Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Journal Your Christmas 2009 begins.

Not completely happy with these, but in the spirit of not getting hung up on perfection, I worked on them for a bit, and then stuck 'em in the album!

Day 1 -- why we're doing this crazy thing at this crazy time.

the first page is a scrap I used to try out inking a Tim Holtz mask, along with the inked doily used to create the second page.

second page is using the doily as a mask and then layered on top of that is the advent number paper, some masking tape to make the journaling spot, some felt trim and a bit of bling. Rhinestones make everything better!

(the purple and teal letter stickers are odd, but are an attempt to use up stash)



Saturday, November 7, 2009

and so it begins...

Gathering stuff for my december daily scrapbook ... have a gander at the pretty...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Layers of LOVE

So in a rush to crank out a couple Christmas presents for a luncheon tomorrow... I took the stuff we've been learning in Julie's Ink and Paint Class, a couple of 5x7 canvases, gesso, ink, and water soluable crayons, and I went nuts... and I LOVE THE RESULTS!!

Can I just spend every waking hour of the day doing this? ...

I'm off to upload a few more snaps, and some closeups, to my Flickr page (link to the left).


I'm so EASY!

Am loving taking Julie's TECHNIQUE-A-PALOOZA class so much, I signed up for another class... Shimelle's Journal Your Christmas.

As a single person, with not much family, and not many official holiday functions, I am always a bit puzzled to know how to document a Christmas that doesn't always feel all that Christmasy (save for the actual day, and the night before).

So hopefully I can figure out some journaling to add to my December Daily ... inspired by Allie Edward's projects ...

some links:
Allie's first twelve pages from her 2009 album
Allie's next pages, 13-25
The December Daily 2009 Flickr group for great eye candy...

I have a feeling it will be a well documented December. Someday I might even get pictures of my DD 2008 album taken and posted :D


Thursday, October 29, 2009

also for december

Yesterday we practiced saturating lace with ink and using it to "stamp" on paper. I couldn't find any trim lace I liked for this... but I found a small doily from a thrift store grab bag and went to town.

Not unlike the stenciled red page in the post below, I am reusing scrapbook paper I don't like, but this time I just flipped it over to the white back. I do like that it's very sturdy cardstock, so there's no sense in letting it sit there being all useless.

Here's the doily after being soaked with ink:

And here are the papers I made with the doily, a brayer, and some Adirondak spray ink.

The last one I used the doily more as a mask for the spray ink ...

I'm trying to get used to this looser, spray-painty, watercolory look...

the beginnings of december

One of our Paint and Ink techniques was gesso stenciling. That led to these experiments:

The red and the aqua samples I love. The navy blue was an attempt to salvage a scrap stencil gone wrong. I don't love it, but I like it well enough. I'll find it's way onto a card or the like someday.

When I decided to throw a couple of my own papers into my December Daily album, I went back to this technique. As I am trying to recycle as much as I can, I painted over some patterned scrapbook paper I got in a pad which I will never use, in this case an 8x8 inch piece of striped guitar print paper (on the right):

I painted over the striped paper with some red acrylic and then set about stenciling it with gesso.
If you look closely, you can still sort of see the stripes beneath the red paint. Now, instead of paper I have no use for, it's become TEXTURE. :0) Love that...and this paper.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

inky fingers

Playing with red and green ink tonight using today's Technique-a-palooza demo of stamping with inky lace. Making some pages destined for my December Daily album. Of course now I have red tipped fingers making me look very disreputable!

Hoping to take the class techniques and use some of them as I build my December album. A mix of handcrafted pages with purchased paper should be cool ... and I'm betting alot/most of my embellishments will come from stuff I learnt in class.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

R is for Relatives

Just had a chance to upload the scrapbook layout I did last night. It sort of fell together w/o too much agonizing from me, which is always good.

Click here to see a layout I did of my Dad's Mom's family sometime around the nineteen teens.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

adding to the scrapbook...

The surprise snowfall we got the other day demanded a scrapbook layout. I usually wait until I get my photos professionally developed... but this time I didn't bother and printed this picture at home. I love this grey paper that I picked up on vacation in Vermont. *cries that this is last piece* I gessoed the floral stencil and then played around with layering things. The brown circle bit is actually packaging from some jello cups. The brown grid paper was salvaged from the recyling bin at work! The titling came from an attempt at a tag in photoshop. Given that I don't know what I'm doing ... I screwed it up ... but still made it work for me!! HAH.

...are you ready for your closeup...?? In the closeup you can see better my little glitter glue dots on top of the floral stencil (click for a closer peek)...

Sunday, October 11, 2009

gettin' messy

been binging on other people's blogs... and so finally had time to get down and dirty with my own long ignored art journal this weekend. I can't say I 100% love any of the pages I did... but I sure had fun playing. I've been away from it so long I don't feel like these are authentically me. But I'm rediscovering what I like and what I don't, so that's a positive step.

So for whatever it's worth... here they are...

Saturday, October 3, 2009

day by day

Oh, also posted my 10 latest daily collages over at my Flickr site.

There is JOY in a cup of coffee and a movie

Came back from seeing "Julia and Julia" and felt like playing around a bit. Gessoed and painted and inked a cereal box cut to 8 1/2 x 11 inches for the background. Then layered on a piece of lime green tissue with some acrylic medium, a still from the movie, my ticket stub, my coffee sleeve, and some "typed" text and a couple of Thickers letters.

I really like the weathered effect on the background chipboard which was an accident as I was trying to smooth out some of the paint and ended up wiping away more than I intended. But it ends up adding an extra bit of texture that I really like. And it doesn't show up in the photo, but the ink from the cereal box packaging shows through just a bit here and there and adds even more texture...

Just smooshing gesso and color around to make the background is totally addicting!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

stay classy!!

Saw this class, and COULD NOT RESIST! It looks like SO MUCH FUN!

(may also be a reason to pick up a couple crafty things I have been eyeing that are on the supplies list...)

I've been feeling sorta stuck lately, in a lot of ways, and I think maybe some time to PLAY will be a good thing!


Some years ago, during a period in which theater had kicked in me in the teeth, I started hanging out on the internet doing everything crafty BUT theater. I started with collage sites, and ended up keeping a visual journal for the next several years. I have tried and failed at drawing, so mostly what I keep/have kept are "glue books." You look at the paper that surrounds you every day, and you stick some of it together in some fashion that means something to you at the time. I've branched out from that a bit to artist trading cards, and making my own embellished papers, and scrapbooking ... it all ends up informing other projects.

I haven't felt like I have any worthwhile words lately, so I thought maybe I'd go back to pictures for a while, and see if that sparks anything. It's like the all purpose warm up you have with any activity: stretching, contour drawing, improv, daily pages, whatever.

Grabbed a couple lousy pictures from my little laptop Lola's webcam. Here are days one and two of this new project.The main material I'm ripping up is the October issue of Vogue. No doubt there will be additions as I go along. This is a dangerous pastime for packrats. (It's good to know when to let go of paper, otherwise you start to look like those poor sods on Hoarders.)

The text here reads "mixed emotions" They're done on 5x8 cards, and I'm gluing them in my journal. These are all wrinkly as I'm using an odd bottle of Elmer's glue I found in the supply closet here at work. I keep forgetting to bring in a new glue stick.

Text reads "Tuesday morning, perpetual stationery object." There doesn't need to be text, but I usually find a word or a phrase popping out at me as I page throught the magazine looking for some color or texture or expression that seems to reflect how I'm feeling on any given day.
Tuesday I was looking for something along the lines of "vague" or "unfocused" ... and the little strip of pink is flower petals, a little signatory of trying to track down a friends home address to send her flowers after the recent death of her father. Hidden flashes that speak to me when I look back on these pages. Often I can remember pretty clearly the act of creation even years later. The sketching crowd talks about this in terms of their connecting with what they are drawing.
This is my way to connect without the pressure of having to make things look "right."
Sometimes I don't even know why the images I choose speak to me ... it's enough that connections are being made. Which satisfies something in me that longs for connections to other things, other people. All from a few magazine ads and some gluey fingers.