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Quote I’m contemplating 

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainty. Erich Fremm

I am NOT good at letting things go, but when it comes to creating a pour painting or an alcohol ink tile, I have to let go of any notion that I am controlling the outcome. Yes, I select the colors, but after that it’s all magic and nothing is guaranteed— that is where the fun comes in to play!

What have I been working on?

I finished up my 17th year of teaching on June 8th and it has honestly taken me a few weeks to recover from what was the hardest year of my teaching career (which is why I have not done an update in a few weeks). I taught a dear friend how to pour paint (she loved it so much she offered to host my first-ever Mobile Oodlearium next month!). Last week I was in Phoenix visiting family and I did a painting session with my aunt. She went all in when I first told her about my new found obsession. She bought a basic kit, but then started playing around with mixing her own paints with Flotrol and even used a mini torch to get cells in her pours. She was very exploratory. I showed her how I normally pour and then she did one of her own on a 12×12 ceramic tile, which turned out awesome. Finally, I introduced her to 3D pouring on a plastic mask from Michaels, which turned out AWESOME! 

I designed and ordered my Oodlearium business cards, so that I can hand them out when I am out and about rambling on about my happy place.

As always, you can follow my 52 Frames journey here to see my entry for the weekly photography prompts.

In the kitchen

My best friend and her husband were over this past weekend for patio time, so I decided to try out a recipe I found for baked vegan glazed chocolate donuts. To say these were stupid good and easy to make would be the understatement of the decade. I opted to use the applesauce option rather than track down vegan butter, so I was able to make them with ingredients I already had in the pantry. They were so good that I might have eaten a few too many and subsequently made a second batch! And they got the stamp of approval from our vegan donut lovers!

We continued our exploration of grinding our own meat for burgers. I went out to Ream’s Meat Market and was excited when the butcher gave me a custom mix of meat to grind. We had one pound each of brisket, short ribs and angus chuck. The resulting burgers were excellent, but we agreed we didn’t notice a huge difference from the home ground angus chuck we normally make.

Our creative explorations in the kitchen led us to a crazy idea for a collaborative project. We ordered a map that we are going to use to track our culinary explorations from around the world. If we made a food from a certain area at home that will be one colored pin. If we ate the food at a restaurant that will be another color. And if we ate the food in that place, we’ll have yet another color pin. We are going to design and build a custom frame for the map and it will hang as a conversation piece in our dining room when it is done. Stay tuned for updates!

The Creative Mindset

After all the stress and anxiety of this past school year, I decided one of my focuses this summer would be on getting out into nature as often as possible. I have started back up with my yin yoga practice and I am doing it in our backyard early in the morning. It’s awesome to get my zen on with the chirping of birds in the background and the sun rising. I love this video, but also spend a lot of time exploring Yoga with Adriene. 

Something else I have been working on is doing art anywhere. A dear friend gave me an adorable little cloth zippered pouch with some art supplies. I keep it filled with my doodling pens, a mini sketch book and some note cards. I used these tools extensively while I was out of town. If I was killing time while my niece was taking a nap or while waiting to meet someone for lunch, I would quickly whip out my pouch and doodle for a few minutes—finding inspiration wherever I was. This is how I came up with my design for my Oodlearium business cards!

The Artist’s Way

I am decades late to The Artist’s Way party, but I finally decided to hop on the train and check out the book from the library. It was quickly clear that this book could be profoundly important to my creativity, so I splurged and bought the actual book. I reached out to a group of creatives to see how they have used the book and I connected with another photographer on the other side of the globe in Australia. We have decided to go through the book together and keep each other accountable to the process. I have been diligent about completing the morning pages, which act like a morning brain dump on paper. They have helped me to get a handle on my monkey brain for sure— at least I know what’s bugging me! This week I will take myself on my first artist date— location TBD. The goal is to have a weekly dose of creative explorations that fill your creative mojo cup— you can’t tap into an empty well. Exciting for sure! The first chapter talked about the people who have not supported my creative endeavors. I have been SO lucky that my friends and family have always supported and encouraged my exploits. For this I am so grateful!!!

Until next time, keep oodling!

Jen

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This Week in The Oodlearium Part #2

My goal was to spend my spring break getting my brain back in working order. That meant I was going to spend a TON of time in The Oodlearium and making art. Here I am on the last day of my vacation and the list of what I did this week was so long that I decided to split my update into two separate posts. That means my mission was accomplished! While I wish I could spend my days making this past week has given me a good glimpse into what our retirement plan will look like and I LOVE IT! More on that idea soon.

Check out part 1 here.

Graduation cards

I have a super special group of seniors in my German 4 class this year. I finally got a start on their graduation cards this week. No spoilers here, but these cards will be very memorable for them. Pictures to come after they receive them at the end of May!

Organized the Oodlearium

I was so excited to have the time to do some reorganization in The Oodlearium. My awesome shelves had turned into a gigantic pour painting display. While I love my paintings, I was starting to feel like I was drowning in them. I took EVERYTHING off of all the shelves and did some organization. It was nice to spread the pour painting love around the house. I need to make a stack of easels for the paintings so that I can easily display them around the house. Originally I thought I was going to ask Tom to build me some simple display shelves on my short window, but I think repurposing a shelf from the guest bedroom will solve the problem and provide me with a place to display my most current work.

Bowling ball #2

I am so grateful that my friend Mary set me up with two awesome bowling balls earlier this year. When I was telling her about my first project she asked what my plans were for ball #2. I told her that I was planning to cover it with these blue glass beads I had from a project that didn’t work out…and that I would love to make the ball for her as a thank you. I spent a bunch of time this week with my favorite E6000 and a bucket of beads. I am SO excited by how this project turned out. I cannot wait to give it to her when we return to school next week. Check it out on Instagram.  

More Glass Beads

When Tom got the ball out of the garage this morning so that I could fix it, we were both mesmerized by how beautiful the beads looked in the sunlight. I love my washer gazing ball, but this looks so awesome. It reflects everything while also highlighting the color of the ball. I had already asked around to see if anyone had another bowling ball they were looking to get rid of, but no dice. When I finished the second gazing ball, it gave me the idea that I would love to do something similar, but I wanted to incorporate lighting into it. Tom gave me the idea to check at the Restore for glass globes. I took a quick ride and I am SO glad that I did. I got four different globes (including one that is an actual light fixture) for ONE DOLLAR total! I started gluing the beads this afternoon and will likely finish it tomorrow. My fairy light strands are charged and ready to display this new piece! I’m so excited to see how it turns out. It will eventually get a nice wood base, but that will have to wait its turn in the project cue! 

Cricut- another wood failure

I know that the Cricut is not meant to be used for wood. It can be, but it’s not ideal. I tried one more time today to cut out some letters. It was not as epic a fail as my first attempt, but it was not great either. I’ll have to stick to paper ideas for the time being. It doesn’t look like a failure when I look at the picture, but trust me, this was a pain in the neck!

More 3D Pour Painting

When I went to the Restore to look for a glass bulb for my light bead light, I ended up coming home with four different options. When it was clear that the first one was going to work out just fine, I decided to try out another 3D pour painting. I have wanted to do a black, white and orange painting (our school’s colors), so I mixed up a tray of paint and gave it a whirl. What a fun 3D piece of art I ended up with. I suppose in the future, I could try and do this for an actual light, but for now this one will sit on a shelf and remind me of my Huskie family.

Oodle Doodle Stories

Yesterday I finally had some time to sit down and look through the Oodle Stories I had started in my journal. I was surprised there were quite a few stories started there. Time to get back to those because they bring me SO much happiness.

52Frames

I was sure that my picture for this week was going to have something to do with our new kitchen faucet, but that didn’t work out. That meant another opportunity to whip out the wine charm guys and do some splashing around! This was my alternate shot only because the one I submitted had a better splash. 

I am not in the least bit looking forward to returning to work this week after an amazing week of creativity and making. BUT I will be done with this most challenging school year in 65 days…approximately 45 school days! So many ideas for summer for sure!

Until next time, Oodle on!

This Week in The Oodlearium

On Monday night, Tom and I got our first doses of the Moderna vaccine and we were both euphoric…feeling like the end of this Covid nightmare was finally drawing to a close. Then on Tuesday I found out that my mother was in the ICU in critical condition— likely with Covid. My world was turned upside down for a thousand different reasons and I was reeling with a thousand different emotions. I came home early on Tuesday and after a nine-hour Lucifer marathon with Tom, I finally got some rest. There was no way I was going to be able concentrate at school while sitting around waiting to hear any updates, so I opted to stay home and spend the day doing art therapy.

I headed to Michael’s and picked up a whole mess of supplies— retail therapy is not usually my thing, but I wanted to have a variety of projects to work on. The gal who rang me up asked what I was working on and I had to laugh because I had really no idea what I was going to do with all the stuff I had just bought. I had a styrofoam head and a bag of balloons that I thought work to recreate a photo I had seen (it didn’t). I had a ridiculously expensive clump of grass and a giant pink flower, a stack of 10 8×10 canvases, a set of mini canvases, supplies for the cricut, a metal sunflower, and another plastic mask. 

The Sunflower

I am obsessed with 3-D pour painting right now. After the success of my mask, I have been trying to figure out what else I could pour over. When I saw the sunflower, I knew I had to try it. I had no idea if it would work out or just be a mucky mess. While it did not turn out how I thought it might, I really do like how it turned out and I am thinking of going back to get a few more to make a set.

Upcycle

Early on when I started pour painting, I decided to make use of two old cookie sheets to catch all my spillage. It definitely bugged me that there is so much waste in this art. I follow Callen Schaub on instagram and I love how he uses all of his process pieces as art, too. From the trough he uses to swirl his paint to a canvas on the ground that catches all the spillage. So each time I do a pour, I just let the paint sit in the tray. Well, this week, I finally picked up some plastic triangles to use to prop up my canvases. After my pour dried, I realized the triangles had also dried into the paint. When I was yanking them out, it actually pulled up a solid sheet of paint…leaving me with two really cool pieces “fabric.” We did a bunch of brainstorming on what I could with them and finally decided I am going to try and make coasters with them. Tom gave me the idea of creating concrete coasters that have an inset for the pour. Then I will cover them with epoxy. I don’t know anything about any aspect of that project, which is exciting, but also means that it will have to wait until later for me to play around with…mainly when the weather is more reliable for me to work outside with concrete. For now, here are the sheets…pretty cool, eh?

Bowling Balls

Earlier this year we had an opportunity to do some self-care during a professional development at school. A fellow creative offered to show me how to cut glass that I would eventually be able to use to make a gazing ball out of a bowling ball. She also showed me how I could cover a bowling ball in washers. When I randomly asked on Facebook if anyone had any bowling balls they were trying to get rid of, I didn’t expect someone to say they had four that I could have for free! I gave two to my friend and kept two for myself. Yesterday was the first day since I got the balls where it was nice enough to sit outside and start work on the project. I LOVE how this is turning out. The process is incredibly therapeutic. It helps me with my “letting go” work because it is impossible to create a perfect pattern. And, it is looking really cool! While I was outside, I had an idea of what I wanted to do for the base. We have a bunch of chunks of our neighbor’s tree that was struck by lightning. I want to prep and finish one to be the base for the ball. Not sure where I’ll put it yet.

Try something new

Tom and I decided to spend this entire weekend on maker projects. It was just what I needed, but I wanted to challenge myself to not just fall back on my regular projects of canvas pour painting and making cards. A while back I was doing a virtual painting session with a fellow creative in Israel. We were talking about how she is always frustrated with how her pours turn out and that really likes how mine turn out. I told her what products I use and that everything is set up, I just have to decide on my color combos and pour. Ready to pour paint is not available in her area (huge bummer!). I told her that I would play around with mixing my own and let her know what I figured out. I finally had the chance to play around and it IS really challenging. I mixed acrylic base paint with Elmer’s glue and then added pour medium. When I do a regular pour with my pour ready paint, I know exactly how much paint I need. With this method, I had no idea what I was doing. I decided at the last minute to pour through my regular colander. I started pouring and the paint just sat there. I kept pouring hoping the weight would push it through. I finally lifted the colander and realized this was going to take a bit of effort. As I was tilting and sliding the paint, I could tell there was not going to be enough to cover the canvas. I grabbed the colander to see if I could get any more to slide out and was thrilled that it did. As the paint was drying, I noticed a few air bubbles, so I decided to try my heat gun out on it. That caused this crazy crackling pattern which I have never seen before. The moral of the story is that it was LOT more work to create this pour, but it was definitely something I will play around with. I thought it would be cheaper to use straight acrylic and mix my own, but after the amount of glue and pour medium I used, I honestly don’t know that that is true. 

52 Frames

I saw this photo a while ago on Pinterest. When I saw this week’s challenge was color relationship, I thought it would be perfect. Small problem— I didn’t know anyone who would let me paint them white…who does that? My sister-in-law suggested trying to use a styrofoam head…which made me wonder if I could stretch a balloon over it and get the painted effect. I knew it was a long shot, but I had to try. Yeah— it didn’t work. I tried a whole mess of other ideas with the head and the white mask I bought, but nothing was working. On Saturday, I decided to play around with another piece of glass I have— a pretty light purple dish of sorts and then a green background. I messed up while processing one of the images and this crazy blue resulted. I had my image! 

Image from Pinterest

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This week in The Oodlearium

Somehow last week slipped away from me and I never wrote my post…things happen!

The Mask

Tom and I were standing in line at Michael’s picking up our Cricut Maker when he hopped out of line and whispered he would be right back. He returned a few minutes later with a standard white plastic mask— the kind that people often decorate for Mardi Gras. He knew that I have been looking to do a 3D paint pour for a few weeks now. This was the perfect surface to experiment with this new surface. I cannot even fully express how excited I am about how my mask turned out. It’s sitting on the side table here in The Oodlearium and I just LOVE it. I am trying to figure out how to properly display it…rather than the way it is currently leaning against and empty kombucha bottle. As soon as it dried, I knew that I wanted to use it for the 52 Frames Theme for the week. 

Roll the Credits.

I really want to write a whole post about the process of creating my image for this week, so I will keep this relatively short for now. I had a simple idea in mind. I wanted to have the mask against a unique background and I wanted to make the eyes look like they were glowing. To say the final product was an incredible labor of love would be an understatement. I took hundreds of images to make the final one and I pushed myself to learn a whole smattering of new tools in Photoshop. I was extremely excited when I looked at my image this morning on the 52 Frames site and learned that I had been selected as one of the 52 picks for the week. There were close to 3500 images in this week’s album, so I was absolutely tickled to be chosen. 

Cricut

I finally took the Cricut out of the box and started playing around with it. I am spatially challenged and it is going to take me quite a bit of time to figure out how the thing works, but I’m excited to add this tool into my toolbox.

Rabbits

The same day we picked up the mask, I picked up some wooden rabbits to paint. I definitely need to work on a process for them, but the two I did turned out cute. I have eight more to play around with, so I am sure I will improve over the next few weeks.

Canvas Redo

I have a bunch of canvases from when I first started pour painting that did not turn out how I had hoped. I figured the canvases were toast and I would have to just dump them…what a shame. Before I did that, I decided to try out doing a repour on them. I was pleasantly surprised that it worked. The color scheme on the first one was not ideal, but I am sure I could do it over again. The second one turned out great. I really like how the colors created a sand and ocean look.

CreativeBug

I haven’t had a chance to work on any more CreativeBug classes, but hopefully soon.

Until next time, oodle on!

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