Friday, August 15, 2014

Never Lost with Love

The word up at One Little Word is "Lost."

I haven't been able to participate in OLW the last two months because I've been packing up my studio and house and preparing to move at the end of this month.  Truth be told, this whole experience has me feeling a little LOST.   Like my rudbeckia flowers, I get out of sorts when I'm transplanted.  I'm hardy and will eventually take root and blossom, but for now I'm in a constant state of shock!

When I'm completely overwhelmed, my husband is my refuge.  I can curl up in his arms, and he makes me feel like all will be well in the end.

As long as I have his love, I am never lost.

What does the word "lost" mean for you?  Do you have a favorite quote that uses this word?  Hope you'll link up at One Little Word and share anything you create inspired by "lost."



This art journal page started out with side by side pages of sprayed Dylusions ink in my 8 x 8 journal.


On a separate paper, I drew and painted a face.  Creating it on a separate piece of paper allowed me to tilt and position it to exactly how I wanted it.
I angled it to my liking and adhered it to the page.  Inspired by Frida Kahlo's chimerical self portraits (human face, animal body),


I used the Three Owls and a Branch stencil to create the body/dress for my girl, and the base of the Ganesh Stencil to create her wings.  I added texture and interest around her with parts of the Namaste stencil.


As a finishing touch, I added white to the insides of some of the letters in the sentiment I wrote, which just made it pop the right amount.
Freddie and I sit on the porch of our new home right after the closing!  
I hope to see you over at One Little Word!   Linking also to Art Journal Journey, where Frida Kahlo is the prompt this month, and Mix it Monthly, where parrot colors and crazy dresses are this month's inspiration.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

There's No Place Like Home


Lots going on in our new house... a/c being installed, rooms being painted, carpeting selected, decisions being made about furniture that isn't coming with us... it's hard to stay serene with so many decisions to make and so much change going on.  It's no wonder I've been making houses in my art journal.  Important to remember that wherever I am, love lives here.


Supplies used Golden Fluid Acrylics on my Gelli plate with the Flowers, Pomegranates and Leaves Stencil.  Background texture created with the Six Point Starry Night Stencil. 


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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

This Owl Lady is Carrying Love


The prompt at Art Journal Journey this month is Frida Kahlo.  I have long loved the symbolism of her paintings and her use of animal imagery.  I once created a journal cover using a photograph of her for a silhouette profile.


My art journal page of a woman with the body of an owl was inspired by Kahlo's bird paintings and this painting called The Wounded Deer.  



For her owl body and the leaves, I used my Three Owls and a Branch stencil from Stencil Girl.   After all, who says this stencil can only be used for proper owls?

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Door Play


I've been playing with my Doors & Windows stencil from Stencil Girl.  On the gelli plate, in my art journal, on tags... and I wanted to share some of that "door play" with you!  (Ah I love a good pun!)

In this spread in my art journal, I stenciled one of the doors over and over again on top of different gelli prints.  Then I stained them using a mixture of fluid acrylics and glazing medium.  There's something about the repetition of the same image, but in different colors, that is very pleasing to my eye.  On the left of the left side of the spread, you can also see one of the borders from my borders stencil.  The words "go, seek, find" are from Carolyn Dube's Uplifting Words stencil.  


This art journal page is a mix of collage and stenciling.  For the background, I used Cecilia Swatton's Trivet a Stencil.  You can also see her beautiful Ginko Leaves stencil.   I used the Hands stencil to illustrate reaching to open the right door.  This page is a reminder that it is not so much which door we choose, but what we do when we go through it.


The Doors and Windows Stencil is very handy for creating tags to send to people or attach to gifts.  I have created lots of "happy mail" with them!


Another great way to use Doors and Windows is to create niches and openings.  Here's a look back at a video I created using the stencil to create a niche in an altered book:


I'll be teaching an altered book workshop at Art-Is-You Mixed Media Retreats in Stamford in October.  I'll have all my stencils with me for you to use.  Registration is closing soon for these workshops, so check out my classes, and all the other great offerings.  If you've never been to an Art is You Retreat, they are absolutely fantastic - loving, supportive, inspiring, and freeing.  It will be an experience you treasure forever.


To see how other artists used the Doors & Windows Stencil, hop to the Doors & Windows test drive I organized when the stencil was first released.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Wise Old Owl - a Tutorial Using Stencil Girl Stencils

If you watched my Youtube video: Shiva Art Journal Page, where I used the Shiva Stencil from Stencil Girl, you probably noticed this owl journal page to the right.


Here's a video of me working on that page.  I hope you enjoy the video, and that it gives you some ideas for using your stencils!


You can also watch "Owl Art Journal Page and Tutorial" on You Tube here.

The stencils I used are the Horned Owl Stencil;


Three Owls and a Branch Stencil;


and the Ganesh Stencil.


You can find these three stencils and all my other stencils at Stencil Girl here!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Using Parts of Stencils - a Tutorial

Here is the evolution of two art journal pages in which I used the Hindu Deity Stencils without actually creating the deities!

In this first example, I made a random collage in my altered book journal with punches from the newsprint that is on my table.  I use it to dab off my cosmetic sponge before I stencil, and then I have all these crazy colored pieces!  The blue dots are from a scrap of book page on which I had cleaned off my gelli plate!


Using mostly the Ganesh Stencil, I used Sakura Gel Pens to trace some of the elements in the white spaces between the collage.  Can you pick out which pieces I used?  (Check out this blogpost for more examples of how I used the Ganesh Stencil.)


I glazed the whole page with Golden Fluid Acrylics and glazing medium.


I created two silhouettes from magazine ads and laminate paper, two create to profiles.  Then I used dark and light glazes to accentuate them.  I added bubbles from the Bubbles Girl Stencil to the top of the page, and glazed inside and outside the bubbles.   (For more examples of Bubbles Girl, check out this blog hop with lots of amazing artists using this stencil.)


I added some text in my own handwriting and from a Stampers Anonymous Stamp.  I love how the collage and stenciled elements add mystery and intrigue.


This next example has no collage -- just paint!  I started with a page in my "brayer off" book -- this is a blank book in which I clean my brayers when gelli printing.


After a bunch of stenciling using elements from the Hindu Deity Stencils and my Namaste Stencil, plus some overglazing and freehand flower sketching, my page looked like this:  



Can you see the faces of Krishna and Shiva peeking through?  More glazing, more painting....


 Then I used elements of the Ganesh Stencil to create leaves and patterns in some of the flowers:


I added the word "Namaste" to the top.  I expect I will eventually add some journaling in the white areas, but for now, here it is!  (To see lots of examples of how I used the Namaste stencil, jump to this blog post.)   Linking this one very belatedly to Art-Journal-Journey - where the monthly them is/was flowers!

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