Thursday, March 26, 2015

Journaling by 5s latest

So, I finished the first round and decided to do the facing pages as round #2. What I mean by finished is, I did a little marker work for step 5 ... nothing special or significant. I'm definitely not pleased with the pages as they stand. However, I have a "plan" for facing pages so I won't do the "extra" finishing touches on these just yet.

Step #1 Paint - liquid watercolor and neon sprays. Step #2 Collage - napkins and tissue papers. And here is where I went terribly wrong. I put deli paper between the pages as I worked - pages that were wet with glue. 

Lesson learned: deli paper sticks! Really sticks.

So now, not only do I have a bunch of ugly first round pages ... I also have messy ugly 2nd round pages. They were not helped much with Step #3 stamps (no stencils). I'm considering ditching the project. However, that is my modus operendi. And because I'd like to at least try and salvage this book ... I'll proceed to Step #4. I've printed my focal "images" and am ready to go.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Journal by 5s, steps 3 and 4

Step 3 Stamp and Stencil. I somewhat enjoyed it; however really felt time constrained. I mostly used stamps with ink pads. On a few pages I used gesso through stencils. When finished, I fought the urge to go back through with a 2nd round, and forged ahead. After each session I've gone back and dried the pages and glued down anything that needed it. 

I think I "cheated" on Step 4 Imagery and Text. I went through a large stash and cut out more than I would need. Then I stuck the focal image in the page it would go (this took about 10 minutes). I also cut out lots of words but didn't place them ahead of time. So when I set the timer I had my glue stick ready which I used to adhere things quickly. On a couple of pages I switched images but pretty much went with the first layout.  After I got all the images partially adhered, I went back and added phrases or words. I got through the 18 pages in the 15 minute timeframe.

Then I spent time glueing things with a watered down Elmer's glue. I'd used that with step 2. The difference is that in this step, I was using magazine images and words. The wet glue made for lots of wrinkles! About halfway through I switched to soft gel medium which caused less wrinkling. I'm not pleased with the wrinkling and therefore would change this step to basically take 15 minutes to place images on the page, not adhere them. 

Some pages are beginning to take on meaning. Most, however, are open to more. Next step is details with pen, pencil, markers. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Journal by 5s

So, I happened upon this "challenge" created by Shannon Green and immediately fell into the rabbit hole of distraction by watching many (I mean many!) videos of artists participating in this. The purpose is to do 5 sessions using 10 prompts, each session for 15 minutes (!) on 20 pages (!!). 


5 sessions--all in one day or just one a week...your choice.
10 prompts--2 per session, feel free to make substitutions.
15 minutes--that gives you 45 seconds per page so don't mess around!
20 pages--just one side of a sheet of paper, not both sides. 

These are the recommended prompts for each session. You may make substitutions to fit what you have on hand:

Session 1-Background: Paint, Ink
Session 2-Texture: Collage, Recycle
Session 3-Pattern: Stamps, Stencils
Session 4-Focal Point: Words, Images
Session 5-Details: Pen, Pencil

I thought I'd give it a try for several reasons. 1. I'm easily distracted. 2. It looked like fun. 3. It is a way to use up lots of stuff lying around. 4. It's a way to just play, not going for perfection, pushing the critic aside (there is no room for much thought i.e., inner critic discourse, when you are working on 20 pages in 15 minutes. So, after much viewing of what everyone else is doing, I've begun the process.

Here is what I have so far:

Step 1, paint and spray inks, was fun. I enjoyed just picking paint for each page, not thinking about the "future" of that page. Just squirt paint, spread it around with a brush or brayer, move on. I used deli paper between the pages and only got a little tearing. I didn't realize until I was finished that I'd skipped a page, so I "cheated" and painted it. Somehow I only have 18 pages, not 20. That's probably because as I was gluing pages together I wasn't paying close attention to the goal of 20.

Step 2, collage and texture was fun also. However, with only 15 minutes, I was able to add just a little to each page. I'd hoped to use up a larger part of my stash. I considered "cheating" again and going back for a 2nd session of step 2 ... but I've decided not to do that. So I'll let this all dry and prepare for the next step, stamps and stencils.

So far, I like the process. Not impressed with the pages ... but that's all part of the process. Were this not "timed", I'd spend a lot of time on these steps, trying to reach a "pretty" stage. These pages aren't there, and they may not get there. I'm trying out the process of working in stages simply to see how it feels. I've read other artists who follow this type of process, i.e., Diana Trout and Dawn Sokol. So far, it feels good. 

I don't care for the idea of only 1 side of the spread completed. However, I have an idea for what I'll do with the facing page. I would like to have a book that feels "finished" or perhaps ready for journaling. I'll see how it goes.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Digi fun

A fun way to spend a little time on a lazy Sunday afternoon...

Creating a variety of grungy backgrounds from one photo, using filters and color adjustments. Photoshop is soooo much fun!

and here is a collage ...

Do you see; digitized photo collage

Sunday, March 01, 2015

recent work

Here are some things I've been working on ...

"Frayed Edges": A Scrappy Journal (for sale)


Small Journal: coil bound journal with plain and gelli print pages (for sale)

Reveal 01

Love, Laugh, Live
And the oscar goes to ...

Waiting for Spring
DLP Week 8: It's Worth Repeating

Hope you enjoy and thanks for taking a peek!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Saturday, February 21, 2015

photoshop elements play

Just messin' around




 havin' fun ...

Thursday, February 12, 2015

This is my interpretation for this week's Documented Life Project.

February Theme
Layers You Will Love!
February 7
Art Challenge:  When Not To Stop
Journal Prompt:  "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough!" (Ooh)

Layer 1: assorted papers (my art)
Layer 2: White “gesso
Layer 3: Journaling
Layer 4: Background sheet splotched with white paint
Layer 5: flower shape stamped and then portions erased
Layer 6: flower shape (Vicki Robinson); painted in places
Layer 7: white splotches
Layer 8: pink flowers (Google image) and butterfly (free clip art)
Layer 9: left border
Layer 10: bubblewrap and black stamping
Layer 11:  leaf shapes along bottom
Layer 12: text


I must say this was tons of fun and much less messy than paper/paint/glue.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Liberate Your Art

I'm participating in a very cool project called "Liberate Your Art". It's a postcard swap hosted by KatEyeStudio.

The world needs more art. The world needs your art.The Liberate Your Art postcard swap is in its 5th year of encouraging you to create, share and liberate your art into the world, where it can do its greatest good.Join participants from around the world as we liberate our art through the mail and brighten the day of those near and far. See what good mailing your art can bring!
Here are the postcards I'm sending.
I like this project for many reasons: 1. One of my 2015 art goals is to increase visibility of my art. This is a great way to achieve that. 2. I hope my art brings joy to the viewer (another of my 2015 goals). 3. It is simply fun to receive "real" mail!

Let me know if you have decided to participate in this swap and/or if you would like to swap with me.

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.