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Friday, August 13, 2010

Journal Pages, Zendoodles, Sketches, and Beads--Oh, My!

Hey there! It's been a while! I haven't been as creative lately as I was for a while, but I have been doing a little dabbling. Below is a smattering of some of the stuff I'm working on. I also have several canvases in progress. I'll share them later. I didn't get the best scans of these but you get the idea. Okay, here goes...


"Love": This is a double journal page in my "Book of Me" Moleskine sketchbook. I was playing with fluid acrylics, making different textures and patterns when the red hair and face shape appeared, so I gave her eyes and a nose. The centers of the flowers are my fingertip with black paint, so they are essentially my fingerprints. The Chinese character is a stamp, and I think it may be upside down, that means LOVE. I'm thinking it needs a little something else on the right hand page, maybe a word or too...


"Depression": Also a double page spread in the "Book of Me." I was having kind of a bad day. Can you tell? I drew the face on top of the dark colors and textures. The little face on the right is a stamp in a light spot. Maybe she stands for hope? There are words hidden in the paint, but I'm thinking I need a couple of words stamped in maybe white ink...



Also from the "Book of Me" journal. I really like the dark side and light side of the face and the fluid acrylic colors and textures. What I am not happy with are the two prominant white spots in the center, which were entirely unintentional. The pages stuck together and this is what I get for forgetting to put wax paper between them before I closed the book. I have some more work to do on this one before I can live with it...


"Life Goes On": Double page from a different journal. The background was colored in with watercolor pencils, sprayed with water, and smushed around with a paper towel and let dry. The coffee pots and some of the flowers and butterflies were on a paper towel that I seperated and tore apart, then using acrylic medium I glued them to the pages. The dragonflies and bees were torn from a different paper towel and glued down and left to dry. I added more color on top with the wc pencils, then decided it needed a face peeking out from behind the pots. I have a friend who practically lives for coffee. My cousin made the statement that no matter what is happening to you at the moment, Life Goes On. It seemed to fit...



Another double journal entry, which came about when I noticed the face peeking out on a paper towel that I had used to blot up the red paint off another project. There were lots of red splotches on the paper, but the face just jumped out, so I tore that section out and glued the top layer to my pages with acrylic medium and let dry. Then with fluid acrylics and a dry brush she grew hair, a dress, and additional background. The dark yellow background was brushed on and combed through to make the stripes. I'm waiting for the right words to come to me to add, but I like her...



"Regrets": Another journal page. This one is a doodle drawing, where I drew a lot of irrelevent shapes and lines, then pulled the image out with a pencil and went over with a black zig marker pen. The expression on her face looked like she was thinking about what might have been...



"Harp?": A Zendoodle attempt in the journal with a black Zig marker. The background is not really gray. For some reason the scanner picked it up that way.  It kind of took on the shape of a harp by the time I quit on it...



"Birdie": Another Zendoodle attempt. Gread meditation tool. I love this little guy that emerged out of the doodles...



"Girlfriends Matter": A journal page about girlfriends. The stamp is one that hubby got me for Christmas a couple of years ago. I colored the page with watercolor pencils, sprayed slightly with water, then smudged it around with a paper towel and let dry. I added a little irridescent pastel color and sprayed with sealer, after I stamped it. The color swatches are scraps of unruyu paper (I LOVE this paper) left over from another project that I glued randomly around the page with acrylic medium. I sprinkled copper glitter onto the page while the medium was still tacky, let dry, then sprayed with a sealer. I wish you could see the glitter better, because girlfriends DO matter...



Attempted beaded bookmarks: These look remarkably simple, don't they? I'm probably the only person in the world that could have turned a simple project into something as complicated as I did, mainly because I was using what I had on hand and most of my beads had TINY holes. Anyway, it was fun, and these are my four trial (learning) bookmarks. Two on ribbon, one on copper wire, and one on bookbinding thread. The ribbon ones are my favorite, and I'm itching to go to Michael's or Hobby Lobby to get some beads with holes big enough for them to go through...

That's it for now. See why I call myself a "dabbler." :) I know it's been a lot at once, but thanks for visiting and I hope something on here made you smile. :)

8 comments:

An Evolving Artist @ Swallowcliffs.blogspot.com/ said...

Wow! You are one busy artist! I love love love your banner! Your art journal pages are very "artsy" and I like that very much about them. Thanks for sharing!

Cathy Holtom said...

Loads here to look at, but I really like the lady from the paper towel!

Susan Calvert said...

Boy, you're really cranking them out Sharon. I like how your faces evolved and especially like your design doodles in Harp and Birdie.

Alex said...

I really like it when you have a theme..the faces with expressions. That's just beautiful! ^^ Of course it helps that you have some chinese characters in the play

raena said...

Fantastic journal pages!! All of these seem very creative to me! Well done!

rrARTz said...

wow! so many fun and colorful things to look at!

Rose said...

great art work. thanks rose

Revelle Taillon said...

love your "girlfriends matter!"