mini tutorial!

Take an old child’s board book and turn it into an art journal!

Technique: Create a background with vintage book pages applied with gel medium; let dry. Cover with a light brushing of gesso and dry again. With a black or charcoal pencil, outline your subject. Grab a fist of colored pencils and color it in, choosing unconventional hues. Add interest with rubber stamps and doodle inside the stamped images with a colored Sharpie. Turn the page and repeat, using a completely different subject. Have fun! Be unique…♥

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“Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and be that perfectly.” – St. Francis of Assisi

Hello artists!

Here’s an example of how wonderful it is to save your drip papers.  This Angel of Individuality is wearing my newspaper scrap as her dress, which I think looks smashing!  What do you think?

This canvas is for a friend who fell in love with this little piece of drip paper while in my studio yesterday.  Custom orders come to me in the most delightful ways, so thank you, creative friend!  ❤

Neons over Brown Kraft

Repurposing another vintage book, “The Potato Garden”, A Grower’s Guide, by Maggie Oster. Not sure of the copyright year since I already worked the first page, but it’s the perfect type of book to journal in. The pages are heavy, brown kraft, have wonderful illustrations you can include in your art and don’t have an overwhelming number of pages. Why spend top dollar for mixed media journals and sketchbooks when you can pick these up for a quarter or so at thrift shops. First page held up beautifully to a layer of gesso and heavy body acrylics through stencils. (Sorry, Maggie!)

I’m loving the bright paints I’m using to cover the brown kraft pages. Here I used an array of Artist Loft neon acrylics applied with brushes, my fingers and a palette knife through stencils. Getting out my heat gun because I can’t wait to turn the page and start again!

SOLD – book angel

Upcycled a vintage book cover from a Florida foliage guide. The Library just throws some of these old donations away. This one didn’t make it by me. Brought it home. Brought it to life. Book angel, I love you! ❤

Collage

Collage is great because you can use pretty leftover ephemera you hate to toss away.  Here I added some journaling, rubber stamps and gel sticks through a stencil to create a pleasing scene.  Even the canvas is leftover – an old sturdy book cover in need of a facelift. I love the result and will keep going until I have a complete journal cover; front, back and binding.  Stay tuned!

Paper and Paint as Background

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Use a variety of papers for your collage backgrounds.  Here, I took ripped pieces from my newsprint drip pad and strips of scrapbook paper, and attached them to my canvas with matte gel medium.  When completely dry, I used a palette knife to spread heavy body acrylics through stencils.  This piece isn’t finished, but will hopefully inspire your next blank canvas!

So I don’t sew. So. I love.

Try some stitching on your journal pages…it adds texture, interest and fun!

We each have our own talents, but why not stretch them out and see what else awaits. In this case, it was a simple step, but the results show that having an open heart bears much to be grateful for!

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From My Heart to Yours

What an amazing honor to again be published in Somerset Studio Gallery, the Summer 2016 issue to be released tomorrow, June 1!  I received the issue a couple of weeks ago and am thrilled to share a sneak preview of my feature article with you.  Thank you Somerset Studio Gallery!

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Five Minute Face

A year ago, I tried my hand at drawing a face after watching Dina Wakley’s tutorial.  I wasn’t crazy about the result, but posted it nonetheless (you can see it in my Archives).

Since then, I’ve abandoned the idea altogether.  Even in photography, my passion lies in shooting flowers, birds and things – seldom people.

But this past weekend, my husband and I were on travel and I’d decided to bring along a few art supplies.  Not wanting to splatter paint in the hotel room, I chose a box of oil pastels, which I use occasionally on my canvases to highlight and add brilliance.

When hubby decided to go to the lobby to to pick up a newspaper, I took out the pastels and began to play around with the black crayon.  It glided across the page like silk, and within the five minutes it took him to return, I had outlined this face and filled it in with soft red, orange, rust and green.

I’m happier with this, my second face, but wonder how it might have turned out if I’d put more effort into it.  Hubby loved it, and if it weren’t for his raving, I’d have kept it in my private stash.  So stay tuned for face #3…hopefully sooner than the last!

forever…

Acrylic paint sits well atop this oil pastel background and affords a smooth surface for rubber stamp and gel pen ink.

To preserve these layers, apply a coat of Krylon spray sealant and forget about it (but remember, no “thing” lasts forever!)

“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever”  (Psalm 106:1).

Art Journal Monday

Junk mail is always a fun addition to journal pages, especially envelope linings with unique markings.  Just tear pieces off and glue them down where you think color needs balance…you can never go wrong with a little black and white.

 

It’s the Little Things

 

This 7″ square burlap journal has been a delight to work in.  A  small surface is just right when studio time is limited and creative thoughts are endless…