Friday, March 29, 2013

Gesso Preparation Has Begun!

I'm part of a Mixed Media swap with the Art Journal Caravan this year.  Each person is doing 21 pages.  The only criteria is that at least 50% has to be mixed media (paint, watercolor, collage fodder, etc).

I found a wonderful quote I want to use (sorry can't share until after the swap...stayed tuned).  I've already sketched 7 different ideas and still more ideas are making their presence known.  So who knows where it will all lead.  I do know that I usually use acrylic paints so I decided to go ahead and prep the pages with gesso so they are ready and waiting.

Here's what my work surface looked like after I was done.  Doesn't it look awesome :-)

Hope you get some creative time this weekend.  Until next time...
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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Beyonce and Klimt - What a combination!

It's been a while since I did the Song Lyric Challenge over at Soul Scrappers.  And what a time I picked to get going again!  The song this month is Beyonce's "Single Ladies".  There is a line "I need no permission" which struck a chord with me right away.  ViVa Artistry has a kit called "Quirky Originals" with images of Klimt paintings.  I chose this wonderful woman, she seemed to say "I'm me, deal with it or not."

Using a wet brush from PSE's brush sets  I erased the background around her to get those wispy edges.  The word art and frame were from that same kit.  The rest of the background elements came from that kit and some wonderful kits from Sissy Sparrows now over at Scrapbook Graphics.

I hope you'll join us for the challenge and don't forget the Art Journaling Challenge is going on for the whole month.  Until next time.....
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Saturday, March 2, 2013

March Art Journaling Challenge Is Here!

Hi, Everyone! It's the first Saturday in March and that means I've posted the newest Art Journaling Challenge over at Soul Scrappers

The Soul Team had a great time doing inspiration pieces based on some Irish Blessings and Toasts that are part of the prompts this month.

Here's the page I did using part of this Irish Blessing-

May the friendships you make be those which endure and all of your Grey clouds be small ones for sure. And trusting in Him to Whom we all pray, may a song fill your heart every step of the way.

When I read it I had this vision of a girl walking down the road with a singing heart in her hands...which eventually transitioned into this. It was my first time drawing a person in my journal.  I was nervous about it but then I reminded myself that my art journal is the place to try new things.  And then I went for it :-)

I hope you will be able to join us this month.  Until next time...Happy Craftin'!
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