Sunday, September 10, 2017

Memory Loss

We're in our second month of our Mixed Media Art Book Group on FaceBook. This group was started by Marjie Kemper.  This month we are absorbing Seth Apter's book, Mixed-Media Artist.
It's an amazing book.  I never expected to be so impacted by the art and stories of the artists showcased.  

After reading  Leighanna Light's artistic process for a stunning piece entitled, When She Stopped Making Sense, I created this digital journal page. This is in remembrance of my own mother who was an avid reader.  I remember clearly the day she told me she could no longer read books because she couldn't retain the story-line from one page to the next.  


Credit goes to Kimeric Kreations, a designer at Digichick.  I purchased several of her files quite some time ago and finally got to use them in this digital composition.



Saturday, September 9, 2017

Fall Digital Journal Page

Keeping with my art in nature theme this month, I've created a 100% digital composition that is 8.5 by 5.5 inches for my art journal.  I can reduce the size and print it as a card.

Autumn was my mother's favorite time of year.  She even married in November.  She loved to play the song  Autumn Leaves on the piano.  This composition is in her memory.  She also was quite a fashionista and would have worn this hat!!!  

Although I don't like the weather turning colder, I do enjoy nature's colors and the harvest bounty of pumpkins and apples.


All digital items are from Gecko Galz. Collage sheets: November Splendor, October Treats, Harvest Time. (I think I might print out separately a few bookmarks!)

Entering:
Digitally Made Challenge #5 Fall due end of September #6
Gecko Galz September Challenge Harvest Time #2
Gecko Galz Papercrafting FB Group September Challenge:  Colors: Brown and Gold
OUTLAWZ Tuesday Colour Challenge Sept. 5 CCO905  site-wde #69

Sharing:
Art Journal Journey:  Yvonne's prompt Color My World for September #61
Half An Hour of Art Facebook Group

Friday, September 8, 2017

Art in Nature An Under the Sea Composition

The month one of the things I'm focusing on is art in nature.  

Here is a composition I made during our Mixed Media Mingle, a local group of crafters who get together once a month to play with mixed media.  




Nature is in the form of our sea and shore.  I love going to Sanibel Island to walk along the beach and collect shells.  It's such a wonderful way to admire what beautiful works of art (especially shells) are created by nature. Unfortunately, right now the sea is wreaking havoc with our shores in Texas and Florida as well as coastal areas. My art is a reflection of quieter times.  

Process:

This is the backside of a 10x10 inch canvas which I used as a shadow box. I started by gluing scrapbook papaer on the sides to cover the staples as well as the inside to have a coherent substrate, followed by a coating of gesso.  Next step was to spray Dylusions Fresh Lime and Maya Road Hydrangea Blue. I played with a bubble stencil to layer the two colors. I sued a vegetable net on the top corner and a heavier net across the bottom, along with some strands of pearls and some gauze here and there.  The inside bottom has Prima graphite mixed with sand. Then I placed my embellishments on the canvas (the art pebbles being placed on top of the bubbles from the stencil), glued, and topcoated with gesso. I used Prima 3D transparent Gel to glue the embellishments and modeling paste to add interesting texture.  I sprinkled two sizes of art stones inside the clam shell and around the bottom for filler.  Once dry, I again gave another dose of the two spray inks.  



At this point, I took my composition to our Mingle and relaxed by using a variety of paints to highlight the embellishments.  I used the Prima Finnabair Rust Paste set on the two mechanicals and the seahorse to provide a visual triangle. 



Where needed on this canvas I layered with Dina Wakely turquoise, Liquitex ultramarine blue, and Dylusions fresh lime acrylic paints.  Highlighting was provided by Finnabair Art Alchemy Acrylic opal magic green gold.



I used ArtQuest vintage watercolors across the frame to tie it all together and then sprayed with Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle Mist.  (No matter where I took photos, the shimmer did not show up, but it's there!) The chipboard words are from Tim Holtz.

Entering this:

A Vintage Journey: September Altered Art #11
I turned one of those many canvases (I've collected for an on-line art class) into a shadow box.  I wouldn't necessarily call them unwanted or unloved, but I have a plethora of Melange art pebbles from Finn's workshops so I turned a few into "bubbles".  I also repurposed my daughter's shell collection.

Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge 195:  September Anything Goes Mixed Media #11

Rhedd's Creative Spirit September Anything Goes #14

Path of Positivity: (a new format) Challenge 51:  Surround Yourself With Art  
Sept. 4-Oct 1 #4
In addition to the comments above regarding finding art in nature, to expand on this month's theme here, I will include that I am influenced by Finnabair.  This piece is done in the style that she teaches. I've taken three workshops in person from her as well as one on-line workshop.  I follow her blog and design team tutorials.  Her products used in this piece include Melange art pebbles, paints, and hardware.

Use Your Stuff:  Challenge 278 No Cards or Layouts ends 9/9 #15
I used the back of a canvas, glued on some very old scrapbook paper, then proceeded to use jars of paste, compounds, paint, and embellies that have been collecting for ages.  Some jars had totally dried out! :(

Mixed Media World:  Challenge 28 Twist: Mood Board due Sept 8 #34
I went with the green photo, the berry stems transitioned to pearl stems, and the texture in the yellow photo


Mixed Media and Art:  August Mood Board until Sept. 14 #49
Once again, inspired by green and the sense of mystical objects along with some mossy, twiggy vegetation


Our Mixed Media Moods Facebook Group and Blog #4
This board has been on my mind since it was posted.  I think you can see how the photos inspired me--color, texture, shells.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Art Journaling

I have three art journal pages to show you today.  I've been working off and on with these for weeks!!

The first one (on the left) is part of the Wanderlust 2017 year-long course at Everything Art. This particular page is a Courage to Continue lesson from Dyan Reavely.  I've used her Dylusions ink sprays, acrylic paints and paint markers and one of her stencils.She used a Winston Churchill quote.


The second one (on the right) is also part of her lesson, but I used a Stencil Girl stencil and found my own quote (by Fred Astaire) to fit the dance theme.  This page I'm sharing with Art Journal Journey where the August theme is Poetry in Motion (use a quote).  



This third page was prompted by Marjie Kemper's FaceBook group, Mixed Media Art Book Group. The group offers a three month commitment, each month using a different art book.  We are reading Dina Wakley's Art Journal Freedom for the month of August.  

This is my first page to post there. I've read the entire book and came up with this composition as a direct result of working with product while making my pages for the Courage to Continue lesson.

I had to "mop up" ink spray and wipe off acrylic paint--which I did onto third and fourth pages. I realized I had the perfect background for "white space" and continued to develop the page. 



I used the following challenges and techniques from Dina's book:  
Symmetry--a center weighted composition ( I had lots of left-over pink paint)
White space; Dominance; Color schemes; Stamping on tissue paper (Paper Artsy stamp for Wanderlust).

Sentiment: Rubber Dance Stamps--I'm sarcastic-what's your super power?


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Soft Drink Digital Composition

A 100% digital creation:


I was prompted by Digital Whisper Dreamer  July 30: Your Favorite Soft drink where I will share it.

I'll also share it on FaceBook at

I used the following digital elements:
Gecko Galz:  Cola Wars collage sheet, Wild Roses paper pack, Secret Garden banner
Imagine That!: Tweet on You pink element and washi tape

I'm entering it in the following challenges:
Digitally Made:  July Challenge #3 Summer Fun or Patriotic Due August 6 x
WINNER!
OUTLAWZ Twisted Thursdays Anything Goes due today August 2





Friday, June 23, 2017

First Card for Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

It's time for the summer Coffee Lovers' Blog Hop.  I've visited most the the sponsor sites and snagged some of their generous freebies.  I'm short on time so these digis were perfect for cards I need to make quickly.

Here's the first one--a pre-colored Coffee and Sunshine digi from super sponsor Kadoodle Bug Designs.  I added background paper from Imagine That! digistamp and typed some text before printing it out.  After placing my digi composition on card stock, I added some Stampin' Up die butterflies. I got this card just in time for the retirement party.



Entering:

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop:  I'm #211

OUTLAWZ June #135 and Monday Greetings Challenge--Summer Relaxation and Twisted Thursdays--Fun in the Sun

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Mini Accordian Art Journal

Gill has chosen Elegance and Grunge for our May Art Journal Journey. (#10)

I decided to complete an accordian journal.  Each page of the accordian fold is 4.5x4.5 inches.  Please click on the photo to see it enlarged.




I made the covers last year as part of the Wanderlust on-line class but never did anything with the inside.  

This year's Wanderlust on-line class just had a lesson from Kasia which encouraged us to "think small" and create small pages as part of a mini journal. She inspired me to finaly create pages for my journal--which included gluing them onto the inside of the covers.  I painted the blank pages with liquid watercolors and then added lots of items from my stash. My theme was artful, to go with the stenciled word on my cover.

As I continue to struggle with my art style, I need to remember to be present not perfect. I completed these journal pages in total abandon of any preconceived notions of style, technique, or rules. I trusted my inner artist. This is an authentic expression of me.  

Materials
long stamp on left from a workshop I took years ago--repurposed
girl on bike digi  from Sharon Dewi Stolpe at Pixel Scrappers
Tall Town digis from Vera Lane Studio
Artisan One collage sheet from Red Lead Paperworks
cloth ribbon and balloon from Websters Pages
butterfly from Prima Garden Fable
Christy Tomlinson She Art Paper Dolls Bits and Pieces from Pink Paislee--girl on right actually from the packaging
Artist's Loft Liquid Watercolors- blue and green (and black for shading)
Wherever you go, go with all your heart STAMPlorations Shery Russ Designs Born to Roam clear stamp set
See the artist within rubber stamp from Red Lead Paperworks

Entering:

Love to Create Challenge #9:  Anything Creative Mixed Media Goes #18x

Path of Positivity Challenge #49 Present Not Perfect #2

Mixed Media World Challenge #24:  Anything Goes with a Twist: Use Watercolors #48 closes May 12 x

A Inky Mess Challenge #10 Anything Goes #8 winner!
Winners Badge

Digital Layout

Regretfully, I completed my design team term at the end of April for Imagine That! digistamp.  I love Kris' digi files and will continue to use them. To prove that point, here I am already using her brand new May releases, Girls Night In, Slumber Party, and Bedtime Monique.  I made a digital two page scrapbook spread, adding in papers and trims from other Imagine That! files in my stash.  I'm really only saying good-bye to the DT requirements. It's been a great ten months, 3 as GDT, 7 as DT.


Entering this here:

Digitally Made:  Challenge #1 Anything Goes I'm #3


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Crocs and Gators

When I was little, one of my favorite sayings to share was, "See you later alligator...After awhile crocodile". It was like I was privy to a little secret--the cleverness of language.  





When Kris came up with this Imagine That! digi set, I just had to work with it and pass down the clever sentiment to my grandchildren.  I just purchased a teeshirt for my grandson that has this sentiment on it, one half on the front, the other half on the back.  Just like my card!  

Gator Strong


This special fold card is perfect for the project. I colored the images with pencils and then fussy cut them.  I used distress ink/water with a brayer on the card: Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Weathered Wood, Pine Needles, Vintage Photo, and Mowed Lawn.  While cleaning up the craft room, I came across a green label from some Christmas paper.  I used the grass die.

Since I'm a stickler for accuracy, I looked up the difference between crocs and gators so that I'd use the appropriate image with the correct sentiment.


From Live Science: HERE

  • Snout shape: Alligators have wider, U-shaped snouts, while crocodile front ends are more pointed and V-shaped.
  • Toothy grin: When their snouts are shut, crocodiles look like they're flashing a toothy grin, as the fourth tooth on each side of the lower jaw sticks up over the upper lip. For alligators, the upper jaw is wider than the lower one, so when they close their mouths, all their teeth are hidden.
  • Home base: Crocodiles tend to live in saltwater habitats, while alligators hang out in freshwater marshes and lakes.
I'm entering some Animal challenges with this card.


Cupcake Inspiration:  #404 Animals #48 x


2  Crafty Critter Crazies:  Challenge #1 Must Have a Critter #139 x

Sweet Stampers Challenge:  #6 Animals #104 until May 8

If You Give a Crafter a Cookie #67 Animal Cookies #13 until May 3
Imagine That! digistamp is one of the sponsors x

Pile It On #129 Interactive #77 until May 6

and of course

OUTLAWZ:  Twisted Thursday Anything Goes

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Art Journaling about Paris in Springtime

For the month of April at Art Journal Journey, Hazel has asked us to climb aboard the magical mystery bus to see where it takes each of us in our art. This time I went to Paris. (This is my second journaling post, this time #99)

Do you have a plethora of finished and unfinished projects laying around?  The two page spread was the start of a Stamped Art Journal Pocket Page as taugt by Rachel Greig for Wanderlust 2016.  As usual, I started out strong, using distress inks and various stamps to create my background. One prominently used is STAMPlorations Born to Roam clear stamp set by Shery Russ.  I cut out a few items from one of my many Graphic 45 Curtain Call collection.Then there it sat--for almost a year!  I dug out a postcard I made when I was on the Gecko Galz design team.  At first I was going to tuck it into the pocket, then I decided to put it on top--most likely breaking some rules about focal points on a two page spread. But everyting flows for me!  FINALLY I have finished the "unfinished" journal pages and used up one of the many finished projects (postcard) laying around.  

Thank you, Hazel, for motivating me with your prompt to finally get these pages done!



Entering this here:

Creative Artiste Mixed Media:  Anything Goes I'm #54x


A Inky Mess #9 Anything Goes #16
Winners Badge

Mixed Media World #24 Anything Mixed Media Goes I'm #24 until May 11 x

We Love to Create:  #8 Anything Creative/Mixed Media #17 x

STAMPlorations Sketch and/or Theme for April-- left side of journal page is sketch on it's side. I'm #39  Winners announced April 10 x



Friday, April 21, 2017

Alice's Tea Cups

At our Mixed Media Mingle, we tried our hand at embossed strie.  This involves a metal stencil, rubbing alcohol, a Cuttlebug or Big Shot with plates and pads, white card stock, a stencil brush and pigment ink.  For my stencil I chose a stack of tea cups that one of the women brought--sorry I don't know the name of it.  It took a few tries to master the amount of pressure to use to brush on the ink.  

This first photo I took in the kitchen in the evening because it started raining outside.




I used blue pigment inks.  Blue is my favorite color.  I love a blue sky and water. I love the power of navy blue.   I look good in navy blue clothes.  My wedding colors were blue.  My dining room wall paper is navy blue and white striped.  I just like blue!

Here is another view where you can see better the blue on the stenciled cups. This one I took outside right as the raindrops started to fall. I think you also can see better the pastel colors on the white card.




Other materials:
Alice from Gecko Galz Wonderland collage sheet
The blue mat is embossed swiss dot
The pastel card base is my scrap paper that I used when applying the pigment ink onto the stencils.  (I made other cards as well, some with pink ink.)


Entering These Challenges:

Gecko Galz Facebook Papercrafters April Challenge:  curioser and curioser (AIW theme)--WINNER!!!
Gecko Galz blog: April-Alice's Tea Party x
As You Like It Challenge:  Your Favorite Color and Why until May 3
Cuttlebug Mania:  A Cuppa  until May 2
Card in  Envy:  Pretty Pastels winner announced May 3
Make My Monday:  Embossing, Heat or Dry x
CAS on Sunday:  Use a Stencil x

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Journal Card for Album

This is my design team inspiration for today at the Creative Playground.  Be sure to pop over to see the wide variety of Imagine That! digistamp sets used by the DT.

This is a 4x4 journal card for pocket pages in an album.



I used my PSE software to combine a variety of images from various sets.  The chair is digitally cut from pink polka dot digi paper, then green color added. I used the "dad" creatively placing him behind the chair with his hand wrapped around the chair rather than the globe.   Some items are digitally colored and some are hand colored, but none are precolored except for the duck.

I used the following Imagine That! digistamp sets from the store HERE.

Pregnant Peggy                         You Are My World



Rainy Day Fun (duck)               Little Blessings (bunny)



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Fifties Diner


For the month of April at Art Journal Journey, Hazel has asked us to climb aboard the magical mystery bus to see where it takes each of us in our art. For me, I got hungry while touring and asked to stop at the drive-in for sustenance. A carhop on roller skates served up some tasty treats--a burger, shake and fries-- topped off with my fave ice cream sundae.  Do you still have a drive-in where you live? In the bigger towns nearby, we have Sonic.  



What a fun new release from Kristy over at Imagine That! digistamp.  The design team is showing off Retro Waitress at the Creative Playground HERE.  Be sure to head over because you could win this set just by leaving a comment over at the Creative Playground. 

I immediately set to work creating this fifties vibe digital 6x8 journal page.  


I also used the following digital files in my composition:

Imagine That! digistamp: redwood from Owl Will Always Love You digital paper 
Gecko Galz: Drive-In sign and stars from Kitchen Sink Banners collage sheet
Pixel Scrappers: vinyl record
Doodle Pantry: 50's Diner black check



I'm entering these other challenges:
Gecko Galz FaceBook Papercrafters:  April Use the Letter C (carhop)
OUTLAWZ  Festive Friday April 7: ice cream treats --check out that ice cream sundae and the ice cream shake!   FF040717

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Chocolate Bunny Card

What comes out of a colored egg?  A chocolate bunny. of course!

100% digital composition using Gecko Galz digital products.
In Dreams ATC background; R Gough Mocha Stars brown card; April 2017 digi stamp freebie which I digitally colored; alphabet (which I turned into a png file and cropped to place letters I needed).




Entering:

Come and Get It:  Challenge # Easter  #37 x

OUTLAWZ Tuesday April 4 Color Challenge  CC0404


Gecko Galz FaceBook Papercrafters April Challenge:  Bunnies and Eggs

Pixels and Paper Challenge:  April: Easter

CAS Car Card

A CAS (Clean And Simple) card.



Materials
Gecko Galz Classic Cars digi image pre-colored
Melissa Lerin digital map from Pixel Scrapper
Stampin Up brown cardstock
Ranger Antique Linen distress ink
Tim Holtz THS009 splatters stencil

Challenges:

Gecko Galz Facebook Papercrafters: April "the letter C" challenge
OUTLAWZ CAS challenge:  use a map  CAS04022017 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Puddle Jumpin'

It's the first Saturday of the Month, and April Fool's Day to boot!  Here's my design team make for our featured Imagine That! Digistamp set, Rainy Day Fun over at the Creative Playground.

I'm looking forward to incoporating this into a scrapbook layout.



These products can be found in the Imagine That! digistamp store HERE.



Rainy Day Fun



 Pixel Perfect Backgrounds by Sara  Say Cheese Digital Elements by Sara

If you like this Rainy Day set, check out the details over at the Creative Playground.  You can get this set for free, no foolin'!  Just use an Imagine That! digistamp in your Anything Goes submission this month.


April is Autism Awareness Month.  Kristy has a special digi set in the store HERE



Freebie outline (only) images are available at the Imagine That FaceBook Page HERE.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Mixed Media Scrapbook Page




March's inspiration art at ARTastic Challenge Blog is this Image of November by William Rose. Challenge criteria is use of a stencil.  Although I would have liked to link up to the ARTastic Challenge, due to the time difference in the hemisphere, I missed the deadline.




The inspiration:  I was struck by the horizontal and vertical lines as well as the blue that created boxes. My first thought was a sailing ship with its reflection on the water--or maybe an industrial site on the river. However, while looking through my picture file, I came across this hotel pic which certainly contained the horizontal and vertial elements including "boxes".  Even my plaid shirt fit in and was blue!

The technique: I haven't scrapbooked for a long time.  I've migrated to digital scrapping and pocket pages.  Wanting to get back to tactile scrapbook pages, I've admired several samples of horizontal/vertical splashes of color with lots of white space.  This technique is begging to be used in this layout.  I extended the vertical and horizontal lines beyond the photo into the page to go with my theme "beyond boundaries".  This page actually is in my journal.

The Materials:
While putting away things, I came across this Anthropologie bag and decided it would make the perfect backdrop.  I cut the bag to size.  I loved the boxes and that splash of blue.  I toned down the print with white gesso.

Black Stabilo, Dylusions black marble paint pen, Memnto black tuxedo ink, Loew Cornell silver pencil

Acrylic Paints:  ARTQuest perfect pigment Yellor Ombre. Liquitex Basics Mars Black and Cadmium Yellow; Deco Art Chalky Finish Serene (blue)

Stencils:  Carolyn Dube (Stencil Girl ), Tim Holtz, Wendy Vecchi, The Crafters Workshop Cubist

Stamps:  STAMPlorations Explore clear stamp set

Entering:

STAMPLORATIONS March Mixed Media Challenge  I'm #52 Winner Announced April 10 x


A Vintage Journey:  All aboard happy birthday AVJ Challenge: any type of art that fits genres listed in banner  I'm #79 x


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