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10 February 2016

Art Journal Week 5

Week 5
I have followed the prompt on Colour Me Positive,
although I have put my own spin on it.


The image of the couple is from The Graphics Fairy.

Truth Card
The Truth Card is from this month's Soul School class from BGU,
together with the patterned papers & butterflies.


I have added a few glitter gems to add a little sparkle to the page.


The journal page background is acrylic paint applied over gesso,
with some paint removed by using a wet wipe through a Tim Holtz stencil,
to reveal the white gesso underneath.


I have then used a white uni-ball Signo pen to outline the sections
& doodle around the edge of the page.


03 February 2016

Art Journal Week 4



I have followed the prompt on Colour Me Positive,
by using a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson.


I have added journaling on the reverse side of the card.


This is my Artist Trading Card (ATC) for The Craft Barn Alpha Challenge.

The image of the girl is from Lisa's Altered Art
& the papers are from K & Company.


The background is acrylic paint, with gesso applied through a Tim Holtz stencil.

30 January 2016

Let me think ...

This is my Artist Trading Card (ATC) for The Craft Barn Alpha Challenge.

The next letter is Q.

The letter Q is always is a tough one,
especially when you are working with a theme.


Throughout this year I am focusing on the word Resilience for my art projects.

One of the aspects of this is to understand your thought patterns when you face a challenge.


When faced with a challenge, you can react in a variety of ways,
so you should train your thinking to focus on the solution,
thus reducing stress & anxiety.

Whilst you cannot control some situations or events,
you can learn to control how you react to them.


These words were cut out from an old book that I use for my art projects.

 The patterned paper is by K & Company
from their K-ology Addison range.

The image of the girl is from Lisa's Altered Art.

This ATC will have place in my Art Journal for Week 4.

27 January 2016

Art Journal Week 3




I have followed the prompt on Colour Me Positive, by using a Haiku I wrote last year 

Every minute counts
As time passes by so fast
Each moment matters



The background is acrylic paint, with Distress Ink (broken china)
overlaid using a Crafters Workshop stencil.

The paper shapes are torn from an old book, adhered with Mod Podge.


There was a moment of pure delight when I noticed the words on this square.

Serendipity in action.

I am trying to keep my pages simple, but varied.

I made an ATC inspire by the snowy day we had at the weekend.



The image of the girl is from Lisa's Altered Art
& the papers are from K & Company.

The image of the clock face is from The Graphics Fairy.

I have now added another graphic to this page, from Shanty2Chic.


My Art Journal is always a work in progress ...

13 January 2016

New Beginnings

During the first few weeks of January,
I have given much thought to how I want to spend my creative time this year
& have settled on a few ideas.

I have chosen a word to focus on during 2016, which will form the basis for my art projects.

Resilience

It is a multifaceted word which will allow me to draw inspiration
from it's many parts throughout the year.

More on that later.

I will be working in an art journal, which is the same Dylusions journal by Ranger,
that I started to use for the Documented Life Project last year.

Those pages have been removed, so that I can begin again with a fresh clean journal.

Using one page for each week, I have enough pages left to last the year.


I created a page template, which can be used four different ways 
& will bring some continuity to my pages.


The large rectangles are big enough to contain an ATC
& the smaller squares can be used for inchies.

My journal will be a way to document my year, with space to insert other projects along the way.

For Week 1,
I have used the prompt from Colour Me Positive,
together with a Truth Card from BGU.


I have also used the space to include a couple of cut-outs from a publication.

This new butterfly, which has been named after Sir David Attenborough,
is a Black-Eyed Satyr.



Hidden under the Truth Card, is something that made me laugh.

Truth Card hinged using Tissue Tape
The background was made using acrylic paint, over a textured gesso layer,
then Gelatos (Passion Fruit) through a Tim Holtz Bubble stencil
& the larger circles were made using a Faber-Castell dabber tool.
                                                                                                                                   
Week 2,
I again followed the prompt from CMP,
together with an ATC made for The Craft Barn 2016 Alpha Challenge.

ATC attached to journal using photo corners
I have decided to join in with their challenge as I thoroughly enjoyed it in 2013,
but this time I will be making ATCs rather than tags.

I grabbed an old dictionary from the bookshelf
& a part used pack of paper by K & Company
from their K-ology Addison range.

I have used a small blue gemstone for the bird's eye.


The bird image was from The Graphics Fairy,
(as was the image of the girl,
which is held in place by a strip of tissue tape from Tim Holtz).

The background was made using acrylic paint, over a textured gesso layer,
then black acrylic paint through a Tim Holtz Flourish stencil.

Both pages were edged with black acrylic paint.

31 December 2015

A look back at 2015

At this time of year, as one draws to an end
& another begins to unravel, I like to reflect on my creative work.

I tried several different things, but there are two projects which stand out for me.

I joined in with ICAD this year, on my own terms,
but still following the general idea & prompts.

Here is a short video of the thirty-six index cards that I made.



If you are interested in learning more, just click on the ICAD2015 tag.

The second was a year long project of my own, which I called Waddington Weekly.

Here is a short video of all fifty-two altered playing cards.



If you are interested in learning more, click on the link above or on the Waddington Weekly tag.

I have a few ideas for 2016, but nothing certain as yet.

Blogs per se seem to be fading into obscurity,
but mine has always been about being a place where I just record my art projects,
like an art journal.

Visitors may be few & far between,
but I will continue to leave it as an open resource.

I have enjoyed my creative journey this year
& am looking forward to seeing what adventures 2016 brings.



30 December 2015

Don't lose your head

My final altered playing card in my
Waddington Weekly
series,
which I began at the beginning of this year,
using selected poems from Poem for the Day One

This week I have chosen a poem by Rudyard Kipling.


If you can dream and not make dreams your master


If you can think and not make thoughts your aim


Here are all fifty-two altered playing cards.


23 December 2015

Poets you may know

For my
Waddington Weekly
altered playing card project this week, I have chosen a poem by Francis Thompson.


From stones and poets you may know,


Nothing so active is,


as that which leasts seems so.

16 December 2015

Everness

Altered playing card number 50 of my
Waddington Weekly
project uses a few lines from a poem by Jorge Luis Borges.


everything is part of that diverse
Crystalline memory, the universe;


Whoever through its endless mazes wanders
Hears door on door click shut behind his stride


09 December 2015

Tread softly

A poem by W B Yeats is my choice for this week's
Waddington Weekly
altered playing card.


I have spread my dreams under your feet;


Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.


The image of the shoe is from The Graphics Fairy.