One, Quick Question – Please Answer!

Gluttony

If you were a food… what food would you be and why?

Extra Credit: If you were a beverage, which one would you be & why?

Just in the mood to get to know my long, lost readers again! Won’t you leave me a comment witht he answer?  Yes, I’m phasing my way back to the blogosphere slowly…

Warmly,  Chrysti

Get Your Doodle On!

Create

“I have been doodling with ink and watercolor on paper all my life. It’s my way of stirring up my imagination to see what I find hidden in my head. I call the results dream pictures, fantasy sketches, and even brain-sharpening exercises.” – Maurice Sendak

My Doodle Journal My Doodle Journal

For as far back as I can remember, above my mother’s kitchen table, hangs the most charming framed “sketch” that I’ve ever seen.. and she created it. I have always been madly in love with it (despite numerous attempts, pleas, and batting my baby blues — my mother will not give it up — feel free to send me an email to forward onto her, begging her to bestow this upon her devoted daughter!) A fabulous house, a darling snowman, an otherwise just beautiful winter scene .. a sky full of lines, and patterns that just pull you in.. I sat and stared at this through every meal, wanting to walk right into this world.

<sigh> Mom, if you’re reading this.. I really do want that picture, and I know what you’ll say… but I refuse to wait until you die, because quite frankly it’s not ever happening.

A Winter's Night Blocked

So Sorry.. back to what I was saying…

You see, one of my fondest memories takes me through that wondrous time of being a small child, and lovingly gazing up at my mother, or grandmother as they spoke on the phone. I sat in utter amazement as they chit-chatted away .. (which was in my eyes, at the time, a seemingly very adult thing to do) all the while their hands with the aid of a simple pen made pure magic on a notebook, a pad of paper, a napkin, whatever was within reach — as they mindlessly doodled.

My Scissors The Mask

It truly fascinated me, and I so, SO enjoyed the talent that they each possessed. I was convinced (and frankly still am) that my mother’s creations (paintings & sketches as well) belonged in a museum. WOW! If these two talented women could mindlessly create such interesting scenes, textures, patterns, and beautiful lists .. imagine what would be if they set their minds to it.

Perfectly Art

And boy, did i ever, want to be them. To posses their skill, their vision, and quite simply I wanted to be all grown-up too. (Oh the naivety of a child!) I began doodling everywhere, in the shower as the mist covered the stall … I attempted to doodle the lavish worlds I saw in my mind’s eye… On paper, I would scribble hoping to make some of that “magic” I saw within the two women I most admired. As i grew older, I kept notebooks filled with quotes, simple drawings, and shapes… (my bedroom walls also bore the grunt of this obsession) filled with abstract patterns and textures… and i would genuinely lose myself within the process.

Butterfly Trail A Poor Horse

I LOVED that I had no boundaries. I absolutely loved that this was something just for me, that it wasn’t something I would be judged upon. This, was freedom.

cah-dj-1-30-07-cellphone-IMG_1293 Creative License Excercise 1

Somewhere along the line, I sadly lost that passion. Amidst all the to-do’s, responsibilities, and obligations we accumulate as adults I couldn’t justify a simple act that served no real purpose. Boy, was I ever wrong.

Wildflower Love Almost a Girl

For me, the joy of doing it is doodling when I want to. But if I had to do it, I’d lose the joy.” –Matthew Ashford

Bold Vibrant

As 2007 rang in, I set a goal to give myself a much stronger, basic sense of sketching.. I am absolutely determined to lean how to draw. Going back to the basics, doodling, seemed the right beginning step.

View in a Different Light Single, Pure Moment of Beauty

I grabbed one of my gorgeous journals, dropped it into my purse, along with some Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens, and toted it everywhere I went. Doctor’s offices, the car, a coffee house, as I watch TV, wherever I have a few moments.. I doodle. I set aside time each week to sit down and sketch a tad more formally. I can honestly say, I am slowly seeing my once very poor drawing skills turn into a very raw, basic set of skills. Thrilling!

Surprise! Racoon

However, it’s not the education I love, it’s the freedom that I have now reclaimed that resonates within my soul. C’mon, how often do we truly do something, that’s for ourselves, serves no purpose other then joy, and is an act that we will not be judged upon? It’s priceless. I reap the benefits anytime I create, in how I look at things, and I feel the difference internally. It’s amazing, how the simplest of acts, can free our minds so dramatically.

The Finger Breathe In Joy

The photos throughout this post, are all pages within my doodle book.. I hope you enjoy them, as much as I enjoyed creating them. I can’t wait to look back at these a few years from now, and see how far I’ve come!

Rough Folk HeART

Now it’s your turn, find your own freedom — get your doodle on, and if you are so inclined, drop by here.. and show me what you are doing!

Someday, I'll Draw a Cat Duality

Did I mention, to get you going.. I’m hosting a Get your Doodle On ATC Swap?

Sign up by leaving a comment on this blog post, and I’ll email you with the pertinent info. It’ll be a 6/5 swap (host keeps one card), all originals ( NO Copies!) .. Due in my Hands no later then 5/30/07 … Any theme, But needs to be a doodle, or sketch.. all levels of skill are welcome! Use sharpies, artist pens, markers, gel pens, pencil (seal it though), anything your heart desires!

Tree At Southpointe Flattened

Need some Inspiration?

Doodle Online:

Connect With Other Doodlers:

Visual Inspiration:

My Doodling Must Haves:

Learn to Draw:

Have a fabulous evening! — Chrysti

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Crabby Chrysti, Not so Crabby Art

 Character

  “Character” – On Ebay
4″ x 4″ Mixed Media & Collage Art Squared
By Raleigh, NC Mixed Media Artist Chrysti

 “You know it’s a bad day when you put your bra on backwards and it fits better.”

Initially, this post was going to be one long rant — but I thought better of it. It was one of those god-i-wish-i-never-rolled-outta-bed kind of days, and my attitude, well… suffice it to say, it’s anything but positive. BUT rather then bore you with a middle school tantrum, informing y’all of how right I am, and how wrong everyone else is .. I am just going to surf some blogs, look at photos at flickr, and go create .. and hope to put a spin on this nasty mood I’m in.

 Exist in Equilibrium

 Exist in Equilibrium

  “Exist in Equilibrium” – On Ebay
4″ x 4″ Mixed Media & Collage Art Squared
By Raleigh, NC Mixed Media Artist Chrysti

“On a bad day, I have mood swings – but on a good day, I have the whole mood playground”
~Charles Rosenblum

Really, what’s it matter if I can’t catch a break today right? It’s one day out of a lifetime of them, and maybe tomorrow it’ll be my turn to win…. (and if not, look out world! ha!)

 The Best is Yet To Come

 The Best is Yet To Come - Shimmer View


  “The Best is Yet to Come” – On Ebay
2.5″ x 3.5″ Mixed Media & Collage ACEO ATC
By Raleigh, NC Altered Artist Chrysti

So, yeah… ummm… after that minute-lil-long-winded way of saying I’m really, very, very crabby.. I’m showing ya my newest pieces for sale  — I’d like to see any marketing genius top that for a sales pitch. Really, don’t be scared, I promise not to bite your heads off or anything… I was in much better moods when these were created, and will be when I send them! Promise!

 When You Smile

  “When You Smile” – On Ebay
4″ x 6″ Mixed Media & Collage OSWOA
By Raleigh, NC Altered Artist Chrysti

By the way, My auction offer still stands from the other day:

  SPECIAL!! Be the first bidder, and if you win.. and tell  me you saw this deal in my blog  — and an embellishment or  ephemera pack – your choice!

And yep — if you are the first bidder, and win, on multiple auctions.. you get one for every piece you score!

Looking for an even better deal on top of that? Check out this week’s MEGA Holiday Sale Package!

 Steady Joy

“Steady Joy” – On Ebay
4″ x 6″ Mixed Media & Collage OSWOA
By Raleigh, NC Altered Artist Chrysti

 B, Bird

“B, Bird” – On Ebay
4″ x 6″ Mixed Media & Collage OSWOA
By Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

 The Winter Noon

“The Winter Noon” – On Ebay
4″ x 4″ Mixed Media & Collage Art Squared
By Raleigh, NC Mixed Media Artist Chrysti

     “Most of the time it was probably real bad being stuck down in a dungeon. But some days, when there was a bad storm outside, you’d look out your  little window and think, “Boy, I’m glad I’m not out in that.””
 
~ Jack Handy

  Chrysti

P.S.  Don’t think the irony on the topics in these pieces vs. my mood is lost on me. Must be the universe’s way of reminding me to get over it already, which frankly, I find annoying right now! Hmmph!

We have a winner! Is it you?

Thanks so much for the HUGE turnout on my Magazine Alphabet Collage Giveaway last week! I’ve decided, to do this more often, and already have another piece in mind for next week.. details this weekend I hope.

 Nancy's Alphabet Challenge Collage

Using randomizer.. .. I counted each entry, as the comment number… I thought this was the fairest way to select a winner…

The Winner is….

Drum roll Pelase…

# 51!!Chel!

Please Email me with your address!

Should she not contact me, the runners up are as follows..

# 106Kathy Parks , #86 Jan, #9 Judi Markel, #53 AJ

Would you all also contact me, as I’ll send you some art goodies as consolation prizes! I wish I could send them to everyone to entered… but please, keep trying, maybe next time will be your chance!

If you don’t want to miss a chance on my future drawings.. subscribe to my blog, so you get notified via email when I update :-)

 

Thanks again everyone for playing!

 12/08/06 Vintage Freebie 14

Yes! More Free Images for you all!

 I added around 30 new vintage images for you to use in your artwork — as always, free! For close to 5,000 more copyright free collage images.. join the flickr group I run .. Collage Images!I have close to 400 here as well.

New Art Here!

I know have been horrid at listing art for sale recently, and I never expected to receive SO many comments about it! It really touches me, and continues to encourage me that y’all enjoy it so much. I began listing today, I have a huge stack of art I’ve created over the last few months, to list.. and hope to add a few a day, until I get them all listed. Here’s what I have up so far.. not much, as it’s just been today that I started photographing, listing etc :-) A few ACEO’s, and OSWOA pieces.

As always, click the photos to see them open in a new window.. if for whatever the links don’t work.. you can see them also by going directly to my ebay store or etsy store in some cases.

SPECIAL!! Be the first bidder, and if you win.. and tell me you saw this deal in my blog  — and an embellishment or ephemera pack – your choice!

 I am Magnificent

 I am Magnificent - Metallic View

I am   Magnificent –For   Sale Here! 
  One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO) 
  2.5″ x 3.5″ 
  by Raleigh, NC Altered Artist Chrysti

 Live, Laugh, Love

Live, Laugh, LoveFor   Sale Here! 
  One of a Kind Collectible Hanging Art Card (ACEO) 
  2.5″ x 3.5″ 
  by Raleigh, NC Altered Artist Chrysti

 Mom's an Artist

 Mom's an Artist - Shimmer View

Mom’s an Artist –For   Sale Here! 
  One of a Kind Collectible Hanging Art Card (ACEO) 
  2.5″ x 3.5″ 
  by Raleigh, NC Altered Artist Chrysti

 A Great Effort

“A Great Effort ” For Sale Here!
4″ x 6″ on 140lb. Watercolor Paper Postcard 
An Original, One of a Kind, Mixed Media Collage & Painting
By Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist ~Chrysti~ 
  

Chance to be Wiser

 Chance to be Wiser - Metallic View

“Chance to be Wiser ”  For Sale Here!
4″ x 6″ on 140lb. Watercolor Paper Postcard 
An Original, One of a Kind, Mixed Media Collage & Painting
By Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist ~Chrysti~ 
  

Nature Tag

“Nature ”  On Etsy !
Altered Shipping Tag Art
An Original, One of a Kind, Mixed Media Piece
By Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist ~Chrysti~ 

I appreciate any bids … and feedback on these pieces! Now back to finish my bird pieces ( 4 left to do!) , then hopefully list some more ! Happy Friday!

Chrysti

A Whole Lotta Art Goin On Here

 Fills His Song

“Fills His Song” –SOLD
  4″ x 6″ on 140lb. Watercolor Paper Postcard 
  An Original, One of a Kind, Mixed Media Collage & Painting
  By Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist ~Chrysti~  

Woah. Tons of Stuff to update y’all on today.. so I’ll try to make it quick, and painless. (Have I mentioned I really miss having the time to sit down, and just write out a blog entry? I’m long overdue on that.) I’ll be continuing my art room organization series again soon, I just haven’t had a chance to take the rest of the photos for it, but I’m looking forward to sharing. If you dig around my past entries, you’ll see some of it.

Between these toothaches, emails, orders, preparing for the surgery, the websites I’m trying to finish, and my trip next week.. I just haven’t had any free time.. and find myself fighting the balance I had finally started to create within my life. Ah well, it isn’t permanent — and thank heavens!

MEGA SALE & SPECIAL – 2 DAYS LEFT!

Added a bunch of new items so far this week — more to come tonight, and tomorrow.. wholesale lots, vintage paper dolls, embellishments, and a whole lot more.. just go take a peek .. don’t forget about the mega sale, with tons of freebies! Read this post here for details!

 100% Authentic

“100% Authentic”- One of a Kind – April 2006
Mixed Media Painting & Collage
8″ x 10″ on Canvas -SOLD!
 By: Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

NEWS!! NEWS!! EXTRA EXTRA!!

I’m featured on Artella’s Daily Newspaper today.. The Daily Muse. It’s the ARTitorial, a reprint of an old blog entry I had done, odd … because how I feel today? Well, I could have written that now. Kinda eerie if you think about it. Maybe it’s the whole Friday the 13th Mojo going on…hmm…

 10/13/06 Vintage Freebie 1

MORE FREE VINTAGE IMAGES!!

I added a bunch of new vintage images at flickr today — these are free for you to use in your artwork, all are in the public domain .. for close to 4,000 more free images–join my collage images group today! Always Free!

ACEO AUCTIONS – ENDING SOON!

Don’t miss on your chance to bid! All ending in the next couple o’ days. All go towards my dental fund..heck, everything does right now!

 Terms of Endearment -2

 Terms of Endearment -1

Terms of Endearment For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Altered Artist Chrysti

 My Story -1

 My Story -2

My Story –For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Altered Artist Chrysti

 Old Friend 1

 Old Friend 2

Old Friend-For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Altered Artist Chrysti

 Cat 1

Cat-For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)

2.5″ x 3.5″

by Raleigh, NC Altered Artist Chrysti

NEW 4″ x 6″ OOAK Pieces!!

Oddly enough — I created these before hearing about this newest art movement ..OSWOA. Thrilled they fit in,i took the plunge and signed on up.. won’t you join me?

These are some of my favorite pieces that I have created in a long while.. they have so much of .. well .. me .. within them. I think you’ll be pleased as well. I love working with animal photos, and I truly do hope it shows. I’d love your feedback on these .. fire those comments away! I love when i can feel my style slightly shifting, defining itself.. and growing. It usually signifies my own self growth as well.

 Story of Courage

“Story of Courage” September 2006 
4″ x 6″ on 140lb. Watercolor Paper Postcard 

An Original, One of a Kind, Mixed Media Collage & Painting

By Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist ~Chrysti~ 
On Etsy or On E-Bay

 No Hurry

“No Hurry” September 2006 
4″ x 6″ on 140lb. Watercolor Paper Postcard 
An Original, One of a Kind, Mixed Media Collage & Painting
By Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist ~Chrysti~
On E-Bay
— ENDS SOON!

 Adore Life - 2

 Adore Life

“Adore Life” September 2006 
4″ x 6″ on 140lb. Watercolor Paper Postcard

An Original, One of a Kind, Mixed Media Collage &Painting
By Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist ~Chrysti~
-SOLD

 Treasures of the Heart

“Treasures of the Heart”  September 2006 
4″ x 6″ on 140lb. Watercolor Paper Postcard 

An Original, One of a Kind, Mixed Media Collage & Painting 
By Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist ~Chrysti~ 
-SOLD

Whew, that was a mouthful.. sadly, I feel as if I’m forgetting something…so I just may be back tonight! Now I’m off to E-bay to list!

In Art We Trust -Chrysti

Freebies, New Art – Getcha Some!

 Wishes Do Come True

“Wishes do Come True”
4″ x 4″ Art Squared On Matboard
One Of a Kind September 2006
Mixed Media: By Raleigh, NC Artist Chrysti
Created for
Bernie Berlin’s Fundraiser
Read my post about this project here

Well, I have good news! The surgery I’ve been waiting on, the whole massive dental drama that started at the beginning of this year? Will FINALLY be coming to an end! I am scheduled for surgery 11/8/06 .. and cannot wait to get this all behind me! I never anticipated it would take this long to get it, but I’ll take what I can.. beggars, choosers.. y’all know how it goes :-) Pain Free, what a nice switch that’ll be!

C’mon, whose gonna join in on a happy dance with me?

Have No idea what I’m talking about? Read about it in these entries:

Pain, Heartache & Inspiration
Hidden Among The Chaos

More fun with TIT Transfers!

Good News, Handmade Paper, And Random Thoughts

Quick Dental Update

I’ll fill you in on the details of this surgery later, as I have alot to blog about as it is this week.. just need the time to do it all!

 One

“One”
2.5″ x 3.5″ ATC Chunky Book Page
Mixed Media Collage & Painting
One Of a Kind: October 2006
Created on 140lb Watercolor Paper
By Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti
Created as a gift, not for sale …

So, part celebration – part I really need the extra money … I’m running a MEGA give-a-away this week & special in my store… I won’t be doing one this big for a long time.. so, take me up on it now.. while you can!

IMPORTANT!!: You MUST Request the special in order to receive it.. please let me know when you send payment, or request your total with shipping reduction…

Covet Me Mega Deal!

Valid from 10/8/06 – 10/15/06 (order must be paid for by then)
*Totals are for merchandise cost only, does not include shipping

Purchase $10.00 worth of Merchandise & Receive:

* 3 Free Collage Sheets
* 5 yards of Luxurious Fibers
* Mini Buttons & Tags Set

Purchase $15.00 worth of Merchandise & Receive:

* 4 Free Collage Sheets
* 5 yards of Luxurious Fibers
* Buttons & Mini Tags Set
* 5 Pre-Cut ATC Backgrounds
* 2 Pages of Sheet Music
* 5 Pages of German Text

Purchase $25.00 worth of Merchandise & Receive:

* 7 Free Collage Sheets
* 25 yards of Luxurious Fibers
* Buttons & Mini Tags Set
* 7 Pre-Cut ATC Backgrounds
* 2 Pages of Sheet Music
* 5 Pages of German Text
* Embellishment Sampler Kit
* 3 Decorative Napkins
* 1 package of Luxurious White Feathers
*10 Circles from Vintage & Foreign Text
* Surprise Gift!

Purchase $99.00 worth of Merchandise & Receive:

* 10 Free Collage Sheets
* 30 yards of Luxurious Fibers
* Buttons & Mini Tags Set
* 10 Pre-Cut ATC Backgrounds
* 2 Pages of Sheet Music
* 15 Pages of German Text
* Embellishment Sampler Kit
* 5 Decorative Napkins
* 1 package of Luxurious White Feathers
*20 Circles from Vintage & Foreign Text
* Surprise Gift!
* Free Shipping within the US! ($5.00 Discount on International)

I’ve been adding new items daily, and will continue to…you’ll love ’em! (New colors/styles of the fab Handmade Paper Kits, Charming decorative buttons, gems, 1″ Skeleton Leaves, new colors of the mulberry flowers, and flower heads.. fabric embellishments..and a whole lot more…) So c’mon over and see! 

These will only be up for limited 30 day runs.. as my site gets finished.. not all items will be carried at the new store!

Alright, enough of my shameless self promotion.. and onto some art fun…

 Cocoa Melts Your Heart... - 1

 Cocoa Melts Your Heart... - 1a

“Cocoa Melts Your Heart”
2.75″ x 3.5″ ATC Chunky Book Page
Mixed Media Collage & Painting
One Of a Kind: October 2006
Created on 140lb Watercolor Paper
By Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti
Created for the Coco Charity Fatbook

Shosh, from Hannah Grey .. needs more players/submissions in her Coco Charity Fatbook.. Coco is an adorable dog, with an inspiring story.. that she recently adopted – Touched by all the GEPDA did for Coco, Shosh is looking to give a lil back .. and help to create another miracle, for another dog in need.

Read about Coco’s Story here.. Warning! Tissues Needed!

 Cocoa Warms Your Heart

“Cocoa Warms Your Heart”
2.75″ x 3.5″ ATC Chunky Book Page
Mixed Media Collage & Painting
One Of a Kind: October 2006
Created on 140lb Watercolor Paper
By Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti
Created for the Coco Charity Fatbook

Sooo… Join Me & Help an Animal Rescue with your art!

2 Pages — That’s all you need to make! How simple is that?

The theme is Coco.. Cocoa Puffs, Hot Coco, Coco Chanel.. let your imagination run wild!

  • 3.5″ Tall x 2.75″ Wide

  • One Original Page & One Copy (Or 2 Originals)

  • NO Embellishments on left  .05″ of page

  • NO Blank Backs — Include your name, and location it as well.

  • Date Due: Oct. 27th, 2006

For additional questions and to sign up ..click here to email Shosh.

I think that’s enough for one post! Until Tomorrow ( Or later tonight…)

-Chrysti 

Artists Unleashed: A Call For Charity Art

 Free 2 Be Me!
“Free To Be Me” 

4″ x 4″ Chunky Book Page : 2005
By: Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

Well, I’m back from my longer then expected trip (thanks amcrap errr amtrak) and busy playing catch up today.. but I wanted to touch base with y’all, and let you know about a really great cause..

“He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.” Unknown

My Pets…

 My Furbabies

 1.Callie 2.In Thought… 3.Sophie 2003 -2
4.Aging 5.Take That! 6.Stick-y Situation
7.Cat’s Eyes 8.The Observer 9.
Sammie

As y’all know… I have a mini zoo of animals here, and have always grown up with immense appreciation, love, and passion for them (Thanks Mom!)… They make my life complete, offer
unconditional love, never talk back (well mostly), and most importantly.. they rely on us to help them.

“He who wished to secure the good of others, has already secured his own.” Confucius

 A Better Day
“A Better Day” May 2006
This life’s a rugged way for us, But there’s a better day for us

8″ x 8″ Mixed Media Collage & Painting on Canvas
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti


A Place to Bark: Artist’s Unleashed Auction

Bernie Berlin has placed out a call for art, to benefit her amazing, continued efforts within the animal world through her no kill shelter, click the link above for more information about her work, and the auction itself.

All levels of artwork art work (even children’s) are accepted, and the Date Due is October 25th .. can’t you find some time this week to create a piece of art for this fabulous cause? I know I will be!  

Love Thy Dog
“Love Thy Dog”  2005

2.5″ x 3.5″ ACEO/ATC Art Card – Mixed Media Collage & Painting

by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
Winston Churchill

Please Join Me! The power, working together as an art community we have, is nothing short of amazing… we really can achieve wonderful things acting as one.

I look forward to sharing what I create for this, and seeing what you come up with as well! Link me to your pieces, I’ll compile them and share them here :-)

– Chrysti