Well, while continuing my adventure with the Art Journal Caravan, we got to create a Zentangle. What is a Zentangle, you may ask? It's basically creating a series of patterns (normally in black and white) which are combined to make one awesome piece of art. There are no rules and it's very relaxing when you get into it. I just used drawing paper and a Sharpie ultra-fine pen to create this.
My son encouraged this layout so here it is. I haven't been inspired lately to create for the 100 Themes ... hopefully I get all 100 created by the end of the year. Fingers crossed!!! Thanks for looking.
This month members of the Caravan were challenged to delve into our family history and design something that reflects our heritage. Since I have recently been addicted to Ancestry.com and have been researching my parents' families, and have a ton of family photos, this challenge was right up my alley. I finally chose one photo that, I think, symbolizes the journey for most families coming from one country and settling in another. This ancestor and her new husband traveled from London, England, in 1869, to New York, and then homesteaded in Nebraska, before finally landing in Fresno, California, via Idaho. As I was designing this piece I had time to think about what life was like for this family and how lucky I am to have my home and family, health and happiness. Family history can lead you down an interesting and enlightening road ...
The Art Journal Caravan led by Tangie Baxter over at http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/ took a detour with a scavenger hunt. We had to do a page a week for the month of June with a list of items to be used in our art piece. This is what I came up with ... and boy, was it ever challenging!
Week #1 Items to be Used: Elephant, Telephone, Moon, Bubble, Fence or Wall, Coconut
Week #2 Items to be Used: Bottle Marked "Poison", Luggage, Horseshoe, Chameleon or Reptile, Thermostat or Thermometer, Telescope or Binoculars
Week #3 Items to be Used: Game Piece, Crown, Street Sign, Hot Air Balloon, Stamp, Crow
Items to be Used: Light, Aquatic Animal, Precious Stone, Astrological Sign or Constellation, Ink, Flag
I reworked a prior piece I'd done just because it reflected the "Eyes" theme. Using elements from Tumble Fish Studios, Crowabout, and Catherine Designs give this kinda of a "collagey" feel. Thanks for looking!
Well, it's a little late to post this for the 4th of July ... but better late than never! This is a photo of my dad who served on the U.S.S. Laffey during the Korean conflict. Several years ago, my dad, sister, and I got to visit the destroyer when it was ported at Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, and it was quite an experience. Not a lot of room to move around ... that's for sure! Thanks for looking, and hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July.
The mother of a friend of mine went on a cruise to Alaska and took some wonderful photos. My friend wanted to do a piece for her mom using a lot of the photos, but, of course, making them fit is always the challenge. I used as many as I could without it looking too crowded, and extracted some flowers from photos she took (because she loves flowers) and used them as different focal points. About 25 of her photos were used to create this piece.
Since joining Tangie Baxter's Art Journal Caravan (Scrapbookgraphics.com), I've been incorporating a lot of quotes in my artwork that reflect my thinking. Each week we get a verb to create around and, as always, the journey is in creating each piece. It's really fun, and I enjoy being a part of the Caravan!
It's been a while since I've posted. Lots of projects going on and life in general. I really want to complete the 100 Themes for the year so I've got to light a fire and get going. When I thought of "Summer Haze" I immediatey thought of my grandpa napping on his hammock strung up between to apple trees. He grew Gravenstein and Golden Delicious apples, and we were lucky to get to them before the deer arrived! This was a good memory and fun to remember ...
Geez ... I've had a super hard time posting anything to Blogger. I'm getting a "server rejected" message and had to edit my settings. Hopefully I've fixed the problem, but from what others have said it doesn't look too promising. Anyway, I really love vintage photos, and this one of the boys caught my eye. They look so cute and well-behaved, but as we all know ... boys will be boys. Thanks for looking!
Starting in on this I knew I wanted a chaise in a cave, and this is what evolved. Upon completion, I wasn't sure if I liked it or not so I've been sitting on it for a few weeks. Turns out ... I like it! Thanks for looking!
I've started a new adventure and joined the Art Journal Caravan created by Tangie Baxter over at http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/. It's art and art journaling combined to take you on a journey of self-discovery through a different prompt every week. This week's prompt is "Understanding".
The moment I saw this figure I knew I wanted to use it somehow for this theme. There are so many different ways to go with the color scheme but this is what spoke to me as I was creating it. Thanks for looking and have a great week!!!
My son traveled to Europe with his university basketball team, and he took some really great photos. The background I used here of the alley was a photo he took in Barcelona. It was fun to use a photo that he took for my own artistic purposes and he was pleased with the outcome, too! Thanks so much for looking!
#90 - Alley
With Thanks to:
Texture: skeletalmess @ flickr and Shadowhouse Creations
You ever have one of those days where nothing seems to come together? Timing is off, everything I touch seems to fall on the floor, and please don't get behind the wheel of a car. I created this piece on that day. Enough said. All elements are from Finecrafted Designs and deviantscrap.com, except for the house which is from the internet. Thanks for looking!
Well, life got in the way of art and that can be very frustrating. You know how it is when you're painting bathroom cabinets, but the real question is whether or not you should add that extra overlay to your current art work? Anyway, here is Mother Nature. I used a lot of texturing and brushes and there are a ton of layers. Thanks so much for looking!
Well, my creative muse took a hike for a while but hopefully it's back. Here's my piece for the theme "Passion". I wanted to use tango dancers but had a tough time finding the right image. The swirly overlay from Shadowhouse Creations helped convey the feelings.
This theme was challenging in that there was no emotional connection for me to a lemon tree. I find that I can usually evoke a memory or get a train of thought going when designing a piece, but this topic was so completely random that I had to really get a feeling for it. I hope you like it!
Just wanted to do something fun and colorful for this theme, so why not use some Asian parasols? There are so many beautiful designs, and it was hard deciding which ones to use. The background is origami paper.
A tricky theme. I really wanted to use this figure somehow so I think it worked out for this theme. Again, textures and blending, changing opacity, to give it the look I wanted. Thanks for looking and your comments!
This piece was fun to do, and I just wanted to keep it light and whimsical. A few different "skies" were used and some blending done. I think I'd like to go to the Twilight Club ... Thanks for looking!
Wow ... there are so many ways to go with this theme, but I have been wanting to use the car so this is what I came up with. Lots of layers and brushes and blending. I think they'll have an interesting journey ... Thanks for looking!
I think this challenge could be taken in so many different ways. Since I really love the Venetian Carnival masks, I wanted to go in that direction and just make the interpretation fairly simple. Nothing too crazy on this one -- textured overlays and drop shadows. Thanks for looking:
I initially was going to use this photo of Anna Mae Wong for the "Exotic" theme, but after working with it I thought it spoke more to "waiting". Anyway, I didn't do a lot to it other than blend some textures, but I really like the way it turned out. Thanks for looking!
#55 - Waiting
With Thanks to:
Textures: Skeletalmess @flickr
Frame: Lorie Davison (Prairie Gal)
Clock: Steampunk Clock Pendant vby Karla Chan @ deviantart
Wings: Finecrafted Designs
Floor: Holliewood Studios (Metal Momma)
Anna Mae Wong: The Happy Wanderer Memorial @ flickr
I've always wanted to use the photo of these two women. I started designing for Theme #20 - Half, but then when I was finished I decided it spoke more to Past Days (whimsically, of course). As always, thanks for looking, and I really appreciate your comments!
What could be more innocent than a child with a kitten? I really enjoyed using DeviantScrap's ColorSplash kit which is currently featured in Somerset's Digital Studio magazine. There are some super great papers and random elements that makes it so much fun to play with. I am also a very big admirer of Marsha Jorgensen of Tumblefish Studios and love her collage elements that are available in her Etsy shop. Thanks for looking!
There are some photos that just can't be kept in a box ... they represent a special moment that you want to remember, or evoke a feeling that connects you to that point in time. Maybe there's a certain message that you feel that photo represents. I feel that way about lots of my photos, and there are a few pieces that I've done:
You know how we all have tons of family photos and they are scattered all over the place ... in boxes, in drawers, in ... who know's where? I've been doing a lot of family photo collages where several photos can be showcased. The images are either extracted from their original photos or kept as original and then framed. These pieces are in a 12"x12" format (a large scrapbooking page). Here are a few that I've done:
This is my son as he has grown up ...
A friend of mine wanted a piece to give to her nieces and nephews using several old family photos, but she didn't want a lot of embellishments. This is what we came up with:
This is a piece again using old family photos:
This type of memory art is a great visual representation of your family memories from the past or present.