New Year with New Projects!

We are now more than three weeks into 2016 and I’m sure we are all excited about the new projects that we have started this year!  As for me, I have made my creative resolutions and I’m ready to take on new challenges.  Last year I found it difficult to keep up with all of the great content that’s out there and it caused me to have a creative block.  This year, I’m going to forgive myself if I’m unable to complete all of the projects and prompts that I set out to do.  Being an artist is not about stressing yourself out over deadlines.  It’s about practicing your craft in a way that makes you happy!

This year there are going to be more great #hashtag events hosted by the Creative Arts Collaboration group on YouTube which I’m excited to be a part of.  Keep an eye out for those!

The other project that I’m excited about is The Documented Life Project 2016: The Unplanner!  I’m new to this project this year and since we are encouraged to make it our own, I’ve decided to combine the planner aspect with art journaling.  I wasn’t able to purchase the kit that was offered from Art to 5th so I’m using a wire bound sketch book that I have had for years but never used.  I started by gluing every three pages together to give them more stability for wet media.  I printed out the calendar pages on white cardstock and coloured them by dropping watercolour paints to make big splotches.  I used old scrapbook paper as a background to give it a little more colour.  I glued them down using adhesive tape.

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Since we are encouraged to make this project our own, I’ve decided to do a weekly art journal page using the prompts that we are provided.  List making is also part of these weekly prompts and I haven’t decided whether I will do those or not.  I’m not really a list maker but I figure if there’s one that I’m drawn to, I can always put it into my book as a tip in.  I also want to use this as a smash book and keep little mementos throughout the year and write little notes about what is happening in our lives.

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The video below is the first week’s prompt using the theme for the month of January.  To get more information or to join the The Document Life Project 2016: The Unplanner, click on the link in the toolbar on the right.  As always I listed the supplies that I used below.  Thank you for watching!

Supplies:

Sketchbook

Liquitex Gesso

Artist’s Loft Acrylic Paint – Neon Pink, Neon Orange, Neon Green, Neon Purple

Crafter’s Workshop 6×6 Stencils – Mini Retro Squares, Mini Bricks

Distress Ink – Dusty Concord

Impression Obsession Background Stamp – Spatter

StazOn Ink – Royal Purple, Jet Black

Dylusions Stamps – Write Between the Lines

Zoo Stamps

Micron 08 Pen

Alphabet Stamps

Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Flower Stamps

Uniball Signo Pen – White

Thank you for stopping by!  Please let me know if you’re also participating in #DLP2016, I would love to hear how you’re using your Unplanner and maybe we can inspire each other!  Don’t forget to like, comment and share and enjoy your creative year!

 

 

 

#LoveFallArt – Art Journal Page – Gothic Lady (time lapse video)

This is my second video for the #LoveFallArt festival happening this weekend on YouTube!  This is organized by the Creative Arts Collaboration group and is running from September 17th to 20th.  The theme is Fall/Autumn and all you have to do is type in #LoveFallArt into the YouTube search bar to see an amazing variety of artistic and creative videos made specifically for this event.

I love art with a gothic theme.  Since we are heading into autumn and Halloween, I took this chance to make this art journal page.  I found the image of the shrouded woman in a magazine and have been waiting to use it.  I chose to do this page on a loose sheet because of its size.  The loose pages can be bound later into a book.

Thanks for watching!

#lovefallart - gothic lady#lovefallart - gothic lady1#lovefallart - gothic lady2Supplies:

Strathmore Mixed Media Paper

Distress Ink – Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Shabby Shutters, Spiced Marmalade

Heartfelt Creations Background Stamp – Large Elegant Word Background

Recollections Cling Stamps – Haunted

Versafine Ink

UHU Gluestick

Scrapbook Paper

Tim Holtz Alterations Die Cut – On The Fence

Kaiser Craft Lace

Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Recollections Floral Embellishments

Creative Memories Halloween Punch

Black Cardstock

Golden Soft Gel (Matte) Medium

Thanks again for watching.  Remember to go to YouTube and search #LoveFallArt to see other artistic videos.  And hit the like buttons and share and comment!  Have a good weekend!

#LoveFallArt – Art Journal Page – The Story of the Tree (time lapse video)

I’m so excited to be participating in September’s Creative Arts Collaboration!!  We are a group of YouTubers that create artistic content and this month’s theme is Fall/Autumn.  Beginning today, September 17th, 2015, there is an online art festival and you’re invited!  Your ticket to see this event is #LoveFallArt.

All you have to do is type in #LoveFallArt into the YouTube search bar and you will find an amazing variety of artistic talent that have put together their creative content just for this event!  This art festival runs from September 17th to 20th, 2015 so make sure you visit everyday to see new content being uploaded.  And the great news is that this content will be available forever!

My first offering is linked below.  This is an art journal page using a stencil that I have used before.  I used Derwent ArtBars, watercolours, ink, stamps and acrylic paints.  Thanks for watching!

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Supplies:

Derwent Artbars

Watercolours

Folkart Stencil – Curly Tree

Archival Brilliance Ink – Coffee Bean

Memento Ink – Rhubarb Stalk

Faber-Castell PITT Pen

Stampendous Stamp – Marks

StazOn Ink – Olive Green

Uniball Signo Pen – White

Liquitex Basics Acrylic Paint – Primary Red, Primary Yellow, Cadmium Orange Hue

Tim Holtz Tissue Tape

Golden Soft Gel (Matte) Medium

White Cardstock

Alphabet Stamps

Versafine Ink

Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Thanks for stopping by!  Don’t forget to search #LoveFallArt on YouTube between September 17th and 20th.  New content will be uploaded everyday by lots of creators!  And remember to like, comment, share and subscribe!

Make Time to Art!

I have been watching Rae Missigman’s YouTube videos recently (and repeatedly).  She has a great series called 15 Minutes of Mixed Media where she deliberately restricts her time to make an art journal spread.  She calls it “an exercise in art and making time.”  I’m always amazed at how much can be accomplished in such a short period.  Even though there is a time pressure, it also seems to be freeing in some way.  So, I thought I would give it a go!

I chose a separate journal book to practice in.  This journal came from Gettysburg, PA and is leather bound with beautiful embossing all over the cover.  The pages were what drew me in though.  The paper seems to be handmade and is very fibrous.  When you put a layer of gesso and then layers of acrylic paint, it has the feel of canvas.  I love it!  The pages are approximately 4″ x 6″ so it’s not too intimidating to be faced with a large white space.

journal  15 minutes is a little ambitious for me so I gave myself 30 minutes to make a spread.  I did minor preparations before I started the timer by pre-gessoing the pages and making sure that the supplies I wanted to use were within arms reach.  I didn’t want to waste time searching through my stash for paint colours or stencils.  I put the ones I thought I might use right in front of me, along with the usual baby wipes, paper towels and water bucket.

The was the result.

journey1I’m very pleased with how this turned out!  I used bright and happy colours (Golden acrylics) with stencils, stamps and pens to create marks.  I didn’t keep a list of supplies as I went, like I normally do.  I wanted to have the least amount of pressure while I made the page.  It began as an experiment and I’m very excited to try it again.

journey2     journey3I highly recommend trying this out for yourself, especially if you feel like you’re in a creative rut.  To get some inspiration, watch your favourite artist on YouTube, prepare your space, sit down, and go for it!  I’m going to continue to practice this and will post my pages as they come.

Thanks for taking a look and please share or comment below.  I would love to hear if you have tried this for yourself and what has worked for you when you make time to art!

art journal page – artists are just children (journal 52)

colouring book6This week’s prompt from Journal 52 was “Colouring Book”.  This one gave me a chance to practice using my watercolours.  I found this image online and I chose it because it had a lot of open space to colour.  Because I wanted to use my watercolours, I didn’t want an image with too much detail so that I can learn some of the basics of how the paints move and mix together.  I printed the image on regular printer paper, not ideal for wet media but it served its purpose.  I painted the image first and then prepared the background to glue it down.  I started the background with a layer of gesso and then “pounced” some pink acrylic paint down using a dry paper towel to leave some of white showing through.

colouring book1  I used a flower stencil next with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and a small circle stencil with Shabby Shutters (hard to see in the photo).

colouring book2I cut out some scrapbook pages to glue down to add some texture and a little bit of additional colour.  I outlined these with oil pastels.

colouring book3Another circle stencil was used to make the violet circles around the edges.  I outlined them with black ink.

colouring book4Next I glued down the coloured image with Golden Soft Gel and used a brayer to smooth out the bubbles.

colouring book5After I glued the image down I outlined it with a white oil pastel.  When I took a step back I realized that I wasn’t happy with how bold the violet circles were around the edges.  I felt that they were taking away from the main image so I went back over them with some gesso applied with my finger.  This helped to tone them down and push them back into the background.  I almost left this page like this but it was nagging me that it needed a sentiment of some kind.  I searched online and found “Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons” by Al Hirschfeld.  I stamped this out onto cardstock and glued it down the left side of the page.  Voila!

colouring book8colouring book7Materials:

Watercolour paints

Liquitex gesso

Americana craft paint – Baby Pink, Vivid Violet

Distress Ink – Spiced Marmalade, Shabby Shutters

Circle stencil (small and large)

Flower stencil

Scrapbook papers

Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Oil Pastels

Faber-Castell PITT pens

Uniball Signo Pen – white

Golden Soft Gel (Matte)

Alphabet stamps

Versafine Ink

White cardstock

Thanks for visiting!  Please comment below or share if you see something that inspires you!

welcome!

Firstly, I sincerely thank you for visiting my blog.  This has been a goal of mine for a long time and now is the time!

As a self-taught mixed-media artist, I am constantly searching, experimenting, learning, and creating.  The artists I admire the most admit that when they sit down at their art table, they have no plan.  Only the desire to create and play.  That’s me!  I take a number of days to complete an art journal page and I have at least two pages on the go at the same time (when one is drying, I work on the other!).  Getting stuck happens to everyone.  My first goal with this blog is to keep practicing and studying the craft so that those moments of “I’m stuck” or “That’s ugly” become less and less.

Me second goal is to learn those “artist basics” such as colour, flow, layout, etc.  I don’t have the colour wheel memorized and I admit that I use reference materials.  That’s how we learn!  I am practicing listening to my inner voice that says, “Try this” or “What if?”.  I find the more I listen, the better my work.

Thanks again for visiting and please leave any comments, questions or tips or share any posts that you have found useful or inspiring.  Your feedback is greatly appreciated!