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Suggestions Anyone?

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My next Art to the 5th Challenge involves using fabric.  I must say that I have been procrastinating.

I went on a cruise a few years ago and met some really nice people.  I told them that I love mixed media art and art journaling.  Everyone I met loved to quilt.  They said that quilting was the best.  I couldn’t disagree because I had never quilted before.  While on my trip I went to various quilt shops and bought all kinds of beautiful batik fabric.  (I did learn that batik fabric was my favorite)  So, I came home found a quilting class near me and enrolled.  The quilt that we were learning how to make was a lap quilt. I will post some photos of it next week.  I cut, sewed, and quilted a lap quilt from August to December of that year.  I gave it to my mother for Christmas.

Now, when I meet someone that loves to quilt, I now have my own opinion about it.  I will be more than happy to pay someone to make my next quilt.  Whatever price tag is on the quilt in front of me, I would gladly pay it because it is worth it to me.

This is what I have learned about quilting:

  1. I am measuring, sewing and cutting straight lines challenged.
  2. Pins are sharp objects that always find ways into my fingers and not in the fabric.

Now, back to my procrastinating from the picture ab0ve. After about 4 weeks, I found the sewing machine again and did not attempt to sew straight lines on it.  I truly would have skipped over these 2 fabric prompts, but I love a challenge.  The picture shows light blue fabric that I sprayed with dylusions sprays and sewed random patterns on it.

Anyone have any suggestions how I can use the fabric above in a journal page?

 

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Art to the 5th: Solitude

Art to the 5th Academy

Documented Life Project

The Journal

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.

April Theme
Color Safari (Exploring Inks and Paints)
April 25
Art Challenge:  Inks
Journal Prompt:  Before the Ink is Dry

Alaska

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.

Happy Creating!!

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Lines, Circles, Rectangles, Oh My!

Art to the 5th Academy

Documented Life Project

The Journal

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.

April Theme
Color Safari (Exploring Inks and Paints)
April 18
Art Challenge:  Gelli Plate
Journal Prompt:  A lot on my Plate

Delli Plate

 

Art Challenge:  Gelli Plate

On Wednesday I posted art I found in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina this past weekend.  You can find the post here.  I used that beautiful artwork to inspire my Gelli Plate journal page.  I just realized that I have 2 small Gelli plates, one a circle, and the other a rectangle.  I placed the Gelli Plate on a clear stamp block, added some paint, and various stencils.  Then I stamped the Gelli Plate onto my journal page.  This is so unlike anything I have ever done before. There is WHITE space on it and I like it.  Weird! 🙂
Happy Creating!
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A Gathering of Flowers

Art to the 5th Academy

Documented Life Project

The Journal

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.

April Theme
Color Safari (Exploring Inks and Paints)
April 4
Art Challenge:  Watercolors
Journal Prompt:  It’s Water Under the Bridge

Flowers

I chose:

Art Challenge:  Watercolors

This is my first attempt at watercolors.  On the entire background I used watercolors.  The flowers I learned to create watching several of Shannon Green’s videos on YouTube. Shannon is very creative and funny to watch.
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Art to the 5th

Art to the 5th Academy

Documented Life Project

The Journal

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.

April Theme
Color Safari (Exploring Inks and Paints)
April 11
Art Challenge:  Acrylics
Journal Prompt:  Cry Me a River

Art 5th Acrylics

I chose Art Challenge:  Acrylics

I have been taking an online class with Daisy Yellow called the “Novel Approach Altered Book Art Journal Workshop.”  I’m trying to learn to blend acrylic paints so they appear softer.  Everything I have been playing with lately seems to involve squares, so why fight it.

Happy Creating

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Art to the 5th: Spirit

Art to the 5th Academy

Documented Life Project

The Journal

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.

March Theme
Making Your Mark (Doodles & Mark Making)
March 28
Art Challenge:  Make a Custom Element
Journal Prompt:  “Ride the energy of your own unique spirit.” – Gabrielle Roth

ARt to 5th March

Journal Prompt:  “Ride the energy of your own unique spirit.” – Gabrielle Roth

These wonderful images were in a travel magazine.  I cut them out, made a collage of them and blended some of Dina Wakley’s paint around the images.
Happy Creating!
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Art to the 5th

Art to the 5th Academy

Documented Life Project

The Journal

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.

March Theme
Making Your Mark (Doodles & Mark Making)
March 21
Art Challenge:  As a Focal Point
Journal Prompt:  Coming into Focus

Focal Point (1)

I chose Art Challenge:  As a Focal Point

First I stamped and sprayed through a stencil. I used a new owl stamp I received from a friend on the background on top of various colored and metallic sprays.

Happy Creating