Thursday, January 30, 2014

Documented Life--Week 5 and the cover, in progress

The cover, decorated with washi tape--still in progress.

Week 5--Doodle a border. 

Doodling does not come easily to me.  It's one of the things my inner critic jumps on and shouts--NOT GOOD ENOUGH--TOO MESSY--WHAT IS THAT?
I am trying to loosen up and let go, practicing on index cards.  I may finish this year's ICAD challenge before it even starts!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Another in the style of Lynne Perella

Gene Tierney

Altered photo from Google; colored background a paper from Tumble Fish, blurred and overlaid with a texture from Bittbox; text is a brush.

Linking to Sunday Post Card Art--Faces

In the style of LK (Lynne) Perella

Those of you into mixed media and stamping know the work of Lynne Perella.  Our challenge at DigitalMania this week is to create digital work in her style. Here is my offering.

a portrait of Caterina Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus; overlaid with blocks of transparent teal and yellow,  an art paper from ItKuPiLLi and painted with PS brushes.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Journal 52 project--always makes me smile

Digitally altered photo from Wikimedia Commons, printed and collages over watercolor paper painted with acrylics and Lumiere paints and oil pastels.  I wish this scan showed the shimmer of these colors..  I go by this pond every day.  It's frozen solid now, and it's only a foot or two deep.  I always wonder if the owners catch the fish and keep them in a tank all winter, or if they leave them in the ice.  They have survived a few winters, though and it just makes my day whenever I see these BIG fish in this little pond.

Collage Obsession--Radiant Orchid

not a big fan of purple, although I used a pantone chart of shades (?) of the color and had some fun playing with brushstrokes.  And I adore the photo of Edna St Vincent Millay, that I altered with the Threshold filter to look like a stamp.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Documented Life Project--Week 3--Add an envelope

I have been exploring a type of "found" poetry, created by selecting random words and phrases from a page of text, and blacking out the rest.  This spread is made from an envelope from Christie, which contained some really nice papers and a great zen ATC.
the left sude is a piece of mail art, I tore in half and found the poetry there.
...I think I will put that ATC back into the envelope.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

SPA--Starry Night

Starry night...NOT in Kansas

Background from images by RavenMaddArtwork at Deviant art, and a Hubble photo, newsprint bits from Maya de Groot, and the young ladies from Hidden Vintage studios.

Thanks for visiting.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Documented Life Project--week 2 --Selfie

collage, altered photo of me, washi tape, gelli printed paper and stenciled words...oh and a stamped arroe from a foam stamp i made

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Take a Word--Moon

Blue Moon with Owl.

The moon is a cut-out, the branch is a brush, the owl is-would you believe-a font (Chouette Alors, found on Dafont), and the background is a painted with brushes piece with a bokeh overlay.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

SPA-Monochrome--the Courage to Be

I chose my color family based on a wonderful portrait be The wings are from Maya De Groot at Oscraps.  The background, altered a bit, is from Kim Klassen.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Three Muses--Music--She's with the Band

All images from the DeviantScrap Kit "I'm With the Band."  It was a collaboration of more than a dozen DS artists and it was for a charity--I don't remember exactly what.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Collage Obsession--Year of the Horse

Images from Google and my stash.  The horse is Tang Dynasty

Sunday, January 5, 2014


Here comes Suzy Snowflake
Dressed in a snow white gown
Tap, tap, tappin' at your windowpane
To tell you she's in town

Here comes Suzy Snowflake
Soon you will hear her say
Come out everyone and play with me
I haven't long to stay

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Soartful--a strange little house--or five

The houses were cut from a dictionary page with a custom shape tool.  The birds are mine--I actually drew and colored them, scanned them and digitally cut them out.

Friday, January 3, 2014

The Documented Life Project--Week 1

I am attempting the Documented Life project for2014.  Here is the description form Roben- Marie Smith's blog:
One part planner plus one part art journal and one part weekly challenge equals an amazing year of organization, inspiration and community. Join us for the Documented Life Project.
We start with a Moleskine Weekly Planner.
•If you want to buy the "as it comes" Moleskine Planner online, get one HERE!
•If you want to take a mini-class on how to alter your Moleskine planner including gorgeous downloads, details coming soon via Lorraine Bell's blog HERE!
•If you have your own calendar or planner you want to use, that's great too.
Now the journey begins!

Starting January 1, 2014, we* will issue a weekly challenge on ways to use and decorate your planner to make it uniquely yours.  Interpret the challenge in any way you desire or be inspired by our artists.  Yes, this is free and open to everyone - artists, scrapbookers, calendar keepers, organization lovers, art journalers- yes, YOU! You can find the first challenge on any of the blogs listed below or on the Facebook page listed.

If you would like your planner to look just like ours, we are offering a mini-class taught by artist Lorraine Bell with step-by-step video instructions, filmed behind the camera by Roben-Marie, featuring hand painted gorgeous downloads to make your book an inspiring place for you to look forward to spending some time each week (click HERE to see a sample of Lorraine's gorgeous planner). Watch for details coming for this class soon OR if you prefer, you can make the planner in your own style.

You can find us here:
Instagram: #documentedlife  
*Our Blogs
Roben-Marie Smith
Lorraine Bell
Rae Missigman
Sandi Keene 
And our Life Photographer: Barbara Moore

Post your challenge response to your favorite social media and upload it to our Flickr Group and Facebook Group to share in the community of Life Documentors!
We would be thrilled to have you create and play along with us in The Documented Life Project.  
Who knows what can happen?!

January 1 Challenge - photograph, sketch, paint or incorporate your front door.

As the door opens on our new year, we all share the bond of having an entry into our home,  our lives, ourselves.
Through the artistic medium of your choice, show us a bit of where you live in the symbol of your door, entryway or porch. Think a bit about how you can use your door to express your personality, your life, what you value.

This is the top part of the front door of my house.  It's a shabby old door, old wood, stained and varnished many times.  It has history, I think, and character.

I photographed it and altered it a bit in Photoshop, then printed it and tore it out.  I colored it with water-soluble pastels, added some of my favorite washi tape and journaled a bit.
The left page is a ghost print from my  BEST ART PRESENT EVER!, printed directly on the page .
I journaled some thoughts on doors in general.