Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Memories Made In Flip Flops

This is my page for the "favorite shoes" challenge for The Documented Life Project.  Nothing makes me happier than to be sockless and wearing flip flops of one kind or another.  I have several different styles that give me very happy feet.

The flip flops, flowers and edging all came from a paper napkin.  The background is white gesso with a coat of beige on top.  I pressed a place mat into the wet paint to get the cool design.

The words were written with my brand new Liquitex Green Paint Pen. I really like the Liquitex paint pens.  

Link: The Documented Life Project, Paint Party Friday, Artist Play Room.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Busy Playing...

It feels like weeks since I've touched paint. It's probably only a week but it seems much longer to me.  When I'm away from my art table for a few days, I lose some of the easy flow that I often have.  I felt like that today. I had an idea but it didn't flow.  That's ok with me because this is my art journal.  It's a way to express how I feel and what I think. I feel a little off center and I could see that in how I worked today.  The important part is that I did get the paint out and give it a try.  My art helps me settle.  We shall see if it worked today.

The people on this page were cut from recycled paper I found in the recycle bin at my office. The background was made with found object stencils and a daisy stencil.

I've spent a week being unsettled. Not sure what is going on but I've had enough of sitting around trying to figure it out or hiding in a book.  It's time I got busy playing.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Doodle Flowers

I like to listen to books on my MP3 from time to time. The library doesn't always have the MP3 version so then I have to download them to my computer.  I'm stuck in one spot if I want to listen. That has been good for my doodling.  
These are the three best offerings from my evening of doodling. I doodle on graph paper.  I just love those little squares. I used sharpie markers and a Pitt Pen. Flowers and houses are my doodles of choice.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014


The challenge this week for the Documented Life Project was to use a cardboard box in your art work. The only box I had was a Cherrios Box.  This is a fun silly page. The blue background is acrylic paint. The border at the top and bottom is Scotch Brand Masking Tape.  All the words plus the bee and heart are from the Cherrios box. 

I guess you can guess... Honey Nut Cherros are my favorite. 

Link: Documented Life Project.

Monday, April 14, 2014

More Happy Mail Art

The background of this page is a paper napkin I received from Rose in Canada.  I love it, Rose.  Thank you so much!!  Napkins make great easy backgrounds. The old car and the words, Enjoy the Journey both by Tim Holtz.  

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Texture and Scoots

The Journal 52 challenge this week is include an animal in your art.   My drawing skills are minimal so I have to use my imagination for this one.  

I started with a gessoed background and then added joint compound to the whole page. I wanted a lot of texture so I took the flat side of a Catalyst blade and made peeks in the joint compound.  The surface reminded me of the stucco textured walls in the house where I grew up.
Next I used watered down acrylic paint in yellow, blue and green to make drips on the page. The texture made the drips do wonderful things.  Last I lightly dragged an ink pad across the peaks so they show up better.

Scooter, the dog, was made from torn paper.  He looked too flat so I used a stipple brush and gesso to make his a little 3D.  

Link: Journal 52, Paint Party Friday, Artist Play Room

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Happy Mail Art By Way of Sweden

My friend, Jana sent me Happy Mail from Sweden.  I used the envelope she made for the background of this page.  I really like the design on the paper and the cool Swedish words.  I have no clue what that word says... I hope I have not just made a journal page with Swedish curse words.  Nah.. Jana wouldn't send me that.

I liked combining the paper with the Swedish postage stamp and the post office labels. The lady is another hand me down stencil.  She is stencils with Golden Paint.

Link to: Paint Party Friday, Artist Playroom