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Mixed Media Monday 12/8/14


MY OWN MIXED MEDIA (MOMM)

I’m so happy and excited to have started my new Dylusions art journal.  After using an spiral notebook with lined, not mixed media or watercolor paper, the mixed media paper is such a treat!  Not having to prep my pages with gesso before starting work is awesome – more spontaneous I suppose.  I love everything about this journal!  Here are the first two projects:

 

Stacked Birds

Book paper, Distress stains mustard seed and crushed olive, blue jean and barn door

 

Doodle–>ribbons–>tree

pitt pen, assorted gel pens

This particular journal is the smallest one, the pages measure 5×8 inches.  I have the larger one also, I plan to get started painting the cover sometime this week.  The first cover was just a warm-up! 🎨😺  Blank pages are sooooooo exciting!

The dream is over…  

I was the Dreamweaver

But now I’m reborn

I was the Walrus

But now I’m John.

             John Ono Lennon

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Whatcha Workin’ On? Wednesday 12/3/14, Booklove, MOMM*


ON MY NEEDLES

Christmas Knitting

 

*MOMM ART JOURNAL COVER

Remember Monday’s post about this journal cover?  If you don’t, you can refresh your memory here.  It’s made more than a little progress since then –

 I added more layers today.  Here’s a list, in order of appearance:

1.  Gesso

2. Light violet acrylic paint brushed on

3.  Anna’s Acrylic Craft Paint, Heather, sponged on

4.  Anna’s Acrylic Craft Paint, Royal Fuchsia, sponged on

5.  Black acrylic paint, randomly applied with my finger

6.  White acrylic paint, randomly applied with my finger

7.  Green acrylic paint, randomly applied with finger, which immediately turned into some totally disgusting urine yellow color

8.  Book paper torn into scraps and applied with matte medium to cover as much of the above mentioned yellow color as possible and allowed to dry

9.  Distress Ink in Dusty Concord, dabbed and blended

10.  Distress Ink in Seedless Preserves, dabbed and blended

11.  Stencils, iridescent white acrylic paint

12.  Stencils, iridescent pink acrylic paint

13.  Stencils, iridescent green paint

If not otherwise specified, all acrylic paint is Artist’s Touch, from Hobby Lobby.

Stay tuned – more layers to follow!

BOOKLOVE

I finished a great book yesterday, Family Pictures by Jane Green, good enough to keep me reading for most of two days.  No spoilers here, sorry.  Bigmommy loaned me one during our visit last week, Jodi Picoult’s The Storyteller.  I don’t usually read her books, I don’t enjoy the kid with the disease of the week stories, even with happy endings, but this one has a Holocaust storyline, switching back and forth between past and present voices, more like historical fiction and I’m enjoying it very much.  Check these two out if they sound like they might be your cup of tea.

PLEASE, PLEASE MEME (sorry, overcome by Beatles lyrics for a second)

I’ve started a new Wednesday meme, Whatcha Workin’ On? Wednesday, open to all artists/crafters and I’d love for you to add your link below to spread the craftlove.  All I ask is that you link back here to further spread the sunshine.  Just one more thing – If Mr.Linky isn’t working, please let me know.  Thanks!

*My Own Mixed Media

Linking with Ginny’s Yarn Along and Frontier Dreams.

 It’s a funny thing about life.  If you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.  William Somerset Maugham

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Mixed Media Monday


*MOMM

I saw these artist tiles awhile ago at Hobby Lobby and forgot about them until I came across them when tidying up my art table.  I know, I know, I need to be neater and I’ll work on that – someday.  I had no plan to follow, no prompt, I suppose you could call it freestyle.

 4×4 inches

Spray ink, hand drawn and colored flowers and a couple of what I call doodads

I’ve heard of inchies (1×1) and twinchies (2×2), I suppose this would be a quinchie.

MORE BEACHY BABES

Just two chicks hanging out in their jammies.

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.  Carl Sagan 

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Mixed Media Monday


MOJO

I haven’t posted any mixed media stuff in a while, mostly because I was in sort of a creative slump, totally underwhelmed by all of my efforts to kickstart a new project.  I suppose you could call it “just going through the motions”.  But, I kept on creating and you know what?  It seems I got my mojo back!  I actually did the “fake it til you make it” thing and got my “creative feet” back under me.  If you’re a friend of Jimmy or a friend of Bill, you’re probably familiar with this process and have used it a few times yourself.

WEEK 40 THE DOCUMENTED LIFE

This week’s prompt was to use three colors you don’t normally use. I chose orange, yellow and brown and when I started laying down the first layer, I thought it was the ugliest thing ever.  But I kept on working with it, adding some three dimensional doodads and some stickers that continued the color scheme.  Then, suddenly, my project didn’t seem so ugly to me anymore.  In fact, I kinda liked it, I kinda liked it a lot!

Acrylic paint, spray inks, stencils, stickers, a bit of washi tape, hand drawn flowers that I colored with gel pens and cut out, homemade stickers and a doodled circle fold out

Sorry you have to stand on your head to see them. 😕

 *MOMM

Here’s a look at a project I’m doing on my own.  It’s not quite finished.  I think it needs doodads.

*My own mixed media

To see things in the seed, that is genius.  Lao Tzu

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Mixed Media Art · The Documented Life Project

MOMM, The Documented Life Project


TDL

My Documented Life art journaling has continued, though I’ve been wrapped up in a couple of huge knitting projects, not to mention awesome family things.  There have been a couple of TDL entries that didn’t melt my butter, but they were OK and I actually started getting into them as I worked.  This week was #36 and the prompt was black and white.  Here’s my take on it –image

This is one I really wasn’t “feeling” while I worked, but I ended up loving the vintage look and the sort of restrained style.

I used black and white gesso, wallpaper look tissue paper, butterfly stamped borders, a large handwriting stamp, white stamp ink and a picture of the Eiffel Tower.  It has a old fashioned travelogue vibe, don’t you think?

MY OWN MIXED MEDIA

I enjoyed the black and white so much, I did one on my own –

Indulge

Black Gesso

White Gelly Roll pen

The creative is the place where no one else has ever been.  You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.  What you’ll discover will be wonderful.  What you’ll discover is yourself.  Alan Alda 

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*MOMM Finally Shared


FINALLY SHARED

I can finally share the mixed media project that I put together for Charlee.  I wanted it to be a surprise and since Babymama reads this blog, I had to keep it on the down low, even hiding it in the house whenever she came to visit.

I think this is my favorite piece so far, all full of girly.

I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.  Pablo Picasso

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More MOMM, Creative Constipation


*MOMM

Here’s a look at this week’s mixed media project.  I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it either.

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 Old colorwheel

Dylusions spray ink

Assorted stickers, homemade and store bought

Doodles

Stencils, homemade and store bought

Stamps

Acrylic paint

THE DOCUMENTED LIFE UPDATE

The week 31 challenge was to add a pocket to your project.  I decided to draw a one instead of using  the real thing and then adding odds and ends to fill it. What do you think?

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I finally figured out how to produce the intense colors I envied on other people’s projects!  Thanks YouTube!

SLUMP

I feel like I’m a little blocked as far as pottery goes.  I see tons of stuff I want to make, but when I get into the studio, the only things coming off the wheel are bowls and more bowls.  Maybe I need a break or maybe I’m spread a little too thin, with several different projects going at the same time.  I can definitely feel my lack of focus.  Maybe a couple of days of creativity rest, focusing on NOT being busy, would help.  Could I even accomplish it without going nuts?  Do I even want to try?

*My Own Mixed Media

No day in which you learn something is a complete loss.  David Eddings

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Finally A FO, New MOMMs, Challenge Completed


OFF THE NEEDLES

Yay!!!  I finally have a FO!  I finished the Crazy Monkey socks and they turned out to be fabulous!  I haven’t decided whether they will be a gift or whether they will take up residence in MY sock drawer, even though they’re a tad snug.  If you missed the details, you can catch up here.

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If you’re new to knitting two at a time toe ups or just want to try the technique, this pattern is a good one, well written with easy to understand instructions.

MOMM*/THE DOCUMENTED LIFE PROJECT UPDATES

I have a couple of mixed media projects to share, along with this week’s TDL completed challenge.  The challenge this week was to add a wish list.  My list ended up underneath my project layers, with just a word or two showing.

The bubbles on the facing page just sort of happened when I was trying out new markers and pencils,  I love how it looks!

You can read more about The Documented Life Project here.

Here are some “freestyle” mixed media projects I’ve been working on.

I usually just start out with a color that appeals to me, then the layers of whatever catch my eye just happen.

Watch the Birdie

I’ve been a little fixated on birds for a while, so they show up pretty regularly.  It helps that the bird shape is simple enough for me to sketch freehand.

Drawing flowers is another recent fixation, I found a photo of a gorgeous calla lily on Pinterest and tried to recreate it.

SOON TO BE BIG SISTER

My precious middle granddaughter and soon to be big sister, Babydiva

I hear and I forget.  I see and I remember.  I do and I understand.  Confucius

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On a Tuesday


TUESDAYS

Anyone remember the Seinfeld schtick about how Tuesdays just don’t have a “feel”?  A feel as in “Mondays have a let down feel, just coming off the weekend and all; Wednesdays have a definite, halfway to the weekend feel; Thursdays carry that almost Friday and the end of the work week feel; and then that incredible Friday feel, which needs no explanation.  Poor Tuesday, with no real “feel”, except maybe the “at least it’s not Monday” feel.  This really isn’t going anywhere, just some random thoughts that run through my head, taking up some of the short term memory circuits until another totally random thought moves in and hangs out for a while.

TDL UPDATE

Week 25 Challenge

Cover Your Page with Hearts

One of my favorites so far!

More information on The Documented Life Project can be found here.

*MOMM

Here’s a look at my latest independent mixed media project-

As usual, this one has a bit of everything, paper, buttons, stamps, stencils, just whatever strikes my fancy at that particular moment.  Mixed media has taught me that the concept of art is very, very fluid, with no right or wrong way to create.  I totally LOVE that!

*My Own Mixed Media

PARTING SHOT

The only real valuable thing is intuition.  Albert Einstein


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And There You Have It (I Think), Happy Father’s Day and MOMM


Happy Father’s Day, everyone!  Hug a dad today!  Mr. iknead got a blueberry cake for his special day.

FRONT DOOR PURPLE, CONT.

I think we’ve come to an agreement on just which purple to paint our door – it’s called Deep Violet.

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 Here’s what it looks like in the sunshine

Now in the shade

And in my kitchen

Now to find a painter…….

TDL

This week’s challenge for The Documented Life Project was to cover your pages in hearts.  I’m still  mostly in the planning stage,  but I did get my pages prepped and have an idea of what I want them to look like.  This art journaling project has led to me trying a lot of new things; I’ve started sketching and painting different things on my own, which I enjoy, but what I’m really loving is mixed media.  Think about it, up until a few months ago, I’d never even heard of mixed media art and now I usually have two or three different MM projects going.  Here’s a look at one I just finished –

My Own Mixed Media 1

MOMM* 1

It has a little bit of everything, acrylic paint, stickers, colored pencils, Inktense blocks, marker, stencils, doodles, found objects.  Nothing is sacred, if I see something interesting,  you can bet it will find it’s place in some project.  I really love how this one turned out!

*My Own Mixed Media

Love is never lost.  If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.  Washington Irving

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