Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Let There Be Peace On Earth, And Let It Begin With Me

With all the trouble we are going through right now in our world, it was easy to pick my theme for my Christmas cards this year. This is also my first post up on the ColourArte blog today so I would really love you for going over and visiting me and leaving me a comment <3
Thank you!

Let there be peace on earth And let it begin with me;
 Let there be peace on earth, The peace that was meant to be.
 With God as our Father Brothers all are we,
 Let me walk with my brother In perfect harmony. 
Let peace begin with me, Let this be the moment now; 
With every step I take, Let this be my solemn vow 
To take each moment and live each moment In peace eternally.
 Let there be peace on earth And let it begin with me.

Merry Christmas to everyone!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Art gives you a story to tell...

Well, what can I say except that this has become a favorite technique of mine. Collaging with both strips of mono printed papers and old stash
 ( in this case, rub on letters ) and then using my ColourArte Twinkling H20's shimmering watercolors ( China Black ) to cover the entire page.

Grunge and Aging
This time I did not cover the entire page in a coat of decoupage so there are some areas where the Twinks absorbed into the paper and some areas where the Twinks stayed on top of the paper. Love the combined effects of aging and grunge.

Oops are OK
I did have one little oops where the clear sticker was not secured to the page so a little bit of the black watercolor ran under it and you can't see the last "L" in the word "tell" very well.

Perfectly Imperfect
Because some of the stickers were old they didn't completely come off the sheet perfectly and it looks freaking awesome...lol...couldn't have managed that distressed look on my own probably...well, not without some thought and planning. 

Happy accidents 
As an added bonus I discovered that the rub on sticker letters actually acted as a resist to the watercolors, I was afraid that the black watercolor would cover them up but it was a happy accident to discover how they almost pop off the page.

So currently, this is one of my favorite art journal pages...
until the next one, lol

Saturday, December 3, 2016

a fun and festive mermaid

Ohhh...I had so much fun making my festive mermaid for the 12months of Mermaids Facebook group. What made her so much fun was playing with the acrylic glazes and arte pigments from ColourArte. I am very pleased with how well they blend together leaving virtually no brush strokes behind.

Here is the color chart breakdown using all ColourArte products

 I especially love how you can add water to the glazes to give them a watercolor effect and had a blast (OK, so little things amuse me ) creating a dreamy hairline around her face.

I opted for water dots in the place of snowflakes since she is a mermaid after all...although in all honesty, it's all fantasy so I could have created snowflakes, right? 
 And her hair...created with the Primary Elements Arte Pigments...I'm still learning how to properly use them but I like how it turned out. I did add some stickles for dimension.

Going to enter her in the Mixed Media monthly challenge #31

Monday, November 28, 2016

Yikes...2 weeks?

I can't believe it's been 2 weeks since I blogged...so what have I been doing?... I have been busy, but 

12/14 Avoiding political anything on FaceBook has just worn me out. I have "unfollowed" many friends who just insist on posting the most hateful things. I'm afraid this election has brought out the worst in some people. However, it did help me to come up with my word for 2017...adversity. It even prompted me to make a page for the cover of my journal.

12/16 Made a video but can't share it yet...but soon...although I can now announce that I am going to be a designer for ColourArte. :)

12/18 Joined Jodi Ohl's online class because I needed to do something new, a different way of painting. 

12/19 Since the temps have gone down, Daisy Mae's snuggling time has gone up, lol It's very hard to type with her wedged in between me and the computer. And she doesn't give up her space without a lot of whining...which means she usually wins, unless I have to get up to go pee...then she is ousted, lol

12/20 2nd attempt at Jodi's technique, adding a little color.
 Been praying for rain a lot during the month of November, wildfires have consumed a lot of my thoughts. 
( This picture is photoshopped but is horrifically beautiful )
I want to paint it...but I can't see it as art on my walls because it would only be a reminder of what everyone has been going through.

We've had several days where you go outside and the smoke just slaps you in the face. Upside...Bluebirds are back.

11/24 I got my prize package from ColourArte and began playing with my new Twinkling H2O's..just love the skin tone set.

11/27 Made a video using my Twinks...I usually write something on my journal pages and have noticed this is the second one with nothing. I've been saying I'm waiting on the typewriter I ordered to arrive but in reality, I think I'm blocked. 

11/27 Made another video today, but it's for Sunday so I have the rest of the week to edit...it's my ATC for Grumbacher. I really like how if came out, the theme is space and I enjoyed playing with the iridescent Twinks with this one.

Well, off to play some games on FaceBook..ttyl

Monday, November 14, 2016

Election inspired art

As art journalers, we record moments in our life and currently, all the hatred posting via Twitter and FaceBook to name a few social media sites have artists turning to their journals to try and sort out their feelings. Some, sadly because they are upset and still carry messages of hate and some like myself who would rather soothe than ignite. I guess this page resonates with me because I'd like to believe that I can exemplify some modicum of grace under fire...to remain calm, cool and collected under stressful situations.
 I liked this page so much that I removed it from my journal and adhered it to the front cover and have decided to make the word ADVERSITY my word for 2017. Usually in the past I have picked out words to inspire my art, this year I am trying to inspire my character instead...something more of us should strive to do.

Friends will show their true colors in times of adversity...

how has your behavior been lately?

Sunday, November 6, 2016

juicy, juicy...

They just stay so darn juicy looking...

The hair on my mermaid is a left over influence from Jane Davenport, but the lips have come from a new influence, Danielle Donaldson. :)

The Twink colors stay bright and vivid too, just another reason to love them.

I did a video of me making her and you can watch here HERE. Would very much appreciate a "thumbs up" on the video if you like it.
I also did a color reference chart so you can see what colors were used where.

Friday, November 4, 2016

...scary leaf sounds...

I love the Fall leaves, although there is one downside living by the forest and no I am not talking about the amount of leaves that cover the forest floor which is stunning...or my garden, less stunning, lol: but the sound. The sound of a small animal, a squirrel or a bird can sound like people walking around...where there normally aren't people. After a Winter, then Spring and Summer spent in relative quiet, Fall is deafening. OK, so maybe I watch too much of The Walking Dead, but seriously, that crunch, crunch, crunch sounds like either a person lurking about or a HUGE animal, I rush to the balcony and have to squint scan to find the small leaf invader scavenging for a left over summer nugget to enjoy under the leaves.

So aside from my brain going into spooky hyper drive I do love to paint Fall leaves. They just fascinate me with all their colors. 

I painted the backside of a leaf with ColourArte's Silks Acrylic Glazes in Spiced Pumpkin and Solar Gold and pressed it into my journal which left a nice imprint of the leaf shape and the veins.  Once it dried I painted in with the Twinkling H2O's in Orange Peel, Copper Penny, and Rain Forest.

I love how the glaze acts as a resist.

Like the leaf, we are part of a bigger dream.