Monday, December 22, 2014

Word for the New Year: Make


"Either I will find a way or I will make one."
~Philip Sidney


{above: my painted paper background of acrylic paints
 and letters cut from my Zentangle drawings with colored pencils
on an index card}

 
It's so difficult to select one word for the new year but somehow one always emerges.
Make reflects the maker space coming to the Learning Commons in January.
Exciting!
 
"Changes"
will always be my Plan B word
if any words don't suit me for an entire year. That could happen, right?
 
My brief but meaningful creative word of the year collection:
 
My mantra is
"Creativity? Yes! I can do that!"
 
enjoy: find something pleasing; have use of something
 
 
~Cheryl Gee went off to make a life worth living or at the very least a cup of coffee.
   


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Lilly Elephants: Index Card Art

A tribute to
my 2014-15 planner
"Tusk In Sun"
~a cut paper collage on an index card~
 
 
~Cheryl Gee plans her pursuit of creativity in a Lilly Pulitzer planner.  Lately she's added the topics of "maker spaces" and "learning commons" to her list of pursuits.  Cheryl will keep you posted. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Thread: Index Card Art

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
~Cheryl Gee has been a needleworker since childhood.  She had a creative grandma who taught her how to embroider and cross-stitch on cloth.  These days Cheryl stitches on paper with a needle, thread or a sewing machine. 
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Iconically Angelic: Index Card Art & Wordless Wednesday

My cut paper collage on an index card:
"Iconically Angelic"
 
 
~Cheryl Gee returned to her favored art medium for "Iconically Angelic":  cut paper collage created from images in a couple of Harper's Bazaar magazines from the public library sale shelf.  Twenty five cents each.  Heavenly!
 
~This creativity was shared at NC Sue's New Home for Wordless Wednesday
 
 
 


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Far Beyond Zebra: Index Card Art



"So you see!
 
There's no end to the things you might know,
 
depending how far beyond Zebra you go."
 
~Dr. Seuss
 
My drawing over my painted background on an index card!
"A-maze-ing Zebra"



My cut paper collage on an index card:
cool desk arrangement with
"Zebra Lamp"


My cut paper collage of my own zebra accented pen on an index card.
"Don't Think It, Ink It!"




My cut paper collage with a zebra "poster" on an index card.
"Wall Paper"
 
~Cheryl Gee's favorite color combination is zebra black and white. 


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Marbled Silhouttes: Wordless Wednesday & School Kid Art

 
~Cheryl Gee was particularly intrigued by this school kid art mural inspired by Jan Pienkowski. 
 
Students defined setting then selected a setting for their art piece.  The students marbled paper by scrapping chalk pastels into a shallow tray of water.   Because the chalk is less dense than water it will float on top of the water. When paper is placed on top of the water it lifts up all the chalk dust.  So amazing.  So fun for the student artists!
 
~This creativity is shared at NC Sue's new home for Wordless Wednesday.
 



Saturday, September 6, 2014

Van Stop/Van Gogh: This Teacher Is Creative!

My school's art teacher has morning cross walk duty.
Look what she made with a stop sign and a poster of Vincent Van Gogh.
She's so funny!
 
~Cheryl Gee is a school librarian and artist always on the pursuit of creativity.  Sometimes she finds it and sometimes she doesn't.  


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Matryoshka Dolls: Wordless Wednesday Index Card Art



~Cheryl Gee's new school year has begun again.  Her pursuit of creativity sometimes leads her in directions away from The Stylish Studio, but she returns as often as possible.  Stay creative!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Heart Art

 
I have a collection of my original heart art I'd love to show you. 
Here goes!
 
"Party Hearty"
Here's my newest creation:
a celebratory sentiment made from
my painted background
{actually paint wipe up paper from my art table}
and magazine cut outs of puppies on a cushion
with purple hearts.
Text and border via Picmonkey; free photo editing! Check it!
I was going for "purple" on this index card art.
 
"Definition: Cute"
 
"Heart Stencil"
 
"Heart Window"
 
"Faded"
 
 
"Valentine Display:
Half Price Books, Dallas Texas"
 
"I Love Coca-Cola!"
Soft Drink Carton Sculpture
Tom Thumb Grocery Store, Richardson Texas
 
~Cheryl Gee has one more heart art for you and it's a good one:
 


This month I'm celebrating
2 years
of blogging! 
Hooray me!
 


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Recipes on Index Cards

"What my mother believed
about cooking is
that if you
worked hard and prospered
someone would do it for you."
 
~Nora Ephron
 
I love my
brownies made with pumpkin. 
Here's my index card art to prove it!
Here you see my painted paper background with cut out magazine lettering.
 
I also love my
avocado ice cream!
It's from one of my Hawaiian cookbooks.
Mahalo for the memories of Hawaiian living!
 
~Cheryl Gee is a fan of a lot of things like chocolate, avocados, Hawaii and index card art. 
 

 
 


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Swedish Dala Horse: Index Card Art

"Be yourself.
The world adores the original."
 
a Swedish actress who starred in
European and American films and
ranks as the fourth greatest
female star of American cinema
by the
American Film Institute
 
My
"Dala Horse"
styled as an earring
~cut paper collage~
on an index card
 

~Cheryl Gee often styles her index card art themes as earrings.  That's original!
 

My
"Snowman" earring
index card art!


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Kokeshi Doll: Index Card Art

My
cut paper collage
over
my painted paper background
~a Japanese wooden doll~
 

~Cheryl Gee wanted to share this funny poster about cats in Japan with you:

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Diagram of Deliciousness: Index Card Art

 
My
Diagram of Deliciousness
 
~Cheryl Gee is a diagramer of chocolate. Perhaps chocolate is nature's way of making up for Mondays? 
 
 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Green: Index Card Art

 
 
My
"Pretty Sharp"
 
 ~Cheryl Gee thinks you have to be pretty sharp to make a pun about cactus!
 


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Candy Land: Index Card Art

"Happiness.
Simple as a glass of chocolate
or tortuous as the heart.
Bitter.
Sweet.
Alive."
 
~Joanne Harris,author
 Chocolat Pt I,
The Girl With No Shadow {Chocolat Pt 2},
Peaches for Father Francis {Chocolat Pt 3}
 
 
My
"Truffle Topiary"
 
~magazine images of
Godiva chocolate truffles
styled as topiaries over
my painted paper background~
 
Elsewhere in my Candy Land
index card art:
 
"I Come From the Land of Candy"
 
A girl's face styled with my cut out magazine candy
over my painted paper background.
 
Because I like topiary:
 
~My
faux stitch topiary
on an index card
with an ultra-fine permanent marker~
 
~Cheryl Gee has this framed quote on her desk:  "Love conquers all. Chocolate chips take care of the rest."  
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Agenda Tag: Index Card Art

"When you're
curious
you find
lots of interesting things to do."
 
~Walt Disney
American pioneer of animated film
 
My collage
"Agenda"
~There's my calendar page, thank you notes, party invitation,
garment tag reading 'agenda' and a yellow plastic star-shaped paper clip~
 
My collage represents my "what to do today" or "agenda".
 
~Cheryl Gee always has a list of interesting things to do, because she's curious!
 
 
 


Friday, July 18, 2014

Christmas in July: Index Card Art

"Why fit in
when you can
stand out?"
 
~Dr. Seuss
Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American
writer, poet and cartoonist
best known for his children's books
written and illustrated as
Dr. Seuss
 
 
Here's something that stands out:
Christmas in July
 
My
Summerlicious index card art
"Christmas in July"
 
{See how I cleverly combined Christmas symbols with a July theme?
That colossal  ice cream cone is flipped over to represent a Christmas tree! Cool!
Notice the yellow firework burst  at the tip of the cone/tree where a star might be? Nice!
I didn't forget your presents, and Santa's hat is there too!
How did I make a peppermint candy frame?  At Picmonkey of course!}
 
Amazingly Creative Son and I discovered the joy of
Christmas in July
last weekend when we walked into this ice cream shop
decorated with holiday ribbons and bows.
The teenage girl ice cream scoopers wore their Santa's Helper hats. So cute!
Christmas music played in the background.
It was 100 degrees of Texas heat outside.
Think: flip flops at the North Pole!
 
Inside the cute little ice creamery/candy store
it was
frosty and cheery and a little weird.
 So unexpected!
Joyful even!
 
Christmas in July
is celebrated
very famously here,
also here,
and here!
 Check this out too!
 
~Cheryl Gee was so enchanted with the sun and Santa concept of Christmas in July she watched "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" John Hughes' 1989 classic movie that very night because you know she's too busy to watch it in December!

~Cheryl Gee was honored to be featured by Christmas TV History!  
 


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Going Postal: Index Card Art

"You've
Got
Mail"
 
~1998 American
directed by Nora Ephron,
starring
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan,
based on
the trademark
greeting
AOL users
hear when
they receive
a new email

The definition of "going postal" is:
 'a hostile attack by a postal  worker'.

 My definition of "going postal":
'place postage stamps on art not an envelope'!

So,
 you've got mail:
 
My
"Audrey Hepburn"
 

 {Materials used}
An Audrey Hepburn postage stamp
and a magazine cut out female body
were placed over
my painted paper background
on an index card.
 
My
index card art
 "Travel Teddy Bear"
 
A teddy bear stamp was inserted into
magazine cut out of a lady's purse
as though they're going somewhere.
A teddy bear picnic perhaps?
 
 
My
index card art
"Field of Flags"
 
American flag stamps were laid out in a diagonal pattern.
 
~Cheryl Gee gets actual letters with stamps on them.  She saves the stamps and the letters too. 


Monday, July 14, 2014

Coffee: Index Card Art

"Coffee comes in
five descending stages:
Coffee,
Java,
Jamoke,
Joe
and
Carbon Remover."
 
Science Fiction Writers Grand Master
and coffee fanatic
 
My
with my own painted paper background
and ransom note-like lettering
{a favorite lettering technique of mine;
I even collect unique cut-out letters
just for this artistic purpose}
 
"Keep Calm and Make Coffee"


My index card art
"Any Friend of Coffee"
 
Here you see my last tribute to beloved coffee
but definitely not the last~
 
"Moment in Time in One Word: Awake"
 
~Cheryl Gee knows the power of good coffee and now if you will please excuse her, she's gone to have some. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Red: Index Card Art

"I invented the colors of the vowels!
A black, E white, I red, O blue, U green--
I made rules
for the form and movement
of each consonant and with
instinctive rhythms..."
 
~Arthur Rimbaud,
about whom French poet Paul Valery stated
'all known literature is written in the language of common sense~
except Rimbaud's'
 
 My
"Red Arrow"
 
 
 
 
 My
"Saturated With Red"
index card art
 
My
"Red Piece"
{a collage
in a hard back book
I paint and paste in often}

 
 ~Cheryl Gee knows red is an important color.  Pull up a chair, preferably a red one, and see if your list of best red things matches hers:  your heart, strawberries and cherries, roses, rubies, nail polish and lipstick, hibiscus and Santa's cheeks.