Monday, September 16, 2019

Joggles Art Journal Adventure Week 37 - Funny or Odd

Hi everyone! It's Week 37 of the Joggles Art Journal Adventure and the prompt this week is to include something that strikes us as funny and/or odd. I don't know what it is about anthropomorphic images but for some reason they crack me up every time. That's the direction I decided to go combining images and species on a collaged background.

The background started with a 6x8 inch piece of patterned paper in a ledger style which was adhered to the same size piece of chipboard to give it strength. Layers of vintage dictionary paper, patterned paper, and die cut pieces were combined with ephemera pieces and a torn piece from the top of a watercolour paper from a pad. To emphasize the layers, black Pitt Pen and Coffee Archival Ink were used to outline/edge the areas, giving it a more graphic feel.

The body images came from an image from Hidden Valley Studio. I ruthlessly chopped off their heads, substituting them with a cat head from Joggles Snowy Portrait 2 collage sheet and the buck from the Watercolor Winter Animals collage sheet. All images were fussy cut with no border or matting, although the edges were inked with black Big Brush Pen to remove the white. The heads were adhered to the bodies and outlining was added once the newly joined images were glued down. Bucky was given a green bow tie which was drawn by hand and shaded with pencil. He was also given silver Posca Pen buttons. I love adding tiny details. Pure fun!

The saying is a Small Chat sticker which was cut apart to fit and matted with black cardstock. A simple border was doodled with black pen and stars were added to the red label. Xs were added to the black scallops with a green Pentel Milky Pop pen.

Thanks for joining Miss Mew, Bucky, and me today. We appreciate that. To check out what the others in our wonderful Joggles Art Journal Adventure Facebook group, be sure to pop in over the next week or so. It's always so fun to see the varied and fabulous directions everyone takes. I love that!

Life is good; so is art.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Use It, Already journal ~ pages 19-22

I created a few more collage pages in my Use It, Already journal. This is a journal where I am using scraps,bits and bobs that have been in my stash far too long, either because I was hoarding or because I had forgotten all about them. It's time to either use them or pass things along to others who will use them.

The backgrounds are layers and layers of scraps of designer paper, mixed media papers, vintage papers, book text, and digital paper bits from kits. I also used a couple of Bo Bunny Journal Pages which have been in my stash forever. I'm happy to finally have a use for them. There's even an old Monopoly Chance card in the mix.

For now, I am using Tim Holtz Paper Dolls to star in these pages. I like adding little pops of colour in the form of flowers, hats, bowties, and other decorations to make them my own and add some of the background colour to the sepia images.

The wording was added with Big Chat, Small Chat, or Chit Chat stickers as well as rub-ons. Some punched or die cut borders, strips of patterned paper borders, and even a piece of lace plus some leftover die cut arrows helped to finish the pages. I like how the pages are untied by colour tones, by adding black reinforcements to the holes, and other black details. It makes for a more cohesive and pleasing flip through.

Thanks for stopping by today. I'm glad you did!

Life is good; so is art.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Halloween ATC Trio ~ inspired by Vera Lane Studio collage sheets

Hi everyone! Have you seen the new Halloween Collage Sheets newly released by Vera Lane Studio? Oh my word, they are the point where I want to create something with every one of the images on the two sheets. I'm not a scary Halloween lover but I do love cute Halloween and these are exactly that. With the mix of sizes and colourways, as well as the adorable images which play well together, there is inspiration galore.

I covered the atc bases with Halloween themed pattern paper, adding a border made of either washi tape or a strip of patterned paper across the bottom of each. It's a quick and easy formula which works well.

The images were fussy cut leaving a narrow white border and then matted with black cardstock. I like to add my own touches to collage sheet images, although these certainly don't need it. You can see where I added some coloured pencil, gems for eyes, or Wink of Stella to make those teeth sparkle. Foam tape was used to adhere the images to the background, adding dimension.

The sayings were cut from a downloaded sheet from Lisa's Altered Art which has been in my stash forever. They were matted with black and popped up on foam tape, as well.Extra embellies like the cheesecloth, drywall mesh, and spiders were added to complete each story. To finish them off, a border was doodled around the two lighter coloured ones, and black Big Brush Pen was inked around the outside edges. How fun are these three!

Thanks for stopping by today to visit with the ghouls and me! If you are looking for quick and easy but highly effective images for a project, the collage sheets at Vera Lane Studio are definitely the way to go but don't forget about all of the other fabulous images waiting for you to colour them up, as well. There's something for every occasion!

Life is good; so is art.

That's on You! ~ an art journal page inspired by a Vera Lane Studio image

Hi everyone! I am so close to being finished my art journal filled with Vera Lane Studio images only. Today I created an art journal page on the second last page of this very chunky journal (page 47) filled with images I adore. For this page, I chose one of the Heads and Borders images, which while not in the shop at the moment, is available upon request from Janet. She had just the look I wanted to suit my quote.

I coloured Pinhead (I didn't make that up...LOL) with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils, keeping things vibrant and very colourful because she is a bit wacky which I love. She was fussy cut leaving the narrow white border I favour, and then matted with black. Red epoxy dots were added for earrings to match her lovely top.

I wanted a fairly chaotic background so I picked up Lindy's Rudolph's Red Nose and Yellow Rose of Texas Starburst sprays using pipettes and added drops here and there on the watercolour paper background. Then I used TH spritzer tool to spray air onto the plops of ink to create yummy drips and runs. I love this tool because it can create really tiny runs or larger ones depending upon how you hold it. Once that was dry, black Fireworks spray ink was dropped in three places and treated the same way. Once all the drips, splats, and runs were dry, Deep Purple Archival ink was sponged through a Bad Ass Mini stencil (1205).

The saying was printed onto white cardstock, cut into sections, and matted with black. A simple border was doodled around the page using a purple Sparklepop gel pen and a smaller red dot was added to a punched photo corner to finish the design.

Thanks for joining Pinhead and me today. That was awesome of you! To see more Vera Lane Studio projects by the rest of the talented DT and our equally creative and talented community, be sure to stop by the Vera Lane Studio Facebook group. Check out the amazing images both in digital stamp and collage sheet form in the Vera Lane Studio Etsy shop, too.

Life is good; so is art.

Monday, September 09, 2019

Joggles Art Journal Adventure Week 36 - Spirals

Hi everyone! It's that time again! Time for another prompt for Joggles Art Journal Adventure. It's Week 36 and this week, the prompt is to include spirals of some sort in your project. When I think of spirals, my thoughts go first to Alice in Wonderland and her fall down the rabbit hole so that's where I decided to venture. I never miss an opportunity to do something Wonderlandish :)

I traced off-center circles getting progressively smaller and then lined and coloured them in with black Pitt pens. That was a long process and one where I had to forego perfectionism very quickly or go as mad as the Hatter. Instead of a four sided border, I added checkered washi tape to the top and bottom of the page, heavier on the bottom because I wanted it visually weightier.

I dove into my box of charms, buttons, and other ephemera to come up with some things significant to the story to swirl around the spiral. I had some mini playing cards, a clock, teapot, and teacup charm, a miniature doorknob set and key, and another clock button, all of which were glued, and in the case of the charms, also attached with a brad to the background.

Little Alice is a digital image from Paperbabe Stamps called MayLeeDee in Wonderland. I coloured her with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils, fussy cut her leaving a narrow white border, and matted her with black cardstock. She was popped up with foam tape as were the two Jack cards to add dimension and natural shadow.

The sentiment, cut from a collage sheet, was matted with black and popped up on foam tape as well. The page was finished by darkening the edges with black Big Brush Pen and adhering it to the black  background common to all the pages in my Joggles AJA journal.

Thanks for joining Alice and me today. We appreciate that. If you are interested in seeing what others in our AJA community do with the Spirals prompt, pop over to the Joggles Art Journal Adventure Facebook group. We would love to see you there,

Life is good; so is art.

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Got Boo ATCs ~ inspired by Vera Lane Studio images

Hi everyone! I have a super quick post today. When I saw the adorable Got Boo images set by Vera Lane Studio, I couldn't wait to play with them. I decided to make two artist trading coins featuring one of the girls and one of the sayings on each. I love them! The girls were coloured with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils, fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, and then matting with a narrow black border. I went with my favourite Halloween colour palette for both, but changed it up so they look slightly different.

I kept the backgrounds really simple, relying on patterned paper both for the background and for the borders at the bottom of each atc to ground the images. The sentiments which come with the set were cut apart and matted with black cardstock. The saying with the pumpkin faces was layered onto a scrap of cheesecloth...just because :)To finish the atcs, the outsides were inked with black Big Brush Pen and a border was added to each with a black pen. Epoxy stickers were added to both atcs to complete the designs. Easy peasy designs but so fun to do!

Thanks for stopping by today. The girls, their little friends, and I are delighted you did. If you get a chance, pop by the Vera Lane Studio Facebook group and check out Stephanie's September postcard swap. It will send you directly to the Vera Lane Studio Etsy shop to find the perfect image to describe you:)

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

The Bird Family Artist Trading Coins ~ Inspired by a Vera Lane Studio collage sheet

Hi everyone! I am a huge fan of the Vera Lane Studio collage sheets because they give me an awesome head start when creating. The images are beautifully pre-coloured and come in a wonderful variety of sizes so there is great choice for all kinds of projects. The collage sheet I used today is called For The Birds and actually comes with two pages so that there are larger images for cards and art journal pages. All you have to do is fussy cut! I also added a hat to each one because the birds requested them. The party hat comes from the Boutique Hats set, the derby from Quirky Men, and the lampshade from the Housewives set.

I always have scraps left over from other projects and usually have a stack of potential backgrounds cut for both artist trading cards and coins. I also have chipboard backings cut from recycled packaging to adhere to the coin or card fronts to strengthen them. Combined with the collage sheets, it makes for a quick project.

I added a little stamping with Distress Oxide inks and a VLV grid stamp in colours close to the backgrounds. Then I added some tiny numbers with another VLV stamp and Jet Black Archival.

To finish the coins, the outside edges were edged with the same Distress Oxide Inks used for the stamping, and a border was added to each with a black pen. Black Big Brush Pen was used to darken the edges of the circles and Glossy Accents was added to the birds eyes to add shine and dimension.

Thanks for joining us today. We appreciate that. Be sure to check out the other amazing collage sheets as well as the huge selection of images to colour in the Vera Lane Studio shop. There is a wealth of inspiration there!

Life is good; so is art.