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Monday, October 10, 2011

I Carry Your Heart Journal Page

  Another one of Cemerony Printable images from Julia van der Werf  that just captured my whimsical heart and I was off and running with this page.  The quote from poetry by e.e. Cummings was just perfect.
   My photo didn't come out as  vibrant as I would like for all of you to see.
   Her dress was a peachy color with olive leaves and red roses so I used those as my colors to jump off with for the background.  Challenge #1 - I found out how little I do buy orange of any kind of media but I made do with a Chalk spray from Tattered Angels that was pale and peachy.  Also used Ranger Distressed Ink in Dried Marigold.  The green was Bundled Sage DI.
   I SO love that leaf from one of Dyan Reaveley's stamp sets - I seem to reach for it every time I'm doing a collage or art journal piece.  I used a tiny Tapestry stamp I had for the rose and Ranger's Archival ink  in Vermillion was the perfect shade!
   Other background stamps from Tim Holtz and the script was an old SU! stamp.
   I colored her eyes with a green Inktense watercolor pencil and dabbed her lips & heart with one of the red pencils.  A minute brush with water brought out the color.
   Circles "stamped" from bottle caps with Dylusions black paints and Golden's fluid acrylic in Nickel Azo Gold.  The slashes and circles technique are รก la Kate Crane's influence from her DVDs on Art Journaling (they are FAB!).  The heart in the middle was from a small Crafter's Workshop stencil I had.  I used the Inktense pencil again.
   The heart border (top & bottom) was an old set form Hero Arts I had never inked up.  So funny what caught your fancy in the past but then never saw the "light of an ink pad" -- or at least until you find the right moment!  Used a white Signo gel pen to color in some of the hearts.
   Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you've enjoyed visiting!
   Deb

Sunday, October 9, 2011

She Needed ART Therapy

   I've slowly been getting back into taking part in Hels' Sunday Stamper challenge and also Simon Says Stamp challenges.  I was a bit late posting for last week's Sunday Stamper Challenge as I didn't get to post until Thursday, just past.  And I'm putting it quite close to deadline for Simon's -- but you do what you can when you can.
   Things have been quite hectic lately and Friday at work was probably one of the most stressful days I've ever encountered there.  I'm sure my usually normal blood pressure probably spiked quite high that morning.
   SO I definitely needed ART THERAPY!  First was a play afternoon/evening with my friend Melisa yesterday -- check her fantastic blog here.  
  A couple of hours ago I checked Hels' challenge and got to work.  Thanks Gillian for the wonderful colour selection.
Click to see both pages
   I used lots of THE Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 stamps for the backgrounds and accent stamping.  All the word stamps are hers and show up really well in person, but because I did use a Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist which contains mica, in Puerto Rico blue, I found that it reflected against my camera flash and you may not be able to tell all the words in the picture.  I think if you click on the photo and look at it in a larger view, it'll look better. 
PAGE 1
    Here are close-ups of the individual pages.  I started out with Paper Artsy Fresco paints in Butter Nut, Sky and Ice blue.  They were thinned a little with water so I could make it more of a wash across the watercolour pages of my Molesine art journal.
   I used one of my new stencils from The Crafter's Workshop known as "Cubist" to spray Dylusions Spray Ink in Amber and Burnt Orange, as well as the previously mentioned Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.
PAGE 2
     I have been on a mixed-media binge the last month or two so that even when time has been rather hard to find to get into my craft room, I've been reaching more and more for some of my new "favourite toys" such as Inktense Water soluable ink  pencils and Caran D'ache Neocolor II water soluable wax pastels/crayons.   I used two of my ancient Sizzix dies to create stencils - one of the star and the other the heart.  I colored the heart with the Inktense pencil and the star was with the pastel.  Then I wet with a small brush and smoothed out the colour within the shape.  I think right now that the Inktense really lives up to its name.  Outlined with white Signo gel pen.
   My regal lady is one of my new collage images purchased from a Digital Artist from The Netherlands who sells on Etsy as Cemerony.  I have a lot of fun images I plan to use in future journal pages soon.
   I was interested to read Hels' comments about learning the Colour wheel theory from Dina -- I've had a similar "epiphany" this summer when I ordered Kate Crane's Journaling DVDs.  I love how the internet allows the UK and US crafter's to share and inspire each other so much!  BUT you have to have guessed that about me as I really do love doing Hels' challenges and checking out her blog as often as I can!
   CHEERS Y'all!



Thursday, October 6, 2011

Dance Till the Stars Come Down

   You know how sometimes things start to click?  Well after a bit of a period of no mojo, a recent purchase of some cool digital sheets for collage and watching some Youtube videos got my creative juices flowing again.


Two-Page Dance

Page 1 - Dance
   I love dancing - it's been my hobby for the last ten years to dance as an amateur competitor with my teacher in country-western dancing competitions (not your bar-style dancing either) where we not only two-step, but we waltz, cha-cha and do west-coast swing.  
  I love my Arts and Crafts as much - if not more!
  Thanks for coming by and looking--leave a comment if you wish.
Hugs,

WOYWW #122

   I didn't get this posted until today but took my pictures yesterday.  I finished the project I'm showing and will have a post on that soon - I hope you'll come by again and check it out.
   My latest artsy hankerings have been for mixed media and art journaling.  I've been buying and printing out some wonderful digital collage items.  Hope you can see those few straight on in the center and also leaning against my cutter.
   Here's a sneak peek of one of the journal pages before it was finished.  
   Thanks for stopping by!  Come back soon, won't you?
   Hugs to you!
   

Sunday Stamper - Week 174 - Mr. Mojo Risin'

   Hels posed the question of what one does when Mr. Mojo "naffs off"?
   For me, I just start organizing and cleaning up my craft space -- sometimes that seems like a never-ending task.  I'm always looking for a better way to store all my hordes of stash in a tiny space.  
   My room is 11' x 13' and is also where my PC is.  
   Lately, I''ve also been in "pick up stuff again-and-again from the floor mode" due to the addition of our new, rescue kitten, Cooper yes -- I did name him after the "MINI" car -- LOL.  (Confession I have a secret hankering for one in Turquoise - never to be fulfilled as I won't drive anything shorter than an SUV in Houston's crazy traffic.  Alas!  I admire them from afar and sigh every time one passes me on the highway.  They're very popular in our area.)  
   I find sometimes that touching my stash gets me into wanting to do something with it and it has paid off in inspiration - which you'll soon see as I'll be posting a two-page art journal spread on my blog in a short while.  
   I hope you'll come back and check it out!
   Hugs to all!
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