Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Proof of a Creative Weekend Part I

Had a great weekend with my girls, three nights/four days of creative bliss!  Well, let's say I had two full days of creative bliss- the first night I was just not feeling it.  Once I unpacked, I looked at my table and went...nah.  So headed to the couch area and chilled with a bottle of wine, the hockey game and a few other girls that were in the same boat as me!

My goal this weekend was to work on these prompts from Rae Missigman's Art Marks 30 Day Challenge. As you can see from the picture, I didn't get near as many completed as I had hoped!

Woke up Saturday morning ready to go and did 7 prompts over the course of the day.  I was on a roll and am sorry to say I didn't not take many photos along the way.  I will do my best to list the products I used.

Prompt #1 - Clustered

I started out thinking I would just used gelatos, distress crayons &/or Art Crayons as my go to tools for this challenge.  I didn't last long.  I didn't like how they where mixing with my stencils, so out came my Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Paints!  They make me happy.  I applied White using a keycard and really scrapped and scratched them into the base I had already started, it gave a muted look which I was happy with.  I them started pulling out some of my StencilGirl stencils (S330 Modern Buds, M080 Repetition S376 Hashmarks) that I figured would work for this prompt.  I used Lemon, Ruby & Night.  Once the colors were dry, I used my Sharpie Extra Fine Point Marker to make some marks (doodles and scribbles) along with my Pilot MultiBall Pen.  I do not carry these in my shop, but a good substitute is the Fudeball or UniBall in black.

Prompt #2 - Repeating

This next one I really struggled with and am really not happy with, but as you all know, I tend to just turn the page instead of worrying about a page too much....this is one of those pages!  I used Dina's paints in Magenta, Sky & Elephant.  The colors look off as I did not clean the stencil or the sponge after each application.  The stencil is from Carabelle Studio, Edge Template - Rounder (TEE0005). I then created a repeating pattern with one of my black markers.  This is the point when I simply decided to turn the page and move on.

Prompt #3 - Layered

This has many many many many and yes, many layers of paint and stencils.  I used more StencilGirl stencils in circular pattens and used a different color for each.  I started with Lemon, then went to Lime, then Magenta, Tangerine, Blackberry Violet and finally Night. The Blackberry created a bit of mud in areas, so I used White and rubbed it in with my fingers to soften it up in areas before I started my doodles. I doodled using my Sharpie Extra Fine Point in White and then a Pebeo 4Artist Marker in Black & Green. The fine doodles are of course the Pilot MultiBall.

Prompt #4 - Stacked

This one was a blast! I actually stacked stencils on top of themselves then applied the paint through what pattern it created.  Thankfully I actually took a few more photos of this one along the way.  Each time I used a color I either switched the stacking sequence or added another stencil. I used Dina's Lemon, Ruby & Black. Stencils were Crafter's Workshop (TCW547 Repeating Pods), StencilGirl (#L301 Circles Circles ) and Dyan Reaveley (sorry, will have to dig it out and find the product number).

Here I added for a finishing (almost) touch is another Crafter's Workshop stencil - Art Is in 6x6" then again just added some more black.  Really like how it completes the layers...oops, I mean stacks!

Thinking the page needs some pop, so I used the Sharpie Fine Point in White and Pebeo 4Artist Marker in Yellow to doodle a few of the patterns, happy with it and moving on!

 Prompt #5 - Round

For this one I really wanted to go out of my comfort zone and go more towards the pastel palette.  I used a fair amount of gesso so it was a good base of white and when I apply the Dina paints with a sponge through the stencils they tend to take on a pastel look.  I used the Crafter's Workshop stencil Positivity (#TCW687) with the following paint colors - Lime, Magenta, Lemon and Turquoise.
It was a little to blah for me, so I added some punched pop dots that I downloaded from Roben Marie's site and glued them down.  Once everything was dry, I began to doodle.  Again, using my Sharpie, UniBall, Pilot MultiBall &/or 4Artist pens/markers.

Prompt #6 - Black & White

For this one I used a stencil from StencilGirl called Circle Web (#L404), I gesso'd by page in white then applied a good coat of Dina's black paint with a craft sponge so it was very dark. Then I lifted the stencil and spritzed it with water and laid it face down on the opposite page.  The areas that did not come through I simply filled in with a black marker.  Once it was all dried, I used the White Sharpie on the black and the Stabillo All Graphite pencil on the white.  blended with my wet finger and called it done.  It was a pretty quick page and really like the results. 

Prompt #7 - Arrow like

For this one I once again used a variety of stencils - Crafter's Workshop stencils (TCW227 Chevron, TCW687 Positivity) along with StencilGirl (M077 Look Here Trio) and used Dina's Lemon, Ruby & Black for colors.  It was very dark and busy so I ended up adding white gesso over top that I simply applied using my finger just covering up in certain areas to create a look I liked in the end.  I then added doodles using my usuals - Sharpie, Pebeo & Pilot MultiBall.

That's it for Saturday - will do my best to get back on here tomorrow for Sunday's creations.  There were some good ones!

For now, thanks for sticking around - be sure to follow the links back to the shop for items used on these pages.  Have a great day and stay creative!!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

I'm Alive & Kicking!

Yes, it has been that crazy round here.  Life in general has been hectic and then add a business into the mix...well it makes it pretty tough!  After taking the time to do Rae's challenge I had to make up the time!

Year end and taxes kept getting pushed off to the side in hopes they would just do it on their own - ya, didn't happen.  New product releases came fast and furious and you all kept me on my toes.  Had a few family things to take care of and course hope to get some arting in there (ya, that didn't happen either).

I was approached early last month to be a guest instructor at a local studio.  It has been something I have been asked to do many times but always turned down as I have always been so selfish with my family time - evening and weekends where always for hubby and kid.  Well kid is all grown up and no longer living at home, hubby says go for it - so that is what I will do.

Trying to decide on what to teach is always tough for me.  I am a firm believer in learning the basics first though, so decided on offering a two part Intro to Art Journaling workshop.  For any of my local peeps, Loopaloo Ceramic & Craft Studio is where I will be teaching.  Depending on how it goes, will determine on how I will proceed with future workshops. There will be an influx of several local 'Art'sy instructors offering a variety of classes and workshops.

Here is a sampling of what I will be doing:

For part one we will focus on creating amazing pages using acrylic paints and collage elements.
Then adding a creative edge with pens.  Along the way, there will be continued sharing of my knowledge on art journaling and everything that goes along with it - all the time making sure not to overwhelm the new artist.

For the second half of the workshop, I will delve into a few more techniques and products just to show you what ones imagination can create when provided with the proper tools and resources.

To see more on this event, please check out Loopaloo's Facebook page here if you are interested in taking part in the event, here is a link to booking a seat.

Another fun project I did was adding some of Roben-Marie Smith's free downloadable art printables to covers of sketchbooks and Moleskines. Roben had a mini blog tutorial showing what she was doing and I of course just had some fun with it.

  I decided to make a couple more too...

I am heading out of town this weekend to a semi-annual crafting weekend, so plan on doing some major art journaling pages and maybe even a canvas(or two)! I want to work on Rae's #30artmarks30daychallenge Part Two and try once again to limit my product and tools. So with any luck, I'll post more next week, in the mean time be sure to keep an eye out on instagram and/or facebook for some pics!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Up Close and Person with #artmarks30daychallenge the final week!

Hope you have been enjoying these posts all about the ins and outs of my take of the month long challenge hosted by Rae Missigman.  My apologies right off the top as there will be a shortage of photos for many of these prompts as it appears I just didn't take that many!  I will do my best to give you a good enough explanation to recreate if you wish.  Here we go for the final 8 prompts...

#23 - Simple

Color palette - Lemon Zest, Fresh Lime & Cut Grass

I started out applying a base of White Linen using my key card, then layering on the colors in the order given above (lightest to darkest). Note - I only used the edge of the key card for the cut grass application - here, I dipped it into the jar and placed it onto the journal page.

To get the marks in the paint, I used a drywall palette knife that has a zigzag edge and simply scraped it across the page.

The black "x's" are made with my Black China Marker. As simple as the page is, it is one of my favorites!

#24 - Primary

Color Palette - London Blue, Lemon Zest & Postbox Red

I pulled out the primary colors from the Dyan Reaveley Dylusions paints (listed above) and if you can believe it - those are the only paints I used to create 'color' - yup, because as you know...

blue + yellow = green 
yellow + red = orange

So when I applied the three base colors I made sure I only applied them on their own and fairly thick.  So when it came time to bring them together. I used my key card and brought the colors towards each other and therefore mixing them and creating the new 'secondary' color.

When they were dried, I took a StencilGirl Classic Leaf stencil by Rae Missigman and applied it to each color with my White Linen paint.  Then when it was all dry - scribbled over them all with my Ranger Fude ball pen in Black.

That's it...that's all!  Slightly bummed my White Linen is now ALL DONE!  So all future white will have to be gesso.

#25 - Hidden

Color Palette - Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange & Postbox Red

Applied my paints using my Catalyst Mini Blade and once it was dried - I applied DecoArt Media Black Antiquing Cream (you could simply use the Carbon Black if you want too). I like to use the Antiquing Cream as it is never permanent until sealed (which at times can be a curse).  Once the paint was dried, I put on my StencilGirl stencil Tropical Floral by Traci Bautista.

I moved the stencil around quite a bit, turned it, flipped it, moved it to where ever I thought it might fit. Don't be afraid to overlap it too - stencils are best used in a collage form in my opinion! Don't be afraid to create your own patter(s) along the way.

You can also see I used my Liquitex Paint Marker and Gelly Roll pen (both in White) to 'trace' the patterns as well as enhance many of them.

here are some more pictures so you can take it all in...


#26 - Singular

Color Palette - Vibrant Turquoise, London Blue and Crushed Grape

Again, sorry for the lack of progressive photos - but think you should be able to figure this out easy enough.  I as usual, applied the paint using my Catalyst Mini Blade.  My pattern is usually pretty much the same as far as where on the page it is applied (as in pattern), just look at earlier ones and you are able to see it fairly clear.  I often try to get three colors per page.

Once this was dried, took a piece of Vine Charcoal and drew out my pattern.  I have a real love for anything botanical and this seems to be my go to (just look at my sketch books)!

I at first tried to use my blade to apply the gesso, then quickly switched to using my fingers.  I find it much easier to blend and get a better 'uneven' coverage (odd isn't it, not something you would normally want in painting).  I don't really worry about the charcoal smudging with the gesso, just think of it as 'shading' for free (or paint over it)!  I really like how the paint bleeds through the gesso - gives a marble look - love it!

As it dries - I use my Ranger Fude Ball pen to define the image.

Add the Gelly Roll White Pen in where needed as well.

Add a few marks in the corner with the Fude ball as well.  That's it...that's all! Love the simplicity of this page.

#27 - Continuous

Color Palette - Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange & Melted Chocolate

This is a palette I avoided way too long - but once I got going o I wish I pulled it out earlier! Saying this is rich looking is an understatement!  If you have the Dyan Reaveley DyluisonssMelted Chocolate....pull it out and USE IT!!

After applying the paints with my Catalyst Mini Blade, I pulled out some of my vintage map pages and cut up a sheet in two continuous circles.  To get the four circles, I cut the first one keeping thick lines and then go in again and cut the lines in half and voila - you get two identical (kinda) continuous loops.  I adhered them to the page using Traci Bautista Collage Pauge Matte.  As mentioned in an earlier post - this stuff is awesome.  If dried 'flat' and takes pens, markers and such beautifully.  Since I started using it, I haven't wrecked a pen/marker!  The main reason (aside from the finish), I allow it to DRY!!

The black marks are made by my Ranger Fude Ball pen and the white is the Liqutex Paint Marker.


#28 - Painterly

Color Palette - Cut Grass, Vibrant Turquoise and London Blue

Struggled with this one - just couldn't get to a happy place with my blending. I applied it as usual with the Catalyst Mini Blade, but this time I blended with my brayer.  Happy with the green, but not the rest.  Really liked this color combo - just think now looking back it would have been better on a larger canvas.  

Wanting to keep it simple, and not over think it, I tried to define the breaks with a 'river' of black and white (pens used - Fude Ball, Gelly Roll, Paint Markers)

I used the Fude Ball to write along the line after I was happy enough with the blending of my lines.  Makes me think of a map now.

#29 - Confined

Color Palette - Squeezed Orange, Postbox Red & Melted Chocolate

This color palette is so dreamy!! Again, wishing I pulled out the brown so much earlier!
 Once again, I applied the base colors with my Catalyst Mini Blade and blended with my brayer.  The look is leather like (love it)!

I used a combo of Liquitex Paint Markers and Lyra (or Caran D'Arche)  water soluble crayons trying to stay with the color palette just adding a pop of color here and there (white & yellow) when needed.

Just kept building layers of marks until I thought it was enough.  Not a fave, but do like the colors...just not the pattern as much.

#30 - Shiny

Color Palette - Bubblegum Pink, Postbox Red & Crushed Grape.

Wanting to keep this one on the bright side, I was happy to pull out the more vibrant colors this time around.

For my mark making this time around I pulled out some of my Elmer's Neon Brights Painters along with my Liquitex Paint Markers to keep it bright and vibrant.

For the finer details, I used my Gelly Roll Pen in White.

Love how it turned out and more than happy with the end result. Not to mention that I actually completed a project/challenge from start to finish!! Yay Me!!

Hope you enjoyed all these.  I haven't had time to really do anything since this challenge.  Between the shop, year end, household, family and life in general it has consumed all my time.  I really hope to get the chance to play again real soon - guess I may have to schedule it in....

Have a great day everyone, and thank you for stopping by....

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