Friday, March 16, 2012

PPF #1 v.2

A year and a week of Paint Party Fridays. :D I´m having another go at "using stamp pads as stamps for backgrounds" like last week for PPF#52. 
On top of that I painted an old pink (in Spanish it is called "rosa viejo" it has a faded brownish tint, does it have a proper name in English?) acrylic wash with a dusty green for the borders. I love Mariza´s faces, with the dark green/blue colouring. I still don´t dare going too dark but I quite like the end result for a first version. :) I used watercolour pencils over white gesso.
This is my first double spread for a journal that was originally called "This much I know" and has become something like "Tips for living". Lol! The first one is "One thing at a time" aka "Do what is in front of you". I tend to be a scatter brain.
I sound like I have what my friend Mel calls:  A.A.A.D.D. - Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.This is how it manifests itself:
I decide to water my garden.
As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.
As I head towards the garage, I notice post on the porch table that I picked up from the postman earlier.
I decide to go through it before I wash the car.
I put my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the recycling box under the table, and notice that the recycling box is full.
So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the recycling first.
But then I think, since I'm going to be near the post-box when I take out the recycling paper anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.
I take my cheque book off the table and notice that there is only one cheque left.
My extra cheques are in the desk in my study, so I go into the house to my desk where I find the cup of coffee I'd been drinking.
I'm going to look for my cheques but first I need to push the coffee aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over.
The coffee is getting cold, and I decide to make another cup.
As I head toward the kitchen with the cold coffee, a vase of flowers on the worktop catches my eye - the flowers need water.
I put the coffee on the worktop and discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning.
I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers.
I put the glasses back down on the worktop, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote control. Someone left it on the kitchen table.
I realise that tonight when we go to watch TV, I'll be looking for the remote, but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers.
I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor.
So, I put the remote back on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.
Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.
At the end of the day:
The car isn't washed
The bills aren't paid
There is a cold cup of coffee sitting on the kitchen work-surface
The flowers don't have enough water
There is still only 1 cheque in my cheque book
I can't find the remote
I can't find my glasses
And I don't remember what I did with the car keys.
Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all bloody day and I'm really tired.
I realise this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail.....


I know everyone coming from Paint Party Friday is a painter but I also know that many of us dabble into other materials. I´ve been trying out the digi world lately.
When Liz from My Memories contacted me to review My Memories Suite v.3 the words "without" and "complicated" together totally got my attention. This is a software to create digital scrapbooks, photobooks, cards, calendars and other art pieces. I downloaded the software really easily. Very clear instructions all along and smooth streaming. 
Here´s my templates review from this week when I also chose some free embellies from the site, just for the fun of it.
Today I decided to try the personal design aspect. There were so many options to choose from that I started by participating in one of the speed scrap challenges at My Memories Facebook page. For a newbie it is great to explore the software with a guided exercise.


Do you want to try it too? ONE lucky winner will get a copy of the My Memories Suite v.3!
Leave me a comment here and I´ll add you to the draw. Are you a follower of my blog? I´ll add a second chance for you as a Thank You! Want another chance? Tell me which is your favourite theme to work with.

26 comments:

Kikipotamus said...

That's hilarious. I love your description of A.A.A.D.D. I am not sure what the name of that color would be in English. Dusty rose is a color, but it's not brown.

Victoria said...

Hi Paula..Gorgeous work..i love love the color palette..and the soft glow..beautiful !! She is beautiful too..magnificent work! and wow..the stories you shared made me giggle! So lovely..the memories software sounds cool..very generous of you. yay!
Have a happy day!
Victoria

Arlene said...

THANKS FOR THE CHUCKLE, I DIDN'T THINK WE HAD MET, BUT YOU HAVE DESCRIBED ME. YOU HAVE DIAGNOSED MY PROBLEM. I HAVE A.A.A.D.D.!!! LOVE YOUR ART.

Carolyn Dube said...

Your journal page is fabulous! Love the way the stamp pad stamping is just hinted at in your final piece. She is amazing by the way! AAADD- sounds about right for me too! I think mine was sped along by my 2 children- my gray started showing up about the time I started having kids. Coincidence?

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Your journals pages are very creative and colorful ~ love you palette ~ thanks, namaste, Carol ~ Happy Weekend ^_^

La Abela said...

It is funny that the AAADD,many must have it.
I call that color "rojo óxido"
I do not the traduccion. Saludos

Netty said...

Loving your pages......and yes am always distracted......methinks its the butterfly brain syndrome. Happy PPF, Annette x

Faye said...

Love the journal pages and the ink pad backgrounds. Very creative of you. Your post brought a good laugh. Have a great weekend.

Debbie said...

I like the color that you used, and her face is very interesting to look at. Great idea to use the stamp pads for the background. I'm going to have to try that out.

Catherine... said...

I can so relate to this... very funny...so frustrating though... ;)

Mary C. Nasser said...

Wonderful journal spread!
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Jennibellie said...

Haha wonderful post, I'm exactly the same sometimes, awesome double page too, tfs, much love Jennibellie xx

Anne said...

Lovely painting, great post! :)) happy PPF!

bohemiannie! art said...

Your beautiful girl has the most interesting skin! Love her. What I love most is that you made me laugh out loud not once, but twice this morning! What a treat is was to read your list!!!! I SO relate. I'm following - not for the prize (although I think I'd love it) - but in anticipation of the next work of art and giggles!

Sophia said...

What a lovely color spread, Paula, and your journal pages are amazing. Great job at doing two. I've not attempted that yet. :)

Carol said...

Love your journal pages !!! I too suffer with A.A.A.D.D. !!!

Carol said...

I thought I was already a follower but I wasn't ....but you can bet I am now :0)

carlarey said...

Love then new backgrounds and painting. I had a laugh at the ADD symptoms, it sounds just like my mother, especially the part about how she was busy all day but got nothing done. Now I have a diagnosis for her.

Ginny said...

I really love your work today. Your girl is beautiful.

EVA said...

I would translate that as old rose not old pink and it is sort of a greyish, brownish pink - not very vibrant.

Looking forward to seeing what you do next after the nice start!

Arianrhod SilverWheel said...

Ehehehe! No sos sola. This AAADD is a common among many of us. :))
Love your pieces!

Kristin said...

Oh my gosh! I am SO IN LOVE with this post! You totally cracked me up!~ and how did you get into MY head!? LOL.
Beautiful spread too, thank you for sharing! xo

Annabelle said...

What a funny ,hilarious post Paula! I think I too am a triple A ~ Double D kinda of gal as well, lol ; )
I have too many days like you just described so I think I will inherit that name sake.Thanks for the good laugh and adoring all of your art work....you did after all get some work done I see; )

Annabelle ; )

*jean* said...

lovely pages! and your AAADD is so totally right on the money and unfortunately, i can completely agree!! haha~! happy ppf!

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

That is so funny! You are not alone. I do the same thing and feel the same way. :) I get sidetracked all over creation and then wonder what in the world I was doing in the first place. Let me know where you find "help." :) Wonderful pages too!

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

that was perfect... sounds as though you have been staring at my day from tat descriptor....my days are identical to that except for the washing the car thoughts... that would never even occurs to me... so glad I got to read this even if it did take me forever to get here and read it...xx

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