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    Issue #11 of the Daisy Yellow Zine
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    Art Journal: Tea Party Rev 1.1

    "A book reads the better which is our own, and has been so long known to us, that we know the topography of its blots, and dog's ears, and can trace the dirt in it to having read it at tea with buttered muffins."
    ~Charles Lamb

    18x24" strathmore watercolor paper, ephemera, golden heavy bodied acrylics, paint roller

    So big. So fun. First layer was simply lime acrylic paint; the next layer was collage. Somewhere, there will be journaling. Or maybe in the little tea bag pocket I attached!

    A note about brayers. For this project I used disposable mini paint rollers from Home Depot. It's technically not a brayer, but it does roll around. It's fuzzy so it absorbs paint and so if you want to create grunge ffects with a semi-dry brayer, it's not feasible. The handles are cheap plastic, so they would not take force. I will stick with Speedball Soft Rubber Brayers; I have 3 of the 2" brayers, so that I can work in multiple colors at once. When I had just one, I washed quickly w/dish soap, easy peasy, then switched colors.

    At Zen Habits, The #1 Habit of Highly Creative People (via Twitter).

    Find more pages from this biggie journal @ Summer Winds + Watermelon + Swirlie.


    Bicycle Inspiration

    "If we want to do something,
    we won't do it by doing other things."
    ~Anne Copeland

    {Click to the Flickr mosaic for photographic credits}


    Art Journal: Swirlie Rev 1.1

    "Context and memory
    play powerful roles
    in all the truly great meals
    in one's life."
    ~Anthony Bourdain

    18x24" strathmore watercolor paper, ephemera, golden heavy bodied acrylics, alcohol inks

    Fresh new fun. A background of heavy bodied acrylics painted with a fuzzy paint brayer, collaged ephemera, swirls of alcohol(ic) inks randomly applied. The 140 lb paper in the large wirebound Strathmore watercolor pad is smooth and dreamy for paint and collage.

    Thanks to Aimee of Artsyville for the inky inspiration in her funky inked ceramic tiles. Michaels only had a small selection of inks, the colors were fairly muted; I need to get some bright colors!

    Photographed, the page looks a bit overdone and gaudy, but in real life, with these eyes, it looks cool. Check out others from this big journal, including Summer Winds + Watermelon.


    Little Mandala ATCs

    "It seems to me that since I've had children, I've grown richer and deeper. They may have slowed down my writing for a while, but when I did write, I had more of a self to speak from."
    ~Anne Tyler



    The mandalas are drawn in paint marker on a variety of backgrounds... paint chips, watercolors, maps, cardstock, playing cards.


    Art Journal: Watermelon Rev 1.1

    "It is a common experience
    that a problem difficult at night
    is resolved in the morning
    after the committee of sleep
    has worked on it."
    ~John Steinbeck

    18x24" strathmore watercolor paper, ephemera, golden heavy bodied acrylics

    So big. So fun. A siimple layer of lime acrylic paint started the page. Did you discover the little pocket made from a tea bag wrapper? Check out others from this big journal, including Summer Winds.



    Art Journal: Summer Winds Rev 1.1

    “The cry of equality pulls everyone down.”
    ~ Iris Murdoch

    18x24" strathmore watercolor paper, ephemera, golden heavy bodied acrylics

    I like to let ideas overflow in my mind when I'm going about the day, then combine as many as I can in my next project. This makes the most of art time. This weekend I grabbed the cheap-o mini-paint roller and smooth Lexan board I found at Home Depot, an 18x24" Strathmore watercolor journal and my little collection of Golden heavy-bodied acrylic tubes.

    When I use this journal (check out my 1st bigzo art journal page), the kids say they feel like Borrowers. It's big. It's unwieldy. The pages are so vast that they have distinct areas, building zones, languages, cultures, politicians. I have to step back to get a perspective on the developing composition of shapes and colors. First layer was paint, then collage, and what's next? Journaling, a quote, doodles? Check out more pages in process from this journal, including Watermelon.

    EIGHT backgrounds | SIX collaged. Serious flow.

    Have any of your art journal pages signified a paradigm shift of some sort for you?


    Artist Trading Cards: Mandalas

    "Flatterers look like friends,
    as wolves like dogs."
    ~George Chapman

    Impromptu artist trading cards decorated with mandalas!

    Find another batch here.


    20 Things Dare Squared

    I did a little more brainstorming.

    20 things I have used to make an art journal page:

    1. clear marker
    2. stamped fabric
    3. a telephone directory
    4. a ticket to the Texas State Fair
    5. fruit stickers
    6. a big arrow
    7. kid-painted acrylic backgrounds
    8. metro tickets
    9. a grocery list
    10. thin scraps of scrapbook paper
    11. tissue paper
    12. ground rose petals
    13. jimmy buffett lyrics
    14. fiber paste
    15. a bank statement
    16. $100 bill wrapper
    17. a chopstick
    18. wine cork stampings
    19. bubble wrap stamps

    In the comments, list up to 20 things you have used to create an art journal page, numbering each idea. The catch is that you can't repeat anyone's ideas!

    Can we generate 1000 ideas together (just 980 to go)?


    P.S. As of today, we have come up with 132 things never used in our art journals.

    I'm thinking this list will be easier!