Cali was a very beautiful and special girl. She let our other 2 cats know who was boss.
I watched a Donna Downey Inspiration Wednesday video. She used Golden Glass Bead Gel on her art journal page. I had never used it before but I love the effect. The first picture shows weird colors but I wanted to get the light to shine on the page so you could see the shiny beads. The second picture shows the correct color of the pages but the beads look like sand in the second picture. When you look at the page you see beautiful shine from the beads.
When creating an art journal page, I have a tendency to keep adding too much color, texture, collage elements, and paint to a page. Then it looks like one very large mess. Fortunately, I took a class with Dina Wakley. She said when you have a background that is too busy then block it out with random shapes. I used Dina Wakley’s Night acrylic paint to cover the background. I didn’t like the page before but now I like it. The page now has more focus.
I took a class with Finnabair who is a designer for Prima Marketing. She is so amazing! I fell in love with her work. I took her class here in North Carolina and a month later I drove to Indiana to take another class. The art above is from the class I took in Indiana. I was supposed to have brought a vintage portrait of my grandparents. I do not have any of my vintage family photos, because my mother has them all. All I took with me was a magazine. I found the lady above in a fashion magazine and I new she was perfect.
Documented Life Project
Last year the Art to the 5th Academy had art journal prompts each Saturday. I really enjoyed the prompts. You can view the past challenges here.
Color Safari (Exploring Inks and Paints)
Art Challenge: Inks
Journal Prompt: Before the Ink is Dry
I chose:Art Challenge: Inks
While taking a class with Traci Bautista she showed some of her Holiday Printmaking techniques. She cut paper snowflakes and used spray inks to create this amazing background. So I went to the Dollar Tree ( a store in the US where everything is a dollar) in December to find some items that I could use to print. I found some snowflake Christmas ornaments and some foam snowflakes in a package. All the Christmas family holiday fun happened and I soon forgot my wonderful purchase.
Then this week I started thinking about my snowflakes again. I don’t really know why being that the weather is beautiful and warm here. Weird! Anyway, I created the background by first laying the foam snowflakes on the page and inking around the foam with Tim Holtz’s Worn Lipstick and Shaded Lilac Distress Inks. Then I laid the 2 different snowflake ornaments down and sprayed Vibrant Turquoise and London Blue Dylusions Sprays on the ornaments. Next I sprayed Gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine sprays on a chunky snowflake. Finally, I added my photo from Alaska. The white blobs in the water are ice. I was very shocked at how this background turned out. It looks like those photography studio backgrounds that photographers use for portrait. I fell in love with the background so much so I couldn’t add anything else to the page. My husband named the page “Solitude.” I have tried various letter combinations and just couldn’t add the words to the page because of the background.