Collage, acrylics, charcoal and pens.
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! ❤
Ran out of canvases, but found some cardboard in the garage. Necessity is the Mother of Invention!
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!
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.
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…
New in my Etsy shop tonight…hearts by the dozen! This radiant canvas was a joy to create and I know it will inspire you to glow! From my heart to yours…
Stencils, Stamps & Masks
Art Challenge: Use a Hand Carved Stamp
Journal Prompt: Tapestries
I’ll have to say, I’m not wild about creating with rubber stamps. Occasionally I’ll stamp out a word or two with my mini alpha set, but as for images, I’d rather design with the tip of my trusty ink dropper.
Yet each week, DLP challenges me to a technique I might not have tried on my own, and it always leads to something wonderful, like these inky butterflies, taking wing within my pages.
There’s nothing to lose when it comes to art. Years from now, should I return to this page, what will I remember? Perhaps the beginning of my new love for rubber stamps!
The Documented Life Project
November Theme: Stencils, Stamps & Masks
Art Challenge: Combine the Three (Stencils, Stamps & Masks)
Journal Prompt: “Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.”-Henry James
Last page in this journal…onward!
October Theme: Translucent Papers
October 24 Art Challenge: Glassine
Journal Prompt: Windows of My Mind
I Googled glassine and discovered it’s very close to waxed paper. So I started with a nice sheet of it and trimmed off the edges. I added old book and magazine ephemera to create a collage then finger painted with gesso and acrylics to blend it together.
With the tip of a black ink dropper I journaled, “Wisdom Window” on the edge of the right-hand page and finished it off with a sprinkling of superfine turquoise glitter.
New tonight on Etsy! Soon to be featured in the Summer 2016 Issue of “Somerset Studio Gallery!”
Crinkled vellum paper is wonderful to use as a drip pad for your art when you recycle it as background material for your journal pages.
Here I applied a large piece of it to the entire two pages of my journal with matte medium, then trimmed the edges. Easy peasy…half done!
More matte medium…I randomly applied pieces of ephemera from my stash, then decoupaged over them for posterity. Next, I used a plastic paint spatula to apply heavy body turquoise acrylic through a sheet of stencil “waste.”
With a popsicle stick, I transferred today’s date, “ten 17 15,” using rub-ons.
To finish, I scratched the words from today’s journal prompt, “Sheer Genius” with the tip of an India Ink dropper, then tapped the excess droplets about both pages.
It was a rough week that continued through today, but this week’s Challenge arrived just in time to help put some art back into my heart. Thanks once again, DLP friends…love having you in my life! E.
Available on Etsy!
This week’s DLP challenge prompted me to use a few of the messy drip and blot papers in my trash stash.
This is a 12″x12″ thin linen canvas that I started with a coat of gesso then a soft layer of burnt umber. After both layers dried, I began adding the paper scraps with matte medium. With a mini flat brush, I added a white flower, some leaves and a vine, which is barely visible after giving the whole piece a good paper towel rub to bring it all together.
At the last moment, I used black India ink to journal on a scrap of printer paper that was splattered with acrylic paint. I tore it out then applied it to the top of the canvas with matte medium.
I think this piece has an Oriental flair and I’m happy with it, so it’s now hanging in my Etsy shop, waiting for a new home. Konbanwa!
This was “eye-opening” – no pun intended! I watched Dina Wakley’s how-to-draw-a-face tutorial, then put a pencil to a sheet of canvas paper, and less than five minutes later had a pair of eyes! The result sort of stunned me, since I never intended them to be mine – but there they were, looking back at me, and I wondered whether so many years of applying eye makeup played a role in my efforts.
I haven’t tried my hand at the whole face, but can “see clearly now” that Dina was right…you can do it! Thank you, Dina! e.
The Documented Life Project’s February Theme was, “Layers You Will Love!” and the February 7 Challenge was, “When Not to Stop.”
…July – hey, it’s never too late to start! So in the wee hours of this morning I finished mine, and it’s apparent I knew when not to stop! HOW FUN WAS THAT?
This week’s DLP Art Challenge is to use old maps, letters, tickets “& more,” and the journal prompt is, Life…with a history.
When I hear “ephemera,” I think of magazine clippings, junk mail envelopes, cancelled postage stamps, artsy product labels and bits and pieces of receipts.
I enjoyed this so much, I added a second page, which well documents the days following my July 4th holiday. A cancelled postage stamp of the Madonna, cascading roses (her favorite!) from the latest Real Simple magazine, a Mix & Mingle stationery box label and pink acrylic painted hearts made for a bright page, which perfectly reflects my week of happy surprises! To tie this all together, I used a cosmetic sponge to blend the same shade of pink onto the roses to make them mine.
A peek at the second page reveals part of an emptied brown kraft Fresh Market package of espresso beans, which I painted and journaled over. A piece of an Anthropologie receipt will later remind me of a drive to Palm Beach Gardens to spend a generous gift card from a friend who always brings joy to my heart.
I’m passionate about these journal prompts and look forward to seeing what other members create as they inspire me with each weekly challenge!
It’s dry, it’s finished and I renamed it, “Celebrate Love.” Still celebrating the love of God I see in the birth of my new little great nephew, Harrison!
This piece has just been listed for sale in my Etsy shop – https://www.etsy.com/listing/239003223/mixed-media-canvas-art-original-hearts?ref=shop_home_active_1
It’s been quite a day for my family. My dear nephew and his beautiful wife gave birth to a gorgeous, healthy baby boy. They named him Harrison Steven and he is amazing! Tonight my art reflects the love in my soul…one after another heart filled with something different.
I titled this post, “Wet Paint” because I couldn’t wait until the canvas dried to photograph it. In fact, it’s not yet finished. Tomorrow’s another day, but I can’t imagine it being any better than this one. God is great!
There’s a lot happening on tonight’s page. But art is so very personal; there’s never too much or too little, and there are never inapt color choices. So unless you’re creating something custom, you get to choose!
Art is about mood and music, what’s handy on your art table and what’s not. It’s about pulling out ephemera you forgot you had and about creating something new on the spot.
Putting your heart on paper with abandon allows you to come back to it, perhaps months later, and recall exactly how you felt.
“Ephemera” was one of the first art journaling words I learned, and it’s really just anything you come across that you’d love to add to your journal page. It can be bought, found, cut out, torn out, unpeeled, unglued, unstapled (you get the idea), then saved and stashed for later. At the moment, I have three folders full.
Inside one of the folders are mail remnants. To me, there’s nothing worse than seeing a trash bag filled with paper sitting next to an empty recycle bin. So, I do my little part and save the security envelopes inside the junk mail that comes to our house. I never realized how many great patterns there are, mostly in black or baby blue – I love them all. Here’s one that I glue-sticked down and lined over for journaling later.
You might never look at your mail the same again! Have a closer look at tomorrow’s to see what’s interesting…
REUSE, RECYCLE, REJOICE!