Sunday, August 24, 2014

art journaling away . . . a little bit every day

Some of my favorite art journal pages I did so far in August . . .

grid prompt

round, grid and words prompts all on one spread

dictionary love, wet

dictionary love, dry

draw a chandelier prompt

close up of my chandelier!

mapping prompt (unfinished) combined with stamp a mandala prompt

finished mapping & mandala prompts

I have found the Daily Paper Prompts (DPP) from the Daisy Yellow Art site to be so helpful to me in my quest to do a little something creative every day. Right now I am using this fairly large Dylusions Creative Art Journal. I'm pretty happy with it so far! The pages are medium weight; not thin and not too thick. Fairly sturdy and holding up well to my artistic abuse! I do a lot of "wet" watercolor crayon in my journal. I have a special page on my tumblr where I've added more photos of just the pages in my art journal, you are welcome to view them here.

Below you will see my studio where I work/play.

my studio these days

Soon, in a few weeks, I will travel first to Boston to visit with my 2 sons and their wives, and then I will hop on a plane to Scotland to spend almost a week with my friend, Frieda = Art Quilter. It is somewhat of a dream come true for us! We have been writing emails and sharing art for 10 years and this will be our first time to spend time together in person. I am so excited and I know Frieda is too!! I asked her if I could come at this time so I could view her exhibition of Journal Quilts in person. I'm so, so excited to be able to view her award winning work in person, to spend time with her, to see her beautiful home in the country after seeing many photos, meet her dogs and her husband, to take walks with her, visit gardens, see Scotland - a country I've never seen before! We both keep blipfoto photo journals - a daily photo project Frieda introduced me to in 2010. We're sure to be sharing our visit together there, so you may want to bookmark our sites. Frieda's blipfoto journal is here and my blipfoto journal is here. : )

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Starburst :: Tangent No. 1

Art Journaling :: Starburst Tangent No. 1
Part of the Daisy Yellow Tangents and Tactics Series


This was really fun to do! I am currently using the DY Daily Paper prompts by doing them in my art journal. This was something extra that Tammy from Daisy Yellow Art does on Fridays. Find out more about the DY Art Journaling Tangents and Tactics Series HERE. To see more of this page (how I started) and others following the daily paper prompts in my new journal, follow this link : )

❤ Thanks for coming by!
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

online collage class

I'm taking an online collage class with Randel Plowman called The Art of Collage. I finished part of the third weekly project today and thought I would share it with you . . .


To see more of what I am doing in this class go here. I have information about the class at the top of the album. : )



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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

ICAD project complete

My last post left off with sharing #16 in my Index card a Day (ICAD) project, a total of 61 index cards done in 61 days. I was not able to post all of the cards individually here, but I did complete the project and wanted to share it with you.


Above you can see the beautiful red cedar box my husband Steve recently made for me to contain all of this year's cards. This box makes it so easy to look through the cards and also makes a lovely display piece. In fact, Steve made me 2 boxes, as this is the second year I have done the challenge. See below.


I find it amusing that for both years I ended the challenge on the 61st card with the stamp, Today . . . Begin. That's pretty much what it is about! The most important thing to do is jump in and start.

I wanted to share a collage of some of the index cards I made this June & July after #16 for this blog, so I used PicMonkey to create a grid collage, below. It's a great FREE photo editor that I use a lot. View all of the ICADs in full, easily by scrolling on my newly redesigned ICAD page. Tumblr blogs are a bit different than blogger blogs and easier (for me) to upload. I was even able to upload using my phone while we were traveling, that's why all the ICADs are there. I tend to share more on my tumblr blog, than here lately. The main page link to find me there is: http://creativelenna.tumblr.com/ -click on the little 'eye' icon under the post to read more or comment. I will not be giving up this blogspot blog, but if you wish to follow me, you'll be sure to find me more often on tumblr.

a sampling of ICADs - Index card art

Now that the ICAD project is over, I am using the Daily Paper Prompts from Daisy Yellow in a new art journal. I get up every morning and go right to my art journal and start working with that day's prompt -check my tumblr blog, as that's where I've been posting my pages. I used to go right to my computer and then try to squeeze in my art sometime later in the day. This is much better! I am surprised I did not think of this earlier. Plus, I decided to delete my Facebook account. This has given me a lot more time for my art and photography and I have even been working on totally re-doing my original website. It's been great for me! I do hope all is well with you, hope you stay in touch.


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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

step by step, #16


For index card #16 in the ICAD challenge I took step by step photos and wanted to share them. The theme this week, optional to use, is MAPS. I took a map of the local waters, ripped it in sections and glued it to a plain blue index card with a glue stick. When I showed this to Steven, he enjoyed that he's been to most of these places via boat! 

Then I wanted something to lightly cover the map, change it slightly. 
I choose Hi Lite Violet Lumiere paint, which gives sheer varied colors in different light.

Then I added a bit of Lumiere Sunset Gold around the edges...


For more depth of color, a weathered wood and peeled paint Distress Stain was rubbed on. 


Lastly, a fish print stamp (Fred B. Mullett) was added with permanent black ink.

I looked at the time stamp on my photos & this one took a little longer than 15 minutes. I started at 10:55pm and finished at 11:24pm on June 16, 2014. Still, a quick creative fix that I am reaping the benefits of. Join me?


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my journey : daily ICAD art breaks

Index Cards #12-13-14-15
June 12: Rubber stamping and watercolor crayons are my favorite go-to's:

 Below is June 13: paint, stamping, collage with tissue & paper napkins. 
This was also done for the Summer of Color Challenge.
Week One: Aqua Blue & Yellow with a smidge of Hot Pink!  

 June 14: I Scraped paint across the card with an old plastic CC 
to create patterns, pretty cool if I say so myself! Click on it for a larger view.
I rubber stamped a favorite saying that means a lot to me.

 June 15: I chose to work with a prompt from Tammy this day: Stickers. I used stickers created from my own photographs and that made it super-fun for me! Rubber stamping of course :)

Earlier today I added cards 8, 9 10 & 11 to the blog, here.

To find out more about Index Card a Day (ICAD) 
visit Tammy at the Daisy Yellow Website
Try doing one! Set the timer for 10 or 15 minutes and be amazed!

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Daily art! Index cards #8-9-10-11

Reoccurring themes and materials used, but interesting how each day is different. 
None of these took longer than 10 or 15 minutes to do. 
I can see so clearly how the HABIT of doing them is what's important. 




Index card a day : do something creative on an index card every day for 61 days.
Doodle, paint, stamp, collage, draw, write, ink, rip - anything!
Anyone can participate. Start anytime, jump in. I HIGHLY recommend this activity.


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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Index Cards 5-6-7 (index card a day)

Index card a day : do something (anything) creative on an index card every day for 61 days.
Anyone can do it. Start anytime, just jump in. I HIGHLY recommend this activity! 

ICAD #5 - June 5th, 2014
dripping ink & paint on pre-gessoed card, white uniball Signo pens 
with circle template, Claudia Rose Rubber stamp (peacock)

Index card #6 - June 6, 2014
Copy of a canvas collage I gave to my husband before we were a couple... 
Free form journaling on the question posed on the collage - what if?

The actual collage (top) with the index card art below ❤

ICAD #7 - June 7, 2014
Cretacolor AquaBrique water color Blocks, misting to activate, 
crinkling card to texture it with rubber stamping . . . 

ONE STEP AT A TIME! 

These were all done rather quickly -maybe 15 minutes tops.
On purpose, to get me into the habit of doing  them. 

What do you think??

Read more about the project here:


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