Tuesday, February 9, 2016

No Regrets

A few years ago I was watching the movie  'La Vie En Rose' , the story of Edith Piaff. It struck me that at the end of her life she felt she had 'No Regrets' (the video is from a live performance by the 'Little Sparrow'). I found that remarkable...this page was my response.

I found the beautiful fabric off cuts in a quilt room ;-) Super simple page....but it does remind me of my thoughts etc. That is what I like so much about art journalling. It is a little like a decorated visual diary.

Only better.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Techniques

At the moment I'm following along with making a set of index cards of techniques. I found this over at YouTube. Cat Hand is doing this series and I will be adding some other techniques into the mix as well.
I intend to have these just loose inside a box with the description of the technique on the back. I always enjoy trying something new and am having great fun with these so far.

Plastic wrap in wet paint. Red paint down, leave to dry. layer of yellow paint, apply the plastic while still wet, scrunch to make texture. Leave to dry.



Rubbing alcohol on wet paint. Orange paint on card. leave to dry. Add watery yellow paint and immediately drop alcohol into the wet paint. I did more of this on some journal pages and really like how it turned out. This example really doesn't do the technique justice in the least!




Glue resist - white card, glue and blue craft paint. The glue lines need to be thick enough to work, but not too hick and close together or they run into one another as did the spirals on mine. Wipe the paint off the glue.




Glue resist - blue painted card, glue, white and black paint over glue. I just wanted to see how well the paint will wipe off the glue resisted areas.



Over on the Facebook page for 'Mixed Media Morsels' someone posted the results she got with glue stick through a stencil and painted with sprays. This is the result I got. I wanted to see how delicate a pattern I can get. I did use my fingers to rub the glue through the stencil and finally sprayed it with alcohol inks.



This one is a stamped and painted with blue card to start with. Over that goes white tissue paper. I then added some yellow paint over top to see how well it would allow the blue to come through. Lastly I rubbed over the surface with and ink pad to catch and blacken the creases and folds in the tissue. While the (pigment) ink was still wet, I sprinkled some embossing powder over it to see what the results are. I like this one very much!




Yummy detail on the embossed area



Great texture here!




And finally for this post - inchies. I had a sheets of 'catching' book paper lying around, so I just stamped and sprayed it a bit more. Tore (rather than cut) it into inch strips, mixed the strips up, stamped and sprayed some more and finally tore them into squares. I really like the look of this and will have a lot of fun adding these to pages. For now I'm resisting the urge to do more here. After all this is supposed to be just a collection of techniques! The background on the card is just alcohol spray.



I'll be back with another crop of techniques in a while!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

One of Those Days

Ever had one of these?

It is amazing how good it can be to just sit down, take a deep breath and scribble all the frustration etc out with pretty colours on a page in a simple composition book...



Thursday, January 21, 2016

Love This Quote...

Having just started a new painting, I'm reminded how true this is, regardless of who may have said it...



The page n the left is a napkin. I only had one of them though, so I added a mirror of the colours with paint on the right hand page. Some spray splatters tied it all together.

The stamp set is by Recollections that I bought from Michaels. No problem cutting out all the letters. The background was so quick to do that this was completed in very little time!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Silence Can Be Deceiving....

Just because the blog is quiet, doesn't mean nothing is happening in real life. Although it is always nice to see or hear what is happening, right?

So what have I been doing?

Well as soon as I get the pictures processed I'll update you with what is currently happening on my table, but in the meantime, here are some pages I've done in the last little while :

These are all pages from a study on the Book of Job. I stumbled across the study on Facebook and have enjoyed it so far. It lasted all of 2015, and I joined late and fell even further behind, BUT I think it is about the journey, not just finishing. I like to finish, but not at the cost of the journey.

I'm using an old Dairy Diary for this. It has a sturdy hard cover, is spiral bound and a good size.

Most of the papers are the 'waste catchers' from my desk, but sometimes I'm intentional with how I mess those up, I do confess.

The first page deals with the names of God used here as well as the name 'Job' and the meanings of the names, which is rather significant here. The background here is a yummy paper left from those ICADs from the summer!




Taking a closer look at Job...






A verse that I was reminded of during the study. I was not happy with how it turned out at first so I stamped it all out on a separate paper so I could cover up the bits I didn't like. There really is no need to be scared about messing things up in art journalling!




It is unusual for me to make a journal page without words, but in this one I didn't feel it was necessary. Darkness turns to light (white) through the blood of Jesus and along the journey to perfection (top right corner) there is the route over and through the refiner's fire to purify the gold and silver. It is all based on the strong imagery found the Bible.




Here I made another mistake by having the papers too large, so when I came to sticking them into the book, I had to fold the outside strips in. Now it is a somewhat 'interactive' page Ha!

I wanted to be more bold in depicting unpleasantness and yet not 'be ugly in your face' This page deals with the integrity of Job while he was suffering, scratching himself with a potsherd while sitting in the ashes. I took real ashes and mixed it with glue to add texture to the page...and did have to splatter red paint on there too. Life isn't always pretty...



Just a little update for now. I'm still crafting away - updates here MeisiesDoodles and doing art - Reflections. So life continues on in a busy fashion! I have a painting in the works too.

All I need to do is post more regularly. I get carried away creating and don't always feel like pausing to blog.

Have a great week!



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

ICAD July 2015 - Week 09

And so the ICAD for this year has come to an end. It has been interesting, enjoyable, boring, annoying, refreshing - you get the idea-

Again HERE is where the details are listed.

Day 57   For this last group of cards I didn't even consider the prompts as I noticed bits and pieces all over the desk, that would be a shame to throw away. Instead I decided to use them for the cards. Thus most of these have some echo somewhere back to previous cards in this collection.
Day 57 also has a piece of paint 'skin' on. It looked much to nice to just throw away... It is stuck on quite flat, the 'shadow' was added with paint. Those animal stencil date back to the 70's when we got them in cereal boxes.




Day 58 - A piece of 'desk protector' paper found it's way one this one. This clearly dates from the 'mud' stenciling week 




Day 59 - More protector sheets, some hand carved stamps and paint splats.




Day 60  -  More 'mud stenciling' a piece of fabric from week 04, and another one of those old stencils. This one got a bit of doodling too since stamping is so awkward over the raised areas.




Day 61 -   I'm still undecided as to which way round this one should be oriented. I keep changing my mind!




I finished it this way round....but then thought I also like it the other way round....I had it this way round when adding the shadows. Whichever way....I like this one. More protector paper, hand carved stamps, stamps selected but never used from week 03  and a few paint splatters.


There we are. It is always nice to finish a challenge.

Friday, July 24, 2015

ICAD July 2015 Week 08

Well just look at that. All those cards! My little index card box is getting full...and to think just the other day those first few cards were getting lost in it's vast interior.

Week 08 -  The index list can be found HERE For this week, the theme was maps and cartography, geography etc. I need no excuse to grab a map, so I found some...and that led to travelling and that led to vacation...

I put all the cards out on the table, numbered them on the back and then started sticking the maps randomly on cards, tearing paper, and just working quickly. Next I sprayed and coloured, working on all the cards simultaneously. Took out stamps that seem to suit and stamped away, did some embossing and inking on the edges etc. It was a different way of doing it, but it worked out really well and the cards came together rather quickly.

Day 50


Day 51



Day 52



Day 53



Day 54 - I like the effect here on the embossed swirl. I rubbed charcoal over it, in the hope of making a shadow effect on the bg paper. that being glossy would have none of it though, but look how interesting the swirl turned out! So of course I had to do that on the cards for Day 50 and 53 too.




Day 55



Day 56



And here we are with 5 cards to go for next week. How time just flies by...