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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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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