Evening Faces

In the evening, while I sit and watch TV, I have started going back to sketching faces.  I miss the 29 Faces challenge.  I really enjoyed that.  So I am just sketching faces, then putting them aside and using them to add a spark on the backgrounds in my journals.

BOOK OF DAYS 2014

 

This is my first one.  I sketched her with pencil in a watercolor tablet I had.  Then used my Prismacolor pencils to finish her face and hair.  Then an Extra Fine Tip Sharpie for her eyes and lashes.   I fluctuated back and forth between liking her and seeing all of her flaws.  Then I decided to make a background for her.  I used some craft papers, stamps, napkins, washi tape and of course some pens.  Glued her on the background…and now I love her.

Lady Dianna

Lady Dianna

I have names her Lady Dianna.  I don’t know why.  I have a sister named Dianna, but she doesn’t necessarily look like my sister.  She just told me her name was Lady Dianna.  So there you go.

Closer look at Lady Dianna.

Closer look at Lady Dianna.

I wanted you to see the stamp I used on the background.  It was given to me by my friend Dawn Howell.  I just love it!  It is the veins of the leaf!  Isn’t that wonderful!  It comes with four various stamps to a pack and is by Inkadinkado Stamping Gear.  All four are wonderful.

Leaf stamp

Leaf stamp

 

Even though this is in my Book of Days 2014, it does not coincide with Effy Wild’s prompts.  I am having trouble working with the prompts, but do not want to give up my BOD.  So, I am just creating my own pages and adding them to my BOD.  After all, I know Effy would tell me it is MY Book of Days and therefore I need to put in it what feels right to me.

 

INSPIRATION JOURNAL

Here is another page I have completed in my Inspiration Journal.  The quote I copied from somewhere…sorry I don’t know the author (let me know if you do and I will credit them).  ” Breaking someone’s trust is like crumpling a perfect piece of paper, you can smooth it over, but it’s never going to be the same again.”

Breaking someone's trust

Breaking someone’s trust

I used craft paint, stamps, washi tape and crumpled paper.

Linda Ann

Linda Ann

This was done with the same process.  First sketching with my mechanical pencil, then completed with Prismacolor pencils, and finally a Sharpie pen.  I have tried to paint my faces, but find it very hard.  I may try again.  Maybe.  Someday.   LOL

My 2014 Planner

I know, I haven’t blogged since Feb. 20th!!  Sorry.  Going to try to be better about it.    Today I would like to share with you my 2014 Planner.  I use paint, collage, tip outs, washi tape, stickers, stamping, doodling, and sketching.  Each month there are four pages.

FIRST PAGE

It starts with a monthly calendar.

First page for each month is a monthly calendar.

First page for each month is a monthly calendar.

 

SECOND PAGE

Then I have a two page spread with a tip out on the right.  Under the tip out is a lined sheet with records of my bills and spending for the month.  On this particular month I also have a tip out on the left showing the Nutribullet Pro 900 that I bought.  Love it!!

Second page each month includes a tip out to hide my bank balance info.

Second page each month includes a tip out to hide my bank balance info.

 

THIRD PAGE

This is the third page.  No tip outs or ins.  Just painting and collage, journaling and some doodles.

2014 Planner 002

 

FOURTH PAGE

Fourth and final page for the month includes paint, collage, doodling, stickers, three small tip outs and of course journaling.

Fourth page.

Fourth page.

This is a pretty typical month in my planner.  I started with a planner I made last year from a and kind of got in to the swing of it.  This year I am being more dedicated to the whole process.  I am really enjoying it and hope I stick with it because I think it is good for me to make notes on what my day to day life is like.  Maybe when I am gone, my children or grandchildren will find it interesting.

 

I hope you enjoyed seeing this.  I know I love seeing other peoples planners.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

Something I want to share

Something To Share

I found this very informative.  Something I needed to read.  I thought some of you might also enjoy this information.  I don’t like the way this is stated (what I just wrote).  Very dry.  All I can say is take a minute to read Lori-Lyn’s post.  It is well worth the read.

Lori-Lyn Hurley

http://lorilynhurley.com/seven-things-stop-right-now-want-let-light/#comment-12623

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BOD 2014

This is the first week for Book of Days 2014 with Effy Wilde.  This week we are doing a page representing our word for the year (mine is a phrase…not a word).  This is my page.  I finished it yesterday while Cherrie and Edison worked on a wall in the living room.  I had to just stay out of the way and what better way to do that than create!

BOD 2014  Week 1

BOD 2014 Week 1

My phrase for the year is Relax and Enjoy.  This is made with acrylic paints for the background, and colored pencils to color the face I drew.  The butterflies are Main Street Wall Creations  jumbo stickers.  I get them at the Dollar Tree.  28 butterflies in beautiful colors for a dollar!!  🙂

I am still unable to find my favorite pens and pencils, but found some of my daughters pencils…just not the colors I usually use, but having fun with them anyway.  I am very limited on my pens, but have a regular black Sharpy and used a white pencil for the white marks I wanted to make.

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Art Journal

This is a page in one of my Art Journals I completed yesterday while staying out of the way.

Creating art

Creating art

I really enjoy making these faces, so I will probably continue to include them in a lot of my pages.

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My Life

So while Cherrie and Edison were working on the living room wall, they sent me to pick up the pizza.  On my way home my transmission decided to stop shifting into 2nd gear.  So it starts out from a stop just fine, then picks up speed till it gets fast enough to go into 3rd … and suddenly BANGS into 3rd!  Not good!

That leaves me without transportation until it can be fixed.  I of course have no money to fix it since it will be very expensive.  However, I do have a wonderful daughter who will put it on her charge card and let me make payments.  Sooo very grateful to my daughter….but still not happy about it, or the fact that I have to owe her soo much money :-(.

Trying to look at all of the good sides to this, but just not happy.  I know,  I must keep smiling!  🙂

Pencils and Pens

BOD2014

When we were moving I packed away all of my favorite pencils and pens together with some other of my favorite craft tools in one box.  Do you think I can now find that box?  Of course not.  I have unpacked many a craft room box and have yet to find that box.  So now my class BOD 2014 with Effy Wilde has started and I don’t have what I am used to working with.  It is totally driving me crazy.  However, I figure it is a good challenge for me to learn to use some of my other craft tools.  At least that is what I am telling myself.

I haven’t made a journal for BOD 2014.  I am going to work on my pages loose and then bind them later.  I am using Strathmore 140 lb. watercolor paper.  It is 11  x 15.  I started working on my first page today.  Very nervous about trying to do my face without my pencils and pens.  Maybe I can find them tomorrow.  We are going to look at some of the unpacked boxes that are in the garage and see if it is there.  Think good finding thoughts.

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JOURNAL52

I have also joined a group called Journal52 with Chelle Stein.  We will be making one page per week using a prompt Chelle will be giving us.  I made a journal out of a flexible 3 ring binder for this class and added papers that I had already.  Some watercolor, some sketch, and some mixed media.  This is the front of the flex binder I decorated.

Front of Journal52 binder.

Front of Journal52 binder.

The prompt for the first week was “Up, up and away“.  Here is my page.

Week 1 page for Journal52

Week 1 page for Journal52

I know most people are putting the UP on top, but for some reason I had to start with the UP on the bottom…going up.  It may not make any sense to anyone except me…but that is the way my muse said it had to be.

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MY WORD FOR 2014

OK, here’s the thing.  I tried to come up with a word for 2014 like everyone else does, but I couldn’t.  I came up with a phrase.  Relax and enjoy.  This seems to make me happy, so I am going with it.  🙂

Everyone take care of themselves and remember to smile!

Art while packing

Packing to move is interfering with my time with my Art Journal.  I have picked one of my new journals to use strictly for collage.  I have been very inspired by PackerDi.  Here is one of her videos on utube.

I have started several spreads, but this is the only one that I feel is finished.  This page I used two of my most favorite ladies clipped from a magazine several years ago.  It took me a lot of guts to do this spread, because I liked these so much and didn’t want to ruin them.

Collage using some magazine pages

Collage using some magazine pages

Such a lovely suit and look at that hair!  Just love this.

Such a lovely suit and look at that hair! Just love this.

I want this coat!

I want this coat!

Hmm  Maybe the hat too.

Hmm Maybe the hat too.

I started yesterday packing my craft room.  VERY hard to do because if you pack it you can’t unpack it till you unpack it!  Such stress!  What to pack??  I have decided to keep myself from panicking I am going to keep out certain things so I can still do at least a little art while waiting to move.  We are supposed to move on the 14th.  So that would be too many no art days for me.  Which is funny since I didn’t start any art or crafting before March of this year.  LOL  Now I’m an addict.

I have also sketched a face in colored pencils.  This may be what I keep out to work on during this time.  A sketch pad and colored pencils.  That is what I decided last night while doing this face.

Yes, I think I will practice faces while I am moving.

Yes, I think I will practice faces while I am moving.

Well I really should get busy and pack some boxes.  You have a happy smiley day!  🙂

Art Book? Maybe

How many of you feel that an art journal isn’t an art “journal” unless you put words on the page?  Do you feel that way because you really “feel”  that this is fact, or that you have heard someone else say it?

Sometimes I have to force myself to put words on a page.  Because I have heard that my page isn’t finished until I have journaled (put words) on it.  What if I don’t want words on a particular page?  “But you SHOULD put words on the page!  You Must or it isn’t a journal page!”  No it isn’t a journal page…but is it an art journal.  

When I started art journaling, I didn’t know I would find prejudice against my pages if I didn’t write in them.  I thought an art journal was a book you created art in.  But some people, quite adamantly, say:  “NO!  You must write on each and every page or it isn’t an art journal!” I guess the journal I made for 29 Faces in 30 Days isn’t a journal at all, because I didn’t write in any of my pages.

Hmmm So if I want to have an art journal, but don’t want to write in it; what do I call it?  What will make you happy?  Maybe I should call it an Art Book?  But I don’t like the sound of that:  art book…art book.   No I don’t like the sound of that.  And I hate the word “should”.

Sorry.  I think I need to free myself from the need to put words on a page and only do that when it is what I want to do.  After all it is my art journal.

This spread is me trying to be patient.

This spread is me trying to be patient.

This spread is me trying to be patient.  Waiting to hear if we get the house we are trying to buy.

Waiting

Waiting

Waiting, Waiting, Waiting

The page is full of sewing notions, but the thing on my mind was “waiting”.

Buttons and ribbons.  Something to do while I wait.

Buttons and ribbons. Something to do while I wait.

This journal page has no writing because that would ruin the feel of it.  I love circles and wanted to do a page of nothing but circles.

I think circles remind me of bubbles floating to freedom.

I think circles remind me of bubbles floating to freedom.

Just circles.

Just circles.

And more circles...made me happy  :-)

And more circles…made me happy 🙂

Well let me know what you think about the art journal shoulds.  I would truly be interested in your point of view.  May not abide by it, but would love to hear about it.

You have a smiley day!

So I thought I would share two of my latest art journal pages…one with words….and one without.

Playing in my Art Journals

Collage earlier this week

Collage earlier this week

I haven’t posted here since the first of the month.  So thought I would share a few pages I created in my art journals since then.  As you know collage helps me relax.  We are busy trying to buy a house, which seems to be a take a step forward and wait situation.  I don’t seem to handle the “wait” part very well.  I turned to collage to relax me.

Time just seems to be an issue with this purchase.

Time just seems to be an issue with this purchase.

Trying to relax

Trying to relax

We have put an offer in on a house…then waited for them to accept the offer.  They did.  Then we had the house appraised…it appraised for enough to cover the loan.  We had the house inspected and it needs some rather expensive work to be done.  We have sent them a “Request for repairs”, and we now wait to hear if they will make the repairs.  If not, we are backing out of the purchase.  We only have till midnight Friday (tomorrow) for them to say they will make the repairs.  Waiting, waiting, waiting.

So I took out another one of my new home made journals and completed another page.

The potted plants are clipped from a magazine and the fairy is an Amy Brown sticker.  I love Amy Brown.

The potted plants are clipped from a magazine and the fairy is an Amy Brown sticker. I love Amy Brown.

Trying to keep my mind off things I sketched some faces.  This is one of them…the one I like the best.

Face sketched November 10, 2013

Face sketched November 10, 2013

Today has been a very unproductive day.  No house work done.  No art done.  That is why I made myself come on here so I could say I did something.  LOL

Hope you guys have a wonderful day full of smiles and laughter.  🙂

Yesterdays Art Journal Pages

Morning spread

Morning spread

This is a page in one of my art journals.  I feel like I need to name the journals so I can say which one and you will go “Ahh, that one.”  LOL

Practicing faces on a small yellow note padPracticing faces on a small yellow note pad

I was practicing a face while I was watching someones video on u tube.  I used a little yellow note pad that was sitting on the computer desk and some colored pencils.  I was just practicing my pencil skills and wasn’t really going to use it in a journal because the paper isn’t very suitable for gluing, but I liked her too much to throw her away.  You can’t tell in this photo how much she is wrinkled.

Coptic Stitch Journal

Collage page

Collage page

This collage page was done in my hand made coptic stitch  journal.  It has craft paper, acrylic paint, die cuts and a beautiful art work done by Victoria David Danann.

Collage, acrylic paint and metallic markers

Collage, acrylic paint and metallic markers

I put down some acrylic paint.  Then collaged craft paper .  I accented some of the flowers already on the paper using a purple metallic pen.  I love circles, so had to add circles and other accents with the silver metallic pen.

Used art work called Ruffling Feathers from 2008 planner

Used art work called Ruffling Feathers from 2008 planner

Victoria David Danann’s art work clipped from the 2008 Weekly Planner.  Just love it!  Added some die cuts from a K&C Company collection.

My Life Update

My daughter put an offer on a house and the waiting for it to be accepted was awful!  Now it has been accepted!!  Yahhh!  And we wait some more.  We have to wait for the inspection and the appraisal to be done.  The house was built in 1955 so we are having a complete inspection done to be sure there isn’t anything major wrong with it that we can’t see.  That could be as soon as tomorrow, but we aren’t sure yet.   I will go out to the house when the inspection is being done and measure the rooms and take photos.

Then the lender is scheduling an appraisal before they will make the loan.  This is the big one, because if it doesn’t appraise for enough, we won’t be able to get the loan.  The realtor seems to think it will be fine, but I’m a worrier,  so I won’t feel better till it is done.  When I know everything is going OK, I will post pictures of the house.

Send us lots of good thoughts, and light, and luck.

Art That Makes Me Calm

CHANGE IN WEATHER

Fall is here and that is always a bonus.  🙂   The temperatures have dropped.  No longer in the high 80’s to 90’s.  The colors are my favorite!  Love the way the leaves turn many shades of gold, red, and orange.

Fall collar

Fall collar

CHANGE IN MOOD

Lessons done...Need is to create.  Follow your muse.

Lessons done…Need is to create. Follow your muse.

My mood has changed, but I don’t think it is the weather.  Fall weather doesn’t usually bother my mood.  If anything it brings it up and puts a smile on my face.  I think I just have so much going on right now with my mom being ill and having to be put in a nursing home; my hip hurting and stopping me from getting the exorcize I want and need; and looking for a house to buy can also but you in an anxious mood.

I have turned to my art journals to ease my mood.  Shift it to make me calm.  I am using a small calendar book journal to work collages in.  I am the most relaxed when I am collaging.

Craft papers and washi tape make me happy.

Craft papers and washi tape make me happy.

I still have 5 lessons to do in my BOD/BOM.  But just not in the right place to do them.

I still have 5 lessons to do in my BOD/BOM. But just not in the right place to do them.

I had been practicing doing a different style of eyes on a plain sheet of sketching paper.  So I decided to complete the face and add it to this spread.

Practicing eyes turned in to a face.

Practicing eyes turned in to a face.

FITW III

I am participating in an art exchange with the 29 Faces group.  I received the beginning sketch of a face from Jacqueline Ramirez and added to it and sent it on to Rachel Biddllecome to finish it.  I know, I know, I should have taken a photo prior to adding my part, but I didn’t.  Still here it is after I worked on it.

FITW III  2013

FITW III 2013

I don’t intend to participate in any exchanges or classes for a bit while things settle down.  I need to be able to just go to my craft room and do whatever I want to do.  When you agree to participate in an exchange, or class, or challenge;  you have certain things you are “supposed” to do.  Usually I like the challenge in that.  But I need a vacation from it for now.

Hope you are having fun with your art.  To me that is what art is about.  Sending you hugs and smiles!

Art As A Way To Relax

Spent my time this week working in my new journals.  It helps set aside the worry that life brings on us all.  For those of you who have been so wonderful sending good thoughts to my mom, I want to thank you for doing so.  She is starting to adjust to the nursing home.  She is in a wonderful nursing home that takes very good care of her.  We are hoping and praying she gets to stay there and doesn’t get transferred to one of the less wonderful nursing homes.

Art is a wonderful way to ease the stress in life.  I tried to decide what to do in my new journals and decided collage makes me relax more than anything else.  So I started with that.

COMPOSITION BOOK JOURNAL

Layered spread

Layered spread

Layering

Layering

I also used some Spackle and a stencil to create some texture.

Brayered with Gesso

Brayered with Gesso

Then decided this needed a face and some little things here and there to finish it.  This was all done slowly over several days and while going back and forth between this journal and some of my other journals.

Added a face

Added a face

I know we aren’t supposed to criticize our own work, but I am not comfortable with the colors in this one.  Just saying…..

2008 Calendar Journal

I had a 2008 book calendar and decided to use it as an art journal.  This is the first page.

First page in calendar journal

First page in calendar journal

Collage and some journaling

Collage and some journaling

Doing this page on a very bad day worrying about my mom.  It helped a lot.

Doing this page on a very bad day worrying about my mom. It helped a lot.

I worked on a second page for this journal.

2nd page Calendar Art Journal.

2nd page Calendar Art Journal.

Love the simple textures.

Love the simple textures.

Hope you enjoyed seeing these first pages.  Again, I want to thank all of you for your kindness.  It helps immensely!  Sending you light and love.

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