Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Process and Purpose

 I started with an image that I found on pinterest, of a model with long lovely hair. I used her as reference and sketched her out on my my journal page I painted with gesso first.
 Next I added a bit of texture and dimention with old hymn pages and dictionary pages and napkins.
 Next I added in some shading for depth and some skin tones.I also always like to get the eyes done as soon as I can, I find it helps me make the girls who they are to be. 😊
 The background is how I do most of my backgrounds, a technique I use to make them my own. I use a credit card to apply the paint.Several layers till it where I'm happy with it. I added in some gold to her hair .
When I stared this piece I randomly ripped out pages in the old dictionary and hymnal.  The word that stuck out to me the most on the dictionary page was imagine. One of my favorite songs is by Evanescence, My  Imaginary. If you know my story, I was a victim of childhood abuse, 13 years worth..anyways this song speaks to me in my interpretation of it as I had to go with in myself to become someone else to get through the abuse. I know that that is not her meaning.. but that is ok . Anyways I printed out the song and glued it into the background, surprisingly the words from the hymnal were peeking through the song saying "the storm my roar,my hope I cannot measure" How interesting is that? My hope is in God, my strength is from God my talent is from Him as well. I hope that I can inspire someone, can bring hope to someone through my blog and through my work.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Trying something new...

Started a course online with Danielle Donaldson, creative girl, land of light and shadows it is an online course, . I signed up for through Jeanne Oliver's blog. So far pretty fun. She uses alot of watercolor, which I have not used much of, so I'm learning something new. The first picture is of a exercise that we did the anatomy of... was fun with bottom layer of acrylics then white over in the second layer. then you go over the wing with water color to each section. Then you pick words to describe you or the theme you are going with. Fun exercise. I have it attached in my documented life journal for this year.
This was  the first exercise houses on stilts. This was a fun one, being able to be creative with your houses, will be fun to keep going with this and make numerous layouts and being really imaginative.This one we started out with a water colored base , the white is acrylic. Ill post what ever else I do.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

From my Art Journal

 watched an artist do a 'sketchie' type drawing, and how she does it (free video) so gave it a go for my self. this is what i came up with. Was kinda fun. 
 This was an attempt at a Mindy Lacefield girl. i like how she turned out.  Like the quote that I added to it as well. 

 This is a two page spread like the one below that are in my art journal, both with quotes that I love. I'm going to try and keep up with my art journaling and fill this journal. I was inspired by Jane Davenport, she posted on facebook a flip through of her art journals..and they are fantastic, though mine will now be like her's they will be full of things that i can look back on and maybe find beautiful 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Grandson Dominics First Year Album

I made this 8x8 paper bag album for my grandson Dominic for his first birthday. It was fun going through all the pictures of the year and then adding them to the album. Since my son and his wife and my grandson just moved away in November it was a hard one to make and I cried over each picture. 
Its a monster/alien themed album. Which goes good with him and his daddy.  Lots and lots of pictures and pull out albums too for more pictures, made one trifolded album for his frist birthday pictures and one for sandy to put pictures of her sisters and mom in with pics of them and dominic too.  I had to cut the bags apart and sew them as the album got really fat. lol  So had to make a spine for it and go that route. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Special Order Baby Girl Album

 I was asked to make this baby girl album for a good customer and friends, sister.  Actually her sister, the one whom I am making it for started the whole relationship I have with my friend and the yearly albums I make for her! Now its her turn .  It was a switch too that she already knew the papers she wanted to be used. So that saved me hours of searching for just the right papers. I usually will search through hundreds of pages of papers at acherryontop.com for all my projects.   I added to her papers, which are Kaisercraft pitter patter-girl, with a sugar and spice set  for some extra goodies. 
 She wanted lots of bling. I started the first page with a big placement for the first picture of the new baby.  I made the little banner to hang her name in front. The second page has a few more placements for pictures and a lift up to journal on. There is a pull out as well with a cute saying. 
 You can see the lift up and the pull out here.
 These pages have 4 placements for pictures, with a journaling card and cute saying. A place to put a picture of momma and baby and daddy too. The other page for grandparents. 
 A large pull out page with the starting of the firsts.
 Starting month 1 and 2 on the next pages.  with placements for 4 pictures 2 each month. One placement opens up and there is a 1 and 2 month journaling card to write special things the little one is doing. 
 As you see here. 
 Here are months 3 and 4. Again 4 total placements for pictures, and 2 journaling areas that flip up with month 3 and 4 journaling cards.  Held down with tiny clothes pins. 

 Month 5 and 6 pull out tags on this one.
 as shown here, with another large pull out page for more firsts.
 2 large picture placements with 2 journaling cards tucked into the corners. 
 Showing the journaling cards and the pull out pages.
 Month 9 and 10 with 8 picture placements here. 
Showing the pages closer with pull out page and journaling spot . 
 and the other side.
 Month 11 and 12 with large picture placments and pull out tags for another picture and journaling
 as seen here.
 The last 2 pages are to celebrate the one year mark with 2 picture placments on one side and a large placement on the other with another cute banner stating the one year mark!
Showing the last pull out back lots of room on those pull outs for journaling and more pictures too! mailing this off tomorrow! Thank you Lynn and Paula!

Another Special Order Album Ava's 6th Birthday

 Disney Princess' Theme Album this birthday. Was fun to add sparkles and flowers here and there. Added in the pictures for the client too again this year. I think it is easier to make an album with the pictures.

 I made 2 files with room for extra photos.