Saturday, June 24, 2017

Get up. Get dressed. Paint. What does "play" look like?


Starting with this.
As I was painting, this question arose, What does play look like? Which led to, What does it feel like?  What is the the difference between being intuitive and playing while creating?  Can I teach myself to let go and play?

The creative aftermath.  And yes, Allistair has paint on his tail where he flicked it across the wet page.
Is it a blog worthy? Not really.  But I created it with no goal in mind other than the intention to simply paint so it served its purpose.

What I learned:


  • I like incorporating magazine images.
  • I like using the bits of scrap paper and I noticed I was intuitively pulling the pieces out of the bag.
  • Don't put the MOD PODGE away until I'm all done.  I wasted a lot of time putting it away only to need to get it back out (several times).
  • Scribbling with liquid acrylic ink as a final step makes me happy.

Used Daler Rowney FW Artists Acrylic Ink  in Scarlet
I allowed the ink to drop in big, thick drops in spots to add texture.  Warning:  if you do this the journal needs to stay flat until the ink dries or else it will run.
 What does "playing your your journal"  look or feel like to you?  How do you know you are playing?


Monday, June 19, 2017

Get up. Get dressed. Paint.: Needing a day to paint

After a weekend full of cleaning, gardening, shopping, and cooking in preparation for a Father's Day family gathering, I needed a day to paint.  I looked to my Inspiring Art Journal Pages Pinterest board to get my creative juices flowing.  This post, Art Journaling: Art Without Rules by Daisy Yellow was exactly what I needed.  I pulled some magazine images from my stash and several of my go-to paint colors and began.  Quieting my mind was difficult at first but having New Age Ambient Radio playing in the background tamed the chatter.

The aftermath...





 Exactly what I needed to get the week started.

Joining in at Microblog Mondays

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Microblog Monday: Photography Scavenger Hunt

#21 A photograph of you with something representing the season
I joined in on my first photo scavenger hunt the summer of 2014.  I got a lot of enjoyment out of capturing the photos and triumphantly crossing them off the list.

I wanted to participate again this year and after much searching found a similar photography scavenger hunt hosted by Mary-Lou at Patio Postcards.

The Rules are simple: find the list of items and photograph them between June 1st & September 30th, 2017 (no using any photos taken before June 1st).  Simply print the list and starting finding the photos! There is no formal link in but you can share your finds on these three dates; June 29th, August 2nd & the roundup on September 30th at Patio Postcards.

The List:

1.       Something fuzzy
2.       Bubbles
3.       A web
4.       A zig zag
5.       A seasonal relaxing space/item
6.       A pipe
7.       The inside of something
8.       Rust or something derelict
9.       A kite or balloon
10.   Something Yellow
11.   A toy only found out during June to September
12.   A wedding
13.   A dome
14.   Someone fishing
15.   Something crafted from wood
16.   A baby (human or animal)
17.   Circles or crosses in architecture
18.   A fan
19.   Feet of man or beast
20.   Something found under ground
21.  A plaque
22.  A dial
23.  Something powered by wind
24.  Seasonal food or drink
25.  A hat

Let me know if you plan to join in as I would love to follow you along.  


Joining in (a little late) with Microblog Mondays

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Get up. Get dressed. Paint. : Transformation

Starting out with a a tidy desk after the disastrous morning from last Saturday

 After posting, I decided to spread gesso over the entire spread in an attempt to tone down all that purple spray ink.  Still hating it, I felt like it was a hopeless mess so I walked away and spent the rest of the morning cleaning up all that spilt coffee and putting away supplies that had accumulated on the craft desk.

Have you seen this new paint?  It's rather pricey; $9.99 at Joanns, $8.51 at Hobby Lobby.  There are about 10 colors but I had my eye on this purple. I purchased it with a 50% off coupon I had been hoarding.

With a fresh perspective, a full mug of coffee, and the new paint I transformed that disaster into this:

 In the light the paint took on a bluish tone. That leaf is real.  I painted it last fall but never used it. 

On this tag the pink tone is more prevalent. 

8x10 Mixed Media Giveaway

I'm still asking for suggestions for a title for this new purple journal.  Go Here to enter.  These are the spreads I have created thus far:



Joining Art Journal Journey's May theme of Elegance & Grunge.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Microblog Monday: Honoring the rain

Storm have pushed through the past few days leaving behind devastation of homes, lives, and families.  We have been fortunate. We experienced several thunderstorms and strong winds followed by cool, damp weather, but no damage.
Sunday morning I walked through the wet grass taking in how the the raindrops dressed up the garden.







 No editing other than cropping.  Keeping it simple as I join in for Microblog Mondays. (Thank you Chandra Lynn for the invite)