Saturday, March 25, 2017

Get up. Get dressed. Paint. Not feeling it...

I look forward to Saturday all week.  It's my one morning to escape my all too consuming teaching job and have fun painting in my art journal.  But this morning I simply wasn't feeling it.  Still recovering from a bad bout of flu, my creative energy wasn't coming up with anything to paint.  Rather than give up I searched through my Heart Inspiration board on Pinterest  for something not too fussy yet still inspiring. Drawn by the layering of  the bright colors I chose THIS art journal spread to recreate. When finished I decided to add more layering with stencil and splashes of fluorescent pink.

What do you do when you are faced with a lack of creativity energy? I hope you will share your experience and insight so we can encourage each other along the way.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday:

The hearts with the glass bead gel took on quite a transformation since last week  They have been painted, glued and outlined with a distress marker. The distress paints are waiting to put away as are the butterfly stamps and Sakura souffle pen.  The Distress Oxide in wilted violet is just visible (absolutely LOVE it). The wrapped almond fudge biscotti has been sitting there for several weeks now.  When I brought it upstairs I must have thought I would find time to munch on it without putting any thought into the fact that it's rather difficult to eat when my fingers have paint all over them!

This spread in my Listen to Your Heart art journal was tedious and pushed my patience but I love how it turned out. For a closer look click HERE.

The next day I took another desk shot as I thought you would all get a chuckle at how I have to work around Allistair.  I use that phone book as a glue book.  When I apply glue to paper I have a tendency to get it everywhere so I use an old magazine or phone book, turning the page when I need a clean surface. Of course, Allistair sat right where I was gluing!  Fortunately, I have a solution for this:


a cat window seat!  We have four of these in various windows in the house.  This one in my craft room saves me from having cats walking across or sitting on wet paint.

Lastly, a handmade postcard.  The swap theme was "put a definition on it".  It is traveling all the way to the Netherlands.

I wish all the deskers at WOYWW  a fabulous week.  I've come to realize that some of the participates are going through some difficult trials and I just want you to know my thoughts are with you.  I'm sending hugs and love to everyone's desk this week.

Joining up with What’son Your Workdesk? Wednesday where desk snooping is not only allowed but all part of the fun! What's on your desk?


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Get up. Get dressed. Paint.: Distressed heart

It’s been a tough week and I find myself feeling down in the dumps, distressed, lost.  My thoughts trying to get a grasp on things without much luck.  This page transformed into something totally different than how I wanted. Partially because of the week I had but mainly because I was trying to mimic another artist’s journal page and rarely is that a successful undertaking.  Yet it reflects exactly how I'm presently feeling. Distressed heart is fitting figuratively and artistically. 

Hearts cut out from white card stock with glass bead gel haphazardly added. 

Heart after painted and distressed. You get a glimpse of where I used Tim Holtz new Distress Oxide ink in wilted violet on the edges of the page.

Decorative napkin decou-paged to journal  with messily embossed butterfly.

 Bits of the background peeking through the layers: tissue paper base painted over with distress paints, stamped over with Tim Holtz mesh background stamp then modeling paste pushed through a stencil.

Using Tim Holtz Linen background stamp to diffuse the brightness of the hearts and distress oxide ink in wilted violet to diffuse some of the white.

Coordinating postcard made for a swap.  It is easier to see the Tim Holtz new Distress Oxide ink in wilted violet around the edges of the card.

While this page took a disappointing turn,  it is exactly as it is meant to be, a reflection of the healing my heart needs from the daily stressors of teaching.

What are your art journal pages telling you?  Are they a reflection of how you feel as you create them or are you one of those fortunate artists who can change the course of their feelings as you create them on paper?   It's something to think about and I would love to read your insights.

Creating in my Listen to My Heart Art Journal using dylusions 8" x 8" creative journal while working on my painting and layering techniques.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Whats On Your Workdesk? Wednesday: Desk of hearts

Working on hearts for an art journal spread.  I pushed the journal along with a postcard out of the way to keep from getting unwanted gel on it..  The decoupage and napkin are waiting to be incorporated in the journal spread. Pushed behind the journal are the paints I plan to use.  Most of them distress paints which I seemed to have gravitated to and a favorite, Golden's quinacridone magenta..  It matches the napkin perfectly. To the right, half out of the photo is a completed mixed media piece I finished and shared HERE.

I used the glass bead gel and a catalyst on the hearts. 

Finally got around to changing my underpaper.  And Shoshi,  I don't throw it away, I use it to wrap mail boxes.  Because it's freezer paper  it has a plastic-like coating on the opposite side which makes it difficult to use for much of anything.  It doesn't glue down well in art journals.

Lastly, two post cards I made using quotes from the Seize the Day desk calendar.  I love the pages and hate throwing them away so I try to incorporate them into my art.


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

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Getting out into the Fog

 I'm particularly draw to this barn with it's white peeling paint and unusual green tile roof.  Noticing the fog as it rolled in after an unusually warm January day, I had my husband drive by this farm so I could capture it before it disappeared as the fog quickly blanketed the field..  He pulled over and waited as I snapped a few shots while trying to avoid getting muddy from the potholes filled with melted snow and mud.

Several of my goals for 2017 include using more of my own photographs in my art and practicing my layering technique.  As easy it it from some I struggle with creating layers and covering up straight edges. I arrange and rearrange various papers, fibers and ribbons until my head screams, "It's not rocket science for goodness sake!"

And then Allistair showed up offering his ideas.

Completed piece

9 x 12 watercolor paper

The final layering

Joining in at Art Journal Journey with this month's theme: Out and About