Sunday, March 10, 2013

Perhaps you did not know...

I've been a busy little bee this weekend...doing some artsy things like playing with my Dylusions stuff (I'm still not over these, I love them so much!), starting and finishing some pages, trying new-to-me techniques on ephemera and trying some new mediums as well, making some jewelry...and visiting the Russell Stover outlet in Gatlinburg, spending way too much money on chocolate factory seconds.  My husband says he doesn't like the term 'factory seconds' when referring to food, because it sounds like your eating something someone else has already taken a bite of...the Russell Stover outlet people apparently agree, because they call them 'bloopers'.  Either way, it all tastes like chocolate and I am currently trying, with much difficulty, to type a post and not get melty chocolate on the keyboard...because then I will have to lick it off...don't judge me too harshly!  Perhaps you did not know I have no shame when it comes to food...

Let's abruptly change the subject before this goes too far...  Oh look, pictures! :

Quote from Dorothy L. Sayers

Ah, I do love my quotes...and this is a good one.  This page was my warm up.  Perhaps you did not know, but warm ups are what you call things you're not quite happy with...they are not mistakes...they are warm-ups.  I think this is salvageable  but I'm not utterly thrilled with it, so it will have to be added to in the future, I think.  Maybe if I threw some doodles in there?  I don't know...we'll see what happens...

Pomegranate stencil from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (mini size)
Perhaps you did not know, I will spend ungodly amounts of money I don't have on art/craft supplies...I fear it is my greatest flaw.  I've decided that I am the embodiment of the quote "I myself am entirely made up of flaws stitched together with good intentions."  I can't help myself.  In my defense, I don't ever spend money on useless things like clothing or make-up or hair cuts (I do them myself...I feel it gives me an edgy 'artistic' look...and pony tails can cover a lot of mistakes...I mean warm ups...) or cleaning I think I'm justified in buying more art/craft stuff...  Most recently, I got some stencils so's I could play with my Dylusions in a whole new way.  I've also been hoarding plastic packaging, so I'm eventually going to try to cut some of my own...we'll see how that goes...

Along with the stencils (because free shipping couldn't be achieved without spending $50 or more and because I really wanted one), I got one of Dyan Reaveley's Creative Journals.  Let me just tell you, this is a big honkin' momma of an awesome art journal!  Especially considering all my other journals are 7 by 5 or smaller and spiral bound (except for one), so two-page spreads are practically impossible...  the pages in Dyan's Creative Journals are 11 3/8 by 8 1/4 and stitch bound, so I could do a humongous spread!  Oh, the excitement!  I started putting down some stuff on Friday and here's what that looks like:

In the middle of the pages you can see the Cornflower stencil (Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's design...So far, this is my favorite stencil I think...) and I also used Dyan's Dotted Flowers stencil, trying the 'ghosting' technique for the first time.  I like the much more demure look of the ghosting technique.  I think I got a little heavy handed when doing the Cornflowers stencil.  I'll have to see what I can do to make it blend in a little better...Let's call that part another warm up...  But oh, swoony swoon for the fun I've been having!

I also did this page, just fooling around so I wouldn't waste the ink on the stencils, but I really like it.  I'll have to use it for something:

This picture doesn't do it's much more awesome in person...maybe I'll cut it up for ATCs?  Hmm...

Before I got my Dylusions, I was messing around with alcohol inks and perfect pearls, making my own sprays, and here's a girl I did using the sprays I made:

Ooh, she's so SPARKLY!

I used kraft paper for her face, and I really like how that looks!  I also used modeling paste for her hair, so it's heavily textured.  The only downfall is that when I sprayed some of the perfect pearls spray on, it ended up pooling in the texture and it looks like she's got some really bad dandruff going on.  I'm going to try to hit it with some Head and Shoulders in the form of the black Dylusions and maybe that will help...  You should see how very sparkly she is in real life!  I'm not a huge fan of 'bling' or glittery/sparkly stuff, but I do have to admit I like the Perfect Pearls (I have the little tubs of them).  They add more of a magical gleam than a big glob of shiny, I think that's why I enjoy them...

First time doodling with charcoal...
This is my partway finished page for the Creative Every Day challenge (you can read about the challenge HERE).  March's theme is Black & White.  I tore up some book pages and used gesso to glue them down (the green is a different page...I forgot to stick something in between when I took the picture...this page is all black and white).  Then I just used some charcoal to draw a girl and hit it with some hairspray so it wouldn't smudge accidentally...I really need to invest in some workable fixative, but hairspray works for me till then.  I really like the way you can see the texture of the book pages. I am pretty happy with the shading...I think that's the best part about the charcoal is you just (on purpose) smudge it around and you've got interesting shading!  I bet the worst part about charcoal is when your smudging happens not on purpose...  I am not satisfied with her eyes (they are creeping me out a little...) so I think I am going to try to use some ink and a couple other things to fix them...I'll experiment till we find what works... Perhaps you didn't know, but experimenting is my favorite!

Speaking of experimenting, I tried a new-to-me technique:

Crayon resist fun

I took one of my embossing folders (you could use anything with texture if you don't have embossing folders) and stuck a book page over top.  I rubbed that with the long side of a crayon and then sprayed it with ink.  The crayon resists the ink.  I think this is a crazy amount of fun!  You could also just draw or write with a crayon (or anything waxy...or probably elmer's glue...I bet there's a ton of stuff that would work) instead of doing a rubbing.  And instead of spray inks, you could use watercolors or gouache (maybe even thinned acrylics)...again, there's probably a million things you could test out.  The one in the picture is the most successful one I did, I believe.  I tried using a yellow crayon with pink ink, and that gave an interesting look.  It was just fun whip out the crayons and not know what was going to happen until you sprayed the ink!  Perhaps you didn't know I'm just a kid in a grown-up body!

Finally, I made a kitchen sink necklace inspired by the lovely B'sue of B'sue's Boutique (and who is a friend of my sisters!).  Perhaps you didn't know art journaling is not my only creative endeavor!  You can find out a little more about kitchen sink jewelry from B'sue herself HERE.  And she has a ton of tutorials on YouTube, if you'd like to do some neat jewelry!  And her store (HERE) has a lot of unique supplies, reasonably priced.  This is not a paid endorsement (although if she wants to send me some free supplies, I would not say no...), I've never actually met B'sue...she's just got some neat ideas so I thought I'd mention it...  At any rate, here's my kitchen sink necklace:

All spread out so you can see the individual bits and bobbles

I can't decide whether I should put it on a different chain so that it spread out like the picture above, or if I should leave it like it is and let it bunch up like it does here:
How it hangs on when you wear it

Or maybe I'll just have to make a whole new necklace...there just needs to be more time in the day!

So, what did you get into this weekend?


  1. Wonderful, wonderful work!! You look like you had a great weekend full of art.

    1. Thanks Boo! It was busily fun for sure!

  2. I LOVE the charcoal! And the texture on it is great!

  3. Thank you so much! I am really surprised by how much fun it is to use the charcoal. I've not used it before, but I will DEFINITELY be using it again soon! It's messy and wonderful!

  4. I love reading your blogs Sweetred! I give up trying to comment on here though if this one doesn't work!! Frustrated! >_<

  5. It heard your frustration Lynn!!! I wonder what the difference was?!? I have tried to email the blogger people, but haven't gotten a response yet...maybe they fixed it without responding? I don't know, but hooray!!! I'm so happy you can comment now! :)

  6. what great fun and I LOVE your girls!!!!

    1. Thanks Cheryl! You always manage to make me feel very have no idea how much your kindness means to me. <3

  7. I don't think it looks like dandruff. I think it looks like her hair is the night sky and the whiter areas are galaxies! x

    1. Thank you! That's a much nicer interpretation than mine! :) Now I don't want to Head and Shoulders it away... Thanks for visiting my blog! I've got you bookmarked so I can keep coming to see your work; it's so beautiful!


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