Archive | September, 2012

Art journaling

29 Sep

As far back as I can remember, I have kept a written word journal; mostly they are chronological journals. You know, the large and small events that make up my life in chronological order. About 2 years ago, I started being intentional about including more things like books I read, movies I’ve seen, television I watch in a monthly roundup (thanks for the idea, Katie the Scrapbook lady!) I also have started doing random “I Love” pages where I list anything that comes to mind that I love (like pineapple, bridges, when the leaves turn colors in the fall). You know, those little things that people may not know about you unless they know you really well. I think it might be fun for my son (or my WAY in the future grandkids) to read and get a little more insight into what made me the person I am.

But, I digress. Anyhow, sometime over the last year, I found myself searching for a new creative outlet. I had found  Mary Ann Moss and her fantasticly yummy Remains of the Day journal on You Tube. I made one, well, my version of a ROD journal and while I truly enjoyed making it, it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. Then, low and behold, I stumbled upon art journals. One of the first artists I found was Milliande. She is amazing and so cute! I was so inspired, that I reproduced her art journal cover.

I actually have 4 art journals in various stages that I work on. Mostly because when I get inspired, I don’t care for little things like paint or adhesive needing to dry to slow me down. The following pictures are of a page inspired by one of my favorite artists, Donna Downey (check out her blog, Simply Me) By the way, I love sharing these wonderful artists who inspire me and by all means, please check out their links, but hurry back to Studio B!

So, what do you think?

Sidebar: I have discovered that photographing my art is a lot different than my regular photography. Lighting these pages just right so you get to enjoy their true colors and the fun textures is a new experience. Any tips?

Check back next WEDNESDAY (if you’re keeping tabs, I’ve been posting on Saturday) for a new post about Gesso. A dear friend was kind enough to share my blog on her facebook page and then asked “What’s gesso?” Nancy, the next one is for you!

Cheers,

Michelle

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How did I make those recycled art cards, you ask….

22 Sep

Last time we met, I introduced you to my recycled art cards. And I bet you’ve been wondering all week exactly how I made them (indulge me, please). So here goes.

Recycled art cards begin life as magazine subscription cards.

I cover the subscription cards in a good coat of gesso. Currently, I’m using a White Acrylic Gesso by Artist’s Loft from Michael’s. It fine for this type of artwork, but I’m not in love with the way it coats the paper.  I recently found a sweet gem in Nashville called Plaza Artist Materials and when it’s time to buy new gesso, I’m going to try their brand.

Make sure to cover both sides.

Once I’ve covered both sides, I paint the background. Sometimes I have a vision of the finished product, sometimes, I let the colors I mix shape the direction of my art.

Like my fancy pallet?

This card was for my favorite red-head so I was thrilled to find a red-headed model in a magazine ad.

The wings are from a greeting card (also from Michael’s) and of course the woman is from a magazine ad.

Getting there, but not quite finished

She needed a bit more before she was finished. I added a tag from my favorite Tazo tea (India Spice in case you are wondering). And of course, a note to my sweet cousin on the back (which I won’t share). I do paint the back and cover it in various papers (mostly whatever I have at hand). Right now, I’m using the packing paper from a shipment of books. Love when they use kraft paper!

Her dress needed some bling, so I added gold paint. I also softened it up a bit with a gesso wash that I rubbed off with paper towels. This way, it looks more like it’s part of the card instead of sitting on top of it.

It’s that simple. Each set of cards I make for my cousins tend to reflect what I’ve been working on in my art journals. I love the challenge of painting 4 at a time with each different girl (and personality) in mind. But the best part for me by far is when I open my mailbox and have an envelope filled with their artwork in reply!

Leave a comment and tell me what you think!

Cheers,

Michelle

Recycled Art Cards

15 Sep

I would like to introduce you to my recycled art cards. I just put a set in the mail today to my little cousins, so I can’t share photos of them just yet. But I will share some of the other ones I’ve made.

The idea came to me at the beginning of the this year after a visit with my cousin and her family. She and her husband have four girls (yes I said four!) and I really enjoy spending time with them. They’re at the age where they are actually interested in spending time with me as well. However, we live 4 1/2 hours apart and we just don’t seem to be able to visit as often as we’d like. I thought it would be fun to stay in touch somehow between visits and find a creative way to get to know them better in the process.

Recycled art cards were born. They are essentially a post card. I create artwork on the front and write a note to each of them on the back. I start with magazine subscription cards and cover them in gesso. (Note: I had planned to include photos from start to finish, but my computer had other ideas and decided to crash my iPhoto. I managed to find 2 examples which are actually the first 2 cards I made so I guess it’s alright).  Anyhow, after the gesso dries (gesso turns many surfaces into a workable canvas – it gives your paper “teeth”), I usually paint the background color. I use acrylics (medium and liquid), magazine pages, newspaper, soft gel medium, scrapbook papers, markers, stamps and anything else that strikes my fancy a the time. So, here is the first one I sent:

This one has layers of paint, newsprint, gesso then more paint and finally the flower petals from a magazine page.

I covered this card with newsprint and then hand painted these red flowers. The girls really liked them! In fact, all four of them decided to make their own cards. I love them (and would have shared a photo but again, my computer…..). Anyhow, their cards are on my inspiration board in my art room and make me smile whenever I look at them.

But before I close, I really do need to thank a few people. I have been thinking about starting a blog for a long time, but one friend really gave me the push I needed. She suggested setting a start by date (which is why even thought I don’t have all the photos I wanted to use, I’m posting today anyhow, cause September 15th was my date!). Thank you Viki! Another (new) friend reminded me that when things start to become too complicated, keep it simple. So, I have Heather to thank for my blog name. And last but not least, I have to thank my hubs who always encourages me to follow my dreams.

Ok, enough of the corny stuff. If you like my cards, I’d love for you to leave a comment. And thank you for sharing the first step in this new creative journey with me.

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