Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Keeping Busy

Hi everyone! For the past couple weeks I've been on the mend.  I had surgery two weeks ago to remove a lump from my neck.  It was a benign growth in my salivary gland.  Everything went super well and today I pretty much feel like my normal self.  My neck is healing beautifully and hopefully that is the end of that!


I have been staying creative.  During my down time, I had some enjoyable time with some great artists. I watched a couple of fun and inspiring DVD workshops.  The first was by Margaret Applin, and it was titled Paint, Print, Layer, Collage.  The second DVD workshop was by Joanne Sharpe, and was titled Artful Lettering: Tools and Techniques for Discovering your Style.  Both of these are available from Interweave.


I also viewed a fun mini (online) workshop by Valerie Sjodin.  She creates some fantastic art journals and I've always enjoyed following her blog.  Her mini class is titled Embellishing Edges and Text.


Now that I'm feeling normal again, I've been visiting my studio again. I recently finished an online surface pattern and design course and that has been very motivating. I am filled with all kinds of ideas on design and creating design collections. I'm not sure where I will go with that but I'm hoping somewhere.

The next two photos are my current favorite pens that I use when designing. The first one is the Pilot Bravo. I had this one first of the two and I love it for drawing out designs and filling in negative space. It dries quickly and has a juicy nib on the end. I would compare it to a size medium in the Faber-Castell Pitt pen line. I can erase pencil markings and it won't affect the dried ink on the paper. It does only come in one nib size however. And one other thing I don't like about it is it is not waterproof.


So I set out to find another pen I could love just as much but that was waterproof. And I found one. And it even comes in a variety of nib sizes. It is the Rotring Tikky Graphic pen. Its nib is very similar to the Pilot Bravo, which I was thrilled to discover. Now I have a new favorite and I can even use it with wet media if I choose.


Today I am working at my desk creating some new designs. I'm having fun!!! I haven't had the desire to create new designs for a while but now I am in the groove again.

19 comments:

  1. So glad the surgery went well and you are back to normal.

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  2. Good to hear you are on the mend! Glad it was benign!

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  3. Glad the surgery went well and that you are on the mend and being creative again.

    Looking forward to seeing all your new creations!

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  4. Nice to know you are back in the swim of things. I learn so much from your blog posts - the pen advice is appreciated. Del

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  5. Gosh, Terri. Glad to find out where ya been and really glad to hear you are up and running! Not that you missed much weatherwise! lol I am watching with you although Joanne's is the colour one not the lettering. Margi always inspires and I am now looking for my large paper for the mini class with Valerie! Yippee, I think summer is gonna be doable!

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  6. So glad you are on the mend!

    Sending lots of love.
    Auntie jude

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  7. I'm glad your feeling better Terri. It looks like you used your time wisely catching up on videos.

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  8. So glad to hear the procedure went well and you are on the mend. And you have found your mojo!

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  9. SO glad everything came out ok!!! And you got some 'me' time to relax and enjoy other artists!

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  10. I'm glad everything went so well and that you had some good entertainment to help with the healing. I can't wait to see what you do with your new inspiration.

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  11. Glad you're back in the creative groove!

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  12. Well hello there!! Good to see you in your studio!!! Can't wait to see what all your ideas become!!!

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  13. So glad your surgery went well and you're back in a creative groove again!

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  14. so glad to hear you are doing well! Good news that it was benign and you can put it behind you!!

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  15. So glad to hear you stepping back into the studio and finding your groove again! I too have had to step out recently but not for health reasons. It is strange to wander into the studio without seeing piles of projects started... my time is freeing up again and you've inspired me to tap into my creative energy and get fired up! Cheers to your health!

    Carol

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  16. glad to see you're feeling good and back in the studio Terri!

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  17. Always good to hear good news. Isn't it wonderful to feel well again? Sonja

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  18. I am very thankful that you are on the mend and the news was good. Healing Hugs and lots of joyful time creating and recuperating dear...

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  19. Hurrah the surgery is behind you and you are on the mend. (I had my thyroid removed a year ago and I know too well the anxiety of neck surgeries.) Thanks for the links to some inspiration and the info on pens. I have to admit, not only am I a book/dvd junkie, but I love new pens. I find a favorite and stick with it forever. Take care!

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