"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Art Marks Pages 12-17

Pgs 12/13
Prompts: unfold; whittle




Pgs 14/15
Prompts: connect; evolve





Pgs 16/17
Prompts: notice; poise




Again, let me reiterate that the prompts don't have much to do with my pages. But at least I'm creating something every day!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Art Journaling

I've done a few art journal pages these past few weeks. The backgrounds were mainly "done" as they were "mop-up" pages (when I have leftover paint or messy stencils when doing another project, I don't waste the product but clean it off on pages in my art journal so later I don't face a blank page!). I used some of the images and words left over from my Journaling by 5s project so these went very quickly.






Monday, February 12, 2018

Art Marks Pages 8-11

We were out of town this past weekend for a memorial service for a dear family friend so I am now playing catch-up on my art marks pages. I much prefer doing each one daily!

Days 8/9
Prompts: attention; invest


The page for Feb. 9 has a torn edge that I love.

Days 10/11
Prompts: quit; change


Page 11 is half of a tag.  You can see in these photos how each page is a different size. That makes for a cute little journal.

Friday, February 9, 2018

More Art Marks Pages

So far, I've been staying current with the daily art marks challenges. (It helps to have tiny pages to work with!)

Days 2/3
Prompts - decide; leap


Days 4/5
Prompts - think; commit


Days 6/7
Prompts - envision; create



I can't say that these pages have much to do with the prompts, but I am "deciding" what to do, "leaping" into mark making, "thinking" about marks, "committing" to working daily, "envisioning" the process and "creating" something!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Art Marks Challenge - Feb. 2018

Rae Missigman is at it again. She is hosting her fourth "Art Marks Challenge" on Instagram. Check out all the info here.  In a nutshell, she posts one word a day for a month and you create art/art marks for that prompt.  I have participated each time and I will again be taking part during February.

I quickly assembled a tiny journal from scraps on my desk and pieces of gelli prints and bound it together with a simple pamphlet stitch and cotton cord. The pages vary a little in size, but they average 3" x 4" so it's not very big and doesn't take long to make some daily art marks! I used magazine letters for the title on the front cover.




I glued a scrap of gelli-printed paper to the inside cover and cut out a portion of Rae's announcement to add.  The right page is the first day's prompt  - BEGIN.



This started February 1, but you can join in any time. I enjoy this excuse to make me just play a little every day. I hope you will check this out and consider doing it yourself! It's a great exercise to stretch those art muscles!


Friday, February 2, 2018

Online workshop journal page

It's been awhile since I've taken an online class. I always like to see how other artists approach their work and see similarities or differences from mine.  I've followed Cindy Gilstrap for awhile and when her workshops (junqueart.com) were on sale during January, I jumped at the chance to take her Dream Big "mini" workshop. 

In this workshop she takes you through the creation of one double-paged art journal spread using a vintage cabinet card image juxtaposed with bright, playful collage and paint. I loved her page and was happy that mine came out very similar. I did use different papers and stencils than she did but used some of the same paints.

Here is my finished page. I love it and will be trying more of this style incorporating vintage images.



I had so much fun that I signed up for another workshop!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Journaling by 5s - Free play and final pages

Here are the last ten pages of my "Journaling by 5s" experiment. I like some more than others, but am pleased with how they came out considering the random and quick-paced nature of this project. In the "free play" step, on many pages I've added a bit more stenciling with texture paste, washi tape, Tim Holtz Small Talk word strips, doodling and additional stamping.

Pg 11



Pg 12


Pg 13


Pg 14


Pg 15


Pg 16


Pg 17


Pg 18


Pg 19


Pg 20



So, with that, I am finished with this project. There are probably many more things I could do to enhance these pages, but, truthfully, I am ready to move on! This was a fun, sometimes challenging, and productive exercise. I am sure I will do this again sometime!