Friday, 3 July 2015

On My Desk...

Currently, I have two backgrounds sitting on my desk.

Here's the first one.

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This page started with the circle off-cuts you can see below.

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Then I added some modeling paste through a Donna Downey stencil - Alphabet Rerun - and when that was dry, I started painting...

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and I kept right on painting until I reached this point. 

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I quite like how this one looks but I'm just not sure if it's done. I guess that means it needs something else. The question I keep asking myself is "what"? For now, I am content to let this page sit as it is while I wait for inspiration to strike.

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Here is a look at the second page.

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I started this one by adhering the mesh that I cut from a bag of potatoes directly to my page. I used modeling paste to stick it down. Then I added modeling paste through the same Donna Downey stencil - Alphabet Rerun - and coated the whole thing in gesso.

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Then many layers of paint.

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I love all the texture on this page but once again it doesn't feel done to me. It's definitely missing something to tie it all together - to give it meaning. If that makes sense. At least I had fun making it and I definitely need to get some more of the potato bag mesh - that stuff is amazing for creating texture.

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So, that's what is on my desk right now. I'm going to keep these pages close and see if I can figure out what to do next. And when I do, I'll be sure to share them here. In the meantime, do you have any suggestions for what you do if you're stuck with a page?

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Thursday, 2 July 2015

On Finding Inspiration

During the summer months,  my memory keeping mojo seems to take a vacation. I can't seem to find it anywhere these days. In the meantime, the sun is shiny and we are outside having f.u.n. So, I find myself taking lots of pictures that I want to do something with. Like this...

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and this.

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I started my search for inspiration on YouTube and who did I find but the lovely Stephanie Bryan who has challenged herself to make a mini book a month in 2015. It sounds like a way too big project but after watching her most recent video, I was completely inspired.

So, I watched all the other videos and still felt excited. The very next day, I went to my LSS, The Paperie, and bought myself a new 4x4 album and a pad of 6x6 paper and have decided to make a mini book in July.

My plan is to print pics every couple of days and put it together as I go and see what happens. I thought about waiting until the end of the month but a) I'm afraid I'll lose this exciting feeling I'm enjoying and b) it seems a lot overwhelming to do a whole month at a time.  I'm not worrying about supplies or techniques - I have lots of both that I can use. I'm just going to play around and see what happens. 

I'm going to gather together some supplies and share those next week. I'll also share my progress here on my blog and on Instragram as I go. Wish me luck!

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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

I Wonder...

I like to work on lots of different projects at a time. Waiting for things to dry on their own is borrrrrrinng.  I could use my heat gun but I'd rather be painting.

The best and easiest way for me to enjoy my creative time is to work on many pages at a time until piece ends up done.

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 I usually don't have a plan when I start making something, I'm just playing around with supplies or techniques. I like to start with the question, "I wonder what would happen if I..." And because I wonder a lot, I repeat that question over and over.

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This page started with the question, "I wonder what would happen if I glued these strips of paper onto a page?" I used plain strips of watercolor paper that were leftover from other projects. I glued them onto the page and cut away the excess and added a coat of gesso.

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Then I wondered what would happen if I layered some modeling paste on top of the page. You can see that I repeated this step - layering the stencil on top of itself when the first layer was dry.

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Then it was many layers of Dina Wakley Media, heavy body paints in various shades of blue: sky, turquoise, night and blackberry violet (which isn't blue but goes really well with blue).

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Then I tried my new favorite trick of running my brayer over everything with a coat of white paint. This is so much fun to do and I like how it looks - win, win!

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And there you have it! I can't say how many layers or how long it took to make this page because that's not what this page is about. It's about being curious, asking questions and making art.

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Monday, 29 June 2015

Around Here: June Edition

The end of June is almost here and I have been looking at this month's photos. I want to have a look and see what I have before I start scrapping them. I like to get an idea of how many pics I have to work with and what kind of stories I want to tell.

Here's what I have so far...

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Sports Day

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The best Thai food in town.

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My guys.
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International Donut Day

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World Ocean's Day
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I double-dog-dared Gabriel to touch the star-fish.

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Blue skies - hooray!
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Signal Hill

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Last day of school.

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Visit to the library.

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To the playground...

We had some good eats, we played outside, went to the library and held a starfish. Now I need to decide how I'm going to put it all together. Will I group by event? Or maybe I should group by activity - like "here's what we ate this month." I'm not sure. Anyway, that's what our June looked like. I did notice that I'm missing my selfie with the boys. I like to have that in there each month.

Now, I just need to get these printed and into an album.


Friday, 26 June 2015

Playing with Cheesecloth

I love cheesecloth. It is inexpensive, easy to use, versatile and creates the most fabulous texture. I love it so much, I buy it by the yard from my local fabric store.

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I started this page by adhering the cheesecloth directly to the paper using soft gel medium using a brush and then set it aside to dry. I find it's easier to control the cheesecloth if I use brush instead of a palette knife.

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When it was dry, I added a couple of coats of gesso. I could have put a coat of gesso on the paper before I added the cheesecloth but I wasn't thinking that far ahead - definitely something to try the next time. Then more setting aside and drying.

I let it sit for a few days because I just didn't have time to get back to it and by then all the gesso and gel medium were completely dry. Then I added the color. I randomly sprayed lots of Prima Color Bloom sprays. I have been using these sprays a lot since I got my hands on them late last year.  I love the color palette and I love how they blend.

When I finished, the paper was very soggy so I set it aside to dry.

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When I came back to the page, I really didn't like it. It was too dark and didn't feel like me. I wanted to lighten it up so I added some white paint on the top of the cheesecloth using my brayer.

I also added a few splashes of yellow - just to experiment. My paint of choice these days is the heavy body paint by Dina from her Dina Wakley Media line by Ranger.  I love this paint. I love the colors, the packaging, the texture of the paint - it's great paint.

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And here's the page...

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I'm not sure if it's finished or not. Maybe it needs some journaling but for now, I'm quite happy to enjoy all that texture. I really don't want to cover it up.

Also, please note that there is absolutely no blue of any kind on this page. That doesn't happen very often so I have to point it out when it does.

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Thursday, 25 June 2015

Checking in With My 2015 Creative Goals

This year, there were a few things I wanted to get done so I decided to challenge myself with some Creative Goals. You can see the whole list here. If you should check out that list, you'll notice that a few things have fallen by the wayside. (Don't worry, cheesecake and knitted socks, there's still time)

Today, I'm thinking about #7 on my list: Read 141 books by my birthday.

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That's not going to happen. As of right now, I am reading book #43 and my birthday is in early September.  So...not a chance, really.

I started off strong. I was reading a book or two a week. Then Sam and I started binge watching some television over the winter and I stopped reading.

So, what am I going to do with this goal? I'm giving myself an extension. Yup, I've decided I have until the end of the year like all my other goals. Why not? It's my goal and I would rather work towards that goal than quit - especially when there is no reason quit.

And what am I reading, you may be wondering...Well, right now I'm reading the Flavia deLuce series by Alan Bradley.  I don't have the whole 141 books planned out. I'm just reading what I like and hoping to like what I read. However, whenever I'm looking for a good book I love to see what Modern Mrs. Darcy and Elise Blaha Cripe recommend. Just in case you're looking for some literary inspiration.

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