October 27, 2016

Golden October Journal Page

Hello everyone! Hope things are going well for you. Today I am sharing an art journal page.

I completed this journal page for Art Journal Journey. It's my first time to join this challenge and the theme this month is Indian Summer/Autumn/Golden October. I must admit that this was a hard one for me. I don't use orange and yellow all that much - I prefer reds and pinks and blues and greens. This is my second try at a page that follows the prompt, the first one being an orange-y/yellow-y/red-ish/brownish blah background that I just found so uninspiring. I put it in the closet and closed the door! 
A few days later I decided to start again. 

I began by pulling out one of my favorite handmade stencils and painted gesso onto the page through the stencil.

I had used some red Dylusions spray ink on this stencil and so the gesso reactivated it giving me a tint of pink - which I liked.  :)
Then I painted the background a soft yellow, added some darker yellow and white paint through a stencil and scribbled on the page with a pencil. You can see the pink tint near the bottom of the page.

While that was drying, I gathered some collage. The face is from a Teesha Moore collage sheet and the other is cut from scrapbook paper scraps.

I needed to add more contrast (and more of my preferred colors) so I used red oil pastel to add color to the dress.

By then the background was dry so I glued the collage down with matte medium.

But it still needed some more work so I let it sit for a few days until I found this quote and added more collage to the border. I used some of my gelli printed papers for these border scallops. A few finishing touches and it felt complete.

I am glad I was able to finish the page using the prompt. It was a good exercise to find a way to make it work for me. The subject matter helped - I like making these girls - and starting out knowing I was going to make the girl motivated me. Adding pink and red made the color scheme more appealing. 

Yeah - pink and red . . . but not much orange! ;)

Happy October!


October 21, 2016

Pink and Red Glitter House

Pink and Red Glitter House

This week I have  a new glitter house to share. This one is pink with a red roof and trim. It's based on a pattern by Howard Lamey which I modified a little.  I love adding some two story houses to the little village.  I decided to make shutters for the windows instead of window frames and I like how that turned out. The window panes are vellum colored yellow with a permanent marker and I used a white paint pen to draw the lines for the window panes.

I have also been drafting another pattern of my own. It is so much fun to create your own patterns. Once the pattern is all adjusted and finished it will be ready to make up in cardboard.

And last but not least is a journal page in progress.  I am trying to follow the prompts for Art Journal Journey this month - which is a bit of a challenge for me since I don't usually use a lot of orange and yellow. ;)  This is my second attempt at getting started. But adding a bit of pink and red is helping me along.
Do you ever have trouble finding your groove when following prompts?

Hoping your week has been creative and that you have a creative weekend too!


Linking up with Paint Party Friday.

October 14, 2016

Another Art Journal Page

Hope everyone has had a great week.  
This week I am showing another art journal page from my Journaling by Fives journal.  (You can see more pages here.) Paint, collage, pen work - lots of layers.  Sometimes it's hard to share what you do in your art journal (and other creative work.)  At least it is for me. I enjoy sharing here and with PPF, but it's hard to share with people who may not understand or appreciate art journaling/art/etc. Seems like I was trying to tell myself it's OK.

Do you have a hard time sharing your work?


Linking up with Paint Party Friday.