Friday, April 18, 2014

English Garden Art Journal Page for Round Robin

This is the original mock-up in my own book for the current altered book round-robin I am participating in. I wanted to try a mono-chromatic look, which is also a prompt from The Documented Life Project, found here, which is another challenge I am participating in.

To make the background, I gessoed the page, then scraped two colors of pink acrylic craft paint  onto the page with a credit card. Then I stenciled the flowers with white gesso. I stamped various flowers onto the page in varying colors of pink. Then I went over some of the flowers with texture paint, puffy paint or glitter glue. Then I stamped the title and outlined the letters in a darker pink pen. I did put a little green on for the flower stems and leaves. My dear husband pointed out that it really wasn't monochromatic, then. Oh well. It's my first try. I also tried shading some of the flowers and stems, but I wasn't particularly happy with how it turned out, so I abandoned that for the final version.

This is the final version of the book. The book theme I am working in this month is "An English Garden" and will eventually wing its way back to England to its owner. I have one more spread to do for her before I mail the book on to the next participant.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

"Authentic Vintage" Art Journal Page

This is another page I completed while we were vacationing up North - the first time arting in our new house. This was the result of a prompt of cutting up a magazine picture and adding it to your journal through The Documented Life Project - week 12.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Art Journal Spread - The Documented Life Project Wk. 14

I decided to jump in and participate in The Documented Life Project weekly challenges after looking at all the wonderful art going on in the group. I needed to just jump in at the current challenge and take if from there.

We were on vacation this week at our new Lake House up north and so I did this piece on a page from an old calendar. I love the paper.

I gessoed the paper and then used a tutorial from Betty Franks Krause at  Mystic Tulip Mixed Media , using the supplies I had with me. I had to improvise, of course, but her tutorials are so well written and easy to follow, that I had no problem creating this beautiful background. Then I just used a stencil I had on hand for my name letters and doodled them in, using inspiration from Joanne Sharp's lettering which I found on Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's blog. Isn't the internet wonderful for learning and aren't artists such a wonderful, giving bunch of lovelies!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Altered Book Spread - "A is for Apple"

Finished piece for my altered book swap - for a Big Girls Alphabet Book - A is for Apple

Below are the step by step photos of the process. I used the tutorial from here to make my background.

Gesso and dots for background,

Added three colors of acrylic paint -

Close up view of texture

Stamping and texture added.

Added apple from water color painting posted here.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Painting Apples

I've been enjoying a little foray in watercolor painting. I just did some apples, since I need one for an altered book project. I have been using opaque water colors. I really enjoyed doing these.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

"Fill Your Life with Color" Art Journal Page

This is sort of out of the box for me, but I was working on a prompt from Journal 52 "Color Swatches", and this is what I came up with. I sort of modeled the page after this page by Karenika. I really like her style, so I thought I would give this one a try. It is a combination of water color, stenciling and stamping with a little freehand doodling. I will definitely revisit this style some time in the future. Karen is so talented and I love her artwork.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Altered Book Spreads - "She Who Loves"

This is the latest two spreads from my 2014 Altered Book Round Robin - this one has the theme of "She Who Loves".  This was a very small book - so it was a little challenging for me. I am not used to working in such a small size.  But it's getting mailed out today. Woo hoo!

Love is a Many Splendored Thing

Monday, February 17, 2014

Tags For Tag Swap - "Dick and Jane" & "Birthstone Colors"

These are the last 2 sets of tags for the tag swap I was in. The first set have the theme "Think Dick and Jane".


The second set has the theme of "Birthstone Colors"

These tags have now made their way on to their respective owners and the tag swap is officially over for me. I really enjoyed these miniature works of art and seeing how each participant interpreted the various themes. I would definitely participate in something like this again. Next up - a fabric book.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Altered Book - Mock-up Spread - Vintage Europe

For each of the altered book round robin pages, I make a mock-up in a book that I will keep for myself. It has a two-fold purpose - one is that I get to try things and experiment with my ideas and not have to worry about ruining someone else's book and the other is that I end up with a book of similar work that I did for other people. It is a little extra work, but well worth it. This is the mock up I did of the Princess Elizabeth spread that I posted previously. You can see subtle differences between the two.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Princess (Queen) Elizabeth Spread for Altered Book Round Robin

This is the finished piece for the altered book round robin that I did for the book with the theme of Vintage Europe. I did two spreads, one of Princess Margaret and one of Princess (later Queen) Elizabeth.

Here is the final spread of Princess Margaret plus a few close-ups.