Monday, April 15, 2019

100 Days of Botanical Bits


Yup - I did it!  
Not sure if it is the smartest thing I have ever done, but I'm in.   
I signed up for The 100 Day Project, 
and I am committed to creating botanical bits for 100 days 
 I am trying for 100 days in a row, but we will see.  

Today is day 14, and I thought I would share my botanical bits to date (in no particular order) 










Most of them I have created with watercolors and ink pen - but this one has some collage added to the bottom.



None of these creations are big - but on a day of very limited time,
I created this tiny one.







To change things up a bit I created with graphite and ink.






Eventually I hope to make a few more of them into cards.

I will post some more of these here sometime.... but I have committed to posting more often on Instagram -  if you want you can find me there as KimHenkelCreations. 

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Focus on Gratitude



It has been a challenging few weeks in my neck of the woods 
and I have had difficulty sleeping. 
Productivity has been down, and worry has sky rocketed. 

Fortunately for me, 
I have a loving, caring, supportive family to lean on. 

During these challenging weeks, my dad 
(who is turning 86 years young tomorrow!)
continues to remind me to be grateful for all the good things I do have. 
He has a small journal style book that he uses to record the things he is grateful for. 
My dad is not a writer -for him to sit down and write is difficult
 but he does it to remind himself of his daily gratitudes

- from the blue sky and fresh air that he walks in
- to his good health
- and to having more food than he needs
- he is always thankful. 

  
Recently he offered me his gratitude journal to take and write in, 
as he felt it would help me focus on the many good things I do have.  
Instead of taking his book, I made this book into my gratitude journal 
and have been trying to write a sentence or two in it daily.   

Although the challenges I have right now are still here 
I try to remember all the good things I do have 
 and with that I know many wonderful things will continue to come my way.  








Monday, January 14, 2019

Daily Creative Sessions - Take Ten


Recently, I set myself a goal  -  daily 10 minute creative sessions. 



and this is what my 10 minutes turned into the other day.

Okay - this took me way more than 10 minutes to create, 
but that is how it started.  


The pages in this little book are pockets....
and inside the pockets are mini blank books.


At the moment only the pockets are decorated
..... eventually the mini books in the pockets will have something on them as well.  
















During my next 10 minute creative session I thought 
I should make these at the visual journaling group I host on Tuesday nights.
So I created a less time consuming version to share if they are interested.  



If you haven't anything to do on Tuesday night 
and are in my neighbourhood  
- feel free to join us in the art room of the local school.... :-)

Friday, December 28, 2018

. . . . . Ready for 2019???


I am old school about many things - calendars is one of them. 
I love to keep myself organized with a paper style calendar 
that I am able to write things on. 

If you too love using a calendar and would like one of these, 
please leave me a comment and I will enter your name to win one of them. 
(tell me which cover is your favourite). 



This year I created small size calendars with decorated covers. 


At the end of the year, the calendar pages can be slipped out of the cover,
and can be replaced with a 2020 calendar or a notebook.











And since it is unlikely that I will post again before 2019.... 
I will sign off with best wishes for the remainder of 2018, and I will see you in the new year!

(draw will take place on Dec. 31 - item will be mailed on Jan. 2)

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Paper Box Frames


I finally finished these little bit collages that I shared on my previous post. 


They will be part of a show in a Yukon gallery with the title of 'Light'. 


Therefore I wanted to keep the frames light both physically and in look.  
I also wanted the frame edges to be rustic and worn looking - similar to the paper edges. 


My desire was to have the pieces float above the false back of the box.



This was tricky to achieve and took too much time - but I like the final look. 


I put a small string through the back of the box, 
so these pieces can hang on a wall, or stand on a shelf. 


And here they all are - ready to head off to the gallery!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Little Bits of Collage



These little bits collages have won my heart lately. 

I don't know what it is about taking pieces of paper 
that I have painted and stamped 
and ripped into little bits - and then glue back together again
. . . . but I keep seeming to want to do it.  












These little creations (measuring about 2&1/2 inches each way) are a work in process, 
but don't worry I will share the finished products with you when I am done.