Junk Journal Spread 41

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This was a fun little doodly spread in my junk journal based on the existing needlecraft pattern page that had been bound into the journal, plus Jane Davenport’s face stamps.  Made for a quick and easy page. I had great fun doodling in the hair, a technique I think I will try again!

Before…

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Of Journals and Faces…

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Still working in my junk journal this week, though I have been making a lot of art as well for some upcoming shows.  Above is Spread #45 in my little junk journal – after.  Below is how the bound journal looked before I started on it.

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On the right side is a page section from one of the fabulous books by Sabrina Ward Harrison. I left the face, but did a bit of altering.  The most striking change is the mismatch eyes which are washi tape by Jane Davenport.  Sure give this gal a wonky look… and I like wonky!  Seems so much more true to life and appealing to me than perfection.

The feathers are from a hand carved stamp.  I have been pulling out my stamps, and carving more to get all brushed up for a stamp carving workshop I am teaching at Tessera Gallery in March.

I have been continuing with my faces as well… this week was faces #44-50! Not an especially great batch, but I did lots of experimenting and got some ideas that I may incorporate into some artwork.

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My favorite this week is this guy…

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I also got a little mini oil painting lesson this week with Lisa Graham, and now am excited to start dabbling a bit in oils.

Another excitement this week was getting the March/April issue of Somerset Studio in the mail with my Paying Tribute article inside!  Still thrills me to see my name in print!

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I will be teaching a workshop on this faux encaustic technique at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in April.

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That is pretty much my week… How was yours?

 

A Special Kind of Artist

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I like this quote, it really ties in with what I believe down to my bones… that every person was created for artistic expression of some sort!  Have you found your artistic niche and creative outlet?

This is another spread in my little junk journal.  Take a look at how it started out!

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Industrial/Steampunk Art Parts

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It’s a new month and time for a new Mixed Media Art Parts!  For those of you who have subscribed to this monthly packet of fun, don’t worry, yours is on its way to you!

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The theme this month is INDUSTRIAL/STEAMPUNK.  I have been excited about this pack and gathering goodies for quite awhile.  I have taken photos of interesting manholes and industrial patterns and printed them off for you.  I have lots of vintage illustrations of engines, electronics, equipment, and building plans, and pages from a photo essay of NYC after 9/11.

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I used some of these fun papers from my pack to make the skyscrapers on this mosaic art journal page.

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I found a super cool napkin that peeled into layers makes a wonderful decoupage accent.

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I have added vintage computer keyboard keys and some other fun dimensional hardware: a washer, a V ring, and a zippper.

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Here are some ideas of what others have done with some of the dimensional treasures:

How cute is this washer jewelry by scarletrevolution on etsy ?

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And if you want to make your own, here are instructions from goinovertheedge.

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And so many steampunk possibilities for radio tubes! Like this cute necklace by Momento Inspiracao

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Or, these adorable robots by Fobots !

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And I can’t leave out the vintage computer keys that can be turned into cute as can be push pins or magnets like these posted on postris.

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So grab February’s Art Parts Pack and show me what you come up with!

 

Faces and Such

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Faces 29 through 35 completed this week… though four of them are borrowed from my junk journal.  I got a little behind on my faces, but since I was making them in my art journal pages, I decided those would count. (after all, I am the one making the rules here!)

I started off well

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then got busy in my art journal instead of my faces!

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I also saw the completion of one whole month of faces!

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That feels good!

On the subject of cards… I also got in some new postcards of my art this week, now available in my etsy shop.

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Hope you had a good week!

Art Journal Flip

I have been working… rather playing, a lot in my art journal these days.  It is my place to try on thoughts and ideas, and just relieve stress with something fun and creative.

This is one of my recent pages…

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As you can see, it doesn’t bear much resemblance to the original spread, other than the tag in the lower left.  I never know for sure how much I am going to leave or cover up, but somehow it still helps get me started to have something on the page that gives me some color and design cues.

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Here is a flip through of the first section of my little junk journal.  It is not complete, but definitely a work in progress.  When I work in it for a few minutes morning and night, I jump around here and there, adding words, or embellishing.  Once in awhile I land in one page and see it through to completion!  Some pages have journaling, many do not.

Hope you enjoy an arty day!