Friday, December 19, 2014

LifeBook 2014 week 37

This art journal page was inspired by Carissa Page's lesson for LifeBook 2014 that combined collage images into a figure.  I found my images in magazines and used them to represent her thoughts.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

48 weeks: week 36

For this spread in my 48 weeks journal I drew a bird with inspiration from Googled images of starlings.  They have such beautiful highlight marks on their feathers.  I chose to make my bird blue instead of black like a starling to contrast with the yellow and orange splatters in the background.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Documented Life Project week 38

This week's prompt for the Documented Life Project was to use a feather on your page. I used a stamp from Alisa Burke on top of painted vintage ledger paper.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Documented Life Project week 37

This week's prompt for the Documented Life Project was to use a white pen prominently.  I had fun doing filled circle doodles with a white gel pen.

Monday, December 15, 2014

48 weeks: week 35

This 48 weeks journal page was fun to paint - the birds emerged from the background as I painted around them.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Compendium of Curosities Vol. 3 Challenge Week No. 17

This is my project for the 17th CC3 Challenge this time around sponsored by Inspiration Emporium.  The page used in Tim's book is page 60 - "woodlands and tinsel twine".  I made a faux altered book structure - you know, the one in which no actual books were harmed ; - )

I used old 7Gypsies book boards from my stash and created a deep niche. Then I cut a door in the front and when you open it......... can see my scene of a little girl decorating her Christmas tree.

This picture is to try to show you the depth of the book/box.
And finally, one last close-up:
I've done these structures on my blog before; if you're interested there's a French themed one HERE and a steampunk version HERE.  I even have a tutorial for the structure HERE and in the November 2013 Craft Stamper magazine.

Friday, December 12, 2014

LifeBook 2014 week 36

This page is inspired by Tam Laporte's LifeBook 2014 lesson where you created a busy background and then doodled on top.  I created a portrait on top of my background using a stabilo pencil.  I continue to love the shadowing you get just by adding water to the pencil lines - the stabilo really is a magic pencil!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

48 weeks: week 34

Here's another 48 weeks journal page with flowers that are finger-painted to achieve a cool textural look and then more raised texture is added with modeling paste through a script stencil. I also like the subtle coloring of the background achieved by painting with a color and white just slightly mixed together - it adds so much more depth than just using one color.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Documented Life Project week 36

This week's Documented Life Project challenge was black and white and since I was in a face mood again, I drew one using a white Conte crayon and a white charcoal pencil onto a black gessoed page. I liked the negative effect.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Documented Life Project week 35

This time the challenge for the Documented Life Project was to add a face.  I did this face right after classes with Dina Wakley so I used a stabilo pencil activated with water over a messy, painted Dina-style background.  Trying to work more with three-quarter views as I find them more interesting.

Monday, December 8, 2014

48 weeks: week 33

Hey the text paper polka dots have made another appearance in my 48 weeks journal! I do still really like them :-)  On this page I took a vintage black and white photo of just a head with a cute bobbed haircut and a portion of her torso and completed the figure and added a dress.  Can you tell where the photo stops?  There's a very subtle line if you look close.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

LifeBook 2014 week 34

This art journal page for LifeBook 2014 was inspired by Catt Geller's lesson on play.  It was fun to just play with paint and stencils and pens not having any particular plan and to let things evolve and just see what develops.

Friday, December 5, 2014

LifeBook 2014 week 33

This LifeBook 2014 lesson was taught by the always inspiring Finnabair.  I love her style and how she incorporates so many different elements but yet always unifies them.  This was so much fun to make using a vintage Maude Feeley image.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Documented Life Project week 33

For this week's challenge for the Documented Life Project, we were to use underpaper creatively.  I took my newsprint painty underpaper and cut it into the 5 and then used that to embellish my phrase.  My husband and I jokingly say this a lot - no sympathy in our house - you've got to be tough and resourceful LOL!!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Documented Life Project week 32

This page in my Documented Life Planner uses fortune cookie fortunes on a colorful background and has linear doodled patterns along with them.  I have such a stash of fortunes - this barely made a dent! Do you collect fortunes from your cookies, too?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Compendium of Curosities Vol. 3 Challenge Week No. 16

This is my piece for the 16th CC3 Challenge sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  This time the technique is on page 50 of Tim's book - "Layering Stencils - Embossing".  You can see the technique in my mosaic heart (can you tell it's a heart?  I hope so!) using torn pieces of tags I created using the technique and the bubble layering stencil - one of my favorites : - ) I also used a piece of sheet music and Silhouette die cut letters - both positive and negative - to complete my collage. Thanksgiving is always a great time of year for reflection, but when you think about it, there's quite a difference between being thankful FOR things and being thankful IN all things. It takes time to develop an attitude of gratitude; to be able to be grateful when things around you are in pieces, but it's so good for you.

Monday, December 1, 2014

48 weeks: week 32

I do love stamping into wet joint compound to create texture - such a cool end result - and this week's 48 weeks spread has a lot of that.   It also has fun sections of embedded paper and scribbly script accented by pops of color.