Saturday, January 24, 2015

Week 3 - Documented Life Project

❤ Here's my take on week 3 of the DLP art journaling challenge.

January Theme
The Blank Page and How to Face It!
January 17: Art Challenge: The Color Wheel
Journal Prompt: "I found I could say things with color and shapes 
that I couldn't say any other way . . . “ Georgia O’Keeffe

I made my own crazy color wheel . . . 
and sprinkled it with salt when I found the paint quite wet.
It made for some interesting patterns.

I started by writing about this week's challenge with  oil pastels.
I knew they would resist any paint I added later. 
I am borrowing materials from the abstract art class I am taking . . .
getting to know the materials better.

Below: after the salt was removed and the paint was spread to the other side of the page.

I wanted to be quite literal with the quote/prompt! I added shapes.

I struggled more this week as I was busier and not as excited about the prompt. 
But once I made myself jump in and start, I got some creative ideas that pleased me.
The fact that I was doing the prompt at all and sticking with my commitment
made me feel a whole lot better. 

Can't wait to see what is in store for week 4! 
The Original Documented Life Project. 

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Documented Life Project - I'm on board

After seeing what my friend Frieda Oxenham accomplished last year doing this project, I was inspired and motivated to try it myself. I procrastinated a little bit the first week, but now I am done early with week 2, phew! If you are unfamiliar with this FREE art journaling project, find out more HERE.

For WEEK 2, the Art Challenge is: Gesso
the Journal Prompt is a quote: "The beginning is always today" by Mary Shelly
and January's Theme: The blank page and how to face it

I started by painting the page with gesso
and sprinkling white sand and gold pigment powder on the wet paint! 

Then I used spray dyes & one of my new stencils from Stencil Girl ~
a company Frieda turned me on to when I went to visit her in Scotland last September! 

I journaled about the process and the prompts on the left.
I like this because it gives me permission to art one side only of this large journal. 

Good words for me to remember! 

Last weeks offering . . . . the Art Challenge was book papers
and the Journal prompt was "Be your own Goal Keeper"
You can read a bit more about it here on Polaroid Blipfoto!

I think this is going to be very good for me! 

ARE YOU doing The Original Documented Life Project this year?
Let me know!! 

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

catching up on journal pages

Recently I have not been working in my art journal on a daily basis, but I do still dive in a few times a month. Instead, I take photographs every day (fairly consistently) and journal about my favorite one for that particular day on my blipfoto journal. This habit has become a wonderful creative outlet for me - obviously!! I just celebrated 4 years of keeping a daily, or almost daily photo journal. Yahoo!

But paper & paint and my art journal still call to me. In fact I am thinking of challenging myself with a daily art activity like I do in the summer when I participate in the ICAD challenge at Daisy Yellow Art. I know how good it is for me to do a small creative thing every day so I might try to conjure that up again soon, on my own. You can get a good sense of HOW MUCH creativity gets conjures up by looking at my ICAD diary here. ICAD = index card a day!

Anyway, onto my 2 latest art journal spreads, done in late November and early December.

I started this spread by using the leftover glaze from my table stamping as a part of the background.

You can see the bronze glaze shining through the bright spay inks I applied on top -

 This was the day I was waiting for this new couch to be delivered - the image from the online store catalog. They were late and terribly busy which meant I had to hang around for 5 hours!

A bit of doodling . . . working in my art journal made the waiting a lot more palatable!

I love working with those inks. I have a variety of them and also use a blender called ink potion #9 to help the inks to move easily across the page.

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For the next spread I just felt like doing something different, so I pulled out various papers from my collage paper bin and glued them down, knowing I would do something more to them later . . . . I just felt like I wanted a base of collage and paper instead of ink or paint like my past few spreads had been. Do you know what I mean? So my journal looked like this  to start and it sat like that (below) for a week or two until I went to add something to it.

At that point, I decided to paint a light coat of gesso over the papers.

Then, I got out some stencils I had not tried yet from Stencil Girl
Frieda introduced me to them and I love them! 
Below are 4 different stencils I tried.

I also incorporated some new metallic aquasticks - watercolor but metallic.

And I added a favorite quote I got from a friend on blipfoto, Gitama.

The finished spread

I also made an animoto video about this journal spread. 
If you would enjoy seeing more of the step-by-step photos I took while doing the spread, put together nicely with music for more inspiration - please visit this link. Thanks!!

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Finished Table

The table is now finished. See this post if you missed part 1. Actually, that would be part 1 of the second life of this table. Steven made the table 2 years ago, I stamped it & we actually used it so much that the finish had worn down. When I asked if he could re-do it for us, he gave me the opportunity to stamp it some more - and I did. In fact, I really did stamp the heck out of it! What's best about this revitalized table is that after applying 2 coats of epoxy to seal the table & stamping, Steve did 2 coats of spray polyurethane. That gives a lovely matte finish which seems to keep it looking nice, even after dinner! Here are a couple finished pics.

It seems to fit perfectly with our new couch!

Thanks for stopping by . . .

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Table Stamping

I did some table stamping today, revitalizing a collaboration from 2 years ago. This is a table my husband Steven made and then I stamped. The top finish had gotten quite scuffed because we use the table so much. I asked Steven to refinish it with coats of polyurethane to bring the sheen back. But first, I decided to add more stamped designs!  Here's what the table looked like prior to us working on it today, pretty simple.

Steven had to scuff it with some fine sandpaper before I could add more stamping. When he refinishes it these lines will all melt away . . . you need to scuff it up for the finishing clear coats to adhere properly.

Then I got my materials ready:  Bronze Glaze, a sponge and large foam stamps.

I started by adding a few images . . .

 A closer view:

And then, in typical Lenna fashion, I went a little wild! I wonder what Lightning thinks? (our kitten)

I decided I like the new look  :0 )

Steven will take it to the boat shop now to finish it, giving it a few coats of shiny sealant.
We are getting a new (larger) couch on Sunday and this will be just perfect for it! I did not take long to stamp it either. I am much happier with it now. Who says it's too late to re-create?!

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