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Sunday
Sep212014

Daily Paper Prompt #52: White Page

Create a page of all WHITE things. This could be an art journal page or a mixed media collage. Cut out imagery from catalogs or magazines that is white, off white, cream, and include a little bit of black or brown to balance out the whiteness. Add fabric, white cardstock with small patterns, postage stamps, text with white background, try to get as much variety as you can.

This is a 9x12" art journal page on heavy cardboard in whites that I created for a guest post at Creative Every Day. The dark brown is actually the background cardboard's natural color.

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Saturday
Sep202014

Daily Paper Prompt #51: Borders

Our guest hostess for this DPP is Kim Hesson of Miss Alayneeah. Like so many others, I met Kim through the DY FB group and was immediately taken by her use of color and her playful mark-making. Kim is an active contributor to the group and always has shares kind and supportive words.

 

I was so excited when Tammy asked me to be a guest host for the DPP's! One of the first options that came to my mind was borders! One of the things I like to do when I'm following along with a challenge is to look up the word/s given in the challenge. I feel sometimes it can give me a different perspective on the challenge! So I've already done that for you! Here are a few different links you can go to and find out more about borders:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/border
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/border http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Border

Sometimes if we will look past the obvious definitions we can come up with ideas that we might not before! Another fun thing to try is to put the word in the Thesaurus. After doing some reading and thinking I came up with pages of ideas for the word border! Of course I have only tried a few of them for now! I did keep a list for future reference in case I ever find myself stuck!

When I first thought of this challenge I made a list of things I could use to make a border. Here are a few of those things – ribbon, lace, stamps, doodling, stitching, words/journal, found objects, fabric, and scraps. Of course the list could go on!

My second thought about this challenge was where the border would go. We might typically think that a border would go around the outer edge of our page. If we think past that then we can come up with some different ideas. Anything on your page can have a border! The borders can be in the middle of your page or you could even have several different borders on your page. The border can highlight anything on your pages from photos, quotes, words, or even an object. The shape of the border can even differ from a circle to the outline of a word, or any other shape that you can think of.

On this first page I did a few different borders. I started out with the background and then used a stencil to trace in the stars. I created these as my borders for the words I would be adding. I chose to doodle them up a bit. After the stars were done the page felt unfinished to me so I added the border around the edge of the paper. I didn't want it to stand out as much so I just used a basic black pen instead of a marker.

This page also has many borders in it. The main border that I created though was the outer border. To create this border I started with my blank paper and added tape to the outer edges. I added the water color background and other stuff before removing the tape. This left me with the blank white edge that I added my doodles to.

 

This 3rd page I started out creating my own pattern paper. You could use any paper you have though. I traced the circles onto the back of the paper and hand cut them. I didn't want my circles to be perfect. I wanted the hand cut look. You could use any shape or paper punch to create this effect as well. I added the circles to a new background creating the border you see here. I haven't decided what to add to the center yet, but there are several choices! You can see I continued to enhance the circle border with pen lines and marks. The outer portion of the page has a simple border as well.

 

On this last page I wanted to use my sewing machine! I just love the texture that stitches add to my pages! Here I added paper and stitching as a border to the bird that I chose. I think the stitching and the torn edges add a fun and worn feel to it. I now have a list of ideas I want to try with the sewing machine after doing this page! I can't wait to work on them!

 

For me doing these challenges mean trying something fun and new that I might not have otherwise and stretching those creative muscles! I hope you have fun coming up with and finding new ways to use borders on your pages! In the days/weeks to come I will share the steps that I took to make each of these pages on my blog. Be sure to stop by and say hi! Thanks again Tammy for such a fun experience and opportunity to grow and play!

Friday
Sep192014

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:)

Thursday
Sep182014

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!

Wednesday
Sep172014

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.

Tuesday
Sep162014

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.