October ATC Challenge – Wild Wild West

1 Oct

 

Are you ready for the October ATC challenge? We are doing the WILD WILD WEST for October. How fun is that going to be?

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Cowboys and horses and rodeos and boots and cattle drives and saloons and so much more. John Wayne and Calamity Jane and Billy the Kid and Marshall Dillon and Annie Oakley. Yep, we have a lot to choose from for this month’s challenge. It should inspire lots of creativity.

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Growing up in the west I have seen my share of western movies and western museums of artifacts and read books about the west. I’ve been to rodeos and rode horses and camped in the wilderness. The wide open spaces and beauty of nature is part of the West. But there is also a ruggedness and heartiness of being that goes along with life in the Wild West.  Can you capture that essence in your ATCs?

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I hope you enjoy this month’s theme and have some fun with it. I look forward to seeing your WILD WILD WEST ATCs.

I’ll be posting the ATCs for our September theme of ON THE ROAD sometime in the next week or so. So be sure to check back to see what everyone created.

For those of you who want to work ahead, the November ATC challenge theme will be GIVE THANKS!

 

 

ATC stands for Artist Trading Card. A little bitty piece of art created by you. Here are the rules guidelines for the challenge.

  • your ATC needs to be 2.5″ x 3.5″
  • you can use any medium you like (paper, fabric, metal, clay, etc)
  • you can use any technique you like (a great way to try something new)
  • art work is on the front
  • your personal info is on the back (name, location, contact info, date, title)
  • all skill levels welcome
  • this is a WTA – winner take all – so one person will ‘win’ all of the ATCs submitted (if we get more than 20 entries, there will be 2 winners – if we get more than 30 entries, there will be 3 winners, and so on)
  • submit one ATC (you get one chance to win with each ATC submitted – if you submit more than one you get extra chances – but make them different since one person will win all of them :))
  • you can’t win if you don’t enter :)
  • deadline is Oct 31st – you can drop it off if you are local or mail it to the address below

I’d like it if you could include your city, state and country on the back side of your ATC. We have several Int’l participants as well as people from all over the USA, and I know they would love it if they knew where you were from. We don’t all know each other personally, so the info you provide is greatly appreciated. Another idea is to include your email or blog address as well. It’s not necessary, but nice for the winner to have in case they would like to contact you.

I love this monthly challenge and I am always grateful to those of you who submit entries. Tell your friends too. The more the merrier for this challenge, as we have extra winners with more entries. And really, everyone is welcome to join the fun no matter what skill level you are at. :) It is a great way to practice new stuff.

 

Have fun and I look forward to seeing your WILD WILD WEST ATCs!!!!!!  Yee Haw! Git along little dogie! :)

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918 – USA

week 39 – 365 days of art

30 Sep

Week 39 of the 365 days of art challenge is done. Are you keeping up with me? Are you still having fun?

Some days I do feel like I have no ideas at all and some days I have no supplies handy. But I still do get my daily inchies and twinchies and tweenchies done. A lot of times I do feel like I am repeating something I already did. :)

Here are this weeks little bits and pieces.

My sketch this week was from a photo of a pelican in flight.

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

See you next week!

#bts365days

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

 

Day 30 – 100 days to 100%

28 Sep

I am so loving this 2nd round of my 100 days to 100% challenge. Today is day 30 of the challenge. Every day I am creating a Zentangle® bit of art. I love the surprise I get from completing each piece. I rarely plan out my Zentangle art. I very much try to get into the Zen of the process. Clear my mind, breathe, focus, relax, and let the patterns reveal themselves to me. Aaahhhh. So nice.

You can see how different each bit of art is. That is one of the cool things about Zentangle. So many options. So much fun!

Are you doing something special for your 100 days to 100%? Please share!

#100daysto100percent

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

 

Book Club – Thinkertoys

27 Sep

Book Club was this week. We are reading “Thinkertoys” by Michael Michalko. It is a fabulous book, but much longer than I had anticipated when choosing it.

Thinkertoys by Michael Michalko

Thinkertoys by Michael Michalko

When we got together for book club, nobody had read the entire book yet. So we voted to carry this book over and do it next month again. That will give us more time to complete it, and for those of you who hadn’t read it yet, now you have more time to read it.

That being said – we had quite a lively discussion even though we had only read part of the book. So please plan on attending next month even if you haven’t read it yet. It will definitely inspire you and give you some new ideas.

The book says it is a handbook of creative-thinking techniques. Sounded good to me. However, it is definitely geared towards business. Which is great for me. I am always looking for new ideas for my business, and I know a lot of you are too. We discussed some of the ideas and decided that most of the techniques could also be adjusted slightly and used for our art. A way of getting out of our box and being more creative and adventurous. Just because an exercise is designed for business executives doesn’t mean it can’t be just as useful for artists! After all, it is a book specifically designed  for thinking outside of the box and learning how to be creative!

We are continuing to read this book for our next meeting and we agreed that we would take at least one (or more) of the exercises in the book and use it this month and then share what we did at the next meeting. You can do the same even if you are just reading along on-line and then you can share with us here on the blog. Fun fun fun!!!

Have fun with this!

Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

 

Week 38 – 365 days of art!

23 Sep

Another week done and finished! Woo hoo! Week 38 – YAY! I was gone all week again, so the inchies & twinchies wer a bit more basic most of the days. But doing them is part of the challenge, even when I am traveling and having very long days. So sometimes I don’t put as much time or thought into them as I should.

This is a quick sketch as well. Some fish drawn with colored pencils, then embellished with gel pens and copic markers. Basic, but done.

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

So, is it OK to do these without a lot of effort, just so I get them done? Hmmm. I’m not sure about that, but that’s the way it is.

#bts365days

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

Day 20 – 100 days to 100%

19 Sep

Some of you may know that I am away at a show in Creede, CO right now. You also may know that I was having computer issues. I had every intention of working on my blog and some other stuff in the evenings while I was at this show. However, my computer wasn’t cooperating at all. And sometimes there just isn’t anything you can do about that.

But I got it working this evening – YAY! And now I can do my day 20 post (only one day late).

As you can see from the photos I had some Zentangle® art with color this week, and tried some bookmarks too. It was pretty fun working on these every day. I’m so glad I decided to take my round 2 of 100 days to 100% and devote it to tangling every day.

 

I hope you are finding time for your daily journey.

#100daysto100percent

 

~deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out to Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

 

Week 37 – 365 days of Art

16 Sep

Week 37. Wow. We have come a long way!

Here are this week’s inchies, twinchies, tweenchies. As always, some are fairly basic – usually because I don’t have much time or the best supplies at hand. Some are more complex and those are usually the better ones. :)

 

For my sketch this week I used a black and white photo from a magazine. It was a swampy watery photo with the reflections of the trees/brush into the water, which I tried to capture as best I could.

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

How was your weekly challenge? Please share.

#bts365days

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

 

join my Design Team!

14 Sep

I experimented with a Design Team last year and learned  a lot about what I wanted and didn’t want to do. I had fully intended to keep going with the Design Team once the shop moved out of my basement and into the brick and mortar location, but time got away from me to get it organized.

Now I am ready to put together another Design Team for the shop. If you are interested, please let me know right away.  The sooner I can gather my list of potential artists, the sooner we can get started.

Here are some general guidelines about what is expected. Once you have let me know you are interested, we will get together and go over more details. You do not have to be local to do this, even though that makes it somewhat easier on my end. :)

 

1.  6 month commitment

2.  monthly guest blog posts here

3.  monthly samples and tutorials

4.  participation in all store/blog challenges or contests

5.  teach at least once if at all possible (I realize schedules don’t always fit)

6. comment, share, engage on all social media platforms

 

If you are interested, leave a comment below or send me an email at dlprewitt@hotmail.com. :)

 

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

Sharing one of the Zentangle videos again

13 Sep

 

I wanted to share this video again. Just as a reminder to visit my you-tube channel. :)

And to inspire you to try your hand at Zentangle® of course. Zentangle is relaxing and calming and mindful and creative! I have an Intro level class coming up soon if you are interested. And of course, I am always available for private classes. If you have already taken a class, then I encourage you to practice and have fun with it.

I’ve been doing my daily Zentangle for my 100 days to 100% challenge and have really been enjoying it. It seemed that I had neglected my own daily practice for awhile, but I am back to tangling every single day again.

~deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

 

Week 36 – 365 days of Art

9 Sep

Week 36 of the 365 Days of Art challenge is finished. How are you doing with your challenge? Are you still doing it? Have you missed some days? Have you given up?

It’s OK to miss some days or feel like you need a break. But jump back in as soon as you can. If you don’t push yourself to do it, nobody else will either. The thing about doing a challenge is that it IS sometimes hard to do – but that is WHY we are doing it. Right?

Here are my tiny bits for this week. You can see that one of the twinchies isn’t quite twinchie sized, but that’s OK. :)  Sometimes the art is pretty simple and basic because I don’t have time or I don’t have ideas for something to do. But I always do something.

Here is my sketch for the week. I was sitting in my living room and realized the painting on the wall is kind of set up like a Portal and I have a Portals project coming up due soon, so I thought I would sketch part of the painting to see if I liked it or not.  I took some liberties with the design of course, so it doesn’t really look like the painting on the wall.  I used pencil and pen and some watercolor pencils too. I think I rushed it a bit, but I like the idea of it.

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

Thanks for always visiting the blog and checking out what I am doing. I encourage you to share your own journey too.

#bts365days

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, Co 80918

719-266-1866

 

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