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Monday, April 29, 2013

April Creative Dare / Gelli Print Party

Mixed Media Monday
April Creative Dare


The April Creative Dare for Mixed Media Mondays was to think of FIVE WORDS describing what your life means.  Your purpose!  What FIVE WORDS encompass what you want to be remembered for?  

It was so hard to pick five words that would be all encompassing of what I wanted to be remembered for...because each time I would decide on one, it seemed so trite and superficial.
Finally I gave in and picked the ones that I hope best describes me...and I hope that my family and friends see these qualities in me.  

...as I'm fighting a nasty cold and just didn't have the energy to dig out my paints, inks or pencils, I decided to take a different route for this month's Mixed Media Monday's Creative Dare.

 I started with a scanned Gelli print Ghost print/ cleanup paper.  I liked the colors and the texture and thought it would be perfect for what I was envisioning.

I first downloaded it to my iPad and using Adobe Ideas I added to the faint orange wash at the top and gave it the beginning of the glowing sun.  The light wispy brown tendrils and a few seeds/berries were added...but they felt too one dimensional.

...so then I pulled out my laptop and opened it up in Photoshop, where I added some more seeds/berries with some added depth and dimension.  I added some masking tape from a digital scrapbook kit and added my words.

I then finished up the glow of the sun with some Photoshop brushwork and called it done. 
So now I'm going to post my link to Mixed Media Mondays and call it a night.  I'll also be linking up to Carolyn Dube's Colorful Gelli Print Party for May.

Thanks for stopping by my little blog and I hope you take the time to do something creative every day...
Anna

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

WOYWW #203

What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday?


...as for mine, I took a bit of time to paint earlier this week and the remnants of that are still sitting on my desk.  I've been taking a free class from Kat McBride called Let's Paint Fabulous Faces! and I finally got all the right paints and brushes for the class and had the time to actually try my hand at it.  

I want to be able to add little faces into my journaling and art and I'm hoping that with a bit a practice I'll at least get faster at painting, as it took me forever to get this far.  I like how she looks so far though...so I know it is just a matter of practice, practice and more practice!

My son brought home his prom pictures yesterday and they are sitting there waiting for me to divide them up so he can give part of them to his girlfriend.

...and there is also a lovely postcard from a friend in a postcard exchange group that I belong to that came in the mail yesterday.  It has a wonderful little quote from William Shakespeare about April on it and little birds and fun Spring colors.

Spring is being a late bloomer this year...even for us in Florida.  Here is it almost May and I'm still having to grab a jacket in the mornings.


Below is a shot of the face I am working on.  I can't wait to get back to my paints and work some more on her.  I need to finish her eyes before I move on to her hair and other finishing touches.  Someone said she looked so sad, and I see that.  Hopefully once I add some sparkle to her eyes and give her a pretty hair-do, she will feel better and look a little happier~



I'm looking forward to a nice fun weekend.  I work late today, and then I have the next four days off and my husband and I are going to enjoy the Leesburg Bikefest.  We have several friends that are in bands and they will be playing in different venues all weekend, so we will be hopping around to see them play and we will be checking out all the cool bikes.  

We will probably enjoy a ride or two ourselves if the weather stays nice.  We haven't really had nice enough weather to get out on the bike very much...and I don't like to ride when it is cold!!

If you want to see what everyone is up to for What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday, be sure and stop on over at Julia's Stamping Ground and take a peek at everyone's desks.  I'm off to post my link there and check out a few desks before I head off to work.

Have an Artful Day!
Anna

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

WOYWW #202


What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday?

Didn't have the time this week to pull out paint or inks and play, but I did pull out the of my heat emboss-able film and my woodburner/stencil cutter and cut a few stencils to use with my Gelli Plate and sprays.


I printed out some shapes and dug out a piece of glass from a picture frame.
I used the page with all the circles as a template to cut some lumpy odd shaped circles which was really what I was wanting.


I cut a joyful silhouette and some other shapes that you can't see in the pictures.
I was really pleased with how they turned out once I got the hang of it and can't wait to try them out!


I may go back and try to make another stencil and cut them as perfect circles.  
We will see just how ambitious I get!


Be sure and stop on over at Julia's Stamping Ground for What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday and check out what everyone has been up to. 
I'm headed over there now to post my link and take a peek at everyone's desks.

Thanks to all who drop by my little blog!  I love having visitors!  
Please say a little hello in the comments if you are so inclined.
Have an artful day!
Anna


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

WOYWW # 201

What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday?

As usual I am running late in the day posting my WOYWW!!
Crazy busy day with 3 different doctor and dentist appointments for kids, 
plus working at my day job for me.
Be sure and stop on over at Julia's Stamping Ground for What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday
and check out all the fun of having a peek at what is on everyone's work desk!
Here is what is sitting on mine tonight.

I had to take my daughter to the dentist this afternoon, 
so while I was waiting I pulled out my Gelatos and journal.

I'm taking Kat McBride's "Let's Paint! Fabulous Faces" and wanted to see what I could 
do with just what I had on hand at the time.
I started with a page that had a bit of yellow acrylic 
where I had cleaned my brush when I was working on another project.
I finger blended the hair and face and set in the lips all with my fingers.

I used some Pitt pens and Big Brush pens to start the eyes.
 I've got to let these dry and heat set them, so that I can continue to layer with Pitt pens and other mediums and complete her lips and eyes and do her nose, etc....

I have to go to JoAnns or Michaels to pick up the Americana paint colors that I don't have before I can work with acrylics using the method that Kat is teaching, 
but I couldn't resist having a go at it with my Gelatos.


Saturday, April 06, 2013

Gelli Plate Fun!

Saturday Morning Gelli Time!

Took some time this morning to play with my Gelli Plate by Gelli Arts.  Boy was that fun!  Time slipped away as I layered paint and pulled print after print from the plate.
I had started out the morning with a headache...and somewhere along the way I realized it was gone!  Gelli Printing worked better than a pain pill!!


Here are just a few of the prints I pulled.  I played in all kinds of colors...but I did realize I need to make or buy a lot more stencils.  You'll notice a few Eiffel Tower and pig prints in the mix.  My youngest daughter loves purple, pigs and the Eiffel Tower, so we have decided to do some artwork and to write a children's book with illustrations called Purple Pig in Paris.  I cut the pig stencil and the Eiffel Tower stencil and these are my first attempts at putting them together...still have some more stencils to cut and planning to do before we do the final prints.


Just another shot of some of the prints I pulled.  I've got some that are done, but still have quite a few that will go back on the Gelli Plate for more layers when I get it out again.


Playing in pink and purple...and a bit of pale blue.


Going BOLD with red and black.  This is not my usual color scheme...but look how fun they turned out!! I LIKE!


Just a little close up of an Eiffel Tower page with blue, white and gold.


I lost track of layers here...and actually this piece ended up with more layers before I finished.  I THINK...I kind of lost track.  LOL!!


These are just a few first step shots from my Purple Pig in Paris project.


Just a few Behind the Scenes type shots.  The upper left pictures shows just a few of the paints I used and the bottom left shows my stencils going in to soak.  I need to have my son pull down my big paper making tub from the shelf so I can lay them flat in the water rather than having to flip them on their ends. (I'm a little bit vertically challenged, so it's nice to have a nice and tall son to get things down for me.)
The last time I played in my paints it was my hair that wore paint and gesso.  This time my poor cabinets took all the splatter...(insert sad face here)...now I've got to figure out how to get dried acrylic off of them.  Oh well...they are for art supplies after all.

Well, it's off to help my son get ready for the Prom!  Gotta get the camera ready!
Hope everyone has a wonderful art filled weekend!

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

WOYWW - #200


What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday?

Whew! I I almost forgot WOYWW!!
Crazy busy week with little time to sit at my art desk, but I did manage to pull out my new Gelli Plate from Gelli Arts and throw down some paint one evening.  The papers were still laying on my desk where I had spread them out to look at them after they dried.  Can't wait to dig out the Gelli Plate and play again soon!

Everyone has been posting pictures of their art desks and let me tell you, it is so much fun to have a peek at what everyone else is working on!  You should check it out and play along!