long story short & tutorial

Many years ago, I had a blog named Nora Clemens-Gallo it was at blogger. You know, the one that ends up “atblogspot.com”, anyway, I cancelled my account because I was having issues with it and I had so many spams that made me feel uncomfortable. After a while I thought I would activate it again so I went to do it, but to my surprise It was taken. My name did not belong to me anymore at blogspot. I went and found old comments I made on some blogs and some things I posted at pinterest with my old blog, and oh surprise again, It took me to a blog I did not recognized, but it was using my links and my name of course. That made me sad and a bit frustrated, no longer I can have my name at blogger. That’s when I decided to start another, and THIS is the one. I have found it a bit difficult to do many creative things on my site, but so far it has been very good. You may ask, why is she telling us this? Well it’s because I was browsing pinterest and I found an old tutorial of some doodles I did long ago trough my old blog and I wanted to put it back on my new one and for you to be able to see it, also because if you find it on pinterest and click at it you wont be able to find it. Now, here you will have again my tutorial and a new (old) doodle paint that you haven’t seen yet. So if you want to try this easy tutorial, here is what you will need.

MATERIALS: A canva (I used 8″x11″) a black fine point sharpie marker and acrylics of your favorite colors, water, brushes and your imagination.

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1. Make some curvy lines across the canvas, and turn it and do more curvy lines.

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2. Continue making lines and curvy lines until you are happy with it. Then start adding your favorite or easy drawing. (for me are doodles and flowers)

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3. Keep going and filling the spaces base on your own ideas.

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4. And here it’s my final result. That was the end of my last tutorial.

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Later, after I posted this tutorial I started adding colors, and I did another that I think I have never show you.Time passed and my sister and nieces came to visit. My oldest niece was turning 16 at the time and she loved the paintings, so that was her present from me. At the end of this post you will see the two paintings (unfinished of course). The things she took were done. ;)

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Have an amazing and very creative easter weekend.

Nora

Linking to PPF

A gift for christmas

One of my sisters in law loves quilting. She is very good. This year I was her secret santa for Christmas and as usual, I was wondering what to give her. In my case, I love when somebody gives me things for art because it’s something I enjoy doing. So thats what I did. I gave her a double side original handmade stamp and a piece of cotton fabric that I printed with her new stamp. (I also gave her a gift certificate for a store where they sell tons of fabrics). I think that way she can create her own original designs too. Here are some images.

Una de mis cuñadas, le encanta el acolchado (quilting). Ella es muy  buena en ello. Este año me toco ser su amigo secreto (como lo dirían en mi tierra) en la navidad y como siempre estuve debatiendo en que regalarle. En mi caso me encanta cuando me regalan cosas de arte, porque es algo que disfruto haciendo. Así que termine dándole una estampa de doble cara con diseños originales y tallada a mano y una pieza de tela de algodón impresa con su nueva estampa (también le dí un certificado de regalo de una tienda donde venden infinidad de telas). Creo que de esa manera ella puede crear sus propios diseños originales también. Aquí algunas fotos.

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Have an amazing day! ¡Qué tengas un día maravilloso!

Nora

Linking to Paint Party Friday

Imprimiendo flores

Éste es un bloque de impresión que hice ya hace varios años, para ese entonces no tenía pintura para imprimir, sólo tintas para estampar. Ahora que ya tengo el material me puse a imprimir varias hojas para ver que tal se veían. Ustedes me dirán…

This is a block that I made a couple of years ago, but at the time I did not have printing ink, just stamping ink materials. Now, that I have my printing ink, I printed several sheets of paper to see how they will look. You tell me…

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Have an amazing day!

Nora

Playing with paper clay and pastel chalks

I while ago I saw a journal on pinterest. This lady used on her work paper clay to make texture on her page. I loved the idea. I wanted to use it on my paintings and it had been on my head for more than two years. I finally bought paper clay and used it on a small wood board canvas. Just playing and having fun. I don’t know if I have mentioned before, but: I LOVE TO EXPERIMENT. If I see something new, I imagine how it will work on this or that way or with this or with that thing… anyway, to bad i’m not rich, if I was, i’ll be very poor right now because I will be buying new stuff to try new techniques. ;) Anyway (again), here is what I did. I used paper clay, matte medium (just in case did not stay on the canvas), let it dry for few days, then I used pastel chalks and acrylics. I do like what I see so far… What do you think? (still work in progress).

For now I’m going to go and visit our friends from Paint Party Friday, which I have not visited in a loooong time.

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Have a wonderful day!

Nora

Our Christmas postcard

My daughter wrote a letter to her friend that suddenly moved to Miami. She has been missing her a lot, so I told her I will find her friends new address. She was so happy. She wrote and also made a family drawing in her card. I loved the drawing. (She has been making family drawings since she was around 3 years old, she soon will be 9). I have been saving them as much as I can. Now in her illustrations she includes our dog,  Guapo that has been with us since June of 2012. I could not let the drawing go, so it end up becoming a new stamp, that also end up being our Christmas postcards for this holiday season and soon will be delivered.

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That’s the way the mass production goes and this is the way my desk looks.

Linking to WOYWW, and Paint Party Friday, places that I haven’t

visit in a looong time. Go check them out!

Have an extraordinary day!

Nora

finish… I think

I left this lino block unfinished a while ago, finally I’m done with it. The problem was that the weather was a bit cold, so it was harder to carve. I did put it several times on the microwave to make it soft. Here the first tests. Ya hace algún, deje mi bloque de lino sin terminar. Ya lo termine por fin. El único problema fue que el clima estaba algo frío y hacia que fuera mas difícil carvar. Lo puse varias veces en el micro para ablandarlo. Aquí la primeras pruebas. linored linored2 linored3 linored4 linored5 linored6