Seven weeks ago, I joined a weekly journaling group out of Australia called Colour Me Positive. Each week we receive a quote from the organizer that inspires our journal page for that week. The group members are encourage to share their art journal pages on the closed FB page. There are more than 3200 members from all over the world.
We are on Week 7 and I am thoroughly enjoying the journey. This week’s quote was from Confucius – “Wherever you go, go with all you heart.” It just happened that on Thursday morning, I discovered a heart-shaped leaf on my patio. I took a picture of it with a tag that says “gift of love” and altered that original photo using a number of apps on my iPhone. One of my favorites is called SuperPhoto. I also used PicMonkey. Using the altered photos and the original, I composed a page inspired by the quote, the original photo and, of course, the upcoming Valentine’s Day. I used old dictionary pages, acrylic paint, photo corners and rubber stamps. I have to say, I am very please with the final piece and am thinking of framing it.. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!
This week I spent a day with my friend, Cheryl Lindsay, a mixed media and jewelry artist (her work is featured in the latest issue of Stampington’s Jewelry Affair and HOME magazines) making small houses from templates gathered from a variety of resources. You’d be amazed at how many house templates you can find on the internet, particularly Pinterest. Using my passion for collage, I started one house that day, another the next day and finished both last night. I think you’ll be able to guess which one is my favorite. I love working with found items and pages from old books and old dictionary pages. It helps to have the right tools – a good Xacto knife, a metal ruler, sturdy chipboard, and lots and lots of random pieces of “junk.” I encourage you to try your hand at creating your own tiny house.
Valentine’s Day is February 14. And, if you want to make a special Valentine for that special person, I’ll show you how using the following products:
- 3″ White Art Squares from Inchie Arts Inc.
- Assorted Valentine scrapbooking pages. I purchased mine at Michaels. I also used an old dictionary page for one heart
- A Fiskar’s or other heart punch.
- Valentine sentiments from LisasAlteredArt on Etsy.
- Written words rubber stamp.
- Mod Podge Gloss Sealer
- Recollections Craft It 5 inch x 5 inch petal card. I used white, but you can use any color you want.
Here are the directions:
- Prep the Art Square with gloss Mod Podge and let it dry.
- Stamp the Art Square with red ink using a word stamp.
- Place your two hearts at an angle and then place your sentiment across the lower heart.
- Seal the Art Square with Mod Podge Gloss.
- Glue one 4 3/4 inch x 4 3/4 inch piece of Valentine paper to the petal card.
- Glue a 3 1/2 inch x 3 1/2 inch complimentary piece of Valentine paper over that.
- Glue the finished Art Square to the piece.
I then tie the card closed with pink and white string and put it in the envelope. You can add a charm to the tie if you’d like as I did with mine.
In January of 2015, I began a year-long journey with Carla Sonheim and Lynn Whipple in The Year of the Spark. It has been an incredible experience for me as a new artist. I have learned so many new techniques, but more importantly, I’ve learned about myself. Every class (2 per month) taught me a little more – about being bold, being brave and taking risks. I was joined in this journey by many talented and generous artists from around the world. All of whom I would call my friends. And, Carla and Lynn are two of the most generous and fun instructors I have every had. They and the Year of the Spark Facebook group gave me the courage to fly, and to start this blog. I hope that you enjoy my adventures in mixed media as much as I am. The image above is a self portrait in the style of Modigliani. The crow on my shoulder is somewhat of a signature in a lot of my art.