Saturday, January 23, 2010
Creative Lettering Class
I am taking a lettering class with Nicolette Anderson (http://nickieblog.blogspot.com/). I love it and highly recommend it, especially for people like me who stink with making pretty lettering. So far I have done three assignments: writing out an alphabet, writing a quote ("It's all about the climb") in an alphabet called Tinkertoy, and writing the same quote in a different alphabet and then using color in the negative space. Here's my "homework"!
Sunday, January 17, 2010
I made this piece after reading about the technique in Violette's "Journal Bliss." I put two layers of gesso on a page in my composition book. Then, I glued on a blue heart made of construction paper. Next, I glued on a layer of light blue tissue paper and used some pearly white paint. Lastly, I applied gel medium.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
comp book cover
I decorated the cover of my composition book! I wanted a simple design so that I would not feel intimidated to use my art journal.
I used sandpaper on the cover to get some of the glossy finish off. I used Original Tacky Glue and attached three layers of yellow tissue paper. I attached a piece of pink construction paper and then a red heart made of construction paper. I also attached another piece of pink paper with my name and "Art Journal #1" on it. Lastly, I covered it with a gel medium.
I wish I would have used gesso after I used the sandpaper, so that the writing on the cover would be covered. I may add a few extra layers of yellow tissue paper.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
I went to Michael's again today! This time, it was to use my two coupons. I bought:
- some acrylic paints
- more glue sticks
- Original Tacky Glue
- more gloss medium varnish
- some brads
- some more heart-shaped buttons
I love you, Ao!
This year, I asked my best friend, Ao, to be my Valentine. I am bribing her with a collage I made! haha. I used three sheets of patterned paper as the background. Then, I wrote "I love you" in six different laguages using a ballpoint ink pen (I have not yet received my fountain pens from www.dickblick.com). I used a glue stick to attach them. I really hope my "Aoica" likes it!
simple piece for a soldier
I made this very simpe piece with markers on plain computer paper that already had "Erika" printed on it. Erika is my "adopted" soldier through Soldier's Angels (www.soldiersangels.com). I am going to mail it to her tomorrow, along with a letter I wrote her. I cannot sleep again tonight, which is a bummer. Oh, well... I will make the best of it by making things and such. Just a note: the bottom of the paper got cut off by the camera.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
intro page completed!
I made my new art journal's introduction page. Yesterday, I put white gesso on the page with the intention of making a collage today. But then, I used three different sheets of tissue paper and attached them to the page with a glue stick. Lastly, I used a quote I printed out. It reads, "The cardinal rule of journaling is that you cannot do it wrong!" The quote is courtesy of Tera Leigh (www.teras-wish.com).
Anne the quene
Today I woke up at 1pm, since I had to catch up on sleep. After I woke up, I at some breakfast, checked my email, and then started to create. I ended up making a tribute to Anne Boleyn (the second wife of Henry the 8th of England) in the composition book I am using for art journaling. I am a huge fan of the Tudors, so I greatly enjoyed making this piece!
Friday, January 8, 2010
newly aquired goods
So, I did some art supply shopping today at Michael's and then at Target. Here is a list of my new treasures:
- White gesso
- Gloss medium
- Foam hearts
- Felt hearts
- Button hearts
- A pack of brads
- Lots of tissue paper
- Some rubber stamps with ink pads
- Paper in all sorts of patters
- Glitter glue
one of my first collages!
I could not sleep last night due to pain from my fibromyalgia. So, early this morning, I decided to whip together a small collage for Colbie. Colbie is a girl I know through the charity Hugs and Hope (www.hugsandhope.org). She is sick and in the hospital. Though my collage is crappy, I sincerely hope it makes her smile! I used the limited supply of materials I had at my mom's house (I'm snowed in today!): three highlighters, a few stickers, images from the internet, printer paper, printer, and a glue stick.
combining old and new
To start, I have already bought a few books about journaling and creative writing a while ago, and one about art journaling that I just received today. Here is an incomplete list of these books:
List of supplies I will get from home:
- Journalution by Sandy Grason
- The New Diary by Tristine Rainer
- Journal Bliss by Violette
- Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
- Fiction Writer's Workshop by Josip Novakovich
List of supplies I will get from home:
- Crayola markers
- Tissue paper
- Construction paper
- Glue sticks
- White gesso
- High-quality markers
- A few embellishments
- Golden Gel Medium
- CD-ROMs with images (if they have any)
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