Monday, April 16, 2018

It's All About Art Today


 Well hello everyone! Hope you had a good week last week - and maybe some nice weather too. Finally we had two gloriously warm, sunny days last Friday and Saturday-in the 80's F- flip flop weather - and I was in heaven!! It's much colder and raining now but finally things are blooming and budding and the seasonal birds are appearing :)

 Almost forgot to share March's calendar spreads so here they are:







 And since I didn't show this page earlier I will link it to T Stands For Tuesday and Try It On Tuesday (Recycle Something):


 I covered my page with two gel plate deli paper prints then glued down the recycled teacup and sentiment which came from a calendar from last year, then I just added a strip of paper lace across the top.

 My next project is a mixed media journal page meant for the Simon Wednesday Challenge ( Add Some Texture), Wen's Simply Neutrals Tuesday, and Art Journal Journey (Recycle and Collage);



 Everything came from one of my ephemera/paper scrap bins except- quote chip, honeycomb stencil (Tim Holtz) and a new to me product I picked up recently at a stamp convention- Tonic Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Cosmic Brown. The shimmer is just amazing- especially on dark paper! They have a nice selection of colors and I would never have thought I'd be picking up a brown but it looks more like copper-so pretty. You can find these online here at the Simon Says Stamp Shop.

 Sunday April 22 is a very important day to note. It is EARTH DAY. We only have one earth and it is each of our duties to care for it in any and every way we are able. This is my journal page (made with recycled magazine clippings and a velvet leaf) to commemorate this day:



 Last I have a watercolor journal page (detail photo at the top of the post):



  I began by stamping the face image (Jane Davenport) with a very light ink (Seashells Sandal by Ranger) so I could then go over it with a black Pitt pen and add some details. I also doodled the flowers, then watercolored with my Peerless paint cards. More details were added to her hair and eyes with a white gel pen. I also used a watercolor crayon in ochre and a sparkly gold pen to add more highlights to the hair. I finished by applying a light wash of blue around then stamped the sentiment (from a Dina Wakley stamp set) using Versafine Onyx Black ink.

 Joining the Simon Monday Challenge (Let's Doodle), and Paint Party Friday whose talented roster of watercolor artists that link up have inspired me to play with this medium again. Even though I'm really not so good at it, I will give it a go on occasion. Thanks Paint Party Friday peeps!

 Thanks so much for your visits. I'll be around to see you too!

" In the creative process, one action leads to another, and the final outcome is shaped by a chain of expressions that could never be planned in advance."          Shaun Mcniff

50 comments:

  1. Love your journal page, Linda - the bird and text are 2 of my favorite things! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

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  2. Over flowing with such awesome pages and designs. I especially love your watercolor!!!

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  3. Yes, it really IS all about the art today, isn't it? Wonderful art, too. Your calendar journal pages are stunning, and I love the TGIF instead of writing something else. I must remember that (grin).

    You know the recycle and collage page you created for Art Journal Journey stole my heart. I'm thrilled you shared it with us there.

    And of course, as your host, I am thrilled you shared tea time art with us for T this Tuesday, too. You KNOW I love the Earth Day tribute!!

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  4. Oh so wonderful art always dear Linda - amazing pieces and collages and I love all the pages in your calendar journal as well. I’m so awed by your artistic-ness! I am sure you create as much as I do dear Linda,
    but you show all together in one post on a weekly base and I am posting every single piece...lol! I just do it as I want to be inspirational for the participants!Othgerwise I wouldn't post so often. Happy T-Day I love your clever and beautiful recycled teacup page and great to see it linked to Try It On Tuesday - so lovely to see you there again! And a wonderul soft bird collage page - so soft and a lovely color indeed this copper paste!!! You made me happy to see you at Art Journal Journey again! And great to meet you at SNT as well and your EARTHday collage is fantastic!
    Happy week my friend and happy Earth-Day ahead!
    ♥♥♥
    Susi

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  5. Lots of wonderful art today, great calendar pages. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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  6. I like your calm journal lady and recycling

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  7. haha, i´m with elizabeth, i also had to grin about TGIF... sometimes it´s just that, isn´t it? awesome birdy Collage, which brings me to the weather - good you´re having some spring days. we currently have a very sunny week and i´m so thankful, it is really uplifting. your tea time calender page is so soothing... but i like the others as well.
    have a great week:)

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  8. Loving your sweet face created with mixed media ~ xxx

    Namaste,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  9. Love the birdie creation and 'use your wings' ~ so creative! xxx

    Namaste,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  10. Your Calendar Journal is such a clever idea Linda... and your lady is beautiful. Recycling is always near and dear to my heart. Happy Early Earth Day! Our weather is flip flopping around here too.. Its a wonder we're not all sick.. Almost 80F today... 65F tomorrow.. This past weekend was freezing temps... bbrr.. Happy happy T day! Hugs! deb

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  11. Awesome art projects and pages Linda. I love the calendar pages and the wonderful one with the recycled tea cup, thank you for adding this page to the TioT's theme and for all your support. The lady you painted is beautiful.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

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  12. All beautiful work Linda! And your entry at Simply Neutral Tuesdays really caught my eye~ Great layered pages, paper and texture. And yes that (stenciled) paint looks very cool! Thanks for sharing your artful expressions with us~ karen o

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  13. A lot of art today. I love your journal. It is beautiful.
    Earth Day, I had not heard of it until I joined the T-Gang. I totally endorse that as the Earth is so precious and we are making a mess of it.
    Your recycled collage is great. It's amazing what you can do with little scraps. i never throw anything away and have a huge scrap box which is divided into different colours.
    I like that quote about the creative process. So true.
    Happy T-Day,
    Lisca

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  14. It's been cold and rainy here, but today we have sunshine and a predicted high of 77. Such strange weather!

    I like your teacup page. I think I'll put a lemon slice in my next cuppa. It's been years since I did that. :) Happy T Tuesday

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  15. A wonderful selection of arty pages Linda!
    Alison xx

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  16. Yes I see what you mean, a Jane Davenport face. In a different style, but well done! Thank you for your post on my blog.

    🤗 Paula

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  17. Looks like you had a busy and happy month of March. Love the neutral bird and the quote. Use your wings. I also like the way your painted the eye on the girlie. Such a pensive expression. And that cup of tea looks inviting. I think I'll be off to get a cuppa. Happy T Day

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  18. I like the way you do your journal, Linda, with minimal daily(?) notes and a lovely full page layout facing. I'm new to daily art journaling this year and am still trying to find a way that works for me. This looks more manageable than my current practice. Plus I like the idea of full page artwork. Yours are all lovely!

    Great neutrals page. I love all the layers and that you created it primarily with scraps!

    Happy T-day and Happy Earth Day! Hugs, Eileen

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  19. What wonderful and beautiful art! That brown shimmer really is lovely...

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  20. Your journal pages are wonderful! I love seeing daily journaling and I wish that I could do something like that. It would be a great way to record the little things in life that I forget. Thank you for sharing these. And your water color page is lovely!
    Happy Tea Day,
    Kate

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  21. Lucky you. We had temps. in the 50's which was a nice treat. But this week's rain has been crazy. Loving the views of your calendar journal. They are beautiful Linda. I like how you draw in your calendar too.:) Hope it was a great T day, I am pretty behind right now. Hugs-Erika

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  22. I used to play with my calendar at school like you - now I have time only to write every day. I've saved all my calendars, sometimes it's fun to read what happened years ago (I can't remember things).
    I'm sewing again, now long sleeve t shirt...

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  23. Hi Linda, I think my comment disappeared -maybe you will get two! Thanks for the reminder about drinking tea mindfully. I like your collage with its recycled papers lace snippet and bird. You certainly keep busy creating. The copper shimmer looks great.
    Hugs,
    Jesse XX

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  24. Goodness, you have been busy creating art lately. I really enjoyed everything but for some reason that little bird stole my heart.

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  25. so much lovely art work here! what a sweet watercolor girly...she is beautiful, and love the textured page in neutrals!! so glad you shared your calendar pages too, they are wonderful ♥ happy T day a bit late!

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  26. Oh ~ journal pages are awesome as I share a 'cup of tea' with you ~ xxx

    Namaste,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  27. Earth Day creation is awesome! xxx

    Namaste,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  28. Great to see so much of your beautiful art.

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  29. What a busy girl you have been Linda! So many journal pages and I so love the little birdie collage with all the beautiful textures - so very sweet.
    Thanks for sharing with us on Simply Neutrals Tuesday.
    Hugs to you for Spring as we enter Autumn here downunder.
    Suzy

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  30. Happy PPF and have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

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  31. Nice art as always. You've been busy, so much to see.
    Happy PPF xx

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  32. Beautiful art this week! I just love your journal pages with a week at a glance. That's so inspired and makes me want to break out a new journal to do something similar. What a wonderful record of life too. I love it!

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  33. Beautiful work this week Linda!

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  34. Journal pages are so creative and colorful!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  35. You are definitely art filled this week, I love it! Yay for the warmer weather, hope it returns soon for you.

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  36. Loving the watercolour and journal pages..
    love shilpa (desisoul arts)

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  37. Love your calendar spreads! Makes me want to have a go again at my art diary, but I'm scrambling for time as it is so I know I won't be able to keep it up. I keep it in the back of my head though. Thanks for reminding me of earth day. Your watercolor journal page is very pretty. She looks like the spring-fairy :-)

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  38. Lovely pieces today Linda my favourite is the Ireland journal page.

    Happy PPF

    MUCH LOVE...

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  39. Your girl with the flower in her hair is so gorgeous, Linda. And your calendar pages are awesome. I agree that we should be more proactive in taking care of the earth. I heard that disposable diapers take decades to disintegrate in landfills. Or maybe it was centuries. Can't remember. I only know the mess of using cloth diapers was unpleasant, but at least it didn't add to the earth's enormous garbage pile. Neither of my babies had disposable diapers, but my granddaughter did.

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  40. Gorgeous, she is such a beauty , love her, she feels like a magical spirit and the lush flower in her hair is awesome! Wonderful art, the tea time is so lovely! and super-beautiful earth quote! Wishing you a sweet day! happy PPf!
    Victoria

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  41. Hi again Linda! wow, thank you for sharing this beautiful post for earth day...so thrilled and touched!! Deep thanks for sharing your magic!
    Happy Wkd
    Victoria

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  42. Love your last image. I thought the top detail was great then I saw the real one. Gorgeous!

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  43. Love your fabulous journal page! The girl is so beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

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  44. What wonderful artwork! So cheerful and creative. :D

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  45. Beautiful pages Linda! Happy Earth day! Great love quote too!

    Peace Giggles

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  46. Happy Earth Day dear Linda!! You share some lovely and cheerful art work here! The mixed media page in neutrals is so sweet and gorgeous, and I love that beautiful girl portrait you painted. Wishing you a beautiful day, hugs xx

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  47. The art is fantastic, Use Your Wings. . .must always be reminded of that. Thanks for the art tip too. Love trying out new things. Blessings, Janet

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  48. Hope you are having a great weekend and creating more great artwork ~

    Always great to have you visit and comment!

    Happy Week ahead to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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