Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Art Journal Pages

Hey there!

I spent some time over the weekend playing in my art journal.  My "mojo" has gone missing lately so I just wanted to do *something*.  Kept it very simple, but I'm pleased with the pages... each one started with a simple painted background, paint applied with a baby wipe.  Super easy blending.

This first page uses three colors of Fresco Chalk paints from PaperArtsy - chartreuse, seaweed, and green olives.  Then I stamped the scratchy rectangle stamp from my EEV02 stamp set using sage green archival ink.  I also added some border stamping using what I call the "fringe" stamp from my EEV05 stamp set - used Wendy Vecchi's geranium red archival ink for that and added little white dots to the centers with a white paint pen.

Then I found this adorable bird house with flowers image in a magazine, along with this cute pair of birds, did some fussy cutting and glued them down.

And then added some very simple lettering - I've been playing with "tall and skinny" letters lately - fun - and since I'll never be tall OR skinny... well, a girl can dream.... LOL!

This next page used much the same method - painted background - not sure what paints I used for this one - it was using up paint from another project... yellow all over, then orange around the outside, and red on the borders.  No background stamping on this page... in fact, no stamping at ALL!

I found this awesome photo in a magazine, added a torn map across the bottom, and some more tall and skinny lettering.  I didn't really know what to write, so I just made up a 3-line story/poem(?) for the picture.

I also got started on another page spread.  So far it's just the images glued down.  No idea where it will go next, but I liked the images, and they go together nicely across the 2-page spread.

All of the images for these pages came from Birds & Blooms.  I'm lucky that my dear SIL subscribes to this magazine and throws the back issues my way!  Thanks Pammie!

Hope your week is off to a good start. Hope to see you soon.

~ ellen.


Artfully challenged said...

Ooh lovely Ellen,I love looking at what you have made,it's a real treat for the eyes with all the lovely bright colours you use. Never heard of the use of the baby wipe to apply the paint,might have to try that out.

By the way,thank you so much for your technique of scrapping the fresco paints down a tag with a store card,really keeps the colours nice and sharp. I think some of my best backgrounds have been made using that method : )

Donna x

Helen said...

Looks like your mojo is on the way home! Love the bright backgrounds, and your tall skinny letters look fab!!

Mary Brack said...

I enjoyed your pages, Ellen, and reading about your process.. So inspiring! I love what you did mixing paint and collage!

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isisimaginings.com said...

These are terrific pages Ellen. The images look great against the gorgeous backgrounds.

Ruth said...

Have to practice this tall skinny writing, it's fabulous, and love how you've incorporated the images, the pages are so vibrant ....as always! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog...via Hels, it made my day!.. I love your stamps and reach for them more and more, one clever lady. Ruth x

Jaslynn Joan said...

You have done a great job Ellen, it looks awesome.