Tuesday, August 30, 2011

What's new at The Loft - Episode 97

It seems like my life had not been my own for the last several weeks thanks to an increased work load at my day job.  It's made me so tired that I've not felt much in the mood to be creative in the way of art.  Instead I have focused a little more attention on doing some sewing in my off time, along with some other things.

And while I haven't been working in it recently I wanted to share some other pages from my art journal. 

For these 2 pages I tried doing a full page image transfer on top of a colored background instead of painting around the transfer.  I like the red tone - it conveys a romantic feeling and I coupled that with a quote from Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice". 

...and I coupled that with a quote from Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice".  This page however started with a watercolor base, but had a liquid acrylic in a pink shimmer lightly applied on top.  The small image of the woman in the corner is a gel skin.

For this two page spread I glued a full page image directly down, hence the bubbles.  No matter how much I brayer it, I still end up with bubbles, but I think the texture of the air bubbles adds a more distressed look to the page, which works in cooperation witht he thought I wanted to convey in my journal.

Different size and style rub-ons is a great way to add journaling and use some of those extra letters left over from other alpha rub-ons sets that you might have laying around.  The combination creates a bit more visual interest.

 For these fonts I used metal letters and traced the outside of them.

For the opposite side I did a full page magazine painting.  I started with watercolor and a charcoal pencil but found that even with a base of absorbent ground, I didn't like the subtleness of the watercolor, in combination with the charcoal pencil so I added pan pastel on top, and found I liked it more. 

I wanted to try something a little different here, so I stared with the yellow pages as a base.  I lightly penciled out the area that I knew I would do a photo transfer on, and put down a watered down absorbent ground in the area around the section I marked off.  I laid down some watercolor and then stamped out the frame, using several border stamps.  I did a straight image transfer in the box and used concentrated watercolor to bring out her eyes and lips.

Stamps, doodling and hand journaling rounded out this spread.

Well that's all I have for today.   Leave me some comments and let me know what you think.  Thanks for stopping by and come back soon.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

What's new at The Loft - Episode 96

Teaching the Art of ATC's

My good friend Brenda who owns Scrapendipity Retreats, was kind enough to let me teach at her July weekend crop a few weeks ago.  The croppers that come to these fun weekend retreats tend to be more traditional scrapbookers so I tried to gear these introductions into the world of ATC's specifically to scrapbookers and show them how they can use these ATC's in traditional scrapbooking layouts as decorative embellishments or as a means of adding journaling to their layout.  This is the second time I have taught a class for Brenda and really enjoy meeting people and introducing them to the possibilities that ATC's offer.

Here are the projects that we worked on for the class I like to call "ATC's for the Everyday Scrapbooker"

This cute little purse opens to reveal a quote, but could include your own personal journaling.

Here is how I used mine in a sample layout

This little pocket card, has strips of paper for journaling, but it could be cute to cute out some keys and journal on them and put them in the pocket.

I modified my strips a little to add more decorative pizazz to my sample layout.

This card is a cute curtain frame for a small picture.


Here are some photos of the class itself.  These were a great group of ladies and they were a lot of fun.

I'm already working on the projects for a new class hopefully I will be teaching in September.

That's all I have for today, thanks for dropping by and hope you come back soon.