Here's an Art Journal Page that I'm currently working on in my small moleskine. I found the background image in an old catalog. It reminds me of a vintage-style - and mysterious interior. I wonder what stories this room could tell.
So far, I added the bird house, two clocks and Santos figurines to the page. I think I may include more images - maybe even some words. I'll just let this page simmer a while until the right images catch my attention.
I am beyond excited to share my good news! My teeny tiny bird cage is on the cover of the Somerset LifeAutumn 2013 magazine.
The Autumn issue offers a wealth of creative and inspiring projects. Whenever I read the newest issue of Somerset Life, I feel as if I'm being offered page after page of treasures.
In fact on the days when I need to stir up my imagination, I like to pull out my earlier issues and browse through them. I always come up with new ideas for future mixed-media art projects. How about you?
I finished this Art Journal Page yesterday. I entitled the page; It's All About Ideas. Because life really is all about ideas. Isn't it?
The background of music notes and circles are two prints that I created with my Gelli Arts Printing Plate.
I've noticed that finished prints which have a lighter coating of acrylic paint work better as background papers. I tried using prints with a heavy coating of paint as pages in my Art Journal. And they spoiled the overall look of my Journal page.
I first drew the door and stone bricks using a water soluble black pen. Then I added watercolor paints which activated the pen lines. I enjoyed experimenting with this technique and plan to do more similar paintings.
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Listen to these Talks while you paint and enhance your creative environment.
I came across this site entitled Once New Vintage. And I was immediately taken with the Antique Letters post. The envelope above appears in that post. I love the look of the aged paper and elegant penmanship.
If you love all things vintage, take some time to check out the rest of this site.
Over the weekend, I finished this Glittered Book Page Wreath and dropped it off at the Two And a Half Women Art Gallery in Elizabeth City, NC.
I usually make simple book page wreaths. But this time, I wanted to take a risk - and add some bling to the wreath in the form of silver glitter. The end result? The glittered wreath inspired me and put me in an early, happy holiday mood. The wreath is about 12 inches in diameter.
If you would like to include this wreath in your own holiday display, please let me know. I love custom orders.
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When I work in my Art Journal, I often like to use large words to help convey my message. Instead of cutting words from a magazine or purchasing large alphabet stamps, I decided to make my own custom stamp using Self-Adhesive Foam Sheets.
Since I love all things French, I decided to make a Paris word stamp. I used an old pdf file of stencil alphabets but you can also find this font style online.
I sized the alphabet to 3 1/2" for capital letters and 2" for small letters. From these letters, I created the word Paris - and then flipped the text before I printed it out.
I made two copies of the reversed text. I used one copy to trace my letters on the adhesive foam sheet. I used the other copy as a guide to make sure I had the letters placed in the proper position for the stamp.
After cutting the letters, I adhered them to a piece of foam board. Voila - I now have a Paris stamp. Tips: Use an X-Acto knife to cut the foam board to the proper size. To protect the foam board, you could cover it with a coat of matte medium before placing the letters on it.
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Here is the backstory on this painting. I began working with watercolor paints. The flowers were originally orange and yellow. I wasn't satisfied with the painting. And I realized it was the orange that was bothering me. I'm not an orange person.
I went in with oil pastels and changed the colors of the flowers to pink and purple. My painting came out darker than I had intended. But at least it was a learning experience for me - and I was brave enough to post this painting.
Here are a few Christmas Ornaments that I am working on for our local Art Gallery called Two and a Half Women. The owners plan on setting up a Christmas Tree and decorating it with all of the artists' handcrafted ornaments.
If you are interested in any of these ornaments, let me know and I'll make some more as custom orders.
Two lovely ladies own the Two and a Half Women shop. But are you wondering who the other half women is? An adorable little piggy named Ms. Abby. Isn't she cute?
MOYO Magazine - Issue 5 - The Anniversary Issue is now available. The magazine is one year old and is celebrating this fact with their biggest issue ever. This publication is jam-packed with delicious inspiration and need-to-know facts on surface pattern design.
Here's what Issue 5 offers readers:
An exclusive interview with internationally acclaimed designer Clarissa Hulse
Insight into greetings from industry giant Hallmark
A DIY Celebration guide (to make your party personal!)
Set a starting ritual. According to Maisel, “One of the best ways to help yourself create every day is to craft a starting ritual that you begin to use regularly and routinely.” I begin my own art making with a starting ritual and it does enhance my work.
Instead of discipline, think devotion. Maisel quotes Luciano Pavarotti, who said: “People think I’m disciplined. It’s not discipline, it’s devotion, and there’s a great difference.”
Make sure that you read the rest of the tips for more great ideas. In fact, why not print them out for future review? I already printed the article.
“Believe firmly in yourself; never ever doubt that you will make it: that's crucial.” Vera LP Cauwenberghs
“Advice that someone gave me a few years ago. Find a subject / style that YOU love and do a LOT of it. It makes you a better artist and if some likes your artwork they will want to see more similar artwork.” Robin Wiesneth
For more valuable tips, check out the entire post.