Sunday, October 8, 2017

What's in my art journal? Inktober Recap

Hey you!

Hope your all enjoying your weekend.  I decided that I would participate in Inktober this year.  For those who don't know, Jake Parker (an amazing illustrator) started Inktober in October 2009 as a way to improve his skills as an artist by drawing in ink everyday for the month of October. The rest is history.  If you'd like more info or  to participate, here is the link to his website.  The rules are simple, draw something in ink , tag it #inktober, #inktober2017, @jakeparker, @inktober,  post it.  He has a list of daily prompts that you can follow or simply do your on thang. 

I'm going by the prompt list because I can interpret the prompts how I want. I've really been enjoying it because it's been challenging me to draw things I normally would not draw AND I'm sure my drawing skills will be better by the end of this challenge.  Also, I'm using different ink pens to see how they really work.  Even if you don't participate, check out the ink work that artist are posting by looking up those hashtags on social media.

Day 1 - Swift - I rarely draw animals so I went with the Swift bird

Day 2 - Divided - Clearly I'm thinking of emotions here and I'm trying to be clever.

Day 3 - Poison - Here I realized ink is unforgiving and every mark counts

Day 4 - Underwater - drawing bodies are very challenging for me and I don't draw enough men in my life! This guy represents me...I don't go underwater so he's just pointing to where underwater is.

Day 5  - Long - So I've been dealing with should bursitis all week and this was a painful day in which the drawing and the ink would not come together.  I posted even though I don't like's about the process right?

Day 6 - Sword - I love the story of the Sword in the Stone.  But what if everything is not quite like it seems.  Take a close look.

Day 7 - Shy - I have the cutest reference picture of this little girl that I've been trying to draw for the longest time.  I'm never close to capturing it the way I want.  This is the closest I've ever come to it....her as a grown up. LOL

If you haven't noticed, I'm doing very little shading, cause I'm SCARED.  As I continue to learn about these inks, there will be more shading (fingers crossed) I hope you get a chance to check out Inktober there is a ton of incredible artwork out there.  Thanks for your visit today.

Until the next blog...enjoy!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

What's in My Art Journal? Quick Tip - How to add pages to your journal.

Hey folks!

I have a quick tip video to show you how easy it is to add a page to your current journal.  This technique works for most journals but definitely not a spiral bound journal.  This is a good way to add things you've created outside of journal.  Have a look see.

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your visit.

Until the next blog...enjoy!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

What's in my art journal? Dodged a Bullet

This page is a reminder for me to PAY ATTENTION to my life, my actions, my reactions and to be accountable for every step I take in life. I am so completely grateful for this particular life lesson.

Working in my 9 x 6 handmade journal, I came back to a page that already had a background on it.  The background has stitching, markings, scribbles, ink sprays, and overall has a wonderful  artmosphere about it  (I just made that word up, feel free to use it).

My new stencil mask, Karla, was use as a cut out.  The bullet was drawn and colored on tissue paper so I could place it on top of the cut out.

I usually keep this journal open to display my current favorite page, this lil reminder will be displayed for a while!

Thanks for stopping by.  Until the next attention, you may dodge a bullet too!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Need some new stencils in your life?

Sooo, since my last post, I've been able to solve some of my stencil making issue (thanks to Linda Logan and my daughter).  Which has made it possible for me to have this wonderful set of Funky Girl stencils in my Etsy shop now.  Guess what? The stencils are only $5 each.  You get the stencil and the mask, 2 for the price of one. YESSSS!

Check out this stencil introduction video.

The stencils are cut on a 9" x 6" sheet of Matte Dura-Lar Film and is pretty sturdy.  The actual stencil and mask vary in sizes.  Though paints and dyes stain the stencil, it doesn't interfere with the performance of the stencil.  I do recommend that you wash the stencils after using, gel medium or gesso.  I am a stencil abuser and rarely wash my stencils.....don't do what I do, LOL!

Here's a closer look.  A you can see, some are a stencil within a stencil.




You can find my stencils here.  

Thank you for your visit today.  Until the next blog...enjoy!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

What's in my art journal? Old problem, New Stencil

Stencil & Mask

I've got a nice little stack of handcut stencils that's continuing to grow.  Ever since I bought the Cricut Explore Air, I've been trying to cut these puppies on it, its definitely been an art tantrum kinda thing.

 Let me back track and say I've fallen in and out of love with this Cricut Explore and I miss my Cricut Expression (WE had and understanding!).  I've had tons of technical issues with this Explore and cutting stencils were a hit and miss thing, mostly miss.  Now with the new design space, I'm in love again.  However, I'm still having a problem with scanning my images for cutting.  No matter how much I clean my scanning surface, there's always these invisible specks that get pick up on the image that the software wants to cut out.  It's so frustrating.  Please if you have any suggestions I'd love to hear it.

Any who, I was able to cut several stencils last night, specks and all, and this one is going to be a lot of fun.  All that to say this, here's what I've done with it so far.  Warning, you'll probably see this stencil a lot!

This is using the mask

This is using the stencil

And this is Tiger (AKA Kitty), my grandcat,  he spell checked this blog for me....thank you Tiger.

And thank YOU for stopping by, every visit is appreciated.  Until the next blog...enjoy!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

What's in my art journal? 5 Things You Didn't Know About Me

...Annnnd I'm back!!! Getting back into the swing of things after a looonnng vacation.  Recently I watched the new King Kong movie on a flight from California and for some reason it made me think of this art journal prompt.


Believe me the list could have gone on, I had a lot of funny ironic things to add about him, but settled for 5 instead.  Anyway, I thought it was a fun, easy page to start off with to get me back in the groove.

Thanks for stopping by today, as always, I appreciate your visit.  Until the next blog...enjoy!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

New Video - Odd Beauty

I created this Odd Beauty last week.  I apologize for the incorrect focus setting throughout the video, but I think you get the idea, check it out.

Until the next blog...enjoy!