spoke here.

We have been quite busy:

born in the wee hours of May 11

Friday, February 6, 2015

DF/DLP2015–Finishing Up January

I have begun a mash-up of 2 year-long projects: Documented Faith (DF) and Documented Life Project (DLP).  I make no claims at being “good” at art, but I love to play and that’s all that matters to me.  I am learning all sorts of things, but the hardest lesson to learn is to go with the flow, and stop critizing everything I do.  Sharing, in some odd way, helps me work through the noise that inner critic makes. 

And so I play.

What I have here are two…nay, three weeks’ worth of DF/DLP.  I did one thing, a little of another, and ended up with what I’ve got – a mash-up of a mash-up :)

One 2-page spread is based on DLP2015 week 2(?) journaling prompt, which is  “The beginning is always today” by Mary Shelley.  This is almost my FFN (Finished For Now) spread.  The only thing I added after this picture is I doodled a bit around all the words, lines and scallops.  I really don’t think it’s done, hence the FFN classification, but I’ll return if and when I feel like it.



The next week’s art challenge for DLP was “The Color Wheel”, but another week’s art challenge: gesso.  I worked through several ideas, settling on the background that I have enjoyed making so much: the quilted background.  You can read about my sharing of this with my church girls HERE and my run-down of my process HERE.

SA reeeeeeeeeeeeally wanted to help me, and Control Freak Mama had a reeeeeeeeeeeeelly hard time giving up that Inktense block.  But finally I did – growth, people, growth!  I am growing! IMG_9821

Paint scraping, pen doodling, archival ink stamping …IMG_9841

… a couple Studio Calico stencils with gesso, which gives a lot of texture…IMG_9842

…using the residual gesso and the stencils as a stamp …IMG_9843

… and pulling out the much-loved bubble wrap and a spent reinforcement sticker sheet (ya know, those little white circle stickers you put on paper to reinforce the punch holes?) with some paint to add a little something extra.  IMG_9844

So that’s what I have been up to in my Dylusions journal!  This coming week is a whole new everything, and I *hope* to get my act together and do more….but if I don’t, I won’t et That Voice tell me to just give up (which it usually does, and I usually listen to.).  No, I’ll pick up where and when I can and just roll with it! 

(and I got some fun stencils and sprays on sale at Tuesday Morning and Michael’s last week, so I am excited to play!)

what art are you making these days?

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