May 27, 2013
In 2006 I moved to a new area and my husband and I found a gaming group on this site. We played with them until we moved here this year. We made some life-long friends right away.
I am a social creator, I like to share my talents, teach others what I know, and find fellowship in a common interest. I also need friends that don't call me wife or mom. Looking over the past meets in this group, I see many different artists coming together over one main idea and sharing unique perspectives. I am curious to find out if the meetings feel as formal as they look, or if there is a lot of back and forth between friends.
I already create on a daily basis, but I still need to stretch my creative ligaments and increase my talents by doing, sharing, and learning. I love a challenge, too.
Canvases are expensive, and "fine art" eludes me. I do most of my paint playing in a creative art journal, which means I can do anything I want. Paint, collage, doodle, make my own tools (stamps and stencils, spray inks, painted tape, collage papers, even the journal itself). I also like to occasionally do something else, like quilting, polymer clay, dollhouse miniatures, cross-stitch, altering everyday objects, crochet. Mostly the journaling, but I miss having my sewing machine out and available to use everyday.
Definitely the art journaling movement that is going on right now. Teesha Moore started it all for me there. Bonnie Hunter is my favorite professional quilter. I am inspired by so many artists though, it is hard to narrow it down.
I recently moved to Portland and my sewing machine is still packed. I do a lot of art journaling and book-making. I play with mixed media, stamp and stencil carving, quilting, paint, and paper.
Amazing group of talented individuals! I am so inspired, I might just break out of my journals and do something for my wall.