Friday, February 28, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
here is day 25....a page of doodles.....
Monday, February 24, 2014
i was a few days behind on my 29 faces, but, quickly went to work and created my faces. this was from a model post. i used gesso on a portion of the page to see how my new stabilo pencil would work on gesso. my left eye was on gesso and the right is not- which do you like better? i think i like the left one....but, cannot quite decide.
for this face, i used my gelli plate to print the background first layering a few colors with stencils. then, used my stabilo pencil, and black and white india ink.
on my day 23 i had used a number stencil on the gelli plate and simply printed off the stencil onto my paper. i loved the perspective of her in the picture. i may have to try her one more time. the pic was taken looking up so her chin was very pronounced. i used my stabilo pencil, black and white india ink on her.
Friday, February 21, 2014
day 20's sketch with gesso, hi-flow golden inks, dylusion spray , stabilo pencil, charcoal, and white ink.
at some point i need to figure out how to add hair to these people (haha).....i have really enjoyed "looking" at the photo and finding the shapes and shadows; the creases and lines and putting it all onto paper. happy friday!
Thursday, February 20, 2014
i have been so inspired by Jenny Doh and her "free stitching" that i wanted to try my own hand at this task. so i gave some free stitching a whirl on my hot pad....
i used Roben-Marie's trick for my background paper. i used some of my own "overpainted" paper and then, cut it down to size to fit my page. Roben-Marie had a wonderful video on how she worked this challenge.
i re-enforced my tab to support my hot pad tag i was adding. one to the front of the page and another to the back side. i used a "paint chip" paper in colors i liked for this support.
here is my back side support.
to sew my paint chip supports into place, i sliced the washi tape holding my page in and took it out of my book. this made sewing my page much easier.
then, when i was done sewing, i taped my page back into my book with more washi tape.
Monday, February 17, 2014
on saturday i played with my gelli plate- cutting out shapes and printing, rolling off my brayer, cutting some more shapes, and more printing.....seriously love my gelli plate. i used this art journal to print in to prepare pages for the next few days.
my drawing below, i used a water blendable charcoal, white ink and a sharpie over my gelli printed back ground.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
you probably do not know, but, i come from a long line of artists.....my gramma was an artist, my mom and dad are artists, and now- i am trying my best to be an artist. we had even done generation shows featuring my gramma, my mom and me. our last generation show my gramma even added our youngest son who draws. he was like 11 at the time and gramma had picked 3 of his drawings of people- he has a keen natural ability for shading. it was the best show ever......
back to the subject....- i played along prepping my journal page with some of my favorite watercolor colors and using a small strip of magazine paper with a pattern along the edge; but, the lesson was to "be free."
sometimes in being free i find that the results can be elusive. and then, i found this statement out of a book i am using and loved this quote.....
because the quote is relatively small- it was easily lost on my page so i found a gelli-printed deli paper with colors that lent themselves to complimenting the colors that were already down; and then, stitched around the deli paper to bring some focus to this area and then put my quote down. here is the whole page below.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Julie Fei-Fen Balzer! if you are into art journals and stencils- i am sure you have heard of her.....and she did NOT disappoint!
Julie showed how she worked in her journal and how she painted which was fabulous! she actually starts with the basic primary colors plus white and black, and does her own mixing of paint as she goes because she travels a lot to teach and doesn't want to take more than she needs (lucky girl!).
Julie had some great words of wisdom for the group, but, one of the things i thought was good to hear, that i have heard from some of the best artists i have taken classes from, is that if you are serious about your work and painting, you really need to use good paint.
good paint is not the little bottles of craft paint that you get at the craft stores.
good paint is always worth its' price! good paint has more pigment and will provide a richer color and more vibrancy to your work. and just a note when looking at acrylic paints- know that student grade will have more filler, and is also a lesser quality of paint.
after being inspired by Julie i created this in my 29 faces journal i am working in. i have been keeping each of these challenges separate, but, this painting is playing dual roles at least for a day anyway.....and was painted into my 29 faces challenge journal.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
29 faces challenge. this challenge has been interesting...some days i feel like this is no sweat and other days i can't seem to get my face to work how i want it to.
like this one below....i painted over this one multiple times; but, i really like how the right eye came out. i am glad i am using one journal for this challenge, so that i can go back and look through the faces.
this challenge has been most challenging- but, in a good way.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
have you seen Jacqui Fehl work? take a peek here! i love everything about her work- the colors and variety...
i knew when i saw Jacqui's "cake" that i wanted to do her "grunge cake." and had started on friday working through the first couple of layers of my cake. i had first put down spare letters, numbers and shapes from a scrapbooking pack and some stamped tissue paper; followed up with stencils and spray inks.
i loved how it was coming together....
i wanted to get this piece finished today and started on this project first this morning....i went to use my black india ink- and my hand hit the bottle- spilling ink across my "grunge cake." i will admit- i did freak out just a bit.....
thank you for your wonderful inspiration Jaqui Fehl!!
Friday, February 7, 2014
i actually purchased this journal from a friend in poland who is very talented. check out her blog here.... she is always layering her work, and her details are always amazing! her latest piece is stunning and was inspired by a poem.
she made my journal with a variety of all sorts of papers- including the picture of those women. i wanted to be sure and incorporate this picture into my collaged pages and stamped "queens" onto the pic and made them their paper hats and added a small piece of washi tape to the edge of the pic.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
i wanted to make sure that day 5 was not a struggle and while i was fixing supper i was contemplating faces and inspiration....and then, i remembered Lady Gaga and her "painted" face for her latest album Artpop. i loved the colors.
i loved her inspiration and was much happier with this face. it came much easier than day 4.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Monday, February 3, 2014
yesterday, inspiration struck!! and while working in my art journals....fabric was calling my name rather loudly from the corner of my studio. as i sat at my sewing machine, the ideas flowed as the fabric was stitched- each layer of fabric lending itself to the other pieces already down; covering every inch of the white cotton just like painting on a white canvas.
i used a vintage doily, hand dyed fabric, a sweater, t-shirt, fabric scraps, vintage buttons and a clothing label.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
29 faces challenge a try.....faces are something i feel like i struggle with- so this will be the perfect push outside of my comfort zone.
here is my face from yesterday-
i am using an art journal that i had used my gelli plate to print the backgrounds first. i also used stencils and spray ink. my image came from a fashion model i had pinned and knew i wanted to draw.
she is interesting and i am hoping that as this month progresses, that my abilities will get better......