Saturday, April 05, 2014

The Harbin Girls

This week's prompt for The Documented Life Project was to make a monochromatic page. I happen to be at the office and had a package of happy mail and a magazine...all of which had quite a bit of green. The tip-in for that week was also a green it is! When I saw the little girl, she reminded me of my sisters and me when we were little. There are three of us, born in a 3 year period. Everywhere we went we were referred to as a group: "The Harbin Girls." It's a happy memory, and I like being a Harbin girl!

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Tangle Stack...

The Documented Life Project prompt this week was to write your name. I was inspired by another DLP member to try a Tangle Stack...doodling/zentangling. I am at work and have just a few supplies..old books, a black pen, and highlighters, so that's what I used. I also used Gesso to knock the pages back a bit...yes, I keep gesso at work..very important stuff!

Edited to add:
I've added some pics from the week. I am terrible about keeping scrapbooks, so I'm trying to add little photos to my planner.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Creating during Cleanup

Yesterday, I had to clean up the dining room table, since family is coming to visit, and we will need a place to eat! I've enjoyed having the art supplies out, and close to the running water. Before I put it all away, I figured I'd make one more background, so I'd have something to doodle on.
Hmmm. Wonder what this will be?

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Do you suppose she's a wildflower?

I've been enjoying doing some backgrounds the way Rae Missigman shows on her blog...the 15 minute background. It's quick and can just let loose and work fast. It makes it easy to experiment with colors that you might not use much too. Here is the background I made tonight in less than 15 minutes. I started on a page that I'd taken notes on, so it already had a layer of interest. Then I layered on the paint.
Now, dolling it up, takes a bit longer. I took it to the couch and doodled on it some while I watched TV. Then I got some papers out. The girl on the bicycle is from a candle advertisement that my neighbor saved for me. I love that people are starting to save interesting papers for me! I had a dictionary with the word "foxglove" on it, so I drew a foxglove on the page and glued it in too. More doodling and a quote from Alice in Wonderland, and I had a page I really like. Sorry for the glare..I might take a new pic when I have daylight.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Hanging my own art!

I have mostly original art hanging in my home. I buy it when I travel, and from local artists. Once in a while if the price of an original is prohibitive, I will buy a print. My sister was over the other day and looked around and wondered why I don't have any of my own artwork hanging in my home. Maybe it's because so much of what I do is in sketchbooks.  I'm not sure why, but she is right, there was nothing I created hanging up. So, last night I hung the piece I created while my sister was here that day. Makes me happy when I pass by it.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Jet Pens White Pen Review...

I found this on Jet Pens site. Please visit this blog post to get the entire low down on white pens. They did a fantastic review with samples of all the pens on dark paper, and a chart including the dry times and ideal surfaces.
Jet Pens White Ink Review (click for the skinny on white pens!)

Invite someone else to draw in your planner...

 The prompt at The Documented Life project was to have someone else draw in your planner, and then add to it. This is my mom looking at my planner.
Mom might draw something once a year, and yesterday she picked up a pencil and drew this terrific chair in my planner. I'm tempted to just leave it as is, but the assignment was to add to it, so I guess I will.
      So I added a palm, and a rug, and colored it all in, and called it good! Mom's drawing was great, so I don't need to do much. This chair is in their living room. If you flip the chair tag out, the drawing of a praying mantis is underneath.
The planner page opposite has a background of happy mail paper, and also flowers clipped from happy mail, a bit of gelli printed paper, and a butterfly cut from a magazine page and colored in.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Art Party

Today, my sister and sister-in-law came over to make some art. My sis-in-law just retired. She enjoyed painting years ago, and would like to get started again. I thought an easy way to start would be to use the instructions for how we made the journal covers, but to do it on a canvas instead. That way it's fun with paints and no stressing over perspective or realism ....just getting our feet wet painting.
 We started with a layer of spray ink through stencils, then some interesting paper glued down, then some paint dabbed on, and then more stenciling like Jennifer is doing with a home-made stencil in this picture.
 Here Susette has decided she need some vertical element so she did some dots going down her canvas.
 This is Jennifer using some stamps.
 Collage! We had some dictionary and ledger pages that had been monoprinted.

 Much of the various layers gets covered by later layers, but I like how there is text and stenciling peeking though. It adds some nice depth, and interest when viewed at close range. The last step was adding some doodling in black and white.
 This is Jennifer's canvas. At one point she decided she didn't like the middle of her piece, so she dabbed in some more paint and stamps and fixed it up so she was happy with it! That's the nice thing about all these can always go back in and change things.
Here we all are, when we thought we were was after this that Jennifer changed the middle of her piece. It was a fun day full of laughs and color!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Praying Mantis

I've been thinking about things I want to accomplish in my yard this year. I can't really call it a garden...the back yard doesn't have anything planted except one cherry tree I planted last year. I want to set my fire pit up, I want to plant to draw birds and butterflies, and I'd love to fence it so that I can just let Hawkeye out without having to watch him every second. Here is another critter I'm always happy to see in the garden.

This is drawing on one of the prints made on the gelli plate. The bug was lost in the background completely until I added the color and beefed up the main outlines a bit. I used Sharpie markers and a PITT pen. If I had it to do over, I'd have painted the leaf in with a lighter green so you could see his legs better, but I was at work and impatient, so I used the markers I had.


 Making more monoprints. I love how you can layer these up. I am still keeping it pretty basic. I read of more complicated techniques you can do with it, but I've only printed a few times, so it's KISS for me. I printed on some dictionary pages this time too.

 It's messy and fun. I try to do quite a bit at a go, since it talks me a while to wash up afterwards.
Tags for a swap. 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Vintage Bicycle

 I love to bike, and lately I love to draw and photograph bicycles. This was from a photo of a great vintage bike. I got confused on the wheel and majorly messed it up, so I looked around for a way to salvage it. I found an envelope from some "Happy Mail" that had these great circles with flowers in them, and they just happened to be the right size. So, I cut one out and glued it on, and I like it.
Here is the page for the week. The other flower was from some other "happy mail." The rest are stickers from going to Chicago last weekend. When you fold out the bicycle page, you'd see the collage of spring in Chicago.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The wonder is......trees in my art journal.

Who doesn't love trees? Incredibly, I've actually known a few who don't, but to me trees are a wonder. I did another 15 minute background for this one, but using entirely different colors from the last one. It made me think of the woods. I seem to have a lot of quotes going in this journal, and I think I'll just keep adding more of my favorites.

15 Minute Journal Backgrounds

I've been watching Rae Missigman's video's about making backgrounds in 15 minutes. It's a great way to overcome that fear that sometimes hits when you are faced with a blank page or canvas.  Click on the link to watch her video. It is fun to do a background so fast! The picture above is the background before I started doodling over it. I started with a page that was written on when I was taking notes on a book I was studying. so that is the script you see behind the paint. There are also a couple of pieces of paper ripped from a gelli print.
After I turned him on to Sharpie water based pens, my friend, Warren Ludwig, sent me some fine tipped ones! So I've been doodling with white over everything! Warren has a great blog, and he reviews the pens in this post. I'm thinking spring again. It was sooo cold and windy here today, but eventually it has to warm up, right?!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Art Journal Cover

Today is my Sunday, so I am cleaning house and working on some art I'm cleaning and making a mess at the same time! There are a group of artists who are involved in a "Pay It Forward" movement, and I'm making this journal to send to them. They are providing patients at a rehab clinic journals for an art therapy program at the center. It gives me practice and does some good at the same time.  This one is all painted up, and ready for some doodling in black and white ink. I'm loving the orange and green.

Here it is all done. I think I liked it better before I took the pens to it. Oh well, live and learn.

It started out plain black. Here are a couple of pics of it in earlier stages:

The yellow paper is old ledger paper washed with thinned yellow acrylic paint. The orange is a beautiful napkin that someone sent me in "happy mail."

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Documented Life Prompt: Cut up a magazine...

This weeks prompt was to cut up a magazine and use it in your planner. I did that, and I also used literature I picked up at the Chicago Creative Expo. I used an Artful Blogging magazine, and it happened to have a lot of butterflies in it. I am thinking spring in the city here!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Draw a Bird (part 2)

Today felt like spring! I decided to draw a robin on the back of the Big Bird page. Luckily for me, it was already painted robin's egg blue! I don't think I've ever tried to draw a bird head on, but I like this mama bird.