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Wednesday, August 23

My friend @adogslife13 asked me to play along with her #sustainablesoul project this year and I'm super excited to finally share my blog post with you! #catherinescanlon #catherinescanlondesigns #sustainable #organicgardening


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Sustainable Souls Project


The beauty of nature really embodies this quote, how lovely the silence of growing things. Nature is perfect for every single person: a deaf person can see the beauty, a blind person they can smell the beauty of the flowers and feel the wonders of the earth. 

Check out the other amazing artists playing along with this fun project here: 

 
Every single person has the ability to use all, or part of their senses to inhale the beauty of nature and feel it's beautiful silence.


Sustainable Souls Project from Catherine Scanlon on Vimeo.

Nature, or what we often refer to as our lovely green spaces; are there for us. But are we always there for them? Do you reach for harsh chemicals that will harm the animals, the beneficial bugs or other things that live and grow in your green space to take care of a pest or issue that is threatening your green space?
 
My house is situated on an aquifer and while I have a lot of gardens, sometimes the gardens require pesticides to remain beautiful but I do not like to use them because I want to protect my water source. Simply, we have a high the water table and I try to find natural remedies to take care of pests that might hurt my gardens.

Here are my helpful hints that you can try first if you have any of these problems in your garden:

Ants or other Exo Skeleton Bugs: sprinkle diatomaceous earth over the spot where the ants are living. Around the earth or the rocks and really sprinkle it in there. This is harmful to the ants because it does something to their exoskeleton and they dehydrate and die. Diatomaceous earth is what is used for a pool filter.

Slugs: while we love coffee, slugs do not! Sprinkle coffee grounds or a coffee solution on the ground and around your plants that may have a slug problem, slugs do not like the acid in the coffee grinds and will turn away when they encounter it.

Tomato Hornworm: sadly, the only natural way I have found to get rid of the hornworm is to pick it off the plant. The part about the hornworm that breaks my heart is it creates a lovely, lovely month. It's such a double edge sword, but since I want tomatoes to grow I will sacrifice these interesting moths.

Weeds: pull them out by hand or spritz a vinager/water mixture on them. If that doesn't work, try bleach and water. The harmful effects of bleach dissipate into the air after a few minutes. Also, mulching with a thick layer of pine mulch helps stop the weeds.

Fertilizing: Always use organic versions, cow manure or your compost pile. Miracle Gro has a lot of bad stuff in it, and is definitely not a good choice for vegetables, but I always spend a little more and get an organic version.

Epsom Salt: also known as magnesium sulfate; "helps speed up plant growth, increase a plants nutrient uptake, deter pests, increase flavor of fruit and veggies, plus increase the output of vegetation."

Lime: if you find that your tomatoes have a weird brown rotten spot on the end that starts as it gets bigger and by the time it is ripe enough to eat, your earth has a calcium deficiancy and you can amend the dirt with a little lime. This is a deficiency in the earth that causes the tomato to get Blossom End Rot. In the fall after I have cleaned up all of my vegetable beds I sprinkle and work in a generous application of lyme into the earth. You can also take your soil to a local gardening center to have them test to see what you need to add to make your soil better.

You can make a difference and protect our precious earth! Before you reach for the harsh chemicals, take a minute to look on Pinterest or Google what your garden problem is and I'm sure that you will find and natural way to solve the problem, if in the end you still have it then reach for the chemicals, but use these chemicals very very sparingly and take the safety precautions seriously. Not only do they kill the bad stuff -- but they also kill the good things like the bees, the butterflies, the birds and all of the other beautiful things that you enjoy in your garden.


Thanks for joining me today for this fun project!


Monday, July 17

I think I'm gonna have to call this one done! I love when beautiful things just happen on my paper with my hand and heart as the guide! #tigerlily #watercolorink #catherinescanlon #catherinescanlondesigns #watercolor #waterbrush #watercolorflower #watercolorink #strathmoreart #flowersofinstagram #flowers @strathmoreart


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Check out this fun chart I made for Breakfast Reese! #Repost @brea_reese (via @repostapp) ・・・ Happy Monday, folks. What better way to start your week than with a little technique review? Try one, try them all and don't forget to share with us! #breareese #breareeseglitterink #breareesewatercolor #breareeseacrylics #breareesemarkers #breareesebrushes #makestuff #handmade #art🎨 #artistsoninstagram #watercolor #watercolorpainting


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Pretty productive weekend - and this is only the art! #catherinescanlon #catherinescanlondesigns #watercolor #waterbrush #watercolorink #watercolorpainting #glitterink #flowersofinstagram #watercolorflower


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Friday, July 7

Best Wishes...

Today is Day 3 of Michelle Borsack's week of cards using my stamps and I thought I'd also share a quick Time Lapse I created using the same stamp she's featuring today! This is the Floral Trio Bracket Frame, and you can find it right here on the Art Gone Wild Website!

http://artgonewild.com/catherine-scanlon-cling-mount-stamp-floral-trio-bracket-frame-agc3-2825.html


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Make sure that you check out Michelle's beautiful card using this same stamp, I think you'll love her take on it! Here's the link to her blog post for Day 3 of her week of Catherine stamps, and make sure you stop by, she MAY have something special for you to try and win!

http://bellissimacards.blogspot.com/2017/07/day-3catherine-scanlon-designs-weekand.html

Thanks for dropping by today, have a wonderful weekend.


Wednesday, July 5

Bellissima Cards!!

I'm so blessed to have talented friends that like my stamps! The lovely Michelle Borsack of Bellissima Cards is featuring my stamps this whole week --  she has created some beautiful cards that you aren't going to want to miss! 

Here's the link to today's set of cards:

http://bellissimacards.blogspot.com/2017/07/day-1-of-catherine-scanlon-designs-week.html


Make sure you stop by and leave a comment, she's going to have a few sets to give out!

Thanks so much for dropping by, have a wonderful day!

Yummy! @fairwinds_farm #maine #thewaylifeshouldbe #strawberrypicking


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Tuesday, June 27

Book Review: Artful Adventures in Mixed Media

Writing a book is a lot like having a child. You carry it with you in your mind for months, even years for some. You work on making it perfect, wondering if the world will love it as MUCH as you do. You wonder what they'll say about you, your creativity and the value of what is in between the front and back cover of your baby. There are so many excited and nervous emotions, to name a few; that come with writing a book.


When my dear friend Nathalie sent me a copy of her book to review, I remember the feelings of trepidation, anxiety, excitement just opening the box. From the moment I saw her cover art I was impressed. Just looking at the cover of her gorgeous book is a reward with an explosion of color and texture. A quick glance through brings intrigue and the feeling that I just can't wait to find a few moments to read, digest and ingest every single thing inside and then get to work creating something from her easy to follow instructions.

Nat has not only shared her precious heart in this book, but her tried and true techniques for creating gorgeous and colorful mixed media art. From the ultimate beginner to the advanced "professional" there is something for everyone to learn. Her unique process of inspiration and exploration brought something alive in me and made me want to create something different, colorful and beautiful while maintaining my own sense of style.

I decided to mix and match a few things and create something inspired from her beautiful book, Artful Adventures in Mixed Media.

Below I have cited each part of the book that inspired me, so you can see how my process evolved after reading her book.

Chapter 5: Texture Collage. I am a total vintage book, music sheet and tissue paper junkie so it's no surprise that this spoke to me for the base of my painting. I did try tearing the papers, but decided that I prefer cutting them because I prefer a clean edge. Instead of moving right into an image transfer, I added some gesso and transparent color to tone down the background and unify the design. It was pretty hard to let it sit and dry over night.


I was really inspired by the art on page 66 and 67 -- and decided that the blues and greens and a little pink would be a nice color palette to stick with. Because I wanted the next step to be the most prominent, I created the entire base painting before the image transfer.




I am truly inspired by nature, if you know my art at all -- and her chapter about Enjoying Nature's Beauty really spoke to me -- maybe I should have tried a cityscape, but since I live in the country flowers and greenery really ignite my creativity. I decided to create a digital collage from a photograph I had taken. Once it was printed, I had a photocopy made and set to adding it to my painting using a traditional gel medium image transfer.


I kept going back to the art on pages 66 and 67 -- and added some sgraffito techniques as well as some stamping with brown ink in the background.


To finish my fun painting, I splattered paints here and there, added some green to the foreground and added my little Maya Angelou quote. I feels finished -- and it really inspires me to want to create more pieces of art inspired by this amazing book. I hope you love it and find as as much inspiration from it as I have.

Thanks for dropping by today, have a wonderful day.