Thursday, November 5, 2015

Taking the road less traveled

I just love this quote!  I am still trying to play catch up to my weekly journal layouts for the Documented Life 2015 project.  I am still back in July, can you believe it?  I am determined though to catch up and finish with the rest of my artist friends on DLP2015.  I really had fun painting this.  Of course, anytime I have a paint brush, pencil, or pen in my hands I am in "my happy, peaceful place".  Hope you all have a place like that.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

A little medicine for your soul

"A tranquil heart is life to the body, but jealousy is rottenness to the bones." Proverbs 14:30

I don't know about you but I definitely need to practice being content with what I have.  Don't get me wrong, I am very happy with what God has blessed me with.  But every once in a while jealousy rears its ugly head.  I just need to remember that God gives me everything I need and that things do happen in Gods time not my time.

Have a blessed day!

Sketching is Fun

I am trying to perfect my drawing skills when it comes to faces.  Yesterday I had a few minutes so I sat down, opened up my Beautiful Faces book by Jane Davenport and got to work.  I just love the way she draws faces!  For a quick job, I didn't think I did too bad.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Need 24 More Hours!

If you had twenty four more hours in a day what would you do with it?  I would definitely use a large part of it making art.  Working full-time, church involvement, family time and other things all squeeze a little bit of me in different directions.  I think they are super important in my life and I have no regrets on the time I spend doing them, however, I would love just a smidgen of more time for my art. 

I am behind on my documented life project by a couple of weeks and am trying to catch up to no avail.  So, this journal prompt sure fits my life. 

Thanks for looking and remember, always make time for the important things in your life!

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Eyes Have It!

I finally finished my ATC swap about eyes!  Some of the people I am trading with drew their eyes or painted them.  I am not quite comfortable enough with my drawing and painting skills to do that.  I decided to use a transfer method to transfer a laser printable I acquired from the web.  There is such a plethora of free stuff out there.  I really appreciate that people are so giving. 

I did have fun doing these girls.  One of them contains microbeads on some sticky strip.  She is so cool!  The other girl started off with some papers that I printed from my Gelli Plate.  She kind of looks like an exotic dancer.  Which is your favorite?

Thanks for looking and I wish you a creative weekend!

~ Brenda

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Little Art Therapy

I work with computers all day and some days are stressful.  When I get home I like to find a little time to sneak in some art.  It doesn't always happen but when it does I find all my worries and stresses float away.  This is what I did last night.  I used a stamp for the girl and paper piece her dress with a paper I had previously painted with my Gelli plate.  I used sprays, stencils and paints on my background and on the girls body.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Water Under the Bridge

Art can have a very healing and freeing effect on you.  The documented life projects' prompt last week was "Water Under the Bridge."  The art challenge was to use watercolor.  I decided to create a wave (my first) and a dock.  We sail in the summer and with the weather heating up (finally!!) I thought of our boat slip.  The wave or dock are not perfect but I kind of like my sun on the water.  It was fun to do and that is what matters. 

As I was painting I started to think of the journal prompt.  "Water Under the Bridge" is a good way to look at a lot of things in life.  We can use that metaphor to forgive others.  We can also use it to let go of negativity in our lives.  We could use it to stop the critical self talk we do to ourselves when we feel we don't measure up. 

What does it mean to you?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sassy Girl

I am naming this one "Sassy Girl" because my daughter told me that is what she looks like.  I had so much fun doing her.  I am striving to get better at faces, especially eyes.  Books have helped tremendously, especially "Drawing and Painting Beautiful Faces" by Jane Davenport.  I thumbed through it a bit but so far looks amazing.  I plan to work through it some more.  Can't hurt for sure.  Thanks for looking. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Ride the Energy

I love this quote!  This is a page I made for the Documented Life Project over the weekend.  Guess what?  I finally got my hands on deli paper and I LOVE IT!!!  I used it with my Gelli Plate and then let it dry.  Then I tore into pieces and attached to my layout for the border with matte medium.  I love the texture of it.  I also used it to write out the quote. 

Thanks for looking and have an awesome day!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Gone too Far...Maybe?

I played in my craft room last night and learned a few lessons.  I had read that you could make your own alcohol sprays by mixing Kool-Aid with rubbing alcohol so I thought why not.  Off to the store I went.  Kool-Aid was only .20 per pack and the rubbing alcohol and spray bottle were $1 each.  Yay!  So far, so good.  Once I got home mixed the concoction together and tried it out.  Well, it smelled okay but...kind of clogged the sprayer.  No worries, I wanted to do a drip technique anyway.  Did that but noticed that the alcohol and Kool-Aid gums together and forms clumps.  Yuck!  I may try a few other homemade recipes but this one is out of here!   LOL!

Thank goodness I had other store bought sprays so I could finish my layout.  Once I had the background sprayed and textured with modeling paste and a stencil, I decided to practice a face.  I like her although I don't know now if I went too far by adding more black to her irises.  The first image is before and the last is after.  Which do you like best?

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Passion Week

This week marks the holiest of all weeks.  I can not fathom what Jesus was thinking as he headed into Jerusalem.  The fate that awaited him would have been terrifying to the average man.

How blessed we are that our God chose his only Son to die for our sins!

As we head toward Good Friday and then Easter Sunday, take a moment and thank God for all he has done for you.  We are all sinners, we have all made mistakes in life.  How blessed we are to have those sins washed away and forgiven!

Enjoy the chocolate bunnies and marshmallow peeps and the family dinner, but don't forget to offer up a prayer to the Lord our God, who is the real reason behind this season!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Another Layout from Dina

Hi Friends,
I am still working my way through a book by Dina Wakley and decided to share my interpretation of one of her lessons.  I used my mini journal for this one.  Happy Monday!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Week 12

Whew, I struggled with this for some reason.  I think I fear that I am just not good enough.  Then I read some things from a few fellow artists and that got me thinking.  Who am I doing this for?  Why am I doing this?  Does it matter? I am doing this for me.  That was easy.  I am happiest when I am creating, it is that simple.  That kind of goes into the why.  I am doing this to improve my artistic abilities.  There is no goal in mind.  I just want to get better.  Wow, could it be that easy?  That sort of takes the pressure off.

If you are on your art journey give yourself a break.  Every artist starts somewhere.  Don't be discouraged because then you will want to quit.  Do it for you!  Do it every chance you get!

With all this in mind I decided to just DO IT on Saturday.  And here are the results.  Thanks so much for looking.

The Documented Life Project for the month of March is "Making your Mark (Doodles & Mark Making).  To read more about this amazing program, check out the Academy here.

The challenges for week 12 are:

  • Art Challenge:  As a Focal Point
  • Journal Challenge:  Coming into Focus

I just started to doodle on the page.  I knew this would probably be covered up and that was okay.

I added some tissue paper elements from Tim Holtz collection with gel medium.  Love this stuff!  I also stenciled on some modeling paste with a Grungy Grid 7 X 9 stencil by Finnabair - Prima. I think this one might be my favorite go to stencil right now. 

Next I added some border elements.  I had a piece of cardstock that I had used with my Gelli Plate and decided to cut it up for the border to create interest. 

I painted and stamped and added extra marking to support the challenges.  I am happy with the result. 

Thanks for looking!  No pun intended.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Grocery Bags and more!

The more I delve into mixed media the more I look around me for things to incorporate into my work.  I have several art journals that I am working on but that doesn't seem to be enough.  I had some paper grocery sacks in my craft room from doing an ATC card and I thought, hmm..why not.  So I took a few and cut them and folded them.  That is when thing got exciting.  How fun to paint/journal one side at a time and them when finished sew them into a journal!  This is awesome on so many levels.  First, you have freedom to move your page around.  Secondly, once you cover with gesso, your page feels just like the inside of a store bought journal.  And last but not least, huge cost savings!!!!

Down the road, maybe soon, I will be giving a class in art journaling.  What an inexpensive way for my students to get their feet wet without a huge investment. 

Here is my first page.  It was inspired by a layout in the book, Art Journal Freedom by Dina Wakley.  I just love her!   I am inspired by so many artists out there and she is definitely at the top of the list. 

I painted over the sack with Gesso and then set aside to dry.  I then cut out four 31/2" squares out of an old manilla file folder.  I painted, stenciled and stamped them similarly but not exact.  The using one of my Pitt Pens I journaled a few thoughts and then added a cutout to the bottom square. 

For the background I did a wash of light blue paint.  Then I added some of the green color that I had in my squares as well as some stamped images.  This was to bring it all together.    I then outlined the squares and some of the background with my Stabilo pencil.  I blended it in with a tad of water and then sprayed with fixative so it wouldn't run anymore. 

I am kind of happy with the results. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Learning as I go...

Do you ever feel that you have gone too far in your art work or not far enough?  Since I am in the learning stages I find that I don't often plan what I am going to do.  Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't.  Either way I am trying really hard not to be to critical of my work because I know I will get better.  Here a page from my art journal I did the other day.  I did enjoy doing it.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Week 11

This weeks layout challenge was to doodle your borders.  I decided to take my love of reading and work it into the page by creating some books.  I used Ranger paints for the background and Ranger distressed inks on the books.  I love my stencil of the girl with words in her head so I added that with some Deco Arts paint.  Overall I am pleased with the way it turned out. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

More Fun with ATCs!

I spent the weekend having so much fun making more ATCs.  I just love this little art.  I worked in my journal as well but it was not happening for me.  Once I switched to little art things started to come together.  What do you think?

Sunday, March 8, 2015

DLP Week 10

I joined the Art to the 5th Academy's website 10 weeks ago and can honestly say that my heart is HAPPY!  This website contains prompts each week for you to use in an art journal.  You then upload the photo and other artists and newbies alike comment.  It is such an encouraging website and the artists are amazing!  Here is my layout for this week.

Here is a link to the website if you are interested in joining:

Sunday, March 1, 2015

ATCs are Fun!

I love making little art.  I just do.  It is a great way to used up supplies and it doesn't take long.  I swap ATC cards on a few websites.  Swapping is a wonderful way to see what others are doing and to incorporate that into your work.  Here is an ATC card I did for an Easter swap.

I encourage you to check out the following websites if you are interested in swapping too.

Friday, January 16, 2015

New Year! New Blog!

Hello Friends,
I am on a new adventure.  Since I am changing quite a bit in my life I decided to just start fresh with a "new" blog instead of switching over the other.  I plan to blog about all things important to me on this blog.  You will find things about cardmaking, scrapbooking, bible verses, recipes and more!  Hope you enjoy.