Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Art Marks 30 Day Challenge Prompts 9-12

Hi, all! I'm back after a break. I'm in the midst of a very consuming project that takes up almost all of my spare time, so I haven't been able to work on this project much. My sister and I are diy-ing the decor for a local fundraiser banquet. We're very excited to see how it will turn out. I might even share some pics. We'll see. It involves paper maché. :)

Today I just wanted to show you some process pics and close-ups of my takes on Rae's Art Marks 30 Day Challenge. I'm behind, as it ended mid February, but I want to continue on and finish all 30 prompts. She's also starting Part 2, which I hope to do as well.

(To see the first and second set go HERE and HERE.)

So here is the third set, Prompts 9-12.


Prompt 9/30: Chevron






I started by smudging on blues, pinks and yellows. Then I splattered some paint, added the chevron with pencil, pen, paint. Finished with a black Stabilo All pencil.



I had a hard time making ''chevron'' shaped marks with a paint brush. I tried, and I didn't like the look, so I cut out a stencil and pencilled in the edges, then I brushed on the white paint.


Lastly I drew in little circles with black pen where the paint splattered. Added cross-hatches to the chevron shapes.


I'm really enjoying how each layout looks different when the next page is done, as they are all uneven pages. I am definitely crushing on random-sized journal pages! Heck, I could even cut down the pages of purchased journals to get this look! Yes! (For the next challenge, I think I'll make a smaller book.)

Prompt 10/30: Criss Cross




This spread was made up of an old gelliprint again on the left side, and grunged up graph paper on right.

I see Carolyn Dube's Circles Circles stencil and Rae Missigman's Puddles stencil in the print on left.

Smoosh yellow paint in circles in random places, careful to line them up. Add in black middles, let dry, then draw in criss cross marks with purple gel pen.

Add turquoise touches with paint.
Scribble around circles and dots in middle of criss cross marks with turquoise gel pen.



Add in light purple paint to backgrounds in areas.
Draw the grid back in with purple gel pen.


11/30 Prompt: Lines

 This one was quick. Make splotches of colour across the whole page with paint.
Draw circles with pencil.
Colour circles with purple Inktense pencils, let dry, and add in more inktense to bring up the colour.
Add in aqua paint, let dry, then add darker turquoise dots over the aqua. 
Scribble around circle with pink gel pen. Loving the ease of gel pens over acrylic lately!
Add in turquoise lines with a paint pen.


12/30 Prompt: Puddled




I'm trying not to use too many stencils with this project, but just could not resist it for this layout. This beauty of a stencil by Maria McGuire was calling my name. Stenciled with purple paint. It does have a rippling look, just like a puddle, right? :)
Finger paint in yellow circles, adding other areas of yellow as well.


Above the circular stencil lower right, I saw the old gelliprint design. Again, it was made with the Circles Circles stencil I mentioned earlier.
Highlighted the circle shapes with pencil and Inktense pencil.
Love how the underpaper is often the starting point of my design!

I took a pic of the layout, then looked at the picture on my phone. On upper left, I spied ''eyes", so I got up the gumption to draw a face, looking at a reference photo on my happy faces Pinterest board.


Decided to partially hide the face behind the yellow ''puddles'', so I erased the lip area. Didn't like how the shape of the lips looked anyway.


When I took this photo, I liked how the face looked, with just in pencil, but darker would look nice, so I went ahead and used black india ink and pen nib. I had a hard time getting the lines thin enough. I need finer nibs!

Part of the ''puddling'' prompt to me was to puddle paint on the surface, so I wasn't very concerned how the background was covered with colour.



Here in middle left area, I was crushing on the subtle colourway, so I stuck with that theme, adding some dots with a like-coloured paint marker. Sublime, methinks.


 I interrupt my fascinating programming with a pic of my LulaRoe leggings. People!! I searched a LOOOONG time for these. They match my art, don't you think? :))))
Sooooooo comfortable!!!!
(I was trying to draw the flower design, but not need to practice more, obviously. )


I added shadowing to the middle of the rippling puddle with Inktense and white dots.


I spied the wordd ORIGINAL on a Mini Wheats cereal box, so I cut that out to include on my page.



To break up the large purple area, I stenciled in some texture with the May 2015 StencilClub stencil.

And I'm done! Have I told you lately how much fun blogging is? Thanks for coming for a visit, I appreciate it! :)

♥♥♥  Anna  ♥♥♥

Monday, February 27, 2017

In My Moleskine 2017: Week 7

Hi, fellow documenters and other creatives! 
I'm on the StencilGirl blog with my latest Creative Team post. It's my Week 7 in my Moleskine for the Life Documented 2017 Project. Check it out there!





Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Art Marks 30 Day Challenge Prompts 5 - 8

Hi, creatives! 

I'm sharing four more pages I created for Rae's Art Marks 30 day challenge today. Check out her blog HERE for more information if you're interesting in joining. Such a fun project and I'm learning a ton about colours, shapes, mark making, brush work, etc!

5/30 prompt: More than one.

I filled my gelliprinted background with my usual aubergine colours: Golden Fluid Permanent Violet Dark, Paynes Gray, and Carbon Black.

Next I added in subtle textures and layering with stencils. I had just received the fabulous January StencilGirl club stencils, and had to play!! Check them out HERE. The large stencil is packed with all sorts of designs, and they work great together. I stenciled with the same colours as I used in the background, giving it subtle contrasts.


I extended the flower petals built into the stencil with a paint pen, then added purplish-pink dots on top and in middle. I wish I had a process picture to show you how the flower looked before I added the paint pen.
Purple circles with more dots to add to overall design. Always circles. haha!


In above photo you can see the gelliprints layers.


I took the above photos AFTER I completed the next challenge, so you can see the next pages' eye candy on the edge...loving this little junque journal with the torn, unevenly sized pages!!!

6/30 Prompt: Gridded


I started with swaths of colour in chartreuse, yellow, violet, neon pink and the mint, applying with my fingers and a brush occasionally. 

Added grid marks with a black pen and black Stabilo All, following with paint pen in areas.

Still crushing on these flowers called Unikko (poppies), designed by Finnish designer Maija Isola. They were black, and I cut them out and used matte medium to add them to this page. I added Golden Fluid in Teal and PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Acrylic in Mermaid to the petals and center, adding black around the edges and center, with white paint dots in a ring to finish them off. :)

I painted in the leaves with a purple paint pen.





I did use a ruler in places to create straighter lines for the grid marks.
Loving the colours and shapes of this. I was hoping more of the background would show, but it didn't end up that way, as I kept on adding more paint to get the colours and blending the way it pleased me.

7/30 Prompt: Dozens


This was an interesting experiment for me. I put a few pages of an old discarded Calvin and Hobbes comic book into this little journal, and when I turned to this spread, I was struck by the illustration, and I enjoyed the vertical orientation, and it being on the far left. I decided to make it a little feature of the final look, instead of merely being another layer. 
The dots on the right are my "dozens". The page with the dots is just a scrap piece of paper where I had tried out newly carved stamps I made during Julie Balzer's 2015 Carve December challenge. I stuck with the original amount of dots, but added more colour and detail with paint markers.


After filling some of the background with some yellow, I spritzed neon pink fabric paint and let it run.


Violet paint and some Mermaid on some areas, finished with paint dots.


The little orange marks on right edge echoes Hobbes on upper left side of spread. :)

See? He's so cute.



I added in some white gesso to the middle page at top and lower left, and then pressing in a silicone potholder with a grid pattern in it to create some texture.

Dripped more neon paint over top the gesso on top.

8/30 Prompt: Rings


I took a BEFORE photo this time! The pages started out as gelliprints.

These circles on the left are perfect for RINGS. I swish paint on with my fingers.



Added in circle outlines to the circles with a paint pen and more yellow to the middles and then added the purple dots. I used the Circles Layer Me stencil for the gelliprint design and the top area is from the Puddles stencil. 

To decrease the busy look of the gelliprint, I smooshed some pink paint with my fingers, allowing the design to peak through, then scribbled with pencil into the paint while still damp.

Splattered some neon pink fabric paint spray to both pages of the spread.


And there it is: the next four prompts done. On to prompts 9-12!

To see my first four pages and photos of the journal itself, see HERE.
Thanks for visiting!

♥♥♥  Anna  ♥♥♥