Thursday, 25 August 2016

Not Saying No Soon Enough

We are still Saying No on The Documented Life Project while our art challenge for this week was: document a happy thing. I still had plenty of  NO quotations left and settled on using the one by Josh Billings that says: "Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough". I wrote it by hand in the large white circle on the right hand page.
I started  this spread in the 8 x 8" Dylusions art journal by collaging some pieces of a vintage map onto the pages and then stencilling using the medium and small stencils from the August 2016 Stencilgirl Club. I then used a rubber stamp which I think comes from an ImpressMe set (designed by Sherrill Kahn). I could be wrong as the packaging has long since disappeared, but it looks like her design work.
I then added some of my happy moments in the shape of images of previously made art work and stitching, and punched circles from these pictures as well as cutting out the heart shape you see on the right. The circles were outlined using a Stabilo All black pencil as well as water soluble oil crayons.
 I like how the map peeks out here and there. 

Monday, 22 August 2016

The Best You Can Be

The Colour Me Positive prompt for this week was: Be the Best and the art challenge asked us: If you had one superpower, what would it be? I thought long and hard about that question but I'm clearly not someone who deserves to be given super powers as I haven't come up with a satisfying answer yet. As far as our prompt is concerned I used a quotation that reads:"It's not about being the best, it's about being better than you were yesterday".  

Having sadly said goodbye to the Olympics for the next 4 years my spread (done in the A4 Dylusions journal), gives a nod to them as there is a platform and a winner (both on the page and on the postage stamp) and the words: "Be the best you can be".
 I started by stencilling the background using the large stencil from the Pattern Play collection, that was the February 2015 Stencilgirl Club set and in the foreground I added the L378 Ladders stencil representing stairways to heaven or to glory, whatever way you want to look at it. Both stencils were designed by Carolyn Dube. I also used one of the art foamies (Ring TicTac) designed by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.
 I collaged on the podium using a tissue paper to represent it, as well as the goddess at the top. The black circles and squares came from a hand-made paper. I coloured them in with water soluble oil crayons.
 Stick-on stars were added to enhance the celebration as well as some glitter paint from Marthy Stewart.
The words were written on and the postage stamp, again referring to the Olympic theme, was glued on to finish off the spread.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

MiniMini 13

I'm making steady progress with my project of making 100 minimini quilts (sized 6" or 15 cm square) which will then be put together into one piece of work. This is no. 13.
 The quilt is machine quilted, raw edge appliquéd with hand stitching, and hand beaded. 

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Believe in Beauty

The last July prompt (we get two prompts per month) for Wanderlust 2016 was: I believe in..... The word Believe is one that I tend to avoid but there are a few things I definitely believe in, such as beauty, freedom and serenity. I believe in the latter despite not often achieving it.

As you can tell I'm once again playing catch up with my art on this blog. I am quite surprised I'm managing to keep up with the art itself as lots of things are going on here such as new roofs, outside walls being re-harlinged, as well as an elderly and poorly dog. Despite it all, or just maybe because of it all, art continues to be made. It's my refuge and my pleasure.
 I'm working in the small Vintage Vanity art journal (by Prima) which I now like so much that I must order another one! What a turn around from the beginning and that is one of the reasons why I love doing these sort of classes. New things are being introduced and at first there is weariness, then acceptance and finally delight. I think I have made some of my best art journal spreads in this small (each page is 5 x 7") sketchbook. I'm now working on those pages in the journal that are pre-patterned although it's hard to see as most of it has been gessoed over.
I used a lot of Tim Holtz's Tissue Wrap with text on it (another supply I'm mad about!) as well as stencilling on words (from L316 Rembrandt's Words by Stencilgirl)
 I added collage with pieces of scrapbook paper (featuring roses) and also stencilling with sequin waste.
Rubber stamping from the new set (EEA03) produced by Everything Art (the organizers of the Wanderlust classes) was added to add texture and I also used the words from the same set, stamped them onto vintage paper, antiqued the edges with a stamp pad and glued them on. I added the word BELIEVE and a Greek postage stamp as shown.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Mistakes

The August theme on The Documented Life Project 2016 remains: And then again No - the power of saying no. Our art challenge was to use a self-portrait. You will be familiar with my younger self if you have been a regular reader of this blog. There she is, at 16, a people pleaser if ever there was one, but although unknown to her at that time with a steely core somewhere inside. I'm quite proud of how she turned out although there is always room for improvement, of course! I have shared my ideas on the virtues of saying no here on last week's post.
The background of this spread done in the 8 x 8" Dylusions art journal,  is a riot of stencilling and stamping. The stencilling was done using the medium and large stencils from the March 2016 Stencilgirl Club, as well as stencils S371 Paste Paper and the large stencil from April 2015 Club (for the blue flowers). I also collaged on bits from a flower themed paper napkin. I used a Julie Fei-Fan Balzer designed art foamie called Polka Dots (totally in love with this one!) as well as a text rubber stamp sheet from Darkroom Door.
After glueing on my self portrait I surrounded her with both written and stencilled text. The latter comes from Stencilgirl's L318 Wall of Words stencil. The hand written quotation reads: "No is a complete sentence. It does not require justification or explanation.".  I try! But not always succeed. I have however become much more aware of the occasions when the words: "I'm sorry but" are about to come out of my mouth and try and catch them before they emerge.
 Maybe one day I will be perfectly comfortable about saying no. 
Although I have made many mistakes, and will no doubt make many more, I have no regrets. Mistakes are how we learn and go on learning all through life. I do however try to avoid making the same mistake twice which is perhaps the best we can hope for.

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