Monday, August 31, 2015

ATC Monday - "Mustache"

Good morning and happy Monday y'all!  Today's ATC is very funny to me because it's somewhat of an oxymoron these days.  Mustaches are super trendy along with beards so they aren't very original right now.  However, you can be super original by what type of mustache you sport, or so my hubby tells me.  This one right here is correctly termed a "handlebar".  Or so I'm told. 

This ATC was made for a prompt swap.  As in - we were given a napkin printed with various bright mustaches and had to come up with something.  "Try it!  You'll love working with napkins." said Elizabeth.  Oh how she was wrong.  I'm not totally put off working with napkins for good but they are fiddly little bits of stuff!   

I collaged the napkin using Matte Medium to a blank white ATC base.  Once dry, I stenciled the sunglasses and mustache in black acrlyic using Faber-Castell's new Mixed Media Stencils, the 201 Collection.  I added a few highlights and outlines with my UB Signo pen and wrote "be ORIGINAL" with a Faber-Castell Pitt Pen.

I was so glad to be done with this set of cards that I couldn't wait to get them off to Elizabeth and have them out of my house!  Though looking back at them now I rather think they're kinda funky.  That's probably because I'm not having to fool with them any more!

That's all I've got for you today on the ATC front.  Tomorrow is the 1st day of the September edition of 30 Days of Lists.  I'll be posting my lists daily on Instagram and weekly here on the blog like I did in March.  Haven't signed up for 30 Days of Lists yet?  Run on over here and sign up real quick.  It's only $10 and you'll be glad you did!

I'll see y'all next time!

Until then,

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Getting Ready for September's #30 Days of Lists

Hello dearies!  Have you heard?  September is almost here and that means another round of 30 Days of Lists is nigh!  Don't know what I'm talking about?  Check out my posts here and here to learn more about it.  And be sure to register for it here!

So back to today's post.  If you have been reading my blog since at least March, you'll recognize (sort of) the images above.  Those are the covers for my original #30daysoflists journal I made in March.  Mind you - I added the washi tape edges to it last night and I've a bit of extra to do on the back cover (September).  I did decide to reuse the same journal and use the back pages like I'd originally planned.

So I made a few changes... I changed the binding - originally I'd used binder rings which worked but weren't my favorite.  So I used jute twine and bound my pages and covers instead so now I have this:

 I am in love with jute.  It's kind of a pain to thread through little holes but I love the way it looks.

Remember, all the "fronts" of the pages were printed and used in March.  So I took my Gelli plate and and printed on the "backs" of the pages.

I used DecoArt Americana in Bahama Blue (one of my favorites!) and Dragon Fruit.  I decided to have just one color scheme through out.  You can see my prepped gelli plate full of paint on the left and lots of printed pages on the right.

These are some of the pages.  I used bubble wrap to stamp more of my paint mixture for texture on several pages.  I also used three different stencils and pulled prints using those.

I used Dylusions stamps to stamp my numbers in Azure StazOn ink and used a variety of washi tape.  I'm sure I will add doodles or more stamping to my lists as I complete each one, but I didn't want to have too much on there to begin with.

 I cleaned my brayer off on plain white tissue paper and decided to collage that paper onto the back sides of my covers to tie into the color scheme.

My original plan was to stamp the numbers in a backwards order - opening the "back" of the journal and flipping through from right to left would go in order but I decided at the last second not to.  This way as you flip, you get day 25 on day 25 no matter which month it is for.

Tuesday isn't far away and I can't wait to get started listing!  Remember to check my Instagram daily and the blog every Tuesday for a weekly update.  And don't forget to join me!

Until then,

Friday, August 28, 2015

Documented Life Project - Week Thirty Four

August Theme
Faces, the Human Form & Characters

August 22

Art Challenge: Layered (using multiple mediums)

Journal Prompt:  Speak to Your Younger Self - What Advice Would You Offer?

This week's journal page is inspired by a painting done by Suzi Blu.  I just love everything about her art.


I sketched out a woman clutching a child - or a version of my younger self.  Either way you choose to interpret it.  I even like to think of it as me clutching my daughter.  I used my Neocolor II's and Inktense pencils for the faces and hair and for the first layer of the background.  I then used gesso sparingly over the background and went back over it with more Neocolor II's, including the drips.

The swirl stamp is a hand carved one by me stamped with Distress Paint in Spun Sugar.  The triangles are another hand carves stamp by me stamped with Heidi Swapp Archival Dye Ink in Teal.  I used Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink and a crackle texture pad (for clay) to create the crackle effect in the background. 

I used my Stabilo pencil as well as my Uni-Ball Signo 207 Bold (black) gel pen to write phrases that I wish someone had told me daily, regularly, and often as a kid.  I try to tell my daughters these phrases daily, regularly, and often now. 

I added a few flower doodles with my Uni-Ball pen and a couple of strips of washi tape and couldn't think of anything else this page needed.

I really like this page's simplicity.  Even though I did layer and I did use more than one or two things, I love just how simple it really is.  This is a page that I need to look at every day and repeat these things to myself.  They are words we all need to hear.  Hear enough to finally start believing.

You are beautiful.  You are loved.

I'll see you next time!

Until then,

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday - WOYWW

Hey y'all!  It's Wednesday again - where did the time go?  Oh that's right... I've spent it at work!  I dread move-in weekend.  I know that's maybe mean to say but I really do dread it.  Ten thousand kids and parents and no one knows what they're doing.  Ok, ten thousand is an overstatement.  But truly, two thousand kids plus one to two parents a piece equals somewhere in the five to six thousand range of people with no clue milling about my campus.  It's a nightmare.

That being said, I haven't had time for anything but work, a little sleep, and work again.  I did however manage to stay up one night because the bug had bitten and I just couldn't ignore it anymore.  I got out one of my 24" x 36" canvases and got started throwing paint around.  I'm not any where near finished as I had too much wet and my eyes were closing on me.  I'm hoping that I can find a little time somewhere on Thursday to add a few more layers.

That's what's on my workdesk - not a whole lot.  Just one big work in progress.  I'll be trying to make rounds a little more this week as my time starts getting freed up a little more on Monday.  Y'all have a great week!

To hop around some other fabulously messy and more intriguing desks than mine, head over and check out the WOYWW deskers!

See y'all next time around!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

30 Days of Lists Blog Hop - September 2015 Edition

September 1st is exactly one week away!  And y'all know what that means, right?  Yep - it's the start of 30 Days of Lists!

For those of you who don't know what 30 Days of Lists is yet - here is a short run down:

It is a twice a year Listing challenge.  You are given a daily prompt and it takes 10 minutes or less to slow down and give over to just a few spare minutes of creativity.  I do my listing while watching my kids play at the park, while cooking supper, at work, while I'm trying to focus for the day... you name it.  It only takes a few minutes!  You can list in any manner you choose - on scrap paper, in a notebook, digitally, in an art journal, in a planner, on sticky notes... you name it.  As long as you have something to write with and something to write on you can participate!

Head over to 30 Days of Lists to find out more and to register for this awesome challenge!

To get things started, today we're doing a Blog Hop!  We're choosing one of the prompts from March 2011 and getting warmed up with a little list!  Then we're sharing it on the 30 Days of List's Facebook Page

I chose the "I Make Lists For" prompt.  I make a lot of lists.  There is something soothing about making a to do list and checking off each little thing I wanted to get done, buy, needed to do, had to do/pay, etc.  I'm a pretty organized person most days and I try to keep the chaos down with lists.  Maybe that's why I love this challenge so much.

All digital images used in this list are by Crowabout StudioB from Mischief Circus.

That's my list for today y'all!  I'm all warmed up and ready for next Tuesday!  Well almost ready.  I have some gelli printing to do between now and then.

Don't forget to register before next Tuesday and join me in this awesome challenge!

Until then,

Monday, August 24, 2015

ATC Monday - "May Flowers"

It's Monday again!  And that means it's time for another edition of ATC Monday!  Continuing from last week's theme of "April Showers", today we have "May Flowers"!  I love it when a theme just comes together, don't you?

This card was also made for the #atcclub2015 Instagram group.

This ATC began life as overspray mop up paper.  The background flower is stamped with Mowed Grass Distress Ink using a stamp from Unity Stamp Co.  The bright flowers are collaged pieces of old book text stamped and sprayed with Funky Fuchsia, Bubblegum Pink, and Pure Sunshine Dylusions Ink Sprays.  "Bloom" is a Dylusions alpha stamp set.

This was fun little card - very bright and full of life.  That's my favorite part of May... the flowers and the life just springing forth everywhere!  Truly though, I find it so exhilarating to wake up and go past the same landscape every day and watch as the trees, bushes, and flowers begin to bud, then have a few flowers, then a mass of flowers, then fully leaf and bloom and just grow into these amazing beautiful things that fill my heart with joy and inspiration.  Down here in Mississippi Bradford Pear trees are extremely popular in everyone's yards and neighborhoods and these are some of my favorite trees to watch bloom.  You can literally come across it every day and see a new stage.  In the fall when the leaves start changing it happens all over again.  It's just breath taking.

It's so hot here in the middle of August that I could do with some lovely Spring weather.  On that note y'all I will see you back here next Monday with another ATC!

Until then,

Friday, August 21, 2015

Documented Life Project - Week Thirty Three

August Theme
Faces, the Human Form, & Characters

August 15

Art Challenge: Painted

Journal Prompt:  How do I face my Biggest Challenge?

Ok y'all.  This one was hard for me.  Like, really hard.  Not so much the challenge part of it, but the prompt part.  How do I face my biggest challenge?  What is my biggest challenge?  Oh...the possibilities and the thousands of different ways that question can be answered!!

I started with a layer of Tim Holtz Tissue Paper.  Then I took my Neocolors and colored strips of yellows, orange, and red.  I used a brush loaded with water to mix and blend it all.  Love the effect.

I drew my face on watercolor paper and used my neocolors, acrylics, and Inktense pencils to paint her.  I love her eyes.  Not crazy about the hair.  But love the eyes.  I adhered the head using Heavy Gel Medium because quite frankly, my journal is getting very warped and I wanted to make sure she'd stay stuck down on such curved pages!

After that though, I was really very badly stuck.  I still hadn't answered the question in any way shape or form.  So I started playing around.  I used some Carbon Black and an empty scotch tape roll to make circles and paint splatters.  Then I stamped butterflies from the Tim Holtz set "French Memories".  I added a few strips of washi tape.  Still not knowing where to go from here, I added a few stamped hearts from the Dina Wakley set "Collage Hearts" in red and orange inks.

Ok, so hearts.  I'm heading in the direction of hearts, I think.  Light bulb moment!!  I have a Heidi Swapp stamp and stencil in my stash that I think would work perfectly!  I used the heart stencil and some Yellow Oxide acrylic to paint three hearts.  Once dry, I outlined them with a Stabilo pencil.  Once that was dry, I stamped the words from the Heidi Swapp set in white ink.

I used black ink to stamp some quotes from a Dina Wakley stamp set (the clear Handwritten Quotes set that I can't seem to find online anywhere).

I'm not really certain that this page is finished but I can't think of anything else to add to it.  But I do think I have found an answer to the original question.  "How do I face my biggest challenge?"  I face it with "All of my heart!"  No matter what life throws at me and what the challenge of the day/week/month is, I try to face each and every one of them with everything I have inside of me.

It amazes me how much of our souls we pour into our art.  Even and especially when we're not deliberately trying to.  I had no idea what the answer to the Prompt was.  I had no idea what my page would look like.  I just metaphorically closed my eyes and it emerged little by little.  And now I know.  How wonderful and beautiful and amazing is that?

That's my share for the week!  I'm linking up with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's Art Journal Every Day as usual and Kim Dellow's Show Your Face and I'll see you next week for another challenge.

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