Time To Play

So there is a new 1-2-3 Challenge that I thought I’d try.  This one requires 1-a line from a song; 2- two musical instruments; and 3- three music notes.

The song line I used is from a Jackson Browne song called The Load-Out.  The song contains a line that reflects how I feel about crafting, and, well, life in general, really.  The line is, “the only time that seems too short is the time that we get to play.”

I had an old issue of Guitar Player magazine, and I was able to use some content from the magazine for this journal prompt.  I found pictures of guitars and a drum set (my two instruments), and I found some sheet music (three music notes).

I used acrylic paints, stencils, card stock, markers, and ribbon to create the following.

Time to Play

I love 1-2-3 Challenges. Not only are they fun, but they stretch my creativity.  What art challenges inspire you?

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The Two of Us

Last Tuesday night Terri Sproul continued giving a lesson in using the color wheel.  During her live show, she created an art journal page using acrylic paints, Dylusions ink sprays, gelatos and stamps without creating “mud.”  I’ve had issues with making mud in the past, so this lesson was perfect for me.

First we sprayed some book paper with Dylusions  Ink Spray, and we set it aside to dry while we played in our art journals.  We stenciled images on our pages with acrylic paints, and then removed some of the paint with baby wipes.  We used Faber-Castell gelatos to edge around our pages using our fingers to spread the gelatos.   We cut heart shapes from our ink sprayed paper, and applied them to our pages using gel medium.  We stamped images using Staz-On ink.  Finally we added rub-ons for sentiments.  Here is my art journal spread.

2014-02-07_12-49-21_2522014-02-07_12-49-33_3892014-02-07_12-49-45_170The Tuesday night shows with Terri Sproul  are so much fun.  Hope to see you there!

December 2013 Creative Dare!

Each month Tracy Weinzapfel issues her Ustream channel viewers a creative dare.  December’s creative dare focuses on values.  She asked us each to share our top five values on our December page.    Here is my page.

2013-12-16_13-33-38_718The values I list are:  Loyal, Loving, Respectful Humorous, and Honest.

I always like my pages until I add my handwriting to them.  I don’t seem to have a good gauge for size, location, or line-weight of my letters. They say practice makes perfect.  I’m not going for perfection, but I am looking forward to improvement.

If you get the chance, check out Mixed Media Mondays with Tracy Weinzapfel.  You can find her on Ustream on Monday nights 9 pm (EST).

Magazine Mondays – Week Thirty-Two

Every Monday, PaperCrafter’s Corner posts a magazine cover on their blog as inspiration for their weekly challenge.  Based on the magazine covers, we are asked to create a papercraft project (card, art journal, scrapbook layout, etc.).

Here is the inspiration for this week.

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I was lucky enough to win Magazine Mondays – Week Thirty, and I wanted to incorporate some of the paper I received as my prize into this week’s project.  Since the paper is Christmas style, I decided to try my hand at a Christmas themed project in my art journal.  I decided to utilize the same color palette as the inspiration piece.  I used my new paper, some acrylic paints, stencils, markers, stickers, stickles, ribbons, and embellishments to create this:

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I painted hearts and added a tag on the stocking paper.  I painted hearts and added ribbon on the striped paper.  I made a Christmas tree with plaid paper.  I made an owl out of the brown paper and red hounds tooth.

The penguin is cute, but the owl, with his google eyes, is the star of the show. I love him so much, I had to give him a close-up!

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Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you at the next Magazine Monday challenge. 🙂

Layers

Last week Terri Sproul  gave viewers a lesson in building layers for an art journal page background.  To build the background she used a variety of stencils with distressed ink, ink sprays, acrylic paints. She added oil pastel designs and stamped images.  Finally she used water colors for dripping and as a wash.  The result was a beautiful page which gave thanks to an everyday thing for which Terri is grateful: coffee.  She challenged viewers to create their own Thankful journal page for something little in their lives.

This seemed like a messy, delightful way to spend an afternoon, so I happily entered my “Cindi Room” to try my hand at building layers.  Here are some of the things I used in my journal.

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In addition, I used a bunch of stencils, oil pastels, and watercolor paints.  Here’s what happened.

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The everyday thing I am thankful for is a warm bath (a shower counts too!).  The quote I used is, “All a woman needs is a good bath, clean clothes, and for her hair to be combed.” – Hedy Lamarr

This page was every bit of fun that I expected it to be, especially when the white acrylic paint added as a resist (white circles and dots) showed up after the watercolor wash was applied .  The wash also brought some disappointment, however.  On the left page, I guess I used too much water because where I used the distressed inks, the stencil images just disappeared. That was a bit of a bummer.

 Bath Left 2 Bath Right 1 Overall the page was a lot of fun.  The Tuesday night shows with Terri Sproul  are fun too.  Hope to see you there!

Magazine Mondays – Week Thirty-One

Every Monday, PaperCrafter’s Corner posts a magazine cover on their blog as inspiration for their weekly challenge.  Based on the magazine covers, we are asked to create a papercraft project (card, art journal, scrapbook layout, etc.).

Here is the inspiration for this week.

Papercrafting Inspiration: Magazine Mondays - Week Thirty One-Inspiration Piece (image)

I love my art journal, so that’s where I created my project.  The pie on the inspiration magazine cover really caught my attention.  Actually I was thinking about that pie all week long…even while I was eating pie!  I decided to use acrylic paint, stencils, and markers to create this one.

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I also took the W and the D in Woman’s Day for my Wish and Dream.  If you look closely, you’ll notice that my pie has pi around the crust. I couldn’t resist the pun!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you at the next Magazine Monday challenge. 🙂

Magazine Mondays – Week Thirty

Every Monday, PaperCrafter’s Corner posts a magazine cover on their blog as inspiration for their weekly challenge.  Based on the magazine covers, we are asked to create a papercraft project (card, art journal, scrapbook layout, etc.).

Here is the inspiration for this week.

Papercrafting Inspiration: Magazine Mondays - Week Thirty-Inspiration Piece (image)

I decided to create in my art journal.  A little acrylic paint, collaged magazine images (from The Great Courses catalog), stencils, and stamps, and I created this.

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The layout and the geometric shapes are indeed similar to the original, but the images of people are a little different.  For some strange reason, I was inspired to use people whose backs were all turned.  Not sure what that’s all about, but it was fun creating in my journal.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you at the next Magazine Monday challenge. 🙂