Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Circle Journals

A few months ago I got involved with a group of artists to do a circle journal. We decided that a stamp would be chosen and sent with the journal. Then the artist would make a page that was inspired by the stamp. The journal page below is for a lovely lady in the United Kingdom. She chose a sun stamp. I have had this beautiful image of the brave and Indian maiden I have been dying to use.

This journal page is also for the same circle journal group. She choose a cat stamp. I wanted to try and do more of a collage this time around. Though I am not fond of my writing, I felt it was important to use it versus rubon's or stamps. I wanted to put part of myself into this page.
Each page is a learning experience. Art journals are a unique way using images and words to express yourself.
I have been been taking a few classes that I really love. Sarah Whitmire has some advanced techniques that she is teaching. Pam Carriker is teaching a couple of wonderful classes at http://www.creativeworkshops.ning.com/ called visual Journalism 101 and Shades of Grey.
Out of all three classes, Shades of Grey is my favorite. It shows how you can shade your images on your journal to make them pop off your pages. Using images, stamps or your own doodling. It matters not. Shading really makes all the difference. Totally in love with that class.
I don't want to down play the other 2 classes, though. I love all of them and would recommend anyone of them. Sarah's class is stock full of techniques that really make your journal book a wonderful adventure of surprise pop outs and windows. By adding the shading and techniques I have learned from Visual Journalism 101 and Shades of Grey my journal is becoming one of my favorite places to create.
Take time to check out these wonderful Ladies classes and start your own art journal.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Dreams of Provence continue

As promised these are the other pages I have created for this swap. The idea for these came from Disney. I like the idea of opening the doors to view a new memory. Each memory is different but lovely.

The kindness of Gale Franey to allow me the use of her images is greatly appreciated. The other images came from the following flickr photostream's jprowland's, mesmanimages
Suzee Que

Having the avalibility of these images and so many more is a wonderful thing. I am not able to create my own images so it is wonderful to know that their are so many artist out their willing to share theirs and those that they find. Thank you.

Though it took me right to the deadline to complete these pages; I have to say it was a fun experience and I urge each and everyone of you to stretch yourself and try something a bit outside your comfort zone.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Fat book of Provence France

I have been working on these pages for over a month. I have a couple of other pages that I have done that are very much different then these that I will upload later this week.

I have to do 10 pages; with back and front decorated. I have discarded so many different pages trying to come up with an idea for this theme. I have to say I am very happy with these pages. I was able to bring the idea of looking through a window to view another time. With the Arch I felt I was able to achieve a bit of whimsy as well as the look of another time to these pages.

The background was achieved by using Tim Holtz distress inks. I then used an arch stamp from Stamper's Anonymous as the "window". The stamp was embossed with Tim Holtz's distress embossing powders. I then did a resist to add some age to the arch. The little girl in the above page is from Queenbee's flickr images that she was generous to share.

These last two pages are done as I discribed above. I have 4 more pages to complete by Thursday. I am a bit paniced; but I will get them out because I am more afraid of the host of this swap then I am of being late. She is the sweetest person; but she repeated more then 3 times that she expected us to be timely. So I believe she meant what she said if she took the time to say and write it that many times.

This is so outside of what I am use to creating that I have really had to struggle. But, I am so very happy with the results. Let me know what you think if you have time to drop a note.