Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Art Journaling with a Quote

This summer is going by in a blur of playdates, outings to museums or parks, water fun and meals at restaurants.  We've had lots of occasions, visitors and special events where we end up out somewhere.  I think we cram all of our social life for the year into the months of nice weather.  In the winter, we tend to hibernate.

The top art journal page is in progress.  I found it while looking through some old art journals and I never finished it.  I like the tie-dyed colors a lot in this picture, which were made by painting watercolor on paper towels.  

The bottom journal page I made by spraying inks through stencils.  After it was dry, I took it with me on a long car trip (I was not driving!) and added the collage pieces and doodles with pen.  

The quote spoke to me.  I find it hard sometimes especially with Facebook and blogs to not compare myself to other people.   Lately I've been having a hard time seeing everyone's awesome vacation photos.  But yet, I still go online far too much.

Art is Basic

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Painting Patterns with Watercolor

Playing with pattern is a simple way to create collage elements when you are stuck for what to make.  Create patterns using watercolor paints.  After they dry, tear or cut up into shapes to use as elements for your collages and journal pages.

Art is Basic

Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Long Journey | Digital Art | Quote by Rumi

I have been having fun adding digital text to my mixed media artwork.

I have just discovered Rumi.  He has the best lines of poetry.

Greeting cards of this image will be coming soon!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Artsy Blog Hop

I was asked to participate in this artsy blog hop by the lovely Zoe Ford.  Her artwork is bright, bold, colorful and fun like the style I enjoy working in.   Here are the three questions + my answers.  At the bottom, I am linking to three more awesome artists who will be answering these questions next week.

1. How does my creative process work?

It depends on what I am making.  Often I will see something online that will spark my interest and I will try that particular technique.  Or, I might see something compositionally that I want to try in my own style.  Many times, I will just choose some images and papers from my stash and play around with them until I find an arrangement for a collage that I like.

2.  How does my work differ from others in my genre?

Hmm... that's hard to say.  My artwork is usually very colorful.  I love color and I love artwork that is crazy full of lots to look at.  I teach elementary art my style often has child-like or playful imagery.

3.  What am I working on now? 

Currently I have no series or big projects going on.  I try to sneak in little bursts of creative moments when I have time.  I pick up my art journal and will use watercolor paints if Desmond is sleeping.  If he is awake, I can put him on my lap and use markers or dry collage.  

I have been working on some things for school and products for my TPT shop such as these posters and this Art Journaling with Kids E-Zine.

I have also been experimenting with different online companies to print greeting cards and postcards.  I have tried (the greeting cards were not very crisp, but the company gave me a full refund.  The postcards they sent were glossy and nice.)  Mixbook was much better.   Still not perfect, but better.

Now, I have three blogs for you to visit.  I met these girls on an artists Facebook group!  

1.  I love the textures and soft color palette in Julia Sears Osterc's artwork:  Lovingrd
2.  Lynnette Cretu's art has beautiful lettering of scriptures. 
3.  Donna L. Martin creates some lovely layered and textured mixed media work.

Digital Collage with Quotes

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