My daughter picked up a 2011 Moleskine journal at Savers and gave it to me to use as an art journal. I absolutely love how it's coming along. It's taking a beating and still holding up very well. I prepared a few pages by gluing some of the pages together and applying gesso, gluing scrap cardstock and tissue paper to the pages, and whatever else I can think of.
I probably won't photograph all of the pages because some are personal and others aren't so pretty. But this is one of my favorite pages I've done so far. I'm not sure if I'm finished with it yet. I'm thinking it needs some words on the left-hand side and maybe something more on the background.
I decoupaged a layer of birch wood printed tissue paper to the pages. It was pretty cool all by itself. I found the leaves for a buck at The Discovery Shop, a cancer thrift shop. I didn't know what I was going to use them for, but a few days later some of them ended up here.
I lightly colored the Julie Nutting dolls and their little dog, too. (See what I did there?) Picket Fence Distress Paint was smoodged about because I love playing with that stuff.
Sometimes I open my journal just to feel the pages, especially the decoupaged ones. Decoupaging with tissue paper is one of my favorite things to do lately. Try it!
Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
For a friend’s birthday. I worked into the wee hours of the morning last night, probably spent too much time on it, but it was for a special friend. The ladies, in a funny way, represent, from left to right, me, my daughters and our friend. My daughters are a lot younger than us, but I thought it was a fun stamp to use.
The group is cut out from a stamp and popped up. Their clothing and purses are fussy-cut and glued into place, which was the most time consuming. I used colored pencils on some of the details and highlighted things like their sunglasses, shoes and accessories with sparkly pens.
I found a stash of tourist maps of the Monterey Peninsula I had amongst my printed cardstock and used it for the background. I love it. We live in this area, so it helped make the card that much more personal.
I am in love with this line of stamps!
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014
This year I gifted my daughters with things I made instead of bought, beginning with what turned out to be a very rich chocolate cake. I also detailed Valerie's car (their Aunt Phylliss did Dawn's!) Actually, I cheated, I only did the inside (with a little bit of help from their dad), I ran it through the carwash for the outside. Hey, California is in the middle of a water shortage, okay? :-}
Bookmarks have become something all of us seem to have aquired. Here are two more Dawn and Valerie can add to their collection.
The numbers bookmark is for Valerie, she loves numbers and text. I dry embossed cream-colored cardstock, heat embossed the lettering with gold embossing powder and finished it by inking it with my favorite walnut colored ink pad by Tim Holtz.
YouTube by Shannon Green. It's addicting!
I used canvas paper and a variety of inks and paints. I had intended for it to be darker, more starry-like, but after walking away from it for a few days and coming back to it, it grew on me.
As I said, Valerie's is more mixed media because after I finished the painting I wasn't very happy with it. So I added the girl with the suitcase, the tiny dog, flowers, tree and created a shiny sun to beam down on it all. I titled it "Oh May I Go A Wondering," because she likes The Happy Wonderer song. We sing it using her name instead of what the song says.
After wrapping the paintings I topped them off with the tags I made. Valerie has a fondness for western themed things (who am I kidding, fine cowboys are her eye candy!), so I went with that.