Friday, February 27, 2015

De-Stash Now

More cards made with 10 year old background paper.  They are quick and easy. All you need is the paper and glue. I made these when I was away from my studio so there is no stamping or distressing of edges. That's ok because the people I'm sending these cards to won't care. They will just be happy to receive a card with a hand written note.

I hope you'll play along with me as I De-Stash.  Feel free to share anything you've made with supplies from your stash.  Fabric, Yarn, Paper, Canvas, Paint and more are welcome. The only rule is that you've had part of what you use to make your project at least a year. 

What have you made using something from your stash?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

De-Stash Begins February 8, 2015

I've been thinking about this idea for a while. I have so much stuff in my stash. I could probably make cards and pages for months before I ran out of anything.

I seriously have enough background paper to wallpaper my kitchen. Of course the paper might not match but then it would be eclectic or ugly but hey, I could just say, "I'm artistic."  Finally this week, I began. I made these four cards with background paper I bought at least 10 years ago.  At the time, I was a very serious stamper and I thought it would be cheating to use a pre-printed images.  These days, I'm lucky to get a card made at all so I don't worry about cheating anymore.  

I'm going to post one piece of art a week made from my stash on Saturday.  I hope you will play along and post something you've made from your stash. It can be any art form: paper, fabric, yarn, ribbon, paint etc. The only rule is that part of your piece must be made with something you've had for at least a year.

Check back on Saturday for our first De-Stash.  There will be a Mr. Linky box where you can leave a link to your art that you made by De-Stashing.  

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Repeating Elements In My Journal

The theme this week for the Documented Life Project is Repeating Elements.  I realized that I often repeat the same element several times on my art journal pages. I usually repeat things at least three times or if more an uneven number of times.

This page has several layers of paint on the substrate. I used yellow and then I dripped Neon purple. Then I used a paint brush to move the paint a bit more. This page started out vertical and somehow ended up horizontal.  That's typical of my work. It evolves as I go along. 

The diamonds are a Patti Parrish stencil from Istencil and embossing paste mixed with purple craft paint. The blue flowers are a stencil I bought at one of the big box hobby stores and craft paint.  The white circles are made with a smashed toilet paper roll and gesso.  The large flowers are made with my new Donna Downey stencil also from Istencil and neon purple craft paint.  

I outlined the flowers with Inktense pencils to make them pop.  I also added a bit of Inkense pencil to the white ovals because they were a bit too white. Grunging them a little sent them to the background.

Link:  The Documented Life Project  Paint Party Friday, The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge  

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunshine on a Winter Day

I had a big surprise on Friday morning.  One of my pieces of art is featured on Paint Party Friday this week.I am very honored. Thank you, Eva and Kristin. Paint Party Friday is has a plethora of great art.  You can check it out here. 

The past seven days have been days of frozen rain, sleet, ice, snow, sunshine but frigid temperatures, more snow, then ice and now rain.  Oh and did I mention there will probably be some flooding too?  Welcome to weather in Tennessee.  

I work at the top of a hill. I could not get up the hill until Wednesday at noon. I have to say I was sick of being house bound and I was only in for 2.5 days.  I have a friend whose driveway is still a sheet of ice.  She is using cleats and ski poles to get her mail each day.  Dog bladders have been holding for way longer than usual because they can't find any grass and so they won't consider going outside unless they are about to pop.  Now you know why I did this page in my altered cook book. I needed warm sunshine even if it was just on a page in a journal. 

The page already had some color on it because I'd used it to clean off some paint brushes. I added a little gesso. Next, I used some paper texture paste that I've had at least 10 years.
I'm not sure the stuff is still being made. I dug it out of my stash.

The SANTITAS® White Corn Tortilla Chips package is what inspired this page.  The sun rays are from said bag of chips. I trimmed the rays from the bag and used three different yellow acrylic paints trying to match the rays for the face.  I ended up making the face too large and finally just cut the eyes, nose and mouth out and glued them on the page. I like how you can see some of the other colors through the white of the top of the chip bag.  Sharpie paint pens were used for the eyes and lips. This was a pretty quick page. The eyes took the longest. I'm not a big fan of faces because mine are usually a little scary looking to me.

Update: The excitement never ends around here. When I arrived home last evening one of my friends said, I think there is a water leak.  Lo and behold, there was water bubbling out of the road. It reminded me of when Jed Clampett found black gold on his property. It was just bubbling out of the road. I called the Gas and Water Department and at 11:30 lasting night a backhoe was digging up my street. Thankfully I sleep through most of the time that we had no water.  Enough of my babbling. I hope you are safe and comfortable where ever you live. Wishing you a very arty day!

Link to:  Paint Party Friday, Art Journal Everyday 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Unconditional Love Mixed Media Style

The prompt for Journal 52 is Valentines.  I decided I'd rather do a page about unconditional love.  The love of a dog for his person is one the purest forms of unconditional love. 

My dog is great.  He is always happy to see me. He's willing to cuddle most anytime. He forgives if I trip over him by mistake. He never gives me an evil look if I'm late getting home from work.  In a nut shell he accepts me exactly the way I am.  That's unconditional love.

One of my favorite quotes is, I hope to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am.  He is much more loving and less judgmental than I'll ever be.  So, I'd like to say, thanks for the love and companionship.  I do hope that some day I'll be the kind of person you think I am, Scoots.

This page has lots of layers. I started with the black and white deli paper that I saved from my sandwich. It was just too cool to throw away. The big heart frame started out as book paper that had left over red paint on it.  Scooter and the star under him were punched with an old punch I've had for years.

Under the frame is some neon purple paint that I bought at Michaels. The pink at the bottom is also neon from Michaels.

I used my finger to add a bit of yellow here and there.  The three tiny hearts are leftover from the Big Spill. (I spilled a large quantity of pink paint a few weeks back. They are from one of many towels and baby wipes I use to clean up the Big Spill).  Their string was made with a dark blue Montana paint pen. 

The big heart in the lower right is a gelli print.  The butterflies are made from from top to bottom: a baby wipe, a Carolyn Dude Stencil print and a book page. All three were punched with a Stampin Up punch.

I finished off with black and white dots because it just needed one more thing. The black dots were made with a Molotow paint pen and the white are made with gesso and a credit card cut with pinking shears.  

Link to:  Paint Party Friday, Art Journal Everyday, Journal 52, Colorful Gelli Party

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Layers and Layers and More Layers

I began by gluing pieces of leftover projects onto the substrate (which is an old Word Perfect Manual).  Gluing is sometimes a Zen like experience for me. I don't have to think about it. I can just randomly glue paper.  Next I stenciled the bird using Golden Anthraquinone Blue and a Stencil Girl stencil.

I drew the window with navy blue Stabilo All pencil. I used a water brush to lightly paint the blue.  The green is acrylic paint I bought at Tuesday Morning. I used pieces of waxed paper on the windows so the colors would be a little muted.  Next I used a Crafter's Workshop wood grain stencil and Artist Loft's burnt sienna paint to stencil some wood grain.  That stood out a little too much for me so I went over it with a bit more green paint.  It still needed something so I added the cream lines using Golden Titan Buff and a credit card.  I mixed more of the green acrylic with some embossing paste and then use a piece of drywall tape for a stencil to get the little squares of texture.

I added Titan Buff to the bird and then stenciled again with the dark blue.  The Buff was too bright so I dry brushed a bit of the blue over it to give the bird a two tone blue look.

Link to: Journal 52, The Documented Life Project, Paint Party Friday, Art Journal Every day and T Stands for Tuesday.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

What Lies Underneath...

I decided to combine the prompts for Journal 52 (TV) and DLP (Under paper.. What lies beneath?) for this week's journal page.

The background is the paper I use under my work space. It has ink, paint and glue from many of my previous pages. The five parallel pieces of paper are scraps left from other projects that I used for the embellishments on the page.

The TV is made from the packaging for a Mr. Huey Stencil and the antenna base is from an encyclopedia page. The antenna is made of craft wire I bought at the beach years ago. I'm old so I remember when we put tin foil on the antenna to get better reception so I had to add that.  The TV is attached to the page with Scotch Expressions Masking Tape.  The TV screen is a piece of book paper that I used to clean off a stencil I was using with embossing paste.

I used paint pens (Sharpies, Liquitex and Molotow) to doodle on the page and the write the words.

I didn't really care for the TV prompt. I haven't watched TV in about 3 years. Cable got to be very expensive and I realized that I was reading way more than I was watching. When I gave up my cable I thought I'd really miss it. I don't.  The only thing I miss is the Weather Channel because I live in an area where we have tornadoes from time to time.

I have found that I love the quiet in my home now.  There is not incessant chatter in the background like there was at one time in my life.  

As I thought about years past and all the hours and hours of TV I watched, I realized that what started out as a companionable time for a little entertainment became a way to avoid communication. I didn't realize it at the time but TV shows kept us from having to talk about the important stuff. We were always so busy being entertained that we lost our ability to communicate.  

I sure wish I'd know this all those years ago.  But I didn't. I didn't know it until last night when I started working on this page. People ask me why I art journal.  Today the answer is, "When I art journal, I learn something new about myself."  I hope that what I discover about myself will help me become a better person and that in the future I will make different choices.

Link to:  Journal 52, DLP, Express Your Creativty, Art Journal Everyday, The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge