Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Index Card a Day 3: My Show and Tell

My Index Cards a Day from this summer
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Index Card a Day, summer 3, ends today. 
I have to admit that unlike last summer
(when I let my inner artist out to play)
this summer it's been more like
an index card every other day for me.
 I'm no less passionate about making art! 
  This is a fun summer of collaging and drawing and painting.
I'm trying a new artist's medium (that's you: colored pencils) and
received some fantastic affirmations
from fellow artists and the

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Girl Unwinding: Special Guest Artist

 Dawn, Girl Unwinding
designed these flower mandalas with a little help from Mother Nature.  
Have you ever seen anything so creative? Wow!
 I'm delighted to share them with you here
thanks to the generosity of Dawn, my very special guest artist.  
Here's a close up view for you:

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Share the Link Love: Wanna Swap Blog Buttons? Read On!

My 'Heart Stencil' for Daisy Yellow's ICAD3
Let's see what I bookmarked on my iPad this week to share with you, my Creatively Inclined:
Brave Girls Art Camp via Artsyville
Aimee and her brave girls glued, painted, yoga posed,
sculpted, wrote, doodled, collected, typed, and daydreamed for four days. 
One question Aimee:  Is there a Brave Women Art Camp?
 {Does this spark an idea?}
 Sign me up! 
Cool Craftiness via Mod Podge Rocks
You know I have my school librarianness and my pursuit of creativity on my mind 24-7, 
so naturally I'm crazy for back to school crafts.
I remember playing school when I was too young to attend. Did you?
 I systematically arranged paper and pencils and crayons
 on the front porch at our house
which was across the street from an elementary school. 
Now that I'm a grown up who gets to be at school for a career,
I still adore back to school supplies and ways to embellish them.
Amy at Mod Podge Rocks show you here how to
 collage a globe, make a desk organizer out of paper tubes and boxes,
decorate pencils with decorative paper,
and how to make cuter clipboards, journals and desks that you can buy.  Thanks Amy! 
Pom Pom Monogram via Aunt Peaches
I read Aunt Peaches daily on my iPad just for comic relief between reading
 Huffington Post and Dallas Morning News. Aunt Peaches is so funny!
Here Auntie shows you what to do if you happen to have a big hollow cardboard letter,
 a few hundred pompoms and some glue.
Behold: the Pom Pom Monogram
Portrait via
Leonie Dawson has a pretty amazing life and business based in Australia. 
 She trains women to live passionate, inspired, prosperous lives. 
 I recommend Leonie. She's exceptional! Check her out and let me know if you agree.
 Blog Button Swap via
Want to swap blog buttons?
I'm inspired by artist Mary Walker who is hosting the first blog button swap I've noticed.
Mary and I swapped blog buttons!
Here's Mary's button:
The idea is that we agree to display each other's buttons on our blogs. 
That's creative networking!
My cute button:

Here's a tutorial from Creative Kristi about how to  create a blog button. 
Even swapping images of our blog headers instead of a blog "button" would work for me! 
Please reply if you're interested.  Hope you will! 
Note to my Creatively Inclined:
Share the Link Love has gone theme-y for August just in case you wish to join in.
Tammy of Daisy Yellow is on a mission to help us share the online links we love.
  Diane of Crafty Pod is currently hosting the event at   
Aug 2:  Share five favorite tutorials (no problem!)
Aug 9: Links that represent five favorite topics (but I have so many favorite topics)
Aug 16: My blog's five most popular posts other than giveaways (you bet!)
Aug 23: Five favorite projects from any blog (I can do that! Hear that, my Faithful Followers?)
~Cheryl Gee is a school librarian and mixed media artist who is really into creativity.  She'd love to swap blog buttons with you!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Colored Pencils: Out of My Zone

Sunflowers, Heart Stencil, My Peace Sunglasses
My Colored Pencil Drawings on Index Cards
I'm out of my comfort zone when it comes to drawing.

 I woulda, coulda, shoulda learned to draw and paint!

Alas, I'm learning now and secure enough in my artistic persona to show you my work.
You see, paper collage is my thing, and I'm sticking with what works.
Sometimes I pick up colored pencils and some index cards.

When I do, this happens:
If I pick up some markers this happens:
 Paints turn into:

~Cheryl Gee is in the zone with a pile of old magazines, a glue stick and some scissors.  She's making friends with drawing and painting.  How do you get out of your comfort zone with art and creativity?

Monday, July 22, 2013

Creative Road Trip Games

my index card art from Index Card a Day, 2012
Some people check their phone or apply makeup while at a stop light in a car. 
I'm playing car games instead:

"The Car Color Game"

In the car at a stop each person in the car selects the most interesting color from the cars around you.  As you drive on, spot as many different items or types of materials in the environment that color.
Try to spot at least 10 different items for your color between stops.  It won't be difficult!
You'll be amazed at the variety of colorful materials
in your environment when you play this car game. 
You'll be pleasantly surprised at the different ways your color will appear.
Another fun game I play in the car is:

"Fifty States License Plate Game"

I tuck a copy of a 50 states score sheet in the car each New Year's Day
and get a thrill when I spot a new state license plate! I also put down the date spotted.

photo via Moms Mini Van
  ~Cheryl Gee looks forward to going to work or errands each day and not just to play "The Car Color Game" and "Fifty States License Plate Game." (True story!)   Do you have a creative car game?

~This bit of car creativity is shared at Artsyville Glue It Tuesday. Cruise on over there for what others are sharing!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Share the Link Love: Summer Paleo Recipes

From My Concentric Circle Collage, ICAD2
I've been trying some new recipes this week since going low carb, less sugar, Paleo.

Let's dish!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Polka Dot: ICAD3

Golden eyes painted on an Ancient Egyptian mask;
cut from a magazine;
repurposed as birds;
 with paper layers and paper polka dots salvaged from my boxes of art journal fodder;
on a 3"x5" index card.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Purple Rain: ICAD3

 My mixed media art:  Snowy Owl Eyes Repurposed as Birds

A cut paper collage over acrylic paint on a gessoed 3"x5" index card
Daisy Yellow's
Index Card a Day

Friday, July 5, 2013

Share the Link Love: So Very Varied

Around my Stylish Studio this week: 
colored glass vases reflecting the Texas noon sun; my red, white and blue design book;
what's on my front door; and a glittery tinsel star from Garden Ridge
It's time to share some links I'm enjoying this week.
Head on over to Crafty Pod by Diane, who is our hostess for link love sharing for now.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happiness: ICAD3

My collage "Perfect Opportunity"
For Daisy Yellow's
Index Card a Day prompt 'happiness'--

I thought this would be the 'perfect opportunity'
 for me to show you what brings me great happiness:

Aloha, Friends!
I'm going The Stylish Studio old school
and cutting up the Hawaiian calendars and magazines I've been collecting and cherishing
since we left the Islands in the late 1980's for the mainland. 
My Amazing Creative Son and I returned twice to Honolulu for Spring Breaks
before the bottom fell out of the economy.
 We've been staying close to home when it comes to travel these days. 
So I travel in my imagination for ICAD3!
Materials used:
*a 3"x5" index card painted with blue and white acrylic paints
*Hawaiian calendar and magazine cut outs
*greeting card paper scrap
*decorative and painted paper scraps
*random letters cut from somewhere that "spoke to me"
*sewing machine for stitching
*glue stick and scissors
~Cheryl Gee is a librarian and mixed media artist who has called the great states of Oklahoma, Hawaii and Texas home. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Postage Stamp: ICAD3

My collage of postage stamps: "Field of Flags"

For Daisy Yellow's
Index Card a Day

I got into my collection of canceled postage stamps
and found enough American flag stamps to make a field of flags.

Do you keep the stamps that come on your mail?

 Stamps are miniature snapshots of culture. So artistic! So much is conveyed in such a small space.

 I save all types of paper scraps like stamps because
you just never know when they might come creatively handy!

I love the red, white and blue of these American flag stamps.

 So perfect for this American holiday week!

Happy Fourth of July!

~Cheryl Gee is reminded quite often how beautiful the American flag is. 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Girl Unwinding Give Away: I'm the Winner!

My Treasures 
Dawn, Girl Unwinding
gifted me a pretty decorated mailer
 ~with much creative happiness enclosed~
 this week in her blog giveaway.