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Art Journal Friday

A few weeks ago I was working on some training for work and came across this video – which had nothing to do with what I was looking for really – but I found it inspiring.

Since then fractal circles have found their way into lots of doodle work. Here’s my favorite piece from my art journal.

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Keeping Watch

He never used to be a furniture dog – that was really nice – but at some point in the last six months or so, he has discovered that this a perfect place for him to keep an eye on the neighborhood.  I think he may be making mental notes of all of the squirrel activities so he can plan his attack for when we go outside.

Looking at the photo of this layout, I can’t help but think it’s a perfect reminder of why I’m not a quilter, I can’t sew a straight line to save my life.  I don’t think it looks as bad in person, but then again…

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You are what you eat…

and I used to eat a lot

I’d eat when I was hungry

I’d eat when I was bored

I’d eat when I was lonely

I’d eat when I was sad

I’d eat when I was happy

I’d eat just because and then one day about a year and a half ago I woke up – thanks to a not so gentle prod from the doc and looking at pictures like this

This battle is one of Tolstoy-esque proportions, epic in nature, one I fight every day, but the tides are turning

 

 

And like the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran (ok I know that hasn’t begun yet, but you know it will) victory is not judged by single event or photo, but the small foothold we gain each day. One of the Creative Jumpstart prompts was to journal and then paint over it.  I found this so liberating to take the truly personal parts of this love-hate battle, get the out and move on. I realize that I still have some distorted views of myself.  I don’t see  that much difference between the first photo and this one taken when Sienna and I went to see Santa last month

 

this one might be better, if only for the smirk on my face

but the other number don’t lie

71 lbs gone

Body fat reduced by 16%

Bicep strength increased by 48%

from 1 push-up to 20

Tricep bench dips ugh – to oh yeah bring them

So while the battle with numbers on the scale rages on, I’m confident I can keep going because

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Release

“The function of music is to release us from the tyranny of conscious thought”

Love that quote, it’s so true – at least for me anyway – once the music gets going I am transported to a happier person.  Could it be because it’s so loud I can’t hear all the stupid stuff going on around me – maybe so – but is that so wrong.

Anyway, way back in November, Cocoa Daisy held the Fall Online Crop – these crops are way fun, full of challenges and zany antics – I don’t know how the keyboards of some of these ladies stand up to the pressure.  One of the challenges was to use labels on a page, now if you’re thinking wow took her a while to post that layout – fear not, I’m not holding out on you – it’s taken me this long to finish the darn thing.  You might think I was holding out for something special, nope just a complete breakdown in ability to complete anything art related.

So for the labels, I used these great CD labels that look like vintage vinyl records I found at the Container Store – don’t blame me if you go get these and end up with $100 of other organizational crap – willpower, it’s your friend, not mine obviously – but hopefully somebody’s.

Back to the layout…

Love this photo, if this is your first time here – this is not me – wish it was.  I think there was another challenge to use your handwriting.

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Creative Jumpstart

Are you following this series:  Creative Jumpstart ?  If not and you’re a paper crafting person you totally should be, each morning videos arrive in your inbox with tips and tricks and mountains of inspiration to get us all through the January blahs.  I get so inspired each day I find myself reaching for my art journal…really starting my art journal.

I’ve had this group of blank notebooks that I bought at the MOMA last time I was in New York(um, almost 2 years ago).  I thought they would be the perfect thing to do some ‘warm up work’.

Here’s a sampling of things I did last week:

Cover

Misting and Pen work: I broke out my Copic Markers for this one…

Speaking of Copic Markers…I kind of forgot how much they bleed on regular paper. I sort of love the soft subtle tones on the back side, so I decided to do a quick bit of journaling, before the front side is finished

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One Little Word 2012

I’ve been following the one word resolution for a couple of years.  Last year my word was discover – and discover I did: new places, new friends, and some abilities I didn’t know I had.

For 2012 my word is STRENGTH – I want to be stronger in so many areas of my life and I think this might just be the year to do it.  To remind me to live my word, I created this canvass to place on my nightstand, it’s the first thing I see in the morning (provided I don’t knock it over when hitting the snooze button) and the last thing I see at night.

I introduced my trainer to the One Word concept and she loved it, really how could you not?  She chose a word as well and as a little thank you for the constant cheerleading and pushing towards my goal I mad a similar card for her.

Both pieces are on watercolor paper (had to dig deep in my stash for that) with glimmer mist, screen and water-color pencils(yep, had to dig for those too). Looking back over my limited work from the past year or two, I realized I really missed my handwriting so I am going to try to incorporate that more this year.

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All About Tags Part 2

I did it – I finished all 12 tags! Feel so accomplished – I wish that I could frame them all together, but alas I actually used two from the early set on gifts and I pretty sure it would be poor form to ask for them back.

Lots and lots of wandering from the Timmy trail on this set, hopefully you can see some of the inspiration…as with previous post Tim’s original is on the left (or maybe top if wordpress isn’t playing nice)

Tag #7

Tim busts out the glassine paper for the holly leaves – oh so tempting, but out of my price range.  I think the combo of forest green and apple glimmer mist get close to the original

Tag #8…A steam punk christmas? Very Tim. not so much me – so I set out with the though of using non-christmas items and kind of love how it turned out.  I used Bubble Light Green and LED Red Glimmer mists for the background.

Tag # 9 Double Embossing, oh my

This is my friend umbrella man, he’s been in my stash for a while just waiting for the right project.  I thought it would be fun to try him out here, he has a healthy dose of glassy accents on him.  One of my favorite tips from this process is heating up twine to set in curls – very important to use a wood pencil to wrap – not plastic (I’m just saying) A funny side note – every time I look this stamp, Eminem’s song Cinderella Man pops into my head and a walk around for a while singing umbrella man, umbrella man.

Tag #10

I have read and intended to try packing tape photo transfer method forever – go figure it’s this tag that finally gave me the push I needed.

Tag #11

No shrinky dinks in this house or apparently glossy cardstock – what’s a girl to do.  Thankfully HP was nice enough to include some glossy presentation paper with my new printer (however -no photo paper, even though it’s a PHOTO printer, grr) so that’s what I used. It’s been about 100 years since I’ve worked with glossy cardstock and in the process of working on this tag I remembered why I don’t – pigment ink never dries – even when heat set so hence the smeared snow flakes- nothing a little embossing powder won’t fix.

Last but not least, Tag #12

 

oh the temptation to go out and buy Tim’s Tissue tape, I’ve held it in my hands on several occasions, but the price $15.99 is just too steep – so I turned to my handy dictionary – I think I’m known at my neighborhood Goodwill store as ‘Dictionary Girl’.  I decided to use a red distress stain behind the tag and then adhered the dictionary paper with gesso.  Then I covered the whole thing in 3 coats of chandelier glimmer glam.  The reindeer and snowflakes come from prima’s mistable canvas line – these packs are super fun – you can use mist or ink, this guy is covered with walnut distress ink and then coated with glimmer glam.  Snowflakes are misted with blue skies glimmer mist and coated with glam.

Phew what a project, feels great to get these completed – now what to do until next year rolls around.

 

 

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