Thursday, February 28, 2013

chevron

When I first learned about the chevron craze,
I thought ... whatever?!

But then last year, at a painting class in Solvang,
Pam Garrison let us use her chevron stencil.


And now ... I understand.

I'm hooked.
I didn't realize it until I was looking at
my recent art journal entries. 
It looks like, if I don't like the way my journal page is going,
or if I have an empty awkward spot,
chevron (tape/stencil/stamp) can fill it up beautifully.



(this one is still in progress ...
it has been for a while *sigh*)

And I think, I'm starting to love hexagons, too :)

Friday, February 22, 2013

A bit of collage

I thought once Christmas was over,
I could journal more,
paint more,
collage more,
sew more,
and you know,
take a new e-course.

I'll have to do a bit more wishing.

But not all is lost.
I'm about to make birthday decorations for my daughter this weekend.
And I will be painting with 17 Kindergarten boys
for their school's auction.
(I am not sure if this is a *woohoo*
or an *eeeeek!* ... haha)
My daughter will also have her first communion in April,
and she'll have a little party with her best friend.
I am thinking hard about designing
a little activity table for the party.

So for now, quick, little collages will have to do
in my art journal.


I hope you get to do all the creative things you want to do :)


Saturday, February 16, 2013

My photo journal

With all the christmas preparations,
school performances, and travel planning late last year,
I lost my flow with my daily photo journal.
What a pity.
I had great hopes for that one.

But I'm not giving up!

Trying to backtrack and start where I left off
felt too overwhelming though.
So I just gave it a reboot in the middle of January.

I must admit,
I'm taking a more casual approach now.
If I skip a day or two, I'm not stressed about it :)



 








In all I probably skipped about 8 weeks,
but all is not lost,
because I'm also working on my travel journal,
which covers about 3 weeks of that time :)

I love journalling!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

My wax pastel girl

In the spirit of my word of the year:
finish
I thought, I should show more of my finished projects.
Looking through my blog I realize
I show a lot of work in progress,
and then never show the end results.

So here is my girl
painted with water soluble wax pastels;
then decorated with gel pens and rub ons.


Monday, February 4, 2013

While I wait.

I think I have mentioned this before:
I wait a lot.
5 minutes here. 15 minutes there.
Sometimes half an hour here and there.

I have to say it never bothered me much.
I seem to be able to fill time easily.
Crocheting, knitting, stitching, writing, doodling ...

As with anything, I go through phases.
Sometimes I'll doodle 5 pages per day.
And sometimes there'll be a month of nothing.

I'm on an up turn now.
I can't stop.
This time it is unintended really.
I purchased my pretty notebook
to keep my (and my family's) schedule straight
and to make lists.
I'm a procrastinator.
And I'm aiming to be a better project manager!


However, instead of making lists and checking them twice,
I have been doodling.

It's often my usual style ...
Circles, flowers, scallops ...
(On the right you can see my daughter's list of favorite flowers.
She loves to make entries in my journal, instead of hers :)



Very often as I dare to be different
my doodles end up uninspired.



Sometimes they end up being practice pages.
I often have this urge to draw girls.
I could draw hundreds of them ...
even though they are all starting to look similar.



Then there are times I force myself to learn something new.
On this page the idea was to draw the sky.
Usual things came to me:
birds, clouds, rainbows ...
To challenge myself I learned to draw a flying ship.


On rare occasions I have doodled so much
that new doodles come out all on their own.
I love them so much that they will become 
the things that I will doodle a hundred times more in the future.
Last week I learned I love skinny towers.
Why?
I have no idea.
But I took great pleasure in drawing them.


Maybe it's true.
If you keep mining (or practicing),
eventually you'll find a diamond in the rough :)

Happy practicing!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Playing with water soluble wax pastels

Last night I finally made time to play with wax pastels.

Can I say I am totally in love?
It's so smooth!
I used a lot of water,
so it ended up like a watercolor background.


I have 2 different brands:
Neocolor II and Reeves..
When drawing on dry paper they have the same feel - smooth and creamy.
But once I added water,
Neocolor II spread easier and it was more pigmented.
So I have to say I love Neocolor II by a long mile.

Here is my journal entry,
after a bit of doodling,
coloring (with wax pastels)
collaging (with flowers from an old Free People catalog),
journalling,
and detailing (with gel pens).


Loved it so much,
another wax pastel drawing is on the way.


:)