Thursday, January 8, 2009

Art pen pals...the projects!

We are wrapping up our second successful art pen pal project!  We had fifteen participants this time.  I don't have photos of all of the projects--if you participated and haven't taken a picture of your project, please send it to me, and I'll post it later.

Here are the photos I do have, plus some comments that artists and recipients e-mailed to me.  If you participated, feel free to write further comments about the projects you made and/or received, in the Comments section below.  (Of course, the Comments section is open to all other readers too!)

Momza to Tia:
Greeting card


Beautiful, Momza! What a great quote, and your calligraphy and drawing are both lovely.

Tia to C. Beth:
Felt ornaments

Tia, these were so cute! They looked great on our Christmas tree. I loved the hand-stitched look.

C. Beth to Faith:
Construction paper cutout collages

The second picture says, "If you think my hands are should see my heart." Faith said on her blog, "I have known Beth for awhile, but I don't know if she remembers me saying this, or if she just thought it was fitting." I didn't know it was a favorite quote of hers--but what a nice coincidence!

Faith to Caitlin:
Marble magnets

These little magnets are adorable--and Faith has a tutorial on her blog on how to make them--they look so easy, and I just may have to try making some!

Michelle to Angie:
Original painting/collage

Angie said, "The one I got was just gorgeous!" And you all know I'm a fan of Michelle too--Have you entered our giveaway yet?

Angie to Erin:
Picture frame

Erin said, "[Angie] told me that spring has already come to them down south, something I greatly look forward to up here in the frigid north woods! She instructed me to put a picture of the first sign of spring in it...that will unfortunately be a long way off! But it will remain on my inspiration wall on my studio until I can! (I have a whole wall of sheet metal that I am crazy about posting things with magnets!)" Such a cute frame, Angie!

Erin to Becki:
Handmade pendant



Modeled by the ever-gorgeous Becki (my identical twin!):

Erin explains, "They are called W.O.W. Pendants...which stands for Words of Wisdom. On the back is a random inspirational quote...sort of like a fortune cookie...but you never know what you are going to get!"

"W.O.W." seems to be appropriate! Becki gushed, "Oh, WOW!!!! She is way too nice! I want her to be my art pen pal all the time!!!! I absolutely love the necklace, and I'm quite sure I got the BEST art pen pal gift of anyone. Wow!"

Good thing Becki and I both have "B" names.... Think she'll let me borrow that gorgeous necklace?

Becki to The Archduchess:
Becki made a custom blog header for The Archduchess, and it's beautiful! Check it out at The Archduchess' blog.

The Archduchess to Bri:

This is such a cute video game-themed drawing, Archduchess!

Bri to Jen:

What a fun, personalized drawing, Bri! I think all of us moms need to be called "Super Mom" occasionally (if not DAILY!)

Scriptor Senex to EliandMe:

Scriptor Senex explains, "I am totally butterfly mad. See this blog post." EliandMe "loved" this drawing. Beautiful job, Scriptor Senex!

EliandMe to Scriptor Senex:

Scriptor Senex calls this a "wonderful piece." I agree! EliandMe, your use of language is beautiful and really fits for Scriptor Senex, who definitely has a writing addiction!

Thank you so much to all the participants! This was a blast, and I think we should do it again soon.


Michelle Brunner said...

These are great! Thanks C.Beth for organizing this, I had so much fun:)

EliandMe said...

I'll second that Michelle - a wonderful idea expertly orchestrated by C.Beth and much fun all round.

I adored my butterfly painting, and what my new friend Scriptor Senex could not possibly have known is that I have a butterfly tattoo on my shoulder in almost exactly the same 'pose'. Spooky eh!

Lyndsay said...

Oh my gosh ... these were wonderful! Althought, it makes me glad I didn't play since I have NO craft talent. I am totally going to try and make the magnets though - they are too cute and I think I could manage those ...

Angie said...

I'm so glad Erin liked her magnet picture frame! Those are so simple & fun to make. I like how fun it makes pictures look on the fridge. Or, in your cubicle at work.

TesoriTrovati said...

This was just so much fun! It fit perfectly in my pledge to "do something creative every day" (join me in the Creative Every Day challenge at
I am so glad that Becki liked my necklace and is a beautiful model (although that could have been! You really do look alike!) All the pieces are so very creative and come from the to Lindsay and anyone else who dismisses their creative sides I say....jump in with both feet! You are a creative being by design you just have forgotten how to open that side of yourself! Give yourself the permsission to be creative and you will find much joy.
I am done with my soap-box.
A special thanks to Beth for wrangling our inspiration and to all of the players for such great art!
Enjoy the day!
Erin, TesoriTrovati

Call Me Cate said...

Very cool to see all of the projects. It makes me wish I was more arty in a visual way.

Bri said...

I loved my art project from the Archduchess, and I think my husband loved it even more. Very creative!

I hope Jen liked my drawing. I was very impressed with how well it turned out. I'm not sure my mother in law liked it very much since she was trying to get me to do something else.

Can't wait for the next round!

Momza said...

Why is it I cringe when I see my "projects" posted next to the others? I feel like I need to include a disclaimer on the project I send along: "Caution: amateur artist, "artwork" may be used in birdcages and/or litter boxes."
I wish we knew a little bit more about the pen pal we're assigned to so we can make the projects perhaps more personal. ? Hmmm?

THanks again Beth for heading this up--my goal of being forced to be creative is what I'm after here, so for those of you whose names I am assigned, please accept my utmost gratitude for not whining aloud when you hear you're my next victim, er, um, pen pal. Thanks!

The Archduchess said...

This project was pure genius! And very fun to participate in. Very, very fun.

Everyone here is an artist, and it's wonderful to see everyone create something special just for this.

C. Beth said...

Michelle--And thank you for doing it--you were definitely an asset to the art exchange!

EliandMe--Ooh, that's really cool! Are you sure Scriptor Senex isn't a former tattoo artist? ;)

Lyndsay--I hope you read Erin's (TesoriTrovati's) comment below, because I love what she said--I bet you could make something great, and I'd love for you to be involved next time!

Angie--Yes, any bit of cheer added to a cubicle is a great thing! :)

Erin--I loved your soapbox. :) I'll check out that link.

CallMeCate--You can do it!!!! Seriously, participate next time and just see what you come up with!

Bri--I'm glad you want to be involved again next time!

Momza--Oh, I think your projects have been beautiful! You have a lot of artistic talent, beautiful drawing and calligraphy. You fit in great. :) As for wanting more info about your art pen pal, feel free to e-mail me and if your pen pal is someone with a public blog I will pass it along to you so you can check it out. A couple of people asked me to do that this time.

The Archduchess--I'm so glad you enjoyed this! I agree, there's really a sense of community seeing people create something just for someone they don't know.

Yes, we will do this again! My brain is even turning with another way to share our projects.... Should be fun. :)

Anonymous said...

Wow! Such artists - I'm totally impressed. I have no talent but do enjoy admiring others' work. I loved Scriptor Senex's drawing. What a gorgeous piece.

Faith said...

Beth - Thanks so much for my beautiful signs. I have the family one by my bed. :)
Thanks also for organizing this exchange. I hope we do it again. It was a lot of fun making something for someone else, and getting a surprise in the mail.

Scriptor Senex said...

Now I'm really scared of being thought to stalk - it's good job the tattoo was somewhere visible!

I must add that Jo was delighted with EliandMe's script as well.