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2015 August 31
by Micki

more blooms, this time in my art journal.  I did warn you, lol!  It’s been a week since I blogged, no excuse other than it was my first full work week.  Lots of learning and being on your feet, needless to say I was wiped out by Friday!  Hence, I didn’t worry about blogging.  However, hoping to get back into the rhythm of it this week (no promises as this is going to be an eventful week around here.)

On to my art journal spread. 

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This one, I absolutely adore.  Again, lots of layers and texture since I had used these pages to clean up some embossing paste through stencils.

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You should be able to see the texture in the close up photos (above).  And the colors that are popping through, sigh LOVE it!

Looking at this just makes me happy!  I’m off to Kansas City – hope you guys have a great start to the week!  AND….. to my granddaughters….. happy first day of school girls!!!!

Until next time…….

Funky Flowers

2015 August 24
by Micki

Good Monday morning folks!   We’ve had the most awesome weather considering it’s August!  Yesterday was in the lower 80’s with a cool northerly breeze and this morning it’s 54°.  Lovin’ it!

Before heading out to work I wanted to share another chunky 4”x4” canvas.  It’s the same technique I used for my last one except this time I blocked out the flowers with white paint.

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Wish I would have doodled the flowers a bit better, lo!  But I do like it.  Not sure which one I like better, the black one from last post or this one.

Well, I better get going.  This will be my first full week working.  Still a little nervous as there is so much to learn but there isn’t anything I can not learn – I firmly believe that!  (And so far I’ve been right – let’s hope that continues, lol.)  It’s the last week of vacation before the girls return to school next Monday and my daughter decided to go back to school (online) which starts today!  Next Monday is a big day for me too.  Lots of changes around here!

You guys have a wonderful day!  Until next time……

Chunky Canvas

2015 August 21
by Micki

Happy Friday folks!  As promised more projects featuring luscious background layers, this time on 4”x4” chunky canvas.  Love these deep edge canvases even though the small size does make it a bit harder to work on at times.

For this canvas, lots of layers using lots of colors and mark making materials.

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Once the background was dry, I loosely sketched out a tulip like flower with black paint and brush followed by “blacking out” everything else.  I then used white paint in a fineline applicator to make the flower pop. 

 

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What do you think?

On the home front, today is day three of my new job.  It’s kicking my rear since it’s standing for eight hours and it’s killing my back and legs.  Guess that’s what happens when one goes from a desk job to one standing at a counter.  

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Until next time…..xoxoxo

Flowers In A Vase….

2015 August 19
by Micki

Ugh I totally suck at creative project titles, lol!  Hey gang, I wanted to share another project which I created after watching Flora Bowley’s Life Book lesson.

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It always amazes me how a painting comes together at the end.  I truly had a hard time with the background and the “letting go” process but I kept at it.  And you know what, totally love the end result.

Allowing the all too colorful background to show through in the flowers made it not so “loud”.  By letting go of all the other areas by covering it up, I really didn’t loose it all as it still comes through in bits and pieces.

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And the hot pink frame?  Perfectly accents the spots of neon pink in the blooms.  Love this technique of lots of layers and mark making and then covering some of it up.  Be prepared, lots more projects like this.

As for me, I start my new job today.  Super excited but also a little nervous.  It’s doing something totally different from what I’ve done these last twenty-plus years.  Wish me luck!

Until next time……. xoxoxo

Life Book Week 30 Letting Go

2015 August 14
by Micki

Hi friends,

Today I’m sharing my project after watching my Lifebook 2015 lesson for week 30 taught by Flora Bowley.  I’m in love with her work!!!!  This weeks lesson was all about letting in and letting go, meaning letting go of layers as in covering up and that is not an easy task for me.  So the end result is a piece of watercolor paper that has at least seven to ten layers.  And as hard as it was to “cover up” I had tremendous fun and created several projects based on her lesson.   Today I’m sharing one of those projects:

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I often time have a hard time selecting colors.  Basically because I tend to go for the same colors that happen to be my favorites at the moment and because sometimes it’s hard to choose when you have every color in the rainbow (or pretty close to it).  However, in the end I loved how it turned out.  All those layers, even though covered up, still come through and add such lovely depth.

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More Flora Bowley inspired projects to come, stay tuned Smile.

Until next time……

xoxoxo

Birthday Card for Abby

2015 August 12
by Micki

It’s been ages since I broke out my Copic markers.  Boy that old saying “use it or loose it” holds true to coloring as well.  In all of my art, I struggle with shadows and light especially when coloring with markers.  But this little girl (digital stamp from Sweet N Sassy Stamps)reminds me so much of my youngest granddaughter Abby, that I had to color her up.  Her birthday was last Thursday.

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The inside of the card features a sentiment from an old Stampin’ Up! set and seemed perfect for the littlest munchkin.

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Hard to believe she’s already five years old!  Time flies.  This week (today), our oldest Granddaughter turns eleven  twelve.

Until next time……

xoxo

Life Book Week 28 Layers of You

2015 August 10
by Micki

Helloooooo and happy Monday!  I was MIA and didn’t post last Friday partly because the day at the Zoo (Thursday) totally wore me out.  This past weekend was brutal with heat and humidity.  I think what made it so unbearable was absolutely no breeze!  But it’s supposed to “cool down” this week with less humidity, yay!

Anyhoo, thought I’d share my project for Lifebook 2015 week 28 lesson taught by the wonderful Tam.

The lesson was about painting over faces, like your own photo or magazine faces which by the way is a lot harder than one thinks.  And the end result never looks like the picture you started with. 

Here is the end result.  Can you guess who this face originated from?  She’s a pretty well known actress……

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Here is how my page started……. did you guess Keira Knightley?

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Having attempted to paint teeth once before, I decided to give her a closed mouth.  And for the hand, I thought I could make it look like a closed fist.

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And here is the final piece.  Really love the hair and even the colors.  The face, well, even with numerous layers of clear gesso, I was having issues with the paint coming off.

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As you can tell, I didn’t worry about the fist.  After all it’s a learning process and I was just extremely happy that I finished her!

Hope this week brings cooler weather to you and to me!  Until next time……

xoxo

More Simple Things

2015 August 5
by Micki

At the risk of sounding redundant, another card with my favorite sentiment from Hero Arts…..

I found the stamped truck image in my box of “To Be Done” and have no idea how long ago I actually stamped the image.  It is stamped onto a piece of watercolor paper which had been Distress Stained (I think).  So glad I didn’t throw it out because I think it looks pretty dang good, even on this simple card.

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So yes, I try to find joy in the simple things…..everyday….. like finishing a card Smile.

It’s Wednesday, only two more days until the weekend.  Tomorrow is our youngest granddaughter, Abby’s birthday.  Five years….. time flies.  And next week is our oldest granddaughter’s birthday.  Feeling really old Smile .

Until next time….

xoxoxo

Dylusions Ink Background

2015 August 4
by Micki

Good morning!

How was everyone’s weekend?  Good I hope!  My weekend was good.  Lazy Saturday followed by taking the grandkids to the pool on Sunday.  Curiously, the pool was pretty empty which was great for us.  The only drawback of a lazy weekend is that I spent yesterday cleaning house and doing a mountain of laundry. 

I just wanted to pop in and share another quick card created from left over Dylusions Ink Sprays and stenciled background card stock.  Taking my color cue from the inks, I just added a couple of backing panels.  I stamped the sentiment (Hero Arts) onto watercolor paper and added the panels.

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It feels soooooo good to use up all those left over pieces, yay!

That’s it for me today.  Going to cut the grass before it rains and then take it easy today.  I think I deserve it, lo!

Until next time…….

xoxoxo

Just Having Fun

2015 July 31
by Micki

Happy Friday Folks!

Just popping in to share a journal spread which started out as “junk pages” having used these to clean brushes, brayers, etc. of extra paint.   Several months ago, I just painted a face in the blob of yellow and loved how it reminded me of the moon.  Months go by and I decided to see what I could make out of the face – apparently I didn’t have any creative mojo at that time because all I did was to scribble some circles around the face.  I almost applied gesso over both pages but instead left it alone.

So last week I added some collage and scribbles and you know what, it may not be finished but I had fun and isn’t that what it’s all about?

 

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Yes, I had fun and yes, it was very therapeutic.  You really should try it sometime….. make messy, unfinished art!

Another weekend is upon us, can you believe that school starts in two weeks (around here)?  You know what that means…..Fall is just around the corner!  Yippee!

Have a wonderful weekend!  Until next time……