Thursday, January 22, 2015

Feeling Inspired

I managed NOT to rush this week's Inspiration Wednesday AND get it done in one day!  

And it all started with Donna's fabulously FUN video, this photograph and the KEY TO THOUGHTS page.


It's a fairly monochromatic art journal page for me, but pushing beyond my norm is how I'm approaching Inspiration Wednesdays.  I like how it came out and was happy to use stuff that's been hanging around for a long time.

full spread

There's black lace, a gray tag, a fabric remnant, and book text over some gorgeous texture.  The texture was done with molding paste and some glazing of sap green and gray.

left page

This photo caught my eye because of the telephone pole practically coming out of that man's head :)

right page

You can see a bit of the texture on the page in this photo of my gray hole(not to be confused with a brown hole)!  Tag texture was achieved by crumpling it up a few times and spraying with water then I used some green glaze to mess it up some more.  

gray hole :)

So glad I didn't rush this page and will be waiting for the next Inspiration Wednesday installment patiently ;)

Are you playing along with Donna Downey too?  I am enjoy seeing all the fabulous art that is being shared on the Facebook page, it's inspirational...

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Trying to slow down

I could rush out a blog post every day...but why, to what end?  Nervous Breakdown Town or Cranky City is where I'd end up!  I'm closing in on 52 this year and realize I NEED to slow down.  Also hoping to drop persistent perfectionistic tendencies too.  (more on that, later in this post)

UNIQUE Inspiration Wednesday Journal page (before)

2014 was a busy, full and good year for me.  A bit too busy with work and not enough time set aside by me for exercise and beneficial activities.  I rarely rode my beloved bike (gasp), which I greatly missed.  I skipped art journaling for a major part of the year, a vital therapeutic necessity for me.  My 67 words, a weekly challenge, was more of an anchor than a fun thing to do.  

2015 butterfly inclusion (before)

2015 for me will be about fun, doing more things I enjoy, laughing more, pausing frequently and taking more time to create ART :)

I am taking a year long art journaling class with Donna Downey, called Inspiration Wednesday.  Every other week Donna shares a video of her art journaling process with lots of humor, info and FUN.  I love her style and vowed to work more slowly in my handmade inspiration journal. 

Be(e) before

 All the while, inside of me a hyper hamster pushed for speed and perfection.

The bee you see above no longer looks like that because of my haste.  Actually the entire 1st layout is now muddy and dull looking.  (see below)  


Be(e) (after)

Unique always (after)

I loved the way the spread came out initially!  Never having used glazing medium before I was really pleased with what I'd done on the first try.

You might ask, what the heck happened?   My journal would not lie flat when closed, SO I smooshed it between 2 very heavy books and left it to straighten up and flatten out.  OY!  Honestly, sometimes I baffle myself with the ridiculous things I do.  (Many layers of wet media didn't have enough drying time)

Next day, I pull out my now flat inspiration Wednesday journal, ah I've bent it to my will!  BUT the pages stuck together with some minor tearing of paint layers.  ***Here's where I'd like to go back to the past and just stop myself from "fixing" it!***
Not going to bore you with my attempts to repair damage done, I'm pretty sure you can see the differences between before and after pictures.

I've considered taking the journal apart, replacing the page and remaking it.   But I am leaving it alone.

The page stands as a reminder to slow down and let it be.  That may be the BEST thing I can see each time I open my inspiration journal!

My Inspiration Journal

It won't be easy to slow down...

Wish me luck :)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all the best for 2015!

Got any fun projects or trips planned for this brand spanking new year?

I plan to do a lot more monoprinting, have F-U-N every chance I get AND enjoy making art daily!

monoprint collage



Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Without hesitation #58

The other night, I finished up the 2 days of the week rubber stamps you see below (Tuesday and Saturday) and had a little piece leftover, so I carved a face into it.

workbench glance at aj page 

I didn't stop to plan, fuss, worry over "how it might turn out" or "if it was good enough", just did it without hesitation!

homemade face stamp

Then I stamped some paper scraps with it, cut them out and set aside:)

tall crew cut stamped face

The left side page says, Young Fiona hides playfully among the petals.  Fiona's 5 fabulous friends were glued down and numbered on the right side.   

Art journal spread

I think they're kind of creepy and fun :)  Don't you just love creating without the inner critic there to muck things up?!  


With (#58) hesitation art journal spread, I am caught up with
67 words challenge.   

Hope you'll stop by in the new year to see what's happening in the Mustard Studio!

Until we meet again, I wish you PEACE...