Thursday, November 13, 2014

Much To Be Thankful For in 2014

The Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge this week is For All that You Do, Thank You and The DLP theme this week is use fabric in your journal.  I've combined the two in my journal page.

The background for this page is a combination of green craft paint from my stash and gesso. I hadn't gessoed this page before hand so I just combined the two. Together they were thick enough for me to get bit of texture too.  

I am very lucky to have a co-worker who quilts and she has been sharing her stash with me. This beautiful Thanksgiving arrangement was on a piece of fabric she gave me.  Thank you, Janice.

My tip for the day is to glue your fabric to a piece of card stock before trimming. It makes trimming the fabric so much easier and you get a nice clean cut.  The background seemed a little bare so I shredded bits of the fabric and added them to the background for interest.

I have been very blessed in 2014.  God has been very good to me this year.

I have had lousy heath insurance for the past three years and in 2014 I finally got good coverage. That enabled me to get my silly trigger fingers fixed at last. 

My day job is going very well.  I work with really kind, generous people who care about me.  

My family is healthy.  We had a new baby in our family this year.  My great niece, Arden was born in July.  

One of my journal pages was picked to be published in a North Light book which will be out in December.

Scoots at Ann's Art Table
My work was featured on blogs by Seth Apter and Juie Fei-Fan Balzer and on the Black Ink Paper Facebook page.  It means so much to me that my work received recognition from other artists.

I live with the cutest little boy dog in the whole world (I know some of you will disagree because you think the cutest boy dog lives with you).  We'll just have to agree to disagree on this one, OK?  :)

I have a roof over my head, food to eat and I'm warm every evening when I go to bed. There are over 100 million homeless people in the world, most of which are women and children so I am indeed blessed. 

I have enough art supplies to last me for months without having to purchase a single thing... which means I have too many, I'm sure.

I've grown in confidence in my life and my art.  

Last but certainly not least, I have the best friends a person could have.  They love me, check on me, laugh with me, cry with me and help me.  I am blessed. I don't know enough ways to say thanks to them.

How have you been blessed this year?
Link: DLPCraft Hoarders Anonymous 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Another Cardboard Canvas

This is the next of my cardboard canvases.  I don't know why but I really like to create on repurposed materials.  This started out as a Cheerios box.  

I gessoed both sides so that the substrate would not curl so much.  I used blue, yellow and green glaze paint that I don't think is made anymore. I bought it when it was on clearance at least 8 years ago. I put down two layers and then stamped with a Michael's brand wood grain stamp using Sepia Archival ink.  I added another coat of paint over the stamping so that the wood grain was just barely visible.

Next I stenciled the triangles using a piece of a BBQ grill that my friend, Theresa gave to me and spackling compound.  I also used a Tim Holtz stencil and spacking compound to stencils some of the lines.  Then I went back with green and cream craft paint and made more lines using Tim's stencil.  

The flowers are a stencil I purchased at Michael's.  I can't remember the brand.  The petals are done with Basic paint and the leaves are craft paint. Accents were done with Montana and Liquitex paint pens.

Link to:  Paint Party Friday

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Cityscape Update

I changed the background and put some of the building in the behind the others and I'm much happier with my cityscape now.

The sun was really a bad idea in the first version.  I really like my starry night.

Amazing what 24 hours can do for my vision of a project.

Link to: Paint Party Friday

Friday, November 7, 2014

Slogging through Mud

Do you every feel like you are climbing uphill through thick mud?  That's how I've felt for the last month. First I had hand surgery and then the doctor gave me medicine for high blood pressure. My hand is improving daily. I just need to strengthen it some more.                                                                                 This blood pressure medicine is making me so tired.  I couldn't stay awake with the first one so they gave me a second one.  I'm still very tired and I have to tell you it's irritating the crap out of me.  I work eight hours and then want to go home and go to bed.  This is seriously messing with my art time.  For the past two years, I have gone from work to my art table every afternoon.  Since the beginning of October I've spend very little time playing with paint (that's what I call my art time).  I really miss it.  I keep hoping my body will adjust to this medicine and I'll get back to my old self soon.

I'm telling you all of this because many of you have commented on how prolific I've been in creating over the last two years. I wanted to share with you that I too, have a hard time creating sometimes.  

I'm not thrilled with my cityscape. I'm posting it because it's the first thing I've worked on in over a week. I'm just happy that I got to play with my paint markers.  I had every intention of putting some buildings behind the front ones and now that I look at the finished product I see that I didn't do what was in my head at all.  

I usually work in a more intuitive way. I put in paint what I'm feeling and what just feels right at that moment in time. I guess maybe this is more intuitive than I thought since I'm feeling a bit flat right now and my painting is definitely flat.  I may rework this piece. I don't like the sun. If I re-work it I'll post an updated photo.

Many artists have told me to go to the studio everyday, even it you don't create anything near a masterpiece it is important to create something everyday.  I have doodled a bit here and there over the last month.  Most of those I've tossed in the trash but at least I stretched my creative brain a tiny bit.

When you are in a slump or not feeling well, do you have a "go to" are form that you practice?  \

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Stencils and Leaves

The Documented Life Project's prompt this week is leaves and the prompt for Journal 52 is stencil It. 

I made the stencils for the fern & birds from a dies a friend loaned me. I cut them from plastic packaging that I recycled.

The background was painted with purple and hot pink paint. Then I stenciled the half circles using gesso and a Michael's stencil.  After it was dry I put a light coating of blue paint over the gesso.  

Next I stenciled the ferns and branches with green paint.  

I stenciled the birds in purple paint on the journal page. Then I moved the stencil to the right a tiny bit and stenciled again so the birds would have a shadow.  Then I stenciled them again on book text. I cut out the book text ones and glued them on top of the shadows.  I love how distressed the page looks. I really like how parts of the purple peeks out through the blue.

Link to: The Documented Life Project,  Journal 52, Paint Party Friday

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sketching... It's Time to Be Brave

The Documented Life Project's prompt this week is
Sketch in your journal. I was uneasy about this. I just started trying to sketch anything other than doodle flowers and your basic jack-o-lantern.  When I do mixed media I know I can easily fix any big issues with a bit of acrylic paint or a piece of scrap paper. 

Sketching is a whole different animal. Most of the time an eraser doesn't work and whatever is there is there. I have written several times that it's ok to make mistakes in my journal but I found that when it came to sketching I really didn't want to have what I considered a "lousy" page in it.  That made me pause and realize that it was time I took a few more risks.... that I push my boundaries a bit.   It was time I put my pencil to paper and do what I've been writing about.  I needed to be brave and not afraid of screwing up.

I think I was pretty successful with my water bottle. I'm very pleased with how it turned out.  The background is a inktense blocks and wet paint brush. I sketched the bottle with a regular pencil and found that my gum eraser worked better on gesso than I thought it would.  I traced over my pencil with a gray Sharpie and then used ink tense blocks for the color on the bottle.  

Here's what I've discovered about myself and sketching thus far. I usually can sketch from a line drawing better than the actually object.  (this bottle is the exception for me so far).  I have no training with perspective and I think that is why I have an issue with objects.  I also do better with simple objects and straight lines.  

I love Snoopy. I really want to draw him and I've tried. He never looks like Snoopy.  I'm not sure why. I'm going with because he's all curved lines.  If you have Snoopy pointers for me, please leave me a comment.  I want to be Snoopy when I grow up (he is brave, loyal and adventurous) and so I'd really like to be able to draw him.

I would like to thank Terri at Let's Sketch-Sketching for Everyone  for the encouragement and weekly challenges. They are helping me a lot.

Link: The Documented Life Project , Paint Party Friday, Let's Sketch-Sketching for Everyone Facebook Page

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Push Your Boundaries

Thanks to Robin-Marie Smith  for the wonderful photo of the green "Push Your Boundaries" mug photo.  It was posted on The Documented Life Project  facebook page and as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to use it on a journal page.

Art Journaling has pushed my boundaries. I have tried things I never thought I'd attempt.  It has given me courage to be who I really am and to put myself out there.  I have learned that:

I'm not a fan of working with colored pencils. I don't have the patience for slowly adding layer after layer to achieve what I want my piece to look like. 

I know that when I drive to work in the morning and look at the sky I want to learn how to paint the sky going from dark to light with the silhouette of the trees in the foreground.  

I love the freedom of art journaling.

I am learning to accept that some pages in my journal I will really like and some I won't and that's OK.  (I'll post those on another day)  

Those are just a few of the things I learned.  

This page was done with yellow craft paint in the background.  I used a kids block (similar to duplos) and gesso to make the white marks and the core from tape to make the purple circles.  I made deep pink lines with a credit card and then didn't like them so I wiped them off with left me with faint pink in places.  I used the corner of a credit card to make the short pink marks.  I printed the words using MS Publisher.  

What have you done lately to push your boundaries?

Link to Paint Party Friday, The Documented Life Project, Artist Playroom