Friday, June 14, 2013

Paint Party Week!

  This is going to be a post primarily consisting of photos of all the paint play I had this week. I'll share our paper prints and envies now and save the fabric and teabag prints for another post. My friend LuAnn and I got together again at her place on Wed. for 4 hours of gelli plate printing and oh what FUN we had!

  Setting up:
 This is but a small portion of all the stencils and paints we had to use :) And then came the painting frenzy-on paper, recycled tea bags, envies and fabric. And these are but  a smattering of all we created!

                                          Ready for printing using scraps of recycled materials.

  Paper prints:

 Above are some of LuAnn's prints. We used the floor and even the stove to set things out of the way :)

  And all the while, except for an occasional look into the kitchen, LuAnn's "boss" (as she calls her) Ginger slept soundly surrounded by some of her favorite things:

 She is such a sweetie and that little cocker tail never stops wagging!

Here are some of my papers. Oh, on my way to LuAnn's I stopped in Hobby Lobby and bought a feather stencil to play with (as if we really needed another stencil with the selection we had to use) and as you will see I LOVE IT! I think LuAnn was going out this week to get one too :)

 I know the silhouette stencils are  "Annie" by Dylusions' Dyan Reavley. I can't possibly list all the stencils we used so if there is one you see in particular you want to know about please email me.

And here are some of my envies:

 LuAnn said the feather one looks like a staring eye.

 I love sending mail with a decorated envie and this is such an easy way to add instant fun and color! Just wait till you see our fabric prints, coming soon -ooh la la!

  This page is from one of my art journals:

  I started with a page on which  had glued a piece of blotted paper towel. You can read more about these backgrounds here.  I traced a silhouette onto cardstock and painted it black before gluing it down. Yellow watercolor crayon was used along one side for shadowing.

  Last but not least I want to mention an incredible artist (one of MANY) I "met" thru Paint Party Friday.
Tracey Fletcher King creates not only gorgeous watercolor illustrations but her posts are so witty and humerous! Tracey is participating in the ICAD (Index Card a Day) challenge. She also decided to add a challenge of her own combined with this one. Tracey asked that anyone who wished should send her a photo or two of mugs or teacups you own. She in turn would draw/paint them on an index card a day. I was delighted that one of the first ones she created was this one I sent her a pic of:

  LuAnn bought me this beautiful Vera Bradley mug with a lid for my birthday and I use it every day!

  And look how gorgeous Tracey's illustration of it turned out!:

  You really must visit Tracey's blog and see all the wonderful illustrations she sketches and paints. And I'm sure you'll want to continue to see the cups and mugs she creates for the challenges.  I believe she's still open to taking pics of mugs to illustrate :)

  Sorry for the long posting. If anyone can direct me on how to post some of my photos side by side I'd SO appreciate it!

  Linking to Art Journal Every Day, Creative Every Day, Paint Party Friday, and Mandarin Orange Monday.
As always, thank you for all your thoughtful comments :)

         " A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature."  Ralph Waldo Emerson


  1. Well, you really seem to have a had a big fun week!
    Love all the pretty papers you have made, and the journal pages! I often have my whole kitchen full of stuff too. That doggy looks a real sweetie! Have a great weekend.

  2. That's GREAT play..and I LOVE the feather stencil...and Ginger.

  3. Looks like you two had a lot of fun and made some great papers. Love the illustration Tracey made of your mug. Heading over there now.

  4. Thanks for the kind words and shout out,,, and I have to say your mug was a pleasure to paint... gave me a bit of mug envy for a time, but it is lovely.... and all those gelli prints are going to turn into some amazing ICAD's I think... and that page is all sorts of fabulous... a week full of colour from the looks of it... thanks again for beingh part of the fun of the Cuppa project xx

  5. You had such fun with your Gelli Plate! So productive!!!!

    I've been using some of mine in my journal which is fun...

    Love your mug and the sketch Tracey did.... she is very clever and very funny!

    Karen x

  6. It looks like you had a great week Linda. I really like the feather stencil and your girl running for her dream Great image to remember.
    Thank you for making us part of your fun! Have a wonderful weekend.

  7. Oh, what a day filled with fun for you and LuAnn! I love that feather stencil, too - and all of your papers and envies are so beautiful. Love the journal page. So colorful. I, too, just "met" Tracey through the Summer of Color and she is a riot!! Gorgeous mug. . .

  8. Yay for all day paint play!!
    Love photo of the canine companion accompanying you, too!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  9. Wow! Not only are ALL your hand painted papers gorgeous, but it sounds like you had a blast. Tracey did an amazing job with your tea cup too. I love it. Blessings!

  10. Oh wow Linda, you have been a busy girl!! Love your gelli plate prints, the colors are gorgeous. HPPF!

  11. What a wonderful array of some very beautiful backgrounds. And Tracey's painting of your cup is very pretty.

  12. sounds a great day of play and loving all the colourful backgrounds and Tracey's painting of your mug is beautiful. Happy PPF, Annette x

  13. Great backgrounds and prints, love the feather one! Seems like you are having a wonderful time!

  14. Love your backgrounds, it is easy to see a lot of fun was had. Your dog looks gorgeous.

  15. lovely papers, and quote. Tracey is so talented seriously.

  16. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the paining of your mug!!!!!!
    THANK YOU for a fun paint day...looking forward to another one soon!!!!
    Thank you for adding Ginger's picture to your blog!!!!!! :-)
    P.S. I did go to Hobby Lobby and I got the feather stencil!!!!!
    I could not resist it :-)

  17. there is so much joy, happiness and heart in your works Linda, lovely creations. Well done!!! thank you for sharing!!! You gelli plate prints Queen. Thank you as well for watching Scott's video! have a creative and happy week. much love to you.

  18. Always so enjoyable to craft together and it looks likevLuAnn and you had a wonderfully enjoable and productive day! Wish I could have joined you.

  19. What fun, colorful and creative gelli prints ~ love Tracey's illustration too ~ Wonderful to have a friend and a doggie to do art with ~ Thanks for coming by ~ Happy Weekend ^_^

  20. Hi Linda. I love the painting Tracey did of your mug. I love Tracey's work. Wow lots of stencil work going on. Great backgrouds.:)

  21. Excellent designs! Beautiful paintings!

  22. Yummy paint play, I need a week of that too to restock my dwindling supply. Love your mug and what Tracey did with it, love what she did with mine too. I am running toward my dreams, love that piece! Happy PPF xox

  23. There is so much going on in this post I'm not sure where to start! I love the running journal page. I also love what you did with that Peacock feather! And of course, I love what Tracey did with your's fun to see the mug!

  24. Lovely prints and great use of stencils! That mug is so very beautiful!

  25. You look like you had lots of fun painting lots of lovely art..

  26. Ritu said exactly what I was about to much happening here!!!
    Loved all your stencils to begin with...the feather being my FAV! Loved your running towards the dream quote and picture and Tracey's illo is just Fab!!!! And that's a very sweet friend of yours :)
    HPPF Linda :)

  27. Wow those gelli prints are so lovely. I know you'll use them all up soon too! Looking forward to the fabric too...

  28. What a fun day of creating! I've just gotten a gelli plate and am looking forward to learning how to use it. The mug illustration is gorgeous!

  29. Oh Linda what fun you had!! Love all the geli pages and Ginger too! Love your journal page and how your mug turned out...I adore Tracey she did mine this thrilling!! I am so excited about her cup series!! Such a good job!! Have a good week dear lady!

    Hugs Giggles

  30. Looks like you had lots of fun! Wonderful results too. Love your journalpage, and Tracy did a great job on that lovely mug. If you want to post your photos side by side you just click on them and drag them where you want them...

  31. love all the colours and textures on this and like that cup drawing too

  32. That mug is freaking awesome! :) And I love all the colors. So much fun!

  33. your stenciled pieces look terrific and I love what Tracey did with your beautiful mug!

  34. What a great post! Your MoM contribution is so positive and inspiring - love those background textures too. And I just adore that cup (i too would use it every day) and the painting it inspired.
    Thank you for being part of Mandarin Orange Monday:)


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