Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Doodles, Watercolors and a Butterfly

My first pic is a little blurry, sorry. Daylight hours are gone, or I would retake this picture. This one will have to do.  Had lots of room to play with the first week of March, as the first landed on a Saturday. (Why did I set it up like this?! Grrrr... )

I just love cabbage roses. My take is somewhat juvenile, but this is a work in progress. After all, it's an ART JOURNAL. Come with me on a little rabbit trail here...

The definition of an ART JOURNAL:

1. It's an artist's journal.
2. It's an illustrated diary.
3. Debbie Hodge says, "Simply put, an art journal is a journal in which you combine art and words to express yourself".
4. It's a playground.
5. It's a place where you can put down your thoughts and questions.
6. It's a place where you can experiment with new techniques and new mediums. 
7. A place where you can learn something new.

So, even if I can't make roses like I'd like to, I can sure practice. That is part of the purpose of my art journal. :) No demand for perfection allowed!

Oh, and the "March" title is driving me crazy, because it's crookedly cut and crookedly mounted on the page. 

There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile.
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

Oh, sorry! Got distracted...

I added some doodles and stuff to see if I could make it look like it was on purpose. I think I was half successful. Tee hee! Oh, and the letter H I managed to not draw as tall as the other letters, had to improvise. so another imperfection. ;)

About the butterfly. I love it. It's a Tattered Angels stencil that I've had for ages. I simply placed it down on the page, masked off the other areas where I didn't want color, and proceeded to spray with three different colors of Dylusions Ink. They kinda blended together, and I really really like it. I might add colorful ombre sequins to the body of the butterfly yet. We'll see.

Next, I dropped droplets of water onto the color in random areas, creating this pooled watercolor look, which makes the colors brighter. 

I really like the washi tape there on the left edge...Each page of this art journal has a washi tape edge, in the spirit of The Documented Life Project.

This page spread is really FULL. I like to doodle while I listen to sermons at church. In this case, we did church at home this last Sunday. Made some notes while listening to a QandA session with Tim Keller. Those notes probably don't make a lot of sense to anyone but those that actually listened to it, but that's okay. It's my journal, my diary. :) Later, I added more doodles to fill out the page. The white paper is the top side of a flap.

I added many flaps to this side of the spread, as you will see in the next few photos. One of the challenges in the DLP was to make a flap on a flap. Not sure which number of challenge that was, but here it is. I am not following the challenges chronologically with this project, I'm all over the map. But that's okay. That's how I roll. My main goal is to document my every day, not necessarily the artsy part. It's a side benefit. Whoo hoo!

See the bright pink dots paper, with the words "about me"? That is another flap, but accordion-folded.

I created those circles using my Copic markers. Did that a long time ago, when I first had the markers. Saved the page in one of my sketch books, and finally gave it a real home in this art journal. Some of my own handwriting paired with some Basic Grey letter stickers, and we're good to go. Week 10 of the DLP was to creat a list of what makes me, ME. It was funny. I had just completed this list on a Friday, and the next day I read the challenge, and it fit exactly. It's not really a list of EXACTLY what makes me, ME, but it's a li'l list of little details about me. Figured that was close enough. :)

Saturday, the first of March was a crazy day of hubby helping me clean. Not my favoritist memory, 'cause he was a tad disgusted at my lack of deep cleaning...I can laugh about it now, but I was really mad at him for about a day. #maritalbliss But now, I have no dust on my fridge, no dust on my microwave, etc, etc. Was it worth it really? Not sure. Tee hee!

The map revealed under the first flap is one I tore out of a vintage atlas. Yummy. Love me some maps.

Let me tell you all about The Book Thief. If you loooove books, you gotta read this one and watch the movie. It's so sweet! (And sad.) I watched the movie first, then went out and bought the book. Not sure which to do first. Maybe...watch the movie first. The book is written in a really unique format, but it might be quite confusing if you hadn't watched the movie. It leaps from place to place. It reads just like the way I think: in a spaghetti-like fashion. LOL!

ANYWAYS...the quote above is one of the many juicy ways the author used to explain physical settings. Very very cool. Never thought of clouds "making room for each other" before! It's a literary genius! Couldn't stop thinking of this description. Hubby wasn't very interested, my twin wasn't really either, but the pages of my gesso-ed up art journal sure were all ears! Like I said earlier, an art journal can be so many things. I love writing down quotes. It's a perfect place for them.

I joined a postcard swap, and this is a lovely, lovely one I got blessed with.  My very first art postcard swap. Definitely want to do more of them! I think the squares are from a Gelli-print. It's darling! Thank you Melissa Schroeder! I attached it to another flap. So, flap on a flap - I did it! *The challenge, that is.)

I am learning so much about drawing since I started Zentangling! Love me some doodles.

 I got a little carried away with my ten things, and ended up with eleven. What can I say. So, every flap I make, I use washi tape. Simple simple. Nothing fancy. Simple.

Well, that's enough of my jabbing at you. 



auf wiedersehen

au revoir