Archive | September, 2013

The one where it’s my one year anniversary!

15 Sep

Happy Sunday!

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since my first blog post; something I never thought I would do. In fact, the reason I started blogging was to hold myself accountable. I figured I would keep creating if I had to produce a post every week. And then I thought about it; for a long time. And kept putting it off.  I guess it was partly because sharing my art so publicly was a scary idea and the nagging voice in my head kept telling me that no one would care enough to read it. But I was talking about it a lot and one of my friends suggested choosing a date to launch and sticking to it. That was really good advice. Thanks Viki!

Over the last year, I’ve created a lot and tried to post every Saturday (and sometime on Sunday). I’ve received lots of good feedback and comments and it’s been more fun sharing than I anticipated.

So, I thought the best way to celebrate my one year anniversary would be to share some of my favorite pieces from the last year. Let’s start with the art cards:

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art card 6How about some of my favorite art journal pages:

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LayoutAnd my favorite granola bar box canvas pieces:

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GB8It’s been a pretty amazing year. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve been developing my style. I’ve shared art journaling with a lot of people (on the blog and in person). I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for me.

Thank you for joining me on this journey.  I truly appreciate it.

Till next week.
Cheers,
Michelle

The one with projects in progress

7 Sep

Happy Saturday.

Due to work obligations, my next 3 weekends are tied up and I am sure I’m not going to have a lot of time to create and blog. I’m so thankful that I can schedule these posts ahead of time! Unfortunately  that means I don’t have finished projects to share this week, but I thought you might enjoy seeing a few I have in progress.

in progress 5I’m working on this 3′ x 3′ canvas for a friend. I made her a smaller piece earlier this year and she must have liked it since she asked if I would do a large canvas for her office. I have to say, knowing it will be on display where our colleagues will see it (and know who created it) has hindered me in some ways. But I’ll share more about that when it’s complete. I will say that this is the first time I’ve worked on a canvas this big which is really exciting.

in progress 4A glimpse of the progress….

in progress 2Some elements I will use…..

in progress 6I’m also working on 5 granola box canvas pieces and I will share more behind this project once they are finished as well.

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in progress3In various stages…..

in progressSo there you have it. Two big projects I’ve been working on. I can’t wait till they are finished so I can share more about them.

Till next week,
Cheers,
Michelle

The one where I draw

1 Sep

Happy Saturday.

This week, I found inspiration on Pinterest (I LOVE that site).  An artist named Jessica Sporn shared a tissue paper and and stencil piece she created. I think what drew me in was her focal point, which was an angel she sketched using a paint brush. I love that she suggested loosely sketching the figure right on the canvas without fear of making mistakes.

Journal1I decided to use my symphony magazine turned art journal for this layout. A quick layer of gesso and I’m ready to start with tissue paper and some other random papers.

Journal2After that layer dried, it was time to sketch out my woman. I did use a pencil first, but I pretty much just traced over her with drawing ink. I did what Jessica said; I was loose with my sketching because I could always go back and “fix it.” Turns out, I was happy with my first attempt.

journal3Next I filled in the negative space around my figure using the technique Jessica shared in the video (linked below).  Basically, I applied my paint with a piece of plastic covered cardboard (I used a piece out of a snack box). I think it’s a pretty cool technique but one that you need to practice to have the amazing effect Jessica achieved. Again, I was happy with the way mine turned out. Remember, I’m looking for inspiration; not to copy someones work down to the last detail. I am sure as I play with this, my own artistic style will start to come through.

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Journal5I used a quote from Tina Fey “Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.” Which I thought was perfect since for this is my first attempt at drawing a figure free form like this AND sharing it with you. She’s not perfect, but she’s not too bad.

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journal7Another reason this appealed to me is because I’ve been trying to teach myself to draw faces. Not to do portrait art, but to draw whimsical faces to include in my pieces, like Jennibellie and Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.  I’ve been doing sketches here and there, but haven’t committed to real practice to find my style. Watching Jessica gave me the courage to just do it. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll continue to work on faces in pencil, but I will also keep working on them in ink and paint. Cause practice makes “perfect”. Let me know what you think.

And here’s the link to Jessica’s video.

Cheers,
TIll next week.
Michelle