Friday, October 24, 2014

48 weeks: week 26

This 48 weeks page uses oil pastels over a textured background.  I've only played with oil pastels a bit and am still learning how to blend them, but they do layer beautifully.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Documented Life Project week 28

This is the front and back of my Documented Life Project planner page where this week the challenge was to use a tiny photo.  I used 5 to show off my furry family.  As you can tell, they all were wondering why I was chasing them around taking pictures except for Metzger who rolled over and just looked cute like always.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Compendium of Curosities Vol. 3 Challenge Week No. 13

This is my project for week 13 of the CC3 Challenge sponsored by Inspiration Emporium that follows page 35 from Tim's book - altering a worn cover.  My project is done in a vintage gluebook style using random scraps of paper, photos and repurposed book text phrases from my stash.  The challenge was to alter the cover, but I was having so much fun creating little collages that I made inside pages too. I find the process of creating little vignette collages really fun and relaxing, and I just can't stop because I find little scraps that I want to use up.  All the inner pages are done using a piece of chipboard that I covered with vintage ledger paper to use as the base. 

Here are pictures of the pages so you can experience flipping through the book : - ) Hope you enjoy them!

LifeBook 2014 week 29

This week's LifeBook 2014 page is based on the fun, whimsical style of Marieke Blokland.  I used a picture of me when I was about 4 or 5 as a reminder to myself to find that child with a playful attitude when the stresses of my adult life become overwhelming

Friday, October 17, 2014

48 weeks: week 25

I LOVE this page in my 48 weeks big journal!!  Donna's inspiration with the dress was too cool - it's joint compound on fabric to hold the folds - such a fun effect!

Here's a close-up of the other texture on the page:
Did I mention that I LOVE this page? ;-)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

LifeBook 2014 week 28

This week's LifeBook 2014 lesson was by Tam Laporte; something about the way I drew my eye isn't quite right..... is it the eyelashes? it the lack of an eyebrow?  Not sure.... BUT, I do think the iris is cool! I used a combination of Neocolor II watercolor crayons and watercolor pencils.  It's amazing how detailed and colorful irises really are when you study them.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

48 weeks: week 24

Here's my 24th 48 weeks spread that has under-layers of inky, painty newsprint created by using that as an underpaper while creating all sorts of projects, and stream of consciousness writing. The quote I typed out on a vintage typewriter, then cut it apart attaching each word separately.  It reads "I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question."  It was fun to ponder on that quote while creating the page.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Documented Life Project week 27

This week's challenge for the Documented Life Project was to use a crossword puzzle for inspiration. I enjoy doing them and try to see how fast I can complete them...or nearly complete them if they include Hebrew months or Greek letters which I never know.  And yes, I ALWAYS do them in pen :-)

Monday, October 13, 2014

LifeBook 2014 week 26

I have really started to enjoy drawing faces since I first was taught by Dina Wakley a couple years ago and then refined the process further in classes from Pam Carriker last year.  Recently I started really enjoying the portraits of Kate Thompson and the depth she achieves. I think I'm still at a stage where I'm drawing more of a cartoonish flat face, but really want to develop to draw artistic faces.  I was thrilled that Kate was teaching at LifeBook 2014 and this is my take on her lesson of drawing with charcoal. I couldn't draw just one face...I wanted to see what would happen if I made the nose longer or the face narrower, etc etc. I like the one in the center best.  Just for comparison, I did a set of faces using graphite where I feel more comfortable - well, just more practiced.  Charcoal certainly handles differently.

Friday, October 10, 2014

48 weeks: week 23

This is another 48 weeks spread with an abstract quality where my line is quite crooked - ha! I like the messy scribble that is reminiscent of handwriting, but doesn't actually say anything.