Friday, October 24, 2014

Playing with paint in my journal

If I don't have an idea to get me started working in my art journal, then playing with paint is a sure fire way to get me to dive in.


Start by squeezing acrylic paint right on your journal page


I use various combs (example) made for moving paint and sometime I hand make my own.
Take a piece of cardboard or an old plastic card and cut the edges with notches.


I love the patterns and colors you can make


And it is fun and relaxing


I liked the paint patterns so much that I did not want to cover them up much


So I left it at that!


It was good just to play creatively and that is what my journal is for . . . 


It's filling up! 

This month I have been concentrating my efforts and time on a re-build (entirely new) of my creativelenna WEBSITE... The one that has been around since 1995 -yikes! 19 years. I am making good progress but it takes time and I want to be sure I get everything I want to keep from my old site, over to the new. I am building it on a squarespace platform which has been a great experience so far -highly recoommended. When I am done, the new website will have the same URL: www.creativelenna.com as I will be transferring the domain over to the new site. You will easily be able to find it and I will send an announcement out. But I do have another spread of pages to share here and will return soon! 

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Peebles, in the Scottish Borders

I really had fun creating this spread. It is about the town of Peebles in the Scottish Borders where Frieda had her exhibit of Journal Quilts. We went there together on the 20th of September for her Galley Talk at the Tweeddale Museum, home to her 52 Journals exhibit. The town of Peebles exemplified to me the "look" of the towns in the Scottish Borders . . . so many old stone buildings.


I wanted to mimic the stone for my background so I started with 
a template from Stencil Girl - which Frieda introduced me to!


various spray inks were used and I let the inks run . . .


A sponge with Adirondack ink pads in Terra Cotta and Butterscotch filled in the white spaces


The finished background below


I had a lot of photos of the town that I wanted to include, 
so I chose 3 to go directly on the page and 8 for a folding booklet.


Accordion style . . . 


with photos on both sides, attached with washi tape


and I journaled about it, free hand with a permanent marker






And this is only about the town and what I experienced being there! Inside the museum, Frieda welcomed vistors and gave a talk about her process when spending a year making one journal quilt a week, sized A4 (8.5x11") or 10x10". I videoed a part of her Gallery Talk and you are welcome to view it here via this link or click below if you are viewing on  the blog!



As I said to Frieda in a comment yesterday, this was a trip of a lifetime for me!


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Saturday, October 4, 2014

We ❤ mail art Exchange: Foldnotes

I am lucky to exchange mail art with my 2 friends, Julie Welsh and Jo Urbani -check out their blogs! They have both also written about our exchange for September 2014: Foldnotes. Take one magazine page, paint it for more strength and then decorate it as you like. Here's how mine started:


I used a light coat of gesso (white paint) and then stenciled on top of that with spray dyes. After that, you fold the envelope up after writing a note or adding an image to the inside. The directions we followed were from Karen Isaacson's Blog.

I enjoyed this process so much, I ended up making over a dozen of these Foldnotes and sending them all out! I took a bunch of photos too, so I have made a little video. Enjoy -it is very colorful and moves along fast! Thanks again to Jewels & Jo. Looking forward to the October swap.

Video: http://animoto.com/play/2xdm3bt8zY457EZtdYPyNA



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Thursday, October 2, 2014

American Impressionism in Scotland!

During my visit, Frieda & I went to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art to see the American Impressionism exhibit. She had visited earlier in the summer and had it as an option on her long list of things for us to do while I was there. Of course I said yes to this! I love the Impressionistic style. Frieda shared a bit about our National Gallery visit on her blog the day we went -September 19, 2014. This blog post shows how I used my Gelli printing from the other day and combined it with the photographs I took that day and a bit of doodling. I'm very happy with this spread!


Frieda walking into the National Gallery . . . .
Above, the "No Miracles" sign is an installation by artist Nathan Coley. 
We saw a similar but different sign by the same artist at Jupiter Artland. 

 The postcard in the middle was sent to me by Frieda. This painting is part of the exhibit.
She picked it up on her earlier visit to the museum and sent it to me saying she was looking forward to my arrival, looking out for me, just like this woman in the painting by Benson.



 Frieda checks out her photos so far, when we stopped for lunch in the Cafe! Perhaps she's found her blip?




We visited the National Gallery in the morning and in the afternoon we went to Rosslyn Chapel & Castle -what a fine day!

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Gelli Printing session

Frieda re-introduced me to the Gelli Plate when I visited her in Scotland recently. At my request we played in her painting shed! I felt a little rusty but I got started, which is the most important part. This play time with her had me wanting to do more printing. Here is what happened today:


I think I used a little too much paint, but it all worked out anyway . . . . 









You'll be sure to see these printed papers turning up in other art soon! 
Thank you, Frieda - you also got me hooked on Stencil Girl : )

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