Friday, April 22, 2016

Art Journal Everday (or Once in a While)

Hey, Friends!

I love looking at art journal pages.

But, I STRUGGLE with creating my own.
I go through phases of working on them,
(I have 4 art journals of different sizes)
then I won't open them up for 2 months.

Part of the problem, is wanting to create
something perfect and part of the problem
is looking at that blank page.

One solution has been to cover up that
blank page with left over paint from other projects. 
Sometimes I will print on deli paper with my
gelli plate and I will glue that down.

The perfection problem, I am still working on.

Some examples of pages that have
been "primed" with left over paint
and ghost prints of stencils I'ved used elsewhere.

Here is my most recent completed page.

I really like using magazine collage on my journal pages.
The flower was a handmade stencil of mine and
the background was gelli printed deli paper.

I don't actually write a lot in mine but I
try to think of or find an appropriate
saying or word that reflects what I am feeling.


Thanks for stopping by!!


Monday, April 18, 2016

Gelli Arts Plate and Mixed Media

Hey, Friends!

My Paper Traders online art group is
doing a "Pull a Print" swap this month
and everyone had to use a monoprint(s)
in creating the background.

You could use whatever you wanted
 to create your monoprints;
make your own gelatin pad, print
from a piece of glass but I love the ease
of my Gelli Arts plate and so used that.

Some of the first pulls.
Pulled paint off of the gelli plate using an old
texture plate by Fiskars.
These are great to use if you can find
them. I found mine years ago at Michaels
but I'll bet you can use embossing plates
just the same way. 
I think I'll try that next time.
(Make sure you clean all the paint out
before using them to emboss again.)

Lots of layers and many pulls on this piece.

Using textured paper and a different color combination.

An example of how you can place strips of paper and string
to mask paint on the print.

What was left of the paint after the first pull.
Ready for a ghost print now.
Sadly, I forgot to get a picture,
but it looks yummy.
Next time I'll be better about documenting
 my process.

On to using some of these prints in 
my two mixed media pieces for the swap.

I love the look of the messy fabric strips
and string on this, which actually
was a last minute thought.

Thanks for stopping by!
Leave a comment and a link to your blog .
 I'd love to see what you are creating.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Vintage Glue Books

Hey, Friends!

What is a vintage glue book?

It's a book filled with pages of vintage images
glued down into pleasing collages.
You don't add 3D embellishments to these.
You want them relatively flat

Pretty simple.

Artists are also creating non vintage glue books,
kind of a cross between an art journal and collage.

My Paper Traders art group is having a year long
swap of these pages; creating pages
according to the season we are in at the time.

This was my first set I created for Spring.

If you can use real vintage paper, all the better.
Pages from old dictionaries, poems, music sheets.

You can find tons of vintage images online
that you can download and use.
I have several links in my sidebar
to great vintage image blogs and websites.

Thanks for stopping by and

enJOY your Spring!


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Happy St. Pat's Day Rolodex Art

Hey, Friends!

It's been a month since I last posted!
Where did the month go?

I don't know about anyone else but my Spring
is always a very busy time.
It always seems as crazy as the
Thanksgiving to Christmas season.
Lots of upcoming birthdays, Easter, Spring break,
end of year concerts, etc.

I did manage to squeeze in some art time
to finish up my March rolodex pieces
for our year long rolodex art swap at Paper Traders.

Swapping this one :
 (my swap partner has a large rolodex)


She is going to punch the holes in herself
as she lives in the UK and I don't want
to put them in the wrong place if our measurements are different.


And made a smaller version for myself:

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

WOYWW - Rolodex Art

Hey, Friends!

It's been about 6 months since I've participated
in a WOYWW over at Stamping Ground.
It's always a fun peek at artists desks from 
around the world.

Mine is a mess today!. 

 Working on some altered rolodex cards for
a year long swap at Paper Traders Art Group.
We will be creating one each month in a theme
that represents the month.
Should be fun.

Here is the one I just finished for February.

Here is the one I created for January for the swap.

I found my very cool wooden rolodex on ebay.

Above, you can see the back of the pretty one
I received for January from Beckie H.

Here is the front:

It's such a happy little thing to have sitting at my computer desk,
especially at bill paying times.

Thanks for stopping by!



Thursday, February 11, 2016

A Valentine Round-up

Hey, Friends!

A quick post here with some projects I created
for Valentine's Day for my little
booth at Almost Antiques.

A couple of mini-canvases using
scrabble tiles and old dictionary pages.
Easy Peasy to make in about 10 minutes.

I just love scrabble tiles.
I buy up every scrabble game I can
find at thrift stores. Lately, they have been hard
to find so I think a lot of  you love them, too.

A pom pom bouquet.
These were a lot of fun to make.

There are ton of tutorials on the internet 
on how to make fast and easy pom poms.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, February 1, 2016

Birdies "Podtastic" Canvas

Hey, Friends.

I finished my second canvas,  albeit a little one (4x6"),
using the techniques I learned in the online
Podtastic class by Jodi Ohl.

First bit of background layers using acrylics:
color blocks, acrylic ink, dots, stenciled squares,
some words and scribbles with the end of my brush.

I decided to morph my pods
into birds this time and love the way they turned out, 
affectionately rubbing their necks together.

"You get me"

I added quite a bit more to the under layer,
as you can see, before blending in around
the birds.

Next up will be a flower pod canvas unless
I decide to change them into something else.
I'm thinking something ocean related.

I really want to take her "Dirty Flirty Birds"
online class next but I need to save my pennies for awhile.

Thanks for stopping by!!



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