Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Fall for Autumn Photo Challenge Pumpkin Book Art

~Cheryl Gee made a paper pumpkin out of two old paperback books.  It's a sure sign of Fall when the pumpkins come out to decorate!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015

Fall for Autumn Photo Challenge: School Club Election Posters

~Cheryl Gee challenged herself to take 30 days of photos.  This photo of the Student Council election poster  by Megan made her laugh because it's so layered with graphic goodness. Megan, you're only in the 5th grade, but hey, you've got a future in comedy!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Fall for Autumn Photo Challenge: Not Scary Scarecrow School Door Decor

~Cheryl Gee knows a sign of Fall. Fall is when  brown, orange and yellow poster paper and a Saturday afternoon turn themselves into a not scary scarecrow smiling face door decoration.  Credits:  Kitty Thrift and Julie Thrift 

~Linked at Wordless Wednesday!  Lots to see there, but no words!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Fall for Autumn Photo Challenge:: Fire Prevention Contest Kid Art


I wish my smoke alarms had pom-pom noses, smiley faces
and Honorable Mention ribbons!
{student entries in a school Fire Prevention Poster contest}

~Cheryl Gee is a school librarian and mixed media artist who finds great delight in her pursuit of creativity. 


Monday, October 12, 2015

Fall for Autumn Photo Challenge


Hi There, Creative One!

Welcome to my 30 Day Challenge: Signs of Fall Photo Edition.

I'm excited. You?

30 days to more productivity and creativity, you ask?   You bet, say I. 

Want to  come along?

Our first "30 Day Challenge" is all about looking around, looking up, looking down, then taking a  photo a day.  Post it on your blog, flickr, Pinterest or your refrigerator door.

Here's a Ted Talk that will got me thinking about fresh starts and creative firsts.

~Cheryl Gee takes photos all the time with her iPhone.
She thinks a 30 day photo challenge is a piece of cake.   Or would that be 30 pieces of cake? 

She thanks her amazingly creative son for the idea to create her very own challenge.

By the way, Cheryl thinks one piece of cake is plenty, thanks. 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Good Mood Mail: Index Card Art

Layers of paper piled on an index card in a pleasing arrangement shown above:
an art show brochure, paint sample card, paint wipe up paper, calendar paper slivers,
a garment tag and a postage stamp.
The word "tranquility" spoke to me. 
Another junk mail index card I made:
Here you see layers of junk mail papers cut apart and outlined in colored pencil.
~Cheryl Gee gets junk mail; sometimes it's a pain and sometimes it's a beautiful pile of paper. 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Carnival/Circus!: Mixed Media Art on Index Cards

My "Nickelrama" collage
Last summer I was biking at the park one day
when I found several of these tokens on the ground.
The tokens were in a crumpled, damp heap on the ground by the parking lot.
Where the tokens left over from a kids' group at the park?
 Should I collect the tokens for my scrap paper journal fodder box for a future project?
Yes, I should and I did!
Fast forward one summer. 
Here you see how I used the nickelrama tokens to
represent bunting over the entrance to a carnival
for my favorite summer time art challenge
I cut red paper to the size of a 3"x5" index card for the backing.
I punched holes in bluish purple to match the printing on the tokens. 
These little purple dots help to visually connect the sections of bunting
and add to the festive theme I was going for.
My "Circus" collage
A couple of years ago I created the "Circus" index card to also represent bunting over an entrance.
Here I used a marker to representing swooping lines and various colors of triangular pieces of patterned paper to represent pennants for punting.
I used a quick wash of light blue acrylic paint for the sky.
After several passes with a stars rubber stamp roller over the entire surface
and a darker shade of blue ink
 I knew I had conveyed the festive feeling I was going for.
~Cheryl Gee is a school librarian and mixed media artist.  

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Pink and Purple Chevron: Index Card a Day 2015

"My parents told me
I'd point to a bed of flowers and say
"Pink. Pretty.'
before I knew any other words."
Canadian folksinger, songwriter, painter
My collage "Pink and Purple Chevron" on an index card
Chevron, the military and heraldic insignia,
is a stylish pattern that is currently enjoying a revival as a background design.
Chevron is also an index card a day prompt for my favorite summer time art challenge.
To create this chevron index card I combined sections of my own painted pattern paper
with magazine paper chosen to make a striking combination. I cut the purple lines and applied them over the painted pattern paper with a glue stick on a 3"x5" blank index card. 
To make the painted pattern paper I applied white gesso to a piece of white cardstock. 
 When the paper was dry I began drawing Zentangle designs
over the entire surface in a random fashion with an ultra fine tip permanent marker.
 The last steps were to color areas of the drawings with colored pencils and
to cover it all with geometric designs with a white pen.
My painted pattern papers are saved and reused many times and in many ways
even when portions are cut away for projects such as
"Pink and Purple Chevron".
~Cheryl Gee is more of a green person but does love pink.  She also loves the songs of Joni Mitchell.  

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Confessions of the Creatively Blocked

currently reading and finding inspiring

Has this ever happened to you?

You get into the details of your work, your life, your responsibilities and you completely lose the time, the spark, the desire to do the work which brings you such happiness and fulfillment?  I have first hand experience with the phenomena. 

Summer came and with it a long list of chores. Yes I created this list, but every item was necessary!   None of the chores were particularly creative or artistic unless you call sorting out the garage creative. Yeah, me neither.

The good news is that the chore list is done. Completely. Now I'm doubling down on regaining my creative momentum. The effort seems to be working. I'm composing this, okay?

My beloved summer index card a day ritual: I'm participating although at a fraction of my former productive pace.  I will overcome with one index card at a time, and I will stop comparing myself to the past myself. What I managed to create on index cards the past three summers was amazing.

My pursuit of creativity, the topic of this blog:  I resolve to look for something every day in my world that makes me want to share it with you at least once a week.

~Cheryl Gee is a mixed media collage artist, school librarian and school Maker Space Mastermind.  She thanks for you keeping in touch. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Mixed Greens: Color Stripe

My "Mixed Greens"
~color stripes designed with colored pencils and a French Curve drafting tool
on an index card

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Droplets: Prompt60 & Dots

~My collage with hand cut magazine paper dots
over a painted background
 on an index card

~Cheryl Gee would drop everything for a chance to play with paper and paint in the darkness of a icy winter night.  There you have it: "Droplets".

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Fashion Earned Its Stripes: Prompt60 & Magazine Pattern


"Fashion Earned Its Stripes"
My 8" x 11" cut paper collage representing the pattern of stripes from glossy magazines
What  a delightful week I spent strolling through Elle magazines looking for stripes.
Other times I made art with stripes on 3" x 5" index cards:
"Candy Roundness"
"Five and Dime @ Yellow and Orange"
"Collage of Pinks"
"Beaded Curtain"
"Field of Flags"
"Junk Mail"
"Ogee by Cgee"
"A-maze-ing Zebra"
"Any Friend of Coffee"
"Keep Calm and Make Coffee"
"Truffle Topiary"
"Red, White and Blue Candles"
~Cheryl Gee is a mixed media artist and school librarian who when in doubt makes art with stripes. 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Blur/Sharp: Prompt60

Is it blurry/sharp or sharp/blurry?

specified "Blurry Sharp" 
so we'll go with that.

My "Blurry Sharp" cut paper collage on an index card. 

My blur/sharp mixed media art

on index cards:

"Orange You a Pretty Peacock?"

"My Creative Word of the Year 2014"

"Heart Window"

"Purple Rain"

"Brown Pottery"

"Going Postal; Audrey Hepburn"

"Cast: 3rd Rock from the Sun"

"Party Hearty"

"My Creative Word for the Year 2015"

~Cheryl Gee as no preference between blurry or sharp.  It takes both to make the magic, no?

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Book Design in Green: Prompt60

"Book Design With Green Textures"
My collage of magazine cut out photographs representing textures in the color green
arranged to represent text on a book page.
~for Daisy Yellow's Prompt60 Art Challenge~
The background is an acrylic paint wipe up page with colored pencil.

"Book Design With Green 2"
My other version of text arrangement on a book page
with green magazine images.

~The art and science of book design~

~Cheryl Gee is as fascinated with the color green as she is with the placement of text on pages.