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Sunday Journal – ART equals HAPPY

For today’s Sunday Journal I thought I should do the inside cover as I seem to be jumping all over the place within it.  My art journal is quickly becoming about all the things I love, so I thought it was time to do a page about ART.  I also thought it was about time to use my gorgeous hand rolled Unison pastels I had ordered from Dick Blick.  Aren’t they awesome?  I love the colours, love the labels and love how easy they blend.

I then gathered up every single circular type stamp I could find.  I was in the mood for circles, why, I am not quite sure.  Maybe because they have no end and I am overflowing with inspiration and ideas, feeling hopeful about following my bliss.  I applied them using Staz On ink as it isn’t water soluble and there would be no issues with sealing in the pastels later.  I then took all my different coloured pastels and randomly filled in a bit of the circles and just rubbed them in with my finger.  Bit of a dirty process but fun.  I also punched out a few circles with a vibrant flower patterned paper that was a freebie from Somerset Studios magazine.

I didn’t have a letter “A” chip board to spell “ART” for my title, so I just used an Eiffel Tower stamp.  It kind of looks like an “A” doesn’t it?  I used an Antique Bronze Distress Stain on the letters then took my black ink pad to dirty them up a little.

I am taking a class right now from Kelly Rae Roberts (which I have probably mentioned before) called Flying Lessons.  I have met an amazing group of women (on-line) through this class who are all supporting and encouraging each other to fly.  I wanted to honour this somehow as well, but I didn’t want to use the typical flying creatures such as a bird or butterfly, so I used a fly instead.  Not what I would normally gravitate towards, but I like, I like it a lot.

I hope everyone has had a productive weekend as unfortunately it is almost over :(

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My Attempt at Watercolour Painting

I hadn’t done the challenge in a while over on Collage Obsession so I thought I would check it out this week.  It of course was another difficult one for me (as most are) because it was “night”.  Most of my stuff is cheery, sunshine kind of stuff.  It did, however, remind me of a piece I was supposed to start for an on-line class I was doing a while back called The Art of Wild Abandonment taught by Junelle Jacobson.  I hadn’t realized when I signed up for it but a lot of the class is sketching and watercolours.  Two of my least favourite mediums as I am not good with sketching and watercolour doesn’t have enough colour saturation for me.  So, I did the first sketch, which was of radishes and painted it using my watercolour crayons.

Then I had to do another incorporating the radishes.  (Why radishes you ask?  Junelle lives on a farm, a huge farm filled with adorable sheep so she likes to create from what she sees.)

Then once this was done, I was done, haha.  I put it aside for a while as it wasn’t keeping me engaged.  So, this need to create a “night” picture brought me back to this class (thankfully it is open for a year and was available to go back to).  So, I sat down for my third attempt and created this using watercolour pencils this time.

Although not my  best work, I enjoyed the process much more this time and will definitely be more motivated to finish the class.  I think maybe because I used a few more elements then just the watercolours.  I pulled out my Faber Castell PITT pens to do some shading and used my black pens for more doodling.  I randomly drew only 5 owls as the sample had at least 7.  We have 5 people in our family so each one represents one of us.  I called it “Just Hanging Out”.

I had bought a journal specifically for this class and got a couple extras for my shop which I made special book marks for.  The pages have great texture but aren’t for watercolour.  I used it anyway, but just a little tip for those wanting to try out watercolours, make sure you don’t work it too much as you will tear right through the paper.

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Sunday Journal – House Mixed Media

I had bought an awesome Doorways Chipboard Set from Maya Road knowing that I would use them in a house mixed media piece.  I then came across this “Behind the Art” tutorial from Christy Tomlinson using her September mixed media kit which incorporated those very doors.

It is so crazy to me how similar mine and Christy’s style is, anyway, I decided to do up a piece just like it in my art journal.   Here is what I came up with. I even had a couple of the Sew Stampers that I have been dying to use.  I used different papers of course and added a chipboard tree that I inked up with a Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam called ”Dirty Martini”.

I didn’t have any of the Tim Holtz number plates so I made my house numbers myself (I kind of prefer that they are all different).  For this first one, I used an oval chipboard piece I painted white and added number stickers and two silver brads on each side.  I also used paper strips for the roof on this one instead of the washi tape.

For this one I used a linen tag, greens brads and number stickers again.  I did apply a layer of matte medium over top to make sure the numbers would adhere to the fabric.  I am in love with this polka dot washi tape.  The “Home Sweet Home” rub-on is from Seven Gypsies.

I pulled out a couple of my Unity stamps to add some depth.  I used the grass stamp with paint instead of ink to make the grass all along the bottom.  I also dabbed my Reverse Punchinella stamp in black to create some texture on the page.

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  It was definitely too short for me!!!

PS.  Take some time for yourself this week and get creative, it is good for the soul!

Sunday Journal – Clothesline Mixed Media

Crop & Create

What an action packed great weekend!!!  This might be a long one so you might want to grab a drink or something :).  I was at Crop & Create this weekend.  It was such a treat as events like that never come to Ottawa and I never have such long selfish uninterrupted time to myself to be creative.  We were pretty spoiled with goody bags, prizes all weekend, dessert buffets and even the tables had these beautiful sunflowers on them.

There were free make & takes all weekend long.  A couple were done by Jen from The Scrapbox (who also had a mini store set up in the crop room, dangerous).  Here is a pic of a few of them.  Christmas was definitely in the air with these little goodies.

I took some awesome classes (more on those this week), got a lot done and I had a great group of ladies at my table.  We even had adorable Sonia who came all the way from Washington, can you believe it?  We bonded over our mutual love of owls.  Love her glasses :)

To honour my grandma after she passed and to help with closure I had decided a while back to do a clothesline mixed media series.  She was one of those women who worked hard day and night and one of things I remembered about her is she would always hang her clothes out on the line.  Instead of using her dryer, she would step out on her back deck all year round and hang up her clothes to dry.  She told me she liked the smell.  I decided that was what I was going to work on this weekend in-between classes.  Mission accomplished as I finished all the canvases I had brought.

I will be selling these at the Curious Collective on Sunday October 14th, 2012, Jack Purcell Community Centre, Ottawa, from 11am to 4pm.  Along with others of course.

I used glass bead medium with one of my vintage plastic doilies on some of them.  Check out the awesome texture.  Once it dried, I rubbed a bit of brown paint over it.

Clothesline Mixed Media Art Journal

I saved the best for last, my art journal layout.  Which was the original purpose of this post, haha.  As I plan to sell the canvases (part of the letting go), I wanted to keep a little something for myself.  So, I thought the best way to do this was to make a similiar clothesline mixed media piece in my art journal so I would always have it.  Here it is with the tab on the right side which has a picture of her, held on with washi tape.  I started with a teal acrylic paint (my go-to sky colour) let it dry, then covered it with a 12 x 12 stencil over which I sprayed an iridescent mint green.

Here it is with the tab flipped over.  I added a fork, knife and spoon on this side as she was a great cook.  Her apple pie was my favourite and she would always try to make it for me when I would come to town for a visit.

My title is “Mimi” which is what all the grandkids and great grandkids called her.  Of which, she had many.  The letters we received in our goody bags and were from American Crafts.

Another awesome freebie that I added to the page was the darling little bird that was given to all of us from Stephanie over at My Little Bit of Whimsy.  LOVE it!!!

Now all I have left to do is write a little someting about my memories of her and I will have a keepsake forever.

Sunday Journal – Zentangle and Family

We were away having a lovely visit with family in Peterborough this weekend.  So, I thought I would share this family layout I did in my art journal.  It is very reminiscent of Zentangle which seems to be quite popular at the moment.  Even Ikea has gotten in on it.  Love it, I bought curtains for the downstairs a while back.  I set out to do a page entirely with my pens/markers and to add elements that were representative of my family such as the 3 + 2 = 5 (which are the kids + chris and I).

I used sharpies for the black outlines and coloured in with my Faber Castell Pitt Pens.  I almost suceeded in using just pens except for the bit of white oil pastel around the images to tone down the background of the original pages.

The flower was my favourite part.

I thought it was cool that you can still see the building and tree in the background.

I love this quote and thought it would be perfect for these pages.  “What greater thing is there for human souls then to feel that they are joined for life”.  Kind of how I feel about my family.

Even with the lack of texture I still liked how it turned out.  Your turn to pick up a pen and Zentangle away, or at least go out and try something new :)

Sunday Journal – Circus Theme and Play

So, the other day my lovely friend Angie took me for an early birthday dinner to Play.  What is Play you ask?  It is this amazing wine and tapas restaurant.  The atmosphere is very welcoming and the staff is amazing.  You can find tourists in jeans mingling with women who look like they just stepped off of the pages of Vogue.  I was told to order a bottle of wine, my choice, to celebrate.  Hrm, very difficult in a place like that, where they pretty much have an entire page dedicated to red wine.  Up walks Grayson, their sommelier, to save the day.  He asked me what I liked, I said “definitely red, dry and oaky”.  So, he suggests Petite Petit, which is not on the menu.  The moment I saw the label, I was sold, haha.  It had a circus theme to it.

Thanks to my love of esthetically pleasing things and Grayson’s knowledge, I was not disappointed.  The wine was delicious and inspiring.  I asked to take the bottle home because I really wanted to create something with it.  Luckily they obliged (even put it in a gift bag so I wasn’t walking the streets with an empty bottle of wine looking a bit seedy).  When I got it home I pulled out my art journal and off I went to the open crop night at The Scrapbox.  The creativity just flowed and I did the entire thing in one sitting, with a bit of drying time in between.  To get the red striping effect (just like the big top) I used masking tape and acrylic paint.  I then dripped india ink down the full length of the pages.

I added a flag banner with my trusty Stampin Up! punch.

This is with the back side of the insert.  You can see my lovely elephant and cute pierrot riding atop.

Now, a close-up of the label and inspiration, which I stuck right in there.  Isn’t it adorable???

So satisfying.  I think I might just do a circus theme canvas series, I had so much fun.  Now, I must head to the LCBO and try get my hands on a few bottles of this stuff as it is a vintage so once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Sunday Journal – Geisha Art

Introducing Sunday Journal and for my inaugural post, a little Geisha art.

Good evening all!!!  Since Sunday seems to be my best time to get a little art time in, I thought I would alternate between Scrappy Sunday posts and my new Sunday Journal posts.  It will just be me doing a pretty relaxed and impromptu mixed media page in my art journal.  Who knows, once I get proficient with my camera I might even tape it, haha.

So, this piece I have done in my art journal I shared with you previously.  Every time I take it out, I am so happy I tried the wax on the cover because I just love the texture of it.  I decided to try a little Geisha art because the challenge over on Collage Obsession this week was “Oriental”.  Man, her choices are always tough for me.  Totally takes me out of my comfort zone, but that is the point.  So, I snooped on the Internet and came across some interesting black and white Geisha pictures and figured that it was closest I was going to get as the term oriental refers to a location or objects and not people.

I didn’t take pictures in the first few stages as I just kind of went for it, but here is what it looked like after I had used a stencil with some gold paint and then added some texture by adding white paint to bubble wrap and used it as a stamp (there are so many cool things around your house you can use to add texture).

There are paper flaps in between most of my journal pages so when you turn the flap over this is what the other side looked like.  I took green painters tape that I had used as a mask on the other side, removed it and stuck it right in there on the second side.  LOVE it!!  toot toot (that’s me, tooting my own horn :)

I then painted a tree trunk and made sure it lined up perfectly on either side of the flap.  I then took vintage sheet music and used a paper punch to cut out a ton of flowers.

Then they were sprayed with ”Cherub Pink”, a glimmer mist by Tattered Angels.

Here is how the first side turned out.  My apologies for the lighting, I did this at night.

Now for the other side, which is my favourite.  The see, speak and hear no evil girls.

The quote, which I thought was appropriate for this piece as fear is the evil that sometimes quashes our hopes.

Now I have a little reminder to not let fear or apprehension get in the way of hope.

 

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Plastic Doilies as Stencils

I purchased another stash of vintage plastic doilies from e-bay.  I was pretty excited about all the different varieties I received.  A couple were useless for my art as all the portions in between the designs were covered in clear plastic.  I like to use the plastic doilies as stencils and am currently working on a canvas series using them.  I did get enough to make it worth my while so I am pretty excited.

Check out all the detail…

I was kind of excited to see how they would work so I pulled out my art journal, different paints and inks.  This first one had lots of blank space in the design so it would have worked with anything but I tried a spray.

Here is what it looked like once I pulled it up.  Love it!!!

The next one had a bit finer detail and I tried it with a paint dabber.

That didn’t work out so well, haha!

 I stuck with sprays for the finer ones.  Although, it would have worked fine if I had of taken a small brush and paint to it.

I got this really cool, extremely long one that I will be using in my sign but I tried it out here with some paint and my finger.

The last one I tried was to finish a painting I have been working on.  I wanted to add some texture to an urn and used an oval shaped one.

Here is how it turned out.  Not sure yet if I like it as I got a little impatient and didn’t fill it all in entirely.

I am going to share the wealth and put some sets together to sell in my shop.  Last time I put some up they sold in days.  They should be up by the weekend :)

Time For An Art Journal – Part 2

A while back I started making my own art journal so I would have a place to try new techniques.  The first part of making the journal can be found here.  I finally managed to get it finished.  I gathered all of my papers for the inside, which were comprised of vintage book pages, maps and watercolour/mixed media sheets.  The papers were different sizes and I put them in different directions to add some interest.

I punched four holes through the cover with my cropodile to use as a guide.  Then came the pages, a few at a time. I found two thick blue elastics (on my broccoli, good recycling :) and ran one through the top two holes, going from back to front so the loops were at the top.  I did the same for the bottom two holes.  In the interest of full disclosure, I did break one the first time pulling it through.  I got a little over zealous, haha.  I would also recommend running it through a few sheets at a time so they don’t tear.  I then took a cool looking paint brush  and slide it through the loops to hold it all together.  You could use anything though, such as a stick for a more rustic look or an antique utensil for a vintage feel.

 

To finish it off I took out my Ranger Melting Pot

I love encaustic so I wanted to try to get the look without all of the work.  Since this journal is just for me, I thought I would experiment.  So, I melted some soy wax chips and applied it to the surface.  I think I put on about three layers with each layer going in the opposite direction.  I love the cloudy look it gave to the cover and not to mention the texture it added.

But after a day or two, once it had completely dried, it cracked a bit :(

For this purpose, I really don’t mind but if you were working on something special, it would likely be an issue.  Sometimes it doesn’t pay to take shortcuts.  I still love the way it turned out, flaws and all.  Nobody is perfect, so neither should our art be.