Thursday, December 08, 2016
Hi everyone! Barb's prompt for Week 48 of the Joggles Art Journal Adventure was to repeat an all over design. She used a little triangle gel plate and created a very cool page. I struggled with this one, trying to come up with my own version of this. Finally I came up with what I thought was a workable idea and when I finished...I really disliked it. Hmm...I lived with it for a day or two and then decided that it would be much better used as small collage pieces on another project entirely. Back to the drawing board! Then I realized that I needed to create a repeated design in my own style and just follow the spirit of the prompt.
I grabbed a previously sprayed Starburst Sticky Snippets page where most of the starbursts had already been used and what was left was the negative or background area. The colours which I had used to create the original Sticky Snippets were Lindy's Stamp Gang Hag's Wart Orange, Hottie Patottie Hot Pink, and Yellow Rose of Texas Starburst sprays plus the Joggles Ancient Ruins Stencil. I peeled the background away from the backing sheet a little at a time and adhered it to the page. To create more of a repeating pattern, Stampotique's Dot Swirl and Kate's Doodle Cube were stamped onto the page with Brilliance Rocket Red Gold Ink.
A silhouette of a cat was printed, fussy cut, and painted over with Liquitex Basics Black acrylic paint to even out the black. The white edges were inked with Black Big Brush Pen and he was adhered so his tail touched the bottom of the page. Shading was done under and around him with Inktense and Stabilo pencils activated with a water brush. A butterfly punched from black card stock was adhered above him and a flight line was doodled in to create movement.
To complete the page, Black Big Brush Pen was used to outline the three sides and a black pen was used across the top edge of the Sticky Snippets sheet. Idea-ology Ransom Letters were adhered in the upper right quadrant to spell Cat. This ended up being a very simple page design but it makes me happy. The colour palette, the all over pattern, and the two silhouettes are true to my style and the prompt pushed me out of my comfort zone which is one of my favourite things about the Art Journal Adventure.
Thanks for popping by today. I appreciate that. If you haven't already joined our wonderful Art Journal Adventure Facebook group, you can do that here. We would love to have you play along with us and it's a lovely group of art-minded people to hang out with, learn from, and be inspired by. If you join now, you'll have a better idea if you want to play along in 2017.
Life is good; so is art.
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Hi everyone! We have a running joke around our place about "YouTube Expertise". Whenever I want to know how to do something, I always check to see if there is a YT video showing how. This works well for some things but as you can imagine, it leaves a few gaps in others where it takes more than a ten minute video to master something. When I saw this fun image by Sandra Caldwell called 957 Ice Skating Girly, I immediately imagined that she had "YouTube Confidence" as she was lacing up her skates for the very first time. Sometimes reality is quite different from the brochure :)
I coloured Girly with a mix of Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils and fussy cut her leaving a narrow white border. She was then matted with black card stock, fussy cut leaving a narrow black border, and popped up on foam tape. The foam tape gives enough dimension that a natural shadow is created behind her.
The background began with a 5.5 x 7 inch piece of blue toned card stock which was part of the packaging for a stencil. I love it when I can recycle and also have part of the work done for me. I applied pattern with three different Viva Las Vegas background stamps (stitching, numbers, triangles) and French Ultramarine Archival Ink.To give Girly a surface on which to skate, I added snowflake washi tape adhered to white card stock along the bottom of the page. Two more fishtail flags were cut from the same washi tape and added to the right side to continue that snowflake pattern. White die cut snowflakes were adhered around Girly.
The sentiment was printed on white card stock and the words were cut out individually. Black Card stock was used to mat them before they were popped up with foam tape. A simple border was doodled around the outside edges of the page and Black Big Brush Pen was used to colour the white edges. To complete the design and frame the page, black card stock was cut to serve as a mat.
Thanks for joining Ice Skating Girly and me today. We are happy that you did. To see more of Sandra Caldwell's Fabulous images, be sure and pop by her Etsy shop, Babycakes Digis and Designs. There are a ton of wonderful images there with new ones added every Monday. In the meantime, I'd better go...I'm sure there's another YouTube video I need to watch :)
Life is good; so is art.
Monday, December 05, 2016
Hi everyone! It's New Release Monday at Sandra Caldwell's Etsy shop and you know what that means...all kinds of fabulous new images and wonderful DT projects on the Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans Facebook group. This week I played with a sweet image called 1214 Snowbird Nap and guess what...after 2+ weeks of rain every single day, we woke up to snow this morning. Yay! Snow is much prettier than rain and at least the birds come to the feeders with snow.
I coloured these little guys with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils using vibrant colours to make them pop.I love their sweet faces and cozy hats. They were fussy cut around the top and left side leaving a narrow white border for contrast against the background.
The white card base was stacked with layers of pattern and colour. The black background was cut smaller than the white base. The red and yellow frames were centered over the black and faux stitched along the inside edge of the red. The image was placed inside the frame opening and then black and white striped washi tape, which had been adhered to white card stock, was used to fill in between the red frame and the image. I love the playfulness this adds to the design.
The sentiment was printed on white card stock, trimmed close to the letters, and edged with black Big Brush Pen. Foam tape was used to pop it up. White die cut snowflakes were added along the top of the card as well as either side of the sentiment to finish the card.
Thanks for stopping by today. Before you settle in for a long winter's nap, be sure and pop by the Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans Facebook group where our talented DT will be posting their makes throughout the day. Steal some time to stop by Sandra's Etsy shop, Babycakes Digis and Designs, to browse through all of her awesome images. You are sure to smile, to find inspiration and Must-Haves there. I know I always do!
Life is good; so is art.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Hi everyone. This is my second post for today and I am sharing my second card created with my second New Release image from Sandra Caldwell. That's a lot of seconds...LOL. I hope you didn't do that at Thanksgiving dinner :) Today is another New Release Monday at Sandra Caldwell's Etsy shop, Babycakes Digis and Designs and that means a lovely collection of new images posted to the shop and wonderful DT projects on Sandra's Facebook group featuring those stamps. This week I was lucky enough to be able to play with two images. The one I am featuring in this post is called 1206 Whip Cream Christmas. Yum!
The image was coloured with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. Black pen was used to create the grain of the wood, and white paint pen created the white dots on the napkin. The dots on the cupcake icing were made with Red and Green Stickles which catch the light. Icicle Stickles were added to the star on top for more sparkle. The image was fussy cut leaving a narrow white border and once again I matted it with black and fussy cut again, not knowing that I was putting black behind the image. Foam tape was used to pop the image up.
I created this card in a similar fashion to my earlier card only this time there is no black mat around the frame. I cut a frame from red checked pattern paper slightly smaller than the white card base so that 1/8 inch of white would peek out. The frame was faux stitched on both the inside and outside edges with a black pen. A rectangle of yellow dotty paper was cut slightly larger than the frame opening and adhered to the back of the frame before both parts were adhered to the white base. A rectangle of black card stock big enough to fit the image was cut and embossed with a snowflake folder. The flakes were dry brushed with white acrylic paint to highlight the raised areas before being adhered to the yellow paper. The image then went on top.
The sentiment was printed onto white card stock, matted with black, and popped up with foam tape. It was placed where the frame and the inset piece meet along the bottom to bridge the two. Stars were punched from the same yellow dotty paper and matted with black card stock. They were then adhered in each of the four corners.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope I didn't make you too hungry with this whipped cream topped cupcake.To see the rest of this week's fabulous new images from Sandra, be sure and pop by the Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans Facebook group where our talented DT will be posting their makes throughout the day. Steal some time to stop by Sandra's Etsy shop, Babycakes Digis and Designs, to browse through all of her awesome images. You are sure to smile and to find inspiration and Must-Haves there. I know I always do!
Life is good; so is art.
Hi everyone! Today is New Release Monday at Sandra Caldwell's Etsy shop, Babycakes Digis and Designs and that means a lovely collection of new images posted to the shop and wonderful DT projects on Sandra's Facebook group featuring those stamps. This week I was lucky enough to be able to play with two images. The one I am featuring in this post is called 1200 Present For Me and she is a cutie!
I coloured her with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils and fussy cut her leaving a narrow white border. At the time, I didn't know I was going to place her on a black background so I adhered her to black card stock and fussy cut her again leaving a narrow black border. It was a step I could have skipped but I don't mind fussy cutting so no big whoop:) Foam tape was placed on the back of the image to pop her up.
The background began with a white card base to which I adhered a black card stock mat leaving 1/8 inch of the white still showing. From yellow plaid patterned paper, I cut a frame 1/8 inch smaller than the black mat and about 3/4 inch in width. Faux stitching was doodled around the outside edges of the frame with black ink. Another rectangle of black was cut slightly larger than the frame opening and embossed with a swirly folder. This piece was then adhered behind the opening and the lovely lady was centered inside. It gives great texture and movement to the background without detracting from the frame pattern or image.
The sentiment from Create With TLC was printed onto white card stock and die cut into an oval shape. It was then matted with green card stock and the white edges were faux stitched with pen before it was adhered under the image. A wooden stocking embellie was glittered with Icicle Stickles on the star and also the wee snowflake which I added. It was then adhered to the top left corner and balanced by three threaded black buttons in the bottom right corner.
Thanks for joining my "gifted" friend and me today. We appreciate that. When you get a chance, be sure to pop by both Sandra's Facebook group, where the fabulous DT projects will be displayed, and also stop by Sandra's Etsy shop. Not only will these images be posted later today but there is a huge selection of other fabulous images there which are sure to catch your fancy. It's a wonderful place to browse and get inspired.
Life is good; so is art.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Hi everyone! Barb's prompt for Week 46 of the Art Journal Adventure series was Less is More. Now if you have followed me for any length of time, you know that that minimalist approach challenges and perplexes me more than nearly any other type of challenge. I always create with the idea of more is more...just one more detail...LOL. I have difficulty remembering to leave any white space and I rarely restrict my colour palette to a couple of colours. Yikes!
Barb created a lovely simple page using only a few media and colours so, for a change, I thought I would follow her recipe. And I did...for a while :) She used black and white gesso, scraping them onto the page sparingly. My page was already white so that wasn't going to work and there was no way I couldn't add a least a little colour. I mixed a little Dina Wakley Media Turquoise paint into the white gesso and scraped it on with a palette knife. Then instead of black gesso, I scribbled in some horizontal and vertical lines using Black Gelato which I softened and spread with my finger. I like the smudgy look that gave. Like Barb, I scribbled some black pen.
Unlike Barb, I added some white gesso stencilling using the tiny circles from Joggles Punchinella Quartet Minis stencil. I wanted more texture and to break up the turquoise areas. Instead of scribbling a pen line base for my Joggles Anthropomorphic 1 collage sheet guy, I tore and layered two pieces of washi tape. It bothers me not to include some text (one of my many quirks) so I added an Idea-ology Chit Chat sticker and outlined it with black pen.To finish the page, or so I thought, I stamped three tiny stars over the washi tape with Jet Black Archival Ink.
It really looked unfinished to me. I left it overnight but it was still bugging me the next day. I was desperate to add a border and a little more texture. I tried to talk myself out of it but in the end decided that I needed to please my own eye. I also realized that even with a border, the stencilling, and word which weren't in the original script, this page would still very much follow the challenge. This is Less is More for me and there are no rules! Scraps of white page toppers which were cut off from previous spiral bound pages were adhered above and below the image. I also went back and added a row of stamps above both borders. I didn't add any more colours to my existing palette but there was a whole lot more texture and framing. I was happy now :)
Thanks for popping by today. My thinking guy and I appreciate that. If you haven't already been following along with the Joggles Art Journal Adventure and Barb's weekly Monday prompts, it's never too late. You can join in at any point, catch up or not, and we'd love to have you join our wonderful AJA Facebook group as well. It's an awesome group filled with creative, friendly, and supportive people who share the same enthusiasm for this fun adventure.
Life is good; so is art.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Hi everyone. Barb's prompt for the Joggles Art Journal Adventure Week 45 page was to use a face as the focal for a page. Faces are one of my favourite things to colour or paint and with the new Joggles/Margaret Applin Fearless Face Stencil System, they really are so simple to create now. The system has three different size face outlines, a huge variety of facial features in each size, as well as various hair styles. There are also cool accessories such as hats, crowns, and glasses. This was the first time I had used the system and I was instantly smitten!
I began by tracing with pencil the medium round face onto white card stock. I then added the features with the facial features #3 stencil. At that point, I went to my most comfortable medium for doing faces, a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. I used a Super Fine Black Pitt pen to outline the eye and add lashes. Once coloured, she was fussy cut leaving a narrow white border and then matted with black card stock. This was also fussy cut leaving a narrow border to frame her and help her contrast with the background.
The ungessoed journal page was spritzed with Delphinium Turquoise and French Lilac Violet Lindy's Starburst Sprays. Once dry, pattern and texture was added with a VLV number stamp and Deep Purple Archival ink, a VLV circles stamp applied with Forget-Me-Not Archival ink, and Joggles Nonsense Latin Text applied with Garden Patina Archival Ink. texture and dimension were created by scraping Texture Paste through Joggles/Margaret Applin's This & That #1 stencil. Once the paste was dry and face was in place, stars die cut from book text and corrugated cardboard (coffee sleeves) were overlapped and adhered around her.
Outlining was done on the stars and below some of the Texture Paste designs with black pen, and a doodled border was added to the outside edges. The sentiment was printed on white card stock, cut into individual words which were then matted with black. Black Big Brush pen was used to outline the page edges. A small stitch stamp and some stamped splatter dots were added with Jet Black Archival ink to complete the page.
Thanks for joining my sweet smiling friend and me today. We appreciate your company. To see Barb's video demonstrating this fabulous stencil system, pop over to her YouTube channel here. If you haven't already joined our wonderful Art Journal Adventure Facebook group, you can do that here. We would love to have you play along with us and it's a lovely group of art-minded people to hang out and learn and be inspired from and with.
Life is good; so is art.