Sunday, November 19, 2017

A Burst of Card Making


And using up some papers from my stash - always a good thing.



Bird Stamp by Inkadinkado


Saturday, November 18, 2017

It Only Takes One or Two...

It only takes one or two successful prints to make me happy.  


And I usually only get one or two. LOL

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Thoughts on Unfinished Journals: You Don't Have to Finish the Way You Started


Gelli Print

The second journal I'm working on finishing began its life as a sketchbook.  Most of the pages are kraft, and a few are cream.  I stumbled upon a You Tube video by Robyn McClendon in which she prints in a kraft journal and a light bulb lit up in my head.  I may change my mind again, but so far, I'm having lots of fun!



Each day I work with a different color palette.



A few trees are making an appearance.







Friday, November 10, 2017

Magenta Stamps


Here are a few more ATC's that I made recently and forgot to post.  The stamps are by Magenta, colored with Prismacolor pencil crayons.



Thursday, November 9, 2017

Thoughts on Unfinished Journals: Why My Brain is Tired


Zeigarnik
Sprayed Ink Accordian Journal

Zeigarnik is the psychological fixation on unfinished tasks.  Zeigarnik explains why I spend so much time thinking about my unfinished journals.  You can read more about it and see some beautiful sketchbook pages here, on Laurie Doctor's blog.  She talks about how this is linked to procrastination, productivity, and multi-tasking.

Although I feel better knowing why I think about it and how to solve it, getting at the solution is harder than it looks.  (I already knew what the solution is - just finish them!)  Even before I read Laurie's article, I began to take the unfinished journals off my shelf and work on finishing them.

I'm trying to do them in the order in which they were started.  This is the first, an accordian journal just waiting for a few small entries to complete it.  

Now it is done:


And on the reverse:


Here's a close-up of a few of my favorite pages:







Sunday, November 5, 2017

Snow Day


Monoprinting is a perfect way to spend a snowy day.  You can see how it influenced my prints too.




Saturday, November 4, 2017

Christmas Already?


Pencil Crayon
Stamps by Magenta

When you're a card maker, you start thinking about Christmas quite early.  I've seen a few Christmas cards and tags around my blog hopping, and they inspired these.


Pencil Crayon
Stamps by Clearly Wordsworth

Although they are Artist Trading Cards, they can be made into a card quite easily.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Oh, Canada!


ATC
Pencil Crayon
Original Photo at Paint My Photo

I guess there was one more bird in me!

I'm thinking about drawing faces again. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Spoonbill


Elegant Writer, Inktense
Strathmore Watercolor Journal, 5.5" x 8.5"
Photo by Angeline Rijkeboer - Paint My Photo

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Just a Goose


Elegant Writer, Watercolor
Strathmore Watercolor Journal, 5.5" x 8.5"
Photo by Sanne - Paint My Photo

Friday, October 27, 2017

Blue Crane


Elegant Writer, Watercolor
Strathmore Watercolor Journal, 5.5" x 8.5"
Photo by Mariaan Otto - Paint My Photo

People on Instagram have said that these would make good hooked rugs or children's jigsaw puzzles.  I love it when people take time to make a comment; I so rarely get any feedback and it is very encouraging.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

I Love Birds With Attitude


Elegant Writer, Watercolor
Strathmore Watercolor Journal, 5.5" x 8.5"
Photo by Angeline Rijkeboer - Paint My Photo

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Roseate Spoonbill


Elegant Writer, Watercolor
Strathmore Watercolor Journal, 8.5" x 5.5"
Original Photo by Susan Mulno Paint My Photo

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Definitely a Series


Elegant Writer, Watercolor
Strathmore Watercolor Journal, 5.5" x 8.5"
Photo by Nicola B, Paint My Photo

Yes, these birds are definitely becoming a series.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Another Bird Series?


Elegant Writer and Watercolor
Strathmore Watercolor Journal
5.5" x 8.5"
Photo by Angeline Rijkeboer - Paint My Photo

I think there might be another bird series coming.  Of course, that's only until I get distracted by something else.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Note to Self


Sometimes I have to stop questioning my ability and just TRUST. 

What can I say yes to today?

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

Note to Self


I don't like change.  I could handle it better. If I could stop fighting and start looking for new opportunities that would be a good start.  I think that I have finally accepted that summer might just be over!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Art Journal in a Fauxdori?


I've become obsessed with Traveler's Notebooks, or more specifically, Fauxdoris.  Traveler's Notebooks are leather covers with a system of elastics which hold inserts.  The inserts are easy to swap in and out, and to me, it is an ingenious binding system.

Traveler's Notebooks were originally called "Midoris", after the company who made them.  From the concept, people began making their own, which are loosely called "Fauxdoris".  

I got to wondering whether this binding system might be good for an art journal, because I could make inserts from different kinds of paper (e.g. drawing, watercolor, canvas, etc.), and then swap them out as they got full.  I made mine a little larger than the standard Traveler's Notebook size - mine holds signatures made from up to 9" x 12" paper.

Many Etsy shops are selling Fauxdoris made of leather or fabric.  Always impatient, I grabbed a roll of vinyl shelf liner at the dollar store so that I could get started quickly.  There is lots left on the roll, so I think I might try making a few other sizes.  I've unleashed a monster.

Here, you can see my Fauxdori holding 3 signatures.  



Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Bookmarks to Give Away


These are new bookmarks for The Bookmark Project, which just means that I leave them in library books when I return them.


First, I dry-brushed watercolor across two sheets of white cardstock, and then cut each piece into 5 strips.


I did the calligraphy using mostly felt markers as ink tends to bleed on cardstock.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Autumn Ahead


ATC, Gelatos

Our fearless ATC swap group leader generously shares pre-cut ATC blanks with the group.  She gets these from the print shop where she works.  This is very smooth, slick cardstock; it reminds me somewhat of YUPO paper.  Here, I try some gelatos on it.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Faithful Paper Crafting: Notecards, Gift Tags, Scrapbook Paper & More to Share the Blesing


This is really a paper crafting kit in a book.  I received a review copy from Fox Chapel Publishing yesterday and I'm already starting to tear into it.  It contains:
  • 16 sheets of double-sided scrapbook paper,
  • 21 pages of art cards and greeting cards,
  • 16 gift tags,
  • 18 double-sided "mini cards",
  • 16 double-sided gift tags,
  • Envelope templates - both large and small
  • 2 full-page art prints, and
  • 15 pages of project ideas.
The scrapbook paper is medium weight and one side is patterned; the other side reminds me of watercolor washes of colors adjacent to each other on the color wheel.  The envelope templates could be used with these or with papers from your own stash to create lovely envelopes to mail or deliver your cards in.

All of the paper and cards are perforated for easy removal from the book.  With a quick visit to the paper trimmer you can remove the perforated edge before folding or mounting.

The art cards and greeting cards are printed with some lines or frames for writing on the reverse side.  Some are perforated, some are designed to be folded, and they include 12 black and white cards for you to color yourself.  There are a great variety of designs and greetings, a few Bible verses, but mostly more general inspirational messages.

One of my favorite things in the Kit are the "mini cards".  These are double-sided and could be laminated or layered on a greeting card.  There are instructions in the book on how to make fridge magnets from them.

The ways that you can use the kit are limited only by your creativity.  Add buttons, bows and doodads!  As long as you use them for personal use only you can use them any way that you like.  Why not scan them, resize them if necessary, and use them on journal pages or trace them into your bible journal? 


Some goodies from the kit

Wednesday, September 13, 2017