Tuesday, December 31, 2013

let me tell you

The big announcement has been made and I am delighted to share my excitement. I have made it on the design team for Roc Nicholas Rubber Stamps. I will be joining a great group of artists to represent the stamp line including:

Cathy Parmelee - http://pureoneimpressions.blogspot.com
Corrie Herriman - http://MadeByCHook.blogspot.nl
Gez Butterworth - http://gezzybscraftybits.blogspot.com
Jane Wetzel - http://anythingbutplainjane.blogspot.com/
Roc Nicholas - http://whatsuproc.blogspot.com/

Roc's stamps are available at www.stampotique.com.

My "Go tell it on the mountain" journal page uses Roc's Screaming Bunny stamp (a personal favorite).

I am relatively new to rubber stamping and am looking forward to using Roc's rubber stamps in my art journal and hope you will come back regularly to see my progress.

Friday, December 27, 2013

portrait challenge continues...

Number 21 - thinking about Christmas just around the corner
Number 22 - this was for a challenge on www.communitythrive.com with a theme of "Spirit".
Number 23 - My shades of blue girl using aquarelle pencils and Adirondack color wash inks.
Number 24 - the background on this is a collage of my leftover paint pages. The face looked pretty much like any other face so I jazzed her up with a few dots in her hair.
Number 25 - This is my tribute to snow. Now I'm ready for it to go away for another year!
Number 26 - I recently joined Teesha & Tracey Moore's new site "The Artsronaut Club". This is my version of an Artstronaut!
Number 27 - Moving on to an entirely different look - this is my take on a Raphael Madonna.
Number 28 - Another face done on a collage of my leftover paint pages.
Number 29 - Still working on hair issues (just like real life).
Number 30 - 3/4 of the way to the finish line.
Thanks for looking...

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

portraits 11-20

If you are tiring of the portraits from the Gritty Jane 40 portraits challenge you might want to skip The Tin Goat for a few more weeks. I really want to finish the challenge so I am one-track minded right now.

Here we go...

Number 11 - this background was done by collaging pieces of my unused paint pages. I love the messiness of it.

Number 12 - My version of Frida
Number 13 - A face I found in the background.

Number 14 - another face with a collaged background. This one just happens to have bunny ears!
Number 15 - This face was inspired by the works of J. J. Grandville - Les Fleurs Animees .

Number 16 - I 'found' this girl and bird in the background - unfortunately for her I didn't find her chin!
Number 17 - This girl has a bit of a grunge feel to me. Not sure what my inspiration was for that!

Number 18 - Having a bad hair day!
Number 19 - I did some random stamping on one of the first layers of the background. You can just make out a bit of a butterfly on her neck so I thought she should have wings as well.

Number 20 - YAY, halfway!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

new computer and a few portraits

I spent a week without my laptop and came to realize how dependent I am on being 'connected'! It's almost a shame (notice I say almost).

My new laptop came with Windows 8 and I am not a real happy camper. My own fault; I should have done my homework before purchasing. I know I will get used to it in time and until I do will just have to be content with whining.

I have been doing more portraits for the Gritty Jane 40 portraits challenge.

Number 6 - I keep an old piano book near me when I am painting and any extra paint that I don't use I spread on a page. I cut up pieces from the book and used them for the background on this girl.
Number 7 - I painted her the day I put our Christmas tree up.
Number 8 - This gal was my portrait for the prompt "letting go".
Number 9 - I used some of my own foam stamps for this background.
Number 10 - I'm not exactly sure what inspired this one. I started out using Adirondack color wash spray with stencils and punchinella for the background and then just looked for a face to emerge from there. This is what happened - she scares me a little!
That's enough faces for one day - thanks for stopping by.


Monday, December 2, 2013

Design Team Call

Are you a rubber stamp lover? Then this post is for you. My friend, Roc Nicholas, is hosting a design team call for her rubber stamp line. You can find all the details on her blog here.

Roc's stamp line is available online at www.stampotique.com or just click here.

Check it out - you won't be sorry !

Friday, November 22, 2013

Gritty Jane's 40 portraits challenge

I recently joined a challenge group on Facebook started by Jane Spakowsky (Gritty Jane) to come up with 40 portraits, any medium and no deadline. Since I tend to obsess over things I will continue along until I've finished all 40.

Here are my first 5.

This is my first one. The optional prompt for her was "gypsy".
Number 2 for no particular reason or prompt.

Number 3 turned out to be something of a chubby cheeked, chinless wonder. Or maybe she just has a bad hairdo, hmmm...
Again, number 4 was just waiting to become - no particular prompt for her.

Finally, number 5. I'm not sure if I've been influenced by deer hunting season or what but she just felt like she needed antlers.
More portraits to come - join the challenge on Facebook - Gritty Jane's 40 portraits challenge.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

I have a rubber tree that inherited from my daughter between her moves. It was one of those rescue operations that happen from time to time.

I repotted it and babied it along a little until it finally just took off. Now, a couple years later it had gotten too big for my living room. I'd already moved it to the center of the room but it reached the ceiling and was no longer able to grow straight.

Our son, Zac, was home for the weekend so I enlisted his help. He got a ladder and a hacksaw and got the job done!

We were able to get 3 nice sized new rubber tree plants in addition to the original. I'm hoping they will all take root. I clipped off the lower leaves of each one and they are sunk a good 10 inches into the dirt so I'm thinking if I keep them well watered they should be fine.

Being something of a hoarder of course I couldn't just throw all of those perfectly good leaves away! They are gorgeous leaves and some of them are over 12 inches long. I was just sure I would find a use for them at some point.
As luck would have it one of the art challenges for this month at www.communitythrive.com is "leaves". Perfect!
I don't think this is quite what Heather was thinking about when she decided on "leaves" in Autumn for the challenge but it what great timing for me! I have a bag full of the rest of the leaves I trimmed - can't wait to start the next one.
I don't know what will happen when the leaves dry. Will just have to enjoy them while they last wait and see what happens later.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Charity Wings (aka Scrapbook Royalty)

Charity Wings is a non-profit organization with a mission to be an inspiring place for people of all ages to Gather, Give Back and Create.

They are hosting their 4th annual fundraiser event this weekend and I was asked to consider contributing a piece for the silent auction.

This is my contribution. You can see other donated items and even place a bid (or two) online by visiting their blog at http://charitywingsnews.blogspot.com/ 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

how i spent my summer vacation... continued

I got back to our vacation journal today and was happy to recall the great things we saw and did in Seattle in just one short day!

We got into town around 5:30 in the evening and, knowing our time there was limited, we headed downtown after checking into our motel. Our motel is a whole other story the moral of which is: do not believe everything you read on the internet!
Anyway, our highlight for the evening was the Space Needle. That is quite a view from the top. Also had a good chuckle at the expense of the man puking his guts out every time he looked over the edge. Not sure why he kept going back for another peek!
The next day we started out with coffee at Street Bean Espresso then walked down to the harbor. I was in people watching heaven. Another fascinating thing we spotted while walking along the Pier was that it was loaded with starfish. I've never seen them in their native habitat before, very cool.
Our final stop before having to leave town was Pike Place Market. We did not have nearly enough time to spend there. I would love to go back and spend 2 or 3 days just going through all the market stalls and shops.
From Seattle we drove back to Portland for one more night before flying back home. What a great vacation we had. Can't wait for the next one!

Monday, October 21, 2013

It's all about the Attitude

I was recently invited to be part of a collaborative project with the theme of "Sisters with Attitude". This collaboration was the brain child of Trudi Sissons of Two Dresses Studio fame in association with Craft Attitude.

Craft Attitude is a new, patented technology that allows your printed inkjet image to be separated from its original paper carrier and become part of a new surface when applied. You can find more information about this versatile new product at: http://www.craftattitude.com/

All of the images used for the project were provided by the most generous Marsha Jorgenson from Tumble Fish Studio and are available at www.deviantscrap.com. The collaboration contributors are the members of the Creative Team from Tumble Fish Studio.

Each day a new collaboration member's artwork is being featured on both the Craft Attitude website and the Craft Attitude Facebook page.

Trudi has done an amazing job organizing the work, photographing, publicizing, etc... and I am honored to be a part of this group!

I hope you will check out this fun product and discover the multitude of creative uses available.

Thank you, Trudi for including me, thank you Marsha for the images and thank you Craft Attitude for this great product!


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Getting back into the swing of things

I've been away from my blog for a month and am still trying to get back into the swing of things.

our first selfies too - can you tell?

My husband and I took our first ever vacation just the 2 of
us. We spent a week of total togetherness and we can still stand to be around each other so I think that makes it a success.

We went to Portland, Spokane and Seattle. We visited relatives in Portland ad Spokane. Seattle was just for kicks.

Driving from Portland to Spokane we spent a little time at Multnomah Falls - the view was breathtaking. Actually everything around Portland was breathtaking! I was in awe of so many shades of green and the ferns growing wild (and healthy) all over the place.

We did not plan for nearly enough time in any one place but for this trip it was the best way.
Someday I would love to go back to Seattle for about 4 days and really get to look at few things in depth. I think I could spend 2 days just in Pike's Market!
Of course I will make a vacation journal as soon as things slow down a little. I got a start on it with this Portland page
The ferns for her hair represent the ferns growing wild all over the place. The few areas of rain are because it rained a little bit each day that we were there. The multi-colored background because overall it was just a colorful place. There were colorful areas of the city, colorful people (literally and figuratively), colorful plants, colorful landscapes - color everywhere. The 'thing' across the bottom is the tail end of a huge fresh salmon that Wade's aunt fixed for dinner the last night we spent there. It was wonderful.
Eventually I will get back to this journal and share Washington with you. Until then - thanks for stopping by.

Excited to share...

Coming soon to a store near you...

I am happy to be included in the upcoming November/December issue of Somerset Studio. And I'm doing the happy dance - one of the Artists' Paper pages is from one of my pieces.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Seeing Red

Shades of Red that is...

There's a new kit at www.deviantscrap.com by Tumble Fish Studio called "Shades of Red".

This is a cut & paste page in my moleskine journal using images from the kit.
I hope everyone has a great weekend and may your Muse be with you!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Funky People Parts

There is a new kit at www.deviantscrap.com by Crowabout Studio called "Funky People Parts". This is a moleskine joural collage I made using images from the kit.

It's a fun kit full of possibilities - check it out!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

to take a step without feet

Every once in a while you are blessed with the opportunity to know someone who is truly good. Someone who would do anything they could to help you if you needed help, someone to play with if it was time to play, someone who would never impose, hurt anyone's feelings or cause problems in any way.

My husband's best friend, Johnny, was a truly good person. Johnny lost his battle with cancer on Monday evening and he will be sorely missed.

This is love:
to fly toward a secret sky;
to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.
First to let go of life.
Finally, to take a step without feet.
Rest in Peace, Johnny

Friday, August 16, 2013

magazine image characters

Thanks to all who took the time to watch and comment on my first video last week. One of the comments I received was to show more about assembling magazine images into characters so that's what I have for you today.

I used a mail order clothing catalog, a landscaping magazine and a Cosmopolitan for the images that I started with and had them all cut out prior to filming to save time. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Thanks for watching!

Friday, August 9, 2013

my first video tutorial

I did it - my first video tutorial. Not saying it's a good one, but I did it - YAY!!

This week I joined an altered envelope mail art swap with a challenge to use only magazine images. This is what I came up with for my entry.

I had so much fun making it that I decided to make a duplicate and video the process for a tutorial. Please bear in mind that this is my first attempt at any kind of video.

Following my original edit I had it down to 26 minutes but after trying to upload for over 3 hours and not even being at 10% I realized more cuts must be made. After the next edit I narrowed it down to 14 minutes. It turned out a little disjointed in places but at least I was able to get it uploaded and learned a few things for next time such as:
  1. Film from a different angle so my flabby arms (and other parts) are not in the picture so much.
  2. Stop speaking in the third person.
  3. Learn how to fast forward through monotonous parts.
  4. "Heat tool" should not be repeated more than 15 times in a short video.
Other than those issues I welcome all constructive comments.
So... without further ado... here it is!

mail art - altered envelope tutorial

Woot, Woot!
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Fountain of Youth

It's all about youth today.... Youth as in the new image kit by Tumble Fish Studio called "Youthtopia" and it's available at www.deviantscrap.com.

All the images on this journal page are from the kit. When I saw this girl she seemed so pensive to me and somehow older than her years so I thought the quote was fitting. Anyway... hoping you are not feeling broken in any way today but if you are, remember it will always get better!

Monday, July 22, 2013

A short tutorial

Recently I found this Greek quote "First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do". I've been trying to focus on intentions and setting goals and this quote fits right into that line of thinking. Of course it became a journal page!

I took a couple WIP pictures along the way and thought I would share them here.

I started with a collaged background. I used magazine images, torn pieces from junk mail and vintage papers. Next I dropped a few drops of acrylic paint (purple, periwinkle and cream) and used a brayer to move the paint around the page. Finally when dry I used a plastic card and applied some random areas of white paint and while that was wet I drew patterns and marks in the paint.

When the paint layer was dry I glued on the collage elements. This kitten face is a copy from a vintage magazine advertisement. the hat is from Tumble Fish Studio, and the arms are courtesy of Mona Lisa. I used scrap paper for the body/dress, rub on wings and a border sticker that I colored with ink.

When the collage elements were dry I added the other kitten using mostly Derwent aquatone pencils and gesso along with a little charcoal and white gel pen lettering. Then I added the quote.

Finally to the finishing details ...  Using Stazon ink and alphabet stamps I added the words "YOU" and "BE". I used a plastic card with acrylic paint and a glue stick cover with watered down acrylic for the assorted background marks. I used gel pen and charcoal for outlining, Sharpie poster paint pens for the scallops, and pan pastels to highlight and for the ground. I think that pretty much covers it.
I posted this breakdown for beginning art journalers. I think if you break it down into small steps it's not so intimidating to try it yourself. Also, each of the steps allow you to put your own spin on the page. I hope if you haven't tried art journaling you will give it a try (First say to yourself what you would be (or do); and then do what you have to do).