and having fun.”
~Mary Lou Cook~
Here are the latest 4×4’s I have finished. I’m up to 112 now 🙂
I felt like I needed to do something else to this first set. I couldn’t think what, so, I’m letting them stand as they are. It’s acrylic paint on Bristol paper. This set numbers 101-104:
I glued down very small squares on a painted background for this next set. I used some scraps from painted papers and other collage scraps. This set numbers 105-108:
I used acrylic paint, collage pieces, black Stabilo pencil, and a handmade stencil on this set. I like the combination of red and raw umber. This set numbers 109-112:
I am painting an old chest to put back into our newly refurbished bedroom. It measures a little over five feet long. My husband remembers it being around when he was very young. I decided to paint this because I looked for a new one but couldn’t find anything as well made as this old piece. It had a few dings and the veneer peeled off in a few areas. I filled those with wood filler and sanded it down. It’s a work in progress:
This is the first coat of Kilz 2. The drawer fronts are all “Kilzed” too. I plan to glue (Mod Podge) some old maps on each end. The dresser will be painted 21st Century Blue semi-gloss by Valspar. My next decision to make about this project is: do I keep the old drawer pulls or find something more modern. Since I am a big believer in using what you have and recycling, I’m thinking I’ll just go with the old pulls and spray paint them with sort of faux metal paint.
Here are the bedroom colors:
The accent wall color is the wall behind our bed. It’s actually a Behr color(Solar Flare) but all our paint is from our local building supply store and they carry Valspar paints. I took a chance when I picked the orange color for that wall but we both really love it! We used the Valspar Medallion paint and primer all in one. It covered the walls with one coat. When I get everything back in place, I’ll post some photos of the room.
That’s all for now…
“Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road. Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go, so make the best of it and don’t ask why. It’s not a question but a lesson learned in time. It’s something unpredictable but in the end is right. I hope you had the time of your life.” ~lyrics from Time of your Life by Green Day
Time is grabbing me…I had another birthday this week. 🙂
It’s been awhile since the last post. I finished the cover of the Teesha Moore inspired journal last week. Scroll down to my March 13 post of this year to see how it looked before I finished it.
Here it is now:
I have started another 16 page journal…this is a page I have started:
Sketchbook scribbles with Pentel Pocket brush pen:
ball point pen:
Here’s another set in my 4×4 series. These number 60-72:
It’s the first day of May….2013 is going fast! There are lots of various activities going on this month…graduation (grandson), birthdays (mine, and, one of my sisters), and Mother’s Day, to name a few.
I wanted to show a journal spread I finished this week. I glued down some painted paper scraps on one side and didn’t know what to do with the other side. I put the face there and it went through several different reincarnations before I settled on this one. I used ink, acrylic paint, watercolor crayons and Stablio black pencil. I threw a lot of “stuff” at it and she still needs something but I felt it was time to move on to another project.
“You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.”
Again, for this page, like the last page, I put down some watercolor….let it dry and stared at it for a few days. I started with the face first. The lines are a combination of tinted charcoal, Sharpie Pen, and a black Stabilo pencil. I love doing these pages as they just evolve as I go. I’m going wild with the watercolors. 🙂 I found the above quote and added it to the page. I very rarely write on my pages and if I do it’s usually a quote.
The past few days have been gorgeous…a pleasant and welcome change from last week’s temperatures in the single digits. Hubby had a doctor’s appointment yesterday and after that, we went out for a Valentine’s Day lunch. While driving back, we noted that almost all the snow was gone except for some spots in shady north slopes. I think I’m getting spring fever! I’m sure that will change and winter isn’t finished with us yet.
I started this page in my Strathmore journal yesterday evening after we got back home and finished it this morning. I tried a different approach….I drew the face with a graphite pencil and then used some colored pencils to shade, etc. I went over all that with clear gesso and let that dry. I used acrylics paints…yellow, blue and red with lots of white. I glued down the collage pieces. The flowers and leaves were from some patterned tissue paper that I’ve had so long I don’t remember where I got it. I never know what to do about hair. I planned to glue down some more tissue paper but ended up using my black Stabilo pencil all around the page. I used lots of water to give a watercolor effect. Have a great day wherever you are and whatever you are doing!
Another page in my Strathmore Journal. At first, I glued some of my painted phone book pages down but I didn’t like that so it was painted over with paints and inks. Then more collage on top. The face is two different magazine pictures that I fit together to compose a new face. I altered the magazine pieces with more paints and inks. The hair was a big red bow used in an advertising campaign that was in most of the fashion magazines a few years ago. I like the quirky look it gives to the composition. The butterfly is an altered wallpaper decal . The collaged Greek writing is from a text book about ancient civilizations. I used a Stabilo marking pencil to give the collage pieces more depth.
I finished another page in my composition notebook. I also started another page in a new journal…a Strathmore Visual Journal that I ordered a few weeks ago. On this page, I used the black and white bars from business reply cards. I started with Caran d’Ache crayons, did a wash of white paint over that, glued down the bars and went from there. The quote is from “The Journey,” a poem by Mary Oliver. The sketching was done with my black and white Signo pens.
I got a new book from Amazon today…Creative Illustration Workshop for Mixed-Media Artists by Katherine Dunn. It’s described as seeing, sketching, storytelling and using found materials. All the artwork in the book is by her…I love the book!!! If you are looking for a step by step “how to” book, then you might not want to purchase this book. I am finding it very refreshing and different.
This spread started with pale blue over- painted with white acrylic paint. I dripped some red acyrlic ink down the pages and glued down some collage pieces. Next, I used my Stabilo marking pencil and used water on the lines to give it a watercolor look. I used black and white Signo pens to add further embellishment. I have several “no postage necessary” cards that I have been saving…I’m going to see how many different ways I can incorporate them in my journal pages.
I’ve been working on this off and on all weekend. I tried Misty Mawn’s neutral way of painting…it’s difficult! I used Titanium White and Payne’s Gray mostly with a touch of Alizarin Crimson to finish. Misty uses other colors of paints but I wanted to try this first. I think it’s a little dark and there’s something about the eyes that I don’t like. I used watercolor paper that had some collage pieces glued around the edges.
I also noticed this weekend that Judy Wise and Stephanie Lee are going to be teaching an online class: Plaster Studio This class isn’t until June 13th. Their new book about the same subject is scheduled to be out in May of this year.
I put down some white craft paint as a base. Then more white paint mixed with a tiny bit of blue ink. I put a few thin stips of black masking tape and then some stamping and drips with the blue ink. After that dried, I attempted to do a gel medium transfer of a magazine picture…didn’t work. The collage elements came from painted phone book page and magazine pictures. I altered the pictures with paint, Caran d’Ache crayons and more stamping. I really forgot what all I did do before I finished. This was so much fun. Oh, I also used a Stabilo Colored Marking Pencil in black for outlining. I was thinking if I’d used pink tones this would have made a great Valentine’s sentiment. Too late now 🙂 Click on the photo to enlarge it. .