Friday, April 14, 2017

April's color palette: violet, lavender and dark blue

This month's palette is centered around violet -- which sparks our imaginations, aids in creativity and speaks to our spirituality.

I've started some backgrounds and completed a few violet pieces.
I started with a violet background, added some yellow (complementary color) and then left the spread to rest and incubate in my head. The next day I looked at it and asked myself what am I going to do? "Got any bright ideas?" And that's when the stamps, stencil, tissue paper came out and I added the very text I was thinking!

Here are some more backgrounds waiting to be inspired by this month's palette.
I created a mandala by painting shades of violet (and gesso) over a "junk page" that had leftover paint.
Here's another fun mandala created over one of my March green pages. I loved this magazine image and had to save it - so here it is - incorporated into a journal page!

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Color Green

My challenge for March is to concentrate on the color green. Definitely not my go-to color, but the more I play with it, the more appealing it becomes. 

GREEN is at the center of the color spectrum, so it represents balance. It is also the color of growth, reminding us of the lushness of nature and the approach of Spring! Known as a healing color, green brings a sense of harmony and is associated with the heart chakra and Archangel Raphael, both associated with healing.

Here are planner pages in my traveler's notebook prepared in green. All pages this month are different backgrounds in rejuvenating green.

I've been enjoying creating painted papers on thin papers to use as collage in my art journals. You can see the painted sheet underneath and then the torn tree shape used to create a tree in my journal.
I'm also playing with Dyna-flow ink backgrounds (that are permanent when dry) and then adding fun, drippy trees.
I've been exchanging birthday cards with my friend Linda for many years - so here's a sneak peak of the envelope on the way to her!
And finally sharing this watercolor starring may green paired with pink and violet, isn't it just yummy? Hope you find some time to play with green this month and discover that it can renew your energy!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Some #artmarks30daychallenge posts

Sharing a few of the 30 day art marks challenges hosted by Rae Missigman. There's a new prompt everyday. Here's circles, lines, loose, dashes and grid. Go over to Instagram and check it out!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Rae Missigman Inspiration

Here's my crazy journal spread inspired by Rae Missigman On Creative Jumpstart 2017! I loved putting all the colors together and making my own scrap paper as accents.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Mary Beth Shaw Inspiration

Continuing with Creative Jumpstart 2017, this week Mary Beth Shaw challenged us to mix collage and stenciling together -- both techniques which I love to do. I admire Mary Beth's process with stencils so was eager to try this lesson.

The layering of paper, paint and stencils was great fun! My color palette included dark blue and green gold, with lots of gesso! I don't want to give away the techniques, so head on over to Natalie's site to sign up!

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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