Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Today is a Snow Day for Me.

I had every intention of sitting down at my laptop and watching the words flow as I type this. I even had an idea for this post, but writer's block came to visit... so I'll write about my day. Nothing spectacular happened. I did get to stay at home with my husband and my five-year-old son. We shoveled the snow together. We made delicious meatballs and we watched some Netflix. Crime docu-series are my favorite.

I scribbled out a couple postcards for Postcrossing.

I watched a couple videos on youtube. I am obsessed with Jane Davies and have been with her art for years.

I took a Bubble bath.

I sucked on a few Warheads. Sour candy is the best.

I did some drawing in my sketchbook.

I may do some laundry.

Did you have a Snow Day? Did you do anything exciting?

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Recent Art Journal Pages

I published one blog post last year, this year I plan to post more.

Key word being "plan," I guess. Most of my free time is spent art journaling.
I use art journaling as my ultimate self-care, there is something freeing about combining different mediums in a small space.
I journal with no rules or limitations. Anything goes.
Journaling also helps my anxiety, I can let things go or I can obsess. Most of those thoughts are let go.

Below are some recent journal spreads.

This spread was inspired by a song lyric "Bite my tongue, bide my time." I draw a lot on magazine images because I find it interesting to re-work portraits and change expressions. Besides the magazine illustration, I wrote out the lyrics, and added a hand carved stamp of teeth. Teeth represent change to me and appear in my work often.

Here I made another magazine image portrait, this girl came from a catalog. There are no hidden meanings here. I just wanted to use that color palette and play around with texture. The gold is acrylic ink that was bubbled/burned by my heat gun. I believe the words in the background are lyrics by Khalid. There is also tissue paper and Asian papers collaged. My favorite part is the found piece of metal from a local beach to me, which is most likely from a beer can. Pick up your trash, peeps.

What I love about this spread is the vintage postcard. I bought a lot of vintage 1940s/1950s postcards on ebay. A few of the postcards have been sent out on postcrossing but some have made it into my journals. I love the jumper at the top. I printed an old alphabet foam stamp that belonged to my son. You can see his teeth marks. The coral on the page next to it is from a discarded book from the local library. Corals and Sea creatures appear often in my work.

Another magazine woman, the ink is washy and I love that, reminds you that it is painted on. I also collaged with junk mail (the marbled paper is from @finebergartstudio ), and the shells are re-purposed from my snail stamp I made. The woman is calm and rested (well, at least that's how I imagined it).

"Don't down play feelings." I think that is an important message for anyone. You can see another one of those Vintage Mexican post cards in the background.

Do you like these kinds of posts?
Would you like a tutorial of me art journaling?
Other things you'd like for me to write about?
Feel free to let me know.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Current Art Journal: GM Season of Kindness

It's currently the Season of Kindness over at Get Messy Art Journal and here are the first pages I've made in my art journal thus far...

Media: Watercolor, Acrylic Ink, Krink paint markers, Distress Crayons, Molotow Liquid Chrome Marker

Media: Old photograph from high school, sharpie, tracing paper, acrylic, ink, acrylic markers

Side cut off, it reads "Don't let unexplained situations throw you," colors are more neon in person (my scanner hates gloss medium). Media: Handcarved Flower Stamp, Krink k-80, Acrylic, Acrylic Ink, Paint Markers, Liquitex Gloss Medium

Media: Acrylic, Painted Papers, Acrylic Ink, Krink paint markers, Graphite, Jane Davenport paint over pens, Old gelli print

Media: Krink Paint Markers, Liquitex Paint Markers, Acrylic Ink, Handcarved Moon stamp, and discarded Birthday tag

Media: Acrylic Ink, Acrylic Transfer, Permanent Marker, Metallic Sharpie

Media: Collage Gelli prints, Handmade Eye Stamp, Acrylic Ink, Acrylic, Various Ink Pens

Looking forward to seeing where the season takes this journal of mine. Cheers!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Get Messy Art Journal: Seasons of Connections, Week 1 & 2

I recently took the plunge into joining Get Messy Art Journal for their current season, the "Season of Connections." I had a really inspiring first two weeks. I'm excited to see where this journal is taking me. Here are some of things I made in my Connections journal so far...
(All images can be clicked to view larger)

This spread was based on the idea of Connection & Disconnection within family.
This was extremely cathartic to make. I physically wrote text and wiped it away on the blue side.

This is not a portrait of anyone I know personally, It was inspired by a tutorial by @sasha_zeen on continuous line portraits. The other half of the spread (not pictured) features an illustration of a vampire squid and the words, "You've gotta swim."

This spread is based on how we used to communicate with the world, write a letter to someone. The letter I wrote is not a kind one and as you can see, I censored it. I really enjoyed how making this one was so simple. No five dollar bills were harmed in the making, I actually found that half of a five years ago and it's been kicking around in the bottom of my collage materials.

Thinking about the word "connections," I just really wanted to make some paper dolls.

Here is a detail from my mixed media self-portrait spread.
My eyes are closed and I don't think my hair is crazy enough. I wish I had that patterned shirt.

Hopefully, This motivation continues. What are you making this week?

Monday, August 21, 2017

Nautilus Illustration

I love a good challenge, here is a recent ink illustration I did of a Nautilus.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Audrey II: Little Shop of Horrors

I have had a productive creative year so far, I just have been terrible at updating this little blog of mine. Here is a drawing I made for someone about two weeks ago. I love making things that make people happy.

I hope you make something great today!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Twin Peaks Returns: Twin Peaks Illustrations

Ben Horne.

The Log Lady.

The Man From Another Place.

Laura Palmer.