Wednesday, November 17, 2010

An Early Christmas Gift

This is a journal spot/scrapbooking embellishment that I made just for this blog and my readers. Just click the "save picture as" button after clicking on the picture ittself and save it to your pictures folder. If Windows Paint is your only photo editing tool, make sure when you open it, it is set to 1/1 page. You can do this by going into the print options on Windows Paint.

If you have other photo editing programs you can resize this (make sure to copy and save the resize so you don't lose the original). So it can be a tag, a card (you can personalize it with a photo that has been copied and pasted into the frame) or a scrapbook embellishment or frame.

You can also scan some background papers and paste this onto it after saving the scan. Add your own decorations with peel and stick jewels or glitter pens. Put pretty ribbon into the punched out hole in the tag that you print on cardstock, or print on paper and glue to a shipping tag and make a personalized gift tag. Anyway, Happy Holidays everyone and have fun!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Donnalda Does Art: How to make art without a studio#links#links

Donnalda Does Art: How to make art without a studio#links#links

How to make art without a studio

My Laptop! I have been playing with Windows Paint again. It is my favorite "toy". I still don't have a workspace (so much to do to make it workable, sigh) so I have been getting my art jones done on my laptop. Here are some of my projects.
The above post includes a link to the Graphics Fairy's Blog where I got some of the vintage images.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Some pics from early this morning

The rose settee is made from 2x4's. I have a lot of paint that I get at the "return" bin from various sources. Our house is going to be very colorful.
The pomegranite tree has finally set one blossom, we will be eating this fruit around Christmas time.
That is my garden in a box, made from 12 railroad ties. I made a top for it to protect the plants from varmints at night. During the day I leave the top up so things can get pollinated.
The laundry/shower set up next to one of the date palms (so handy for hanging things). The big bucket is for the washing, the two smaller white ones are for the first rinse and the fabric softener rinse. The piece of lattice is for draining large heavy items that I can't wring out. I also hang my husbands jeans on the palm stubs to drain them between buckets.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Hello Cloth Paper and Scissors Artists and Fans

Hello. I just joined the Cloth Paper and Scissors website. CPS is a magazine devoted to the art and artists working in mixed media. I used to watch their program on KVCR when I lived in the city and developed a bit of a girly crush on Pokey because she was so open to new things and very creative herself. I got a subscription to the magazine from my best friend Judy for my birthday a couple of years ago and found heaven. I also have been a subscriber and contributor to Somerset Studio, and this magazine just blew me away. Everything is so original and inspiring. The website is super because it is a huge community of artists, encouraged to participate in the website ittself. There are galleries, forums and free demos, and even a shop. Just follow the link below.

In celebration of this I am offering a free journal spot right here on my blog. Just click on the pic and expand it, then "save picture as" to put it into your files. Enjoy.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

New Facebook Fan Page and a Gift

I have just launched my Fan Page and have opened up two discussions. I am also offering a gift on the Fan Page. The Fan Page is dedicated (at this point anyway) to Journal Spots. I love making them and using them. I have started a new project called Pirate Map Journal Spots and am offering one of them on the page. Just follow the instructions to capture it and then you can print it, and use it. One of the discussions is for the work you did with it. I will start a Gallery Album as soon as I get submissions. I just love all things "pirate" and last week when it was raining and I couldn't go outside, I decided to try a project from a magazine. It involved National Geographic magazine pages and a Citrus Solvent. I loved the look of some of the results and decided to make them look like old maps. I am going to add some of my drawn corners to them as well. But in the mean time, go to the link and get your map and play with it a little and let me know about it. I will post your work in the Gallery album.!/pages/Donnalda-Smolens-Fine-Art-Fan-Page/340254153261?ref=mf

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Thank You DebsCrochet for the Sunshine Award

What a cool thing to find on my blog today. I love it. Especially considering that there is some real sunshine today when it was predicted to rain. Did this award have something to do with it? OOOOO Spooky. Thanks again DebsCrochet (she has an etsy shop too, same name)
Here's a link to her blog too.