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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Collaboration Art Journal Pages

 This image is one from Lynne Perrella.  The quote is from one of the many fortune cookie papers I keep.  The paint on this paper is also a paint-palette smear.  I love this washi tape.  It reminded me of of cherries.  I decided to color in a few of the circles on the image.  I also added some Nailheads to this page.
I used a twig to make the silhouette on this page.  I spritzed some red Glimmer Mist around it.  I drew on the ties that hold the tiny birds (Character Constructions).  I used my bicycle washi tape across the bottom of this page.  This quote is from J.M. Barrie:
"The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have faith, and faith is to have wings.  I added Nailheads to one of the bicycles and to the top of the page.

Art Journal Pages collaboration

For these pages I decided to keep them in a red/black/white theme.  I also decided to use some of my washi tapes on each page.  The stamp I used on this page is by Deep Red.  I have used lots of rubber stamps over the past 20 years and I am convinced that red rubber makes the best impressions.  Now, I love my clear acrylic stamps and I have many wood mounted rubber stamps that I use quite often.  I just lean toward the red rubber because of the detail.  Isn't this lady just fabulous?!!!  The quote here is:  "each day has limitless possibilities and adventure ahead for you".   I thought that just suited this image.  I used red acrylic paint and brushed several swipes across the page leaving lots of white space.  The writing is much more difficult to read here that IRL.  I used two types of washi tape on this:  wide red floral tape and the black/white lines tape.  My accents are black Nailheads.

The red splotches on this page were made with left-over paint I had on a piece of palette paper.  I simply laid it on this page and gently pulled it across the page.  Next I used a ruler and a black pen to make the lines on the page.  This image is also by Deep Red rubber stamps.  I stamped her on scrap, cut her out and adhered her to the page.  I used a dictionary definition for "love" to add to this page.  The stamped sentiment is from Cat's Life Press.  I added two strips of red "ruler" washi tape side by side down the left side of the page.  I also added black Nailheads to this page.

The bird on wheels image is also from Cat's Life Press.  I used red washi tape with a musical score across it for the bird to "sit" on.  I also cut out a bird from some red scrap paper (with guitars on it) and placed it on some definition washi tape.  I stamped Song Bird using my Image Tree antique alphabet.  I drew wavy lines to write my quote on.  I love this quote!  (but I'm a "quote fanatic"!)  LOL  "The woods would be silent if no birds sang except those that sing best."  

Saturday, June 21, 2014

In the Studio at last!

 I was so excited to get a few days to play at my art table.  My art club is doing a monthly swap this year with altered cabinet cards/post cards.  I had this postcard of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with their wild bunch.  I sent this one to Sara and she wrote back, "I did not know they had posed for a photo.  They look like bankers..... wait, they were "bankers".....robbers of banks!"  The "wild bunch" label is the thing that triggered my image of them in party hats.  The cap is from a Miller Life and reads:  "High Life".  I'm sure they thought they were living the high life.......very short life, as it turned out.
      I also worked on Sara's art journal pages.  There are five of us from our art club living in the Tulsa area.  Well, were five of us.  Sara and family moved to Minneapolis due to her daughter's health.  I miss her terribly, but we keep in touch through emails and art exchanges.  Sara and I have been working in art journals for a few  years now and always wanted the art club to get into this obsession with us!  ")  This year the five of us decided to do our own collaboration with art journals.  Each one sent the others pages to be done for their art journal.  We have until this fall to finish these pages......well, before the holidays begin with Thanksgiving.  I finished the ones for Sara last week.  This one features the butterfly.  I wrote the quotation from Buckminster Fuller in English on the purple page and then did a computer translation into French to write on the card that I tucked into the ruffled cheese cloth across the bottom of the page.  I had used this cloth to wipe up the paints on my craft sheet and decided to use it on the page.

 For this page I used three different colors of  acrylic paints to make the background.  I used black Staz On ink to stamp the alphabet at the upper right.  I also stamped circles and stars randomly on the page.  I love this quote that I wrote around a circle I had drawn on the page: "It takes a long time to grow an old friend."  John Leonard.  I had this clock face in a pile of stuff on my table and thought it was perfect for this page.  I also had a round tag lying there and added it to the top.  The white strips are the dividers that go between the postage stamps on the booklets that we buy at the post office.  I also added some black nail heads to the page.

The quotation I wrote on this page reminds me of my father telling us that there are two kinds of learning: "book learning and life learning.  Both are necessary, but life skills will get you through."  This one says:  "Much learning does not give you understanding".  I think raising three girls proved that to me!  I used black ink to stamp the moon at the bottom of the page and the circles randomly on the page.  I also stamped part of the alphabet at the lower right side of this page.  I added the pocket with the star on it and made tags with words/definitions to go inside.  I had stenciled stars on the background before I added anything else.                                                                               If you haven't tried art journaling, sit down, paint a page or cover it with pretty papers or just doodle.  Look around your table or desk and pick up a few things and glue them down.  Maybe you'll have one of those "aha!" ideas and a thought or quote will pop into your mind.  Add that to your page and you'll be surprised how well you like it!  And you're the only one that has to like it!!!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

What happened to April and May???

 Well, here's my proof that I WAS around for April and May!  LOL  I am so glad that I decided to do the 365 Calendar pages with Kate Crane this year.  I have been so busy running to and fro with family that it has been hard to find time to sit at my art table or to write on my blog.  But here are my April calendar pages completely filled in!  Some people call this "the lazy journaler".  And it IS a journal.  Each day you journal something that you really remember from the day.....maybe it was simply "nothing happening today" or maybe it's "this was the best day ever!"   Whatever you jot down is there for you to browse in later days.  Great way to jot down funny, happy, sad or just very memorable days.
     And, here is May.....once again running with family.....or in this case, flying.  My cousin and I flew to Albuquerque to help her daughter set up the nursery for their first baby.  We were back home exactly one week and she delivered a healthy baby girl one month early.  Tiny little Mikayla weighed in at 4lb and 12oz.  She is now home with Mom and Dad.  We are all so excited for this sweet family.  ")
     I'm hoping to have more time on my blog this month.  Hope to be back here soon!