A sparrow's journey through this crazy, beautiful life...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sorrow - Gut Art Week 3

Painted with Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons and acrylics on 9 x 12 Mixed Media paper.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Resolve - Gut Art Week 3

Painted with Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons and acrylics on 12 x 16 canvas paper.

Blue - Gut Art Week 3

Painted with Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons and acrylics on 12 x 16 canvas paper.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Breathe - Gut Art Week 3


Painted with Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons and acrylics on 12 x 16 canvas paper.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

She Fixed Her Eyes on the Son - Gut Art Week 2

Painted with Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons and acrylics on 9 x 12 Mixed Media paper.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Transparent - Gut Art Week 2

I have to say, this is my favorite piece so far. I love being able to see so much of what's behind her.


Painted with Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons and acrylics on 9 x 12 Mixed Media paper.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Unending Love - Gut Art Week 2

This is the first piece that I have some progress pics showing Mystele's pulled art technique. You can find out more about Mystele and this technique at her Little Glimpses Studio Ning site and her Little Glimpses Blog.




Painted with Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons and acrylics on 9 x 12 Mixed Media paper.

























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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Secret - Gut Art Week 1

Painted with Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons and acrylics on 9 x 12 Mixed Media paper. Swimsuit is paper-pieced.

Nowhere But Up - Gut Art Week 1

My first week in Mystele's Gut Art class at Little Glimpses Studio.

This is my first attempt at painting with an old credit card as a substitution for a palette knife.

Painted with Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons and acrylics on 9 x 12 Mixed Media paper.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

More Mixed Media Mayhem

Today I want to share a project I've been working on for a while. You might remember that I am taking an online workshop with Roben-Marie Smith called Mixed Media Mayhem. I've finished my background papers and assembled my journal and wanted to share the results.

I've had a lot of fun with this and it has helped me to get a little more comfortable with some of my supplies and colors. The cover is made of canvas fabric with muslin trim. Eventually, I'll journal on these and may even share them again once I've done that. I'm finding that my creative journey is taking me in new directions. While I still love papercrafting and card-making, I'm falling in love with drawing, painting, journaling and just art in general.




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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Art Journaling - Mixed Media Mayhem

Hi everyone! I've recently started an art journaling workshop by Roben-Marie Smith called Mixed Media Mayhem. I big portion of the material shows you how to create backgrounds with gesso, sprays, acrylic paints and stencils among other things. I thought I'd share some of my backgrounds here. They are not completed art journal pages, but they will be at some point. :)

There are a few projects that the workshop covers, but the main one is creating a journal with file folders for the pages and a canvas cover.

You can see the info about the class here: Mixed Media Mayhem by Roben-Marie Smith





Monday, August 22, 2011

Art Journaling

Well, I've debated posting this for over a week now. With the encouragement of blogging buddy, Dana, I'm jumping in. Notice I did not say diving because my attempt is more like a belly flop!

Art journaling - the words intrigue and terrify me. I so badly want to be an artist, but it is not something that was ever encouraged for me. I don't think I really have an eye for it and definitely have no training.  But this art journal... wow... a way to release those thoughts/emotions that I have no words for. Wow. It never occurred to me before I heard those words and it has stirred something deep within. Many times my thoughts are very abstract and I have trouble putting words to them. Writing helps... talking does not. I also have Fibromyalgia... I will spare you the details, but one of the symptoms that is very strong for me is "brain fog" or "fibro fog." I don't think on my feet well. Can't make quick decisions easily. I tend to just shut down under stress or pressure. And the biggest issue... word finding. You know how a word can be on the tip of your tongue but you just can't think of it? That times a thousand. Every sentence, especially when talking to a stranger. Even just mundane words. Most of the time, all I can get is the first letter. Then, I'm playing charades... "you know, that word that starts with 'A'"..."you mean 'and'?"... "YEAH, THAT'S IT!" Yes, it really is that ridiculous. This is why art journaling intrigues me so.

I tend to learn by example. I copy others until I understand and can put my own spin on it. I love Christy Tomlinson's She Art and I really hope I can take her class at some point. She also has an art journaling class I want to take. While my page is a far, far cry from Christy's work, her stuff was in my head, along with a million other people's. (Check out my Pinterest Art and Art Journaling Board.)

Here are some links that have helped me get started.
Dana's Inspirations
Daisy Yellow
Bloggabella
Roben Marie
Patter Cross


I've been researching and drooling and wishing for over a month now. I've gessoed over my work twice. It has taken me a week to post. With great fear and trepidation... here it is. Please be gentle. :)



I'm thinking of doing this 30 Days of Lists. I thought it might be helpful to get my art journal some substance without too much thought. I don't need anything hindering me at this point. :)

I want to say a big thanks to Dana for being such an encourager. You have no idea how much! :)

Some of the supplies used include:
Gesso
Acrylic paints (the cheapo kind)
Stamps from Stretch N' Bubbles, The Craft's Meow, Hero Arts
Random dictionary pages (who uses the actual book anymore?)
Sharpie Marker
Bic Mark It markers
I couldn't leave out my singed flower.