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 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? 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Faces and Under Paper

I have been experimenting with faces inspired by Jane Davenport's classes and book. Also inspired by the latest DLP prompt to use your under paper, I combined the two by gluing down the under paper and then using paint and colored pencils on top. The surface, of course, was not smooth, but that kept things interesting! I like how the colors and textures add wonderful unexpected surprises.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Happy Mother's Day

I keep a journal to honor my mother who passed away 10 years ago. This journal is not shared with anyone as it's a way for me to vent, talk to my mom and honor her and the things she loved. Here's a rare look at this week's entry for my mother, the gardener. Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Zen lotus

I have been experimenting with a new palm stencil from I actually cut off the edges of the stencil frame so I could use it more freely.
One of the pages didn't work out as is, but covered up with titanium buff, a white gesso lotus and magenta drips transformed the page into this lovely zen image. Love when those "mistakes" happen and give us an opportunity to create something better, don't you?