“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” ~Salvador Dali~
My husband is always saying to me, “perfection is an illusion.” I tend to be a perfectionist about some things. Some…
I have been making books based on Teesha Moore’s Amazing 16 page Journal. Her “ how to” videos are available on You Tube. The journal is made from one sheet of 22 x 30 inch paper. I used Stonehenge print making sheets for mine. I painted the big sheet first before tearing it down into pages. I used Dick Blick Matte Acrylic Paint. It’s my new favorite craft paint and comes in so many colors. The torn edges are kind of rough from tearing the paper using a big metal ruler. I can leave them as they are or use a stamp pad along the edge. I found that I can also blend an oil pastel along the edge of the page as well.
This is the first book I made. It was my practice book. The finished books measure 8 x 10 inches. I plan to do a lot of collage:
…one inside spread:
I added some Washi tape along the spine of this book:
…one inside spread:
The third book is best, I think:
one inside spread:
I also finished my next set in my 4×4 series. These number 49-52:
sketchbook snippets….I didn’t make the first picture…It was my inspiration for the ink and brush drawing:
“The only question in life is whether or not you are going to answer a hearty “YES!” to your adventure.” ~Joseph Campbell~
I have been fighting a cold….the worst one I’ve had in years….all better now. It’s a bright sunny day today and that helps in creating a good mood to get outside or do art. I’ll most likely choose the latter. They are predicting a winter storm for tomorrow night with up to 1/2 inch of ice. I’ve seen different reports and I need to check today and see what the current forecast is now. Right now the temperature is about 42 degrees. It seems this is the winter for extremes. Come on spring…hurry up!!!
I did finish another set of 4x4s. These are made up of painted collage papers that I embellished with an ultra fine point Sharpie marker. I’m still enjoying the process of making this series of 4×4 pieces. These number 45-48 in the series:
I’ve been working in a small sketchbook (4×6 inches) this week. I like to sketch with Sumi ink and a brush. That’s how most of these sketches are done but one or two has watercolors mixed in and one has some doodling. They are kind of wonky but I’m having fun seeing what happens:
“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutual weirdness and call it love.” ~author unknown~
I saw the above quote on another blog attributed to Dr. Seuss. I did some checking and found another source that says that Robert Fulghum penned that quote. From the information I read, the consensus seems to be that Robert Fulghum made the quote in one of his books. Dr. Seuss has a quote that is very similar. Anyway, whoever said it, I like the quote
I finished four more 4×4′s. These number 37-40:
I made this collage in a small handmade sketchbook. I printed off a face that I did about a year ago and added the magazine collage pieces:
And this….I don’t know what I’ll do with this. I cut up a photo that was in a book about the sea. I saw this figure and cut it out (Teesha Moore style). I’m not sure if I should leave it black and white or paint over it and do away with the knots. None of this is glued down yet. I’m trying to decide. What would Teesha do with this?
“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if you only try.” ~Dr. Seuss~
The snow and ice that fell earlier in the week is still on the ground. I venture out to feed the birds and have to be very careful…the backyard is very icy and slick. It’s warming up today, it’s already 20 degrees. I know there are others up north of us who are experiencing -20 temperatures, so, I try and limit my complaints about the weather
I have been making little mini sketches in a little book filled with numbers. I picked it up at a yard sale. It’s some kind of chart to figure out the amount of a mortgage payment. It’s an old book and I’m very sure the numbers no longer apply today. I picked out the sketches I think are best:
Here are this week’s 4x4s. I used acrylic paint, gesso, oil pastels and soft pastels:
“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.” ~Jack London~
I made some Blonde Brownies for Sunday’s Super Bowl. We still have some hanging around…it was a big batch. I always forget to take a photos of my culinary efforts. Here’s the recipe I used…check Food dot com.
I finished up another set of 4x4s yesterday. I used acrylic paint, collage, Caran d’Ache crayons, and soft pastels. I sealed it with a coat of gloss gel. I learned a great trick. If your thinner papers tend to curl up around the edges while painting or gluing, coat the back side with gesso and dry it with a hair dryer or heat tool…it will flatten out…amazing
I did plan to try and do 29 faces challenge for this month….see the sidebar. I will do some because I’m always drawing or painting faces. Here’s a small ink sketch with a brush and ink. The second one is a thin Sharpie marker and ball point pen drawing:
Here are my latest 4x4s, numbering 29-32. I won’t be using that gloss gel over my work again…it left a milky cloudy film…I can tell a difference in the photos:
“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” ~Kurt Vonnegut~
That’s a little dramatic but true. My only regrets are that I wish I had jumped off a few more cliffs….you know…taken more chances. However, moving forward, I can do that now. Getting to the top of the cliff is sometimes a challenge itself
Here are some more 4x4s. These number 25-28. Hubs asked me what I planned to do with all my 4x4s. I’m thinking that, eventually, I may mount some of them on 4×4 wooden artist boards. Jane Davies is doing that with some of her pieces.
These started with acrylic ink and paint background. I used some of my painted phone book pages as collage elements. I embellished with pen work on three pieces. I like doing that as it seems to give a piece a more finished look.
Here’s a page from my sketchbook. This one started with random ink marks on the page. Then, I embellished with colored pens.