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“We need to commit to our creative path.  I don’t mean to want to do it in our hearts or to make plans to do it.  I mean to actually do it.”  ~Sue Monk Kidd~ from The Dance of the Dissident Daughter

I did manage to complete eight more 4×4’s this week.  Only 80 more to go 🙂

I have been watching some videos about doodling.  It’s a fascinating process.  I don’t like to do suggested patterns that many zentanglers draw, but prefer to let the pattern flow as I go.  That’s just me, the patterns of Zentangles are really beautiful and intricate.  The videos by Pic Candle intrigued me this week.  She does more of a cartoon style of doodling but I really like it.  I also like the little creatures that Teesha Moore  draws in some of her journals.

Here’s one of many videos on You Tube by Pic Candle:

I went off into my sketching foray but I don’t think sketching per se is my cup of tea.  I like sketching and I will sketch sometimes but to keep a daily sketch book….I don’t know if I can do that.  Collage is what I love to do most…that along with painting.  I think a  challenge for myself next year is going to be to get over my fear of painting on canvas…painting big.  That being said, I do realize that I am learning valuable techniques and experimentation from doing my 4×4 series.

Here are this week’s 4×4’s.  This first set numbers 113-116:

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The next set numbers 117-120:

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…until next time

time grabs you…

 

“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:

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I have started another 16 page journal…this is a page I have started:

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Sketchbook scribbles with Pentel Pocket brush pen:

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ball point pen:

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Here’s another set in my 4×4 series.  These number 60-72:

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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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…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!

…this winding highway

“Sailing down this winding highway, travelers from near and far, yet I was never alone.” ~Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger died recently at the age of 94. Here is a blog article about his life and music.  His most famous song is probably We Shall Overcome.

Here is another set of 4×4’s (number 41-44):

These were scanned…

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I have been enjoying the Artstronaut Club with Teesha and Tracey Moore.  It’s $5 a month.  If you don’t know about it and want to know more, go to Teesha’s Circus.

I’ve been working on some faces to use in collage pieces or journal pages.  Here’s three I made this week so far:

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We are all a little weird…

“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:

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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:

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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?

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Sketchbook – Wistful

I was playing around with my new sketchbook.  It’s the same size as the smallest Moleskine (3.5 x 5.5″).  It’s from the hand book journal company.  The label on the journal says:  “Contains 128 pages of heavyweight buff drawing paper with a good tooth.  Great for pen & ink, pencil, and markers.  Accepts light watercolor washes without buckling and, of course, it’s 100% acid-free.”  It also has an elastic closure and a clear envelope inside the back cover.  They also have a larger size, again, just like the Moleskine, approximately 5 x 8 inches.  I bought mine from Dick Blick and the price is $6.59.  It is available in black, red, green or blue.  It’s great for sketching and light watercolor…that’s all I have tried so far.  I drew the first sketch with a woodless Koh-I-Noor woodless pencil 4B, also available at Dick Blick. 

 

These sketches are influenced by Teesha Moore’s website drawings: