Sunday, November 05, 2017

Art Journal Adventure: September 2017

Whew, October is over. That was fast and furious, fun and funky!

But now back to our regular blog programming.

Here's the Art Journal Adventure pages for September.

Week 36: Wing It:  What can I say, I wanted to play with paint. The little joggles birds just matched my colors so well. I also wanted to try out the spray ink over paint again. I have a hard time getting that just right. Simple but effective.

Week 37: Trash to Treasure: Ode to Inspirations.  I have kept packaging from products that I use thinking I can use it eventually. Guess what? I was right! The black packaging of the Joggles stencils, the bright colors of the Dylusions journals, even the photo of Donna Downey on her stencil packing. The Dina Wakley tag from her product line. The black and the bright colors was really my vibe. So here's to my inspirations. Even a little Tim Holtz thrown's the quote.

Week 38 & 39: Abundance and Changing Seasons:  Leafy.  I combined these two weeks as it was peak leaf peeping season here in Northern NY. The leaves are all cut from scrap paper using a stencil. The background was almost too luscious to cover up. I love the color Pure Sunshine in the Dylusions line and I just invested in pot of paint. It's just extraordinary. (Even better when coupled with the brand new vanilla custard color.)

Again I was practicing inking through a stencil on top of paint. I used a Lindy's spray here. I outlined the leaves with some sketchy lines. Those sticker letters have been in my Mom's stash forever. But I like the look of them here.

On to the next!
I actually may be more caught up in this journal than my Inspiration Wednesday journal.
Damn, why does it take modeling paste forever to dry?


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

ABC Tags of Halloween: Part 2

Happy Halloween!

This is the last post for my Halloween Projects Month. It's the second half of the alphabet tags I was making. So here's the end. To see the beginning of the alphabet, go to this POST. Remember these are mop-up tags mostly and I'm trying to use them up!

N is for Night:  Those galaxy backgrounds are all the rage. And why not? They are flippin' awesome. Makes for a great background for my silhouetted tree. The colors were mostly there so I just needed to darken the edges and splatter some white gesso.

O is for Owl:  Here's another thing that's trending: owls. This stamp is from Dare to B Artsy and the owl comes with three "costumes". He's just fun.

P is for Poe:  I had a few choices for this letter but how could I not do Edgar Allan Poe? I stamped him onto a a piece of patterned paper and cut him out. Stamp image is from Carmen's Veranda.

Q is for Queen (of Halloween):  Difficult letter. So I went with Queen of Halloween and that is obviously a witch. Tim Holtz rubber stamp image over my large orange dot background. I like that she's hanging off the edges as it makes her feel like she's flying.

R is for Robot:  I had other ideas for this letter but I'm a sucker for the old handmade robot costume at Halloween. Stamp by Tim Holtz again and I am reminded that I don't use these stamps enough. I really do like them.

S is for Skeleton:  This might be a Tim Holtz triptych or something. This stamp is also from one of his sets. I debated about this background but I really think it works. That stencil in the background is also Tim Holtz.

T is for Tombstone:  The background on this tag also would have made a good start to a galaxy but it makes an even better Halloween sky. The tombstone is a stamp I carved and I went with the crescent moon in the sky. I was going to add the letter in a circle like the others but the tombstone cross resembled the letter so I just let it lie there.

U is for Undertaker:  I admit that I almost (almost, almost mind you) printed out a picture of the Undertaker...the wrestler for this tag. But I got a little lazy and wondered if I could turn that Tim Holtz stamp of "the chemist" into a passable undertaker. I think I did ok. Rest in Peace.

V is for Voodoo:  While vampire is an obvious reference here, you'll recall that for my letter "D" I did Dracula. So I went with this one and I admit, it might be my favorite. The tag was merely stamped with that bubble background (Lost Coast Designs) so I added some Distress inks over the top for deep color. I wasn't sure I could draw a voodoo doll so went into my Lawn Fawn stamps to find something that might be turned into a pincushion. This little scarecrow stamp really fit the bill. I stamped it without the face and then just penned in my own. I also added the pins then cut it out. I like this transformation.

W is for Werewolf:  This image is from a collage sheet found at I liked how he isn't too scary but not whimsical either. And I adore the fact that the shirt he is wearing says, "I *heart* cats.".

X is for Xbones:  Any alphabet is difficult to complete if you don't take liberties with this letter. So "X" is for Crossbones. I used this sweet little stamp on a tag awhile back and fell in love with the tag. It has the same effect here. That stamp was embossed with Prima Donna Purple from Lindy's and it's fabulous.

Y is for Yellow:  Another difficult letter but I went with a color. October is a month of yellow where I live. The trees turn yellow, the sky turns yellow, the moon turns yellow. Throw in touches of orange and red and it's a season for spooky adventures. I went with a cornfield because those dead stalks make whole countrysides that autumn yellow.

Z is for Zombie:  Naturally, I guess. I'm not a huge zombie fan as most are too gory for me. But this zombie wasn't too bad and is from a collage sheet from I faked the fussy cutting but coloring in the white space with a marker that matched the background. You can tell if you're looking but overall, I like the way it blends in. The white space would have bugged me.

So I hope you enjoyed the second half of the alphabet!

This completes my month long Halloween Blog Extravaganza! I hope you'll come back again and see more stuff that I make. I post about my Art Journaling and usually canvases that I create. And I'll even put up a greeting card now and again.

I appreciate your support and all the page views. Please feel free to share these projects with friends or pin them to Pinterest.

Have a Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Witch Market, Salem, Mass.

Another assemblage.
This one is a keeper.

I had several inspirations for this one. First was a vignette box done by Shari Carroll awhile back with some of the new Tim Holtz Idea-ology line for Halloween. She picked out a pair of "witches" from a paper doll assortment and I liked how they became her main focal point.

Secondly was the shape of the box. This is a shadowbox from Alpha Stamps. (This is a great place to go for little miniatures and shadowboxes of all shapes and sizes. It comes un-assembled but it's a no-brainer to fit it together.) The fact that the box had three little "shelves" allowed me to envision a cabinet-type design.

Lastly, I had a connection to Salem, Mass. As my sister did family research, she found an ancestral line that went back to Salem during the days of the Witch Trials. We weren't related to the accused but to those who tried to defend the "witches". And when I found Salem, Mass in the clippings stickers by Tim Holtz, well, my project was well underway.

Witch Market; Salem, Mass.:  I just painted the shadowbox black once it was assembled. I knew the witches would go in the large area and I decided to pair a pumpkin with them. I thought about how witches were suspected of cursing people so I added my own "evil eye" in the corner. The colors of the eye matched the background paper perfectly.

The background paper came from a new set by Graphic 45, Master Detective. The small spider print reminded me of a creepy wallpaper and surely was suitable for any witch. The bottles are from various sources. Some of them I colored with alcohol ink. The small labels are from a collage sheet from Alpha Stamps. I adhered everything down with Multi Matte Medium (Ranger) because it's the strongest stick I've found so far. (I just got some of the Extra thick Aleene's Tacky Glue. I have heard good things about it and will be trying it out to see if it will replace the matte medium.)

As a finishing touch, I added some fog to the ground and upper right corner. That's just a ripped up cotton ball with a smattering of Black Soot ink stamped on it to give it a smokey feel. Then, I added the stickers and called it done.

Thanks for hanging out with me, witches!

I'll see you on Halloween!