February 11, 2018

Day 29~The Coffee Poem

If you've been following my journey with the Creative Jumpstart class, you know that it was a 31-day online class with a different instructor each day. I had only completed 12 days by the time the month was over. I'm slow but that's okay! The vids stay up until November so I'm doing some of the remaining ones (my favs) at random in between other projects. 

This post is the Day 29 workshop led by Jane Lafazio. Her video was named, Dinner with Georgia O'Keefe. I loved her tri-fold book with it's zigzagged binding so I had to hop on over to do it next. I'm a sucker for sewing on paper!

My tri-fold book is named The Coffee Poem.
Page 1

Page 2

Page 3

The entire book.
Like Jane's book, it's bound 
together with a zigzag stitch.

Here's a close-up of the poem.

Materials: 9"x12" watercolor paper, watercolors,  
fabric (for the countertops), copy paper, tissue paper,
Pitt Pens, Misty Fuse, sewing machine & thread.

All this coffee stuff has me craving  
cup so I think I'll go make one!  

I'll be back soon with my next project.
I'm not exactly sure what it will be though.
I have a lot of choices.
Hmm, decisions, decisions. 

Thanks for stopping by y'all!
Tootle Loo,

P.S. The white background on the photos seems to have a yellow tint. I edited them a couple of times and tried to get it out but to no avail. Sorry!

January 31, 2018

Day 12~Chimney Picnic Area

I've completed Day 12, and on the last day of the 2018 Creative Jumpstart online class! I have taken it at a pace that allowed me to really enjoy the process. 

The Day 12 artist was Jessica Sporn whose project was titled Canvas with a Story. Her iconic flag of Puerto Rico was very cool and I enjoyed watching her create it! 

Immediately, I thought of the stunning Great Smoky Mountains National Park, my favorite place to be when possible. To me, National Parks are indeed American icons, and with that in mind, I wanted my project to give the Great Smoky Mountains National Park a nod.

The brick was intended to represent nearby Gatlinburg, however, the area depicted here is the Park's Chimney Picnic Area. Obviously, the brick could represent it as well! 
Supplies used: canvas from a tablet, gesso, acrylics, watercolors, a map of the Gatlinburg Art Loop, tissue paper, stamp, stencil, Pitt Pens, thread, fabric (for the tree trunks and stream) and rick rack (for the outer edges of the stream). 

Similarly, the fabric stream looks much like a rock wall, and many of those can be found in the Park too. I'll leave the interpretation to the eye of the beholder. 

What do you see? 
A stream or a rock wall?

I personally think it looks like a rock wall. It started out a stream and unintentionally converted right before my very eyes! Stuff like that happens in art, doesn't it? 

I haven't done a lot of painted landscape art but I definitely like the piece, and had a good time creating it. 

Even though it's the last day, I plan to continue trying some of these wonderful projects but I won't be doing them in order. I have two in mind that I want to do next. After those, I'll do others at random in between my other projects. 

I want to thank each and every artist for their delightful, informative videos and a great big thank you to Nathalie Kalbach for hosting. I picked up some informative and very cool things from this experience, and I've learned things about myself and my art making as well. I think I'll have to do this again next year if it is offered! 

May Your Day (or night)
Be Wildly Creative & Extra Bright,

January 26, 2018

Day 11~Jeanne in Galveston

Catherine Scanlon led the Day 11 workshop which was titled, Traced Flower Painting. The title describes the project, and it immediately reminded me of a photo I took of my sister Jeanne in Galveston, Texas in 2012. 

After the trip, I traced Jeanne onto a journal page and started journaling the trip. I never felt like the page was complete though, so Jeanne has been sitting there for over five years now, and boy is her butt tired! Tee-hee-hee. I knew the second I started Catherine's video, it was time to further journal Jeanne.

This is the photo I traced. 
It was taken in the 

The page in progress in 2012.

The recently finished page. 
I really like it!

Truthfully, I still see more changes and additions that I might like but I'm leaving it here--for now, maybe forever. 

It's time to start working on Day 12.

Tootles My Friends,

January 21, 2018

Day 10~Monoprinting Backgrounds

Annie O'Brien Gonzales led the Day 10 Workshop, titled Monoprint Collage, in which she demonstrated monoprinting which can be used for future backgrounds or anything your little ole heart desires. 

I did not have the vellum paper or the deli paper. Instead of the vellum, I used the same cardstock that I used for monoprinting on Day 7--the Neenah, smooth finish, super heavyweight (110 lb.) copy paper. In place of the deli paper, I used tissue paper.

The first mono print done on tissue paper.

Ghost prints were done on collaged paper.
I collaged mine together the day before.

The ghost print.

A side-by-side look.

The second monoprint on starry tissue paper.

The ghost print on collaged paper.
It didn't turn out very well.

A side-by-side look.

Since I wasn't happy with the ghost print, 
I decided to print over it.

Still not content, I decided to do another set and print over it again!

Here's that monoprint on teal tissue paper.

Here's the ghost print on top of 
the already twice-printed collage paper.

Of course, the white isn't going to show up very well. If I had known I was going to print on the teal paper and use white, I would have collage some color on the ghost print papers but I was flying by the seat of my pants.

The side-by-side view.

When finished, I took the Gelli plate...

...and turned it over onto my work table paper.
I like it!

When the work table paper is full, it'll be cut up to use for something--background paper, collage pieces, whatever.

I'm enjoying the Gelli printing, and
I really like working with tissue paper! 
The first prints were my favorites. 
Do you have a favorite?

Time for Day 11.

See ya soon,

January 18, 2018

Day 9~Emerge

The Day 9 video demonstrated another wonderful watercolor project led by Andrea Gomoll. The title was Recipe For Funky and Colorful Mixed Media Projects. Much to my delight, it was indeed funky and colorful! I loved it! 

At first, I didn't want to put a girl on my project. Andrea demoed with a girl and I wanted to do something different. I had something in mind but after some thought, I was drawn to putting a girl on it because I felt it would best help me to get the process down--and I really like faces! I made the right choice because I won't hesitate to go forward with my other ideas now. 

I did do a few things differently. I didn't have the necessary markers so I used a liquid watercolor, and the black line around the piece was sewn on my sewing machine, just to name a couple.

I don't think this photo does the piece complete justice but that's the way it goes sometimes.

The title is Emerge as the page indicates.
All the projects have been great
fun but this one really spoke to me!

I loved it so much that I couldn't wait to do another! I have started sketching out the project that I mentioned above (the one I had in mind). Much to my dismay though, I had to order more supplies so I have to wait for them to arrive before I can move forward. Ho-Hum! 

In the meantime, I'll start on Day 10. 

Tootles Y'All,

January 15, 2018

Day 8~Fruit of the Spirit

2018 Creative Jumpstart

Artist Diana Trout taught the Day 8 workshop titled, Spice of Life. In the video, she demoed how to paint a very cool watercolor journal page. 

I loved this project and 
I love my journal page!
Working on it was pure joy!
I'm delighted with the texture on the page. 
(I'm not sure if you can see it though.) 

I always enjoy the look of Twinkling H2O's so I used blue on the background. I also dabbed and a few other colors here and there to highlight. 

I was never really sure if I preferred watercolor or acrylics but I always seemed to lean toward watercolor, probably because it's so deliciously vibrant. As a result of this project though, the uncertainty has vanished! Watercolor has completely won me over! I see lots more of it in my future. 

Thank you Diana for your helpful instruction and for introducing me to the Watercolor Light Dimensional stuff! It's fluffy texture reminds me of marshmallow creme. I don't think I want to do a taste test comparison though!

On to Day 9. 

Tootles Y'all,

January 13, 2018

Day 7~Monoprinting

2018 Creative Jumpstart

The Day 7 workshop, A Recipe For Color and Resist, was led by Rae Missigman.

I started out this project with a brand, spankin' new Gelli plate. I know because I ordered it from Amazon, and I watched the UPS guy spank it as he traipsed across the lawn! He's detail-oriented. Really, where did we get that expression?

After I ordered, I realized that I didn't order the wax-resist crayons that Rae used in her video so I decided to use Elmer's gel glue since I'd seen it used as a resist in the past. 

For the paper, I used Neenah, smooth finish, super heavyweight (110 lb.) copy paper. This decision was based on the fact that, well.. it was just sitting there, looking at me, screaming to be rubbed in paint.

The first print didn't turn out very well. I scribbled horizontally and you can't see much of it. Also, the yellow paint insisted on merging with the purple to create a potpourri of browns. (I forgot to clean my brayer off between colors.) I tried to fix it by adding more yellow to the plate, and it did brighten the browns, however, I ended up with too much paint on the plate which is probably the reason the print didn't turn out.

Here it is.

I didn't do a ghost print for this one.

For the next one, I tried blue
 Hampton Art Studio G glitter glue. 
It turned out better.

The ghost print is rather dull though.

I used Elmer's pink glitter 
glue for the final print.
I love this one!

For the ghost print, I used regular 
copy paper and I really like the result.
I'm guessing that the heavyweight paper
was too thick to get a good ghost print.

Monoprinting is a lot of fun and I look forward to doing more. I will be ordering the wax-resist sticks and a couple of brayers while I'm at it. 

NOTE~I had to know where the expression "brand spankin' new" originated so I Googled it. Well, my friend, think babies! As you know, they're new upon delivery and years ago, the doctors (or nurses) spanked them to clear the lungs. Hah! Who knew? 

The term has been around since the mid seventeenth century though. As you might expect, there are other "alleged" (lol) origins which means nobody really knows. In any event, you can read more by clicking here or the link above. I just happen to like the baby origin. 

Have a wonderfully creative day,
and I'll see you soon with Day 8.

Tootles Y'all,