Monday, July 2, 2012

July Calendar

In June I was sooooo behind!  Going to the beach for a week in late May, then unexpectedly having to care for the two grandchildren for about 2 weeks took its toll on my getting much done, as well as traveling for college orientation for our third daughter, so my June calendar pages were created late, and filled in rather scantily.  In fact, about all I could say/remember for some days was a generic "catching up".  Here is June, completed:


But, for July I am just about on time!  I have been participating in the monthly calendar challenge (create a calendar page for each month as it comes and note something about each day) with Kate Crane at The Kathryn Wheel.  There you can find links to everybody else's creations for the month.

Since I was determined to get July ready by the 1st or 2d (and since I, as usual, didn't begin until the last minute), I began with a piece I had done for Traci Bautista's free workshop on doodles something on the Stathmore Paper website.


I made some copies on my printer (which unfortunately was low on ink so the colors did not copy very true, but were ok.  I just glued them onto the notebook I am using for my calendar.


I stamped butterflies with a stamp and gesso for the days, and outlined the butterflies with a black "writing" paint bottle -- which outlined fatter than I wanted, but oh well.  You can see by the right hand page I finally got the hang of making a thinner line.  hmm.  Maybe that's why people say to "practice" first -- maybe one day I'll give that "practicing" on a scratch piece a try with something.  There are some glittery swirls I made with gold stickles, but they don't show up in the photo.  The pages have kind of a glittery magical look in person.  It's been so hot here (100-103 degrees every day for the past week, and for all this week!), I think I wanted a little bit cooler palette than one usually thinks of for July -- cooler than my June.  Must be wishful thinking.  It's so hot the bees and butterflies aren't flying and so dry our trees are dropping leaves as if it is fall.



7 comments:

Lori Stokes Wright said...

What a great idea! I like the fact that the copies are not as bright, it sort of shows the 'heat effect'. Thanks for sharing, you've inspired me.

flutterbycrafter said...

Looks fab to me, love the use of the butterflies as journal blocks

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

What a totally cool idea for making calendar pages--they are beautiful! I have a hard time finding calendars that I like, and I may now make my own after seeing your handiwork here--thank you, and thank you so much for stopping by my blog today for a nice visit--I appreciate it!

Carol said...

Beautiful pages and I the butterfly as the days.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Not sure why I haven't visited before, but all I can say is I think this month it was because of my computer malfunctioning. I am super impressed with the butterflies that will signify the days for July. And yes, it's been over 100 degrees every day for eleven straight days. I'm ready for cooler temps, as I bet you are, too.

Sheila MJ said...

Oh I do love the bright background and the butterflies are great.

thekathrynwheel said...

Oops! Here I am sneaking in at last minute! Well, it’s still July isn’t it?! Lovely pages, and such a fab way to make a background for July! Must remember that! Well done for keeping up so far!