I have been playing around with chalkboard paint and decided to see if it would work on regular paper.
I have to admit that the lettering in white is done with a paint pen, simply because I do not want the quote to rub off. However, the pink hearts are done with chalk.
This quote is a valuable one. So often our days tick off one by one and we get lost in the everyday of every day. It is easy to think that is all there is to life. However, we are all important to someone... or more than one someone. When I think of being important to someone, it even makes me smile.
Who is smiling because of you?
On another note... I am still frustrated with how wrinkled the pages become when I glue several of them together. Even though I am using a brayer to flatten everything out and ensure that the gel medium I am using is spread evenly as well as to eliviate any bubbles between layers.
Any suggestions as to how to avoid the bumpy art journal pages are greatly appreciated...
Starting with the two-page spread...
And a few shots from this page...
And a few more shots from this page...
My girls are full-swing into rehearsals for the high school play. Jess is head stage manager and Ash is head of costumes. After a full Sat of rehearsals, Ash crawled right into the truck and fell asleep while we were waiting for Jess!
As part of their roles, we went to Red Deer College to wade through their costumes and pick out the ones that we need for our play. The girls had fun trying on many of them and figuring out which costumes would fit each actor.
Now, only one more week of Project Life to catch up on...
I am working at catching up and I am almost there. Once I am caught up, I promised myself to stay on top of each week. I'm not sure how I got so far behind, but it is too much work. Having only one week to worry about is all I can handle right now.
Week 5 looked like this...
The overview of Week 5...
Some closeups of individual pieces of the left hand page...
I was ever so lucky to get two shots of my girls together this week...
A few close-ups of that page...
And Week 6 is close behind...
On another note... my daughter asked me today, "Why can't I enlarge the pictures on your blog anymore? I used to be able to." If you have been trying to do the same thing and it wasn't working, I apologize. I believe that I have fixed that issue. So now, when you click on any of the pictures in my post, they should open in a larger size in a new window.
If for some reason it doesn't, please let me know in the 'Comments' section below.
Have you heard of Hipstamatic? It allows me to take really cool retro photos on my iPhone.
In keeping with the traditional photography methods, this app allows you to take pics, but you cannot see them until you have shot an entire roll, which is 36 pics.
Well, this weekend I finished a roll. The above pics are just a sample of my captures. There are a few in there that I even forgot I took! That just adds to the fun.
You can download the app here... Hipstamatic Disposable
So, have you heard this catchy song by Gotye?
I know that it has been around for a while, but I heard it on the radio today and it made me go watch the video again.
I love the passion in his voice.
I love the painting.
I think it is going to have to show up in one of my Art Journal entries.
On another note...
I am taking a little blog break. My day job has been extremely busy these last few days leaving me exhausted in the evenings. I am playing a little, but have no energy to blog right now.
Will be back next week.
I created this layout of my girls for Valentine's Day.
The word "love" I drew by hand with a paintbrush dipped in glue and then I sprinkled the wet glue with gold glitter.
These days, it is rare to capture a shot of my girls but this particular day I happened to get them both together.
A Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
I realize that I am behind. Drying time on all of the layers of matte medium and gesso and paint is to blame.
This past weekend I prepped a few pages ahead so hopefully I will be able to skip along quickly in the next few weeks until I am all caught up.
If you are wondering what this is all about check out my post from Week 1.
This week, my goal was to use the negative effect of using letter stickers and painting over them, then removing the letters to reveal the quote. Some of my paint leaked beneath the stickers. Perhaps I need better stickers, but I didn't want ones that have a strong adhesive so that I would be unable to remove them. Suggestions?
Overall, I liked the messiness of this technique, especially adding a layer of gold glitter over the paint before it was dry. The picture does not do it justice, trust me.
One thing that is bothering me, is the fact that when I prep my pages, I am left with some very wrinkled pages. I know that it is due to the wetness of the matte medium and gesso, but I do use a brayer to try to flatten everything out as it dries.
Am I doing something wrong? Or do I just need to embrace the wrinkles?
Can anyone offer some advice on how to avoid the wrinkled pages?
The letters are cut from cardboard and covered with vintage book paper using Mod Podge. I experimented with Martha Stewart glitter in smoky quartz and Martha Stewart Glitter Acrylic Craft Paint in cotton candy.
The pinwheels are made from Echo Park's Yours Truly double-sided paper. I love the soft, subtle colours.
This time last year I hung Hearts of Happiness in my bay window.
I think I like this Love garland even better...