Saturday, August 01, 2015

A Lazy Saturday For Me...

Last night I stayed up late watching art videos on YouTube and Vimeo. Big mistake! Then I couldn't go to sleep because I had so many ideas rolling around in my head. Do you ever do that?

So today I'm late getting anything posted and it's going to be a mish mash of different things. First of all I got the photo from my second buyer showing her painting in her home.

It's the perfect size for that little wall. I hope she enjoys it, and that it brings her happiness when she sees it each day.
A few days ago I was talking about art journaling so I thought I'd share a couple of other pages with you. These first two use one of my favorite and least expensive art supplies. Good old masking tape.

This is a snippet of a page I did using masking tape. I smooshed on some paint, and then tore pieces of masking tape and put them all over the page. I went around the tape with a dark pencil...probably my Stabilo but I don't remember for sure. People told me it looked like Asian writing. I think the smaller, pink writing is a stamp. I did that over everything. 

This one is much the same except it was done in an old book and part of the page is still showing through. No paint involved on this page. I remember doing this one after I received a package in the mail. It had a lot of that very thin, cheap brown paper all wadded up as cushioning for the package. I tore that paper up and used it on the background. Then tore my masking tape the same as on the other page. I added a quote and some large black dots and that was it. This page cost me almost nothing to make.

This is one of my favorites. I did it for a challenge called "the one that got away." At first, like I'm sure everyone did, I thought about fishing or about girls trying to catch a husband! But then I decided to go simple. I used a stencil for the numbers and put the "one" over on the side as if it's escaping. It just has some layers of paint smooshed on the background, probably with an old credit card. Simple simple.

If you really have the urge to work in an art journal, just remember you don't need a lot of fancy stuff to do it. You just need your own imagination and a few simple items. You can make your own stencils and stamps. There are tons of videos about how to do that. And Julie Balzer has some excellent classes about making your own stencils and stamps. 

Okay, that's it for today. I think I'll be napping this afternoon! 
Or maybe I'll play in one of my art journals.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Show Your Face...Two New Faces

It's Friday and you know what that's time to Show Your Face with Kim Dellow. If you don't already know about this fun challenge you need to check it out, especially if you like to draw or paint faces.

Today I'm sharing a couple of new drawings I did. I'm thinking of making these into a coloring book. Let me know what you think of that idea.

This first one is my Art Deco girl. I finished her a couple of days ago. She might be a band majorette, too! She has to be very careful when she walks or her headdress will fall off!

I'm not sure who this girl is but I like her. Maybe some kind of exotic princess.
Yesterday I talked about drawing faces and how mine have changed/or not over the years. Sometimes when I sit down to draw, I catch myself starting out doing things like I did several years ago and I have to stop myself and say "you know better now"...old habits are hard to change! The "princess" girl above has eyes that are too big. That was one of my biggest challenges when it came to changing how I did faces. But I love doing faces whether they're "correct" or not. In real life, not many faces are perfect or completely symmetrical and that's what I keep telling myself!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Blank Faces...and More

Since I'm on this roll of sharing some of my older art, I thought I'd show a few of my early faces. For many years I thought I couldn't draw faces. I would draw women in long, flowing dresses but none of the women ever had a face. I just left it blank...

Lettuce Lady

Flower Petal Lady

I'm not sure where I first learned to draw a face, or learned that there was a "formula" to use to get things in the right place but I started drawing faces all the time. I have several small moleskine journals that are full of little faces. Today I'm sharing a few of them...

I've always liked curvy lines...and what else do you see?   Dots and circles! The theme continues!!

Here is a spread in a moleskine with eight faces...some I like, some not so much! More curvy lines except for that one on the top row, second from the right and the second from the left on the bottom row.  I'm not sure what I was thinking with that block head!!And I didn't finish any of their eyes. I usually put a little spot of white but for some reason I didn't.

Sad as she seems, this girl has always been one of my favorites. I'm not sure why but I like her so much. I purposely elongated everything in this drawing. I especially like her wilted flower!! I have days when I feel like this!!

This girl didn't get finished either. I colored her face and stopped. Again, here are those curvy lines but no dots or circles!! When I first began drawing faces I always made the eyes too big. I've gotten a little better with that but I have to keep reminding myself.

The lesson here, is don't give up. If you've never drawn a face, give it a try. The first one may not be as good as you'd like but don't give up!! Keep practicing. Heads are not usually round, they're more of an egg shape. Eyes go in the middle of the head, and then measure down halfway and that's the tip of the nose; halfway again and you have a place for the mouth. These are just some loose ideas to follow. Play around with drawing faces. It's fun...and can be addictive!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for more faces!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

How to Turn an Old Book Into Your Art Journal

I've been doing a few posts about how I work in my art journal and I thought it might be helpful to see one of my latest journals. In the beginning I bought journals, then I made a few...paper and binding and all that, but mostly I like to find an old book and turn it into my art journal. Thrift stores and library sales are great places to look for old books at inexpensive prices.

This is the book I'm working in now. It's an old book about flowers. I bought it originally because of all the brightly colored pictures but I love the size of it so it's now my latest art journal.

I seem to be going bigger and bigger with each journal. As you can see, this book is about 14" x 10". It originally had 320 pages and the spine was about 1.25" thick. You may not want a book this big. It just depends on how you like to work.

The first thing I do is to prepare the pages. I take out every third page leaving just a small piece attached to the book. Oops! I forgot to mention that when I look for books I look for ones with the pages sewn in and not glued. They hold up much better to all the wear and tear of becoming an art journal.

Here's another view of one of the cut out pages. See the little lip still there? That keeps the book from falling apart. If you tear the page out completely right up to the spine then the page on the other side of the book will come out, too, and it will all loosen up the binding. Eventually the book will fall apart.

This is an example of what NOT to do! This is my very first art journal. I used one of the black, hardcover sketch books that you see in every art supply store. But as I added things to the pages it grew...and grew...and this is now as far as it will close. It has to sit alone on a shelf. And it takes up a lot of space!

This is a close-up of the top of the book. You can see that the pages are sewn in but I didn't remove any of them. I didn't know I had to do that! Live and learn!! You can also see that the book is beginning to come away from the covers.

This is inside the front cover. I will eventually have to do something with this book or it will fall apart completely. So learn from my mistakes!

I hope some of this gives you a good idea about how to choose a book for your own art journal. I simply love to cut things out of magazines and create fun pages with them. I also like to smoosh paint around and make interesting backgrounds for whatever I decide to layer on top. Having an art journal to play in is one of my favorite things. It's where you can experiment, have successes or failures, but none of it matters if you're having fun.

If you don't already have an art journal, I hope I've inspired you to give it a try. And just because I use an old book doesn't mean that's right for everyone. Look at already made journals either in an art store or online. Think about making one yourself. There are tons of tutorials on YouTube about making art journals from scratch. Think about how you like to create and then find what works for you. If you do give it a try I hope you share it with others...and with me. I love to see other people's art journals.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Happy Buyers...Happy Seller

Yesterday was a good day. The people who bought paintings at my art show reception came to pick them up. The rest of the paintings will remain until late September but I didn't want the buyers to have to wait that long to get their paintings.

The first painting that sold was Faded Memories and here is the buyer with me and the painting...

I'm not sure why I'm making such a funny face but at least the painting looks good.

The buyer was nice enough to send me a photo of the painting hanging in their home...

It looks like it belongs there.
I hope they enjoy it.

This is me and the buyer of Spring Has Sprung. I had several people who wanted this painting but this woman got it first. She said she will send me a photo of it in her house and I'll share that later.

I was recently asked if I feel sad when one of my paintings sells, and the answer is no. I always take photos of everything I create plus it makes me happy that someone wants to display my painting in their home or office. I also know that when I free up space by selling a painting then I'll create something new to fill that emptiness. It's a cycle of creating, letting go, and creating again.