Thursday, September 11, 2014

Recent Class Fun Part 3

Thanks for coming back for part 3!  The class this day was all about faces.  Dina was the first to teach me how to draw a face 2 yrs ago (I still have the first supremely ugly face from that class when I knew nothing about proportions - and I'll never share it!) I had so much fun seeing the difference in how I draw now.  I will always love her style of drawing with a Stabilo All pencil over busy backgrounds - so much fun!  As you can see, she had a lot of other ways to add faces to your pages:






So much fun!!! And I have so many cool journal pages to remember the classes by - thank you Dina!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Recent Class Fun Part 2

Hello again! As promised yesterday, I'm sharing more art journal pages from my classes with Dina Wakley.  These pages had some cool background techniques - something I really admire with her pages - and also her drawing and composition tips as well as a chance to play with her stamps.




Since we did so many pages, I've split my post in three, so you'll need to check back once more tomorrow to see the final pages from class.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Recent Class Fun Part 1 (along with the Documented Life Project week 34)



The last weekend of August I had the opportunity to take several classes with the fabulous Dina Wakley at Absolutely Everything in Topsfield, MA.


This is the page from my Documented Life Project Planner following the challenge prompt for the week which fit my trip nicely!

These photos are from the first class where I made this cool collage sheet...



...and then used it in bits in these three journal pages:



I've got more pages to share tomorrow!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Compendium of Curosities Vol. 3 Challenge Week No. 10

This is my assemblage clock creation for CC3C where we were to follow the example on page 33 of Tim's book. Challenge #10 is sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique. As I was photographing my project, I quickly realized that not only is it really hard to photograph something 3D with a glass front (Ack!), but in order for me to show you the depth in my project, I needed to show it in parts.  So the initial photo is of the entire piece featuring a photo from my friend Trishia of French Kissed Postcards that I've loved for a long time and wanted to use. I've felt like the two girls are looking straight at you, ready to take on their future, while Mom looks off to the side into the distance as if she realizes this moment won't last.  I'm sure mothers want to hold on to their children as long as possible.  Anyways, back to my photos......

The second one shows the front of the clock with the back removed:


...and here is the back piece pulled out. What I did was to layer a transparency of the photo of all three over a subtle script background, and then using a second printed image, I cut out Mom and elevated her away from the background using corrugated cardboard and foam tape.


In this final photo I show the back piece slightly turned so you can see the depth I've tried to create.

Thanks for visiting my blog and reading through my attempt to fully show my project ;-)  Trust me, in real life it looks pretty cool - maybe you just need to come over and see it in person!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Compendium of Curosities Vol. 3 Challenge Week No. 9

Here's my CC3C project for the 9th challenge sponsored by Inspiration Emporium.  The required technique is on page 63 of Tim's book - Stamps and Framelits and I also altered my alpha parts "three" using the altered surfaces technique on page 45 just for added fun :-)  My collage is placed on a 7Gypsies book cover which is always a starting surface that I enjoy using.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

LifeBook 2014 week 24

This week's LifeBook 2014 lesson was all about warming up in your creative practice with Jane Davenport.  Once I had my colorful background of random shapes I spent a fun evening with black and white pens embellishing with doodled designs while a silly sci-fi zombie movie was on - believe me, I was very glad to have something else to focus on - even if the movie did star Brad Pitt!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Documented Life Project week 25

This week's Documented Life Project Challenge was to cover your flap in hearts.  I placed strips of washi tape and tissue tape on a piece of cardstock and then colored them with acrylic glazes.  After adding random machine stitching, I free hand cut hearts and attached them to a stenciled page that uses a cool vintage calligraphy script stencil from Stencil Girl. To set the hearts off a bit, I added a shadow with water activated Stabilo pencil.

Monday, August 18, 2014

48 weeks: week 21


This is definitely an experiment in underpainting for this week's spread for 48 weeks. I again like how things are blocked out by a wash of color around the Dina Wakley silhouette stencil that I added legs to. I knocked it back a little by pressing a paper towel into the wet paint leaving behind the texture of the paper towel and letting a little more background peek through.  See how I still need a unifying line....why is that?

The found book text reads: I know not what I was playing or what I was dreaming of then; it seemed the harmonious echo from my discordant life.

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Documented Life Project week 24

This page in my Document Life Project Journal uses book text as noted in the challenge for the week, but I chose to use it as a gel medium transfer in the background giving fun visual texture with the strips of backwards words.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

LifeBook 2014 week 23

OK, I know I don't really do animal art, but it was the theme of this week's LifeBook 2014 page so in the spirit of exploration, I dove in! This lesson was by Tam Laporte and she taught about how to draw a stag, but as I practiced, mine kept coming out looking like a moose, so I went with it!  After all, I live in Maine and we are famous for having moose - people come from far away just for a chance to see one. It amazes me how creatures this huge can wander around undetected.  I have never had one come into my yard, but every so often one is seen here, in fact it made the local paper when one got trapped in a garage in town - eek!