Friday, July 29, 2011

Day 29-GYAO

The month is almost over! Whew! I have a journal page here:

 Now I have to start my next page!

And I've been working on the last two canvases, neither are finished. This one is for CJ:

And this one for my good friend Martha who is moving to Brazil:

I'm not sure how I'm going to finish this one, and I don't want to ruin it, so I've printed out 3 images of it, and I will play with them until I do something I like!

That's it for today. I think I will go and work on tomorrow's journal page!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Day 18-28-GYAO

Well, suffice it to say that I could not upload anything while I was in Niagara Falls! Took a few pictures, and I wrote on my journal pages, but that is about all the time I had!  I wish I had taken more pictures, I really have to get into the habit of doing that.

We went to St Jacob's Farmers Market near Kitchener, and I snapped a few photos there:

Then we went to the town of St Jacob's where there was this funky store made of an old silo:

and we had dinner at a place in Burlington called Emma's Back Porch -this was the view!

 And that's about when I stopped taking pictures for some reason!!

Here are some of the journal pages I wrote on:

I obviously haven't caught up on the last page yet, but I will! My friend that I was visiting in Niagara Falls gave me the Thunderbird stamp across the bottom of the page that she picked up for me when she was in Vancouver. How nice is that!! We went to a Music Niagara concert in Niagara-On-The-Lake on our last day, and the grapes were from the cover of the booklet that we were given.

That's all for now!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Day 15-16-17 GYAO

Haven't blogged for a few days, but have been busy never-the-less! It is my hubby's birthday on Tuesday, but I won't be here, so we celebrated last night at a nice restaurant. I made him this card:

Kinda cute, but he liked it. On the inside is a stamp of a hand holding cards, and it says "it's in the cards Have a Happy birthday!" then "from your Queen" and a little Queen of hearts card. Like I said cutesy!

I've been working in my journal on the other days, and experimented with using some India ink I found. I put it in a spray bottle (watered down). The color is too pale, so I will have to add more ink I think. Has anyone else tried this?

Then I tried watered down brown paint, the color was better, but soon the sprayer got clogged up.

This is what my desk looked like this morning:

I cleaned it up this afternoon:

Then started getting it messy again. . .!!

Here is the page I've been working on over the last few days:

I actually carved a stamp for the lines!

And finally, the little gift for my friend that I will be staying with for the next week in Niagara Falls (Canada).

It's one of those tiny 2" canvases that comes with the easel.

So I don't know if I will be able to blog from Niagara Falls, but I will try!  Trying to figure out what I will need, and trying not to take too much!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Day 14-GYAO

I spent this afternoon with my friend Marg doing art all afternoon! It was lots of fun, I always enjoy being with her! We were in an envelope swap awhile back, and neither of us had made our covers yet to bind all the envelopes together, so that is what we decided to work on. So we made the front and back covers, and then some cool tags that we covered in beeswax. Our next step will be to put it all together with my Cinch, which bit through the covers nicely. We tried it with the Zutter first, but it just wouldn't work. I'm going to add the tags to the cover after all is bound.

The covers

The tags sitting on the covers with the buttons that will eventually go on as well

The tags are all covered in beesewax, - hard to see in the photos

I had a very fun and productive day today!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Day 13-GYAO

Wow, day 13 already! I did do some work on my journal today, started a new page, always a good step! Not sure if I want to use my kitty's picture
or my Daughter's picture

but in the meantime I added some yellow scallops to the edges. I also made the diamond stencil today from a dollar store plastic folder. It's very hard to see but I sprayed yellow through punchinella on top of the black diamond. Didn't work out as well as I had hoped!

Well, I will work on this tomorrow, then you will see who I chose for the page. . .

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Day 12-GTAO

Nothing tangible to show tonight, but I'm going to settle in with my book and choose my next project. had a very kind of lonely depressing day today, had to get out of the house and hang out at Chapter's/Starbucks for awhile, then went to Zumba, which helped a lot. So Zumba counts, right?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Day 11-GYAO

Here is my finished journal page. I really like it. It almost looks like I drew it myself!! I kind of hate to write on this page, we'll see what happens when I get to it!

I must choose my next project to do from my book "Art at the Speed of Life". I have 2 more canvases left! To see what everyone else is doing with this challenge, click on my sidebar GYAO button to get to Traci's blog, then underneath her button is a link to everyone else.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Day 10-GYAO

Didn't do much this lazy Sunday but get caught up on 4 hours of Coronation Street, and still have 4 more to before I'm totally caught up!  But I did get into my art room to play with a B&W print I found this morning on  Magic Moonlight free images blog. Check it out, there are some nice images here! Any way, I found one of a child that I liked and decided to try it on my next journal page. The page is not finished, nor is the girl, but I've begun, anyway!

 It's hard to tell that I painted over a B&W photo, isn't it! I figure the more I practice the better I'll get.  (BTW - you can see some of the new Tim Holtz stamps I got at Michael's for 50% off yesterday!)

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Day 9-GYAO

Day 9 already of Get Your Art On!! Today was shopping day and lunch with my Mom day, but I did work on the canvas with the bird on it - covered it all up (it was my least favorite). I chose one of my fav photos of my daughter, CJ, and printed it out in B&W. Now I think I did almost everything the opposite of what it said to do in the book, I didn't use laser printing, I didn't have liquid graphite, I didn't use gel medium, so I just did what I wanted, painted right over top of the photo (around the edges mostly, and on her clothing) and this is what I got:

I don't think it's quite finished, I have to look at it for awhile, but I really love it - or is it that I love her? I thought I'd do the same type of thing as my next page in my journal and went looking for a face to use -any face - and I just kept going back to her, so she will be my next portrait in my journal. I must miss her a lot!! I like the idea of painting on top of the photo.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Day 8-GYAO

Today was just as lovely as yesterday, except that I had errands and gym this afternoon, so not so much relaxing time. I went to buy some of the colors I didn't have, only to find out that yes, I DID have one of the colors! Hopefully they will both get well used!

But I did get some work done on my canvases from yesterday:

  I added a darker color on the edges, then texture and stamps

 Then added teal.

This is what each one looks like so far - the teal didn't show up well in these individual ones

 Now, these are "finished", BUT they are only the backgrounds for further projects in the book! I will be continuing, this is a lot of fun so far!