Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The series Continues

This is an ATC card that I just completed. I really like the whole effect of mystery behind her. The tiger was an awesome find. It is from Steve Buffington's photostream on flickr.
This is where I need your help. I found the warrior female on photobucket. I do not know how to contact the artist of this image or others that I have found there. I would like to be able purchase them (the images) and use them without feeling as if I am stealing. They are just wonderful and so detailed. So if there is anyone who can help me out I would so appreciate it. I want to open an etsy shop, but until I can rightfully use the images I like I need to find a way to contact these wonderful artist.
Now, have a great week and go make something wonderful.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Guardian series

Have you ever found yourself in a protective stage in your life. Whether you are feeling insecure or just over protective of self and those you love? Well I am in one of those. No idea what has brought this on.

As most of you know I love fantasy. In the next month I am going to explore this theme in a series of journal pages and ATC cards.

Below is the first page in this series, it is not completed by along shot. Since I have been asked to show my progress on some of my pieces I thought I would do that with this series. As I continue to work on this page I will up load pictures showing the creation. I am also in several circle journal groups so beware, those of you that are in them, this will probably be a theme you will be getting. I will also be doing ATC cards.

I have never done a series of anything. My style is fantasy, but I tend to try not to stay with one idea. But, since I cannot seem to get out of it I am going with it this time. If you have time drop me a note and let me know what you think. Tell me if you have ever done a series? How did it effect you? Were you able to work through what ever was bothering you? Or was it just a fun idea you enjoyed doing? Have a great weekend creating.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Progress of a napkin

I am sorry it has taken so long to get this up. I have promised to post this and something is always getting in the way. I will try and explain as best as I can the process of how I did the napkin technique.

Basically it is layering; shading using charcoal and colored pencils.

I started out with a 5 x 5 piece of white card stock. This is the napkin I chose. Nice and bright and clean.

I separated the colored part of the napkin from the white part. Using decoupage to adhere the napkin to the 5 x 5 card stock as you see below.

I use gel medium to adhere all the images to the napkin.

Now that all the images are on I began shading using a charcoal pencil. I started around the black hat.

In this close up, you can see how the hat is beginning to pop.

I continue shading around all the images including the parrots and background of the napkin.

As you continue to scroll down threw the images the page is showing more depth as I begin using the colored pencils. I simply use the same color as what is already on the napkin. Do not make this brain surgery. The background of the napkin already has chosen the colors for you. Just follow that as your guide.

This is a close up of the flowers. I wanted them to have a bit more pop. So I shaded around them and then used the colored pencils to bring more of their color.

This is what it looks like once I am done. I am still new at the shading and remembering where my light source is coming from. That is OK. The more practice I do the better I will get. Just as you will. Try the techinque it is really fun.

If you have any questions please email me. I will try and answer them as best as I can. This is a fun technique to do I cannot stress that enough. There really is no end to what you can do with napkins.
Now, off with you. Make a page that will make you smile. Email me the pix if you have time, I would love to see what you come up with.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Karma Award

Michi awarded me this wonderful award and I am over the moon about it. Her blog is always so full of inspiring creations; and she has always been willing to help with answering question or just giving you a bit of positive words. She really is the one of the best of us out their.

The wording for this award is as follows . . .
The Karma Award: These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind of bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.
I am to deliver this award to eight blogger, that is where it becomes difficult. I have found so many bloggers that have inspired me, helped with silly questions and just simply offered their hand in friendship. So narrowing it to only eigtht is difficult.
4. Mar
5. Pam