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More Life Book 2014

Had lots of fun with these exercises…

Mickie Wild was our Week 2 artist and she gave us a short bonus lesson. The journal page focused on making an affirmation – what we want more of in 2014. At first I thought I would hate to work with a grey background… I mean, who’d want to. I decided to go with it and as I did, the paint seemed to have a life of its own. Instead of the neat, matte background I’d envisaged, I began to let the paint drizzle and drip until it looked like some crazed, dystopian landscape. I turned it upside down and it was obvious to me that balloons were required. It ain’t pretty, but it wasn’t meant to be.

Abstract drippy paint journal page

The third week was Carla Sonheim (she’s so cute!) and her blobs, non-dominant hand doodles and crazy collage creatures…

Accidental creatures

For the fourth week, we were introduced to Kelly Hoernig. I love Kelly’s stuff because she works in a lovely, deliberate controlled way – the opposite to me. I am the sort to slap paint, glue and collage down where it wants to go. Kelly is a planner. Her collage was simple and stunning.  We had to choose collage pieces to represent things we love. I chose an Alice in Wonderland tag, some black and white scraps and diamonds (not that I own one single diamond!).

Kelly Hoener's Life Book Lesson

There’s lots of texture and layers built up with gesso. I  made it a bit more 3D by outlining with charcoal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LifeBook 2014

I’m really pleased to be part of Willowing Art‘s (Tamara LaPorte) latest LifeBook offering. A year log course featuring 23 fantabulous mixed media teachers.

The first lesson was posted this week and there’s a whole year of fun, learning and delicious, messy mixed-media delight ahead. Get yourself over there now and sign up.

This week we had a warm-up exercise followed by a portrait of our guardian angel to complete. The warm up used several techniques, such as applying Neocolor ll, collage, spattering, dripping paint and these were then carried through to the main event – our guardian angel portrait. Tam even posted a guided meditation to help us discover who our guardian is, though I allowed mine to emerge on the actual piece.

We were encouraged to do some journaling on the warm-up to get rid of negative thoughts and feelings about our worthiness as artists and human-beings. My biggest problem in this regard right now is feeling scattered and directionless. So I chose to add positive thoughts about being focused. We also had to ask our guardian for a word to carry us through the next year… mine is ‘release’.

LifeBook 2014 Warm-up

My wk 1 lesson

 

 

Okay, I gave up on the 365 challenge

Well, I gave up on posting about it every day. I continue to make stuff all the time, I have to, it’s what I do.

Anyway, I have painted abstracts, created doodly art, made a super-king-size quilt and written a whole lot of articles. I was invited to create content for an ios ezine, Mixed Media Art Magazine They have given over a whole 50-page bonus issue to moi! There I am on the cover. It’s a mere $4.99, so get a copy for your iPad.

MMAM cover

365 A Daily Creativity Journal – Day 79

Doodle Painting

After a long, long hiatus, I am back and ready to restart my 365 project.

I am really enjoying making these doodle paintings. I love the fact that the painting process is quick and easy but that I can spend hours (or not) playing with the doodling. There will be more of these, I’m sure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Materials used: watercolor paint, watercolor paper or pad, black fine liner pen, whit gel pen. Click on the image or see “How to Paint a Doodle” for a step-by-step.

 

365 A Daily Creativity Journal – Day 78

Inspired by Zenspirations

A slightly different take on Zentangle is Joanne Fink’s gentle ‘Zenspirations‘. She uses simple patterns to create monograms, alphabets, borders and pretty doodles.  This page was created by spraying acrylic ink over stencils, then adding washes of watercolor. Once dry, I added lettering, dots, doodles and ‘dangles’.

 

365 A Daily Creativity Journal – Day 75

Word Strips

I like this technique of getting words onto a journal page. I used some ordinary cartridge paper and splashed a load of color on to it. Then, when it was dry, I tore it up into strip and wrote on them. Used a grey marker to add shadows to the letters.  On my journal pages I created some backgrounds with stencils, stamps and paint and just stuck the word strips on. Added shadow with more charcoal.

365 A Daily Creativity Journal – Day 72

Serendipity

Simple little page made by outlining with Sigma Microns and filling in with Tombow Dual Tip markers and water washes. Love these colors so much that I’ve ordered another set to complement them: Tombow Dual Tip, Jellybean. You know you want some too!

365 A Daily Creativity Journal – Day 71

Loving Lettering

I’m so ahead of myself with daily creations, I might have to post two a day! That’s after getting quite behind though 🙂

Both these pages were created with markers. The first one was with Promarkers and Copics. The second with Promarkers and Aquamarkers for the background. Doodle some letters, doodle some leaves, fill the bits in between with colour.

 

 

365 A Daily Creativity Journal – Day 67 & 68

Wishi-Washi

This page is a previously created background with journaling on. It wasn’t very attractive so I didn’t bother posting it. However, I’ve been hankering after some washi tape and decided to have a go at making some. It was good fun and I wrote a hub about it: “How to Make Decorative Tape“. Smash journaling seems to have taken off as people want pretty journals but don’t want to go to all the trouble and mess of art journaling. With smash journaling you simply grab your memorabilia, ephemera, quotes, tickets, photos, etc and ‘smash’ them into your journal with glue or tape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This page was made as part of Joanne Sharpe’s Letter Love course. I ‘drew’ the letters on to Bristol paper, doodled on them, cut them out and glued them into place. The background was done with markers and Neocolor lls.