While I was painting gouache flowers in my art journal, I found a background done in acrylic. I drew some flowers and added some gelatos and more acrylic and the background became a foreground.
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Sunday, November 12, 2017
The second journal I'm working on finishing began its life as a sketchbook. Most of the pages are kraft, and a few are cream. I stumbled upon a You Tube video by Robyn McClendon in which she prints in a kraft journal and a light bulb lit up in my head. I may change my mind again, but so far, I'm having lots of fun!
Each day I work with a different color palette.
A few trees are making an appearance.
Friday, November 10, 2017
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Sprayed Ink Accordian Journal
Zeigarnik is the psychological fixation on unfinished tasks. Zeigarnik explains why I spend so much time thinking about my unfinished journals. You can read more about it and see some beautiful sketchbook pages here, on Laurie Doctor's blog. She talks about how this is linked to procrastination, productivity, and multi-tasking.
Although I feel better knowing why I think about it and how to solve it, getting at the solution is harder than it looks. (I already knew what the solution is - just finish them!) Even before I read Laurie's article, I began to take the unfinished journals off my shelf and work on finishing them.
I'm trying to do them in the order in which they were started. This is the first, an accordian journal just waiting for a few small entries to complete it.
Now it is done:
And on the reverse:
Here's a close-up of a few of my favorite pages:
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Stamps by Magenta
When you're a card maker, you start thinking about Christmas quite early. I've seen a few Christmas cards and tags around my blog hopping, and they inspired these.
Stamps by Clearly Wordsworth
Although they are Artist Trading Cards, they can be made into a card quite easily.
Friday, November 3, 2017
Monday, October 30, 2017
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
Elegant Writer, Watercolor
Strathmore Watercolor Journal, 5.5" x 8.5"
Photo by Mariaan Otto - Paint My Photo
People on Instagram have said that these would make good hooked rugs or children's jigsaw puzzles. I love it when people take time to make a comment; I so rarely get any feedback and it is very encouraging.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Monday, October 23, 2017
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Elegant Writer and Watercolor
Strathmore Watercolor Journal
5.5" x 8.5"
I think there might be another bird series coming. Of course, that's only until I get distracted by something else.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017
I don't like change. I could handle it better. If I could stop fighting and start looking for new opportunities that would be a good start. I think that I have finally accepted that summer might just be over!
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Friday, October 6, 2017
Thursday, October 5, 2017
I've become obsessed with Traveler's Notebooks, or more specifically, Fauxdoris. Traveler's Notebooks are leather covers with a system of elastics which hold inserts. The inserts are easy to swap in and out, and to me, it is an ingenious binding system.
Traveler's Notebooks were originally called "Midoris", after the company who made them. From the concept, people began making their own, which are loosely called "Fauxdoris".
I got to wondering whether this binding system might be good for an art journal, because I could make inserts from different kinds of paper (e.g. drawing, watercolor, canvas, etc.), and then swap them out as they got full. I made mine a little larger than the standard Traveler's Notebook size - mine holds signatures made from up to 9" x 12" paper.
Many Etsy shops are selling Fauxdoris made of leather or fabric. Always impatient, I grabbed a roll of vinyl shelf liner at the dollar store so that I could get started quickly. There is lots left on the roll, so I think I might try making a few other sizes. I've unleashed a monster.
Here, you can see my Fauxdori holding 3 signatures.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
These are new bookmarks for The Bookmark Project, which just means that I leave them in library books when I return them.
First, I dry-brushed watercolor across two sheets of white cardstock, and then cut each piece into 5 strips.
I did the calligraphy using mostly felt markers as ink tends to bleed on cardstock.