Friday, October 17, 2014

48 weeks: week 25

I LOVE this page in my 48 weeks big journal!!  Donna's inspiration with the dress was too cool - it's joint compound on fabric to hold the folds - such a fun effect!

Here's a close-up of the other texture on the page:
Did I mention that I LOVE this page? ;-)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

LifeBook 2014 week 28

This week's LifeBook 2014 lesson was by Tam Laporte; something about the way I drew my eye isn't quite right..... is it the eyelashes? it the lack of an eyebrow?  Not sure.... BUT, I do think the iris is cool! I used a combination of Neocolor II watercolor crayons and watercolor pencils.  It's amazing how detailed and colorful irises really are when you study them.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

48 weeks: week 24

Here's my 24th 48 weeks spread that has under-layers of inky, painty newsprint created by using that as an underpaper while creating all sorts of projects, and stream of consciousness writing. The quote I typed out on a vintage typewriter, then cut it apart attaching each word separately.  It reads "I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question."  It was fun to ponder on that quote while creating the page.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Documented Life Project week 27

This week's challenge for the Documented Life Project was to use a crossword puzzle for inspiration. I enjoy doing them and try to see how fast I can complete them...or nearly complete them if they include Hebrew months or Greek letters which I never know.  And yes, I ALWAYS do them in pen :-)

Monday, October 13, 2014

LifeBook 2014 week 26

I have really started to enjoy drawing faces since I first was taught by Dina Wakley a couple years ago and then refined the process further in classes from Pam Carriker last year.  Recently I started really enjoying the portraits of Kate Thompson and the depth she achieves. I think I'm still at a stage where I'm drawing more of a cartoonish flat face, but really want to develop to draw artistic faces.  I was thrilled that Kate was teaching at LifeBook 2014 and this is my take on her lesson of drawing with charcoal. I couldn't draw just one face...I wanted to see what would happen if I made the nose longer or the face narrower, etc etc. I like the one in the center best.  Just for comparison, I did a set of faces using graphite where I feel more comfortable - well, just more practiced.  Charcoal certainly handles differently.

Friday, October 10, 2014

48 weeks: week 23

This is another 48 weeks spread with an abstract quality where my line is quite crooked - ha! I like the messy scribble that is reminiscent of handwriting, but doesn't actually say anything.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Documented Life Project week 26

This week's challenge for the Documented Life Project was to add a bible verse that inspires you. I lettered this one over a Stencil Girl stencil of Queen Anne's Lace that I momoprinted with Distress Ink.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

LifeBook 2014 week 25

This week's LifeBook 2014 page with Effy Wild was so much fun as it was done step by step over a week. It was nice to leave a bit of time each day to add to the page and just watch the whole process develop - definitely a fun way to be creative every day! So you can see the finished page....

...and it started out like this:

Here are the rest of the in-between steps:

Isn't it cool how you get to the end, and can barely see what came before?  I love how much depth you get in the finished piece because of all those layers and how you can take the time to just enjoy the process involved in making each one. It can really be amazing to see what develops when you give things enough time and not rush.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

48 weeks: week 22

 More abstraction at 48 weeks. This time the bold color swaths are toned down by super heavy gesso also giving some nice texture.  See the line.....again a line! Maybe I'm relying on a line too much when I attempt an abstract page?  I do like that being horizontal, it contrasts the vertical washi tapes.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Compendium of Curosities Vol. 3 Challenge Week No. 12

Here's my tag for the 12th CC3 Challenge sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique and using page 41's technique: "Distress Photo Tinting".  I used a vintage photo postcard from my friend Trishia of French Kissed Postcards and added subtle color in just a couple spots - I always liked that look with hand tinted vintage photos.  My collage was completed with a text scrap from an old French novel, a couple postage stamps and text cut from a Silhouette. I added billowing seam binding as the tag's tie to repeat the idea of them waving their hankies.

My background tag is embossed first with a folder (done twice in different directions because it's one of the really big tags) and then dipped into Distress Ink puddles using the classic "wrinkle-free distress" technique.  I love how you get cool puddles because the tag is textured first.

Here's a final close-up: