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    Daily Paper Prompt #50: Negative Space

    Our prompt hostess today is Jana Bodin of Tangled Pen! I love Jana's fresh, elegant creative style and enjoy her kind and supportive words in the DY FB group.


    Fortunately, the only negative here is the fact, that the object of interest is called 'negative' because it is left untouched, and color or decorative matter surrounds it.

    Thanks for allowing me to share my attempts and thoughts about this technique with you!

    I use this technique when I don't feel the patience to work on details but want to capture a certain mood or color combination. So one time I had sketched a bird and took notes of how I imagined it to be drawn later. I scribbled those notes inside the bird. Later I simply swished some color around it and it became one of my favorite art journal pages. Since then I painted a few more journal pages using this style and tried different types of journaling within those pages.

    base layer - journaling all over the page, then sketching my bird and finally surrounding it with color (and adding more elements... more journaling, stamps, paint splashes

    I hope you're inspired to try this technique. It's fun and gets your brain thinking a bit outside the box. I will have a few more of this type of journal pages on my blog. By the way: No limits to mediums! I used acrylics and water colors on mixed media paper, regular copy paper, water color paper, newspaper... just go ahead and play:)

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    Daily Paper Prompt #49: Vogue {sort of}

    Today's prompt is to design a page that looks like a magazine cover. It can be an art journal page or a painted page on loose watercolor paper or heavy cardstock. Write tantalizing and inviting {faux} article titles that taunt you to purchase the magazine {or convince you to do something}.

    My Vogue {or is that Vague???} magazine cover is all about THIN. Articles investigate fat this and fat that, but rarely is THIN the focus of a joke, the focus of a fashion line.

    My tongue-in-cheek articles include: 

    "Quilted Jeans All the Rage on US Campuses From Harvard to UCLA"
    "Personal Trainer Saga"
    "Designers on Strike in Milan"
    "The Thin Democracy, a Book Excerpt"
    "The Thin Within"

    9x12" watercolor paper, Aquabee journal, slicci pen, watercolor

    Place the title or headline behind something - a collaged person or a painted face or a flower. The trick is to draw or glue on the person or thing first, then add the letters "behind" it so that it appears to be on top. Just imagine where the letters would be - if they were there - and keep writing. Put just enough of the title to indicate what it says.

    Notice how the woman in red on this magazine cover is covering up the bottom of the Z, the entire first A and even a bit of the second A. You can go even more cryptic than that!

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    Daily Paper Prompt #48: Ransom Note


    Create a ransom note! You can create a hand-written note using a different style for each letter or cut letters from a magazine to create your note. Another option is to use a variety of alphabet stamps at various odd angles to stamp out a message.

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    Daily Paper Prompt #47: Stamping Circles

    “There are all kinds of silences and each of them means a different thing. There is the silence that comes with morning in a forest, and this is different from the silence of a sleeping city. There is silence after a rainstorm, and before a rainstorm, and these are not the same. There is the silence of emptiness, the silence of fear, the silence of doubt. There is a certain silence that can emanate from a lifeless object as from a chair lately used, or from a piano with old dust upon its keys, or from anything that has answered to the need of a man, for pleasure or for work. This kind of silence can speak. Its voice may be melancholy, but it is not always so; for the chair may have been left by a laughing child or the last notes of the piano may have been raucous and gay. Whatever the mood or the circumstance, the essence of its quality may linger in the silence that follows. It is a soundless echo.”
    Beryl Markham  

    A medicine cup and a spool from thread make great stamps with fluid acrylic paint.

    The bottom of an espresso mug makes great espresso stamps.

    An art journal page in an Exacompta journal embellished with spool stamps in fluid acrylic paint.

    Collect a bunch of different round things from around the house and use them to STAMP circles {or any shape you wish} on an index card, envelope, cardstock, art journal background, to-do list, anything! 

    Things you could stamp: spools, thimbles, medicine cups, lids, pen caps, washers, bolts, corks, bottle tops, egg shells, cookie cutters, rubber stamps. Lots of fun ideas at Hardware Stamps. Dip the stamps in anything that makes a mark. Coffee, tea, smashed berries, white or black gesso, heavy body acrylic paint, fluid acrylic paint, craft acrylics, watercolors.

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    Daily Paper Prompt #46: Stapled Collage

    Lauren Bergold is our creative prompt-o-matic hostess for DPP #46. I met Lauren via index-card-a-day a few years ago and fell in love with enthusiasm and ability to take a prompt and go absolutely WILD with it. 


    Hi! I'm Lauren and I'm thrilled to be guest hostess today for the Daily Paper Prompt! My favorite creative motif this summer was sparked by two words at the bottom of one of Tammy's prompt lists, and those words were, "stapled collage". Did you ever have one of those moments when an idea almost seems to *EXPLODE* inside your brain? That's what happened to me when I read the prompt.

    I'm sure there are a thousand ways to interpret that phrase... and I'm hoping to see lots of different ones when you guys get going! But somehow, I immediately thought that meant making a collage which was held together with ONE staple. The first one I made (above) during the Index Card A Day project, took an embarrassingly long time to compose, mostly because of the difficulty of the engineering; yet I've come back to the idea over and over; and I'm still not tired of it.

    Every once in a while, I confess, I've had to cheat and use a little glue or tape underneath the "nether layers", to keep things extra-firmly in place. Conversely, it's amazing how many things which are "challenging" to attach with other adhesives, can be held on with just one staple; like transparencies, lace, doilies, tiny sequins, etc! 

    For today's post I made a brand new collage, and I have to admit, it's my favorite to date. I wanted to make a sort of "step-by-step" photo story, but it turns out, my collage-making process is just not compatible with that idea, lol. However, if you'd like to see a "deconstruction" which strips away each layer, there just happens to be such a thing on my blog, today! :)

    Meanwhile, what *I* long to see are a few of the ways that my fellow artists will interpret the words, "stapled collage". Will you obsess over the engineering, like I did? Or make the collage your focus, and just use the stapler to easily attach your layers? Maybe you'll see the staples themselves as a beautiful way to create patterns or faux stitching or texture? Probably you've already thought up LOTS of brand new ideas I haven't even begun to fathom... and I cannot wait to see every one of them! ♥

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    Want to learn more about the art of stapled collage?
    Lauren's detailed article about Stapled Collage is in Daisy Yellow Zine #11


    Daily Paper Prompt #45: The Sun


    The prompt is simply the sun. The are a bunch of ways to interpret this prompt. You could create art about the sun, paint a sun, draw a mandala that looks like a sun, collage a sun from scrapbook papers or celebrate the colors of the sun in your art journal.

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    Daily Paper Prompt #44: Leaf Prints

    Paint a leaf with heavy body acrylics, fluid acrylics, craft acrylics or block printing ink. Place a piece of heavy cardstock on top of the leaf and press gently without moving the paper. You can also "roll" over the paper with a dry brayer to get the imprint. This is {seriously} messy, so prep your table with newspaper before you get started. You can try this with your kiddos too. Try imprinting on painted paper or scrapbook paper. More about this technique at Acrylic Leaf Prints. The spark for this idea was originally at Project Based Homeschooling (aka Camp Creek) here.

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    Daily Paper Prompt #43: Brainstorm!

    Things That Make Me Nostalgic


    Creative Things to Do in 15 Minutes.

    Two brainstormy mind-mappish sorts of lists to ponder. The prompt is to brainstorm about something and document your ideas in a creative fashion. You could use hand-lettered text, scribbles, fruit stickers, photos, anything you wish, but get your thoughts out of your jumbled mind onto a safe spot like a piece of paper! These lists were created in response to one of Aimee's list challenges at Artsyville.

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    Daily Paper Prompt #42: Hand-Lettering

    Our guest hostess for this typographical prompt is Teresa Robinson of stargardener's right brain planner. Teresa is adept at using text to provide shape, texture and meaning to her work. I'm in love with Teresa's funky weekly calendar art and the daily bits of inspiration shared at her blog.


    Lettering and personal handwriting are a form of art.

    Creating your own style of lettering via letters cut from junk mail or magazines, books or other printed material is a way to "journal through" kinesthetically as well as add some creative elements to your planners, journals or art.

    {make your way}

    There are limitless combinations {and of course, no rules} when creating letter art. Allow the selection and decision process be a way to abide with your thoughts — and daring yourself with sparkly dares to try something new!


    {types of letters}

    Experiment with your hand-lettering using a broad-tip marker or even a crayon; consider adding ink or paint to letters you print using a word processing program or letters cut and collected from various sources. If you decide you don't like it — paint or collage over it or tear it to bits, and use for something else.

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    Daily Paper Prompt #bonus: Haiku

    thousands of nightmares
    evil men darken the sky
    no peace this morning


    Today's prompt is to write a simple haiku. 5-7-5 pattern.

    5 syllables

    7 syllables

    5 syllables

    my younger daughter's index card for july 4th seems appropriate again

    Please feel welcome to create a haiku and post it in the comments. My haiku= simple words that came to my mind when I thought about the moments watching the unthinkable on tv the morning of 9/11/01, the planes flying into the towers, the confusion, the smoke, the sadness.


    Daily Paper Prompt #41: Scraping Paint

    3x5" index cards, acrylics

     The prompt is scraping paint. Paint the page a rainbow of colors with heavy body acrylics or fluid acrylics. Using a palette knife, a dull pencil or a the lid of a pen, scrape a design in the paint. For best results, work fast. If you are workingo on a full page, work in smaller sections or else the paint might be dry by the time you get back to it. You can do this with gesso, scrape marks to create texture, let it dry... and paint on top. Groovy! Another idea is to paint the first layer one color, let it dry for a few minutes, then paint the next layer and scrape. You'll see the first layer of color under your scrapings. One of my favorite techniques! Write your name, your initials, a doodle, a flower, waves, boxes, circles. Endless possibilities.

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    Daily Paper Prompt #40: Create a List


    Page called "Things I Know" from my journal swap with Hanna last year.

    This prompt is to create a list, any list! 

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