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.

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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!

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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.  🙂

Faces and BOD

A few of weeks ago I was playing with my homemade spray paints and some new stencils I had purchased.  Just wanted to see if the spray paint worked OK and what the little stencils looked like when I used them.  Hmmm  should have taken a photo of that so you could see.  Oh well  🙂 

Then one day I decided to try out sketching faces with just an ordinary pen I had around the house (a Papermate pen).  So I grabbed the piece of paper I had experimented with my paints on, turned it over and drew a couple of faces on it.  Liked the way the pen worked and have been using it here and there ever since.  It will write on most surfaces.  I will have to get more of them before this one runs out of ink.

So today at about 4:30 am I was unable to sleep and got up.  Thought I would work on another face.  Saw the two faces I had already drawn and decided to use those.  Thus catching myself up with faces!   Yahhh!  I added a little color with paint pens, colored pencils.  Tore the picture out of the page.  Flipped the bits that were left over so the spray paints and stencils showed.  Used Gell Medium to glue both the faces and the background down, and this is what I got.

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Face 17 and 18 for 29 Faces.  I had such fun doing this (even if it was 4:30 am)

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Face 17.  Was trying to do a childs face.  Going to try this some more. 

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Face 18.  I like the way the face looks when you just put a minimal amount of color on it.  May do this more often.

Also thought I would share my Book of Days Lesson 11 with you in case you haven’t already seen it.

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This is the complete spread.  I used watered down acrylic paints for the background.  Then stencils and stamps for more texture.  I made a stencil out of cardboard for the feather.  Then used black acrylic paint to put down the basic feather and beige acrylic paint for the accent.  Highlighted it with black charcoal pencil.

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The face was sketched in colored pencil, painted with acrylics and highlighted in the colored pencils.  This was my first attempt at making a braid.  I like the way it turned out.  Will be doing it again.

OK That’s it for now.  Have to go see the doctor this morning.  I have been in pain (my hips) since Thursday and have procrastinated talking to the Dr about it long enough.  It is some better then it was at first, but I think that is just because I have been doing very little.  If I get up and stand for to long, or try to walk very far (like to the mail box) the pain comes back with a vengeance.  I haven’t got a clue why, so thought I should tell my Dr about it.  Hopefully he will look at me and it will be all better and that will be the end of that (not too likely though).   Don’t want something else wrong with me!!  So please send good thoughts.  Have a happy, smiley day! 

Sharing my ABC Journal and the most recent 29 faces

I have started working on an ABC Journal.  It is just a small journal, 6″ x 9″.  I will work on it when I just want something to play in.  This is what I have completed so far.

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A for Action

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B for Believe

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B from a different angle.

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C for Creative  (You get the idea)

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C from a different angle.  I included a lot of items from my Happy Mail in this one.  Thanks everyone!

 

Then I have done a couple of faces for my 29 Faces in 30 Days.  I have posted them on the site, so some of you will have seen them.  I thought I would post them on here as usual for those who haven’t.

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This is face 7/29.  My Blue Lady.

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This is 8/29.  My Pink Lady.

Thanks for stopping by!  Sending you hugs and smiles.

Faces and Doodeling

My day has been…well not really messed up, but not going along it’s usual trail.  It is almost 11:00 am and I have been up since 6:30am.  I haven’t even had breakfast yet.  With my Diabetes and my pill taking it is important for me to eat my meals.  So I am having breakfast right now. 

I have several different things to share with you today.  I haven’t posted my last couple of faces for you to critique.  Several of you have seen them posted in our group, but here they are for those of you who haven’t seen them yet.

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This is face 5/29.  I wanted to try doing closed eyes.  I don’t think I was very successful at making the eyes realistically closed.  That means I will just have to try again.

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I liked the blue hair that several people have been doing…thus I did blue hair.

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This is face 6/29.  I wanted to try using my Caran D’Ache Neocolors and my new Aqua-flo watercolor paint brushes.  The background is acrylic.  I first sketched her lightly in pencil and then used the Neocolors.  I really like them.  In fact I like them so much I am working on today’s face only with them.  I am not sketching the face out first.  Wish me luck with that one.  I figure, if it turns out awful, I can always paint over it.  🙂

I have a friend that wants me to go back on DeviantArt.  Spent a great deal of my morning re-activating my DeviantArt account.  I haven’t been on it since 2009 and couldn’t remember my user name or password.  Have that all fixed now and posted some of my art on it.  I used it to post my photographs before, so this will be different for me.  There are so many talented artist on their.  Don’t remember how to maneuver the site and use all the little goodies on it.  But I will pick it up again.  I bet they have a button I could put here in my blog.

Also wanted to share with you a page in my Planner that I am doodling.  I check for doodles to try on Pinterest and try them out in my planner.  It is still a work in progress, but I like the way it is going.

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Doodles don’t come easy for me, but I want the ability to do them to work them in to my Art Journals.

Well I need to go work on my face for today.  Hope you have a great weekend!  Sending hugs and smiles!  🙂

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Natures Goddess

This morning I was determined to finish a pencil sketch I had started a couple of days ago.  I just had the basic features on the page and was trying to get myself to complete the shading.  I started shading with my graphite pencil and hated it.  So I erased it and picked up a colored pencil in yellow okra.  I finished her in colored pencils in yellow okra, light flesh, burnt okra and dark brown.  Image

As usual I could see things wrong, but was very pleased over all.  Especially with the shading.  So I posted her on 29 Faces in 30 Days.  Then I started her background.

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The background turned out just as I had it in my head.  I had to clap my hands I was so excited!  I sprayed with some of my home made paint sprays, glued on some paper with leaves on it, and added more background leaves with a home made stamp and vintage photo Distress Ink.  Very pleased with myself today  🙂  Now what’s for tomorrow?

Sending hugs and smiles

 

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Working on my faces and my Faces Journal.

So I have been trying to work on making faces that I see others make, and I love so much.  Faces with more character and personality.  Not pretty, but interesting.  But every time I try, it just turns out like all the other faces I make. I don’t think my muse wants to create those types of faces.  At least not right now.  After all I haven’t been doing faces for very long.  Here, I’ll share my first face with you.  I did this on February 19, 2013.

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I didn’t have very good glues to past her down in my Art Journal so she is very wavy.  And it isn’t that the picture is blurry…she really doesn’t have much of a nose.  I think I like her hair though.  LOL

This is my latest post to 29 Faces in 30 Days.  You have seen this one before in my August 27th blog post.  I made a background for her and added her to my Faces Journal.

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Hopefully you can see some improvement. 

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Then I was watching a video on u tube by Pam Carriker on face making using the stencil she has made and has for sell.  She was saying that she feels you should perfect drawing a realistic face before you start drawing a cutesy face or a stylized face.  Hmmm I felt like she was talking to me. So I have decided, for now, that is what I am going to do, continue to work on learning to draw and paint a more realistic face.

My 29 Faces Journal is made with loose papers that I am going to bind into a journal.  Have any of you got any suggestions on how I can do this?  I know I can use rings to bind it, but do you know of any other way?

2/29 Faces

I am trying hard to do different faces.  So that not all of my faces look just alike.  So they have more expression and character in them.  I’m not sure I can even do this, but I didn’t think I was capable of making an art journal or doing any face at all and I want to try.

So I tried again today.  I even changed the type of paper…just drawing paper instead of water color paper.  Don’t know what I thought the change in paper was going to do.  LOL  Then of all things I decided to use water colors.  I hadn’t even put gesso on the page.  I don’t really know anything about water colors except I like what other people do with them.  I was very unhappy with what it looked like.  Then I changed to colored pencils.  It helped some.  Not real happy with her because she looks too much like my other faces.  But I don’t have to like everything I do.  I think I just don’t like her because she didn’t turn out to be what was in my head.  Can’t hold that against her.   So here she is.

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