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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Practice

The prompt this week for Journal 52 is Silhouette.  I thought I'd give a tree a shot. I bought on an online class about painting trees and I've only watched a little of it.  It suggests really looking at trees to see if the limbs are knobby, crooked or straight.  I think I started out ok with my tree but then I tried to add branches behind other branches.  I think I need to watch that part of the video a few more times.  

This is not the worse tree ever but it's not the best either. I'm starting to "see" more when I look at trees so I'm OK with my first attempt.  I also have to see which brush the instructor was using... My limbs are a not as small on the ends as I'd like. I guess I need to practice a few hundred limbs and then try again in my journal. 

I am impatient. I don't want to practice. I want to have what is in my head in my journal.. Ha ha ha. Silly me.Gotta practice. So that is the moral of this blog story for today... Practice makes me a better artist.

Link: Journal 52, Paint Party Friday

Saturday, January 24, 2015

And the Winner is.....

Sorry this post is so late. I have been gone most of the day. I had a morning call from a friend asking me to help her with a stamping party. “Paper and Ink? Heck yeah, I’m there.” This evening I had a meeting  and then dinner with friends. It’s so nice to spend time with people who know all your warts and love you anyway.

Scooter couldn't help me with the giveaway. As you can see from his photo, he was exhausted from his haircut. I went with a random number generator that I found online. I didn’t remember to copy the image so you’ll just have to take my word for it that the drawing was on the up and up.

The winner is Cheryl L.  Congratulations, Cheryl. Please email me with your address and I'll sent your stencil along.
Published Page In Art Journal Kickstarter

I want to thank all of you who participated and took part in the celebration of My first published piece. I was so excited about it and it means a lot to me that you took time to stop
by my blog and comment. I would never have dreamed three years ago that I’d have a blog that has been visited over 30,000 times. It also never occurred to me when I started art journaling that one of my pages would be published in a book.

Here are my thoughts on the publishing thing….. Do what you love. Create art that makes you happy. Use color, paper, paint and texture that speak to you. The important part is that you enjoy yourself as you are creating. If someone along the way likes it enough to publish it, then that is icing on the cake. You've already had the joy of being one with your art and it is just gravy that someone else likes it too.

This is the one I would have chosen for a book
In the past, I've tried to make a pieces because I thought they were something a magazine might like. Those pieces never made me happy.  I didn't enjoy the process of making them and they were never quite right.  The page that was chosen for the book was a page I did just because I wanted to play in my journal. That was the only motive behind that page.  The funny part is that I didn't think it was the best of the pages that I submitted. Appreciation of art of very subjective. It's all in the eye of the beholder.  

I am very happy that the editor liked my page enough to include it in the book. It is wonderful for my peers to like my work.  I love it that all you visit my blog and like my work and take the time to read my words.  The art as well as the words come from my heart...that place inside me that wants to jump for joy at the thought of getting my fingers into the paint and glue. The kid inside me is the artist. She is in full play mode every time I pick up a paint brush in my studio.  I hope you enjoy your time in your studio as much as I do. What a wonderful gift God has given to me. The ability to express myself with bits of paper and colorful paint.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Live Life in Color

The prompt this week in the Documented Life Project - The Journal is The Color Wheel

I was away last weekend and this week I've been a bit tired so I haven't been in my studio. I spent the time thinking about how I might do this page. I thought about using old wagon wheels in different colors. Then I thought about tires in color. Next I researched quotes about color.  This is way more thinking than I usually do for a journal page.  LOL.  

After all that.... when I sat at my table what came to me was.... Use those yummy Derwent Inktense Blocks... So many pretty colors. I bought these last September.  Amazon had a fantastic deal...$53.87.. now they are $101.99 which is still $100 off of retail.  I really like Derwent Inktense products. I also have the Inktense pencils.  

What I like about them is that they are very vibrant and can be moved around with water. When they dry they become permanent which is my number one requirement for my art journal.  My watercolor friends laugh because my first question is "Is that color waterproof?"

So after all that thought, I went with scribbling circles of color all over my page. I spread the color with a baby wipe.  I let it dry and then added more color because I wanted it very vibrant.  

Next I used Emerald Archival Ink to stamp a Just For Fun crackle stamp background.  I've had the stamp at least 15 years.  It is one of my favorites.  I also stamped the dragonfly with definition in Monarch Orange Archival Ink by Ranger. I can't remember who made that stamp.  I have a collection of winged critter stamps.  The side view butterfly is another from my collection. It's unmounted and I don't know who made it either.  The tiny dragonflies are from The Angel Company.  All of these stamps have been in my stash for a very long time. I realize now it would have been helpful if I'd kept the names of all the companies who made them.  When I bought them, it never occurred to me that I would one day be writing a blog or art journaling.  

I have been practicing the splatter technique and I'm finding practice does help. I like how these turned out. They were made with watered gesso and a round brush that tapped on my finger.

The quote at the top is a packing tape/laser copy transfer. (sorry the photo's are missing on the link but the directions are there). I found the quote on Brainyquote.  I composed the quote at the bottom. It's also printed with a laser printer and colored with Yellow Inktense. 

The butterfly is a Sizzix die cut from a Gelli print. He is outlined with a silver Oil based Sharpie Paint Pen.

I really don't like it when I'm so tried that I don't get to the studio. Creating this page energized me. Color usually does that for me.
Link: Documented Life Project - The Journal, Art Journal Every Day, Paint Party Friday, Inspiration Avenue, Mix It Monthly Challenge

Derwent Inktense Blocks The Color WheelJust For FunBrainyquoteSizzix die cutGelli print, Ranger


      


Friday, January 16, 2015

Art Play Relieves My Stress

I saw a graphic at church on Sunday of a heart. It inspired me to use a heart in my journal.

Most of the images in my journal look flat I am beginning realizing.  I wanted this heart to look like it was on top of the background.  I have no formal training in art and things that are automatic for trained artists are often difficult for me. I kept playing and adding paint until it looked like the heart was raised.

After laying a background of craft paints, I used wine colored paint and drew the heart with my fingers.  Then I stared adding lighter colors of paint around the edges of the heart.  When I was finished the whole thing was way to bright so I took a single white layer from a paper napkin and glued it over the whole page using matte medium.  

As the napkin was drying I rubbed the napkin with my fingers so that piece of it curled up. This gave me great texture and the 3 d illusion.  I added purple paint over the top of the napkin on the heart.  I added more touches of different colors with my fingers all over the page.  Finally, I used two Mr. Huey stencils to have some additional interest.  The circles were made with a piece of sequin waste. I use very inexpensive children's brushes from Michael's for my stenciling. They make wonderful stencil brushes because the bristles are stiff.  

The whole purpose of this page was to play.  I believe that adults would be happier if they played more. I have at least two friends who don't know how to play. Everything they do has to have a purpose.  That makes me so sad. All our lives have stress, anxiety and sadness in them. Art Journaling is my way of letting all of the "stuff" of life slide off my shoulders. 

When I sit down with paper and paint, I become one with the little child inside me who wants to play and be happy. More and more I realize that my time with my journal is when I'm closest to God. I believe no mater the state of the world, God wants me to be content within myself.  I can lose myself when I journal and be one with God.

Link to:  Paint Party Fridayl,  Art Journal Everyday  

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Being Me Is Enough


The prompt for DLP this week was use gesso and the one for Journal 52 was Just Be... This is what I ended up with after playing for a large party of Saturday. I started with a thick layer of gesso. I carved lines in it with an old paint brush that was very stiff with paint.                                      

I thought I'd try a gesso/newspaper transfer. I was told to let the gesso almost dry and my impatience got the best of me and I didn't follow those instructions.  My gesso was too wet and I kind of made a mess as you can see above. I decided I'd go with it and see what happened.  

Next I tried some yellow spray ink. I have no clue what kind it is. It was in a bottle I've had on my shelf for months.  Next I added some pink Radiant Rain.  I ended up spilling the pink spray and as I type I still have pink fingers even have a shower, many hand washing and even cleaning brushes.  I'll go to work with pink tinged fingers... Oh well they are use to it by now I hope.

I love this next photo because it shows the texture I got from using the thick gesso. After it was dry and I'd cleaned up my pink table I added more pink and yellow creating a bit of orange in the background. I also used some Golden High Flow Acrylic Purple paint with a homemade mark maker (aka a credit card cut with pinking shears) and a Catalyst tool to add additional texture to the background.  I also used whatever else was sitting on my table to make additional marks. The truth is I just played until I liked how it looked.  I added bits of green and orange craft paint and a few stamped images.  

The flower is made of gelli prints and a Sizzix die.
I found the quote on facebook and have been saving it for the right page.  I love the idea that it's ok not to be perfect. The quote was perfect after the mess I made with the transfer.

The large words were done with a paint pen from WalMart. It's something I tell myself often. Being Me is Enough.

If you are art journaling I hope you are playing and having fun. Whatever you create is enough because it's yours.  There are so many things in life that are difficult... art journaling is not one of them. It's a place to play, have fun and let go of the anxiety of life.
 

 Link to: Documented Life Project 2015, Journal 52, Paint Party Friday, Art Journal Everyday, 




Friday, January 9, 2015

Moderation and Balance

  1. The background was done with book paper, map pieces and part of a Jan. 2015 calendar.  I stenciled the cobblestone around the edge thinking about what path my life would take this year. I used craft and golden paint as well as gesso.  The girl is circus scrapbook paper. I thought her balancing act was perfect for what I hope to achieve in 2015. I also used my favorite Mr. Huey round stencil on the background. 
This page combine my first challenge for DLP,Goals, 

MY PLAN FOR 2015
Every December I try to spend a little time thinking about the upcoming year. I look back and see how last year went and what I liked and what I might want to change.  

What I saw was that I'm still living in an old pattern of behavior. I seem to live in cycles. I get catch up in something and do it almost none stop for months on end. Then all of the sudden, I switch to something else. 

After a 4 or 5 year hiatus, I took up art again.  My life was in a huge transition and my mojo took a long vacation. I was learning how to survive in a totally different way. I'm happy to say, I did learn and my mojo returned. 

I felt like I was on fire with creativity. I worked at my real job so I could pay the bills but I lived for Art Journaling.  Sometimes I'd forget to eat because I was so involved in whatever page I was creating. I was also almost obsessed with blogging about my art work. I did this for almost 2 years.  

In October of 2014, I was told I have high blood pressure and put on medication for it. I now understand why people stop taking their BP meds.  The first one put me to sleep. I was going to bed at 2:30 in the afternoon.  The second one caused me to become depressed.  I dealt with serious depression in the past and that is not some place I ever want to go again. 

During October, November and December I kept up with the two challenges I was participating in but that was it. I wasn't having any fun. Other than those few pages, all I did for three months was go to work and read books. I love to read and reading is always my fallback plan.  I knew I was in trouble when I found I'd rather read than talk to my friends. That is a sure sign of depression for me.  

Finally, in the middle of December my BP medicine was changed for the 3rd time. I finally feeling like myself again.  All of this gave me pause, to think about how I'd been living.  I want more moderation and balance in my life.  I have to work so Scooter and I can eat and have shelter.  The rest of my life needed more balance.  I made a plan.

1. Eat out less often
2. Eat healthier
3. Organize my home a little each day
4. Do something arty everyday... it could be an art journal page or maybe just a doodle
5. Read for enjoyment but not obsessively
6. Blog once or twice a week instead of feeling guilty for not blogging daily.
7. Pray and read a Bible Passage daily 
8. Be kind to myself
9. Check on my friends more often
10. Do kind things for other people

It's been 7 days and so far my plan is working.  I feel more balanced. Some of things that need to be done at home are getting done. I'm creating but not obsessively. I'm reading but not to the point my eyes hurt.  I don't feel guilty if I don't art journal or blog every day.  A doodle or sketch is also stretching my creative self. The purpose of my art is to feed my soul. It brings me joy and removes stress from my life. I needed to remind myself of that.

Have you picked a word for 2015?  Something to guide you?


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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

LET'S START 2015 WITH SOME FUN...... A GIVE AWAY



It's been a while since I've blogged.  I had the dreaded flu.  It put a real damper on my Christmas Day celebration as well as my vacation that I spent in bed instead visiting the Art House where I had planned to learn more about painting with watercolors.  I am back and healthy now and happy to be in blog-land again.

I'm celebrating and hope you'll join me.  Art Journal Kickstarter has been published and is shipping.  I have an art journal page in this is the book.  I still can't believe I've been published.  
My page in Art Journal Kickstarter

   




Are you thinking... "this will never happen to me?"  I thought the same thing. Then I decided to take a chance.  I sent my artwork to a publisher. I stuck my neck out and guess what someone liked my work enough to include it in a book. 

I've sent it to other publications and was told my work wasn't what they were looking for. That's OK too.  I am just going to keep creating what makes me happy.  If others like it that's great.  The creating is for me and I hope you create for you. Other people liking my work is icing on the cake.

I'm also celebrating that I've had almost 30,000 view on my blog.  It boggles my mind that so many people have read my blog and viewed my art work.  I am honored and humbled that you take time to look at my art work. Thank you so much.

I'm having a Give Away to celebrate all the great things that are happening to me in blog-land. I'll be giving away a Mr. Huey Stencil and I'll also add a mixed media surprise too.     

How to enter this Give Away.....

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Leave a comment on this post section below with your name in it.

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The winner will be announced on January 24th. 

I am too busy looking cute to have time to pick a winner.
Boo will have to pick it herself.
I'll pick a random name.  I wish I could tell you that Scooter will pick the name but I don't think he'll be up for the task like Mushu was over at Tracey Flectcher King's blog  when she had her give away. Check it out.  Mushu is very clever.  

Remember to check back on January 24 to see who the won!

Link to:  Art Journal Kickstarter, Art Journal Everyday, Tracey Fletcher King , Paint Party Friday