Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
|Original Collage (see Tiger Flowers post for how-to)|
|Tiger Flowers (sharpie pen drawing added)|
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
|Cadmium Orange Watercolor with Imagine Craft Spray (Lady Bug).|
On the left side sprayed while paint was wet, on the right sprayed when paint dried.
Variation is brush strokes with the watercolor paint caused the streaks and lighter spots.
|I used sticker sheet waste (stickers by Doodle Bug) as a stencil.|
Found out it is hard to rise off and dry more than once.
I blotted the craft spray with yellow craft tissue paper
(I think my Art Journaling British friends call this "Mopping").
|I used the mop-up tissue to cut out flower shapes with scissors.|
I glued down the flowers with Tacky Glue
and/or Iridescent Medium (Winsor Newton) to make the collaged background.
I am really pleased with these pages. This page looks to me like what the Denver Botanic Gardens looked like, to me, last weekend. It has rained a bit more than usual and the flower borders and beds are bursting with color. I feel like my beauty-loving heart could burst with pleasure as well. I am really allowing myself to really drink it all in. Hope you can get the feeling too.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
|Background with watercolor layered with Fireworks Craft Ink Spray|
|K and Company butterflies with lines decorated with markers on previous background|
Thursday, May 17, 2012
|Really like the "Floral", "Forest", "Eve", "Flood Light"|
|Really like the "Flo" and "Electric" and "Art Makes You Grow"|
In Joanne Sharpe's "Letter Love" online class. I've only just completed Lesson 4. So much fun to realize that I can create my own fonts! Also found out that I can have them made into fonts for my computer at http://www.fontifier.com/ . Not sure if I will but that sounds so cool. Also found out that the Denver Botanic Gardens is offering a class called "Botangles". Botanically based Zentangle type doodles. It's in October, can't wait. In the meantime I'm going to make flower specific alphabets (for example, Rose or Lotus). Very appealing to not only draw flowers but "write" in them too.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
|Composition book with duct tape: Duck Red,|
"Fancy That" patterned tape, Gelly Roll "stardust"
clear gel pen (Sakura), Identipen black, Martha
Stewart dual-tip marker "Love Bird"
I am so psyched! I just started Joanne Sharpe's lettering class "Letter Love" http://joannezsharpe.blogspot.com/p/online-classes.html and just started the day one homework. We were asked to decorate a simple composition book with duck tape and some sort of lettering. The duct tape strengthens the book since it will be getting a workout with the course exercises. I have lacked confidence in my lettering skill--which has kept me for putting words and pictures together the way I really want to. I am so excited to finally get some artsy and professional training. Also interesting to see how an online class like this is run. Website, Videos, Flicker, Yahoo Group, Facebook Group, emails. Very cool. I'll keep you posted as I make my journal into more confident lettering.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
|Flower Mandalas and Paisleys (R)|
|Flower Mandalas and Paisleys (L)|
Tried a new way to make a background. Looks like ink spray and stencils, but its not. Started out as absently using the waste from a die-cut from the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die to trace flower shapes onto a page spread. Used Derwent's Inktense Watercolor Pencils to make them more elaborate and to scribble and brush in the yellow-green background. Finally used foam paisley stamps with a green Marvy Brush Marker to add some interest and finished (for now) with the red-orange foam flower stamps with a orange-read Marvy Brush Marker.
See the funny yellow triangles in the foam stamped flower image? That's where my cat chewed into these stamps. Something about the texture or smell of them--he would not leave them alone. gives me an idea to add texture to store-bought foam stamps, though. Thanks for the idea Sammy!
Thursday, May 3, 2012
|Be Brave! Absolutely Final Version|
Bead tape, gold microbeads, Yasutomo iridescent watercolors,
metallic marker, Sharpie pen, tissue paper petals and white Jelly Roll gel pen.
Yikes, tried to update the picture (I changed the page again after I posted) and deleted the whole post. Frustrating. Just not used to the new Blogger configuration. Anyway, made the flowers brighter, added the gold beaded centers, added journaling. This page initially had the Serentity Prayer glued to it, but I removed it. When I finally journaled on the blank page part of the prayer returned. It is the courage to change that I need help with--serenity to accept is easier. But then, that's the way it is--easier to make the change in mind, not so much the behavior/action.