Monday, December 31, 2012

My New Year's Word: Enjoy

No New Year's resolutions for me this year, although I don't dislike them. 
 I'm joining the creative community in selecting a word.
This word is meant to be a guide word and a reminder to seek the positive.
I toyed for a while with the word "am" for my word. 
 I am... I am....

So many possibilities! 
 I am happy.  That sounds good!
Conversely,  I am so behind.  That sounds discouraging! 
Like:  I am so behind on my reading and my house work

and my school work and my art and my emails and
my creative projects and let's be honest, my just about everything. 
So, no I am.
Enjoy came to mind, and it has stuck. 
What could go wrong with enjoy


Enjoy your new year!

 Do you have a word for the new year?

~Cheryl Gee recommends the movie "Cirque Du Soleil; Worlds Away 3D." She also recommends eating black eyed peas for good luck on New Year's Day.  It's a Southern thing.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Where I Create: Christmas Camera Stroll At Home

Holly red ribbon for a
Golden Hearted Boy
December Coffee Table Books and Magazines
Real Simple Magazine
D (Dallas, Texas) Magazine
Currently reading:
Art Deco, Steal Like An Artist,
Artist's Way, History of Western Art
On the easel between the snowman plate and the snowglobe:
 my Index Card a Day art cards
Glass and metal table is from Ikea.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Shape Snowflakes: Creative Display


Do you see what I see? 

I see paper snowflakes made from shapes!


First Grade students cut shapes from paper in order to design snowflakes and

to learn very complex mathematical shape concepts.

Ingenious! That's creative!


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

My Fantasy Junk Drawer List

List It Tuesdays

This week's topic:  The contents of your junk drawer

I don't have an actual junk drawer, but I do have a fantasy junk drawer.  

Here's what would be inside:

*Tom Selleck's and Johnny Depp's phone numbers *
* Lexus RX spare key * Chanel watch * 
* Dolce & Gabbana red lipstick *
* a birthday card from Bravo Network's Andy Cohen * 
* Louis Vuitton luggage tag * plane tickets to anywhere *
* Tiffany & Co. sunglasses * a bar of gold *
 * "Moonrise Kingdom" DVD *
*Neiman Marcus gift card * 3 wishes *

~Cheryl Gee doesn't have a junk drawer that comes with three wishes but if she did she'd wish to have all her son's childhood toys inside, Eric Clapton's song 'Change the World', and a bigger drawer for her awesome junk.  

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Been There, Done That List

A French Ribbon Wall Message Board with 
Postcards, Theater Programs, Bookmarks, and Paper Cut-outs 
from my recent Artist Excursions 

Let It Snow: Creative Holiday School Door Decorations

"Let It Snow"

Sarah's snowmen say:

"Welcome to the Art Room!"

Did you notice Sarah's personalized snowmen apron?  
Her husband ordered it for her!  You're so creative Jake!

~Cheryl Gee is a school librarian and collage artist who is happy to let it snow somewhere else this year. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Daily Paper Prompts #13 - #15

The conclusion to the series of my summer art work on 3" x 5" index cards for

Daisy Yellow Paper Prompts

Stitches and Drips

I painted an index card with colored glitter glue in rows or layers of color. When it was dry I stitched an angular path to the center with a sewing machine using pink thread.

Art 2-Date

Art accomplishments to date.  

Here I listed some artistic endeavors for August: 18 daily paper prompts, 2 art ecourses, 1 blog ecourse, 2 art dates, read 10 art books, built a creativity blog, watched creative tv shows and followed several lovely art blogs.  My list was created on an index card covered in decorative paper, random letters cut from magazines outlined in light blue oil pastel crayon, and "eyes" cutouts.

Pattern:  Peacock Feathers

Here I traced an eye shape repeatedly over a background of lime green.  I was going for a stylized version of peacock feathers.  I used a dime shaped pattern to add the "eye" of the feather with a still smaller circle inside.  I outlined all the shapes and added layers of lines with an ultra-fine permanent black marker.  
The entire composition was colored with colored pencils. 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

My Christmas Wish List 2012

For Artysville's

List It Tuesdays

Here you see a  Christmas tree collage in the center of my wish list.
The tree is constructed from concentric circles cut from magazine papers
 in colors to represent Christmas lights on a tree. 

On the sides of the tree are my wish words spelled out in random lettering from magazines:

*a luscious sense of color
*hopes and dreams realized
*daily inspiration
*a creative life
*big ideas
*one more wish

Alternating with the wishful words are some fun images: a teddy bear, silver ornament wreaths, old fashioned house, tinsel ornaments, snowflake icing on a sugar cookie, and a garland of fabric red and white yo-yos. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Daily Paper Prompts #8 - #12

A continuing series of my art pieces on 3" x 5" index cards created for:

Daisy Yellow's Paper Prompts


First I lightly traced a heart-shaped paper pattern over and over on an index card with a pencil. I selected colored pencils in my favorite colors and shaded in the shapes, deliberately not in keeping with the heart shape, and being careful to keep like colors far apart from each other. 

For the last step I colored the background a blue that reminds me of faded blue jeans.  


I recalled this round sticker from my collection, and located it for the round paper prompt.  I sorted through my paper torn from glossy magazines for complimentary papers from the round sticker in the same shades of 
blue, rust, white and yellow.  
The background is made from roughly torn paper shapes attached to an index card with a glue stick.  The final touch was to apply the round sticker.  The style of art on the sticker is called "Pennsylvania Dutch."

 Paint to Music
For this prompt I painted about music:  Na Leo, a legendary girl group from Hawaii.  
I painted the index card, using acrylic paints, with layers of
 island colors in sand brown, sky blue, and surf white. 

For the next layer I applied a few magazine photograph images that suggest Hawaii to me:  ripples on ocean water, a shore, a palm tree, sunshine through fronds and a steep hill lush with foliage.  Random letters cut from magazines were added that spell out "Na Leo."  
The letters were outlined in a dark blue oil pastel crayon.

 New Word

My new word for the day was vitrine, which is a cabinet with glass panes.  I read my new word in the Sunday Dallas News that same day  in an article about organization. 

 Here you see my collage made from a magazine cut-out of a vitrine with some objects added for dimension: a carpet, flower wall art, and on top some books and vases.  
 I had never heard this word before or since!


I made the back of a paper pocket from a lime green piece of card stock cut to the size of an index card.  For the top of the pocket I cut a hot pink piece of scrapbook paper slightly shorter and wider than the lime green pocket back.  I sewed the two pieces of paper  together on two sides to create a pocket that is open on the top and right side. I used pink thread in a sewing machine.

For fun I folded down the right side corner of the hot pink paper and punched two holes in the corner with an ordinary hole punch.  I threaded a bit of green and pink ribbon through the holes.

Here you see my paper pocket holding the "Paint to Music" and "Faded" prompts from above. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

No Frills Prompts: Coca-Cola Font Name Doodle

I doodled my name for Daisy Yellow's art blog weekly No Frills Prompts.

Here you see a background of brown and red swirls
drawn with colored pencils on a 3"x 5" index card.
The swirls represent the liquid deliciousness of Coca-Cola.

I doodled my name in the style of the Coca-Cola font with an ultra fine permanent black marker,
 just having fun with the process.

If you love fun fonts and terrific typography you must visit here.

You can usually find me linking up at
Artysville's List It Tuesdays, Mary Walker Designs's Show Me What You've Got,
and Daisy Yellow Art Blog creative prompts.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Daily Paper Prompts #6 - #10

A continuing series of my art pieces on 3" x 5" index cards created for:
Daisy  Yellow Paper Prompts

I sorted through my "collage and art journaling fodder" and put together this daily paper prompt.
My box of paper scraps come in handy often! 
 Sure!  I'm going to remember life is an ongoing project and think less, dream more!


This paper prompt was so fun to create! 
 I refered to my actual diploma
The Universe recognized my perseverance of imagination
and bestowed a certificate of creativity to me on August 6th. 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

A Bouquet of Newly Sharpened Pencils: Favorite Movie Quote

A favorite movie quote of mine for

Artsyville's List it Tuesday.

"You've Got Mail"

"Don't you love New York in the fall?  It makes me want to buy school supplies.  I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address."  ~Joe Fox

A selection of best moments from the movie on Youtube.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Hattie's Nursery: Creative Mommy and Auntie

 Creative friend and co-worker Jayme
and her sister created this picture perfect nursery for Jayme's neice


 Jayme used fabrics and fabric glue to create this adorable, coordinating nursery wall mirror in the photo above.
Here is more for you to see how colorful and creative Hattie's nursery is: 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Daily Paper Prompts #1 -#5

The Index Card a Day Challenge from

Daisy Yellow Art Blog

was such a popular art challenge (61 index card prompts) that it

continued in August and September with

61 Daily Paper Prompts

I enjoyed the creative spark, the daily artistic workout and the ongoing challenge of thinking of and creating something along with the Daisy Yellow art community.

Before work at school became intense and I needed to focus my time and attention there, I created several Daily Paper Prompts on index cards.  Here they begin:

Rainbow, Scraped
Prompt:  Paint a rainbow and scrape it with a tool or implement. 

Prompt:  I created a window in a magazine cut out car with a paper lizard leaning out.
Adhesive foam squares added dimension behind the lizard. 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Coulda Woulda Shoulda Learned to Paint and Draw

I coulda, woulda, shoulda learned to:

1. draw

2. paint

Here's my list for Artsyville's List It Tuesdays.
This week's list is "quick fixes: remedies that take only a little time and effort."
I'm a self-taught artist who's creative and crafty but not a painter or drawer.
But I'll keep on trying!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Keep Calm and Design a Keep Calm Poster

"Keep Calm"
Our challenge from the principal at school this week is
for each team of teachers to design
a "Keep Calm"
poster on a large sheet of white paper
that exemplifies the team. 

That's creative!
Here's some history behind the "Keep Calm" slogan.
Here's the original "Keep Calm" poster:
Here are some from Bing Images I like:

My team needs the word "special" (we're the specials:  PE, Art, Music, Library). 
Our talented art teacher Sarah Ryan Ascher will create the design. 
We've got our Keep Calm slogan selected!
Here's how it turned out.  We love it!

Monday, October 22, 2012

ArtSeen Studio Tour, Frisco: I Went, I Saw, I Overheard

This crumpled map was folded, crushed and smushed as I drove around Frisco 
during the artseen studio tour this weekend.

Rare Book Room: Creative Website

About 400 of the world's greatest books can be read in digital form 
free of charge at

Rare Reading Room

One may read books in varying topics and rarity by medium to medium-high resolution.
Enter the author's name in the first search box to locate the author's books. 
A "find by category", "find by authors", and "find by library" is also available.
Double-clicking on a digital books increases its size for ease in viewing.
Some of the site's highlights are:
This section contains most of the Shakespeare Quartos from the British Library, the Bodelein Library, the University of Edinburgh Library, and the National Library of Scotland.  This section also contains the First Folio from the Folger Shakespeare Library, a first edition of the Sonnets,
and a first edition of Shakespeare's poems.

Hiccups: Fast and Creative Cure

 Hiccups woke me up in the middle of the night.  It was weird.
Every hiccup remedy I'd ever read came to mind: 
swallowing, holding my breath, nothing worked.  Sleep; I wanted to sleep, not research. 
How could I stop this calamity immedediately? 
A search for information on my smartphone helped; several articles popped up on the topic.

Somewhere I read to put my fingers in my ears or in the soft spot behind my ears
and press in gently for thirty seconds. 
It worked like a charm!

Hopefully you never wake up with hiccups, but this remedy works, in case you get them.
Put your fingers in your ears for a fast and creative cure for hiccups! 
Nothing else needed for this cure.

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