I'm still working my way through an art journal I started in 2010. Most pages have backgrounds; some have some imagery completed. This one started as a stencil and stamp clean off background. I didn't like it so when I saw Dina Wakely using black acrylic paint to outline stencils with it was just the answer! All it needed this week was a quote I saw on A Bird in the Hand.
Many moons ago, I did a series of grids for one of Michelle Ward's GPP Street Team challenges. This red one was only partially finished, so as part of my current goal to finish up some of my art journals, I finished this grid with stamps and bit of ephemera.
This week I have been focusing on finishing some art journals, and I've learned that a face will go on any page. It is easier to draw a face than to figure out what other image would go on a half finished page!
Here are some of the links that have helped me out:
I have confessed here that I have many art journals. Some of them are multi-purpose journals, and some are for specific things (e.g. calligraphy or my Unification Project). This proliferation of journals has become a bit of a dilemma. (Yes, there are two allowable spellings for this word).
Mostly my dilemma is with my multi-purpose journals. Usually I start a new journal because I want a different size or a different type of paper. My problem with this is that I don't have a chronological record of my art work or my journalling. (Oh dear, this applies to my special purpose journals too, I guess). What to do? Start a new journal and stick with it? Oh no, not another journal! That sounds a bit counterproductive.
For now I've pledged to finish the oldest journal this week. Keep using it until it is done. I promise.
I don't participate in challenges very often. Mostly this is because their challenges seem to conflict with my own natural inspiration. By the time I am to take up the challenge the time has passed. LOL
Recently, however, the Canadian Stamp Talk (CST) Yahoo group extended their challenge deadlines, which gave the latest challenge time to percolate in my brain. The challenge invited the creation of "small" cards. I like working small, so this one ap-"peel"-ed to me. (I used a Peel-Off here.)
I'm currently reading "The Happiness Project", and I was immediately struck by the "Be Gretchen" commandment, which reminded the author, Gretchen Rubin, to be herself.
I've tried a lot of different art media and card styles over the years, some more successfully than others. (For a less successful card style, see yesterday's post about "one-layer" cards). When I am reminded to "Be Susan", I am more successful, and yes, happier. Unlike the one-layer card, this "clean and graphic" card came together quickly. It made me smile:
Earlier this week I CASE'd this card from Amusing Michelle. I love its design and the "Spirograph" nature of those flowers. Isn't it fabulous???
I learned a lot of lessons during this process, and finally came up with a version I can only describe as "not very spectacular":
I had 4 attempts at this. Here's what I learned:
When I CASE a card, I'm not using the same stamps, so I should test them on a scrap first. I'll save a lot of expensive card stock this way. For example, I didn't have a dot border stamp, and the ones I tried to substitute were too busy and had to be eliminated in the final version.
The same goes for ink. Now that I look at the cards together, my inks lack the punch of Michelle's.
Although I love pearls (and own them), I'm reluctant to send them through the mail, so I don't use them on many cards. Here, I've used dimensional paint dots instead. Lesson learned: don't buy bulky embellishments.
What I thought were similar flower stamps weren't really vivid enough to make a one layer card like this. I decided they were better suited to paper piecing, so I did this as well:
I seem to be in a phase involving cutting simple collage shapes out of various art papers. It all started with the hand carved tree stamp you see in the lower right corner of the first page. Now I'm adding houses and birds to my "town".