Monday, June 21, 2010

More Journal pages

Two more pages from my hand made journal.  Didn't get anything done in the journal today... these are from yesterday.  I really like how this is progressing, and it is really relaxing,  as well as making good use of my old collage papers.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Updated Journal Pages

I have spent a few hours each day this week working on my new hand made journal I started in class last weekend.  This is one of my pages started in class, and finished at home.   I am really enjoying the process of using scraps of paper from my stash as well as stickers  and other bits of things I have had for years.  I colored my pages with Pan Pastels, Distress Inks, or Cats eyes ink pads, and sprayed some with Glimmer Mists.
This is another page I am working on, forgot to take a shot of the before. I am also taking a journal making class online with Kelly Kilmer.  I like that she uses a lot of paper scraps for her backgrounds.  Haven't started working on the focal points yet.
In other news, I signed up for a watercolor class at the Community College, it starts in a few weeks, should be fun.  

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Art Goodies and a WIP

Hope everyone is having a great weekend.  I took a journaling class at my local Art store (The Queens Ink) yesterday.  Jane Davies was a guest artist visiting the store from New England.  The class and atmosphere was wonderful, I really enjoyed being with other artists for a change as opposed to working alone in the studio.  Saw a few old friends and met some new ones.  Of course I could not leave the shop without  a few goodies...Tim Holtz's  decorative tapes, glue sticks, and some awesome papers.
My journal cover was made with paste paper purchased a few years ago from a wonderful artist, Albie Smith.  I combined her paper with another piece of decorative paper and Japanese tape.  This is a page from the journal I made, it is in the initial stage and is not bound in book yet.  I plan to add more collage items and to color the pages, either with Pan Pastels or watercolors, although I kind of like it as it is, we'll see.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Visual Journal Page

Today was one of those days when I slept too late and my day was shot from there.  My favorite TV show, "Justified' on FX, ended its season last night.  It was so good that I watched it twice before going to sleep last night.  It was well worth waking up late today because it a great episode...excellent show! 
I went into the studio, but was not inspired to do anything, so I took the afternoon off and went window shopping.  When I returned home, I decided to clean up the studio a bit.   I ran across a stack of journals that I have started but never did more than a few pages.   I sat down for a short while and ended up with this page.  Have to say I sort of like it, and at least the day wasn't totally lost.   

Sunday, June 6, 2010


Today I worked on making paper flowers inspired by Tim Holtz, and several mixed media collages.  The collage I am sharing today started several weeks ago as a painting of a face.  I didn't like where the painting was going, so I gessoed over it and started a collage.  The collage is one of many techniques that I learned from Chris Cozen and Julie Pritchard on the Land of the Lost Luggage network.  This one is similar to ones I have posted recently except this one has an image transfer as opposed to a tracing.  It really became mixed media with the addition of the buttons.  I plan to place a print of this and several other collages in my Etsy Shop over the next few days.  Hope you will stop by for a visit.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

New class from Norah's Art

Check out the new class offering from Sharon Tomlinson.  Should be really cool.  Her classes are funs and she shares a lot of information.  There is a button on the left of this blog that will allow you to join her network.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Cool toys arrived today!

Woo hoo!  I finally received my Copic markers I purchase well over a week ago.  I got a good price on them, but the company's practices are questionable....  Any way, I haven't decided quite how I am going to use them.  I took a class a few weeks ago using them to make greeting cards.  Not sure I will be making any greeting cards, but I plan to use them in my journal and with my watercolors.  I may use them on fabric as well.  Tell me how you use them...

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Hello Tuesday!

Hope you all had a great holiday weekend.  I spent mine being very productive.  My DH was out on his Harley paying tribute to the fallen, and since I don't ride (too scared) I stayed home and did some piecework.  I have three quilts that need to be quilted, and since I refuse to tackle a bed sized quilt anymore: I spent Memorial Day preparing them to send to the quilter.  Phew, so glad that's done.  
Working on the piecework made me realize how much I miss piecing a quilt top, so I think the next week or so will be spent in the sewing room.  Perhaps my fabric stash will go down a can hope! 8-)
Today I have no art to share, so I decided to share a bit of mother nature's beauty from our backyard.  Photo was taken a copy of weeks ago, but I plan to use it as inspiration for a watercolor painting some time soon.  Until next time....