Sunday, September 10, 2017

Memory Loss

We're in our second month of our Mixed Media Art Book Group on FaceBook. This group was started by Marjie Kemper.  This month we are absorbing Seth Apter's book, Mixed-Media Artist.
It's an amazing book.  I never expected to be so impacted by the art and stories of the artists showcased.  

After reading  Leighanna Light's artistic process for a stunning piece entitled, When She Stopped Making Sense, I created this digital journal page. This is in remembrance of my own mother who was an avid reader.  I remember clearly the day she told me she could no longer read books because she couldn't retain the story-line from one page to the next.  

Credit goes to Kimeric Kreations, a designer at Digichick.  I purchased several of her files quite some time ago and finally got to use them in this digital composition.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Fall Digital Journal Page

Keeping with my art in nature theme this month, I've created a 100% digital composition that is 8.5 by 5.5 inches for my art journal.  I can reduce the size and print it as a card.

Autumn was my mother's favorite time of year.  She even married in November.  She loved to play the song  Autumn Leaves on the piano.  This composition is in her memory.  She also was quite a fashionista and would have worn this hat!!!  

Although I don't like the weather turning colder, I do enjoy nature's colors and the harvest bounty of pumpkins and apples.

All digital items are from Gecko Galz. Collage sheets: November Splendor, October Treats, Harvest Time. (I think I might print out separately a few bookmarks!)

Digitally Made Challenge #5 Fall due end of September #6
Gecko Galz September Challenge Harvest Time #2
Gecko Galz Papercrafting FB Group September Challenge:  Colors: Brown and Gold
OUTLAWZ Tuesday Colour Challenge Sept. 5 CCO905  site-wde #69

Art Journal Journey:  Yvonne's prompt Color My World for September #61
Half An Hour of Art Facebook Group

Friday, September 8, 2017

Art in Nature An Under the Sea Composition

The month one of the things I'm focusing on is art in nature.  

Here is a composition I made during our Mixed Media Mingle, a local group of crafters who get together once a month to play with mixed media.  

Nature is in the form of our sea and shore.  I love going to Sanibel Island to walk along the beach and collect shells.  It's such a wonderful way to admire what beautiful works of art (especially shells) are created by nature. Unfortunately, right now the sea is wreaking havoc with our shores in Texas and Florida as well as coastal areas. My art is a reflection of quieter times.  


This is the backside of a 10x10 inch canvas which I used as a shadow box. I started by gluing scrapbook papaer on the sides to cover the staples as well as the inside to have a coherent substrate, followed by a coating of gesso.  Next step was to spray Dylusions Fresh Lime and Maya Road Hydrangea Blue. I played with a bubble stencil to layer the two colors. I sued a vegetable net on the top corner and a heavier net across the bottom, along with some strands of pearls and some gauze here and there.  The inside bottom has Prima graphite mixed with sand. Then I placed my embellishments on the canvas (the art pebbles being placed on top of the bubbles from the stencil), glued, and topcoated with gesso. I used Prima 3D transparent Gel to glue the embellishments and modeling paste to add interesting texture.  I sprinkled two sizes of art stones inside the clam shell and around the bottom for filler.  Once dry, I again gave another dose of the two spray inks.  

At this point, I took my composition to our Mingle and relaxed by using a variety of paints to highlight the embellishments.  I used the Prima Finnabair Rust Paste set on the two mechanicals and the seahorse to provide a visual triangle. 

Where needed on this canvas I layered with Dina Wakely turquoise, Liquitex ultramarine blue, and Dylusions fresh lime acrylic paints.  Highlighting was provided by Finnabair Art Alchemy Acrylic opal magic green gold.

I used ArtQuest vintage watercolors across the frame to tie it all together and then sprayed with Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle Mist.  (No matter where I took photos, the shimmer did not show up, but it's there!) The chipboard words are from Tim Holtz.

Entering this:

A Vintage Journey: September Altered Art #11
I turned one of those many canvases (I've collected for an on-line art class) into a shadow box.  I wouldn't necessarily call them unwanted or unloved, but I have a plethora of Melange art pebbles from Finn's workshops so I turned a few into "bubbles".  I also repurposed my daughter's shell collection.

Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge 195:  September Anything Goes Mixed Media #11

Rhedd's Creative Spirit September Anything Goes #14

Path of Positivity: (a new format) Challenge 51:  Surround Yourself With Art  
Sept. 4-Oct 1 #4
In addition to the comments above regarding finding art in nature, to expand on this month's theme here, I will include that I am influenced by Finnabair.  This piece is done in the style that she teaches. I've taken three workshops in person from her as well as one on-line workshop.  I follow her blog and design team tutorials.  Her products used in this piece include Melange art pebbles, paints, and hardware.

Use Your Stuff:  Challenge 278 No Cards or Layouts ends 9/9 #15
I used the back of a canvas, glued on some very old scrapbook paper, then proceeded to use jars of paste, compounds, paint, and embellies that have been collecting for ages.  Some jars had totally dried out! :(

Mixed Media World:  Challenge 28 Twist: Mood Board due Sept 8 #34
I went with the green photo, the berry stems transitioned to pearl stems, and the texture in the yellow photo

Mixed Media and Art:  August Mood Board until Sept. 14 #49
Once again, inspired by green and the sense of mystical objects along with some mossy, twiggy vegetation

Our Mixed Media Moods Facebook Group and Blog #4
This board has been on my mind since it was posted.  I think you can see how the photos inspired me--color, texture, shells.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Art Journaling

I have three art journal pages to show you today.  I've been working off and on with these for weeks!!

The first one (on the left) is part of the Wanderlust 2017 year-long course at Everything Art. This particular page is a Courage to Continue lesson from Dyan Reavely.  I've used her Dylusions ink sprays, acrylic paints and paint markers and one of her stencils.She used a Winston Churchill quote.

The second one (on the right) is also part of her lesson, but I used a Stencil Girl stencil and found my own quote (by Fred Astaire) to fit the dance theme.  This page I'm sharing with Art Journal Journey where the August theme is Poetry in Motion (use a quote).  

This third page was prompted by Marjie Kemper's FaceBook group, Mixed Media Art Book Group. The group offers a three month commitment, each month using a different art book.  We are reading Dina Wakley's Art Journal Freedom for the month of August.  

This is my first page to post there. I've read the entire book and came up with this composition as a direct result of working with product while making my pages for the Courage to Continue lesson.

I had to "mop up" ink spray and wipe off acrylic paint--which I did onto third and fourth pages. I realized I had the perfect background for "white space" and continued to develop the page. 

I used the following challenges and techniques from Dina's book:  
Symmetry--a center weighted composition ( I had lots of left-over pink paint)
White space; Dominance; Color schemes; Stamping on tissue paper (Paper Artsy stamp for Wanderlust).

Sentiment: Rubber Dance Stamps--I'm sarcastic-what's your super power?

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Soft Drink Digital Composition

A 100% digital creation:

I was prompted by Digital Whisper Dreamer  July 30: Your Favorite Soft drink where I will share it.

I'll also share it on FaceBook at

I used the following digital elements:
Gecko Galz:  Cola Wars collage sheet, Wild Roses paper pack, Secret Garden banner
Imagine That!: Tweet on You pink element and washi tape

I'm entering it in the following challenges:
Digitally Made:  July Challenge #3 Summer Fun or Patriotic Due August 6 x
OUTLAWZ Twisted Thursdays Anything Goes due today August 2

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