Friday, September 21, 2012

Play!

So much to do and so few hours in the day!  That's how I feel.  Before talking about today, here's what I did yesterday.

I spent the start of yesterday listening to a great podcast between Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and Ronda Palazzari.   Julie has started a series called "Adventures in Arting," and Ronda was her first guest.  Ronda will be Carolyn Dube's and my first guest on Fall Fearless & Fly, the "art cleanse" starting 10/1 on Artists in Blogland.  It was so interesting to hear Ronda's and Julie's perspectives on fear of failure, and what exactly is success, as this is so much what the fall challenge is all about.  As I listened, I stenciled the cover of my new stencil storage book.  Ronda had a great tutorial on her blog about this, and I was so excited to try it.  I love how it turned out, and it's so nice to have all my stencils stored in one place!  I used regular craft and fluid acrylics, and am loving all the colors.
When I was done with the stencil journal, I had paint left over on my palette.  I HATE to waste paint!  So I smeared it into my art journal:
and layered over the background with Julie's Leaf Frame and Dyan Reavely's Distressed Harlequin stencils:
Smeared more leftover red and green paint on copy paper and then cut the papers up to make hearts, stems and leaves, to create this page.  Yesterday, I only had 3 students in my 4:30 yoga class because it was back to school night in our area.  Because it was such a small group, we were able to really take time and delve deeply into the poses.  I was able to give each of them a lot of individual attention and hands-on adjustments.  I felt like I was of great service to them -- I helped them get a better understanding of their bodies and breath through very detailed work.  They were so grateful, and I was so grateful.  And this made me happy.  Love truly grows by giving.

Two days ago I received a monthly package from Scarlet Lime studios, which contained a set of Maya Road chip board doorways.  I haven't used chip board in my work, and was a little mystified as to what to do.  So I did a little online research and found this great tutorial by Natalie Kalbach for this beautiful canvas:   
 
I took a canvas I had previously painted but didn't like, and added some stencils, sponging, splattering, etc.  I was pretty random with this.  I knew this layer was going to be behind, and peek through the openings in the doors.
Then I used a sponge to texture paint onto 12 doors:

I typed this saying:  "be an opener of doors...every exit is an entrance to somewhere else" using the American typewriter font and printed it out on white card-stock.
I added black and white detail on all the doors and windows, as well as some stenciling with TCW's mini-heringbone and mini-hexagon stencils (designed by Balzer Designs),  to add more texture.   
The numbers across the top are plaquettes by Tim Holtz.  I used "82" in honor of my dad - who is a young and vibrant 82 and still plays a mean game of tennis!  (I didn't use one for my mom's age because she likes to keep that a secret.)    UPDATE  - I want to make clear that this is my dad and MY MOM - not me!  I know it's confusing - I am lucky to look a lot like her!
I am busy setting my table and polishing my best silver for the Fairy's Tea Party on Sunday. I hope you'll visit me and all the other artists participating.  One of the commentators to my tea party blogpost will win an original watercolor - you can see and read about it here.

As always, Happy Paint Party Friday, Creative Every Day and Inspire Me Monday! 

Thank you for visiting! If you are so moved, please leave a comment. Hearing from you means the world to me.

42 comments:

  1. Great plays in your journal. Such vibrant colors and lovely textures!

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  2. Lots of color, great pages. Love all the variety. Your mom looks great too. Happy PPF!

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  3. Oh Jessica, everything is just gorgeous!! I too saw Rhonda's stencil book and loved the look. It's on my list to try...I have so many stencils that I haven't used yet and I thought that was the perfect way to get them ALL inky and into circulation! Hoping to get to it today! And the doors...I just saw those yesterday in the store, looked at them for a while and passed them up because I couldn't figure out what to do with them. I must have them now!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. ahh - I love this so much! Beautiful saying- and I love the doors. awesome!! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  5. My Gosh! I love your doorways! You have such a distinctive and playful style Jessica! I love your work!

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  7. Beautiful art Jessica!!! Your stenciled journal is fabulous and your whimsical doorways and flower pages are colorful and fun!

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  8. Wonderful layers and textures in your works!
    So very inspiring!

    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  9. I think your pages are wonderful. So colorful and I love the doors. OK.. all of it is fabulous! Happy PPF

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  10. I just love the doors. They look so animated... and the colors are so fun and vibrant. I love stencils, especially using molding pastes and making some great textures with them. You are inspiring, Jessica.

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  11. Wow! You've been so busy! Gorgeous colours. Love the journal page about loving and giving. So true.

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  12. All your pages are beautiful. I love those heart flowers!! I agree, you HAVE been busy. :)

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  13. Another wonderful juicy post filled with wonderful info!! Love your stencil journal and your love grows by giving too....so true!! Of course the doors have me all the way...love them!! Very inspiring post!

    Hugs Giggles

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  14. Oh and I forgot to say I love the photos of you and your dad! What a gorgeous looking family you are!!

    Hugs Giggles

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    1. thank you, but that's my mom! I know she and I look a lot alike. LOL!

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  15. You have a lot of fun stuff going on!!! I love all those colors in your stencil journal. And your doors are awesome! :)

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  16. Beautiful work Jessica. I love those doors and all the layers behind them. What a great idea:)

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  17. So much goodness here! I too am getting excited about Fall Fearless and Fly!! Your doors here are simply stunning!!! Love how you took Natalie's idea and made it your own!

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  18. I'm overload with LOVELY textures and colors here!..makes me happy :). Your mom and dad are so endearing, and you have her great smile too!

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  19. Oh Jessica, you really HAVE been playing! That looks like so much fun! You really make me feel like getting out all my stencils (though I don't have that many) and just start playing. Pity it's almost midnight here ... ☺

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  20. wow you are so very much like your mother, your parents look wonderful.
    Loving your chipboard canvas and your stencil storage book cover. Mine are kept in a plain old cardboard box which looks very sad next to your terrific one. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  21. Lots of fun playful colors here. Love the heart flowers. Thanks for your comment on my blog post. HPPF.

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  22. Great color combinations and wonderful designs inspired by nature, I like.

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  23. First of all, GREAT post below too! Secondly, your mom and dad are such cuties. AND your colors and stencils here are so much fun - and I'm LOVING that door piece!! xoxo

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  24. Wow, you and your mom look so much alike! Both lovely ladies. I really like the journal page and the door project. I kind of have a thing for doors and windows!

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  25. Thanks for showing us the process of working with the doors.Ah! and indeed your mom and you seem to twins. Saludos

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  26. Jessica, those doors are A-MA-ZING!!! omg... and the flowers. I love your style. Such freedom in the way you play with colors. Your parents are adorable and i simply cannot believe that's not you there!! You and your mother look identical. How fabulous that your dad still plays tennis... he definitely looks like a vibrant 82 year old... fabulous. xox

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  27. Great post - Chock full of gorgeous, inspiring work!! I need to hear that podcast!

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  28. I love those doors..I love that quote too! The process you have written about is very interesting to self taught persons like myself.
    Lots of good wishes to your parents! I love their happy smiles! You are lucky!

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  29. LOVE love love your doors- my favorite! :)

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  30. Such gorgeous and inspiring work. I love the doors, and the quote that you chose - just perfect x

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  31. The various stages of transformation your pages go through...are awesome and I am especially in love with your doors :)

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  32. That is just sooooooo beautiful. Love everything about your art. You are just soo passionate. I haven't visited your blog in a while and just don't feel creative when u don't visits other blogs.
    Gorgeous

    www.anartisticheart.blogspot.com

    Hadiyah

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  33. I am so fascinated and inspired by all your wonderfully creative projects. I just bought some stencils and tons of stickers, copic markers, silks, h2o's, and mediums by Golden because i joined a Artist Trading Card club. But I actually have no idea how to get started with planning a project that involves layers and bits and pieces! I am petrified! Now I bought all this stuff and have no idea what to do with it!. Your doors project is great! Also I keep hearing about Tim Holtz, so maybe have to go to that site... Have a wonderful week.

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  34. Your post sure was full of eye candy! Love those pages and am really looking forward to your October challenge with Carolyn. Your stencil journal cover is gorgeous!

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  35. Your door piece is truly amazing! The picture of your parents is sweet, and agree that you are blessed to look so much like her. I don't like wasting paint either, so I use it to paint papers that I later use for collages. Blessings!

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  36. Jessica, your pieces are amazing and it inspires me to try new things even if it is just random! Love the play of colors and texture and chip boards! Great outcome.

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  37. Lovely, Jessica! Thanks for sharing your art and yoga. Very inspiring!

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  38. Oh my goodness!! I am so inspired. Your art is wonderful and the stencil album is fantastic. But I am partial to doors so it's my fav!! Found you through Artists in Blogland. Glad I did.

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  39. Gorgeous results with the templates!

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