Friday, July 18, 2014

The Documented Life Project week 19

This planner page for the Documented Life Project celebrates a random act of kindness. I had been playing around with a fringed watercolor brush in another art journal and thought it made fantastic petals. So I created a flower shape and while the paint was still wet I dropped in a second color - the red at the base. It actually looks quite ugly when you first do it, and you are sure you've ruined it, but when it dries it looks so cool! I made a bunch of cards this week using this idea of adding flowers over a gesso stamped background with watercolor washes, and found myself thinking of a couple friends that I had not thought of in quite awhile so I put cards in the mail to them for no reason at all, other than to say that I was thinking about them.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

48 weeks: week 16

Another face page for 48 weeks.  This time, I felt that the crazy colorful background would have competed with a fully painted face, so she is done with Stabilo pencil and gesso with just a touch of Golden High Flow acrylics in places.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

LifeBook 2014 week 16

This LifeBook lesson was given by Traci Bautista - I think I've come late to her work, as she's been around for awhile and has 3 published books. Her approach was a lot of fun as she encouraged you to just play with color and make marks.  I like how her style looks so complex, but is done in simple steps creating wonderful additive layers. This page also had a few different really cool resist techniques which I enjoy. I do always try to think about composition and need my elements to relate to each other somehow, so I'm sure that doesn't let me be completely free to just play and not care about the end result, but I still really liked my outcome with this page.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Documented Life Project week 18

The planner page prompt for this week for the Documented Life Project was to add a quote.  I love collecting quotes because they make for fantastic lettering practice and are fun to ponder on while you are doing the lettering. I saw this one which was new to me on Pinterest.  Some weeks I absolutely have to follow this advice, but always wish I didn't have to come up with so many contingency plans!

Monday, July 14, 2014

48 weeks: week 15

I enjoyed drawing my glamorous figure with a huge feather boa for this spread for 48 weeks. I thought you'd like to see my pencil sketch and how she evolved:

Kind of Venus De Milo-esque at this stage, right?

A close-up of the face - this is all just graphite pencil that's blended with a paper stump.

...and here are close-ups of her painted:

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Compendium of Curosities Vol. 3 Challenge Week No. 6

This is my altered burlap panel for CC3C #6 based on page 39 of Tim's book which is sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I have been playing with a lot of texture in my journals using joint compound and chose to try a couple of techniques on my burlap panel.  My background has the joint compound pressed through a stencil (one is a bubble layering stencil by Tim Holtz and the other is a Crafter's Worshop Balzer Bits stencil) which was colored with both Distress Paint and Stain once it was dry, and I also used joint compound on muslin strips to create the dress skirt for my embellished vintage image of the beautiful Lily Elsie. I let the edges of the skirt drape over the end of the canvas - I'm not sure if I should leave it that way or cut it off level with the edge of the panel.  What do you think?

Here are a couple of close-ups of the texture. I highlighted the high spots with Old Silver Inka Gold rub - it gives a cool luminance to it.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

LifeBook 2014 week 14

This LifeBook lesson was by Dyan Reaveley and used her scrumptious spray inks!  I love how vibrant and rich the colors are.  You might not be able to tell, but the flowers are a bit dimensional with curled petals and are stacked in places. I've been fortunate to take one of her live classes in the past here in the US and really looked forward to her LifeBook lesson - she makes art journaling so fun and accessible.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Documented Life Project week 17

I used a TAP transfer of a photo of my feet in my running shoes for the Documented Life Project prompt for this week to feature your favorite shoes.  I have never ever (seriously....ever!) been the athletic type, but a few years ago I decided that I was going to try running and found that I really enjoyed it - who knew? I really like running in cold weather, and I'm working up to running with my dog - she wants to go faster than I can maintain - I suppose she's a good trainer for me!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

48 weeks: week 14

I really loved this collage spread for 48 weeks.  It has great white space and I had a lot of fun pulling together pieces of ephemera that I loved and that meant something to me.  You'll find a book page from the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery, my birthdate numbers, postage stamps and airmail stickers I've received in my mailbox, old collage images from French Kissed Postcards and ArtChix, scraps of book text, sheet music and a ledger paper with fabulous calligraphy, along with black and white striped washi tape and circle rubber stamps from Tangie Baxter. I had a lot of fun with these pages.

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Documented Life Project week 16

The planner page prompt for the Documented Life Project this week was to add a cardboard food box in a creative way.  Here's mine using a Cherry Coke box. I combined a couple of Dylusions spray inks to get a good cherry color for my background. This page makes me laugh because I really do try to eat healthier, but this is one thing that always trips me up! : - )