Friday, November 8, 2013

art journaling and photography

Even though I have not been posting too often on my creativelenna blog, I'm still working away in the background on my life & art! I'm blessed to have time to be able to concentrate on what I love: Dance and Nia Technique, plus Conscious Movement, my art journal, photography, time with friends and family, and conversations with those who support my creative spirit and inspire me. I often run out of time to share what I've been doing on a daily basis as much as I would like to on this blog, but I'm here today! This seemed to be the best place to share this slice of my life.

The other day I finished another journal spread in my positive affirmation themed art journal. I had been absent from working in it for a little while and had been thinking about it (feeling guilty!) when I went to finish a "crayon batik" my friend Cheryl and I had done during our visit to Selby Gardens. In order to finish, we needed to paint a background over our crayon drawings. When I was done doing that and saw the leftover paint sitting on top of the freezer paper, my first thought was to press the pages of my journal into the leftover paint for a background!


It made me very happy to do something as simple as adding paint to a page spread.
Lesson learned! 


So I continued. I went on to add printed tissue paper and many leftover items I had saved in a "collage box". 
I happily worked away on this journal spread of pages until I was done. 


The day was kind of grey and even taking my journal outside to photograph it did not improve things a lot. I did not think my photographs were that great. In fact I think that's one reason I did not share them until now - I did not think they showed off the journal pages very well. The one above was one of the best ones.

I do show up online sharing my photos almost everyday on Blipfoto -an online photo journal site. My journal is called creativelenna and you can visit it here. I have "met" many wonderful supportive friends there, many who are much more knowledgeable about cameras and settings than I am. I've learned a lot and continue to do so. One of my blip friends, hobbs was speaking about using his "prime lens" on his DSLR which gives a very short focal distance. I do not have the same kind of camera as he does but took the information he shared and tried to use it with his help! The short focal length setting had a wonderful effect for taking photos of this journal spread, let me share with you . . . I think this first one came out the best!








 You can look at lots of other pages HERE in this same journal, if this peaks your interest : )




I love combining my photography and my art! 

What about you?

What are you juggling right now? 



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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

slow journaling

"Slow journaling" was the prompt from Daisy Yellow that I focused on for this spread of pages in my positive affirmation journal. I just realized as I was typing, how appropriate it was that I chose this particular prompt! My last journal spread was completed about a month ago. . . that is some pretty slow journaling! I am glad to have jumped back in.


Before getting started I found a transparency of a sheet of background images from ARTchix Studio. I had purchased the image sheet digitally, then printed it out on to a transparency sheet. It was calling me . . . designed to be cut up and used as backgrounds for Artist Trading Cards, I wanted to use part of the whole sheet as a background for one side of my spread. 


 For the SLOW journaling - I drew wavy, uneven lines as instructed -first with a pencil and then with my watercolor crayons. I used a wet brush to activate the water color.


What I wanted to write slowly, I already knew. The day before I had attended Conscious Movement here in Sarasota. It is best described as, "Conscious Movement is an opportunity for you to connect to YOUR spirit, YOUR soul through movement. We dance barefoot, without speaking, so we can reconnect to our true spirit, our true soul. Through the healing vibrations of the sound, We move through and WITH our emotions in order to grow, to open, to heal and to increase our awareness and our consciousness." We had a special guest Tej Dharam that day who led us in a community Kirtan, something I had never experienced before. We sang the words I slowly wrote in my journal below . . .


It was not easy to sing together at first, but when I relaxed and let my mind go and let my voice blend in with the others, it was divine! 



I took my art journal outside on the porch for better light and better photographs.



A close up to share the little comment on the inside of a tiny Dove chocolate I enjoyed:

The more you praise and celebrate your life, 
the more there is to celebrate!


p.s. I have updated my blog, so if you are viewing via a feed,you may enjoy peeking in here: http://creativelenna.blogspot.com/
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Monday, October 21, 2013

more mail art . . .

I love to create mail art. My versions often have rubber stamping all over the envelope. I still use lots of stamps from my days working in an Art Rubber Stamp Store. It is a quick way to add art. Although, mail art can be so many different things. A favorite online article I've saved that explains mail art in more detail is: Pushing the envelope.

I have not posted for a bit, but here's some of what I've been doing behind the scenes. I like to wait until I've heard the mail has been received before sharing it. For my good friend Frieda - Art Quilter & mixed media artist who lives in Scotland, I sent a belated birthday card and fabric ATC. We both love roses! This envelope was sweet & simple . . .



The card above is a watercolor of The Ringling Museum's rose garden.
I often visit and take photographs. The rose on Frieda's ATC is a photo 
I took at the Ringling garden! Later, I transferred it to fabric. 







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For my friend Anna, who is healing from an injury 
which prevents her from dancing with us right now:






I used watercolor crayons and rubber stamps to create this envelope. 
The card was made from a photo taken at one of our Gratitude Dances on the beach 
that both Anna & I attended. 

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Tom Haukaas came to a private class I taught at my home in late September: 
We worked on Image Transfers!  He brought a great many prints to work with 
and gifted me one of his great-grandmother.

I transferred it to this envelope, added stamping and tucked his left behind items inside.
voila' - off in the mail it went, to Tom's delight! 


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Lastly, a simple stamped envelope for an upcoming get-away:


* Have a little fun and add some art to your next envelope!


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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

stamp a mandala

As you may know, I have been working in my art journal every week using Daisy Yellow's Daily Paper Prompts.
The prompts have been so inspirational to me and a great place to start. Isn't that always the hardest part -starting? Well, this prompt was called "stamp a mandala". Of course I had heard of mandalas before but was not really sure of their meaning and I was curious. With a quick Google search (our current day encyclopedia!) I came up with this, from the mandala project.org:

"The word mandala is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean "circle," a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself--a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds."

Well, I did not go forward from that point and stamp a perfect mandala, even though I enjoyed reading about them! In my journal I started on the right side of the page spread with a very loose circle and to tell you the truth, I really liked it better that way.


This was before I added any color to it. I just wanted to get a loose circle down on paper using my Katy Widger and Too Much Fun patterning stamps. On the other side I did not think of a mandala at all, just simply using the pattern stamps. It was fun! 


When I finished stamping with permanent ink and coloring in with watercolor crayons on both sides it looked like this . . . .


My positive affirmation is handwritten on the petals of the yellow flower on the left. It reads, "I attract that which I am". 

I've created a short animoto slideshow video which will take you through the process from start to finish in 2 minutes! I will embed it below Or you can watch it on a separate page here:



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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Looking for indigo

It has been a number of days since I posted but never fear - I am continuing to play in my art journal!   

What, it's been 10 days? How did that happen?! Well, I've been working on catching up in my photo journal on blipfoto, that's what happened! I took a break from posting on blipfoto for almost 3 months while I was getting back into playing with paper and paint . . .  It is always a balance, isn't it?

Moderation. Small things. Sample a bit of everything. 
These are the secrets of happiness and good health.
~ Julia Child



I have been using the daily paper prompts from daisy yellow for all my recent journal spreads but this time I am using a prompt from the blipfoto site - Horomaka's Rainbow Challenge: Indigo. After getting caught up there adding photos I wanted to participate in some of the photo challenges. For this one, Indigo, I combined my art with my photos!! That just might be the trick for me to be able to do everything I'd like to.

 I started looking for indigo in my watercolor crayons . . . . 


I tried two - one seemed too purple and the other too blue!


Then I remembered I had a new "Indigo" Lumiere paint.


This was much more what I was looking for!



I did some combing and some brushing . .. and added a positive affirmation.





A little bit of gold metallic marker to go with the indigo




It really creates joy for me when I work in this journal.
An added plus, I can use it on blipfoto too!


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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sunday, September 8, 2013

mail art love

I love sending & receiving mail art and have been hooked on doing this for quite some time. Mail Art is also the daily paper prompt #19 from Daisy Yellow! Create a piece of mail art and mail it to someone within 4 days.

I've done that a number of times recently and thought, why not share everything I created during August through the present time . . . well, except for one envelope which has been secretly sent! That will be shared later.


My most recent mail art was sent just last week to my brother-in-law's mother. I wanted to wish her well, as she had a brief hospital stay and was now home. She lives in Connecticut but often visits this area and really loves Florida. I like to use rubber stamps with permanent ink (StazOn) and then add a bit of color with a watercolor crayon. 

I am sure this cheered her!


Beautiful postage stamps help to decorate the envelope, or use funny ones depending on the intent! On the envelope below I used one of the Muscle Cars postage stamps because my NIA instructor Becky is also an actress staring in the play, "Becky's new Car".


Here I have liberally used my water color crayons! 
Inside is a copy of a photo I took of a special Nia class that Becky hosted, 
with additional art added. 



For an ARTchix Studio swap on a Flower theme, I wanted to add a little mail art to the envelope holding my ATCs I was sending to the hostess Nikki . . . . she works hard organizing these swaps for Helga Strauss and I hoped this would brighten her mail day.


Rubber stamps, watercolor crayon, faux post & a transparency image 
from ARTchix Studio




Lastly, I both received and sent special pieces of mail art for my son Decklin's wedding! His fiance' Tina is a graphic designer and designed their wedding invitation. They personally chose and affixed very special, old postage stamps for the invitation they sent us . . . 2 Florida stamps, a LOVE stamp, a ST Lawrence Seaway stamp for Steven's family cottage on Wolfe Island, Ontario - where they have visited, Exploring the Moon for our moon & stars theme . . . look!



The invitation return RSVP card below, the wedding is soon!



my reply & my mail art for them! 








I definitely believe that this is true . . . 


create some mail art today!



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