Posted in Uncategorized on 03/25/2014 06:54 am by opal
I haven’t just been playing in my art journal. I’ve also been busy with mail art swaps. I also made an altered file folder for my friend Meredith. I’ve just neglected to update the blog. So today is all about the mail art.
This is the file folder I made for Meredith:
Here’s an envie I happened to send to a partner for a swap that wasn’t intended explicitly for mail art.
This is a postcard for a swap that was for an animal with the letter “F”. I chose fish.
I altered this file folder for a swap that had an open theme. I got a little carried away with the white pen but my partner seemed to like it anyway. The photo of the other side of the folder got corrupted.
The next two are for a sender’s choice swap.
That’s it for the parade! Hopefully I won’t be so lazy about posting in the future so I won’t have to dump it all in one post. Thanks for stopping by!
Posted in Uncategorized on 03/21/2014 10:07 am by opal
This week’s Art Journal Exploits topic is Portraits. Since I mainly do portraits in my journal, I thought this would be a cinch for me. Instead I kind of struggled with it. Actually, it seems like I’ve been struggling with a lot of things lately.
I’ve been having health problems that’s made it difficult to do day to day things. That’s put me in a bit of a funk. It’s not a feeling I like to sit with, so I had to have a hard talk with myself about all the blessings I have in my life despite the hard times I’m going through.
This page reflects the gratitude I have for all the little things in my life. It also serves as a reminder that I wouldn’t have them if I were anyone else, health problems included. The quote reminds me to envy no one and to treasure what I have.
When I first sketched out the girl, a friend said she looked like me. I didn’t paint her like me but I like to think she reflects the part of me that is at peace with the world and with what she has which is why I painted her in cool calm blues.
I’m particularly in love with adding modeling paste with stencils lately. I just love the added texture it gives.
I don’t just use stencils with modeling paste. I also use stencils in the layers below with paint. You can still see the designs peeking out through the top. You can also see the Tim Holtz tissue paper I used for the background making an appearance.
Even though the start of this page was bumpy, it came together smoothly and was quite cathartic. As always art is something that soothes me in times of need.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend. :)
Posted in Uncategorized on 03/14/2014 10:57 am by opal
I was asked to join an art journal link party by Ambika. The journal prompt for this week is “creative freedom”. I sat down to do my page and gave myself free reign to do absolutely anything that I came to my fancy. I decided to do whatever first came to my mind. Like adding whatever color struck me first. I did that until I came out with this:
Excuse the photograph. I didn’t intend to show it to anyone else.
Anyway, I wasn’t exactly pleased with where all this freedom was leading me. So I ended up kind of adding layers and by that process, deconstructing all that bright busy color until I was happy. The finished page looks like this:
You can still see the green peeking out around the girl in the final product. As per usual, I painted her on hot press watercolor paper then pasted her into my journal.
Other then that the bright colors are gone. I added some modeling paste mixed with acrylic paint accents to emphasis the change in color schemes.
Finally, I added a quote from Pablo Picasso that reflected my mood. “Every act of creations is first an act of destruction.”
I’m glad I stuck with this page. At one point I was ready to give up but I worked through it and I’m glad I did. I’m happy with the results.
Posted in Uncategorized on 03/10/2014 02:36 pm by opal
I’ve been busy with my art journals this past week. I’ve got two spreads to share with you from two different journals.
I like working in different journals because it gives me the opportunity to not only work with different sizes but to also work with different papers.
The first layout I’d like to share is out of my small Moleskine. The Moleskine I have is the sketchbook. It’s got nice thick smooth paper that’s really nice when gessoed.
I first painted the portrait on hot press watercolor paper then pasted her to the journal. The yellow aura around her helps disguise the area where the two papers are glued to each other or at least make it seem less noticeable.
I pasted the words of the quote to a brown paper bag and inked around the edges to give it a distressed look.
The next spread was done in my Bee Paper Deluxe journal. It’s a simple spiral bound sketchbook that has nice thick paper and it’s a got a nice square size.
Once again, I painted the girl on hot press watercolor paper before pasting her into my journal. For her dress, I used a handmade paper and I added some three-dimensional glue to the page for some added texture.
I added a rubber stamped element on the opposite page and enhanced it with paint, ink, and three-dimensional glue for added effect.
I’m having a lot of fun with these and it’s helping me use up odd pieces of watercolor paper. I’m also using the art in my art journal in my mail art. I’ll share that another time though. Thanks for stopping by!
Posted in Uncategorized on 02/27/2014 09:39 am by opal
I’ve been playing around with color and experimenting with different mediums. So far I like the results. Although in my latest experiment the colors came out a little dark, I still like how contrasting the yellow highlights are in comparison to how dark the blue is.
There are a lot of paint layers in between the collage and the final product but you can still the papers peeking through.
I dug up a stamp I’ve had since the Ice Age. It’s one of my favorites but since it’s so big it’s more of a focal point then something I’d use as a background texture. I added highlights with Caran d’Ache Neocolor II crayons and a brush.
The quote by Tom Krause seemed fitting since I’ve been exploring different things in my art journal, mail art, and with tags. If you don’t explore new things, how do you ever truly know the extent of your talents?
Thanks for letting me share with you!
Posted in Uncategorized on 02/21/2014 08:57 am by opal
Even after all this time, I’m still in love with paint over collage.
I used a quote from Buddha that I’ve used before. It just seemed to resonate within me at the time. It still does with so many things up in the air. I have so many projects going on I’m not sure which way is up. I needed a reminder to find the peace within me and from there peace will emanate outwards.
I had a good time adding the white acrylic aura to the portrait. It’s something new I tried. It seemed to be the right thing to do since I had added white to the quote.
After watching a Tim Holtz video, I layered some stencils in the background. He never ceases to inspire me.
I learned a lot doing this art journal spread and I had a great time doing it. I’m also really happy with the way it came out. I’ll be using some of these techniques again in the future for sure!
Posted in Uncategorized on 02/19/2014 08:15 am by opal
I’ve been meaning to blog for a few days. Consequently I’m behind and I’ve got a few things I need to catch up on.
The first thing I wanted to share is something I did in my art journal. I had a nightmare a few nights ago. It was so intense I woke myself up shouting. The first thing I thought about when I woke up the next morning was doing something in my art journal about it.
I used Gelatos for the background in several shades only when I applied gel medium with a dry brush it, it got all kind of smeared. Live a little, learn a little. I used some Tim Holtz paper and some vintage dictionary paper for the rest of the page.
I got the image off the Internet years ago. I lost the information for the source I’m afraid. Anyway, I distressed the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and the Tim Holtz paper distress gadget. I’m not sure what it’s called. After I pasted it down with gel medium, I sanded it a little bit to give it more of a distressed look.
For the lettering I simply used some Pitt Big Brush Pens in black and red. I also used the black to highlight the collage papers and the image. Then I added some yellow paint because I felt like the page needed more color. The final touch before journaling was some white paint and bubble wrap for some added texture.
This was a quick page for me to vent my feelings. I really needed that!
Now for something happy! I got something fun in the mail yesterday!
Isn’t it awesome? Look at the back!
I’m so in love with it! It’s for the “Cute Mail Art” swap if you can believe it! My partner read my profile and saw the bit where I said I don’t like anything cute. *snort!* She did an awesome job. What she must think of me for joining a cute mail art swap is beyond me, but she also sent me this awesome goody pack full of assorted ephemera. It even included catnip for the boys!
Speaking of mail art, I finished my Altered File Folder for the other swap I’m in. I’ll share photos with you tomorrow hopefully. Before I go, here’s Scheyer, atop the cat throne in all his glory.
Posted in Uncategorized on 02/14/2014 08:31 am by opal
*tap*tap*tap* Is this thing on? Does this thing work? I guess it does!
It’s been awhile! I fell out of artistic pursuits in favor of book blogging because I got burned out. Then I fell ill and I fell out of book blogging! Needless to say I’m back in with my art and it’s good to be back.
I joined Swap Bot again or rather I’ve decided to start participating in swaps again. One of my first swaps is called Cute Mail Art. Cute? Yeah. But I thought it would give me a chance to get rid of some of my stickers that I picked up forever ago. I still struggled with this. Cute is not my style.
So here we have.. Hello Kitty.
Here’s the front in all its glory.
And the back:
As you can I couldn’t resist adding some texture with bubble wrap. I’m not sure it matches. Plbt. Oh well. I tried!
Next up is an altered file folder mail art. Straight up mixed media is fine! Right up my alley. I’m going to work on that today. Woohoo!
Posted in Uncategorized on 12/13/2012 09:50 am by opal
I’m experimenting with different eye shapes.
She’s looking at a moon.
It’s a blue moon.
I also changed the words on my last painting.
It reads, “Innocence is like polished armor; it adorns and it defends.” Bishop Robert South You can read it better in person. The paint is really reflective in the picture. I’m not happy but I’m happier. I also put some highlights in her hair. I’m not sure that was the right move.
More paintings to come. I’m able to paint more now that baseball season is over!
Posted in Uncategorized on 12/11/2012 09:38 am by opal
It was so hard for me to come up with words for this painting. I think it was a complete fail. By the time I got to thinking about what I wanted to verbalize, I was tired and out of sorts. I just wanted to finish the painting. What I should have done was let it sit and let myself think it over. I should have taken more thought over what kind of words to actually put to paper.
I’ll be changing the words on the painting but I wanted to document the process of how important it is to get it right. To take the time and deliberate over each step. The painting won’t be perfect, but it’ll be an improvement over what it was.
I did enjoy the process of this painting. I used spray inks, metallic paint, rubber stamps, patterned papers, book pages, and something new to me! Vintage sewing patterns. Can you see it?
I also did something new to her face. Extra points to those who can spot it.
All in all, an enjoyable painting despite the fiasco with the wording which I will fix sometime today. Hopefully I’ll get off my lazy ass and take some photos of the new and improved painting this week.