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Another commissioned piece

Just finished another piece that will be adorning the tiny head of a Red Raider when he arrives.



Playing catch up with 29 faces

Oh my goodness. Life took over and I got behind in posting our 29 faces. I’ll have to dig out my small journal and get the ones I put in there, and find where Kiddo put all of hers. In the meantime, I have a few more.

I know this one is from last month, but it is the first face I put in my art journal, and I am proud of it.

I like the blue hair on this one. Do you think I secretly want blue hair? Not if it means I’m old. LOL. I was trying to make the heart look cracked, but it didn’t come out the way I envisioned in my head. Some things just don’t.

With this last one, I decided to try a Teesha Moore-ish collage style. I had fun with this one and got all gluey. Sorry for the glare.




Day 3 of faces

Yay! Day 3 and we’re still going.

Here’s Kiddo’s Curious Girl. Made with watercolor pencils again. We’re going to pretty much be limited to watercolor pencils this weekend in our travel art kit.
And here’s mine. Acrylic background with watercolor pencils to color it. I’m not sure what I was going for here. Just trying out different styles.


Day 2 of faces

We’ve made it to our second day of faces.

Here’s Kiddo’s done with watercolor pencils. It’s a sleeping girl.

And mine. Collage pieces and acrylic. The dress is made from a layout I created by putting the 29 Faces blog URL into wordle. I thought the shape looked like a dress. I added in the hair on both faces and colored the eye blue and the lips silver on the larger face.



So the kiddo and I have decided to participate in the 29 faces challenge. We’re still working on our art journals, but our journals are a bit big to take with us on our trip next weekend, so we made smaller journals to take along with watercolor pencils to be able to work on our faces.

Basically, we have to create 29 faces with human characteristics in our journals during the month of September.

Here is her first face. This one is not in her journal as it wasn’t ready when she drew it. (I am still having the picture posting sideways issue.)


Here is my first one. It’s my first time using only my watercolors.


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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.)




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.


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.)



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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Close up of one side.

And the other page.

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