Last Sunday, I had a spontaneous visit to one of my favorite art supply stores — Blicks Arts Materials– in San Francisco.
And this is what I came out with….
*Caran D’ Ache Neocolor II artist crayons (water soluble) in Turquoise Green, Raspberry Red, Venetian Red, and Flesh
* Pentel Arts Oil Pastels (Set of 36)
*Bombay India Inks (White, Black, and Blue)
I was on a tight budget so there were a lot of things I wanted to get that didn’t make it into my bag this time, but next time I am definitely hoping to stock up on a several more colors of Golden Fluid Acrylics, Gel Medium because I’m running out, and Wood Panel Boards.
I’ve been playing with the india inks and because it is very fluid, I need to be extra careful not to get it on my clothes since it is waterproof and permanent once dry. The blue india ink is very pigmented, but transparent and can be diluted with water to give that watercolor affect. On the other hand, the white and black india inks are opaque, which I plan to use sparingly because a little does go a long way. The wonderful things about these bottles of india ink is that the lid includes an attached liquid dropper that allows you to control the amount of ink you want to use. Plus, I love just using it to add random ink blots and splatters on my art work.
I already have a set of Caran d’ Ache Neocolor II crayons, but there are so many colors at Blick’s that were not included, so I picked up these few colors to add to my collection. These crayons are versatile to use as is for drawing and shading, but when it is applied on a wet surface or applied with a wet brush, you can also get that painterly characteristic, just like watercolors.
I do have a set of Sakura Cray-Pas Expressionist brand oil pastels that I love, but for some reason I thought these Pentel Arts Oil Pastels were more soluble when wet, but after trying it out, they are not. I realized I got them mixed up with the Portfolio water soluble oil pastels. Oh well.. It doesn’t hurt to have more oil pastels, right?
Yesterday, I wasn’t able to post my Creative Muse Monday post because well… it was just one of those days that I let it slip. OOPS!!
We’re also planning to go out of town sometime this month or next, so I know I do need to finish up some blog material and have it ready before we leave.
Thank you for reading and stopping by! Hope you’re having a great summer so far!
I’m just now posting my ART JOURNAL MASH*UP for the month since yesterday was a holiday, Independence Day… My family and I enjoyed the firework show in San Francisco last night and didn’t come home until very late because of the traffic. However, I didn’t forget about this post and hopefully, you haven’t either!
I pulled these prompts for my 10-minute art journal exercise. Each prompt used was timed at 2 minutes each. In this post, I’m showing all my prompts first and then the photos of the final outcome last. I’m getting a feel of how I want to structure my posts so that it makes sense, but I still haven’t made up my mind on how I plan to do it just yet. So for today, here is my creative prompts in no particular order.
Here is my final page….
Voila! All in 10 minutes….
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HAPPY ART SWAP
FINALLY finished my cards for the Happy Art Swap hosted by Sandra Kaye. I hope to send these out soon. It was really fun working on these!!! I look forward to creating some for the next round, but most of all, I look forward to receiving my surprise cards in the mail.:)
Again, for further details about this art trade, you can check out Sandra’s blog for more details…
I’ve decided to do something different, something I’ve never done before, thanks to the talented and lovely artist — Sandra Kaye. I discovered her through Instagram with all her inspiring photos of her artwork and beautiful creations! And when she posted about doing a art trade with mixed media artwork, I was instantly curious because like I said, it’s something all new to me. I am excited to share my art with others and to receive art back from other artists from one of 17 states and 4 countries. It will be a surprise which makes it so exciting! Can’t wait to share my progress…
Its never too late to join in if you are interested! Head over to Sandie’s blog: http://sandrakayedesigns.blogspot.com for more details!
Haven’t really done much, but I got started on it the other day and this is what I’ve done so far!
Will be posting my finished work in the future… Have a great week!!!!!
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My creative muse for this week is this lovely altered letter. It measure roughly 8 inches tall and is made out of cardboard and kraft paper I believe. You can purchase them at any art and craft store. I got this from Beverly’s, a local store based in California. I’m sure Michaels or Joanne’s will carry them as well.
DARN! I didn’t take photos before and during the process of creating it because I was actually recording a video of me working on it the entire time. Yes, I’m hoping to actually do video tutorials on my YouTube channel: MakitaStudio. It will be awhile before I can launch them since I’m figuring out all the logistics and technical specifications at the moment of capturing, editing, and such. But, in time my friends, in time…
12×12 Sheet of Patterned Paper
Acrylic paint (several colors)
Ranger’s Adirondack Color Wash Sprays
Sharpie Oil Paint Marker in white
Matte Medium or Modge Podge
First off, I traced the kraft letter onto the scrapbook paper which I then cut out. Using matte medium or modge podge, I adhered the paper onto the front side of the letter. After the adhesive dried, I began to randomly paint layers over the top of the collaged paper with different colors using my fingers, being careful not to mix colors and drying the paint with a heat gun in between. Sometimes I would take a baby wipe and gently wipe excess paint or to smudge the colors to give it a painterly affect. Using an alphabet stencil, I sprayed color wash onto the top left and bottom right areas of the letter. More layers of paint was added in other shades of colors. I used a sharpie paint pen to add marks and dots. Then I painted the word ‘dream’ onto the letter. To finish it off, I painted the inside and outer edges with a solid color and also sand papered throughout the entire surface to give it a distressed and worn look.
Here it is hanging on my wall along with the rest of my work. I am totally in love with it! Hope this simple project will inspire you to create one of your own. It literally took me less than 20 minutes to make.:)
I am still working on being on a more consistent and timely schedule with posting, so thank you so much for your patience. I have two boys who are just about to finish off their school year in a few days, so things have been a little hectic, but I am finding it more and more easier as time passes. Once summer is out for my kiddos, I think I’ll be good to go!
Whenever I can, I try to prepare several backgrounds in my art journal at a time without knowing what the page will be about. Most of the time, I’ll work from a blank page all the way to the finish, but sometimes I like to be spontaneous and randomly play with paint. Having the background layers already in place, also helps save some time when all I need to do is add journaling or other embellishments. It’s also a way for me to experiment with different color schemes and see how they turn out. The end result always surprises me as I come up with colors that truly reflect my mood or what I’m feeling at that moment. Most of the time, I am happy
Below are some of my recent pages that I had fun creating. They are vibrant and loud, full of bold colors. I realize that no matter what, my sense of style is always going to be lively and eclectic. I don’t think I could be a minimalist no matter how I try. Some do really well with that, but for me I like mixing things up and trying different colors, mediums and techniques. It’s so much fun painting freely and to just be imperfectly perfect, just like the little world I live in.
Supplies used: Moleskin Kraft Journal, Claudine Helmuth Studio Paints, Golden Fluid Acrylics, Inktense Blocks, palette knife, paint brushes, sponges, tissue paper, deli paper.
In the last months, there were so many times that I’ve felt unmotivated, uninspired, and just plain MEH when it came to creating in my Art Journal. I would get frustrated because I really felt the urge and itch to create a page and all I would do is draw a blank. If I went too long without painting or creating, I end up like a big grump! No joke! If I would go on Pinterest, watch YouTube videos, and visit other blogs of some of the artists I follow, it only led me to spend TOO much time browsing and not doing anything else which defeats my purpose in the first place. Sometimes it even left me more discouraged than I was at first seeing all the beautiful art that everyone else is making. UGH
I remembered this book, “Painted Pages” by Sarah Ahearn Bellemare, that I have on my shelf and read her intro about “finding a way, your own way, in the everyday to be creative and make art”. Further along in the book, she also has a Warm-Up Activity page where it gives you instructions on doing 2-minute creative exercises using prompts. That is where I came up with the idea of writing down these prompts and putting them in a jar. So when I felt stuck, I knew that I could reach in and take out a prompt to give me that nudge. I’m sure I’m not the only one out there who does the same thing, but I thought I’d share it in case someone reading this has never done or tried this method.
It dawned on me that I needed to make it a HABIT to create a page every week (or everyday), something I always find hard to do especially with such a busy schedule.
My inner artist was really pulling at my heart and saying, ‘There’s NO EXCUSE! You could make time if you wanted to!”
That is how ART JOURNAL MASH*UP was created. I decided to spend time each week to create an art journal background/page in 10 minutes as a creative exercise using the prompts that I pull out from the jar. I may have a busy schedule, but I definitely can take 10 minutes out of my day to take time and get creative. I’m actually doing this for myself, so that creating art becomes a natural habit on a more consistent basis. But, if anyone out there feels inspired to try this, then this is worth sharing! Also, remember that even if the outcome isn’t as fabulous as you’d expect, at least you’re doing something, instead of nothing at all! Plus it is so much fun to experiment and see what you’ll find in the end!
Below is my first Art Journal MASH*UP that I’d like to share and the different prompts that were used. Check it out!
Created using 3 different creative prompts within 10 minutes!
Details of paint dripping down the page.
Ready, Set, Go!
Set your timer for TEN MINUTES!
FIRST PROMPT: Add drips acrylic paint on top of page.
Put drops of different colors of paint onto page then spritzed it with enough water to cause the paint to drip down.
SECOND PROMPT: Close your eyes while painting or drawing.
Dipped my fingers in magenta paint and spread it all over the page with my eyes closed.
THIRD PROMPT: Use colored pencils directly on your surface.
Leaving maks all over the page using Prismacolor pencils.
And that’s it!! The background is all ready for journaiing and/or a title if you wish!
You’re welcome to play along if you’d like! I would love to see what you come up with!
Will be posting another ART JOURNAL MASH*UP last Friday of the month! I’ll either post my favorite page of the month or maybe even a few. So hope you’ll stop by and check it out!
THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!
Hello! Yesterday was Memorial Day, a holiday observed here in the U.S., in honor of our brave military men and women that have died serving our country.:) Hope that those of you who celebrated, had a very wonderful time with friends and family. We had a long weekend, which means I did not get to post yesterday since both kids and hubby were off from work and school. I did have something prepared, just didn’t get around to blogging so I apologize for the delay!!! I am still getting in the hang of blogging more often and in a timely manner, so please bear with me.
This week’s Creative Muse is fairly short, but sweet! I do have another cool post coming up this Friday that I hope you’ll come back to read all about it! Anyways, on to my little bit of creative inspiration that I want to share with you…
I have been receiving Anthropologie catalogs for awhile and am in love with their indie, modern vintage, boho chic style that is classy and sophisticated. They are a women’s retail store that offers women’s apparel, accessories, home furnishings, gifts, and more. Most of their home goods are handmade by artists all over the world. If you have ever walked into one of their stores, then you know that it is a very unique and lovely place to shop. I was going to recycle these catalogs after I was done looking through them, but I decided to keep them in case I needed a dose of inspiration. Their catalogs are always full of colorful patterns and designs that I adore and love, so I basically keep them near my art table whenever the need for inspiration arises.
On the cover of one of the catalogs, is this image of a lady holding balloons and it sparked an idea to use it in my art journal as a collage. After I created the background, I cut this image out and centered it onto the page with mod podge. The chevron patterned strips are actually from a Paper Source catalog that I also collect, which is another favorite source of creative inspiration. I could add journaling and/or a title to it, but I love it just the way it is. The image conveys to me positive thoughts when I look at it. I think of the words — rise, reach high, freedom, looking up, carefree, light. And the colors of course, make me oh so happy!