Monday, March 31, 2014

Documented Life Project - Catching Up

Week 13 - Ask someone else to draw on your page - finish it.

So this one had me stumped.  The only person I have that I could get to draw on my page is my husband.  He isn't any kind of artist (his words not mine) so he was very hesitant.  But I got him to do it and he drew a wonderful scene from the lake where he goes fishing.  He drew in pencil and I didn't change anything.  I outlined the pencil marks with a fine line marker.  Then I did all the coloring in with inks. The leaves were punched out of tin foil using an oak leaf mini punch and colored with inks.   I think it is lovely. I posted it on the DLP Facebook page and it got 3 likes right away.  I told him that his artwork got 3 likes and he could no longer claim to not be artistic.  What do you think?

Week 14 - Write you name and embellish it.

I had a lot of fun with this one.  I stamped the letters for my name with inks on watercolor paper using the Dyan Reaveley's Dylusion Cling Stamp Collection- Dy's Alphabet.  I cut them down to little squares and inked the edges.  The page was sprayed using spray inks with some glitter spray in gold to make it "shine".  The leaves were stamped using a stamp from Dyan's Doodle Parts collection.  The buttons in the shape of hearts with flowers were from happy mail and I can't remember from whom to give them the props for them. I just love them and wish I knew where to get more.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Art Weekend

I have been fighting a viral infection this week and finally started feeling better yesterday.  It was a nice day out so hubby went fishing and I broke out the art supplies.

First I wanted to make a box card.  I have seen these all over the place and they are so fun.  I searched Pinterest (of course) for a tutorial.  I found several and after checking them out. Here is my first box card.

Week 12 challenge for The Documented Life Challenge is "Cut up a magazine -add."
I've never been comfortable with this concept.  So I went into this page with a bit of trepidation.  However, I pushed through and I'm fairly happy with my page.

Then I got to work on the Journal 52 week 11 challenge -Stars.

My ATC background was made using Tim Holtz Distress inks in black soot, faded jeans and salty ocean.  I used a torn piece of paper as a mask for the black "ground" then blended the two blues from light to dark on the "sky". I punched a 1" circle out of watercolor paper and coated it with a nice thick layer of modeling paste which I colored with a little watered down yellow ink.  The stars are some dots of white gesso.  I wanted this to be simple so there you have it.  Stars.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Journal 52 Week 10 - Art for a Cause

The challenge this week over at Journal 52 is to make a page or create something that has to do with a "cause".  I chose Breast Cancer Awareness.

I am doing Artist Trading Cards or ATCs for this particular challenge with the idea that at the end of the year I will have 52 little cards that I can put into a box like a deck of cards.  The cards are 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches in size which is the standard size for a deck of regular playing cards.

Recently on Pinterest (have I mentioned that I am a Pinterest addict?) I found a technique that I have wanted to try.  The idea is to take a piece of acetate and drop several colors of alcohol inks and blend them with some blending solution to produce somewhat transparent background.  Then you stamp over the background using any color of archival ink.After a few minutes you can buff off the archival ink and the lettering is completely clear and you can see it against the background.  The examples shown on the website, Paper Wings Productions looked so nice.

Well, took a few tries and mine don't look like the examples but it is a pretty cool technique.

Here is my first go round.

You can't really see it but if you hold the ATC under a light/lamp it looks kind of 3-D.  But I didn't really like how it looked.  When I wiped the ink off and the letters from the stamp were clear you couldn't read it.  But, when I tried stamping over it again with the black archival ink and letting it dry it didn't look good either.  And the alcohol inks on the piece of acetate more or less obliterated my pink background with the white ribbons.  So I decided to try to do something a little different.

Take 2.
I like this much better but you don't get the whole acetate effect.  The saying is stamped on a piece of acetate and glued onto the card.  The background of the card was made by drawing the white ribbons with a white oil pastel crayon then spraying with Pink Bubblegum and White Linen Dylusions inks.  The butterfly was cut out of tin from a soda can using my trusty Cuttlebug and then inked with the different alcohol inks.  I actually am very pleased with how it turned out in the end.

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The Documented Life Project - Week 11

Draw, photograph or collage a bird on your page.  That is the challenge of the week.

I chose to collage some cute birds.
First I inked through my birch trees stencil with blues and purple,  Then colored the tree trunks and branches with markers for definition.  Then I cut out my little birdies from some left over paper.  I had the oval shape already cut out so I stamped the saying on it.  It just seemed to fit.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

A Documented Life Project - Week 10

Make a list of the things that make you YOU.  This is the challenge of the week.

I cut a 3" circle with a punch out of 90 lb watercolor paper and painted it with black gesso.  I stamped the letters M and E on watercolor paper and colored them in then cut them out and glued them to the black circle.  I glued some newspaper pieces randomly on the paper and lightly painted over the page with watered down gesso.  I painted green, purple and brown acrylic randomly on some of the page.  I'm trying to leave some white areas on my pages.  Then I glued down the black "ME" circle.  I wrote around the circle all the things that I am and then drew a box around some of them that I think are most important to me.  So that is my page for the week.

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Color Swatch Inspiration-Journal 52

Week 9 on the Journal 52  challenge  was  Color Swatch Inspiration.  Of course being the Pinterest addict that I am I immediately went there for inspiration.  There were so many great pictures with lovely colors.  But this is the one that caught me.

I knew immediately that I wanted to try to capture the colors but all that lovely texture too.  And I wanted to do this on an ATC (artist trading card) which is 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 ".

I sketched my archway on a gessoed piece of  90 lb watercolor paper cut to the proper size.  Then I applied modeling pasted around the outside of the arch using a pallet knife.  After it dried I used acrylic paints in the closest colors to the pallet in my inspiration photo.  I'm pretty satisfied with my end result.

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