Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A look back at 2015

As I do every year, I look back on the best art I created from the current year.


Although I made art in January, I also joined this Grow Your Blog party.  Even though a few of you saw this post, I encourage those of you who didn't to please take a look at it, because it showcases some of my very old work as well as my newer art.


Even though there are several holidays in February, I was especially fond of this spread

I created for Chinese New Year.


Many of you watched as I struggled to finish this Kings and Queens altered book I created and worked on for over six weeks for my friend Kathy's birthday.  Thankfully I finished it with time to spare.


Most know I recycle, reuse, or repurpose during the month of April.  

Granted, I breathed new life into bent spoons used in necklaces, and keys I bent for hooks.  But I believe these were my favorite recycled pieces.  They certainly were snapped up quickly by friends as soon as I added pin backs.


In looking back over my May posts, I noticed many deal with my gardens.  So I chose this fun piece I created for Journal 52, where the prompt was "good advice."


Summer of Color started in June, and this is one of the pieces I made based on the color prompt I was given.  I was saddened that this was the final year of this fun venture, but glad I got to participate in it for four years, at least.

I also took part in ICAD or index card a day, where I didn't follow the prompts, but stuck with sewing, stamping, stapling, and spray mists, using scraps for all 61 days.  No glue was used, and even my "index" cards were cut from used file folders.


Part of July was spent out of the studio looking for items that needed to be photographed.  I ended up getting all of them, some very creatively, as well as the three alternates.


In August, Sally and I went to the zoo twice.  The first time we rode the tram.  The second time we walked.  It was also at that time that Sally bought a year's membership to the zoo. 


September saw me working in my 7 Continents altered book, and helping my friend Sally clean out her garage.


One of the pieces I enjoyed making was this "house dress," an architectural play on words for Art Journal Journey.  I created it in my Houses altered book.


November was all about Art Every Day Month or AEDM.  Here is everything I created for AEDM.


As egotistical as it may seem, I spent a LOT of time showing my decorated home in December.

I seem to also have spent a lot of time at Art Journal Journey where Valerie, December's host, asked for collage with journaling.  It looks like I had 10 entries this month, some of which I shared with Moo-Mania and More where the challenge theme was Christmas.  Since I love how Valerie shows all her entries at the end of the month, I thought I would share mine, too.  Feel free to click to enlarge.

I hope you enjoyed this look back at some of my favorite moments from 2015.  Thanks, too for your visit and incredibly supportive comments.

And I hope you'll join me for a second look on the 2nd, where you share a post that you are especially proud of, or one you posted before anyone knew about your blog.   Second on the 2nd turns ONE that day.

13 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

A great review of your favourite pieces from this year - you made lots of wonderful art, and made lots of people happy with it. Thanks for all the art you made for Art Journal Journey, it is much appreciated. Have a wonderful 2016, I am looking forward to seeing what you make. Hugs, Valerie

froebelsternchen Susi said...

A fantastic year in art Elizabeth!
Wishing you a healthy, happy and artsy 2016!
Thanks a lot for all your support to Art Journal Journey!

~*~Patty S said...

Wonderful to see your year highlighted so beautifully E!
So much to be proud of.
Thank you for sharing.
Here's to another year of friendship...creativity and inspiration.
p.s. those butterfly stamps were 70 cent stamps from 2014

~*~Patty S said...

also wanted to share that the font you like is called MY is my all time favorite

Denise Price said...

Thank you so much for sharing the highlights of your blog for the year of 2015, Elizabeth. I had missed several of the posts that you highlighted, so it was great to catch up on them. Have fun celebrating the New Year! Looking forward to joining you for "T" in 2016. :)

Meggymay said...

I have so enjoyed reading your posts reviewing this past year.
I feel at home coming to visit your blog, as you make everyone welcome.
It has been lovely getting to know you and I look forward to visiting next year.
Happy new Year wishes Elizabeth I hope 2016 is a good one for you.
Yvonne xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh Elizabeth! I have so enjoyed looking through your year of art! You seem to get so much done and create such a wonderful variety! May 2016 bring you good health and happiness. ...and lots of time for art! Hugs, Chrisx

Rita said...

What a creative year! Wonderful to look back on everything you've done in the past 12 months--wow! I hope to have a creative productive year n 2016. Happy New Year, Elizabeth! :)

Sami said...

A great review of your creative year Elizabeth.
I used to do an end of year post with my highlights too, but with visitors at home right now, I'm left with little time for blogging...
Have a wonderful and creative New Year!

Krisha said...

What a wonderful review of 2015. I so enjoy visiting your blog and the friendships that have aspired from it. Thank you!
Just finished my 2nd on the 2nd post and have it ready to go early....didn't want to miss it *grin*
Looking forward to increasing our friendship through this next year.
Happy New Year my friend.....and Blackbeard....and Squiggles...

Halle said...

Wonderful look back! The images you choose as your favorites are some of my favorites as well!
Here's to another year of friendship!

My name is Erika. said...

So many beautiful pieces this year Elizabeth. It was a successful year! And I must say I admire your ability to pick just 1 or 2 pieces. I certainly can't do that! I hope 2015 ends on a good foot and 2016 starts on even a better one. Happy New Year! see you then! ;)

Diane Baker-Williams said...

A great review and a great idea! I love looking at all the art journal pages and seeing what you accomplished. I know it took a lot of time and work to put it together! Thank you for the visit to my blog earlier. I'm late but enjoying a quiet afternoon visiting everyone. Happy New Year!