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365/2 continuing progress

My main art accomplishments lately are more pages in the gratitude journals I'm making and they're keeping me on my 365 project path.....

Here's one where I cut a random curved edge to the paper then doodled to follow the shape - the other side of the page is below. (I used my computer to kinda draw the edge, hence the ugly black wavy line - but you get the idea, right? each of the top petals is cut out)


Scrapbook paper for Valentine's week.



Splattered some watercolors then doodled hearts. Another version below.



Had a little watercolor overun from the other side along the edges.  Oh well...... art happens!

A few more later this week to catch you up ...........


still busy

I know I haven't posted any 365/2 photos lately but that doesn't mean I'm not working on it.  I'm busily making journals for Christmas gifts and just haven't taken the time to scan each page.  Rather than flood my blog with pics of all those pages, I'll just share a representative smattering here. Maybe when they're done, I'll show more......  I also finished up some gelli print pages for a swap.....here's a sampling.....





Using a new stencil from Crafter's Workshop (got it on sale on Blitsy site).

The journal pages are 6x9" and a mixture of bristol paper, watercolor paper, scrapbook paper, cardstock, etc.  Most of the color is added with my Inktense pencils and softened with a water brush. Inking done with Micron pens - a few computer generated pages.



When I use scrapbook paper, I add a solid journaling square to make it easy to write their thoughts.

This is a combo computer page (font & hearts) and hand doodling at the bottom.

I'll share a few more journal page samples in a few days.  Stay tuned.......

Hope you're having a creative week and enjoying the change of seasons wherever you are.



spotted photo

Hanna has posted the new theme for this month:  street art, or what you see as you walk your urban environment.  Hanna loves graffiti and has documented some great images showing artsy graffiti.  I have a little of that but I find architectural details artistic and love to document that in my wanders through a city.  Why don't you join us by browsing through your stash of photos and see what you have that fits the theme "street art"?

Underside of stairway at Pike Place Market.

City dumpster.

Sculpture at the aquarium, downtown Seattle.

Sculpture at a tiny spit of a city park in Seattle.

Seattle train yard graffiti.

Mural on a building in Chemainus, BC.

Me getting up close and personal with city art, Victoria, BC.

Hubcap art at the local library parking lot, Seattle.

Start the post with graffiti, end it with graffiti........

What do you see in the streets of your town?

Thanks again to Hanna for creating this way to share photos that haven't seen the light of day in months (sometimes years) and some I'd even forgotten about!


pinterest love: collage

I decided to have a single pinterest board for collage and mixed media because, for me, there is often a cross-over.  So for this brief foray into my Collage and Mixed Media board I'll just focus on some of the cool examples of collage I've come across.  Maybe you'll find some inspiration here......

collage inspiration
Found on Flickr.

jacki long collage w/ text
By Jacki Long  - I like this unusual way of using text.


a new direction by felicianna, via Flickr; fun use of pattern arrows!

A New Direction by Felicianna on flickr  Her flickr pages are filled with fun little mail art sized collages and more.  I have pattern paper and never thought to really use it like this - great idea!

Delight in Summer (by Kathy Paper Pumpkin)
Delight in Summer by Kathy Z, flickr


George Fischer - Contemporary Artist
By George Fischer

Melinda Tidwell
I've long been a fan of Melinda Tidwell's work.  She does lots with old book covers and cover papers - everything fairly neutral, and as much as I love color, I find myself drawn to her calmer work.

Melinda Tidwell
Another brilliant example of Melinda's work (with a bit more color) - look how she uses shades of bits of paper layered together.......love it.


Julia Trigg, Signals: no. 1
Signals #1 by Julia Trigg  - she must have a great collection of ephemera to choose from!


Click to Close - Jill Ricci

Jill Ricci makes such fun collages and always has a variation of this shape as her base.....so appealing.

donna watson
Another long time favorite collage artist is Donna Watson. She has an Asian aesthetic and often incorporates Asian text or dimensional elements - generally her style is spare and dramatic.

crystalneubauer:    Selah! by Crystal Neubauer
By Crystal Neubauer

Umberto Manzo
By Umberto Manzo

Paper cut overlay.. scroll nearly all the way down to find this collage idea.
Cut out a shape and overlay it on top of a stripey or dotty collage - idea by A Faithful Attempt.

Typographic Stripes by Hugo Werner
By Hugo Werner (on flickr) - another great use of type to make a dramatic collage.....it's all about finding the right bits/pieces/edges/colors.

Well, I could go on and on and on.  Collage is endlessly fascinating and can be creatively challenging - I have the most fun gathering for collage - gathering magazines, menus, random bits and pieces of pretty or ugly or interesting paper.  Stacks and stacks of paper.  I may have to go back to 365 collages again next year to make a dent in all the paper!

Check out my Pinterest board for even more inspiration.......  Have a creative week.


a wip painting abstracted from a photo

I started this a while ago and have continued to layer and layer and erase and layer some more, trying to get the depth of color and the feeling of a rusty piece of metal here and there. Here are the steps, more or less..... Here's the piece of a photo that I'm attempting to abstract....

Scraped on a first layer of fluid green/teal random base color (with a credit card).  Then added some shades of blue.

Laid on some more colors and the first couple shades of color to become the "rust".

Added some modeling paste texture at the top and in the arc to indicate the rusty part.
Wasn't loving this direction,so painted over and added the texture circles and went off in a new direction.....

Then stenciling, dripping, more color.  It feels unfocused.  Probably because it is....I wasn't "feeling" it yet.

Of course, it needs collage!  Hated the dark mess I made of the circles on the bottom.....

Lighten up those circles, block paint the vase......liking it better.  What's a vase without flowers?

And there you have it.....some of the progression steps of my most recent piece. There may be a series of sorts in this theme......