Saturday, April 15, 2017

Get up. Get dressed. Paint.: blue poppies

A page in my Winters Blues altered book.

I tore these flowers from a piece of scrapbook paper for the corners.


Using Donna Downey's poppies stamps, Distress paint in broken china and blue glitter glue to create matching flowers for the center.

Blue quotes for the pockets from the Seize the Day desk calendar.

Now that it's spring I will have to shift my focus from working on this to my Spring journal.  I did not make as much headway in this altered book as I wanted. Having started over twice on this project I think I have figured out what I want from it now.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Get up. Get dressed. Paint. : The power of green

Desk full of wondrous shades of green.
Sometimes a color comes to you and stays for while. For the past year or so I've been attracted to all things green and this week I'm noticing it seems to have taken over. 

According to Empowered by Color:  "The color green relates to balance and harmony. From a color psychology perspective, it is the great balancer of the heart and the emotions, creating equilibrium between the head and the heart.
From a meaning of colors perspective, green is also the color of growth, the color of spring, of renewal and rebirth. It renews and restores depleted energy. It is the sanctuary away from the stresses of modern living, restoring us back to a sense of well being. This is why there is so much of this relaxing color on the earth, and why we need to keep it that way." 

Listen to My Heart art journal
This quote came up on the Seize the Day desk calendar reminding me to stop dwelling on why I continue to be stuck and not making any forward movement.  Instead, use this time for renewal, getting my head and heart synchronized.


Earlier this week I created this handmade postcard for a swap:



Joining in with Mixed Media Monthly

What color do you notice being attracted to lately? Click over to Empowered by Color and see what it might be trying to tell you then share what you find out.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday

Here's my creative mess. Taken in the midst of creating several thank you cards. Still pursuing my goals for 2017, working on my layering, incorporating my photographs in my art and creating more RAK's.  The photograph for the second card is setting to the left of all that ribbon. The wooden letters are left from a journal spread, waiting to be cleaned and put away (a job I despise and will continue putting off).  The heat tool is pointing to an envie I made from my underpaper.

Here is a close up of the card & envie:


Using that painty underpaper for wrapping mail!

A dirty little secret that doesn't show up in my desk shots....
basket of odds and ends of scrap paper and ribbon.  Overflowing and needs to be cleaned out. Not sure what to make with it as collage just isn't my thing.  Do you have one of these?  What do you do with it all?

Joining up with What’s onYour Workdesk? Wednesday where desk snooping is not only allowed but all part of the fun!

Monday, April 3, 2017

What's Your Superpower?

Created using: decorative napkin, pocket watch image, dylusions black paint, Rae Missigman's scribble sheet, POSCA markers, decorative tape
Many, many years ago I remember watching the movie The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything (1980).  A nephew inherits his millionaire uncle's watch. He is disappointed because he was expecting to inherit some of those millions but he knew his uncle gave him the watch for a reason.  It wasn't long before he figured out this watch could stop time allowing him to maneuver about without being seen.

Since seeing the movie I would daydream about what I would do if I had that watch.    Admittedly, my intentions at first would be altruistic, using it for "save the world" type deeds.  But eventually the ego would take over causing me to become greedy and selfish, pursuing my own agenda at the expense of others.  And I wouldn't be able to resist stripping the clothes of those folks I can't stand and leaving them naked somewhere public!

Joining in on the fun this month at Mixed Media Monthly.

What superpower do you wish you could have?

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Get up. Get Dressed. Paint.: Travel Bucket List

The creative mess.

I woke up early this morning and celebrated the first day of spring break by playing in my Listen to My Heart journal  with the new Distress Oxide inks.  I felt intimidated after seeing completed cards, tags, and journal spreads on various blog posts.  I gained some confidence after watching this excellent video, Introduction to Distress Oxide Inks. I grabbed  the spray bottle, wilted violet, broken china, fossilized amber, and peeled paint and got started.

I chose the splattered effect for the heart:

Adding some splatters of worn lipstick along with stamped touches of vintage photo:


I wanted to incorporate Art Journal Journey's new theme, MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR so I dug out the Tim Holtz stamp and dies set THE JOURNEY, It's a Small World Latitude Stencil,  Compass Rose Stencil, and map scrapbook paper and put this page together. A fabulous way to kick off spring break!

What I learned:

  • I need to invest in the Tim Holtz distress sprayer to get the full effect of these inks.  My travel size cosmetic sprayer didn't work with them.
  • The inks do not blend well on the Dylusions Creative Journal paper, even when using the blending tool.  I found the ink did not glide across the paper, instead it left distinctive circles of color then spots with less ink rather than blending.
Have you invested in these new inks? What have you learned about using them?