December 31, 2012

My Favorite Projects from 2012

Wow! I can't believe a whole year has passed us by - time really does fly!

Thought I'd do a little recap of 2012.  Here are my fav projects from this year... one per month... I've included a link for each month that will take you to the post for that project.

In January, Hels and I did one of our Recipe Challenges. This was one of the first BIG tags I did.  I love the combination of inky stencilled backgrounds with some idea-ology and 3-D elements on top.

In February, I did a series of Dylusions Valentine tags as a surprise for Dyan's visit to The Queens Ink.  We decorated a Christmas-style tree with all things Dylusional.  And during that visit Dyan asked me to be on her Design Team! What an honor and a dream come true!

In March (well, I made it in March... blogged it in April... close enough...) I did this Art Parts piece for one of my DT assignments for Simon Says Stamp and Show.   Art Parts are like Legos for adults - mix and match and make anything you can imagine! Love them!

April was the month I decided to *try* to draw.  Once I started I couldn't stop sketching! I had been telling myself for years that I couldn't, but somehow I realized I had never really tried.  I was so surprised to learn that I actually CAN!

In May, I did a tutorial to make this mini Art Part sketchbook, covered with embossed metal that I altered with Ranger/Vintaj Patinas.

In June, I started playing with hand carved stamps.  If you're struggling (like I am) with making your art more authentically *yours* I really encourage you to give this a try.  I love these stamps and use them a lot!

In July, Hels and I did another Recipe Challenge, and we were both inspired by the wonder that is Anna Dabrowska, aka Finnabair.  Here's the canvas board I came up with. I love the borders with my hand carved stamps and all the layers.

And I have to add a 2nd favorite from July... this ginormous art parts piece was SO much fun to make!

In August, I did a series of tags Dylusions style, using the new #12 ginormous tags from Ranger. This was one of my favorites.  I love how the white stars and the eyeball border pop out against the bright background.

In September, I got my vintage ledger from eBay and this is one of my first journal pages.  Those owls peeking in from the right just make me happy.  This page has lots of my favorites: drippage, hand carved stamps, collage, nature, inky/stampy backgrounds. Happy!

In October, I did my first set of journal pages with maps as backgrounds.  This is one of my favorites.

In November, the journalling bug had really *bitten* me! It took a long, long time, but I finally found a way of journalling that felt good and comfortable for me.  Thanks to Dina Wakley and Dyan Reaveley for helping me find my (writing) voice! Here's a page I did in my Dylusions art journal using my new journalling style.

And, finally, December... more art journalling.  I can't seem to stop!  Here's one of my more recent pages...

What a year! Thanks to all of you for all the support and encouragement along the way!  It means so much to know that people are really looking at these things I make.  We are all so fortunate to be part of this on-line blog community!

Right away, 2013 will start with a "first" for me.  I'm going to CHA! Can't believe that it's only 12 days away!  I can't wait to see all my arty friends and be able to have the CHA experience in person! I'll try to post pix on Facebook!

Hope you have a wonderful and safe New Year's Eve - all the best wishes for a New Year!

~ ellen.

December 17, 2012

The Power of Positive Journaling - Dylusions Style

Hi everyone,

Sorry it's been so long since my last post.  As I mentioned, my uncle recently passed away and I've just been so busy helping my mom handle all the little details that have to be handled.  It's been overwhelming for sure, but I did manage to get some journaling done, and it helped to put some positive thoughts down...  Here's what I managed to do...

I got off to a bit of a rough start... decided to be brave and try to doodle in hair... EEK... YUK... YIKES... but even though the doodling was a disaster, I decided to just go with it and make the journaling fit the page.  Don't be afraid to try new things!  I do like the swirly doodles in her shirt... and the borders are off-cuts from some gelli arts printing plate prints.

Like I said... YIKES... ugly hair!

All the stress and work of dealing with death has made me really crave a getaway.  I love her hat - reminds me of Indiana Jones' hat.

And here's a few close ups.  I drew the wavy lines with a pencil and then made the letters fit to the waves.

This page doesn't have much in the way of altering or doodling, but I like the journaling around the image and the simple message.  Sometimes we just need to remember to SMILE.

And, last page, like I said... I've been craving a getaway.  This page is a little different - it's got a scraped paint background.  Just cheap acrylic paint and an old gift card, plus some stencils and ink sprays on top.  I altered her hair with a distress marker!

And the good news is I *have* bought a ticket!  I'll be going to CHA for the first time in January, and meeting up with the most awesome group of artists / bloggers / store owners! 

I mean really... what a line up... Hels Sheridan, Linda Ledbetter, Candy Colwell, Cheryl Grigsby of Rocky Mountain Memories, and Yvonne Stephens of  She Scrapbooks!  I've got a few tags on display at Cheryl's store - how cool to know my art is in Colorado!  Those of you who follow Hels' blog may recognize this group as the "Airport Girls".  

They all met up for Ranger U at Newark Airport in 2011, and despite massive delays, they waited for every last girl to arrive.  I came in at the END of Ranger U to pick up Hels, but I was graciously granted "honorary airport girl" status.  I can't wait to see them in California in less than a month!

Hope you have a great week.  I don't have a back log of projects to share, so not sure when I'll be back, but rest assured... I'll be escaping to my studio as often as I can!  Now I've got to catch up on Christmas shopping!  Again... YIKES! Who has time for Christmas?  But we did manage to get our tree yesterday... there's hope! 

Take care 'til next time - and thanks for stopping by!

~ ellen.

December 3, 2012

More Dylusions Journal Pages

Hi everyone,

Hope you had a nice weekend.  Last week was a tough one for me.  A few really difficult family issues going on, not the least of which was the death of my uncle following a long battle with cancer.  That would be tough enough by itself, but life isn't always fair.

Having (finally) found a way to write on my art journal pages that feels safe for me, I poured some of those feelings into the pages below.  It's so interesting to me what comes out of my mind when I don't feel the need to "edit" it. 

Here's my pages - all done with Dylusions ink sprays, some Dylusions stencils, Balzer Designs stencils, collage images, some hand-carved stamps, and of course the journaling.

altered this black and white image by coloring in her sweater with spun sugar distress marker

love the border - used my new 15mm Montana paint marker

Hope this week is a little calmer.  Thanks for stopping by.

~ ellen.

November 30, 2012

How Rude! Dylusions Journal Page

Hello again!

Here's another journal page...Sometimes I'm so shocked by rude people that all I can do is stare at them, mouth open, or in this case mid-bubble! Astonished!

Started with some Dylusions ink sprays - postbox red, peeled orange and lemon zest.  Added some stencils harlequin and number jumble with red spray, and if you look closely you'll see some circles from the dotty flower stencil with orange spray.

Stamped a border with one of the new Stampers' Anonymous classic stamp sets, traced around it to emphasize the borders with a black pen, and added some white circles with black centers to each scallop.

Added a magazine image, added a shadow with the Stabilo ALL pencil, doodled with white gelly roll pen and black Fude Ball pen (available HERE), and finished with my journaling and the "how rude" hand lettered with black paint pen and outlined with white gelly roll pen.

Have a great weekend!

~ ellen.

November 28, 2012

Dylusions Journal Pages

Hello again!

While I was at camp I also spent a lot of time playing in my new Dylusions journal!  Taking the class with Dyan got me over the "don't ruin it" part, so I was ready to play!  I created a whole load of backgrounds with Dylusions ink sprays, stencils and stamps, and actually finished a few pages too!

Here's a couple of them... I did this page the first night of camp.  Cut some circles from some clean up paper, created a border with my hand carved triangle stamp, and did some journaling in my new scribble style.

I did this page over the weekend.  I wanted to try this technique, which I learned from Kate Crane's DVD, on how to layer two pages together creating a frame with contrasting colors inside vs. outside. Used Dylusions ink sprays, crafter's workshop stencils, and Dylusions stamps.

And here's some other pages I finished on Saturday...

I think I can safely say I've *finally* been well and truly BITTEN by the art journaling bug!  I can't stop making backgrounds and cutting out magazine images... I'm addicted.

~ ellen.

November 26, 2012

Takin' On the Gelli's


Boy, time sure does fly by! Last time I posted I was just about to leave for "Stamp Camp" and then it was back to work for a short week, and then the whoosh of Thanksgiving flew by... phew!

BUT - I had an absolutely *fabulous* time at camp! Some new friends joined us this time, and we all had our Gelli Arts printing plates with us... oh MY did we have fun!  We spent all day Saturday making gelli prints with all sorts of stencils, paints, hand carved stamps, and other found object stamps.  Let me tell you, some of the prints pulled were stunning!

I decided to bind all my prints into two journals.  My good friend Patti pulled both of the covers and generously gave them to me, so I used them for my journals... here we go!

Here's the first journal - used regular copy paper, then glued them back-to-back for binding.  Some of the pages are a little wrinkly, but... who cares... I'm not planning to sell them to a gallery after all...

metallic paints printed on black textured card stock

ghost print from hexagon stencil

LOVE this.. it's the inside of heavy cardboard packing material, used as a stamp.

Perhaps my favorite print - hexagon stencil laid over plate after using a flourish stencil - looks like concrete!

used one of my hand carved stamps for this pattern

all the pages bound together

And here's the second journal... cover was printed on deli wrap, which was then glued to white card stock with Ranger's glue 'n' seal, my new favorite collage glue!

this texture and depth makes me sooooo happy! gorgeous!

simple 3-hole binding for five signatures

The pages were printed on Neenah Solar White card stock, cut in half and then bound together.

used a very meshy lace as a "stamp"

crafter's workshop stencil

another crafter's workshop stencil

hand carved stamp repeated for pattern

golden fluid acrylics brayered and print pulled over existing chevron stencil print

all bound together
If you haven't had the chance to play with the Gelli Arts printing plate yet... OMG... find a friend who has one and schedule a play date ASAP! You'll become addicted! 

I'll be back this week with some other projects I worked on at camp, and over the Holidays.  Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

~ ellen.