Friday, November 21, 2014

48 weeks: week 30

This week's 48 weeks spread incorporates a drawn and painted face over a layered background. I'm trying to get away from relying so much on a strong black line to delineate my faces and instead get a blended look.  Strangely enough, my favorite parts of this are the text paper polka dots and then how I was able to get more transparent layers over her neck and collar line.  I love the indistinctness of that area and wish I could achieve that more consistently.  Keep practicing, right?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

LifeBook 2014 week 31

This week's LifeBook 2014 lesson was by Mika Diaz who taught a fun layered collage technique that incorporated your own drawings onto tracing paper.  She also had another idea taking a magazine image and embellishing it with all kinds of doodles so I tried out both ideas.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Documented Life Project week 30

This week's Documented Life Project planner page had the challenge of using receipts, labels, business cards, etc. in a smash book style.  I chose to use receipts from all the places I shop.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

48 weeks: week 29

For this week's 48 weeks spread, I used a whole bunch of gathered collage ephemera and had it appear to be embedded in a thick textured layer of joint compound.  I think it gives it a cool effect like stucco on a wall.

Close ups:

Monday, November 17, 2014

Compendium of Curosities Vol. 3 Challenge Week No. 15

This is my collage for the 15th CC3 Challenge sponsored this time by Inspiration Emporium.  The challenge involves a product from page 38 of Tim's Book - a cabinet card pocket.  I have a bunch of "found ancestors" cabinet cards in my stash, but (and maybe you can relate) I won't use them in my art, at least not the originals - eek! too scary! I'll use scans, but with a cabinet card pocket, you can do a DIY version.  So much fun to play with.

Here's a close-up to better see the story of the collage  ; - )

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Compendium of Curosities Vol. 3 Challenge Week No. 14

This is my project for the CC3 Challenge this time sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  The technique for this week is "Colored Crackle" on page 53 of Tim's book.  A couple days ago we spent HOURS raking and raking leaves which is a common chore this time of year around here, so they were on my mind and I just had to choose a leaf motif to try out the technique! As an ironic aside, I'm sitting here writing this post 2 days later in the middle of a snowstorm - gotta love Maine weather!  Maybe it was a good thing we did all that raking.  Anyways.....the technique is done on the leaves and the close-up shows it a bit better even though my crackles are subtle.  I placed my falling leaves onto a lightly stamped background and outlined them with a Stabilo pencil that I then activated with water for a lovely shadow effect. There's also a touch of gold pen on the leaves and you might notice it in other places - it's fun to try out a new pen ; - )

Thursday, October 30, 2014

48 weeks: week 28

This is another abstract page in my 48 weeks journal.  It was an experiment creating layers of the same colors.  I tried to link my circles using lines and then painted a solid layer of color around them.  You can see the under layers in the small gap between the lines.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

48 weeks: week 27

This cool textured page in my 48 weeks journal was made by embedding fabric, lace, yarn, German scrap, metal bits and paper flowers into joint compound.  I also love how my background orange bits come through my blue and teal color like a copper patina.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Documented Life Project week 29

This is my planner page for the Documented Life Project this week where the theme is to make a wish list. Always on the top of my list is to visit Prince Edward Island again. I was 19 when I first visited with my family and we were all inspired by the televised "Anne of Green Gables" on PBS with Meagan Follows and had to see Anne's island. I have my passport and could be ready to go at any time, there's just that problem with taking time off.........ahhh someday.......I'll continue to dream.

Monday, October 27, 2014

LifeBook 2014 week 30

This page is from Carissa Paige's lesson at LifeBook 2014 and uses a transfer technique I'd never tried. Her lesson taught about contact paper transfers using laser printed images.  I liked the way all my images combined together and how all the darks and blacks gave a cool place for writing with a white gel pen (which worked beautifully on the contact paper surface!)