Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Creative Jumpstart 2017

I'm starting off January 2017 with Natalie's Creative Jumpstart! This week focuses on COLOR - my favorite inspiration. Here are two quick pages inspired by wonderful color: one page of pinks and one page of blues.

Inspired by Jodi Ohl, one of my favorite painters, I created one owl and then another over the blue spread. I like painting owls with big eyes, can you tell? Since this year's theme is to mix and match: I did blend gelatos over the paint for shading. Try it yourself for fun!

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Here's to 2016

My 2016 art journaling focused mainly on two art journals: my weekly planner and bi-weekly Inspiration Wednesday fabric journal from Donna Downey.

Documented Life Planner 2016
Inspiration Wednesday Journal 2016
This last spread sums up the year with hidden written notes from my father, who passed in 2016, and journal notes from my Mom, who was an artist. I added collaged pieces from my recent visit to NYC to see The Nutcracker with my daughter. It brings the journey to a close beautifully.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Journaling to feed the soul

Do what makes you happy! Color, molding paste, stencils and stamps make my soul sing! What about yours?

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 Journal (from Donna Downey) 
Moleskine Planner

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: