Thursday, September 23, 2010

A is for Artwork

I'm trying a new party this week *Jenny Matlock's Alphabe Thursday*.  Seems appropriate given the name of my blog : )  This week's letter is "A".  My A is for Art.  Not very original, I know, but it is what it is.  We'll see how the alphabet progresses...

This is our Autumn Subway Art in progress.  I love the picture frame dry erase boards & I love all the subway art I've been seeing everywhere so I've combined the 2 here.  So, part of the charm of subway art are the different fonts & different sized words.  Mine is incomplete because it is a group effort.  I asked each member of my family to contribute words that they think of when they think of autumn.  Then they each wrote their words on the board.  As we have different people come over, we will ask each of them to make their contribution to the board!  I fear I may love it too much to ever erase it : )  I guess that's what cameras are for!

Here is the picture frame dry erase board I made for my friend who has an autumn birthday.  She admired the other one I made recently so she's getting her own soon.  *See more here*  I like how the burlap flower turned out. *and as if I needed to tell you -  the fabric in the frame is yet another $1 discontinued fabric sample*

And my final piece of artwork is our family swirl.  A little back story - Handy Hubby : ) & I have never agreed on artwork.  As a result, we have very little artwork hanging in our house.  He likes more contemporary art.  I usually don't care for the stuff he likes...

I decided that if I attempted to create something personal yet more contemporary we might find some common ground.  One day as I was doodling I came up with this design.  And as I studied it more I realized that I could see letters in the scribble.  In fact, I could find the first letter of each of our names!  {admittedly, some letters are more ambiguous than others...}  And furthermore, the style of each letter sorta matched our personalities as well!  btw our initials are SECAS.  Do you see what I see?!  

Well, HH got into it and printed the swirl on a transparency & borrowed a projector from work for me to transfer the image onto the canvas.  I picked the color palette *jewel-toned & autumn-like, right?}, painted it out & we now have artwork that we both feel vested in! Yay! Success.

So, tell me, What is YOUR "A"?

Jenny Matlock

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Nancy said...

I like all your art. It's very creative. That personal scribble art project you did is so unique; that's what makes it special. I also like the idea of the dry erase frame. It's a neat idea to have your family and visitors contribute! Fun projects and pieces to add to your home!!


Tracy said...

Hi loved your post. Please could you tell me how you made the board for writing on.
I am making hand crafted gifts for Christmas and these wou;d be so good as I could personalise to my childrens home decor

Terra said...

i don't have an arty bone in my body, so I am jealous of those who do. I like your artwork.

Sue said...

Good way to reach a compromise with your husband. I have bet that kind of working together to get what both of you want makes for a good marriage!

Nice work, too.


Sailing Simply said...

Love your post! I love so many types of art! I even paint myself. I can't imagine not having much art in your home. YOu should dedicate certain rooms to your art and others to his art then one for a blending! How's that?

Lori@Paisley Passions said...

I love all of it! It looks great! Thanks for sharing your “creative mojo” with me on Thrilling Thursday. I hope you will be back again soon :)
~Lori S.
Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions

Pondside said...

I'm so glad to have come across your post, thanks to Alphabe-Thursday. Your dry erase boards are inspiring - I may just try to duplicate that. Could you post a tutorial, as I see I'm not the only one.

mle said...

Hi Ladies! Thanks for your interest in the dry erase boards!! I certainly can't take any credit. I'm just a borrower - but I've added a link in the post now. And Mandy at Sugar Bee craft edition did a video tutorial on the rosette flowers Thursday. Hope that helps : )
happy friday

Amanda said...

These are all such great ideas! I especially like your subway art project.

Melinda Cornish said...

I love art, all made the perfect A' word......

Jenny said...

What a fun and creative link to Alphabe-Thursday!

Welcome to class.

I feel really excited to see your ideas! The modern initials painting is quite clever. My husband and I have that same conflict. I like abstract and he likes realism. This makes me think.

And your dry erase idea is brilliant! Love the subway art.

Thanks for linking and offering your inspiration and talent!


Katie's Nesting Spot said...

I really like the idea you had to make your subway art more meaningful! What a great way to get everyone involved. The dry erase frame is really pretty and elegant. I also really like your compromise art. I can totally see the letters in there! Thank you for joining us at A Crafty Soiree! I hope you'll come back next week and link up again!

malia said...

Loving ALL you art (-:

Susan said...

Love your creations, but sadly I can not make out anything other than the S and the C.

I like the older truer art myself. I am not a Picasso or Warhol fan.

Great post!
Susan(mine was an art post also did you visit? title...ART, nuff said)

ps...sorry 2 B so late