Friday, January 30, 2015


Recently, I've been thinking about authenticity, the question of "What is the most authentic work I could be doing?" 

Authentic: Real. From the heart. What art do I love? What art is "real"? Of all the art I create, what is most authentic?

This is what I love to create:

- photography
- making journals/books
- painting backgrounds
- colorful creative doodles
- digital painting, collage, art journaling
- fabric art quilts

I've always thought of my art quilts as "real art" - I suppose because it is hung on the wall. I've considered art journaling or painting in a journal creative but not "real" ... perhaps because it isn't hung on a wall. I realize that is not valid; art in a book is just as "real" as art to be hung on a wall. Yet ... this has been my mindset for a long time.

I'm reconsidering this now, especially with my new fascination with digital art. I like the word "authentic" which seems more inclusive than "real". I like the questions I've raised and am considering.

Authentic art comes from the heart. It is something within me that wants/needs to be expressed.

I consider the digital collage below to be authentic because

  • it's original
  • it's a theme that has surfaced in my art for years
  • it's a stretch - first time to do this kind of collage
  • it comes from the heart

This is an interesting place to be. I'd love to hear what you think.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Digital Art Collage

Happy Place: Digital collage

This collage is created from my background papers - painted pages that I've scanned to use for mixed media or digi art. The sky is a personal photo, digitally altered. The green paper on the bottom is purchased; all other elements are mine. My training in Photoshop Elements has paid off ... layers and filters and selection and brushes and effects ... I played with it all. I loved creating it and love how it turned out. The size is 12x12. I may get it printed on canvas ... and I definitely see more of these in the future.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Here is what I've been working on/playing with ... (lots of pics!)

DLP: Week 2
DLP: Week 3
DLP: Week 4 (Digital)
Learning more about photoshop
Playing with digital scrapbook templates
Digital scrapbook
creating digi backgrounds
digi background
digi art
digi art journal
Loving the digital art world. However I'm also playing with paints and collage ...

Following the videos from Terri Kahrs "I Have a Secret" journal, I created this using a manila envelope for the cover. I used a variety of medium on the pages (cardstock) - water soluble crayons, watercolor pencils, acrylic paint, gelato crayons. The page featured includes an images from the class as well as one of my painted birds. The right side is a plain envelope covered with a printout of my digitally enhanced background sheet. On the flip side is a place to put a note (secret) inside the envelope. This page is ready for journaling.

And finally, I made a scrappy journal for my granddaughter for her 11th birthday. Still love making these!

And that's it!

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

A switch to digital collage?

The first challenge for the Documented Life Project (DLP) is to use book paper as a first layer. The journal prompt is "Be Your Own Goal Keeper". I'm using the dylusions creative journal 5x8 size for these prompts. For the physical page, I glued a variety of book papers, followed by a layer of gesso. Then some paint and stenciling. I decided to use a snippet from a photograph as a pocket to hold a tag for my journaling. A painted birdie awaits "soaring" with my goals.
very unfinished!
Having decided to do both digital and physical and see which I like better, I started my digital version while waiting for "paint to dry". Within an hour I had produced a page that I love. It has several layers: book pages (which I'd scanned in), papers that look like a layer of gesso, paint splotches, embellishments that I've created from my own art background pages (circles, borders), the photo snippet and the birdie. I love how easy the text is to create. 
DLP Week 1:  Digital Collage
This would have taken me a long time to complete on the physical page. So, I stopped working on that and have the two side by side in my journal. I'll continue this personal challenge for a while and see where it leads me.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

first project of 2015

I'm off to a fun start! I took this painting that I did a couple of years ago, scanned it and printed it on fabric transfer and ironed it to felt. 

 My intention is to heavily stitch and embellish it and create an art quilt.
Depending on how it works out, I may do a series as I have about 12 of these paintings.
The fabric is quite stiff so I can only work on it for a short while before my thumb is worn out. However, I love hand stitching and beading and this is so colorful that I think I'll enjoy working on it.

My inspiration for the paintings were Robert and Sonia Delaunay whose art I saw in Paris. My inspiration for the embellishment is Frieda Oxenham's journal quilts.

I hope you are off to a creative start to 2015!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Digi Art

As I wrap up 2014 and enjoying these peaceful quiet days, I spend my time learning and playing with digital collage and scrapbooking. I see a lot of this in 2015!
She Dared to Dream: Digital collage

For this one, I created a digital scrapbook template with a commercial background and added papers of my own art.
The Earth Laughs: Digital Collage
This one was created with a PSE background and papers and shapes from my own art papers. The photo of Raphael's La Fornarina, source unknown. One of the layers is a letter my father wrote to my mother while they were dating. She was away for the summer and he wrote of how he missed her and couldn't wait to see her again. Hence the title of the piece.
She Dreams of His Return: Digital Collage
This final piece is sized to print and add to my 2015 visual journal. I set the intention for the year. Papers are from my art papers. The butterfly is from a collage sheet, source unknown. (If I'm to do this, I really need to save the source of these so I can give credit!)
Soar: Digital Collage
Happy New Year! Even though I don't get comments, this blog is my way of documenting my art and creative process. So for those who view it ... thanks for stopping by. I hope I inspire you to make art!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Happy Holidays

I wish whomever peeks in on this blog a Happy Holiday and a wonderful New Year!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

1 background 2 collages

I'm playing in Photoshop Elements again. Created a background and with some alteration, used it for two collages.

Protection: digital collage

Fashionistas: Digital collage
what do you think?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

3 journals

I bought this.

And I've just made these.

A sample of inside pages
These notebook/journals are mostly plain pages with copies of original art and personal photographs. A few gelli print pages are added. The covers are chipboard covered with scrapbook papers with flower, ribbon and button embellishment. I think they turned out well. These are gifts - I don't think the recipients read this blog :-). I will definitely make more of these!