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?

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Creating and copying your own art

I often create something and then run off to the copy store to make color copies in all sizes to reuse in other artwork. My latest creation is from a prompt for Inspiration Wednesday by Donna Downey. I won't share the process but you can join in the fun here.

I recently purchased light modeling paste and TCW aspen tree stencil so these became the focus for my inspiration. When I buy a new stencil, I try it out in my idea journal.

Next I try different techniques in my experimenting journal. Note: be patient and let the modeling paste dry before adding glaze colors!

After experimenting I felt ready to start the IW pages-- using the modeling paste on left and glaze on the right. I keep a notebook of favorite quotes by subject so I pulled out one I wanted about "magic" because the trees reminded me of a magical forest.

Next it was time to make color copies and reuse my own beautiful paper in another project. I made color copies of the pages above at a reduced size to fit my planner. Here are the results below: