Friday, January 19, 2018


Hi everyone.  
Here's a background I made that I like, but I don't know what to do with this page. Maybe it's a finished page. Maybe I should cut it up and use bits of it for something else. That's the adventure that sometimes happens in this art making fun. You just get stuck.
I used the orange paint and a stencil to make the basic background, and then after that, I just set to work coloring and doodling. Sometime after work doodling and coloring is all my brain is able to do.
I'd love to have a tile wall or a rug that looks like this. I don't know if it would work in my house, but I would still love it.
I am linking up my pattern background to Art Journal Journey and this month's challenge of New Year: New Adventures.
So yesterday my husband had to be out of his office on business, and he called me on his way home. I was actually 15 minutes ahead of him, still driving home from work. So we decided to meet at a new restaurant for an early dinner. It was just a burger place, nothing fancy, and it is in the same strip mall where Hobby Lobby is. Since I had 15 minutes to kill until he arrived, I decided I might as walk through Hobby Lobby. Not to shop, but to get some exercise.  (Really, for exercise).
So when I went into the store I headed for the back left corner.  Yes it is where all the paper crafts and mixed media supplies are. But it is also the clearance wall. And as I browsed the clearance wall I saw all kind of bargains!
 I don't know if you can read the yellow price tags on these items, but there are Liquitex paint pens for $3.49, stickers between 29 cents and up to $1.44. Those $1.44 stickers are those huge letters on the left of the photo. I even got a Sizzix card die for $2.50.
Anyhow I spend $16.00 for this whole stash. It was a pretty exciting find. :)

So it is Friday!
Hope everyone is ready for the weekend!


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

OOOOOOOOOMGosh! What a bargain. Lucky you. I am in awe.

I have some southwestern ribbons that remind me of your fabulous southwestern art you created. This must have taken you FOREVER to create, and it is beautiful. Color me impressed. Thanks
for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey. It's a beauty.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

This patterns are adorable - gosh I wouldn't have the patience for doing that - I take my hat off to you!The bright colors are so cheerful and the patterns look really good! Nearly organic! And WOW - what a bargain - you were really lucky to go there just to get some exercise! SUPER!
I wish you a happy weekend - hope the weather is nice to you - here we had some snow chaos in the morning - but now it all is o.k. again - even a bit of sun.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Erika, just saw your question. Everything there is part of their permanent collection. They have expanded and included lots since the first time I was there three or four years ago.

Gibby Frogett said...

Great stencilled pattern Erika - yes wouldn't it be cool as tiles or a rug - love the colours.
And wow fantastic stash! what a bargain you came home with :)
Have a lovely weekend ... Gill xx

Let's Art Journal said...

Looks perfect to me! I love the tile design and colours you used, it reminds me of when we visited the Southwest States of New Mexico and Arizona - beautiful 😁. I must remember to tell my hubby that I was just getting some exercise the next time I go to my local craft store 😉. You got some amazing bargains, well done! Wishing you a happy Friday and weekend! J 😊

CJ Kennedy said...

I thought you had made a paper quilt! Looks very cool. And I like your idea of exercise! :-D

Valerie-Jael said...

I love your idea of exercise, putting things into baskets is really fun! We don't have craft shops in our town, I have to shop online! Beautiful patterns and colours, it's a great idea when ideas go missing. Enjoy your day, hugs, Valerie

kathyinozarks said...

Oh wow so happy for you I love a good bargain and I love Hobby Lobby but do not get a chance to go there very often-all the stores like this are over an hour away from and have to take the expressway too so not for me lol but I have gotten some awesome deals too from their bargain walls.
what a nice treat to meet up for dinner--and I really love your tiles so much very southwest and for me it is a finished page I am so bad at coloring you did an awesome job! hugs Kathy

Anonymous said...

I love the page just as it is. Great patterns from your New Mexico mind on this. Will be fun to flip back through the journal and see them. Fab haul, bargains indeed! Might have to visit a hobby lobby for fun. xox

Divers and Sundry said...

Hobby Lobby for exercise? You sound like me, going to a book store -just to walk a bit after a meal out. Your bargain finds are wonderful!

peggy gatto said...

Wow, gorgeous design!

sheila 77 said...

Oh I do love this pattern with all the smaller patterns. It would make a fantastic wrapping paper, I would buy it. I can see that colouring in your own pattern would be very soothing.
How convenient that your walk (for exercise(!)) led you to all these lovely goodies.
Have a great weekend, Erika.

sheila 77 said...

Also meant to say that I think your new header is super-fabulous with these bright colours.

Meggymay said...

This is a fabulous page, so much colour and work in each square. I love it and see how you enjoyed the adventure creating the page.
Fate for sure had you going into that store. You got some amazing bargains. Have fun using them.
Yvonne xx

denthe said...

So beautiful, I love this pattern, as well as the strong colours you used. It would make great fabric!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Love your art adventure! I think I need a doodle adventure to get me moving again!! Great bargains there too! Have a great weekend! Chrisx

Faye said...

What a haul!!! I love a bargain. Sometimes I find interesting things at the Tuesday Morning store. I love your quilt/rug painting! Indeed, it would make a great rug.

Jackie P Neal said...

Your page is beautiful!!
You really should scan it or copy it onto your computer before you do anything else with it, then you could always print out and try out ideas onto the copies before you go any further with the original. Really gorgeous patterns and color explosion!
Jackie ")

baili said...

Just so appealing my friend:)

Jeanie said...

I'd say it's a finished page and I agree with Jackie P. in that you should scan or copy it. But I'd try what I have called the "Valerie Silhouette" technique on it. Something black or dark that would stand out and not get lost in the background. A bird or animal shape might be interesting. A black cat?