Sunday, June 27, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
First I doodled in watercolor with my water pen, then collaged a bit and washed over it with slightly watered down acrylic. The birds were made with a stencil and gesso. The title letters were stamped on and then done over with the yellow Sakura glaze pen. My tag was too shiny for my camera =( but it says "To Do" in neon green.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
This spread was from my friend's V-day production, if you haven't been before I highly suggest you go. I've gone every year for the past 4 years but haven't performed yet but I hope to in the future. The Vagina Monologues are a collection of various women's memoirs based on their sexuality, womanhood, and sadly for some, the abuse they have suffered. It's not all depressing, there's always lots of laughing too. Proceeds always benefit a local women's shelter or other women's organization as well as the annual cause. I believe this past year was Africa and preventing FGC/FGM (female genital cutting/female genital mutilation).
Monday, June 14, 2010
Four years ago I left home for the first time to live with my boyfriend in Tennessee for the summer. For the following 3 and a half years I'd leave my family in Maryland and travel all over the country with Dave, I've seen so much and met so many people. If I hadn't jumped in and just took a chance I would have missed out on a lot, including learning who I am and what matters most to me. Dave and I didn't work out but we're still on good terms and I had so many adventures. I don't have any regrets.
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This was one of my first experiments of mixing gloss gel medium by Golden with my cheap-o acrylics (Folkart/Americana/etc.). I liked how the paint became glossier (glaze like). It was a lot of fun to layer but after sitting in a hot humid room, closed on the shelf, the pages have since stuck together. This photo is prior to the damage:
I started with a base of green acrylic paint that was scraped onto the page with an old gift card. Next I collaged some scraps on, including a vintage photo of some distant relative. I mixed 2:1 gloss gel medium and acrylic violet paint and scraped that on with the card. I repeated with the gray and then collaged more scraps on top. Finally, I used a palate knife to smear 2:1 of gloss gel medium and brown acrylic onto the top papers. I tried a number of pens (check fraud prevention, various ball points, etc.) and I found only sharpie and Sakura medium point gelly rollers work. Here I used the Sakura and I gave it time to dry overnight.
I haven't figured out how to prevent the pages from sticking yet but I know Samantha Kira (Journal Girl) has a video about it so I'm going to review it tomorrow. Here's the link! http://kirabelle.squarespace.com/video-downloads/ (It's the second video listed). I'm wondering if it making it a 1:1 ratio would make it less prone to sticking. I'll be playing around with it in the future.
2 more days till the giveaway!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
The pattern and colors were inspired by a label from some organic scones I had bought. I usually use acrylics but these are Artist Loft watercolors, they only cost around $4.00 and they work beautifully. I have found the Artist Loft brand is great for crafters on a budget and the quality is great too. The woman's face is actually cut out of an amazing Indian bridal magazine I found buried in the magazine racks at Barnes and Noble. I love Indian fashion- the colors and embroidery is fabulous! Love love love!
Remember the giveaway!
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
The giveaway is in 6 days! Have you commented yet?http://rougeravensnest.blogspot.com/2010/06/more-flaps-and-giveaway-announcement.html
Today's photo is from this past Valentine's day. You could say I was a little bitter. (It was the first V-day I spent without my ex in 4 years.) The torn playing card is from the day care center I work at- if you ever want something grunged up just give it to kids to play with for a while. I have an entire deck of these banged up cards that my boss was just going to throw out. It just goes to show that you should always keep an eye out for potential supplies. You never know where they may turn up!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
First I painted my spread with blue acrylic paint with a second layer of light blue paint applied with a wad of plastic wrap. Next I cut out a snowflake to use as a stencil with various stamp pads. I love how the silver ink looks! One of my art journaling goals is to allow myself to play more often and to let things be pretty for pretty sake rather than writing all the time.
Don't forget about the giveaway next Wednesday!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
No matter what size or type of book I use I never seem to have a problem timing it just right; I rarely have pages left over by the end. This is the last spread of my Winter '09-'10 journal. I used metallic flecked tissue paper over acrylic paints to create a snowy look. The bluebird in the right corner seems to be popping up more and more often in my journaling- I think he's a combination between a symbol for my muse and my late mother. I like how he's peering over the girl's shoulder as if whispering what to draw and write in her book.
My mother passed away on Halloween 2008 from emphysema. She was obsessed with fairies (especially Tinkerbell) and the color blue. One year for Easter my mom bought an egg decorating kit with gems, feathers, paper, the works and she made her egg into the "bluebird of happiness." Now when I see bluebirds zip by in their bright blurs it reminds me of that Easter and fairies, which remind me of mom. She got my sister and me started in crafts at a young age and it has stuck with us. My mother and I made our own YaYa Sisterhood hats (I'm wearing mine in the photo below from her 50th surprise party) and she made the wand she's holding. Even though she's passed on she is my muse: now that I'm not pressured with grades I feel like I can focus on beginning an altered book dedicated to her, along with a pink high top shrine inspired by the Crafty Chica and an art journal workshop dedicated to coping with the grieving process. I love my mom
Monday, June 7, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
This page is from my winter 2009 journal which was falling apart by the end (I overlooked the poor spine for the cute small size). So I reinforced the spine with some duct tape and decided to just cover the whole page. I wrote with colored sharpies but oooh boy did it stink!