Monthly Archives: August 2013

Crazy or just in wonderland

So I started out wanting to work on a journal page. I had everything mapped out in my mind. Then I got the background on the pages & creativity derailed my precise train of thought. Immediately, my mind raced about the new page, and so the metamorphosis began.

A friend gave me a box of craft supplies this week, and digging through it produced perfect additions to the page, like the papers, the fibers and the tag. I started out by gluing down torn book pages. I washed over them with watered down acrylic. Seeing the light blues over the jumbled, tumbling text made me think of Alice in Wonderland.

I sifted through the box of net acquired goodies & found the blue papers and the harlequin paper. I tore those up and glued them down. I washed over them with various shades of blue and pink acrylic.

I knew I wanted to attempt to draw and paint Alice, so I grit my teeth and started. I am very happy with how she turned out.

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I looked at the opposite page & noticed how bare it looked. I already knew in my head that I wanted to put some type of quote on the page with Alice, but I wasn’t sure about what would go on the other page. I saw the space & thought I could put in the Hatter’s hat.

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I was determined to find the right quote that wasn’t only relevant to the page, but one that also resonated with me. I found one from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass. “I’m not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours.”

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I added the card suit embellishments, inked the edges of the pages with faded jeans and broken china distress inks and glued on some whimsical ribbon at the top. I stepped back to let the glue dry & noticed how bare Hatter’s page looked beneath the hat. I painted in Hatter.

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I stamped on some hearts & called the entry finished! (Again, sorry for sideways pictures. I need to figure out why it does this when I do a mobile post.)

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Another under my belt

While I was waiting for the glue to dry on one of my other projects, I thought I would finish up another page in my art journal. This is one of the pages I was working on, but felt it needed something. I found words that I can relate to. It is difficult to nail down the author of the poem as I found it several times on the Internet. A couple sites pointed to Barrie Wade. The poem goes:
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can also hurt me. Stones and sticks break only skin, while words are ghosts that haunt me.
Slant and curved the word-swords fall to pierce and stick inside me. Bats and bricks may ache through bones, but words can mortify me.
Pain from words has left its scar on mind and heart that’s tender. Cuts and bruises now have healed, it’s words that I remember.

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If you hear a voice…

So I decided I was going to draw a face in my art journal. In the past, when I drew, I hated drawing faces. They never came out up to my expectations. I had two pages I had previously painted blue and yellow just to get a background started. I penciled in a face. I was pleased with the outcome. I knew the next step was to paint it or color it in some way, but I was too afraid. I don’t paint. Plus I didn’t want to lose the object in which I was so proud, but since I knew it had to be done, I sat down at the art table.

At first I thought to use watercolor pencil as I had drawn the face and felt I might be more comfortable using pencil to color it. I pulled out a brown and a pink/red as I only have a set of 12 watercolor pencils. I colored in the face and began swiping my brush over it. I hated it. The color was not what I was looking for. I pulled out the acrylics. For the skin tone, I mixed a bit of red, white and a smidge of terracotta. Red for the lips, turquoise toned down with black for the eye. The hair was a mix of terracota, yellow, red, and white. Once I painted everything in, I used a thin black sharpie to outline everything.

I was looking at quotes online and found the perfect one by Van Gogh – If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.

I did not believe that I had the skills to successfully paint in my drawing and still be happy with the results. I must say, I was wrong. What do you think? (Sorry if some of the pictures are sideways.)

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Comments are welcome.

Art journal

So I recently posted about kiddo’s art journal and some people have asked me about mine. Mine is in no way as far along as hers, but I guess I can share. 🙂

My journal is an altered algebra book. I haven’t done anything to the cover. I don’t know if I’m going to wait until I’m done with the journal or just do it when I get the urge. We’ll have to see.

Here is the cover now.

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This is the first page. For about a week, all I had on the page were the distress and alcohol inks. I like the way they’ve blended. Then I added the stamped letters.  The white spots are white crayon explained later, but not meant to be on the page. To some, it may be a completed page, but when I look at it, I just feel there’s something missing, so I’m not calling it complete. I think I need to find a better white pen.

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This page is the first page I started working on at the beginning of July. It started out being black, blue, red and yellow. I wasn’t feeling the colors, so I covered the whole thing in black. I found the picture of the girl bound in ropes in one of my photography magazines. Since she was in black, white & gray tones, I wanted to keep that feel in my page. At the time of working on this page, I felt bound or restrained by things, like the girl. The stars are hopes, dreams, potential, whatever. I don’t call this one completed because I’m looking for that perfect quote to put somewhere….probably in the silver section at the bottom. The crayon I melted onto the page stuck to the prior page when I used my heat gun on another page. That’s why there’s a smidgen of colors.

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This is my first two page spread. I’m not sure where this one is going. I wanted to try out sequin scrim stenciling and using texture. For the swirl & stars I used tile putty. Proof that what you use is up to you & it doesn’t always have to be traditional art supplies. This one is definitely unfinished. I don’t know why it posted sideways.

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This one isn’t finished either. Again, I don’t know where it’s going. I hope it’s powerful. So far I used acrylic paint and wax that I melted. Using the heat gun on this wax is what caused the crayon on the other page to melt again.

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I actually started this page before the prior page. I was testing out new colors of my homemade alcohol inks. When I look at this, I picture a light, airy Asian scene. You know….with the pagodas perilously close to the cliff edges, but breathtakingly beautiful. Too bad I haven’t figured out how to transfer that picture in my mind onto the page. This one is definitely not finished. The white spot is paint pen. Oopsie.

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This is the only page that I consider to be finished. It’s another 2 page spread. I wanted to work with texture, and i just wanted to be free in my adventure. I started with torn pieces of paper bag. Glued them down. Added torn, dried baby wipes. Added drywall tape. I covered the entire page with a blue sheet of tissue paper. I spritzed a few places with alcohol ink. I wanted to bring out some of the texture of the drywall tape, so I brushed over it with a silver acrylic. I had a McDonald’s napkin I had used to clean my stamps when I was working on the baby album, so I tore that into pieces and glued it on. I also spritzed some pieces of the napkin with ink and added them to the page. I had some baby wipes kiddo and I had used to clean brushes, so on the page they went. I brushed over the page with a pearlizing medium to give it a shimmer. Lastly, I added the stenciling of “Make A Mess” because I felt that’s what I did on this page. But it’s a happy, experimental mess.

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Close up of one side.

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And the other page.

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I hope this inspires you to make your own beautiful mess. As always, comments are welcome.

More albums

I thought I would share two more albums. The first one is the first album I ever made. I used Kathy Orta’s Build-a-page tutorial for it. I thought it turned out pretty good for being my first album.

The next one is a mini album insert that could stand as a mini album on it’s own if you wanted something for maybe a single event or something. I know I already did a post for this one, but I thought I would add the video to this post. I followed a tutorial by Angelwings14100 for this one. As always, comments are welcome.

Another Surprise

I’m probably going to ruin the surprise on this one, but I just can’t wait any longer to show it! I had this paper that had French stuff all over it. I kept trying to think about when I would use it. Then I found out a friend was going to France! What a perfect opportunity. I found the perfect tutorial for an album by Patricia Viramontes and set off to work. I hope Stef enjoys it. As always, comments are welcome.

Surprise!

So I have been trying to make things for others as a random act of kindness. Plus, I think it’s nice to get a handmade gift from someone every once in a while. To me it shows thoughtfulness, using your own hands to craft something for someone else.

I decided that this special person needed a baby album that no one else has. I used Kathy Orta’s Build-a-page instructions for the album. Dara was surprised and happy to see the album has a slightly shabby chic feel, which is the feel she wants to use on other items for baby Presley.

This album took me the shortest time to make. I knew in my head exactly what I wanted to do, and I brought that out through my hands. Without further ado, here’s the album. As always, comments are welcome!

Art Adventure

Recently, I started an art journal. I’m not as diligent as I would like to be in working in it, but that’s something for me to work on. Well, kiddo saw me working in it and wanted to start her own. After an unsuccessful hunt at the house for a book to alter, we hopped in the car & headed to the Dollar Store. There she found the perfect book for her, & we headed back home.

At home we pulled out some pages and whipped up some homemade gesso. She gessoed about 20 pages, and dug in. She likes trying out new techniques I show her from other artists on YouTube. I thought I would share with you her journal so far. Here’s the cover and the first 10 pages.

The cover – I don’t know why it’s showing up sideways. She took one of the pictures in the book and glued it to the front. She also put on a sticker that says “love me, love my dog”
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1st page – here she’s working with my distress ink pads. She was trying to get them to blend just right.
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2nd page – this page is made from a wet wipe she painted and glued to the page. The purple circle at the top is from a toilet paper tube she used.
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3rd page – this page she painted and used some bling & a flower from my stash.
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4th page – this one is her dog park picture. She painted it and used her stickers.
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5th page – again working with my distress ink pads and sequin mesh as a stencil.
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6th page – working with color, color, and more color in acrylic paint.
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7th page – this is another one of her wet wipes. This one she was using to clean up stuff & she liked how it looked.
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8th page – this one is her experimenting with the sequin mesh & homemade alcohol inks.
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9th page – I’m pretty sure that her friend did this page because she shared her journal with her.
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10th page – her last page so far. A mixture of the alcohol inks and the distress ink pads with the sequin mesh as a stencil.
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Thank you for looking, and as always, comments are welcome. I will pass them on to her.