Tuesday, July 19, 2016

How to Use Inspiration as a Jumping Point

 

This is another entry in the "Mucking Around in my Art Journal" series.  But this one has a twist.  I was truly stumped and couldn't find a "jumping off" point.  My usual Pinterest Board resource of prompts wasn't doing it for me.  And so I turned to YouTube, and found this wonderful video by Ronda Palazzari, who did a two page spread using string.


That video completely inspired me, and provided me with the jumping off point I needed.

Here's my process, start to finish, in an under 6 minute fast forward video.  In total, I played around with this spread for about two hours in the course of two days.


You can also watch "Mucking Around in my Art Journal IV" on YouTube here.  

So many artists give freely of their time and talent on YouTube.  Use their inspiration as jumping off points and live inspired!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

How To Create an Easy Collage Art Journal Page

Last month, in this "How To" series, I shared a tutorial on How to Create a Stash of Background Papers.  If you haven't seen it, there's a video showing how I used gesso to create resists, with the result being a stash of very versatile papers.


This month, I want to share how I used those papers to create a simple, colorful art journal page celebrating spring.


For this page, I used punches to create various shapes, and then used paint, markers and pastels to make shadows and marks.

But if you don't have punches, just cut out random shapes with your scissors like I did in this post -- the result will still be fun, whimsical and colorful!

Here's a peek at my process.

You can also watch "How to Create an Easy Collage Art Journal Page" on YouTube here.


I hope this post gave you some inspiration to jump into your journal with some collage.  If you do create something inspired by this post, please let me know so I can share your work!
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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Stencil Test Drive Redux #9 - Medieval Leaves

Welcome to the 9th Stencil Test Drive Redux!  (See all the test drives here.) And read down to the bottom for a special announcement from Stencil Girl!
GIVEAWAY ALERT!  Each month, I will give away one of the featured stencils to one randomly chosen person.  All you need to do is post a comment below. Comments for the giveaway will close on Monday at 9PM EST, and the winner will be posted in this post by Tuesday morning 10AM EST, so make sure to check back!  

This week - a look back at the Medieval Leaves Stencil Test Drive. Here's a peek at my project and the Medieval Leaves Stencil itself.


And here are the amazing projects from the artists on that original test drive. Click the names below the images to go to the original blog posts.  The tutorials are fantastic.
(who has an awesome video in her post)

she knocked my socks off with this project

and 

These colors are so delicious!

I hope you'll check out all of these posts and the great tutorials they have!  Thank you again to all the artists who participated!
Here's some special news. July 7 and 8 only, Stencil Girl is having a sale to celebrate MaryBeth Shaw's birthday!! Receive 14% OFF all my StencilGirl stencil designs HERE 
Use code:  BIRTHDAYPARTYStencil sale begins at midnight July 7th and ends July 8th at 11:59 p.m. CST

AND ... GIVEAWAY ALERT: For a chance to win the Medieval Leaves Stencil, make sure to leave a comment below and include your email address. Comments close Monday night at 9PM EST.   Come back to THIS POST next Tuesday to see the winner.


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