This week’s Life Book guest artist was Patti Ballard. She provided us a short little video to inspire us to create this whimsical girl walking a tightrope.
I’ve been hanging on to my stash of Midway papers and embellishments from October Afternoon, just waiting for the right project to come along… this was definitely it!
I collaged a sheet of Arches hot pressed pressed watercolor paper with various papers from the midway collection, using gel medium, and let that dry.
Then I began to paint. I used acrylic paints, various markers and Neocolor II Artist Crayons and just worked it until her features begin to take shape.
Painting whimsical characters, and faces in general, is new to me. There’s going to be a significant learning curve and things won’t always turn out as I hoped they would, but that’s just part of the process, and really, part of the fun.
I’m enjoying Life Book and have chosen to allow myself the opportunity to play without pressure, have fun with it and see what develops!
Thanks for looking, I wish you a wonderful week!
This week’s Life Book challenge is one that I put off all week for fear of not being able to pull it off. Hand lettering is just not my strong suit. Where I can work wonders, however, is in avoiding something I just don’t think I’ll do well at. So I procrastinated. I watched the videos, had all the supplies, but I just couldn’t bring myself to start, until last night. After a nice night out with my Love, and talking with him about it, I realized that the only way around a challenge was to face it head on, and so I did. I really don’t know why I doubted in the process. Joanne Sharpe’s videos are full of wonderful instruction and easy to follow tips, especially the tip on watercoloring with Tombow markers…Love! Despite how long I put it off, I have to say that I really like what I accomplished with my first attempt. I created a piece uniquely my own that is bright, cheery and that will remind me that sometimes you just have to say “What the hell, let’s give it a shot… It’s Only Paper.”Thanks for looking and a HUGE thank you to Life Book 2015 and Joanne Sharpe for the wonderful lesson.
It’s week 2 of Life Book 2015 and we have a bonus project this week, which is nice. It gives people some who might still be working on week 1, a little breathing room. This week we’re Playing Tag with Roben-Marie Smith, who is part of Art to the 5th, the wonderful group of ladies that run the Documented Life Project. We were to create a tag using a word that we’ll be carrying with us through out the year. As you know from my previous posts, my word for the year is Release, so that’s what I used for my tag. I’ll show you how you can create your own to hang in your craft space or pin to your inspiration board, any place that you might need a gentle little reminder of your intention for the year. I started by spraying a tag with Dylusions ink. I used Cherry Pie and Pure Sunshine, then dried it with a heat tool. Don’t worry if it begins to curl up on you, as it dries it will flatten itself out. Using one of my own hand carved stamps and StazOn ink, I stamped around one edge. Using a white Molotow marker and a white Uni-Ball Signo I added a few doodles. Next, I gave my tag a few splatters of Golden Fluid Acrylic in White Titanium and set it aside to dry. Using StazOn again, I stamped a bold flower stamp and an arrow stamp onto old book paper. The stamps are from Paperbag Studios. The two that I used are from Roben-Marie’s Media Essentials #1 set and Rae’s Missigman’s Natural Elements set. After cutting them out, I glued them to my tag and used a Stabilo Marks All and a water brush to go around the edges and make them pop. Next, I took the tag to my sewing machine a gave it a little wonky stitching around the edges. I added a few more doodles, used a “Scratches” stamp from Darkroom Door to add a bit more texture, looped a bit of Sari silk ribbon through the hole and finished it off by adding my word for the year. Thank you for looking, I hope you found the post of value. Wishing you a wonderful and art filled week!
Here she is, my very first Life Book painting. I still cannot believe that I painted this Beacon of Light… me! My very first painting and I love how she turned out.
I had been afraid to start. The prompt came out and self-doubt set in. “I can’t paint that”, “I’ve never painted before, no way” These were thought swirling around in my head, but this morning I said enough, I’m going to release the negativity and open myself up to the opportunity to try, and I am so glad that I did. I am over the moon with a wonderful sense of accomplishment.. yay me!
It was my first painting, and an effort of trial and error, but with the help of Tam and her videos, I now believe that I can paint something that I love.
Thank you, Tam & Thank you Life Book!
Beginning Jan 1st I’m embarking on a year long journey of art and growth by participating in Life Book 2015. It’s my first time participating and I’m so excited to begin! I really believe that the collective creativity of the group will prompt me to push beyond my usual comfort zones and take my self-expression to a whole other level. So what is Life Book 2015? “Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class organised by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts. Tam is joined by 25 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share their mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with YOU! Themed around self-development and healing, you’ll be creating several loose mixed media art journal pages per month which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life Book)! You will have a wonderful keepsake that you can treasure for the rest of your life! There are various packages available, there’s even a 3 part payment plan available! REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!