Thursday, March 12, 2015

Another Altered File Folder

This week the Documented Life Project challenge is to Making your Mark (Doodles and Mark Making) - As a Layer

Since I am still in love with altering file folders I have used that as my substrate for this weeks challenge.

After gluing down book paper and old envelopes, applying gesso and scrapng on paint for a background, I began mark making!

To make marks I used:
paint brush
watercolor pencil
colored pencils
my fingers
regular pencil
and my sewing machine.

This was a fun challenge!
Did you create anything this week?

Linking up to Paint Party Friday

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Five Layers

This week the Documented Life Project at Art to the 5th the challenge is to create at least five layers in your art work and the journal prompt is "high five."

My five (+) layers are:
1 - book paper
2 - gesso

3 - gelli print directly onto the page

4 - collage

5 - watercolor pencil
6 - paint
7 - colored pencil
There may be a few more layers in there, too. I kept going back and forth between the paint/pencils.

I love layers! So much fun and so freeing to create.  I hope you will give this challenge a try!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Art Journal File Folder Tutorial

I've been so inspired by the girls over at The Documented Life Project and so I am playing along - even though I'm getting a late start. It doesn't bother me that I'm behind with the art journal projects - rather it makes me excited that there are all these challenges waiting on me!

I have been a fan of Roben-Marie for a long time so I decided to combine one of her mail art tutorials with the first lesson in DLP. This video of turning a regular file folder into a work of mail art was so inspiring I just had to get my paint covered hands on one. I put together this little step by step tutorial to share what I did. Enjoy!

The challenge for week one is -  book paper 
and the prompt is -  be your own goal keeper.

I started with a regular old file folder. I collaged book paper to it; trimmed it off even with the folder and painted over the book paper with white acrylic paint

Then it was time to add color. I combined blue and lime green acrylic paint

Then added some pink circles and scribbled with a black Inktense pencil which I wet with a brush.
I followed that up with some doodles using a white paint pen and a black colored pencil. I stamped "be your own goal keeper" with black ink.

Stitching around the sides and bottom finished it off. I left the top open.

I like making my journal pages loose as opposed to working in a journal sometimes, so I will use this folder to safeguard my goals, any inspirational quotes or images that tie into my goals as well as notes about any plans for accomplishing the goals.

 And I like that they are contained and not just out there for all eyes to see. I can pull this folder out anytime I need a reminder of what I want to achieve.

Thanks to Roben-Marie and all the DLP girls for a fun project!

Linking up with:
Art Journal Everyday
Paint Party Friday

Monday, February 9, 2015

Valentine Fabric Tag Tutorial

It's my turn on the Cre8ive Klatch blog today and I'm sharing a tutorial on making fabric tags for Valentine's Day. I created two versions of the same basic design to demonstrate some variations. You can see the tutorial HERE. Enjoy!

Linking up with Creative Everyday

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grow Your Blog

Welcome to my post for Grow Your Blog 2015! I want to send a big "thank you" to Vicki for hosting this blog hop. What an undertaking!

My name is Laney and I'm happy you've stopped by here on your way around the internet. Basically I'm an artist and here on my blog I share what I create.  You can read more on my About page.

I sew, paint, draw - whatever catches my interest and will fit into my tiny studio. You can see more of my art by clicking on the tabs above this post.

If I'm not creating, or blogging, I like to read and research things - either in books or on the internet. I seem to spend a lot of time with my laptop or Kindle!  I like tech stuff, too.  :)

The online creative community is so much fun! I love meeting other bloggers and creative people, so I look forward to visiting you. Please leave a comment and/or follow my blog so I can return the favor.

Enjoy the blog hop!

~ Laney

Thursday, January 22, 2015

5 Tips for Art Studio Organization in a Small Space

It's my turn on the Cre8ive Klatch blog and I've written about organizing in a small space. Pop over and take a look.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sunday Morning Quilts Book Review and Studio Organization

I received a copy of Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg of Crazy Mom Quilts and Cheryl Arkisson of Dining Room Empire as a gift recently and really enjoyed reading it. It's all about scrap quilting - which I love. There are lots of  colorful, inspiring quilts in this book if you like scrap quilts. I found the book easy to read and it felt like the authors were just talking to me like a quilting friend. I have not made any quilts form this book but the directions appear to be clearly written. I spent an enjoyable few days pouring over this book when I received it and I highly recommend it!

As part of making the best use of your leftover fabrics the authors also discuss organizing your scraps. So that launched me into organizing my scraps as they suggested. And since January is National Organization Month I thought this would be a good time to share.

I keep my scraps in a set of rolling plastic drawers which I position under my sewing table.  This cart has three drawers. In the top drawer I keep notions and in the bottom two I have my scraps. I sort of kept them separated by warm and cool colors, but I still had to dig around to find things when I wanted a particular fabric piece.

The book recommends separating your scraps by color and then further by size. I decided to separate by color first.  I still needed to keep my scraps in the same two drawers, so I used some pieces of presentation board that I had hanging around and cut it to fit to make dividers. I cut the board to size and just stuck the pieces down in the drawers. Then I dumped the contents out on the floor and began the separation process!

I discovered that I had more usable fabric than I imagined! I saw things I had forgotten about! I found fabrics I thought I had used all of! I realized that I definitely had enough fabric to make more quilts!

AND - my drawers look so pretty now!

I had to combine some colors so I chose the colors I have less of to share a section - like yellow, brown and orange on the right.

Here black, white and gray share a space. It bulges a bit, but I like to use white so seem to have plenty of that hanging around.  :)

 I'm not further separating by size. The color separation has really worked for me and I don't want to use further space. When working on my QAYG blocks it's so simple to open the drawer and find a scrap the color I want.

 I have more studio organization in the works to share later this week.  But today check out the Cre8ive Klatch blog  for more studio organization tips from a bunch of creative artists!

Hope all this inspires you to get organized, too!
How do you manage your scraps? Let me know in the comments.

Linking up with:
 Let's Bee Social
Needle and Thread Thursday