"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Thursday, September 11, 2014

September 11. 2001

This day 13 years ago changed our lives forever and cost many thousands their lives. 


As the mother of two flight attendants, I pray daily that this will never happen again.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

August RCADs - Part 2

As I was uploading these, I realized that I actually made 32 cards in August (two on one day - guess I got mixed up counting). So bonus points for me.

Stamped background and washi tape, vellum quote, doodles

Paper strips cut from leftovers from other project and handwritten quote, sandwiched and stitched between 2 pieces of acetate, hand-carved leaf stamp

Stenciled background, bird images, leaf trim

Scraped paint, modeling paste through ledger stencil, hearts and border cut from painted scrap paper, bead trim

To commemorate my birthday: paint, spray ink, same stencil as above, collage image, fibers

Bits and pieces removed from an old CHA M&T I discovered in my stash

Painted scrap background enhanced with yellow lines, embossed stamp, gold paint splatters

Painted and stamped background, modeling paste imprinted with bubble wrap, washi tape, stickers

Crumpled masking tape background with spray inks, collage images

Silver Distress Paint resist with Distress inks, collage papers

Distress ink, modeling paste, stamp with gesso; large concentric circles in background stamped with rolled jean hem

Paint, spray inks, stamps, drywall tape, flower colored w/ Inktense pencils and WC crayon

Masked watercolor and pen work - can't see iridescent pen on dandelion head

Paper and lace collage - old photo of my maternal grandmother

Paint and drawing exercise from online "Journal Soup" class - exercise 3

Spray ink and stamped background; wanted to use this quote

Watercolors dripped on watercolor paper, pen doodles to emphasize flower shapes, stamped words

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

August 2014 Rolodex-Card-a-Day Art Journaling

August was a good month! Despite the many birthday celebrations (my husband, daughter, son-in-law, daughter's boyfriend and myself all had birthdays within one week!) I managed to keep up with the Rolodex cards and finished one per day for a total of 31! I think that's a first. (Of course, I cheated a bit, doing a couple some days when I knew I was going to be busy or gone for other days. But, hey, they count, right?!)

So, without further ado, I present the August RCADs (Part 1).

Scrap strips of paper, hand carved leaf stamp, punched flowers

Painted scrap background, sticker, doodles

Paint chip background, metal heart embossed with chunky white EP, flower punched from painted deli paper scrap 

Cut from drink coaster from AG retreat

Painted background, circles are painted scraps, homemade enamel dots from Perler beads

Scrap ink sprayed paper, tinted Whipped Spackle through star stencil/Stickles

Spray ink background, stamp, mulberry paper, collage sheet image, sewing

Paper collage - my BFF and me (age 5?)

Marbled shaving cream background and vellum quote

Spray ink scraps, new stamps

Distress Ink on stencil, spritzed with water and then "stamped" on paper

Crumpled tissue paper and mustache bag on background, collage images, mustache sticker and washi tape

Collaged napkin and stamped quote

"Messy" painted background, hand-carved leaf stamp, sewing

Spray ink background and new Dina Wakley heart stamp

Monday, September 1, 2014

Catching Up on Art Journaling

It's been awhile since I've posted new art journal pages so here are a few I've done recently.

I did these first two as examples of using alcohol inks for my art journaling class.  The first was done in my smaller Dylusions Art Journal. Since alcohol inks work best on a non-porous, glossy surface, I decided to try using gel medium on the page. It worked well! I also did some alcohol ink "splats" using a straw and blowing closely at the drops. You can also use canned air.

This page is in my larger Dylusions Art Journal. This time I completely covered the page with a crinkled brown glassine bag I had. Since this is less porous than regular paper, it worked well on the background. I added some stamping and stenciling with white gesso which resisted the alcohol inks somewhat. The three smaller butterflies were stamped on glossy paper and colored with alcohol inks. the larger butterfly was stamped on clear plastic packaging, colored with alcohol inks and heated slightly until warm and then molded.

These next two spreads were created for the "using up your scraps" lesson for the art journaling class.  On the first spread I gessoed the background and then applied various watercolor inks and stains. Then I randomly glued on small bits of paper scraps, taking care not to cover the entire surface.  I embellished with more paper quotes and washi tapes. 

For this page I covered the entire background in cut squares of book text. Then I used ink sprays, dripping and blotting so the text wasn't completely obscured. I also added droplets of water over the page and then blotted the color up in places to get more texture. It's hard to see in the photo, but the  cut edges of the papers give the page even more texture. I stamped and added the fun quote (from an old  Paula Best stamp).

The next page is from some personal playtime.  This is small, done on an old manilla index card divider, approximately 5" x 6." I signed up for an online class, Journal Soup by Kate Crane, and this was the first lesson. I followed pretty much exactly what she did as I miraculously had all the same supplies! Not my usual style but I love it! That's a white glassine bag on the right which holds some miscellaneous quotes and bits of papers.

Are you ready for my August Rolodex-Card-A-Day posts? I will be back tomorrow with the first half.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Paint Chip Swap

Earlier in the summer I participated in a paint chip swap. We had to use the large paint chip samples (Behr brand) from Home Depot and use one of the color names as inspiration for our art on the back side, leaving the colors intact on the other side. We made eight to send out and received eight different ones in return.

After some time perusing the paint chips I chose a blue sample - one of the color names was "American Anthem" and I decided it was perfect for a patriotic theme.  This was my piece.

And these are what I received, along with the color name that inspired the artwork.

Atlantic Blue from Gwynn Thoma

French Castle from Kelli Martin

Solitude from Julie Wicks

Windmill Wings from Jeri Aaron

Red Hot Pepper from Donita Behrends

Mermaid Harbor from Cher Blasengame

Peacock Feather from Liane Ceglar
Neon Light from Roxanna King

It was such fun to see what everyone did with their paint swatches and how they interpreted the color name.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Calling all Art Journalers!

There are still openings in this month's Art Journaling Workshop at The Little Blue House next Tuesday. Hope to see you there!
Art Journaling Workshop
Tuesday August 26th 

We still have space in our Art Journaling Workshop this Tuesday!!! 

This month in Art Journaling we are playing with Scraps! We have some fun techniques to share with you on how to create art masterpieces with just Scraps of Paper! 

Call (817-431-7930) or come by (118 W. Olive, Keller, TX) to sign Up for our Art Journaling Workshop $25.00

10am-1pm or 6pm-9pm

Get the What to Bring List on the Art Journaling Tab on the LBH blog here

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Catching up

The summer is flying by! 

We spent the weekend in Austin celebrating my oldest daughter's 40th birthday (yikes!). The family surprised her on Friday night - my son flew in from San Francisco; my youngest daughter and her boyfriend came from Chicago; another daughter, her husband and 2-yr old Drew came from Albuquerque and we drove down.  The ruse was that my husband and I were taking her to dinner but everyone (including two friends and their husbands) met her there. She had no idea anyone was in town and I think she was truly surprised.

On Saturday we surprised her again with a "Duck Tour." She has always dissed this and said she would never be caught dead doing it. She thought we were meeting for brunch and was not a happy camper when she found out the truth. But she was a good sport and, I think, had fun. The grand boys had a blast, especially with the "quackers" handed out.

The rest of the weekend was laid back, hanging out at Kelly's house and just enjoying being together.

It was a great weekend and, as always, fun to have the entire family together.