Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Documented Life Project Week 3

The theme for this week's prompt is the color wheel together with a quote from Georgia O'Keeffe:
"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way . . . “


I didn't work with layers like last week. But I did prep my page with gesso. I looked at a painting from O'Keeffe for inspiration and I used oil crayons, baby wipes and my fingers to blend in the colors. The O'Keeffe quote is a bit long and because I only have about an A5 page, I didn't have room for such a large quote. So I choose this quote from the Pocahontas movie instead. I used a stencil and my stabilo 88 pens to put the quote on there. I am quite happy with this page :)


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Documented Life Project Week 2

I am a bit late with finishing this page in comparison to last week. There was a nasty cold in my way which prevented me from doing much. The prompts for these week were Gesso and a Quote from Mary Shelley: The beginning is always today.

I choose to try a reverse stencil technique from this YouTube video.


You first prime your page with Gesso. Then add a layer of acrylic paint. Place a stencil on top and spray some water over the stencil. Leave it to sit for about a minute.


Go over the page with a baby wipe and you will get this result. As you can see I need to practice more, but I love the effect.


I wanted to do something with first steps for the journaling prompt but it took me a couple of days to put this together. I leaved through some magazines for inspiration and I finally took out the scrabble tiles for part of the quote. I traced the socks from a pattern I had laying around. They are actually witches socks from a Halloween craft magazine. I used some bubble wrap on the background, then pasted on the paper bits and finished it with acrylic white paint for the legs and the rest of the quote. I traced some bubble with a white pen and the letters etc with black pen.


Monday, January 5, 2015

Documented Life Project Week 1

So, it is time that I revived this blog. It has been so long! I do plan to post some things from last year too, but I want to start with a new project I am participating in. Quite last minute I found out about the documented life project. It are weekly art journal prompts in a classroom and it is free. I am participating in my watercolor moleskine.

In the first week, the art prompt was book pages and the journal prompt was: be your own goalkeeper. The theme for January over all is: the blank page.


So I started with cutting out some text from an animal encyclopaedia I had laying around and paste that on paper. I made a border with oil crayons.


I painted over everything with watercolors, because I knew that this would keep my borders in tact. The top letters are stickers that I normally use for Project Life and the bottom letters are a stencil that I traced with a fineliner pen. Last, I used some stamps for more decoration and that was that.

As for my goals: this sums it up quite nicely.
I love to eat good food. Tasty food makes a whole lot of difference in my world. This does not mean junk food, mind you. But good home cooking and baking. I get cranky when I don't eat good food. And the whole diet wagon pisses me off, so this is the rebel side of me ;)
Play, be creative, is my second goal. I need to make time to do this and not only my homework, just because I have to.
And last: do the things I love. I am easily stressed out and I need a lot of me time. Relax, relax, relax. If I don't my body starts acting up more and I have to do everything that I can, to stay healthy.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

WOYWW: School update


A while ago I came across a creative meme that is called What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. It is all about showing what is going on on your workdesk and is hosted by Julia from Stamping Ground. I really like participating, because it is an easy way to show you what I have been working on, and it is fun to visit some other participants :)

My workdesk isn't always at home. Once a month I have a lesson at school. Today I am sharing pictures of my last school day and my workdesk there. We were learning a technique with fine sand (the one use you use in a birdcage.


We had to paint a colorful background at home to work on. I choose spring colors.


Then we had to mix the sand with gesso. Put a thick layer on there and make a pattern in it to bring back some color.


Paint to accent the pattern.



Finished product.

It is an interesting technique but very messy. I don't have pictures of the actual process because I didn't dare to take out my phone ;)



Wednesday, February 19, 2014

WOYWW: Project Life Update


A while ago I came across a creative meme that is called What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. It is all about showing what is going on on your workdesk and is hosted by Julia from Stamping Ground. I really like participating, because it is an easy way to show you what I have been working on, and it is fun to visit some other participants :)

This is getting old, but I have been off the radar yet again. The thing is that I only want to join WOYWW when I can actually visit some people, and with my failing health in the past months this wasn't rea;;y the case. That, and I have yoga classes on Wednesday for a few months now. This makes things hard to combine. Anyway, I have been doing homework and Project Life, but I will only show Project Life now. I might show my homework in another update, but I can't promise anything.


Week 3 was the week that my health started to act up. I spend most time in bed.


In Week 4, I still wasn't much stronger, but we (mostly Nick) tried some new recipes in the kitchen.


Week 5 we had a dinner with all the volunteers from Abunai!, which was fun and eventful and it was Imbolc.


In week 6 there was more food, and preparations for a party. I forgot to make pics of that party....


Week 7 was the last work week from my BF as a mail man. Due to a strange construction in Dutch law, he can come back in 3 months. Our dog Rinoa turned 2.

I am enjoying Project Life but I try to stick to the original concept, that it has to be fast and easy. Trying not to want it too perfect or whatever. Or else I won't stick with it.


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

WOYWW: A clean desk!!


A while ago I came across a creative meme that is called What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. It is all about showing what is going on on your workdesk and is hosted by Julia from Stamping Ground. I really like participating, because it is an easy way to show you what I have been working on, and it is fun to visit some other participants :)

So, I have been away for about a month. The holidays swept me away and after that a nice flu, which I am still recovering from. But right after new years, I had my desk really organised!! It still it. I am proud ;)


I bought some new storage boxes. The 2 big blue ones are new. The top one has all my project life things and the bottom all my washi and deco tape.


And here is my first week of Project Life. Except for the top left card, which is from the winter set, the rest are from a crafting block. The January card is a freebie.


And my 2nd week :) These cards are all from the Winter set. I need more design A layouts as shown above. This was the only one I got because I got a mixed bag. But I think I like these best. But I will have to try the others before I am sure. Expect to see more of this here for the next year :)



Wednesday, December 11, 2013

WOYWW: Homework and some small projects


A while ago I came across a creative meme that is called What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. It is all about showing what is going on on your workdesk and is hosted by Julia from Stamping Ground. I really like participating, because it is an easy way to show you what I have been working on, and it is fun to visit some other participants :)


This is a piece I did for my expressionism homework. I hate to paint humans, but that was the assignment ;) I am not displeased with the final result, but I rather paint nature or something, haha. This is oil paint on cardboard with a black gesso background. I painted this over a week ago and the oil paint is still wet. I might need to dry blow it :S

I made some red-white themed snail-mail. I think this might be the last of the year, with x-mas coming up and all. I love working on stuff like this when I have some time.


I also did another stamp collage, this time with the winter / x-mas stamps I collected from last year. Those are really fun to make :) And I have to use my stamps in some way, because I have way too many at this point ;)


Lastly, I made some wintery cards for my Project Life that I am starting in the new year. I just traced original PL cards and this paper is sturdy enough. I am probably going to pimp them more later on. I am looking for Project Life blogs to follow for inspiration, so if any of you know fun PL blogs, please let me know :) I am still a bit overwhelmed with it all.

Have a nice Wednesday all :) I will be hopping by before my yoga class :)


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

WOYWW: 3rd day of school and snail mail


A while ago I came across a creative meme that is called What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. It is all about showing what is going on on your workdesk and is hosted by Julia from Stamping Ground. I really like participating, because it is an easy way to show you what I have been working on, and it is fun to visit some other participants :)

I worked on a huge (for me) painting this week and did some small things :) Nothing big, because I put must of my time in finishing the painting I started at school.


I get a lot of stamps and I always cut those from the envelope for creative use later. This is my first fully collaged stamp postcard. Before I used them for added decoration. I like this as well :)


This is the re-make for the ATC swap, because the previous one never arrived. I don't like to make the exact same thing twice, so I went with something totally different :) Hopefully it will arrive this time.


And here is my 50x60 painting. Theme is expressionism. I love expressionism, but the base we had to work from wasn't really my thing. We had to sketch 2 versions of a Rembrandt painting, and then capture an emotion we felt from the painting in our own painting. Well, I think I made it my own, but it was not my most fun project to work on. I am not unhappy with the final result though.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

WOYWW: Homework and snailmail


A while ago I came across a creative meme that is called What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. It is all about showing what is going on on your workdesk and is hosted by Julia from Stamping Ground. I really like participating, because it is an easy way to show you what I have been working on, and it is fun to visit some other participants :)

I wasn't here for a few weeks, because I just didn't feel like blogging, or pretty much anything because my energy level was so low, and I had trouble keeping up as it was. I did manage to fit in some creativity, apart from the required homework ;)


I had to make some more impressionism homework, so I did a still life of fruits. I had some trouble with the background because I didn't want to paint by eye, because all the mess in the house didn't need to on the painting. So I tried something free form. Very un-impressionism ;)

And some mushrooms. I just love mushrooms :)

I also made this ATC a few weeks ago, but waited with posting this before it was received. Sadly it never arrived. I am now working on a new one.


And I made a postcard collage for a swap. I did the backgrounds way back. I still have 3 of these backgrounds left which I will turn into future collages as well :) Well this is it from me, short and sweet :)


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

WOYWW: Finished the painting


A while ago I came across a creative meme that is called What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. It is all about showing what is going on on your workdesk and is hosted by Julia from Stamping Ground. I really like participating, because it is an easy way to show you what I have been working on, and it is fun to visit some other participants :)

This week it is short and sweet because the only thing I have to show you is the finished painting that I started at school.


I didn't take a close up because it is impressionism and that can better be viewed from a bit of a distance.
On the background my messy desk and my autumn trees wallpaper. I did make an ATC this week as well, but I can't show that yet. But other than that I did mainly read. I had this huge book about van Gogh that I wanted to finish. Anyway, today I will do more impressionism for my homework, but first a bit of desk hopping ;)