Friday, May 28, 2010

House of Blues

Here's a collage I made for Red Lead Paperworks Fly Away Home Altered House Swap.  All of the materials used (except the acrylic paint, punchinella stencil for dots, paper punch and glue were from Red Lead, one of my fav places to find COOL art supplies!).  I took one of their chipboard houses and painted it with navy blue craft acrylic paint.  I then painted the bottom half, back, and edges with silver craft acrylic paint., also painted the chipboard bird with the silver paint..  I then stamped the house using a rubber stamp Story Set on the blue chipboard house using the silver acrylic craft paint.  Also stamped it on gray paper using the navy blue acrylic craft paint.  While that was drying I used punchinella as a stencil and brushed the navy blue paint over the bottom half of the house I had painted silver.  I also stamped the bird on the left side of the house using the silver paint.  I had also painted some of the gray paper with the navy blue paint and accented it with silver and used a 1" circle paper punch to punch out the circle I glued the silver bird charm to and glued it on the chipboard house.  I cut out the house I had stamped on gray paper and used the circle punch again to punch a bird image out of a RedLead collage sheet .  And I punched the circles with music out of another RedLead collage sheet.  I then put it all together as shown, and glued the chipboard bird on.  I created the text in MS Word, printed it on blue paper, cut it out and glued it on the bird.
I mailed them off to the great gals at Red Lead and can't wait to see what I get back.
We each made two bird house, one to trade and one to be one display at the store.  Both of mine were the same, just different bird images from that same collage sheet.
I had alot of fun creating it and hope you enjoyed taking a look!
Have a great Memorial Day Weekend! 

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

new book

I'm a book junkie so, of course, my family gave me books as birthday gifts earlier this month.
One of my choices was Collage Lab by Bee Shay.
It is full of ideas to spark your creativity as well as expand your knowledge.  It has 52 experiments.
They're divided into 12 sections:  Building the Foundation, Texture, Gesso, Color, Surface Design, Line and Form, Papers, Paper Play, Mediums, Imagery, Visual Dictionary, and Unification and Composition.
Each one has a Learning Objective, Materials List, Instructions, Play and Experiment ideas, and Food For Thought for when you are done.
Complete with photos to help inspire even more creativity.
So far I'm just working through some Basic Gesso Surfaces but have paged through the whole book and I'm in for lots of fun!
So - I'd recommend getting your papers and acrylics and gesso out and taking a look at this book and see how many ideas you can come up with!  I think whether you are a beginner or experienced you would enjoy this book - it'll generate ideas I'm sure!
I know I'm going to come up with lots!  I'll share them with you here as I go!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Color inspiration

I love color - all colors - some alot more than others. Green is my fav color. But I really do love anything that is colorful. I am especially intrigued by the names of colors and love to read them whenever I get the chance. I think it's fun to check out the names of colors of paint samples while at the home improvement store. Paint companies get pretty creative when they name colors!

A couple years ago...yes it's been years...I made a color themed book for a swap and had to send it off to my swap partner. I've had the idea to do my own color journal or altered book ever since and have even saved some images here and there for potential color pages. Well I finally started on my color themed altered book yesterday! I'll share a post with you of the page I did as soon as it's completed.
In the meantime, here's the mini book I originally made that has had me thinking about color themed art all these years.

The front cover and the back cover are images I cut out of catalogs. The rest of the images are photographs I took.
Oh, and feel free to share any names of colors you can think of that might interest me!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Limited online access

I have very limited online access for the next 10 days or so so won't be posting much. But...I'll be back after that!
See ya then!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Newest member of the family

My birthday was earlier this month. My brother and family gave me a little aquarium and all the stuff to go with it. Thursday after school I picked up my 10 year old niece, Piper, and we went shopping for a betta.
We found the one pictured below and decided he needed to come home with us - and get out of that 1/2 cup of water and TINY container he was in!
He seems very happy in his new home with ALL that space and water, rocks and live plants.
His name is Molokai.
I have a cat named Maui.
See the theme? Thinking I may need to get a dog and call it "Hawaii, The Big Island". Will have to be a big dog, of course, with that name. I don't know about Oahu and Kauia yet. And what about the Atolls and all the little islands like Lanai, etc.
I think I'll stop at two islands for now.
Anyway - I can imagine Molokai inspiring some colorful art!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tree Journal Page

Here's a journal page I made using a picture from a magazine ad that I had been saving for awhile until I came up with an idea because I love the tree.
I painted the background with acrylic. I tore the picture from the magazine page so it would have the rough edges, then tore a strip of scrapbook paper and glued that all down with gel medium. There were a couple people sitting on the beach. Since I was going for "nature" and since I hardly ever include people in my art (not sure why) I covered them up with the ticket my friend Debbie sent me that has blanks for "who, where, when" so I put "me, here, 4ever" (why not dream!). Page still needed something so I painted some copper fleur de lis brads dark gray to match the stripe I had painted on the background and added them.
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

New growth and shadows

It was a beautiful sunshine day here in the NW Oregon Friday. While spending some time at Thompsons Mill State Park I was looking for photo ops for some green pics for a color journal page honoring green.

I found these leaves and really like how the photo turned out. I think they are from a Marionberry or Blackberry bush - berries were still very green so couldn't tell for sure.


Hope you are having a creative weekend!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

More backgrounds

As promised in last night's post, here's some more backgrounds I made using dry wax deli paper.

This one on the left, I applied back ground colors using sponges. Then applied some white paint drops and scribbles direct from the bottle and drug a toothed tool through them. I found an old plastic sheets of stencils that had the fish on it. 1st I tried the fish with dark blue acrylic and a sponge but had too much paint so it made a mess, esp. of the middle one. Wasn't sure what to do but later while driving the Redbox to take dvds back I thought of going over them again with white pigment ink so they would have a blue outline to make up for the mess. I really like how it turned out!

For these 3 purple designs I was playing around with dots. For the largest dots I used a big round sponge. The 2nd size I cut a circle out of a big thick sponge like you buy for washing your car. In both cases I painted a dark purple back ground, let that dry. Then put some of the same purple out on a styro foam tray and added a little white and mixed well and stamped the first color. Then added some more white and stamped the 2nd color of dot. The one with silver is a silver background. Then I layed sequin waste (also called punchinella) over it and brushed on purple paint.
FYI - I get my sequin waste from one of my fav online shops SkyBluePink.
This sheet I put down a dark blue solid back ground. Then played around with a couple dif colors and a foam roller like you get in the paint section at any hardware or home improvement store. The splotchhes of color are where I dipped the edge of the roller in paint and
just got a spot and rolled it on the paper. I esp like how the white triangles look...prob couldn't get a that exact effect again if I tried!
Thanks for taking a look! Hope these inspire you to try some creative ideas! I think I'll go play with ideas for a journal page using the background sheet with the fish on it.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Background papers

As I stated in my profile, I sometimes enjoy the process of making art as much or more than the actual art I create. Lately I've been making background papers and really having fun! I've been using drywax deli paper (holds together when wet and paint doesn't soak through) and was inspired by Marilyn's post on her blog with video . Thanks for the inspiration Marilyn!

The one to the left shows 3 papers, one made by dragging a toothed tool I made by cutting notches in an old credit card and dragging it through we paint. The bright green is over a turquoise color and various techniques then used to scrape some of the bright green off so underneath color shows through. Blue with white is layers of colors for the background then splotches of paints on a foam roller to make the splotches. I used craft acrylic paints for all of these.

These next two were made by putting down a layer of color and letting it dry completely.
Then applied another color over the top. While top layer was wet I applied a dry clean stamp to it and picked up the top layer of color leaving the image in the underneath layer of color. I love how these turned out!

I have a few more to share but blogger and I are not cooperating with one another with downloading photos tonight so I'll share them another time soon. (sometimes I'm just a low tech gal in a high tech world - lol!)

Thanks so much for taking a look at my blog!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

More from the Bird altered book

Here's a two page spread I did in my bird book using birds I drew with colored pencil, scrapbook paper and metal letters.