Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Field Journaling Some Feathers

Life Book, Week 14 Field Journalling with Alisa Burke. I haven't done field journaling in years, and it's about time I began again. This was very motivational. I found several feathers in my back yard do to a recent altercation between a neighbor's cat and our visiting birds :( But, they were great to work with. One of the feathers was one I found online, the one on the right, and used because it was more interesting.
I used my Koi watercolors on Arches hot press watercolor paper. a white gel pen, Prismcolor Verithin colored pencils, and a fine, no bleed Sharpie in black.

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Paint Party Friday
The Queen of Creativity
Crafting With an Attitude

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Go Where the Wind Takes You

 The Documented Life Project with a March Theme Making Your Mark (Doodles & Mark Making) March 28 Art Challenge:  Make a Custom Element (I made two.)

I had wanted to do the feathers, kind of like Rae Missigman, but once I got started, I just followed the wind. So, I was about to carve a stamp when I remembered that I had the Tim Holtz Feather Duo set from Sizzix. I had not used it yet so I'm not really sure how you are "supposed" to get the embossing folder to work with the die, but somehow I made it work. (I sprayed them with my Copic air brush system.)  I also used his lattice die cut to create the flying squares. For dimension, I cut these from craft foam sheets. The base paper is Gelatos over and under a pale patterned napkin with gesso. I used my new Recollections letter stamps, the tiny bird is from Penny Black, the leaves from Inkadinkado. I added some Crayola glitter glue, white gel and paint pen, Koi Coloring brushes. I finished with a swipe of Gelato around the edges, doodles using a black gel pen, and some black acrylic paint splatters.
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Paint Party Friday 
Altered Eclectics  
Art Journal Journey

Monday, March 23, 2015

Whimsical Giraffe

Life Book, Week 13, Happy painting with Juliette Crane. Juliette gave a great lesson using her favorite, an owl. My favorite, because it is my totem, is the giraffe. I usually try to make giraffes more lifelike, but Juliette encourage us to keep our animal whimsical.
I started with lots of acrylic paint that I smooshed about with a credit card (mostly because I don't like cleaning brushes). I added some shreds of deli wrap printing I had done (the dark rasberry). I drew out an outline of the giraffe with a white Stabillo pencil, added many layers of paint, used my fingers for the spots. The tree trunk was a solid dribble of green acrylic that, after dry, I added some sea sponged greens for leaves. When dry, a bit of the tangle, Meer, and white gel pen accents. Then I added some more Pitt pens to the giraffe and to the edges.

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Paint Party Friday
Altered Eclectics

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Coming Into Focus

The Documented Life March Theme is Making Your Mark (Doodles & Mark Making). This week the Art Challenge: As a Focal Point, and the Journal Prompt: Coming into Focus.

 I started with a page that was covered with Tim Holtz tissue and gesso. I added some Distress Inks. Then I grabbed some Gelli prints that I made with my new circular gelli plate. I cut out many circles and used two different punches to cut out the Gelli printed papers. The main flower, or focal point, is layered. I also played with some Payons, or water color crayons that I have had for probably 30 years LOL!
Sentiments are from Hero Arts and stamped with Ranger Archival Ink. The white stamping is also Hero Arts. The stamped edges and smaller stamps came from Oriental Trader, and the bright yellow centers are Silks that I added with my fingers. White gel pen adds accents and Pitt pens add shadows.
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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Borders and Birds

Documented Life, March Theme, Making Your Mark (Doodles & Mark Making) - March 14
Art Challenge:  Borders - Journal Prompt:  "Borderline feels like I'm going to lose my mind."
I just got these Bird Crazy stamps from Tim Holtz and the Scribbly Flowers from Dina Wakley and HAD to use them. I taught a class in colored pencils on Friday and used these stamps as sample coloring. So, I cut them out to add to this journal page. The background is from a really pretty napkin that my student/friend brought me. I just loved the happy colors. For my border, I added some Washi tape and then some red gellato. Isn't that color just yummy? This page is all about love/friendship. What would we do without these lovely people in our lives?

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 Art Journal Journey  Things with Wings

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Show Some Attitude! Life Book Week 11

Life Book was hosted by Jane Davenport this week with a prompt of "Your Inner and Outer World". First we put down some collage of colors and things that we liked. We either drew or added a face that we had done in the past and cut out (this was my choice.) Then we learned (?) how to do a side view.  Below, you will find the first two steps. After adding some gesso and the face, I played with paints, and pens of too many different kinds to even begin to remember what I used. I kept changing her over and over. I love that you can do that. Layers = good thing in art journaling!
The letters and the word "always" came from a huge set that I got at Oriental Trading.
This is the "in progress" piece. Do you sometimes wish you had stopped?
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Paint Party Friday Self-portrait (Okay, so maybe a few years ago LOL!)

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Spectrum Noir Colored Image - Create

Facebook has a contest going for Spectrum Noir Accredited Colorists. Since I am one, I thought I would do this little stamping. Image from Dare 2B Artzy. I added some black pen and white gel pen accents.
Spectrum Noir Colors Used

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Surviving the Elements DLP Week 10

"Surviving the Elements" is the prompt for this week for The Documented Life Project. I couldn't think of what exactly to do even thought there were wonderful examples given. Before I start anything, I always have to clear off the clutter of whatever I have recently been working with and suddenly I realized, that clutter would be my "elements." This goes along with my "waste not" theory. I had scraps of all sorts. Some were from gelli prints I had done. Some was over spray or mop-ups. Some were flowers I had made and not used. The heart is the remains of a cut out heart. I had some die cut leftovers, and a crazy Zentange type flower that was colored with crayon and followed by watercolor. After gluing it all down with mat medium gel, I used my new word stamps from Dare 2B Artzy, added some journaling with my new Fude pen (I like it. It writes on anything.), added some doodling, Aquarella outlining, white gel pen highlighting and doodling, white music notes, and some gold Pearl Pen. I used all my elements and my desk was clean. Well, sort of LOL!
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Try It On Tuesday (I used liquid pearls in gold)
Altered Eclectics

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Layers of My Heart

Tam had a great lesson today, for week 10 of Life Book, using hearts to make a fan style way for us to express the layers of our heart. Each heart was constructed separately and then joined with a brad to make a heart that can fold together as one or opened as below.I used sprays, paints, stencils, collage, washi tape, pens, and more.
Then, she showed us how to make a holder that expands to hold the width of this fan.
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Paint Party Friday
Altered Eclectics

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I Love My Coffee

For week 9 at The Documented Life Project, the prompt was Give Me a High Five. We are still working on layers, so our goal was to add at least five layers.
A friend had given me the coffee themed napkin this week to use in a journal, so I knew I wanted something in brown, gold, black, white, orange and a touch of red. She also loves steampunk, so that was the direction I took.

I started with Liquitex Basics in Bronze, Yellow Oxide, and unbleaced Titanium. With some gesso added, I used a credit card to scrape across the page. On went the napkin and the word LOVE, and a steampunk stencil sprayed with Adirondac Color Wash in Expresso. Then I added a bit of Sunset Orange spray, a few dabs of Distress Paint in Antique Linen and some Bella Gold Rush acrylic paint. I got a new Sizzix die cut for the coffee cup that I used a corrugated paper and went along the edge with Aquarella pencil and water, added washie tape, and splats with the Prima stamp set in white and red. I added a black swirl stamp too. I finished with some journaling and highlighting.

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Paint Party Friday
Altered Eclectics