Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Triangles on Tuesday

'T'  could be for Triangle...
triangles could represent jagged teeth,
broken dishes, or happy pennants
flapping in the wind...

The Documented Life Challenge
for Week 7 was to:  
Draw a shape. Repeat. Add color.

I decided on triangles...
when finished I thought that the
triangles seemed aggressive. 
They create stars when intersected...
which was unintentional, but it's the
nature of the geometry.

 I couldn't resist making 
some circles too.  They seem
much calmer.  It's hard to stop
adding doodles!

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Visit Elizabeth today
for T Tuesday, to see
what she (and others) are up to.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Doodle Painting on T Tuesday

I made a loose leaf Planner/Art Journal
for The Documented Life Project. I wanted 
to be able to bind the pages with book rings
so I could add or remove pages as I pleased.
It is much easier to take the pages out and
work on them flat, rather than in the book.
Also easier to scan the completed art.

This is a wrap-around cover created by
painting cotton fabric with craft acrylics.
The black is permanent marker or Sharpie
paint marker.  The fabric is still flexible
after it dries.  The top scan shows the
torn fabric strip used for holding the
journal closed. The second scan is the
cover without the yellow fabric tie.

Above, the overlap inside that extends
from the back cover.

And the back cover, above.

The Documented Life Project cover
that I collaged using card stock,
scrapbook paper, ledger paper, 
adhesive numbers, and some

Each 'spread' in the journal has a
seven day calendar page on the left,
and on the right an extra flap of 
watercolor paper (or other paper)
is 'tipped in' to make extra room for
art, notes, journaling...whatever.

Lots of doodles on my calendar page...

To the right of the calender page is the two 
page spread created by the 'tipped in' page.
Decorative tape connects the tip-in to the
base page.  These collages use
scrapbook paper, hand-drawn border motifs,
washi tape, ephemera, craft paint, 
watercolor, and Sharpie pen.  I dig around
in my 'scrap pile' to find what I think will 
look good. The waves were from some
scrapbook embellishments that I drew
last year and had some copies left over.

With the tip-in folded closed, this
is the page that shows to the 
right of the calendar page.
After our unusually snowy and
'arctic blast' winter, I am ready for
some images with Springy themes!

It's been a fun project so far, but I have no
idea if I will be able to stick with the weekly
prompts for a whole year!  You can find
more info on the blog Art to the 5th.

Joining Elizabeth today for
T Tuesday...even though I'm not
drinking tea or even discussing anything
related to the letter 'T'!

I will leave you with a sketch of a
tea cup... Happy T Tuesday!

Friday, February 14, 2014


Valentine for my grandson~
modeled on a popular video game Halo figure.
Sharpie pen and watercolor.
This was a challenge, but really liked 
the way it turned out!

Valentine for my granddaughter~
she is taking tap/jazz dance lessons
for the first time, and loves it.  Sharpie
pen and watercolor.  The dancer's outfit
is pale pink, but doesn't show
 up very well on my monitor. 

Hope you have a colorful,
Happy Valentine's Day!

♥   ♥   ♥

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Altered Bottles on T Tuesday

Altered jars that I created for gifts.
Materials used:
Burlap, lace, ribbon, buttons...

music paper, scrapbook paper, vintage paper,
shabby fabric roses that I made, 
charms or vintage-style keys,
 beads, twine, silk flowers, and 
basically whatever I could get my hands on!
Some of the lace borders I actually crocheted myself.
I used a white and cream color palette for a vintage look.

I put tea light candles in them, but you could
fill them with buttons, clothespins, thread spools, or
art supplies in your craft room.  They were fun to make
and no two were exactly alike.

Above, an art journal page
with a Degas quote and various
flower motifs. Sharpie pen and watercolor.
I am still depending on color to warm
me during this cold, snowy winter!

Enjoying my coffee with a bit
of cocoa powder on another
cold morning.  Minus 11 degrees F!

Linking up with Elizabeth's 
T Tuesday blog hop.  Hope you will visit
her to see what other artists are
doing this Tuesday!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Art Journal Pages

Watercolor in my Documented Life Journal/Planner.
Our challenge this week was to open up one of our
boards on Pinterest (or any other resource we chose)
and create art from someone who inspires us.
I chose a photo from the blog Idemakeriet by Gerda
in Sweden.  I just needed a bit of Spring...
we got another four inches of snow last night.
I adore the idea of putting a little egg and an 
onion bulb in a nest. And love the vintage door handle!

Above, the tangle from last week,
with watercolor added.  I think it makes
the design 'read' more clearly...

A friend with chocolate!

Above, a collage in progress...
I think perhaps it needs text.
What do you think?