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!

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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paper garden

Arrange paint and ephemera scraps into a pattern you love, then glue together to hold in place.  With your sewing machine, stitch the assemblage in several areas using a variety of stitch patterns.  Add some flowers using bright acrylics then gesso over an area to write on, making sure it’s completely dry first.

The day I created this, I received a little package in the mail from China and was enchanted with the postage label.  Sometimes one small element like that will inspire your entire project.

I’m not sure what I’ll do with this construction – perhaps transform it further into a cover for one of my journals.  The possibilities here are endless…another reason I’m in love with mixed media!

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…

birds and words

Every now and then, filling blank pages can be a challenge, and it’s in those times that you look for something to do the work for you.  Here, I reached for a sheet of Kate Spade wrapping paper that I’d had for years.  I loved how the black birds popped against the bright white, and figured my trusty black Fudeball would too.

Indeed we fill the pages of our life books, sometimes with a little help from our friends.

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The Documented Life Project December Theme:  Storytelling with the Written Word

December 5 Art Challenge: Words Front & Center

Journal Prompt: Life is a book. We fill the pages.

The Documented Life Project Catch-Up – Using an “Un” Hand Carved Stamp

November Theme
Stencils, Stamps & Masks
November 14
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!

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the universal language of kindness

 

The Documented Life Project

November Theme:  Stencils, Stamps & Masks
November 28
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!

The Documented Life Project – Challenge: Faces – “I Can See Clearly Now”

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 – Challenge: Color Safari

Catching up…

The April Theme

Color Safari (Exploring Inks and Paints)
April 25
Art Challenge: Inks
Journal Prompt: Before the Ink is Dry

The Documented Life Project – Challenge: “When Not to Stop”

The Documented Life Project’s February Theme was, “Layers You Will Love!” and the February 7 Challenge was, “When Not to Stop.”

Hmm, February…

…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?

The Documented Life Project July Theme: Ephemera – July 11 Challenge: Focal Point vs. Layering

This week’s DLP Art Challenge is to create with a focal point and add layering as you go.

As you might have guessed, I’m all about hearts; all about love!

So after journaling in white over my shabby background of teal, lavender and yellow-gold acrylics, I began layering hearts with a cosmetic sponge through a stencil with red and pink acrylics to create an upward motion.  The illusion is that the hearts get smaller as they rise, but in fact they were laid down using the same stencil I drew and cut from a magazine cover for stability.

In following with the ephemera theme, I chose a small piece of an antique staple box, which blended right into the page.  I inked and splattered over it, which led me to my focal point of lettering, “focus on love.”

I’m so passionate about these journal prompts and look forward to seeing what other members create as they inspire me with each weekly challenge! Supplies used:  Artist’s Loft Acrylics (Michaels), Black India Ink (Michaels), White Uniball Signo Gel Pen (Everything Stamps & Stencils), Cosmetic Sponges (Dollar Tree).

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The Documented Life Project July Theme: Ephemera

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!

kindness…always in fashion

Sometimes an image from a magazine is the only prompt you need to create.  This gorgeous illustration was taken from a Caroline Herrera perfume ad.  Acrylic paint, a gel pen and a glue stick were the only other supplies used…for kindness in a hurry!

prayer journal

For me, journaling will often fill an entire page, especially when my heart is full and I’ve got a UniBall white Signo in hand!  It’s pure blessedness, how it glides across a painted page.

Love of Layering

This canvas is now featured in the Winter ’16 issue of Somerset Studio Gallery and is available for purchase in my Etsy shop!

As a member of Art 5 Academy’s Documented Life Project, I recently jumped into my first Challenge, “Layers You Will Love.”  And I did love them!  I titled the page, “P’s and Q’s,” after a final layer of random alpha stencils. Thank you for the inspiration, ladies!  Thank you, Somerset Studio Gallery!

definitions

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Loved using my newly replaced black Sharpie to draw these flowers on vintage dictionary pages that I prepared with bright acrylics and colored inks.  Added some journaling, then let it dry so I could turn the page and create again!

DLP: Writing Challenge

Blank canvas books are hard to find, but I ran across this one, discontinued at Michaels.  I absolutely loved working on the thin, rectangle canvas board and after gessoing the page, my colors seemed to really pop, especially the Phthalo Blue Fluid Acrylic by Golden.  So happy with the results!  Would buy another of these books if I could find one…

sundance

I love the Boho fabric patterns in Robert Redford’s Sundance line.  Rather than spend the money on his expensive fashions, I satisfied that craving by collaging my favorites from his catalog onto my journal pages, which resulted in a paper quilt of colorful shapes that ultimately lifted my spirit and set my mind back to simple things…thanks, Bob!

vintage

Here, I created a distressed background by cutting an image from a fashion magazine and photocopying it onto a page from an old book.  Next, I decoupaged the page onto the right side of my journal, then trimmed the edges.  For added effect, I removed a piece of yellowed tape from the book’s inside cover and added it to the page.

Alpa and numeric stencils in different fonts styles are my current passion – I found this one at a dollar store!  I sprayed through the stencil with Heidi Swapp’s Black Color Shine and let it dry.  Then I gave it a couple of last minute spritzes with Seafoam Color Shine, which is subtle on most surfaces.  I love that, because it’s a sure thing “finish” when I can’t decide what’s needed to say, I’M DONE!

Check out your local thrift shops for such unique, antique finds!

heart art

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.

the color of love

“In our life there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.”

– Marc Chagall

junk art

“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!

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I love the work of Roben-Marie Smith!  I learned to journal from watching a handful of my favorite artists, but I always return to Roben-Marie for inspiration.  She’s wonderful and her art really does “pop!”  I created this piece attempting some of her amazing techniques…thank you, Roben-Marie!