I’m doing…

“Every thought is a dream,  rushing by in a stream,  bringing LIFE to the kingdom of DOING”  ~lyrics from the song, Fantasy, by Earth Wind and Fire

…I’m doing….I have been doing…..just not very fast.  I joined Curves earlier this month and try and work out about four times each week.  I know I can stand to lose a few pounds but my main goal for joining is to stay flexible and keep a balance between muscle and body fat.  As one gets older, that’s important, I think.

I’m recycling an advertising booklet I got in the mail. It’s working great as a small art journal.  I painted some of the pages with gesso or acrylic paint.  Each page measures 9×6 inches.  This first page started with black paint.  I glued some college pieces from an old book.  I had drawn a face with a brush and Sumi Ink on some drawing paper.  I cut that out and glued it down on the page and altered it with Caran d’Ache crayons.  The found poetry reads:  So it was, we mastered our fears, looking back now, it was a dream.  It goes with the song quote above…I didn’t plan that 🙂

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This page is mainly collage.  I used a large piece of painted phone book and some other collage bits.  I had a piece of Joss paper and included that:

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I’m two weeks behind with 4x4s.  But not so far behind I can’t catch up soon. These 4×4’s have stamping, metallic crayon, paint, ink, markers and collage papers.  These number 65-68 in my series of 200:

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It’s a stormy afternoon here and we are under a tornado watch.  I’m going to get off the computer and see how’s it’s looking out there now.

Have a good week!!!!

journal pages plus 4×4’s…

 

“When I realize that God makes his gifts fit each person, there’s no way I can covet what you got because it just wouldn’t fit me.”  ~William P. Smith, Loving Well

I finished the 16-page journal I’ve been working in this week.  I need to do additional work on the front cover…I’ll post that when I finish that.

This page started with the big bird at the top.  This is a bird from the index card a day challenge I did last year.  I enlarged it and printed it off on my printer and glued it on the journal page.  I did some additional doodles around it and then completed the page.  The small flap over to the right is the fold over flap from the back page.

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and here is the back side of the flap:

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This page is my least favorite page in the journal.  In fact, I didn’t really finish it and I don’t know that I will:

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We are going here to eat tonight.  If you are within driving distance of northern Arkansas…give it a try.  The restaurant is excellent….best steaks ever! And, I don’t usually order steak.  They also have a bed and breakfast,  and I understand it’s a get place to get away,  or whatever.  Biggers Bed and Breakfast and The Bluff Steak House

I almost forgot to post this week’s 4x4s. It was a bad choice to photograph these on that sketch pad. 😦  These number 61-64:

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rowing my boat…

 

Row,  row,  row your boat

Gently down the stream.

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily.

Life is but a dream.

Just doing my thing…rowing my boat…and all’s well in my world.  I have been working in my collage journal.  I think I’ve said it before but collage is my favorite thing to do.

I finished a flap page:

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Here’s the entire spread including that flap above:

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and close-ups of both pages:

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I call this my Super Dogs page:

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and this a smaller flap page I finished:

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Everyone enjoy your weekend and next week too!!! 😀

…the band plays on

 

…while you worry about what each note means, the band plays on.”  ~Mark Hartley~

I finished some pages in my “Teesha” inspired journal.  I’m a bit obsessed with all the cutting and gluing.  I wish I could find the perfect glue but it’s not happening.  Teesha Moore uses Tombow Mono Adhesive tape applicators .  I have tried it,  but I haven’t mastered it yet.  I like for the edges of my collage pieces to be glued down and the glue tape doesn’t allow for that unless you run it off the edge of the collage piece.  I’m finding that Elmer’s X-treme glue stick works best for me right now.  One has to be very careful or the glue ends up on the front of the collage piece…and I don’t like that either.  My pages lack depth…I think it must be lack of shading. I’m working on that.

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Jane Davies mentioned this book as a good resource for faces….I ordered it from Amazon.  It is a book of paintings and drawings by Tina Berning:

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Here are a few pages from inside the book:

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I’m off to work on some 4×4’s.  Have great rest of the week!

fun times…

“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.” ~unknown~

I’ve been having so much fun making books, working on spreads, and 4×4’s.  I won’t say what my house looks like right now 🙂

Here is the next set of 4×4’s in a series of 200.  These number 53-56.  A fun thing about doing this series is trying out new color combinations, etc.  That’s what I did with these four below.  I’m not sure I like these.  They are a little dark and mundane… I think the bright yellow saves them. These are all acrylic paint and inks…no pen embellishment on these.

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I’ve been working in my new “teesha” inspired journal.  One thing I have found is that I need to work on spacing my lettering.   I think I’ll try penciling the words in first, next time.  Perhaps, I’ll try some pages without words.  I made some of the borders and the rest are from magazines.

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This last one is a flap page….

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new journal…

“You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.”   ~Irish Saying~

I have been working in one of the journals I made last week.  One page is completed and other pages are in various stages of completion.  I have been watching Teesha Moore’s videos on journaling on she and Tracy Moore’s new website:  The Artstronauts Club.  I have admired Teesha’s style of visual journaling for a long time.  On this page I used my own images and magazine collage.  The image on the lower left hand side of the page (with the flap opened)  is one I borrowed from their Artstronaut Club website.  They have lots of images that can be printed off and used as collage,  but for the most part, I’d rather use my own images (or altered images).  I am not a master of using a gel pen,  but,  use them, I did.  I think I got carried away with dots and circles 🙂  My colored pencils didn’t shade like I would have liked…I don’t know if it was the type of acrylic paint or paper I used.  I had good success with markers such as the Tombow markers.

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with the flap closed:

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…..and this is the front cover….I plan to do more to it…this is what I have so far:

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I haven’t done any 4×4 series this week.  I’ll post them later in the week or the first of next week.

no pressure…

 

“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:

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…one inside spread:

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I added some Washi tape along the spine of this book:

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…one inside spread:

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The third book is best, I think:

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one inside spread:

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I also finished my next set in my 4×4 series.  These number 49-52:

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sketchbook snippets….I didn’t make the first picture…It was my inspiration for the ink and brush drawing:

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I wish I knew the secret for drawing hair 🙂

Have a good weekend!

…mostly black and white

“Sometimes you just need to take a nap and get over it.”

~Maura Stuard (age 8)~

The big thaw hasn’t happened yet.  Maybe today will be the day but it’s not looking very promising.  However, we are able to get out of our driveway onto the main road.

I was going through an old note pad and decided to throw away some of the pages that had notes that I no longer needed to keep.  I had doodled around the edges and I tore out all of the doodles and decided to put them into a collage:

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This is a piece of magazine page….I swiped some green paint on it and immediately noticed a sitting figure.  I used some Inktense Blocks to embellish and bring out the figure:

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Then, last,  but not least….look who’s on the cover of W Magazine! and with black and white dots!  (December 2013/January 2014).  It’s the art issue starring George Clooney. There’s more photos of him and other artists in this issue.   Great issue!  😀

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misc art…

“Never regret.  If it’s good, it’s wonderful.  If it’s bad, it’s experience.”

~Victoria Holt~

This was previously a background page in my altered book/ art journal that I couldn’t decide what to do next.  I started doodling on the page.  I knew that if I didn’t like it I could always gesso or paint over it and begin again.  I used a black ball point pen and a Blick Studio marker (Basic Gray 2) for shadows.

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The next four photos are from my little sketchbook:

The first one is a doodle collage.  I divided the page into six smaller boxes and started filling in the boxes with drawings and collage bits from fashion magazines:

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This is a doodle drawing with a Sharpie fine point marker:

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The last two photos are just little snippets of experiments…magazine bits and my mechanical graphite pencil:

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snippets…

“When confronted with any human problem,  instead of laboring for an improved human condition, 

turn from the picture and realize the presence of the divine spirit in you.”

Joel Goldsmith in The Infinite Way

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Here are a few snippets from my little sketchbook and parts of journal pages, etc. that I have done in the past few weeks:

The first two are from my little sketchbook…part doodling and part collage:

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I saw this on my way down to the art room:

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I happened to have some white acrylic paint out when I came across this piece of magazine page:

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this painted magazine page will end up as collage fodder:

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Have an artful week!!!