Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Documented Life Inner Cover

One of the art journal groups that I will be working with in 2015 is The Documented Life Project (DLP). I'm not going to do my cover now, but I did the inside cover. I put down gesso mixed with a bit of pink acrylic, then I added Gelatos in pink, purple, and two blues. Using stencils, I erased some of the Gelatos with a baby wipe. I had a brown paper bag from Hallmark with just the right words, so I cut then out with a deckle scissors and glued on.  I added some washi tape down the side and finished with a coating of Grumbacher Gloss Medium & Varnish. Then, I called Hallmark because I was worried a bit about copyright issues before I posted this. I got a very clear NO, so I can't post the finished page. (I used the program Paint to "erase" the words on the cover and added some bubbles. Looks like a camel on the top LOL! It actually is a great page in person even though it looks a bit silly here.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

I Am a Round Thinker - Journal 52

I am a round thinker who sometimes rolls off the table.

This is the last week of Journal 52 and the prompt is "Circles". I so enjoyed doing all the challenges this year; however, I won't be doing it next year. My goal is to always grow and learn, so you will find me following and participating in different groups next year. So, next week, be prepared to be surprised!
I started with an acrylic pink background, added gesso then different color Gelatos. Placed all of my round stencils over and "erased" the Gelatos with a baby wipe leaving behind all those yummy circles. Added some black acrylic circles and collaged with some cut outs of my Zendallas that I had shrunk, recolored, printed and cut out. Glued and sealed with matte gel medium.

Happy New Year to you all, and keep leaving those comments as they do motivate me more than you'll know!

Art Journal Journey

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Simple Song Chased My Blues Away

Journal 52, week 51 had a prompt "Sing a Song". I coverd white cardstock with a sheet of music, sprayed Dylusions in lots of colors. Added some gesso here and there, and added stamps of a keyboard, sheet music, and notes. Then I added the white bird with Hero Arts white ink, some white dots with a stencil and white acrylic paint, the black bird with black acrylic, words and white gel pen highlights.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It's Never Too Late

Mahe Zehra with Altered Upcycling, can be found on Facebook. She has amazing collections. Some are free and some that you can purchase at Amazon. The Paper Doll Bonanza has simple templates for paper dolls and the most current, The Journal Kit, is where I got the sentiment. I simply printed it out, cut it with deckle scissors (love these) and taped it down with Washi tape. The background on the right is acrylic paints, gesso, acrylic daubers, a paper napkin with flowers and stamps in white, black, brown and gray. The left page has an old napkin that I have used to soak up excess inks in other projects (waste not). The paper doll was done with Copics (flesh and hair) and Spectrum Noir (dress) colored pencils blended with gamsol. I outlined the right/bottom side with water soluble black pencil.
Paint Party Friday

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sparkle and Shine Even When the Lights Go Down

This week's prompt at Journal 52 for week 50 is "Sparkle and Shine." I don't know about you, but I find trying to catch sparkle with a camera or scanner almost next to impossible. Is there a trick someone could share? Anyway, the background is a Balzer Design stencil called Mini Aboriginal that I just love. I put it over black cardstock and sprayed with Dylusions. Then I added some shiny gold flower cut-outs, and went to town with shiny gel pens and glitter glue. I really wish you could read, written in sparkly gold, "Sparkle and Shine Even When the Lights Go Down." Yes, we must all remember that we should sparkle for ourselves too :)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Chicken Doodle Soup - Journal 52

Journal 52, Week 49's prompt was "Doodle."Asking a Certified Zentangle Teacher to doodle, well, difficult assignment. I tried, but tangles just kept jumping on to my paper. I would call this ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) and that will have to do. For some reason I woke up in the middle of the night with the "Chicken Doodle Soup" and couldn't go back to sleep LOL! So, here it is:
Plain cardstock, black Sharpie, Pitt big brush pens, and Prisma colored pencils.

Paint Party Friday
Artistic Inspirations