Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Recent Art Journal Page

Another recent page in my journal.  Background inspired by Kate Crane; collage inspired by Teesha Moore.  This was a lot of fun to do.  The background is acrylic paint, stamped with home made/found stamps and more paint.  Collage, pen,marker and oil pastel.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Blog Button

Learning all  kinds of new Techy stuff including how to make a blog button!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Monoprinting with Ink and Freezer Paper

I love printing with ink but had not played with that in awhile.  I used freezer paper for a printing plate and used Dr. Ph. Martins Bombay India Inks full strength and diluted with water. It's always fun to see what you will get.  Here are a few examples.

I love the pastels you get with the diluted inks.

And all the layers show through nicely!

Using the inks full strength either on top of the pastel prints or alone gives stronger color.  If you try it - fair warning - hours can go by quickly!

I printed these on white cardstock and they would make great journal pages or cards.

I've got a tutorial in the works.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Art Journal Page

This art journal page started with a yellow-green acrylic paint background.  I added stamping in dark green, white and black. The background was inspired by a couple of classes I took in 21 Secrets last year with Kate Crane and Terri Kahrs.  The collage is inspired by Teesha Moore.  I used Portfolio Oil Pastels for the shading and the border.  This was really fun to do!  The quote says "No trumpets sound when the important decisions in our life are made. Destiny is made known silently." - Agnes DeMille.

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Mini Zine

I picked up the new issue of Cloth Paper Scissors Pages last weekend and today I decided to play around with the mini zine tutorial.  This is the first time I have done one of these - although I think they used to be pretty popular a few years back.  I think this would be a fun way to make a small little art journal.

The example used collage, and I did a bit of that, but took to my favorite pens and markers for this little trial.  I used just plain computer printer paper, but I think I'd like to try some watercolor paper with some other techniques, too

Have you ever made any of these little zines?
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Playing with Paint on Fabric

Playing with paint on fabric again!  It's been awhile.  This is acrylic (with a dry brush technique (for the most part and watercolor pencil as well as a little spray dye.  Not sure what this will end up in yet. Just playing around!
And I always love the paper towels I use to blot the brushes!  Lots of nice color on these.
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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Altered Book Art Journal

I am fascinated by art journaling and can spend many happy hours surfing the internet looking at pages and journals or reading all those magazines.  I have taken several online classes from some of my favorite art journalers - Teesha Moore and Jane Davenport, Kelly KilmerMary Ann Moss.

I did 21 Secrets last year and may do that again - I'd also love to give Lifebook a try. So many classes!  But money doesn't grow on trees and when I discovered that, lo and behold, there was a local art journaling group/class right here in my small town, (who woulda thunk it??!!) I decided that would be the best place to spend my dollars. Take a class, support a local business and meet real people in my area that love artsy stuff as much as I do.  Win-win!

Last week was my first class and we are making altered books as art journals.  I have NEVER done this before but so far I am liking it.  I have been tearing out pages and gluing pages together getting the book ready.  Here is the first spread.

We started with gesso, then finger painted with acrylics.  Then I doodled the flowers using black and white paint pens.  Later, at home I added the stamps and writing and some extra work with markers.
So far, so good!

Have you ever worked in an altered book?

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