Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Using leftover deli paper

I use deli paper between my pages, as a palette and to clean off stencils. This makes a yummy layer of color on the sheets. Deli paper is thin so a simple glue stick will put it in place. After I covered my pages with leftover deli paper, I stenciled a bold Donna Downey image and then glued pieces of torn book text. It’s fun to see the random words that pop up when you do this! Pick up the newsprint or scrap paper keeping your table clean and see what you can do with it!

Don’t forget my favorite trick of making color copies of your pages to use as collage paper in other pieces. I made a copy to put in my planner to document the pages I created this week. Have fun!
 Inspiration Wednesday (from Donna Downey) Journal

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Hand carved stamps

I had some fun hand-carving stamps today using a Speedball Speedy-cut sheet. I cut some simple shapes, but also found a picture of a feather and transferred it into the eraser. As I created this page, my thoughts were supporting North Dakota and the great USA overall. Samples of my stamps are shown, with a close-up of my carved feather.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Have a spooktacular night!

Shadows of a thousand years arise again unseen,
Voices whisper in the trees, "Tonight is Halloween!"

Dynaflow inks, tree stencil, black acrylic paint, Micron pen.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Playing around with stripes

The Documented Life Planner prompt is stripes! I experimented with a few styles: markers, paint pens, tape and decided I liked watercolor "stripes" the best. After I finished the stripes, the napkins sitting on my art table begged to be added! Here's the result:

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Playing around with the tree stencil

The windswept tree stencil from Stencilgirl.com caught my eye and so I wanted to try a few possibilities. I made several experiments with alcohol inks, paint and distress ink in my journal. I  have two final pieces to share-- I made the colorful one on canvas with Dylusions paint over collage text. You'll see the messages hidden within the tree. This was a gift for my friend, Mary Cameron.

I also wanted to show the stencil with a positive design (as opposed to the negative stencil).  I sprayed the background with Dye-na-flow inks and then traced the stencil before painting the tree. I used one of my favorite tree quotes as typed text strips. You can see that cropping the stencil works well for a vertical orientation, too.

The end of summer always reminds me of how much I love of being in nature, so I'm hanging on by creating pages about the trees I find so comforting.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Keep it simple

Since we never seem to "have time to create art", I wanted to create something simple. The DLP prompt for the week was to add a border. I used a page that already had color on the background as a start, but wasn't finished. I decided to stamp the flower image in bright pink, but it lacked something. So I painted it with water and then stamped over top with black along with the quote in black. (Stamps are by Donna Downey) The border was created by sponging brown ink through a textured ribbon.
You'll see wash tape on the left where I added the page to my journal. Try something simple, it's very stress-free!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Wrapping paper for my favorite place

Try using that stash of wrapping paper! Inspired by Donna Downey's Inspirational Wednesday, I went to my favorite summer theme -- the ocean and beach. I can't live without them. And yes, that's a real starfish on the right page! What calls to you this time of year?