Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Mixed Media Art Journal Page Colour Me Positive Prompt #1 - WOYWW #344

Hello Friends and Desk Hoppers :)

If you don't know about weekly desk hopping...check out the lovely Julia Dunnit's blog at Stamping Ground :) So, I told everyone in my last blog post about my art plans for the year. I mentioned I was going to join the group at Colour Me Positive and follow along with the art journaling prompts they are offering. Well..I have made it through one whole week so far! Last year I made it with the prompts from Daily Life Project all the way until the first week in May, so let's see if I can go farther this year! Here is my page I made for the prompt 'gratitude'.




I did my best to take process photos as I was filming for those who prefer the step out of my projects :) I started by getting out my Dylusions paints. I had rather forgot about them and I wanted to play with the super vibrant colors again. I had no concept or idea for this page I just planned to fake it til I make it :) I smeared around three nice cool colors with a make up sponge until I liked the effect.


Next I got out my archival black pad and stamped the word 'gratitude' with a set of stencil looking stamps from Stampin' Up!. I should have done this later but I was just playing trying to get an idea.


Next I decided I wanted some pattern on my page so I got out a leaf stencil and diluted some of the green paint with white to stencil on some leaves. Then..I had to touch up my stamped letters LOL. I also collaged on the quote which was offered as part of the prompt from Colour Me Positive


Next I decided to do some journaling about the things I was particularly grateful for in 2015. I didn't want these very personal words to be read by whomever maybe see my page. They are only for me...so I did the writing using a Wink of Stella marker. This has just clear ink with some tiny glitter so it is barely visible..but I know it is there


Next I decided I needed some sort of focal point for the page. I was thinking to myself..what does gratitude look like visually? I came up with the idea of a person with their hands over their heart and eyes closed as if contemplating. This pose to me says 'thank you'. So I drew her on mixed media paper and cut her out. But dang it! my sketch was too small. So, instead of redrawing it...I scanned it and printed it larger. That totally worked! I collaged her on and then colored with Neocolor II water soluble crayons :)


The next thing I did was to use my Stabilo all black pencil to make shadows around the girl and the words. I also Added some highlights with a white Posca pen at this step but its not in the photo.


Then to fill in that blank space between the girl and the quite I added some stamped flower heads with a stamp from Stampin' Up!. Then I drew stems and leaves with a black Fude Ball pen. I colored my flowers with a brush and the Dylusions paints. I added highlights to these with my white posca pen.


I think my girl has a very serene looking face. She looks full of gratitude for all the blessings of the past year and hopeful for 2016.



I hope you enjoyed this mixed media art journal page :) If you did leave me a comment below!
<3 Shel


46 comments:

  1. fabulous journal spread. Happy WOYWW Helen 3

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  2. This looks wonderful lovely flowers and she has a very peaceful look hugs Nikki 15

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    1. Thanks Nikki :) I was going for sort of a serene look so I am glad you think she looks peaceful.

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  3. What a wonderful spread and she is so beautiful. Really great work. Barbxx #28

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  4. Wow that is super - Happy New Year Anne x #34

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  5. Beautiful pages for 'Gratitude' Shel, I checked out the Colour Me Positive blog myself today and hope to have a go too. Enjoy your week RobynO#21

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    1. Thanks Robyn :) Hope to see you over at the group with your lovely journal pages!

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  6. Fabulous page, great idea of diluting the paint. great step by step explanation. Vicky#9

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    1. Thank you Vicky :) I try to give tips for ideas people can use :)

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  7. Its gorgeous..and a triumph really - gratitude is a thing you dont often have to find a 'look' for.

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    1. Thank you Julia :) It is true..it took some brain work to think of a image that was just right.

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  8. Fantastic page Shel! She looks so serene! Love the pink flowers against the green in the background! Happy WOYWW! zsuzsa #39

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    1. Thank you Zsuzsa :) I adore your most recent page with the red against the cold looking blue background as well.

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  9. Wonderful spread, Shel - love the colours and the quote!!

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    1. Thank you Win :) There are so many great colors out there. Someday I will use every one!

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  10. I love the step by steps, it's fascinating to see how the beautiful page came together.
    Hugs Lisax #18

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    1. Thank you Lisa :) I am glad you enjoy the steps.

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  11. Awesome....thanks for sharing your stages too. I have bought lots of Dylusions sprays but haven't used them much...you've inspired me to do a journal page..thanks. Dawn #31

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    1. Thanks so much Dawn :) I would love to see your page when you have completed it!

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  12. Wow - well done. I like the idea that the words of gratitude are for your eyes only. That way they stay so very precious to you.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #2

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    1. Thanks Margaret :) I was trying to explain last night to my friend (who isn't an artist) why I did that..lol. I told her many of my pages have hidden journaling..it is part of the meaning for me. I know it is there but no one else does :)

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  13. Super artwork on that page. Take care Zo xx 42

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  14. You are an amazing artist! I love the colours you have used also - I haven't heard of these paints before, but they look great!
    Have a wonderful Wednesday and the rest of the week,
    Bubbles #47

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    1. Thanks so much Bubbles :) The paints are done by a lady with pinkish red hair and a fantastic British accent..love her bright vibrant color pallette!

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  15. Oh wow! This is such a beauty! I'm a wee bit envious (okay, a lot) of your obvious artistic talents! :)

    Clair x
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    1. Thank you Clair :) I am not any more talented then most...I just try to look at the world with my own point of view :)

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  16. That turned out wonderful! Thanks for the video. Did you have any trouble with the paints leaking through to previous pages?

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    1. Thank you Sharon :) I had no trouble with these paints. I was using the dylusions brand journal with the dylusions brand paints so if I had I would be a bit annoyed LOL. These seem to be standard acrylic paint and not continuely water reactive like the dylusions sprays. Those have been more tricky to use for sure.

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  17. I had planned to visit last night, but right after I linked to Julia, my electricity went off. It came back on a short time ago, so now I'm trying to catch up with everyone.

    I am in awe of your journal page, and I suspect you are motivated to make it beyond May this year. I think gratitude is a very important word. I know I had it when my electricity came back on!! Happy WOYWW from #1.

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    1. So sorry to hear of your electric going out Elizabeth..that is so annoying and a bit scary when we think about it. Thanks for the kindness about my page and the hopefulness I will make it past May :)

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  18. I love this journal page! The girl's face is lovely, you captured her perfectly. Thank you for taking the time to show your process. Know it takes some work to do that but it's all appreciated. Don't get too caught up in keeping up with each prompt. Have fun! Diane #35

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    1. Thank you Diane :) I think my girl turned out to represent what I was trying to do. Yes, the process photos have been tricky lately as I have been doing videos as well..but people like them so I try :) My word for the year is relax..so I may skip some prompts if they don't speak to me this year instead of letting everything go off the rails..lol

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  19. Shel, I LOVE your page - the sentiment fits exactly how I feel after a year long cancer journey with an all-clear at the end of it! I definitely have an attitude of gratitude and it does change your whole life and how you see the world. I have started watching your video and love the flip-through of the previous pages. You are very talented.

    You poor deprived thing, never having had a mince pie! They are traditional at Christmas here in the UK, but I love them any time of the year. Wish I could send you one to try! So nice to find someone else who takes goodies in to the chemo unit too - it's nice to spoil the chemo-ites because it's a pretty horrid business and treats are always appreciated. All the best for Patrick - hope he is doing well. I'm really looking forward to going in again tomorrow and saying hi to all my favourite nurses! This is a busy week, so the rest of the tidying in the studio will have to wait a while.

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #22

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Shoshi and for your kind commnets :) Yes Patrick is OK. He has been to 2 scans and all clear. We do love the nurses at the infusion center..they are just such kind and caring people! I too wish you could send me a Mince pie :) I suppose I could figure out how to get one but I bet your's is way better then any one here could make..we are just silly Americans :)

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  20. Really beautiful, I love the step by step instructions and the idea of scanning and shrinking your sketch
    Jane

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    1. Thank you Jane :) I sure did not want to sketch that whole thing over LOL

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  21. Great page Shel and my fav. paints too. Thanks for the visit to mine and happy woyww (although I'm a bit late) Angela x 32

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  22. Thanks Angela...It is ever too late to say happy WOYWW? I think not!

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Thank you for your comments. I read every one :)