Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Affirmation Feather Inspired by Tamara Laporte Life Book 2015

Life Book, Week 5. Extra Project: Affirmation Feather with Tamara Laporte.

I loved this extra lesson from Tam. She is just so a great teacher. Anything goes. No rules. Enjoy. My kind of directions :)

Dylusion spray inks over watercolor paper. Added spray of water and mushed around. Added torn papers to the left and bottom right. Brayered some gesso where the feather would be. Added feather with many different pens and colors. Thought it was missing something and added the orange stamp and some more words in the blue area.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Life Book - Dream Catcher

Life Book, Week 5 = Dream Catcher with Rachael Rice

Mixed Media
Collage on heavy watercolor paper, add copper and gold acrylics. Cut "doily" from paper that was sprayed with Dylusions and spritzed with alcohol. Cut feathers from gelli prints and glued to black paper. Added my own handspun yarn, some lace, and fancy edging. Added dots, squiggles, words, outer border in magenta acrylic, glued tiny beads in circle and one of the yarn loops.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

I'll Drink to That - DLP 2015

Week 4, Documented Life Project, Challenge = Writing, Prompt = Words with Friends.

Every Friday, my friends and I meet for coffee/tea, do some knitting or spindle spinning, and catch up on our week. We gossip, laugh, crab about this and that, and go home cleansed. What would we do without friends?
Week Four
I started by tearing up some gelli prints and securing them with white gesso. I added some vibrant Silks acrylic glazes. Then, some collage, Spectrum Noir stamped and colored tag with a real teabag string, coloring, words, and dots of acrylic. Yup, best night of the week!

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Paint Party Friday

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Dance Until Your Feet Fall Off

Life Book, Week 4, Courage Dear Heart with Patti Ballard. Wow! What a fun lesson. I love this crazy lady even though I had a major catastrophe along the way. I used Collage Pauge to put down all kinds of papers ripped from my stash. Some of them were gelli prints I had made. Then, I covered everything with gesso. I drew my ballerina with a purple colored pencil and then used acrylic paints on her. Then, I used some bright yellow to make her glow and then went closer to her with a darker yellow. I played with all kinds of pens and markers too. I was ready to finish when I followed the plan, which was to use black paint splattered. Well, what was I thinking? I wound up with black paint all over her face and eyes. YUCK!!!! So, then I had to play more to rescue her from the evil paint. Next time, I will just use a black paint pen like I did with the white.
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Paint Party Friday

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Documented Life Week ColorWheel and a Moo

Do you ever have a plan for a page and then it goes, all by itself, someplace else?

The Documented Life Project, with a January theme of "the blank page", added the challenge of Color Wheel and prompt of "I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way . . . “ by Georgia O’Keeffe.

So, I had this vision of beautifully colored tulips on a bright and cheerful background. This is what I got:
"Why do two colors, put one right next to the other, sing? Can anyone explain this? No"...Pablo Picasso
The shapes are from some alcohol ink dipped photo papers and some gelli prints. I did a lot of doodling and added lots of acrylic paint. I used washi tape and Pitt pens. I added white and black gel pens.

And, here are the steps I took that brought me to anything but a field of tulips!
Colored with Neocolors

Brushed with water, added ephemera with Collage Pauge
Covered with white gesso
Added acrylic dots and black gesso
As you probably know, I'm simply not doing enough these days. I only keep up three blogs (all reachable through the top tabs), teach Zentangle / Art Journaling / Copic coloring, enjoy the Inchie challenge, the Diva Challenge, the Square One prompt, the Documented Life, Creative Jump Start, Life Book, and am on the Design Team at The Outlawz. So, my friend, Zoe, things I should also join in on the Moo-Mania challenge. Love you Zoe!!!
I colored the tag with Neocolors and brushed with water to turn into a watercolor look. Added a napkin on the left with matte medium, The flowers were gelli prints on books and deli paper, and the butterfly was colored with Copics.

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Paint Party Friday

Monday, January 12, 2015

Life Book - Week Two with Joanne Sharpe

Another fun week from Life Book. Joanne Sharpe did a lesson on lettering and coloring that was really motivating. I have had her book, The Art Of Whimsical Lettering, for some time but just couldn't get motivated. It's a wonderful book, but I just wasn't there yet. Now, I am and will go back and learn more from this excellent teacher.
I used my new Koi watercolors. Yes, worth the money. and then filled the letters with Tombow pens and water. Then, a bit of journaling. I also added some white ink, white gel, and a dark black rim. Loving that purple onion!

Thanks for stopping by for a look, and go make some art!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Documented Life Project Week Two

 The Documented Life Project challenge for this week is Gesso. I threw down a bit of yellow, orange, and green acrylics and several dollops of gesso and used a brayer to cover the pages. Then I used my Faded Text Background from Stampabilities with some black ink.  Added some gesso stencil leaves and more stamping in black. Made some flowers, described below and used gel medium to attach them, the quote, and tags. Used my finger to stamp green circles and added details with a white gel pen. Finishing touch was to ink the edges. The prompt this week was: “The beginning is always today.” -Mary Shelley

 Sandi Keene left a link on how to make her deli paper flowers. It is free and I highly recommend watching it if you like these fun flowers on my page.I used a gelli plate to color some book pages and deli wrap that were then used to make the flowers.

The tag, you may recognize, was made a few days ago. Just click back to the last post to see details on the tag. The white strips were leftovers (waste not) from punching out some squares for the Inchie challenge that I contribute to every Monday. (You can check out my Copics and Paper Fun tab on the top bar to see some of them too.)

Thanks for stopping by and I LOVE comments :)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Life Book Week One and Two

Wow! What a start to the new year! I got a little carried away with what I thought I could do, but I am going to push ahead anyway. The first week at Life Book has been a real challenge. I've never really done anything quite like this, but it was just so much fun and I learned so much from Tam. What a wonderful teacher she is.

First, I completed The Beacon of Light, for week one by Tamara Laporte. I used acrylics, stamps, water soluble crayons, markers, collage, ink pads, and white paint pens.

Then, I did Playing Tag with Roben-Marie Smith for Week 2 of Life Book 2015. These tags were dunked in Dylusion sprays first and I added some silver stamping to the one on the right and both got some white gel pen "sewing" on the edges. Both feature some of my other art. One is a watercolor leaf and the other is a piece of gelli printing that I did. Both got some boucle yarn toppers.
It's not too late to join us on this incredible journey! 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Documented Life Project - Goals

Welcome to The Documented Life Project. This is week one. This is a free program that you can still join. This week's Art Challenge: Book Paper, and this week's Journal Prompt: Be Your Own Goal Keeper
This is the finished two page spread:
Prep Page
 I used a really pretty paper napkin, some music paper, crossword puzzle paper, and book pages. I used Collage Pauge under and over. Yellow Silks Acrylics were added, and a stencil was sprayed with orange. Purple dauber added. Black ink stamps.

The lift up card had the same prep. I added the words that I printed with a tilt to the word box and I attached it with Fibatape and homemade washi tape. Added black ribbon to flip open where I can keep my goals under.

The stamp was a Julie Nutting, Prima Keira doll that I colored with spectrum Noirs. I added a 2015 calendar and more washi tape. I finished with some blobs of white acrylic paint.