Monthly Archives: October 2012

Challenge ahead


Here’s my page for the latest Fall Fearless & Fly challenge. I was determined to use yellow as it is my least favorite color, and do something somewhat seasonal. Beyond that i never went, as we’re being oppressed by the weather coming out of what I think is best described as Frankenstorm. I moved north to get away from the tropical storms in Florida and I am now looking at the second one heading here in less than two years. Again I’m reminded of the Crowded House lyrics ‘Everywhere you go, you always take the weather with you.” I have thought about the wild geese while working on this page, and hoped they all get where they are going before the storm hits!


Yet more creepy fun


Okay, here’s the last one of my creepy pages using my new Stampotique stamps. Fittingly, it’s also the last page in this journal. I expect to use this stamp a lot.
I’m working on other stuff, believe it or not. Trouble is, every time I sit down I get a cat on my lap!


More creepy fun


Here’s the second of my pages using my new Stampotique stamps. This is on the page facing the one in my last post and is done the same way except I stamped onto the page and used a white poster paint pen for subtle accents. I also stamped the words and bat moon (Clearstamps) and then lifted the color off inside the moon with a waterbrush. I can see I’m going to have to try this technique with different base and spray colors.



Creepy fun


I have to share this page now, although I’m not happy with the photos I have, but Willie is sleeping on my lap so no running down to the studio to take more. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I received my first Stampotique stamps yesterday and I had to use them. I’m not a big fan of wood-mounted stamps as they take up more room than unmounted, but these are quality stamps and a joy to use! These are by Daniel Torrente & Jill Penney and I love their designs. The background rocks, in my opinion. It started as neutral-colored acrylic paint. I used (a lot of) masking tape and sprayed with Colorwash and Dylusions and then sprayed with water and blotted it off. Love the effect! I stamped and watercolored the Stampotique images and glued them on and used a couple of Clearstamp Halloween stamps right on the page.



Anything can be stamp


I was doing some experimenting with Colorwash and Dylusions sprays together in my new art journal. I wet the pages first and then used yellow Dylusions and red and orange Colorwash, then heat set. Loved the look-so then what? I cut up some romaine lettuce for my lunch salad and was reminded what a great stamp the core makes. I used a little cobalt teal acrylic paint I had left on the palette–and I mean a little–and sponged it onto the core. I like how there’s contrast but it doesn’t dominate the spread. I got seriously carried away with the masking and washi tapes, though, and the whole spread became a kind of experiment.
I’m going to link this with the Art Journal Cafe challenge Anything Can Be a Stamp–what great timing!




Memento of autumn


I started this when I started my Fall Fearless and Fly page but it’s taken me longer to finish. I used just about every warm-colored acrylic paint I have to start and built up the background with thick paint layers, (some scraped on with a palette knife) masking tape, cheesecloth, and Distress Crackle paint. I just had to add some cobalt teal because I love the way it pops on warm colors. The collage in the center is made from an original photo transparency over decorative paper, and an Anima monument image stamped with aqua paint. The frame combines black Dresden, stamped and plain masking tape, Tim Holtz Ideology gears, adhesive gems, and ribbon. I like the way this came out; definitely worth the time to build up the background. A couple of close ups below show some details.




Fearless into the future


Here’s my entry for the Fall Fearless and Flychallenge. This looked like some fun inspiration and I was ready to get into some warm colors. I had a challenge for myself to use more red this year and this helped as a reminder. I made a useful discovery, too: graphite doesn’t stick to India ink. ๐Ÿ˜‰



Aargh! It’s such a frustration to look at all the artwork out there in blog land and try to leave nice and encouraging comments and NOT BE ABLE TO! I don’t know why but Blogger seems to be the worst, probably because I don’t use a Blogger account. I write my comment and try to use my WordPress account to sign in and it freezes everything. Sooooo, here’s a blanket comment to everyone who visits here from a blog link: thanks for visiting! I’ve probably visited you, too, and admired your art. Please keep linking and I’ll keep trying to comment on your art!

Starting now


Starting a new art journal. I decided to try the Strathmore hardcover watercolor journal as a change from the spiral bound Visual journals I’ve been using. We’ll see how it stands up to all the sprays I use. This is a page where I used gesso and acrylic paint as the first layer, scratched through it, and then sprayed over it with dark blue and black. I journaled a bit with a paint pen then sprayed through a Crafters Workshop stencil. The leaves were cut out of acrylic-painted paper I made ages ago.