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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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Jupiter Artland

Jupiter Artland is a wonderful place that Frieda took me to when I visited her in Scotland in September. She just knew I would like it . . .  and she was right! I have taken some of the photos I took and added them to my art journal as a way of keeping those memories alive.

Jupiter Artland is an estate outside of Edinburgh where the grounds have been turned into a public art display. You can use a map provided to discover the pieces. I kept my map and brought it home with me. When I went to create this spread I scanned the map onto a transparency sheet and used my xyron to attach it to the page.

The nails you see on this page were on a gate in the courtyard where we had lunch. 
They were also on the front gate of Jupiter Arland as we drove in and very impressive! 
I have added Silver Lumiere paint to the page and textured it with a fork. 

Frieda and I drove through the "Life Mounds" by Charles Jencks -there is a wonderful close up photo here on the Jupiter Artland website. I am not sure who made this wonderful bridge, but it was a treat to walk over it. The mounds of earth were something Frieda and I could walk up to the top of by following a circular path. At the top there would be a sculptural piece.

Frieda on top of one of the Life Mounds

The bridge from the top of one of the mounds

So very interesting and unusually beautiful. 

memories kept to savor and enjoy! 

And a big announcement! 
I am in the process of switching over to my new creativelenna website, the switch is in the works as of 11/7/2014. I am mapping my existing domain to the new site I have built at "" -click here for more info on building your own site. I cannot recommend this company highly enough! 

Anyway, there may still be some errors being shown during the transition, meaning you will not be able to reach my new site every time you try, but things should settle down & work correctly in another day or two. Please give it a try at and see what you think. You can leave a comment there too, in the "Updates" section. I will be back with an update when everything is working perfectly too. Thanks! 

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Walking in fields, walking by Art

I am returning to my visit with Frieda in Scotland last month. I've added more to my art journal about that glorious week! On the left, Frieda & I were walking in the fields near her house with her dogs. When I showed this page to Steven, he remarked how fitting it was that I chose to add hand drawn stitches around the photo of Frieda. She is very well known as an award winning Art Quilter and stitching is how she often speaks : ) I did not even consciously think about what I was doing, it just came to me as I was journaling..

On the other page is the beginnings of a few pages about our visit to Jupiter Artland and what we saw while walking there. This is an amazing 80 acre private country estate that invited contemporary artists to exhibit, often outdoors in a site of their choosing. Later, the public was invited to explore and discover during the summer months. A short video is here, sharing some of the artist's work on the grounds of the estate.

Frieda is walking past mirrored and tessellated spray painted chrome panels on the back of the building where we paid our entrance fee to Jupiter. More photos and explanation of this interesting installation by Jim Lambie, here. Jupiter Artland is also committed to being an educational resource year round for school children.

Frieda introduced me to the Stencil Girl products while I was visiting her in Scotland and since then I have signed up for their Stencil Club. That is what you see used here as a page background.

Here is how I originally started this spread . . .

Jupiter Artland was probably the most interesting place Frieda took me to, in my opinion! 
I will have more to share about it via my art journal next week. I need to take a break every now & then from the large job of rebuilding my website. Working in my journal and remembering my visit, using my ephemera I collected and saved is a wonderful way to take that break.
Thank you again, Frieda!!!!

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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: 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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