Today, I went out to lunch at Taqueria del Sol. Afterward, I stopped by Star Provisions to pick up dessert and to browse. I got some of their cornmeal cookies with lime icing and two of their S’mores cupcakes. While I was there, I came across the greatest line of cards and journals called PaPaYa! and made a mental note to look at their website when I got home.
The art on the PaPaYa! site is awesome. It is the brainchild of an artist named Anahata Katkin. There is a link to her site, also, so I went there. I spent some time browsing through her art and drooling over the workshops scheduled in Bali and Cortona, Italy. I WISH I could go to one of them. I found a Flickr page with pictures from a cool workshop she did where it looked like people did a huge art piece on a 6 ft. piece of wallpaper. Neat! Here’s the link.
All of this has made me want so many things. I want to go to an art workshop. I want to give art workshops. I want to learn new techniques, but not to completely copy the style of other artists. I am making plenty of art right now. I have had several orders for shrines as a result of my EBay auctions. But I want to do more! I am a huge hoarder of paper and tchotchkes, as I have mentioned before. I am trying really hard to get organized and to do something with them.
Last night, I went through all of the frames I had ordered from China a couple of years ago. Many of them arrived with shattered glass. Next time – if there is a next time – I will order the glass on the side. I opened the last two boxes, shook the frames (which are encased in plastic) and if they rattled, I set them aside. Then, I took the panes of glass I had specially cut at Lowe’s, sorted through the ones that did not fit the frames (about half…) and replaced the shattered glass in the frames. I managed not to hurt myself, but on of my cuticles is inflamed.
So that’s a start. I also found a link there to Teesha Moore’s website, which has a tutorial on art journaling. That sounds like fun, too.