I had a little play in my art journal last night. Technically, these are porpoises, so not really fish, but when I found this strip of text in my magazine text box, I couldn’t resist using it here. Click to enlarge, as usual.
When the mail brought this new art journal with it’s plain brown cover, I couldn’t wait to decorate it. It’s been a long time since I worked in a journal this large. This is Ranger Dylusions Dyan Reaveley’s Creative Journal, 11.375 by 8.25-Inch. My last one this size was hand stitched by me and I loved the size but hadn’t had time to make another. This has nice heavy cardstock type paper, similar to a manilla folder or the paper in a Moleskine sketchbook but not so yellow as that. It’s not as thick as in my handmade one, or as white, but I think I’ll like it for mixed media collage. I put a coat of Golden Polymer Gloss Medium over this to protect it so I was restricted to media that wouldn’t smear when varnished. This has collage, acrylic paint, colored pencil, Stayzon ink (for my hand carved bee stamp) and I used a Faber-Castell Pitt pen for the designs on her clothing and other details. Even on the shiny magazine paper, the ink didn’t smear. The “Hello” in the top corner is a welcome mat from a catalog. I’ll probably think of this as the Hello journal from now on. 🙂 Do you name your journals?
Happy Monday! I spent the weekend with my parents and Grandma and brought this little ceramic figurine home with me. It is Felix the Cat. He’s lived in Grandma’s kitchen window for as long as I can remember. He’s faded and worn and a lot of his paint has rubbed off, but I think he is utterly charming. We found some old Felix cartoons on video when my son was young and he loved them. He used to draw pictures of Felix for me. Felix has always been welcome at our house.
Let’s just forget about the fact that I was supposed to be participating in Sketch every day in May, since I’d already forgotten and haven’t been sketching, and focus on what I’ve been stitching, instead. I’ve been hand stitching these little owls in the evenings. I’ve done 4 so far but gave one to a special friend to keep her company. I drew up a pattern, which I’ll share here when I’ve had time to add some instructions to it. I’m thinking I may make a few more and hang them from a ribbon, as a banner. These little guys inspired a journal page today, too. It’s been too quiet around here. What have all of you been working on? I want to see!
And I’m showing today’s sloppy little journal page, just to prove it! I don’t like the finished page all that much but it served as stress relief at the end of the day and I felt much better after doing it. I’m not sure why it seems like I have no spare time lately. Someone just keeps filling it all up with stuff that needs doing! I got my nest charms from the Charmsters swap this weekend and they really are wonderful. I’ll try to get a photo of them all together soon, so I can show them off. What have all of you been up to?
Why yes, I did spend my morning painting faces on eggplant. And one eggplant bum, too, because there’s always at least one in any crowd who has to act up. When I originally tore this photo of eggplant out of the magazine or junk mail it came it, it was because I loved the deep purples and plums. But when I came across it again today, it immediately looked like a crowd of little people in funny hats. What could I do but give them faces and let them be what they were meant to be? Then I dug through the little box of clipped text I keep on my desk and found what seemed like appropriate words for them. I hope you spend your day doing something equally enjoyable. 🙂
“everything was so very unusual on this day”