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    Thursday
    Aug212014

    Daily Paper Prompt #21: Stamp a Mandala

    3x5" index cards, number stamps

    Create a mandala using only alphabet, number or hand-carved eraser stamps.

    A mandala can be made with any small stamps. Flowers, dots, stripes, stars, hearts, arrows, alphabet stamps, number stamps, symbols, circles. Try to look at the stamps as shapes, and how those particular shapes can add to your mandala. Are they linear? Round? Curved? Like the "7" stamp - really two lines at an angle, right? If you don't have any alpha/number stamps, you can do this by repeating letters and numbers with a marker, as if they were stamped.

    Wednesday
    Aug202014

    Daily Paper Prompt #20: The Blues

    Today's promptress for the Daily Paper Prompt is Patricia from Magenta Matters.

     

    Hi everyone! What a pleasure to be a guest host for Tammy's Daily Paper Prompts today!

    How are you feeling today? In the pink? A little blue? Well, whatever your mood, try incorporating it into your journaling using monochromatic colors. For today's DPP, we'll be working with monochromatic shades/tints of blue.

    Below: I used cerulean blue acrylic paint in the middle circle and added a little bit of white and black paint (separately, i.e, add some blue to the white in different amounts, then add black to blue in varying amounts.) to see how many values of one color I could make. I plan on adding my journaling to the blue sections with my Uniball white pen.

    **Tip: when using white and a color, always add the color to the white - if you add white to the color you will need gallons of white to lighten it up! Conversely, when using black & a color, always add a small amount of black to the color.

    Here I did something different & used varying shades of blue Cray-Pas. Sakura Cray-Pas are oil based pastels. They are very creamy, blendable & inexpensive (I use the Junior Artist student quality) & come in a wide array of colors. The only down side is that you cannot write over them. I usually leave some space around the Cray-Pas design to journal. If you don't have Cray-Pas, any oil pastel will work.

    Above, I painted a black arc in acrylic, & later added my Cray-Pas design around it (blending with my fingers), then hand stitched an ombre effect using blue thread.

    Another way to explore monochromatic color is to paint/draw a still life using a limited color palette. In this example I used only white & various shades of blue craypas to draw one of my favorite glass bottles that I have on my window sill. I will paste this one onto a journal page.

    So, go ahead, grab your medium of choice, your journal, an index card, a loose piece of paper, whatever, & give monochromatic colors a try! The possibilities are endless! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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    Tuesday
    Aug192014

    Daily Paper Prompt #19: Mail Art

    Create a piece of mail art and mail it to someone within 4 days. Make a postcard. Put it in a decorated envelope if you wish. Stamp it. Send it.

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    Monday
    Aug182014

    Daily Paper Prompt #18: Create an Art Travel Kit 

    “It seemed an advantage to be traveling alone. Our responses to the world are crucially moulded by the company we keep, for we temper our curiosity to fit in with the expectations of others...Being closely observed by a companion can also inhibit our observation of others; then, too, we may become caught up in adjusting ourselves to the companion's questions and remarks, or feel the need to make ourselves seem more normal than is good for our curiosity.”
    Alain de Botton

    a sucrets box decorated with washi tape holds tiny ephemera and calligraphy pen nibs

    DPP #18 is to put together a kit to transport the core art materials you would take anywhere you might want to do some journaling. You might carry it along on an impromptu trip to a coffee shop or a weekend at the beach.

    Here are some things that are in my travel kit:

    black gellyroll, slicci pen, white sanford uniball, white gelly roll

    ruler, eraser, pencil sharpener, variety of pencils

    watercolor travel pans*, brush, palette, frisket, frisket brush, waterbrush*

    fiskars scissors, xacto, mini-stapler*

    old gift card, washi tape

    india ink, calligraphy pen, variety of nibs

    mini self-healing cutting mat*

    * not in the photo

    I first made my art box to prepare for a 4-day artful journaling workshop I took in early 2012 and it has really come in handy! I started with an ipad box, a fabulous size for an art box, I might add. I decorated some papers and glued them to the inside of the box. I keep all of this stuff {except the watercolor pans} in this one box and remove the things I don't need. Another handy travel kit is a zip-lok baggie. It is absolutely perfect for carrying lots of markers. I take a baggie of gelly rolls and other pens or a baggie of colored pencils when I plan to work in color rather than black & white. 

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    Sunday
    Aug172014

    Daily Paper Prompt #17: Chandelier

    Saturday
    Aug162014

    Daily Paper Prompt #16: Dictionary Love

    Our guest artist for the Daily Paper Prompts is Gretchen Miller, who shares her inspirational words and art at her blog Creativity in Motion. Gretchen is also doing a 365 project this year; you can track the progress on her blog.

     

    A favorite paper item I find lots of inspiration from is using dictionary pages! I find it’s a great way to include words in my art journaling and collage work. I especially enjoy looking up and seeking words surrounding an intention I have for the day or connected to an image I am working on and incorporating the dictionary text into the overall composition of the piece. Words and definitions found on random pages can also inspire image making too if you want to have fun with this!

    I often use words from dictionaries in my current 365 revo’lution project, which focuses on creating small daily art around my intentions for this year. Dictionary bits & pieces from definitions are sometimes added to showcase an affirmation, reminder, or message. Bigger sections of pages can also make a great background! Sometimes I like to highlight words with special meaning on the page through blocking or underlining them with pen or pencil.

    I also enjoy bringing color to dictionary pages through adding watercolor washes, either from a cake palette or concentrated liquid watercolor that I apply with a brush:

    For this DPP, I used the text of a dictionary page on a 4 x 6 size index card as the background, did a watercolor wash overtop, as well as used some distressed ink, paint, and stain around the card’s edges (and a little bit over the watercolor). You can also cut out shapes printed with the words (I love paper hearts!) or add the tiny images that some dictionaries have to illustrate the definitions.

    If you don’t want to damage the original pages from a dictionary, no worries--! You can also just copy dictionary pages to use in your art making! 

    Bio: Gretchen Miller is a Registered Board Certified Art Therapist and who practices in Cleveland, Ohio specializing in youth, women, and families impacted by trauma, domestic violence, and grief & loss. In her own art and creative process, Gretchen enjoys finding inspiration, creating positive energy, and discovering transformation by working in mixed media, collage, altered art, art journaling, as well as organizing art exchanges and creative collaborations. You can learn more about her work, art, and interests on her blog Creativity in Motion.

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    Friday
    Aug152014

    Daily Paper Prompt #15: Words


    Create art comprised mostly of words. You could make a quote the focus of your page, make the page look like a scrabble board or crossword puzzle or use huge alphabet stamps. Another option is to write about your love of words, poetry, another language, reading, etc.

    Thursday
    Aug142014

    Daily Paper Prompt #14: Saturated Color

    “People observe the colors of a day only at its beginnings and ends, but to me it's quite clear that a day merges through a multitude of shades and intonations with each passing moment. A single hour can consist of thousands of different colors. Waxy yellows, cloud-spot blues. Murky darkness. In my line of work, I make it a point to notice them.”
    Markus Zusak


    altered book, fluid acrylics, neocolors

    canvas, fluid acrylics

    canvas, acrylics, collage 

    Create art with saturated color. 

     Intense color.

    Don't hold back.

    Think vivid.

    Full-strength, over the top, wild color.

    Wednesday
    Aug132014

    Daily Paper Prompt #13: Grid

    “We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves
    after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.”
    Marcel Proust

    3x5" gridded index card, Golden fluid acrylics

    3x5" index card, gelly rolls and glaze pens

    3x5" gridded index card, gouache

    9x12" watercolor paper, watercolor

    Paint or draw a grid of colors. Choose a color palette to your liking and color in the squares with colored pencils, pastels, markers, watercolors or acrylics. Add another square on top with another color if you wish. Get into the rhythm and focus on each line, each square, each brush stroke.

    Let this be a time of relaxation.

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    Tuesday
    Aug122014

    Daily Paper Prompt #12: Round

    “I live my life in widening circles
    that reach out across the world.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke

    pages from an altered book, collage with an acrylic background

    Use round or oval stickers as part of a collage, on an art journal page, as the focal point on an index card, within a doodle. An oval or circle can take the place of a square or rectangle in a grid. Look for stickers on fruits and veggies. Or round postage stamps. Or grab pick some stickers from a kid's sticker collection.

    On this index card, I dripped airbrush acrylics {using the process detailed in DPP #3: Drips} after sticking the sticker on the card, and sprayed it lightly with water.... just to see what happens. The sticker doesn't absorb any paint.

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    Monday
    Aug112014

    Daily Paper Prompt #11: Ogee Pattern

    “You need something to open up a new door,
    to show you something you seen before
    but overlooked a hundred times or more.”
    Bob Dylan

    watercolor + gouache

    watercolor + gouache

    gelly roll 

    watercolor

    Create three different ogee inspired patterns but vary the medium, the color palette, or the design!

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    Sunday
    Aug102014

    Daily Paper Prompt #10: Stitch Paper

    “The world doesn't make sense,
    so why should I paint pictures that do?”
    Pablo Picasso

    Circles cut with a circle punch and stitched to a gelatin print.

    This little collage was stitched with a sewing machine. I played around with the various stitches and switched out the thread while working to get a variety of thread colors.

    Photograph stitched to my art journal page using metallic embroidery floss and some sort of blanket stitch.

    A stitched collage on an acrylic background from my 365 Somethings Project.

    This prompt is to sew paper! You can sew by hand with regular thread or embroidery floss or sew with your sewing machine. I love, love, love sewing paper.

    I bought a sewing machine with the specific intention of sewing paper! Many folks have asked about my sewing machine... it's a Janome 7330 Magnolia. I've had it for 4 years and use it primarily for sewing paper. It has 30 different stitches but I usually use only the straight and zigzag stitches!

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