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    Wednesday
    Jul212010

    Altered Book: red.black rev 2.0

    Another finished spread in the altered kids' book project. The other day, I added a hand lettered quote to Messy Pinks so click over to see what is up with this book.

    To figure out how to add words, I looked at it from a distance and turned it upside down, and the fact that it was plaid faded away to a simple grid of colored squares. Sometimes when you create a page, you remember how you created it when you look at it, and it influences the shapes and colors you see. In the squares could go doodles or little images or letters.

    I love this white Gelly Roll. Crisp white lines on a flat acrylic background or plain paper. I did a tutorial on creating this red and black plaid background and a green and blue plaid background using a brayer so let me know if you try this technique.

    Check Journal Lettering Part I and Part II plus Hanna's post on adding journaling to your art journal (I've linked before, but it's a great series). Hanna is an authentic princess of journaling and you'll love her pages, so free and fun.

    Tuesday
    Jul202010

    Neocolor: One Color + Black + White

    Blues, 5.5x8" sketch Exacompta, neocolor II

    Bubbles, 5.5x8" sketch Exacompta, neocolor II, fluid acrylics

    Reds, 5.5x8" sketch Exacompta, neocolor II

    Sparked by a tip from Sophie that neocolors work great in the Exacompta, I expanded my experiments.

    Caran D'Ache Neocolor II wax crayons to be precise, are one of nature's perfect art supplies. They have a negative 46.1 decibel carbon pawprint, plus 73.6% of art journalists surveyed considered neocolors crucual art materials.

    There are a lot of cool ways to use neos outside the art journal. The kids and I played with Neocolors + Water and Neocolor Circles. Did some Neocolor Mandalas. They look psychedelic on black gesso in Altered Book: neon.black.

    As fodder for testing, I did a Daisy Yellow prompt! It was a good excuse to have something to post to the new Daisy Yellow Prompts Flickr group. Three pages for this prompt from The July Creative Experiments: "Create a painting or art journal page with no images, using any color + black + white + words." The words are in invisible ink. Really.

    PS. What's missing from this post?

    Monday
    Jul192010

    Athena's Flower Shop

    "We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand...
    and melting like a snowflake. Let us use it before it is too late."
    — Marie Beyon Ray

    5x8" watercolor moleskine journal, pitt pen, watercolor

    Do you get it?

    Sunday
    Jul182010

    Altered Book: Messy Pink v1.2

    On my unwritten art to-do list is finishing the Tekenfilm altered book. It's an illustrated children's book, with page spreads a gigantic 12x20". Here's a link to Messy Pink, which documents this page from the start. A bunch of the backgrounds are screaming for words. Really, I can hear them when things are quiet.

    I've discovered a new way to relax, get unfocused by focusing on detailed work. Lettering can bring a state of flow, when you are so into what you are doing that you get lost in the process. You can take your time and get the letters as precise as you'd like. I spent a long time lettering these pages and found it as fun as drawing. Really, it has a different kind of challenge.

    I edged the letters with a white Treehouse Studio paint pen (made in Japan) that I found at Hobby Lobby in Texas. This pen works like the beloved Sharpie poster paint markers that were discontinued. [By the way, has anyone tried the new Sharpie water-based paint markers which I assume are a replacement for the others?] The Treehouse pens stop flowing more often than the Sharpies, but once you get them going again they are great, super opaque. I also got one in hot pink. Anyhow, inside the edging I painted Golden fluid acrylics with a tiny brush to give the letters a little texture.

    Hanna has a good post on Favorite Pens for Mixed Media, with links to some other writings on art supplies. You can check out my list of Art Materials for Art Journaling and beyond. Whatever you do, Get YOU Into Your Art Journals, they are your pages!!!

    But wait, there's more (behind curtain #3) later this week.

    Friday
    Jul162010

    Thoughtful

    Linus: How do you like the chocolate I made for you?
    Lucy: It's terrible! It's too weak! It tastes like some warm water
    that has had a brown crayon dipped in it!
    Linus, tasting it: You're right. I'll go put in another crayon.
    ~Charles Shulz, Charlie Brown

    5x8" watercolor moleskine, pitt pen, watercolor

    Drawing and painting flowers. The more I do, the more I want to do! So relaxing. Love the watercolor with ink in this moleskine journal. I draw lines in pitt pen first and then watercolor. I'd like to figure out how to get the pink ribbon to look like a pink ribbon rather than pink leaves! My younger daughter said, "We should take these to the museum and ask the manager to put them on the wall." Wow!

    More...

    Thursday
    Jul152010

    Embroidered | Just Dream Mandala 2.0

    "For me, the camera is a sketch book,
    an instrument of intuition and spontaneity."
    ~Henri Cartier-Bresson

    The Just Dream mandala is officially finished! This colorful bit of cotton embroidery began in January with a hand drawn mandala on the reverse in blue fabric pencil. It bloomed through small bursts of work through the first half of the year. You really can do magical things in the pockets of your days. You don't have to do everything all at once or even in the same month. Just make progress on something each day.

    Having lots of projects running simultaneously lets me match the work to my mood, work space, concentration, time etc. I have a Happy, a huge watercolor doodle going, a bunch of B&W mandalas in the moleskine, Tekenfilm, an altered book that needs journaling, a new acrylic doodle like Dream Circus that just has a background, Boulevard, a doodle cityscape, watercolors etc. in the new Exacompta journal, and on the back burner, unstarted, an overflow of ideas that I probably should start writing down or I'll start forgetting!

    I finished the curvy swirlies and added twinkly stars too. It's a keeper. In fact I like the back just as much as the front. That's so fiber geeky.

    Learn about the origins of the Just Dream mandala in Part 1 + Part 2 + Part 3 + Part 4.

    You can see my first embroidery project at Threaded Doodles.

    Wednesday
    Jul142010

    Lavender

    "No matter who you are, no matter where you live,
    and no matter how many people are chasing you,
    what you don't read is often as important as what you do read."
    — Lemony Snicket

    5x8" watercolor moleskine, pitt pen, watercolor

    Tuesday
    Jul132010

    Balloons

    "Our individuality is all, all, that we have. There are those who barter it for security, those who repress it for what they believe is the betterment of the whole society, but blessed in the twinkle of the morning star is the one who nurtures it and rides it in, in grace and love and wit, from peculiar station to peculiar station along life's bittersweet route."
    — Tom Robbins

    5x8" watercolor moleskine, pitt pen, watercolor

    I'm developing a workshop for art journalists, a triple top secret project of my invention, and I will let you know more in the month ahead. If you have any thoughts on potential workshops, on how to improve Daisy Yellow, etc. please let me know.

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