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Monday, April 21, 2014


I didn't do any art journal pages this week. Instead, I finished up my Rapunzel painting for my little princess, Destiny. If my granddaughter requests a painting, how can I possibly refuse? So this painting is now hanging on the wall above her bed.

Rapunzel Acrylic Painting

And of course once I gave it to her, she requested Belle and Ariel as well. So I think there are going to be more princesses appearing in my studio in the near future. :)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Party Animal

I only completed one art journal page this weekend. I had intended to do both The Documented Life page and the Journal52 page, but I couldn't get inspired enough by the "food box" prompt at TDL, so I just decided to skip it and do my J52 instead. The theme for that one this week is "Party Animal." So since I love kangaroos, this is what I did.

Party Animal Art Journal Page

Who doesn't love a party-going kangaroo? LOL. I also started a painting for a very special girl, my granddaughter, Destiny. She requested that I a paint Rapunzel for her, from Tangled. So I began that painting as well. It's about half way done now, and I'm hoping to finish it up next weekend. Next weekend is Easter, so that may get tricky, but I'm sure going to try. :)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Flower Child Mixed Media

I finally finished this painting...though it almost turned out to be a disaster. I had finished most of it a week ago in the studio, but I wanted to look at it again over the weekend and see if I wanted to add any final details to my Flower Child. I decided on a few finishing touches, so I began to shake up one of my blue paint pens--and as I almost finished that, the pen flew out of my hand, the lid came off, and blue paint went all over my girls face and hair! Can you say, PANIC?! 

I went into bionic mode and grabbed some baby wipes and was able to wipe off most of the paint, thank goodness. I did a little smearing in the process, and some small bits of paint did not come off. I had to do a little fixing, but for the most part I was able to fix the damage--but dang, that was close. I really love this painting, and for a minute there, I thought I'd completely ruined it. Yowza!

Anyway, here's my Flower Child Mixed Media portrait. That almost wasn't.  :)

Flower Child Mixed Media

I did the girl first on watercolor paper. That was kind of a mistake because the paper was too thick. And, as I discovered during the process, it does not like to be glued down! But I didn't seem to have any decent drawing paper, so I grabbed what I had. Live and learn. Her face was done primarily with Neocolor crayons, but there is some acrylic here and there as well. Her shirt is embellished scrapbook paper. The background is acrylics rolled on with brayers--then flowers added on top with paint pens. And the dangling stars, hearts, and moons were a stencil and I embellished them with paint. I did the word, Beautiful, freehand. I had planned to use a stencil I got for that, but it didn't fit right in the space, so I just winged it. Finally, the bird...I drew that little gal as well and used paint pen to fill her in.

I love how this turned out. Thank goodness I didn't ruin her!

A Star Can Never Die

It's no secret that I'm a Michael Jackson fan. So whenever I get the chance to put Michael in my art, whether it's in digital form, or a painting, or in my Art Journals, I jump at it. This week's prompt for The Documented Life gave me that chance. The prompt was "Monochromatic." Well, I've painted Michael twice in a monochromatic color scheme, so I decided to use a photo of one of those paintings as my starting point. This was the result.

Michael Jackson Star Can Never Die Art Journal page

Once I got the photo printed out, I sealed it with some Judikins Microglaze. I use that on almost every image that I print out to protect it. Then I embellished the photo just a bit. And then I created the companion page, using Inktense blocks and an Uni Posca paint pen, with one of Michael's quotes that I love. What can I say, I love knowing that Michael's face is in my art journal!

If you'd like to see the original oil painting of Michael, just click on the link below:

And the quote reads, "A star can never die; it just turns into a smile and melts back into the cosmic music, the dance of life."

Rain or Shine

This week's prompt for the Journal52 challenge is Rain or Shine--or anything related to weather. I immediately thought of that song, Rain or Shine. Many greats have sung that song, but my personal favorite is the Ray Charles version.

Anyhoots, this is my creation for that challenge.

Rain or Shine Art Journal page

Some of the words of the song make me think of my mom, so the winged heart represents her. And the words I chose from the song are the ones I need to remember--the remind myself that she is with me...always.

Monday, March 31, 2014

What's In a Name

This week's theme at The Documented Life challenge was to do an embellished name. That kind of thing is fun, and I used to do lots of name projects when I was teaching art. So I enjoyed this art journal page a lot. Here's what I came up with.

Name Art Journal Page

This is all done with markers. It is actually a magenta color, but it looks almost red on here. Oh well. I found some perfect washi tape to coordinate with my journal page too. 

I also nearly completed a new mixed media painting, but I have a few finishing touches to add to it yet, so hopefully I can get that finished this weekend and post it next week.