Carve December

I joined Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s Carve December 2015 challenge again last year.  I had a better idea of what I was doing and got a lot more interesting stamps completed.  Plus, I had the added incentive of a special request from Mom for an elephant.  I decided that would make a great surprise Christmas present.  I posted all of my stamps on Instagram, so if you are interested in seeing the tags and things I stamped with these stamps, you can find me there or click on the Instagram photos in my sidebar to the right.

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And last but not least, the two elephants I carved Mom for Christmas!

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Photos courtesy of Mom.

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Art Journal Pages, Creative JumpStart 2016

My winter vacation ended with a lovely brunch on the Sunday before I headed back to work.  It is always difficult transitioning to working and meetings after being on my own schedule with much less human interaction (unless I choose to of course), no conference calls and limited screen time.  I decided to join Nathalie Kalbach’s Creative JumpStart 2016 workshop as a way to stay accountable to my goal of working on my art journal each week.  It’s been fun to see what each contributing artist (JumpStarter in Nathalie’s vernacular) comes up with for the focal artist each week.  I’ve not been responding to each day’s video, but have spent time each day that I didn’t have an evening commitment in my art journal.  I’m getting close to finishing the journal I started last year.  It’s kind of exciting!  I’ve also been keeping track of my days in my words journal.  It’s a journal that I just write in, no art in it, other than the gelli-prints I did on the pages before I bound it.  So far so good, my practice in journaling over the last year is continuing to thrive and to sustain and energize me.

First, from New Year’s Day, a page which is collaged from gelli-prints, copies of previous journal pages, painted, and pen- and marker-work: “Artistic Vision”.

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Next, I finished “Light, Bright Light” on the 4th.  It started with inky underpaper and gelli-prints.  I worked with some of the resulting lines and elements that I saw as a result of the collage and added paint, stenciling, and pen and marker work to finish it off.

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Next, my first #CJS2016 page, inspired by Rae Missigman’s video interpreting Matisse.  I stamped on this page, painted, drew, stenciled, painted and drew some more.  This page is much more pastel than I normally produce!

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Another #CJS2016 inspired page, Three Circles is sort of inspired by Birgit Koopsen and Tori Weyers who were both intepreting Jean-Michel Basquiat.  I finished this off Wednesday and started my next page.

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And my last one for the first two weeks of January was finished this morning.  “Fantasy Garden 2016” started with a page I’d wiped brushes on from the previous page.  I am trying to work with different colors and combinations than I’ve gravitated towards lately.  I also tried a bit of intuitive painting here.  I started by stenciling over the painted page with some of my new StencilGirl Stencils, then started working into everything with various opaque and transparent paints and FW Inks.

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Happy Art Journaling!

2015 Art Journal Review

One of my goals for 2015 was to spend more time in my art journal.  Another goal was to post on a regular basis to my blog.  I did succeed in my art journal goal, but not on my posting goal.  Smile

2015 Art Journal Pages

Be There

Be There

Flowers

Flowers

Noise

Noise

Underwater

Underwater

Sunflower

Sunflower

Three Feathers

Three Feathers

Confident

Confident

Be Where You Are Happy

Be Where You Are Happy

Girl and Bird

Girl and Bird

Awake at 3am

Awake at 3am

Abstract Circles

Abstract Circles

Three Leaves and a Flower

Three Leaves and a Flower

Zen Sunset

Zen Sunset

LAX

LAX

A

A

Art Is

Art Is

Heart Flower

Heart Flower

Aimlessly Wandering

Aimlessly Wandering

5 Leaves

5 Leaves

Do What You CAn

Do What You CAn

Shapes

Shapes

2345

2345

Flames

Flames

The Peace Within

The Peace Within

Whale

Whale

Wild Garden

Wild Garden

Soar

Soar

Dots

Dots

Flowers

Flowers

Gannet

Gannet

Grow

Grow

Stretch

Stretch

Leaves

Leaves

Grafitti Pods

Grafitti Pods

Bumps in the Night

Bumps in the Night

Be Free

Be Free

Grafitti

Grafitti

Dia De Los Muertos

Dia De Los Muertos

Bright Idea

Bright Idea

Butterfly

Butterfly

New Years Eve

New Years Eve

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I didn’t quite finish my journal, and have a few pages I started but didn’t finish, but this is close to everything, almost in order.  I tried a bunch of different things, and I think that my pages got better over the course of the year.  Forty pages is a pretty good basis for practice and improvement.  My goal for my art journalling this year is to complete 2 pages per month – but seeing that I completed more than that (effectively), even though there were a couple of months where I didn’t journal at all, I may need to revisit that goal.

ICAD 2015–My first “a-day” challenge

I’ve never participated in a “do something every day” challenge before, but I had seen several YouTube videos by artists that had and have participated in Daisy Yellow’s Index Card a Day (or ICAD) challenge and I was intrigued.  So, I jumped in.  I’m finished with week 1 of the 2 month challenge (runs from June 1 – July 31) and thought I would share a step out of week 1, day 7’s card, as well as my first week’s results. 

There are prompts and themes, and I’ve followed some and not followed others. I skipped Friday night in favor of canning 5 more pints of pickles on top of the 8 pints I did last weekend, so I caught up yesterday evening.  It’s really an easy going and fun challenge that is low pressure.  I encourage you to check it out.

First, here are my cover card and first 6.

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Theme for Day 1 was Chevrons and I used that here in Black and White and Red in Chevrons

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Theme for Day 2 was Carnival and I used that here

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Theme for Day 3 was Maps

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and day 6

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So, for Day 7, I again skipped the theme, but wanted to work in the same fashion I did on Day 5.  I started with a piece of brayer paper that I had finger painted circles on and collaged that to my index card.

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It’s dark, not particularly appealing and has the white strip down the right side.

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Next, I used one of my home made stencils and diarylide yellow to stencil the flower over the upper right circle.  I used a home made mask to block off some interesting bits on the left side and used teal to cover up the rest of the space, including the white strip on the right.

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I used another stencil and sponged permanent violet inside the blobs (on the left).  I used black to outline the center of the flower from step 2.  I used the permanent violet to draw stripes on the eyllow part of the finger-painted circle on the lower left and then outlined the strip on both sides with it.  I decided I didn’t like the center of that flower, so I painted it white.  I used white and painted strips on the teal bar on the right.  I then outlined the violet pods with black and the striped bar on the right.

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I added a black outline to the original pod shape in the background on the left.  Then I pulled out the white Signo Uniball and outlined my yellow petals, made petals on the background pod shape and added marks inside the pods on the foreground pod shape and the cetner of the big flower.  I used a black Pitt pen to add marks to the center of the lower right flower.

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To finish off, I outlined my white petals with a S black Pitt pen and drew pod shapes around the flower on the lower right.  I used an M black Pitt pen to add the arrows on the left, and the dashes in the teal background. I used the white Signo pen to color in the center of the pods on the lower right and add dots to the yellow of the big flower.  I went back in with the S Pitt pen and outlined the petals of the large flower.  I then added the cross hatching in white to the center of the large flower.   I’m practicing isolating elements in a busy or ugly background using paint and marks.  I’m really happy with my progress here. 

Nourishing My Creative Spirit

I have had a very busy and stressful year at work.  My past habit has been to retreat to the escape of fiction in the form of books.  I established a goal for this year to spend at least one evening a week in my studio, and to document that.  I fell short of adding to my accomplishments jar some time in late February, but by then, I had firmly established my pattern of entering my studio and nourishing my creative self.

I’ve played a LOT with my various Gelli Plates.  I’ve collected a lot of paint in my quest to find opaque paints.  Who knew that almost everything I had in my stock of Golden fluid acrylics would turn out to be a transparent color?  I’ve spent a lot of time browsing YouTube for art journalling and mixed media videos.  And, I’ve spent a lot of quality time with my art journal.  I also joined Instagram, where you can find me as @AnLiNaDesigns.  I’m chronicling my art journaling, and my kittens’ adventures, there in pictures.

Here are a few months worth of journal pages, oldest to newest.  You can see that I am getting better the more I practice!  Starting from the week of March 9th and going through today.

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Awake at 3am, March

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A Girl and Her Bird, started in March, finished in mid-April.

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Zen Sunset, April

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3 Leaves and a Flower, April

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A, Started in late April, Finished May 1

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Art is Not What You See, started from a trash page a week ago, finished yesterday, May 3

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Aimlessly Wandering in Circles Forever, started today, maybe finished, maybe not!

Last but not least, Art-Xscape 2015 classes are online and registration is open.  Check it out!  Kelly Kilmer is teaching art journalling in Austin Texas!  Probably partially why I’ve been so motivated to journal lately!