Monday, September 23, 2013

Inspired by a Youth Group

Art Journal
Mixed Media

I'm doing something I've never done with our church high school youth group and we just had our first meeting.  To learn a little bit about them, I went to my comfort  I asked each of them to tell what their favorite color is.   That became the inspiration for my latest art journal pages.

The left page with all of the circles represents our teens.  Around the perimeter, I have lots of "helping" handsI have many layers of paint on these pages.  I also have some torn pieces of pages from our local newspaper's high school sports section...they are layered in there....
 The right page has stars (symbolic!) and a "window" with words like Hope and Trust and a quote that I really like by William Henry Channing. If I got this much inspiration from the first meeting...whoa!  Looking forward to the next.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Wine & Paint Class

Inspired by van Gogh

It was fun to get back to the Wine & Paint class...aka Masters and Mixers.  This painting is on a 12" x 16" canvasvan Gogh's painting has a green vase, but I love the color blue, so I changed it.  Everyone goes home with a completed just 2 hrs!  I like challenging myself as I usually work  in a journal or altered book.  Art has no boundaries!  I see where I might tweak this a bit, but overall....I like it....well....I love sunflowers so I was engaged from the get-go.  Fun!

Monday, September 2, 2013


Art Journal
Mixed Media

I sat down at my art table today, looking at different papers and thinking of ideas.  I started with shoe shapes...and this is what I ended up shoes here!  My mind took off in a different direction. I am always drawn to my favorite, yellow & red.

 The left page, starting at the top, has some wonderful blue, textured paper I picked up at an art store.  The big moon is made of card stock that has some pattern to it....printed on my Gelli-art plate, a scrap.  It has a small banner that says "Follow Your Heart"...On the lower half, is some of the deli tissue paper that was printed on my recent art vacation....just torn and pasted here.  I like the effect.

I painted the top half of this page and added some stamped musical notes.  The keyboard, I printed off the internet.  And the bird is a "songbird" made of different papers.  I was going to add some words to this, but I think it speaks, or rather...sings for itself.   What's the song that often repeats itself in your heart?