Sunday, January 30, 2011

One Cause, One Wednesday, One Hundred Collages

One Cause, One Wednesday, One Hundred Collages
One Cause – The Fight Against Cancer.

One Wednesday – February 16, 2011.

One Hundred Collages – Created for this event by an all-star team of artists: Natalya Aikens, Pamela Allen, Laura Ann Beehler, Liz Berg, Pokey Bolton, Laura Cater-Woods, Jette Clover, Jane Davila, Jane Dunnewold, Jamie Fingal, Gloria Hansen, Leslie Tucker Jenison, Lyric Kinard, Jeanelle McCall, Linda Teddlie Minton, Karen Stiehl Osborn, BJ Parady, Judy Perez, Wen Redmond, Cynthia St. Charles, Virginia A. Spiegel

The goal – Raise $8,000 for the American Cancer Society in just one day. More details and a preview of artwork: 

Fiberart For A Cause has already donated over $205,000 to the American Cancer Society through the generosity of fiber artists and their patrons.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 little word little word, originally uploaded by Trish Nonaka.
This has gone through some subtle and major changes in the past few days but I think I am happy with it now.

It represents my One Little Word for 2011 which is NOW.

It is going to hang in my studio.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


IXORUS, originally uploaded by Trish Nonaka.
Weekly Challenge 6

Did this one on an ATC card using a Sharpie fine point pen and blue watercolor shadowing. (Which appears much brighter here than in real life).

I decided to just do the pattern itself as I've not played with it before today. Once I posted it I remembered I have a page for weekly challenges hanging on my bulletin board! Oops!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Multi-tasking, originally uploaded by Trish Nonaka.
This is the current journal I am using for AJED and it has a few black vinyl divider pages through out that bore me. I bought a couple fountain pens and some FW Pearlescent White Ink (didn't have any plain white which is what I wanted but when you live on an island you take what you can get). I had not had a chance to play with these yet so thought the white would be good on the journal covers. Being as I am a bit behind in some zen challenges I decided to put them all on the cover and keep going til its done.
For those of you in iamthediva's weekly challenge group, can you spot the individual challenges?

Wild and Precious

Wild and Precious, originally uploaded by Trish Nonaka.
I love this quote from Mary Oliver's "The Summer Day" and decided to create a little piece to put up in my studio. Done on block watercolor 140# paper, it also has a layer of Glimmer Mist over it. Font is Ali's Hand, and I added an old rub-on I had lying around.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Its a Wrap

Jan 17, originally uploaded by Trish Nonaka.
The GPP Street Team: Crusade No 47 was to create something using leftover wrapping, trim, cards, etc from the holidays. Since I got started a bit late on this one, I didn't have anything left from the holidays. All my cards, pictures, and letters are ready to go in to my yearly handmade Christmas book but aren't attached yet. So I grabbed a couple of my favorites and just made copies of them to add to my journal.
Visit to read Michelle's explanation of "Evidence " journaling. I think MANY of my pages are evidence pages because I love to incorporate "leftovers" from daily life as tiny reminders of things that I've done or read, experienced, etc.

The trees are from a card my Aunty C. made. Every year she hand crafts the loveliest cards for all of us. Each one is such a treasure to me.


Weekly Challenge 5 - Orbs, originally uploaded by Trish Nonaka.
This is my piece for "I am the Diva"'s weekly challenge #5. I did it late last night after spending the day doing digi scrapbooking . I needed a little ART time - you know pen on paper, direct contact, watching ink flow. Sigh. Good for the soul.

Monday, January 17, 2011

My first piece for Sketchbook Challenge's Jan theme "Highly Prized".
Randy brought these tiny heart shaped rocks back for me from one of his deployments to Iraq. I treasure them. He spent months there and would gather them on his walks back and forth from his hooch to work. They symbolize his thoughts of me and his constant love. They are one of my greatest treasures.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Behind the Scenes

While there is little to show for all my work the past few days as far as "postable" art work goes I have been in my studio almost every waking hour. What have I been doing? I spent a good deal of time getting ALL my digital photos into my PSE Organizer, rating them and tagging them. I moved all my craft bins in to the studio closet, set up my Inspiration displays, brought in my easel, added all my art goals and projects to my planner (I decided that if I want to participate in them I need to keep track of when they are!) and just finished sorting ALL my papers, ephemera, etc (by color!) that I use for my art journals. (I did this while watching Pam Carriker's videos from the Strathmore workshop. I am starting a bit late in the first workshop but that's okay with me. No pressure.) In the midst of all that I lettered a scripture on to a watercolor I've had sitting around since last year, added to my daily zentangle book, revamped an old planner/calendar into an art journal (glued pages together, added tape, inked a bit) and actually journaled in it! I cut a bunch of watercolor paper into ATC cards; for what I'm not sure at this moment....time will tell but its nice to have them ready. I did a quick LO for LYM Designer Challenge but need to add my journaling to it still. I think tomorrow will be a scanning day so I should have something to share soon!

Monday, January 10, 2011

One Little Word 2011 - "NOW"

TIML Week02

NOW, originally uploaded by Trish Nonaka.

For the past few years I have chosen a word to reflect on and ponder over and use to see what lessons God is trying to teach me. When I was actively blogging it was easy to keep track of it and occasionally post about it and the lessons I was learning. In the 2 years that I haven't been blogging my One Little Word sort of faded away and I didn't do much with it. This year I am back to blogging but there is a new trend with One Little Word thanks to Ali Edwards' class of the same name over at Big Picture Classes. So I, along with many others, have begun to create a book or album about my personal word for this year.  

My word more or less chose me. 
That's usually how it happens for me. 
Pretty small and simple.
On the surface.

The picture above is one I created digitally to post in my studio. It may end up in my book but I'm not sure still. I've completed the assignments for the class so far (the pre-class and Month 1) but wanted to share a little about what NOW means to me. Its closely related to the reasons behind this blog and my artwork really.

For the past 18 plus years I have been homeschooling our daughters. Through that time I continually put aside things I wanted to do because it wasn't the right timing. I wanted to focus on my girls and raising them. I have absolutely NO regrets about that decision. Recently though I found myself wondering what I was going to do to stay busy and active while Randy is still on active duty (3 years to go til retirement). I used to dream about having time to go to the gym and work out, have lunch with friends, scrapbook for hours, write, draw and paint again and generally be creative. I thought how lovely it would be to some day have a house with a library filled with great books and the time to read them. To sit and have tea and listen to music. To have a studio to create in and leave my projects until I could return to them.  Some day. But it wasn't the time when they were little. Then it dawned on me. It was NOW. NOW I could do all those things. THIS IS my time. At least for the time frame until retirement comes along.  Then it will become OUR time. I cannot wait for that day but I want to savor THIS one NOW. And we are blessed to have the library, the studio (and still have a guest room! *S*) so NOW it is! 

A while ago I responded to an email a friend sent me. It asked what my favorite or best day was. I wrote, TODAY!" I learned early on to live without regrets, not wait to say how you feel about someone (especially if you love them or are angry), to love well, laugh often and embrace life.  But I also sensed a renewal of the NOW moment of my life. 

So NOW...its your turn! Whats YOUR One Little Word?

Sunday, January 9, 2011


28/100, originally uploaded by Trish Nonaka.

This is from a photo in Dec-Jan2011 Hana Hou! magazine. I rough sketched it on the flight from BI and finished it moments ago. I am not happy with the scan so may redo it - or not.
Done on medium weight paper in my every day sketchbook using pencils and tortillion. Tried to represent the intricate designs and fibers of tapa cloth along with adding in additional designs on the side.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

New Beginnings

After a wonderful holiday season I am ready to get back to my blogging. I've been sketching and doing various exercises in drawing but need to get some items uploaded here.
One thing I have decided to begin to include here is some of my scrapbook work. Initially I thought I would not include it but since this is an ART blog and I consider my layouts to be another art medium I figured why not? Besides its my blog so I can change the rules. And until now I don't think anyone realized there were any rules. You will need to stay tuned for layouts since I don't have any ready to go right now, but soon.

I've been scrambling around since returning from BI trying to get organized with my Log Your Memory logbook for 2011. What a great tool this is going to be! Spent time with my good friend, Patti, today making sure we have all our classes and goals included in our journals. I am also adding art projects in my logbook so I quit missing deadlines to submit pieces...hey! I'm creative not organized.

Another new thing on here is some items being added to the side bar. These are links to projects, classes, etc that I am participating in. I don't get paid for endorsing them or anything...I just really like them and want to show my support. Feel free to check them out or ignore them. Up to you.

Now back to latest face. (#27/100) There are more posted in my flickr photostream along with sketches and journal entries and rather than posting them here, you can go there and check them out.
Thanks for looking!

27/100 HI Gov N. Abercrombie