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Casey Carroll Art

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Cathedral Tree Painting

I’m still not quite sure what to title this one. I had a vision of a sunset, but the sky was broken up like a stained glass window in fragments of rainbowed color. When I am outside in nature is when I often feel closest to God, there among His creation. There’s something powerful about that. This painting came from that image and emotional connection.

Here you see a bit of the progression of the painting.

52 Weeks of Creative Goals & Prompts

Last week I shared my word of the year and how I plan to keep up with it throughout the year. One of the ways I plan to do so is by writing a prompt or a goal at the beginning of each week in my planner for the entire year. I have 3 different areas I’m working on so I have 3 goals written at the beginning of each week. I snagged my health/fitness goals from another site, but I put together my own list for my creative goals and my spiritual growth goals. The latter one will be another post. I started the second day of the year with the stomach bug so my health and fitness goals are off to a rough start. I’m still feeling a bit icky but am hoping to get back on track soon.

 

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This list encompasses several different areas of creativity, as well as a few general ideas. I just wanted to share with you what I’m doing. You can take it as is or adapt it to suit your own creative interests, but don’t be afraid to try something new. I definitely put a few things on this list that I’ve not done before, and I’m excited to see where it leads. The whole point is that it gets you thinking more creatively, using parts of your brain that maybe don’t get exercised as much, and trying out new ways of doing things.

 

52 Weeks of Creative Goals & Prompts

  1. Social Media Fast
  2. Express yourself
  3. Make art for at least 15 minutes every day
  4. Finish projects
  5. Learn a new skill
  6. Do a large puzzle
  7. Cook something you’ve never made before
  8. Encourage others to create
  9. Make art with coffee
  10. Keep an idea notebook
  11. Take photos of your children (family/friends)
  12. Visit a gallery or art museum
  13. Practice, practice, practice
  14. Stop multi-tasking
  15. Make a terrarium
  16. Be around creative people
  17. Sing in the shower
  18. Take a break
  19. Don’t let your ideas scare you
  20. Send a handwritten note
  21. Read a classic
  22. Go for a photo walk and take photos of everything that catches my eye
  23. Work from a new space
  24. Revamp a piece of furniture
  25. Declutter your workspace
  26. Play
  27. Sit and enjoy your coffee/tea, doing nothing else
  28. Paint a 5-minute imaginary landscape
  29. Draw your to-do list
  30. Take a drive
  31. Make something with supplies you have on hand
  32. Artists make art
  33. Organize a craft night with friend
  34. Do a crossword puzzle
  35. Step away from the screen
  36. Draw with your non-dominant hand
  37. Let a child choose my outfit at least one day this week
  38. Stop doubting, start doing
  39. Sew something
  40. Be curious
  41. Don’t give up
  42. Do something in pen and ink
  43. Make something on my to-make list
  44. Visit an art store and look for inspiration
  45. Do what makes you happy
  46. Dance wildly
  47. Let yourself daydream
  48. Learn a new crochet stitch
  49. Color in a coloring book
  50. Learn a new knit stitch
  51. Make art from a bible verse or quote
  52. Put together a new outfit

 

What do you think of my list? I’d love to hear your thoughts and maybe what you would add to it or plan to do with yours! Share with me in the comments!

 

 

 

Lantern Fest, St. Louis

Tangled is one of my favorite Disney movies. The animation is just gorgeous and the story is heartwarming. I thought the image of the lanterns filling the sky was magical, so you can imagine my delight when I saw there would be a Lantern Fest nearby. 

I bought our tickets a couple of months ago. I was especially excited because my oldest daughter is getting to an age where she is remembering more and holding onto experiences and I thought that this would definitely be one for the books!! Speaking of books, I have GOT to get some of these pics printed!


It was beyond my expectations. With our tickets we each got a small box that contained the makings of s’mores, a marker, a lighter, and a scavenger hunt list. We also each got a paper lantern. Bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, games, and more were all included. My daughter decided to write a message on hers and pray for the person who finds it. ❤️



When it started getting dark they passed out firewood and we lit the tiki torches. We had communal fire pits to make our s’mores. Pretty cool. There were over 7000 people there, including Anna, Elsa, and Rapunzel!


They had a singer come in from L.A. and also had fire dancers, though we left before the dancers. After the mini concert we were instructed on how to light and release the lanterns. It really took 2-3 adults to get it lit and ready, but the view was incredible. 


I’m so glad we were able to do this. I don’t share pics of my girls, but the looks on their faces were priceless. It was such a magical night that well not soon forget. It’s just one of those things that you need to experience at least once. Totally worth it. 

Have you been to a Lantern Fest?

Rustic Pumpkins Paintings and Snow Pines

Last Friday I taught another paint class. I really love these and am nearly kicking myself that I didn’t start sooner. I am enjoying it so much, and I am learning things through it also. I just love it. I love getting together with people and sharing my love of art with them. I love showing them that there is creativity within them. 

Here are a few pics from the night. 


They did so great!! One thing I really enjoy about these paint parties is that they are all given the same set of instructions, yet each painting is unique. And what’s more is that everyone walks around and looks at everyone else’s progress and praises and encourages each other. THAT is my most favorite! To see the encouragement among the group. Amidst the teasing and joking among friends, they are encouraging each other in their creativity. ❤️
If you live nearby and would like to host your own party, send me a message at Art Party With Casey on Facebook!

Photo Dump Friday

Dollar Store Fall Wreath DIY

I can’t begin to tell you how much restraint I’ve been using when it comes to Fall decorating. I am eager! About a week ago we had beautiful weather that had me itching for Fall weather, and I really had to fight off the decorating. But today I want to share a fun Fall DIY with you. This DIY is budget-friendly and it uses items that I got entirely from Dollar Tree, so no fancy craft stores needed for this one! I didn’t get my glue gun or hot glue there though, so you’ll need one of those.

 

What you’ll need:

A straw hat

3-4 bunches of faux flowers

1 package of raffia

1 spool of wire ribbon

1 spool of satin ribbon

A command hook

Large magnet

High temp glue gun and glue

Wire cutters (optional)

Scissors

 
You may already have some of these things in your craft stash. I chose to buy everything because I didn’t have things already that coordinated well. A note about use: I used almost the entire spool of wire ribbon (wasn’t much on it for a dollar), and I had some flowers and quite a bit of the satin ribbon and raffia left over.

The shopping is the most important part. Hold flower bunches and leaves and other bits together to find a good combination of colors and textures. Use a couple different types of flowers, a bundle of leaves, a bundle of weed things, a pine cone or acorn, etc. to make your hat more interesting and give it more depth and life. All together I spent about $7.

If you would like to hang your hat right away, go ahead and get your command strip on the door so it has time to cure. Stick it on upside down so you can hook the ribbon loop on it.

 

My hat came with a ribbon, but it was ugly and didn’t go with my idea, so I cut that off. There was some glue. Just give it a gently tug and it’ll pull off.

 

Then I fashioned my bow. This is a good tutorial on how to do a classic bow, like I did here. The wire ribbon is a bit fiddly for this, but it can be done. My knot was a little loose, but it will all get glued down, so don’t worry.

 

Now take the rest of the wire ribbon and wrap loosely around the hat. I twisted mine just a tad to add a bit more depth and interest. Glue the ribbon to the hat in about 4 places around the hat, glue the ends where they meet and snip off the ends. This will be covered by the bow.

 

Now you’ll want to do the same thing with the raffia. Take 2-3 pieces of raffia and wrap them loosely around the hat. Depending on how long the pieces are, you may need to add more to go all the way around. When you get to where your ribbon ends are, take 3-4 strands of raffia, double it and glue the middle just below the ribbon ends. Then glue your bow over the ribbon ends. Be careful not to get hot glue on your fingers. It really hurts. I have the blister to prove it.

 

Next I started separating the flower clusters. I cut them with a wire cutter, but scissors would work too.

 

Once you get everything separated, lay your flowers, pine cones, acorns, whatever you have around the hat. You want to go about 3/4 of the way around, with the bow as almost center, as you see in the photo. The off-center layout adds visual interest and balance. Play with the arrangement and find out what looks best. You can further trim down the flower pieces or even bend them to make them face outward. I did this with the sunflowers.

 

Carefully pull each flower out from the hat, add glue and glue each one down in place. I started closest to the bow on each side and worked out from the bow. This made layering much easier.

Once you get your flowers on, hold your hat from the top and determine where the ribbon hanger needs to go. I put mine almost directly above the bow. I glued about an inch of it down on the back side of the hat.

 

Here is the tricky clever bit… Add a strong magnet to one side of the hat. The hat is pretty lightweight and if you have an aluminum front door, the magnet will keep it from blowing about all willy-nilly. Genius, right? I thought so. I am pretty clever, if I do say so myself.

Pretty sneaky, huh?

 

If you need to, have someone help with the length of the hanging ribbon to see where to cut it. I needed a chair. Cut your ribbon with enough length to make a loop to catch on the hook. I got lucky and it worked perfectly the first time. Then hang your beautiful Fall “wreath” and trim the raffia ends and bow ends if you need to, then show it off!

 

I’d love to see your hat creations. Please share them with me. Tag me on Instagram and Twitter  @caseycarrollart.

Happy Fall, y’all!!!

 

 

The Great Merger of 2016

I have been making art for as long as I can remember. Early grade school is probably the earliest I can remember making art. I brought home many art projects with that beautiful blue ribbon on it. I was proud of that ribbon.

I spent my high school years copying whatever cartoon character was popular. I spent my college years doodling my professor and writing a poem about him or her in the margin of my notes. By some miracle I did graduate from college with a B.A. in studio art in December 2003. 

My creating largely fell silent for many years after college. That’s when I picked up knitting and crochet. I started my Etsy shop in January of 2011, but it wasn’t until sometime in 2013, maybe, that I really started painting and drawing again. I’ve had many lulls since then, but I feel like I’ve done a decent job of keeping at it, even if it’s a bit hit and miss. 

Until a few days ago I had kept these two types of art separate, but the time has come to combine them. I’m curious to see where this may lead and what new opportunities it may open up. I hope you’ll follow my page on Facebook so you can see everything that’s happening. 

If You Give A Mom A Coffee

I have been drinking insane, and possibly illegal, amounts of coffee lately. I am drinking it all day long. I can attribute it to my ever-growing to do list or to my binge-watching of Gilmore Girls (Lorelai and I are soul sisters). Whichever the case, I have been drinking a lot of it.

Monday night, after having so many cups of coffee throughout the day that I lost count, I couldn’t sleep. Wide awake after 9pm. When I’m still awake after 9 my belly gets a bit grumbly. It’s then that I either have to force myself to sleep through the growling or I give in to the monster in my belly. That night the monster won. And you know that when you get hungry late into the evening that you very rarely choose healthy options. This was the inspiration for this set of drawings that I turned into a slideshow. I hope you like it and share it!

 

My First Painting Party

Last Friday night I taught my first painting party, using Social Artworking by DecoArt’s Methodology. Even though many of the ladies coming were anxious and concerned they wouldn’t do well, I was nervous that I wouldn’t teach it well and they would be disappointed.

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It’s been a few years since I’ve taught art, and I’ve never taught adults. I’ve always shied away from teaching adults. Children are more forgiving, even if their parents may not be. Teaching adults always made me nervous because I was afraid I wasn’t good enough – that I wasn’t good enough as an artist, as a teacher, and that someone would call me out on it. I know how to paint, but I was unsure of how to teach it, especially to adults.

Thankfully, my first class let me learn right alongside them. Although, they would probably tell you I was a natural and did great (they’re also my personal friends), but my inner dialogue was often doubting. That’s the trouble with being an artist. There is so much critique of art from all corners that artists themselves often become very critical of their work, many times not liking anything they make. Even the masters many times thought their art was rubbish.

 

 

This night was definitely a learning experience for me, and I enjoyed seeing the ladies discover their potential.What they didn’t see was the calculations and step-by-steps running through my head. I had two groups painting two different paintings. In my head I was figuring out the timing of the teaching. I didn’t want to leave one or two in the dust, but I also didn’t want the quick ones waiting too long. I’m glad I decided to do a trivia game throughout. That helped fill some of the down time.

 

They all did such a great job! I have almost two new parties scheduled, and I can hardly wait!

You can find me on Social Artworking and on Facebook.

 

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