Archive | May, 2013

The one with new art cards

18 May

Happy Saturday!

flowersThis is how I started my Saturday morning….greeted by beautiful flowers in the back yard! What inspiration first thing in the morning. And this week, I had been working on art cards with flowers as my focal point. Kinda perfect, huh? Anyhow,  I had so much fun making the last granola box canvas, that I had to make some more of those cute flowers.

This time, my canvas were magazine subscription cards. Yep, my art cards are back! So, I started here:

art card 1After a layer of gesso, I chose my color palet and applied the paint with my fingers. I always did enjoy finger painting as a child!

art card 2Sometimes when I’m creating, I forget to take photos so you’ll have to forgive me for not having close ups of the backgrounds without the beginnings of the flower heads. I used scrapbook papers for the flower heads; coordinating or contrasting papers, depending on my mood.

art card 3

I think I enjoy these flowers so much because they are quick, easy, and never the same twice. And because I love using drawing inks which are for the stems and smaller details.

art card 4

art card 5

art card 6I used some Stampin Up! stamps to complete each card.

So there you are. Quick and sweet cards. Let me know what you think. I always enjoy reading your comments!

Til next week.


The one with the some art journal fun

12 May

Happy Saturday!

This week, I’ve been working on quite a few projects (having to wait for paint to dry is just an opportunity to start something new). I worked on some new art cards for my cousins, started a new granola bar box canvas, painted a mothers day card, and played around with some art journal pages.

Recently, I was inspired by a video I saw on YouTube (by JournalArtista). I love her idea of creating a journal by using a magazine (cause I have a ton at my house…..I may eventually try this). But it did inspire me to use magazine images as my focal point.  I did a two-page layout in my spiral bound journal. I’m not sure that they go together or if they are really 2 separate layouts. I’ll let you be the judge.

journal 1I started with some images that caught my eye while flipping through magazines. And some of the wallpaper I got at the Zero Land Fill project last weekend.

journal 2Starting with the left side, I had added some paint to soften up the harsh lines and then didn’t care for it at all. So, I gessoed over it (while it was wet) and ended up with a streaky, gesso, paint, ink mixture…….

journal 3I can work with that! (I also added some jesso and leftover paint to the right side for some texture). Back on the left,  I like the zebra and wanted to keep her but the page needs something. And then this idea pops into my head. I tore out a few pages from one of those magazines (also from my trips to the ZLP), spread on a light layer of gesso and let it dry.

journal 4I drew the outline using my new favorite, black drawing ink from Windsor & Newton (and let it dry) The idea is to paint these flower petals with the Twinkling H20 water colors I picked up a while back (I saw Donna Downey used them in one of her Inspiration Wednesday videos and had to try them for myself). I couldn’t have been happier with the results.

journal 5I know they don’t look twinkly here, but trust me, they are!

journal 6Here’s how they look on the page….

journal 9I needed something to finish off this side, so I looked through my stacks of papers and found this flyer from an event put on by one of my colleagues. I loved the colors and the design so I grabbed a few of the extras she had.

journal 12And here is the left side with some additional embellishments. I got to break out the Winsor & Newton drawing inks again to add some finishing touches.

Now the right side has a nautical theme (not sure why, I just went with what appealed to me when I was looking through the mags). I had started with this….

journal 8Keep in mind, I worked on this layout over a 2 week period (I unfortunately don’t get in as much time to paint after work during the week as I would like). Last weekend, I went to McKay’s (the best used bookstore ever!) with a friend and found this great book in the free bin (in the FREE BIN!)

journal 7Yep, a nautical themed book! I pulled out some photos and a few of these really cool velum pages and went to work.

journal 10At this point, it’s starting to take shape, but everything looks like I just stuck it on the page (and yes, I get that it is in fact what I just did). But it needs some depth….no pun  intended!

journal 11The use of some bubble wrap, and a kitchen sponge takes care of that.

journal 13I have to say, I was really pleased with this little element…..

journal 14And how fun is this guy over all that yummy texture? (he’s from one of those vellum pages)

journal 15Again, I’m not sure if these pages actually go together or not. I imagine the blue in both pages kinda ties them together. The themes certainly don’t. What’s important is I had fun creating them, I used a new technique and I generally like the way they both turned out so it’s a win in my book!

I’d love to hear what you think so please leave a comment!

Till next week,