My friend Janice has posted her pictures from the Classic Car show in Palm Springs. I love old cars, so I've begun a car series.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
April is International Fake Journal Month, and I've prepared backgrounds in a new journal. My character is starting to come alive - in my brain, at least. Preparing backgrounds in advance is not normally how I approach a journal, but this isn't my journal, is it?
What is IFJM, you ask? According to Roz Stendahl, "Basically it’s a free pass to put anything in a journal that you might not otherwise put in. At least that’s one way to see it. From April first to April 30, you are encouraged to keep a fake journal different from and outside of your regular visual journal."
You can read more about IFJM here.
Why am I participating in IFJM? I've been thinking more lately about how and why I journal. I've been journalling in various forms since 2001, when I began by gluing an image from a clothing catalogue into a 9 x 12 coil-bound sketchbook. Over the years I've used many sizes and shapes of purchased books, with different kinds of paper. I've glued, drawn, and painted my way through the years, sometimes adding a little or a lot of writing. I've bound my own journals as well as using store-bought books.
At some point over the years my single, one at a time journal morphed into many. (You can read more about that here, if you're interested.) I continue to be bothered by the lack of chronological continuity in my journals for various reasons, and following Roz Stendahl's journalling practice has got me thinking more about this. IFJM will give me an opportunity to work in a single journal for one whole month so that I can evaluate that experience again.
My Fake Journal is a lined composition book. I chose this because I also plan to do more writing about my character's life than I currently do in my visual journal. I glued every second page together and had a happy afternoon gelli printing directly into the book. The addition of the paint to the pages has already made the book "yawn" at the fore edge, so I'll have to cut a few pages out before I begin.
Monday, February 26, 2018
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Friday, February 23, 2018
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Paris is my favorite city, and I've always wanted to draw the Eiffel Tower. It seems intimidating, but I found a free tutorial recently and it is quite easy once you get the proportions marked out. For a day or two I was drawing them everywhere! LOL
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Friday, February 16, 2018
Thursday, February 15, 2018
One of the advantages of carving your own stamps is that you can carve exactly what you need for a specific project. I'll be using this on a masterboard. It was inspired by a set of Paper Artsy stamps designed by Ellen Vargo.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Stamps by Hero Arts, Magenta, inque boutique and me
I've added some layers of stamping to one of my masterboards. Because the brayered acrylic is a bit rough, I used paint rather than ink to do the stamping.
Stamping with paint gives a lovely, bright effect, but it is a bit more time consuming. I brayered out the layers of paint on a paper palette using the same colors as the brayered layer, and then used it as a stamp pad. A mixture of bold and more delicate stamps makes it more interesting. Messy but fun!
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Monday, February 12, 2018
I find myself drawn to square format journals and sketchbooks lately. I've got one 6" x 6" spiral-bound journal made from scrapbook paper, but I want some larger sizes with varying kinds of paper. It's a good way to try out my Fauxdori idea, so I made a square one that will hold up to 8" square signatures.
Sunday, February 11, 2018
The bad news is I'm stuck home with a cold. The good news is I have time to update my blog! LOL
Here's a bit of painty fun for you. I guess I wasn't paying attention when these videos were first released, but Paper Artsy linked to one of them recently as part of their new paint color promotion, so if you like this look as much as I do you can find one of them here.
These painted papers are called Masterboards, an idea I've always loved, and eventually my paint will have stamping added to it. Then the sheets are ready to cut into whatever sizes you want for your card or other projects. (You can also make Masterboards with a first layer of collage rather than paint.)
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Monday, February 5, 2018
Saturday, February 3, 2018
6" x 6" drawing on collaged background
This is a drawing done in my journal of scrapbook paper. I was a bit hesitant in my approach, beginning in pencil and then a fine Platinum Carbon Ink fountain pen. Then I thought "oh what the heck, it's only paper", and added the Pentel brush pen shadows. I like the way it turned out!