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

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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!  🙂

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!  🙂

Some art and A Quiet Way To Help

Had something I really wanted to share with you.  This is a blog post by Katherine at PILLOWS A-LA-MODE telling us a way she tries to help others in need.  This is a wonderful idea, so I wanted to share it with you.

A quiet way to help by PILLOWS A-LA-MODE

http://pillowsalamode.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/a-quiet-way-to-help/

I think I will make some tote bags for my daughters and my car. There are so many things that could be put in them.  Now I have to start looking for cloth to make them out of.  I admit I probably won’t tackle this till after we move, but will start planning it at least.

Also wanted to share my latest Art Journal spread.

Make the best of it.  Referring to whatever happens with our house purchase

Make the best of it. Referring to whatever happens with our house purchase

Collage and doodles

Collage and doodles

Spread needed a face.

Spread needed a face.

Hope you enjoyed the spread and please go visit Katherine’s blog.  Sending smiles and hugs.

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.

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

 

Aside

Faces

I watched some videos by Kelly @ knittingandthings showing how to draw faces.

I don’t know if this is the right way to give you the link to her video, but at least I tried.

I practiced, the eyes, then the noes, then the mouth.  Then I did a couple of the faces on text pages out of a book I have.  You know, one of the books you buy at a thrift store just to tear pages out of.  🙂  After I made these, I did my Book of Mirrors Lesson 8 girl.  I think this practicing was a great help in my relaxing more as I started that page.

So I thought I would share my faces with you.

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I drew each of them with a mechanical pencil and colored them in with colored pencils.

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I will keep this faces and find a page for them in one of my journals.

My ambition is to learn to draw a less perfect face.  Don’t get me wrong, I know these aren’t perfect, and I need to practice this more.  However, this is not what is in my head I want to be able to do.  I know I will need to just keep working on it and sooner or later I will get where I want to go.  If you had said in March that I would be drawing any kind of face by now, I would have laughed at you.  Which tells me I just need to keep going forward and trying.

Those of you in The Glitterhood have given me such courage to keep going!  I love The Glitterhood group.  Because of Effy Wild and The Glitterhood, I now have a blog!!  I know I haven’t succeeded in completing 30 blogs in 30 days, but I am blogging and having fun with it!  I am hoping that a lot of you will continue to blog after the 30 days is up.  Effy said we might.  I hope so.

OK as you guys know, the last time I tried to post about these faces, it wouldn’t post.  But I did get a little blog to post after that.  So here goes.  Wish me luck!

Sending all of you hugs and smiles  🙂

Book of Mirrors Lesson 8

I know, this is my second post today and I might do a third (need to catch up).  This is my Book of Mirrors (BOM) Lesson 8.  I really enjoyed doing this one!  Hope you like it.

ImageThis is the complete spread.  For the background I collaged on text pages from a book and pages from a Dell Crossword Puzzle book from the 60’s.  Then used some home sprays and craft paints to add the color.

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I then sketched a queen on the page and finished her up with craft paint and colored pencils.  Added some netting on her dress (I think this was given to me by Melody Hahn. If I am wrong, let me know so I can correct this) to add texture and glued on some crystals for her bling.  I don’t know why, but I found her great fun to create! 

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Hope you can see the texture and bling here.

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I made a crown for her out of craft paper, gold pen and more bling. 

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Cut some butterflies out of craft paper and glued them in place.  Used some of my alphabet stickers to spell out my words “i’m the boss of me!”.   Some shading and black around the edges of the page.  And that is pretty much it.

Hope you enjoy creating yours as much as I did mine. 

Remember to smile!  🙂

Another face

This is the face for Effy Wild’s Book of Days, Session 2, Lesson 7.  We were to try for a face that is not as perfect looking as we are usually striving to make.  Not that mine are perfect anyway, but that was the lesson.  The idea is that less perfect faces have more attitude and expression in them.

This face was very hard for me, not because I can’t make an imperfect face, but I just had soo much trouble painting her.  She has coat after coat of acrylic paint on her.  She developed a glossy texture and what I needed to do was to cover her with clear gesso before adding another coat, but I had no clear gesso.

My daughter says if I was supposed to make an ugly face, I failed.  She isn’t ugly, she is quirky.  She has personality.  OK  Here is my quirky face…

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Here is a close up…

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Here is the completed spread…Image

Here is the background for the left hand side.  I thought it turned out great so thought I would share it with you…

BOD Lesson 7 003

Hope you guys enjoyed!  Keep smiling  🙂

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