Read new post, Mixed Media Monday 1-26-15, here.
A look at two of my latest projects –
Stencils, stamps both hand carved and bought, stickers, die cuts, inks, book paper, doodads, buttons, beads, acrylic paint, copics
Just about everything but the kitchen sink!
Stamps, die cuts, book paper, card stock, acrylic paint, stencil, paper flowers, beads
I’m loving my BigKick die cutter!
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Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Unfortunately, I’ve been sidelined these last few days with what started as a cold and then deteriorated into bronchitis. I finally gave in to it yesterday and went to the doctor. With the heavy duty cough syrup and antibiotic she prescribed, I should be on the mend soon. You know I was sick – I didn’t pick up my knitting needles or paintbrushes all day yesterday, sleeping most of the day away.
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Before my cold hit like a ton of bricks, I painted this background, getting ready for 2015’s first project.
Watercolor on wet journal paper, Dylusions large art journal
I did some playing around with my new Big Kick die cutter – which I love, by the way – using some fabric scraps I had lying around. I’m drawn to leaf shapes at the moment and here’s what they morphed into:
Cotton fabric, die cut leaf shapes, glued onto bristol artist tile, distress ink
Playing around with the size and arrangement.
Learn to listen. Opportunity could be knocking at your door very softly. Frank Tyger
I’m a tiny bit late posting for Mixed Media Monday, the Iknead family has been on the go since a few days before the Christmas holiday until today, such a blessed, busy time. We had a wonderful Christmas; but with the grands and the kids, I’m not sure it could have been anything else! Santa was extra nice, apparently we’ve all been very good this year and I have the pictures to prove it!
My son in law is the only person I’ve ever known to ask for cheese for Christmas. Really. If you’re wondering, it’s a Stilton he’s so excited about.
Sorry Babydiva! No pics because you have your back turned on them all. Every. Single. One.
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Book paper, fabric, stains, card stock, die cuts, wood heart doodad
Ooh, ooh, ooh! I scored a Big Shot die cutter at half price at Michael’s yesterday!!
He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough. Lao Tzu
I’ve been busy the past few days working on the cover for my 2015 Documented Life art journal and looking forward to using an actual journal made just for that. I’ve been using the smaller version and loving it. Sooooo much better than the spiral bound notebook I’ve been using! Here is a journal post using the smaller one and a look at what I’ve done so far on the larger journal’s cover. I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings!
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Stamps, purchased and handmade, hand drawn and colored flowers, inks, die-cuts, stencils
Acrylic paint, inks, stencils, stamps, an ATC and a cut-out
I’m thinking of a more restrained approach for the larger journal cover.
This week’s prompt, week 52, is holiday traditions. The first tradition that came to mind was our tree, so that’s where I started.
Inks, copic marker, found hand drawn star and punched red and green cardstock circles
I like it so far.
I don’t know where that white circle came from.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without sharing these:
The Papoose and Sprout
Babydiva and Babymama decorating cookies.
Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens. Epictetus
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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:
Book paper, Distress stains mustard seed and crushed olive, blue jean and barn door
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.
ON MY NEEDLES
*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:
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!
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!
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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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I’ve become obsessed with Artist Trading Cards and the idea behind them. Learn more about them here and here. I love their size, they lend themselves very well to all different types of media, watercolor, collage, stencil, stamps, you name it. I love that their size being what it is, every element or space needs to “count”, with the attitude of more bang for your buck or large works in a small space and I love the idea of trading cards with other artists, though I feel very shy about this for some reason right now. Here are a couple that I’ve completed recently.
ATC, Distress Stain, stamps, butterfly die cut, distressed edge
Corregated ATC, die cuts, key, word beads
Maybe today I’ll get more confident and sign up to trade. Loyal readers, anyone into ATCs?
Christmas projects continue on the knitting front and I’ve added some of my pottery to the mix. Being Christmas gifts, your imagination will have to suffice, but I’m excited about gifting them and isn’t that what gifting is all about?
What’s going to be on yours this Thanksgiving? Ours will hold a turkey, the requested every year english peas, mashed potatoes, broccoli cheese casserole and corn casserole. My Thanksgiving offerings will mostly be of the sweet persuasion, a raisin pie, something chocolate, snickerdoodle bread, and an apple slab thingy that I saw on the King Arthur Flour website that looks and sounds delicious. Ya know, we could cut to the chase and just cut out the turkey and broccoli but somehow, I don’t think that will happen. Does it show that I’m not a broccoli fan??
Deeds of kindness are equal in weight to all the commandments. Talmud
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.
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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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. 😕
Here’s a look at a project I’m doing on my own. It’s not quite finished. I think it needs doodads.
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To see things in the seed, that is genius. Lao Tzu
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 –
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?
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I enjoyed the black and white so much, I did one on my own –
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
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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