Monday, July 22

Go with all your heart! More Inspirational Mixed Media Collage

Hi friends. 
I've been busy in the studio. 
So many ideas are whirling around in my brain so I decided to get some out...

I love these  quotes...

Can you read what they say? 

I kind of love these pieces. 
Most of the time I finish, and I'm just too close to it to tell if I even like it. 
But after waking up and seeing these... I kind of love them.
They're a little different for me.

I'm trying to branch out of my comfort zone, 
try new colors and techniques. 
Anyway, here they are.

We are packing up to go to the mountains for a week.
I love the mountains in the summer.

I'm just taking my watercolors & pens with me. 
Honestly, it makes me kind of nervous to leave my art stuff.
Is that weird? Do you feel that way too?
But I won't even have time to miss it.

Happy summer friends!


Saturday, July 6

The 4th, journaling, kids, and my feelings about the park

 We are in the thick of it. 
Summer.  Hot. Art. Marriage. Kids.
Life. of it.

Jeanette had a really good point,
 that social media only shows the perfect, 
when clearly everyone's perfect life is not perfect. 
I get that & it's annoying.

But I do like looking back on the little moments throughout week that are kairos, you know?
Because I really do forget all of these little details as soon as they're gone.
I'm exhausted. I'm sure you are too. 
But looking back through our days and weeks makes me happy.

I was so spoiled this week. 
My aunt & cousin came out from Texas and we stayed on Mission Beach.
For a whole night. Without kids. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh...
And we sat on the porch and drank wine and ate Trader Joes concoctions
and walked around the beach and rode the rollercoaster and doodled and painted and slept in.

We had a great 4th of July. I loved it, actually. Mellow. 
Barbeque and firework and bubbles, and of course I forgot to take pictures.

Watching fireworks with friends and their cute kids...

I love this picture of Darryl and Josh, 
my mom and Jack watching fireworks.
They were thrilled.

I have been stalking this blog ever since Judy Giusta Facebooked it.
Whatever you do don't read it if you don't want to get on a plane
and fly to Russia and adopt 2 precious little souls with me. Tomorrow.
Don't tell my husband.

I love this book. I think I'm the last person on the planet to read it.
Bit by bit. 

I want to read this book...

Art journaling. My love. 
Makes me happy just thinking about it. 
I made a photo transfer for the first time and it came out amazing.
I kind of can't believe it. It's like magic.
The possibilities are endless. Seriously excited about this.
I scratched too hard, where the arrows are,
but it is seriously so beautiful to me. 

I'll have an art journaling tutorial (Day 19) about photo transfers on Monday.
It's seriously easy. I mean it.

Here are my new canvases...
I've bee making lots and lots of art. 
Don't worry, I will burn out and take a break soon, 
but right now I am on a roll.

Here are some new flowers I've been working on in the middle of the night. 
After 5 years of making art and having littles I cannot even begin to find a balance.
Some times I just fall over at 7:00 after a day with them 
and sometimes I stay up until 3 because I just want to and
 I'm on a roll and I don't want to stop.
What do you do? Seriously, I wanna know. 
What do you do?
I love my kids and I love my art.
 I'm a better, kinder, gentler person when I have art in my life.
both are a necessary.

I love it. It seriously makes me so happy. 
And so tired.  

I have a perfect solution, it just doesn't seem to be working for me. 
If only I didn't have to sleep... 

I know. it's season. 
And a sweet, sweet season at that.
Exhausting and beautiful is what it is.

And the nights. Seriously, the nights.
The nights are cools and quiet and perfect.
I love outdoor summer nights with the littles riding around the backyard.
Happy summer friends. 

Thursday, July 4

Wednesday, July 3

31 Days of Scripture Art Journaling:: Day 19: Altering Photos

Start here.

Day 19: Altering Photos

There are so many ways to use and alter photos in your art.
Today we are just going to paint over them. That's it! Easy. Fun.
because you don't have to be a great artist and create something from scratch.

You will need:
Color copies or ink jet printed copies of your photo
*Tomorrow we'll be creating transfers which require laser copies,
so if you are already at the kinko and making laser copies, make a few extra.

Everything else you need for all the other days...
gel medium

 I keep my photos & copies in folders by subject.
Aren't I so organized? I just impressed myself.
Really, I just made these files, but I keep them in a big heap in a drawer. 

Here are the real pics I took, posterized on picmonkey, and ordered from shutterfly.
Then I took them to Kinkos (I know the name changed, but it will always be kinkos in my book.)
and enlarged them & made color copies.
It's really fun to play with the colors and density and the settings on the copy machine.
***Secret Tip: The people that work there really appreciate it when your 2 year old pulls out all the candy and runs around the store and you take 30 minutes just to put it back and they beg you to leave while they clean it up because they just can't take it any more.

These are my great grandma Dorothy's teacups.
Love them. I really want to do something with them.

This is Quail Gardens.
Love all the succulents.

More flower fields...

Okay. Let's start.
1. Gesso
 I started with gesso and paint and dragged it around the page with a paper towel.

2. Paper
I glued some paper scraps down with gel medium
and then tore up the color copies and glued them on top.
The gel medium is still wet here, so it looks opaque,
but it dries clear.

3. Paint
This picture is horrible in my kitchen lighting in the middle of the night,
but I just painted on top of the copy. That's it.
I also painted around it and added some paint details.

Here it is closer...

4. Sharpie.

And more detail with Sharpie.
i went a little overboard.
Here is the final page.
And I don't like it one bit.

The colors just look harsh & ug to me.
But it's done and it's journaling and it's all about the process, right?
Here are some more details...

Day 20: Photo Transfers

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