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)|
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 justice...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...|
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|
|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?