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Van Gogh Journal Pages 1 & 2

 

Hello Friends!

In my last post I showed a video of an art journal I began making from a book I have of Vincent van Gogh’s portraits. I had read it many times and thought it would be a great book to make into an art journal!

So the other day I began by gluing this colorful tissue paper over the copyright page. I like the way the print shows through a little bit. Then I used white Liquitex Gesso to cover some writing under the page with his first name. I decided I wanted to paint a quote of his underneath it which says:

“I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say ‘He feels deeply and tenderly.'”

I love his words. Vincent was such a beautiful soul. He may have had what doctors now call bipolar disorder. He certainly went through long deep depressions and was hospitalized a few times. But he did not cut off his whole ear like some still think; he only cut off the tip! I think that story has been embellished ever since it happened.

I love reading his letters to his brother Theo, too. I feel sad, though, that although Theo supported him financially, he was never able to sell any of Vincent’s art. It seems like the art curators at the time just didn’t take Vincent seriously, and judged him for the state of his mental health. So he was just one of those brilliant souls who didn’t “fit in.”

Lately, I have been thinking that I really want to get back to creating what I feel is in my soul, not just doing the assignments in my art classes. Although, I am grateful for them, and have learned a great deal, I just don’t feel like I have to do every single assignment in both of my classes this year! So I have decided to pick and choose and to do what inspires me.

I am here to also encourage and inspire others to follow your heart and create what YOU love!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚

 

Homemade Book Journal

Hello Friends!

Yesterday, I watched our instructor, Jerney, for Let’sfaceit2021, show us how to make an art journal out of an old book.

In order to create enough room for adding paint and ephemera to the pages, we had to go to each “signature”, where the string binding shows, and gently remove two to four pages on each side of the string.

I used a small book of van Gogh’s portraits that I have had for a long time and read lots of times. Plus, it is the only book I could find in the house that didn’t have a glued binding which would just fall apart.

So after we removed the pages, she showed us how to use a soft gel medium to glue two pages together to make them thicker. Then she taught us how to make a pocket on a page. We used a ruler to press down on the page placing it diagonally from the top of the book and then rippped away the right hand corner of that page and the one behind it. Then we glued the sides and bottoms together to form a pocket. It was actually pretty easy!

After that we mixed whatever color of paint we wanted with clear gesso to make it more transparent so the words can show through some. She painted a side view of a woman across both pages, but since the page on the right of my book had a picture of van Gogh in the middle, I decided to paint an abstract likeness of him on the left side.

What I love about this book is the cover which you will see in this video. Thanks for reading and watching!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

House Elves in Watercolor

 

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For the last few days I have been working on these two pages in my fairy journal. I put gold and silver paint on the collar of the girl’s cape, but in the picture it looks a little bit coppery in color.

This was a lot of fun. I also loved painting all the bugs and the little fairy at the top showing off her skirt. I love this workshop, because I am learning more about technique and not feeling like I have to draw and paint the exact thing as the instructor is doing. I have a few more paintings to do of fairies and elves from this workshop. And I want to take my time.

I am really enjoying this project even more than the portraiture class. I tend to get bored when I don’t have enough variety in what I am doing. So when I begin feeling this way, I have to change gears for awhile.

I am glad I know this about myself and can accept it. I spent too many years of my life getting down on myself for feeling bored and not finishing things that didn’t hold my interest over long periods of time. I figured it would happen with the portraiture class at about the halfway point. But that’s okay. As long as I get all the videos downloaded on my laptop, I can take as long as I need to complete it. That is the main thing that attracts me to this type of online class. I never let myself feel rushed or like I have to keep up with everyone else. It is very freeing!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Dryad Pencil Drawing

 

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Last night I decided to get the feel of drawing a Dryad which in the fairy world is a tree spirit.

I plan on drawing her again very lightly on watercolor paper so I can paint her. I don’t think she is going to be in my current fairy journal, but who knows? She may show up in a future one!

I hope everyone is well and has had a nice week.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Flower Fairy in my Fairy Journal

 

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Today I finished my flower fairy. He even gave me this poem and said I could sign my name to it. (I think that was supposed to be a secret! Shhh…) But he hasn’t told me his name yet! I think he is a little fickle!

Here is the poem in case you can’t read it in the picture.

Mischief maker,
I am he.
Not a faker,
No, not me!

I am tricky,
So be on guard.
My hands are sticky,
So watch your yard!

By, Patsy Parker

All of my fairies seem to be mischevious!

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Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Fairy Journal Forest Watercolor

 

 

Hello Friends!

This week I worked on these two pages in my fairy journal. Our lesson was to draw forest fairies. So I had a lot of fun with these.

The first one I wanted to draw was the one on the rope swing. Our daughter had one for years in a tree in our front yard. And one day when she was swinging, I took a picture of her up in the air like this. She always looked so happy while she was playing on that swing! When I was showing her all the fairies in this painting, I realized that the other one highest in the tree, whose body you can only see the lower half of, reminded me of our son when he used to climb trees.

It was fun taking time to think of different fairies to draw and to make the forest itself come to life. There really are no limits to the amazing gift of the imagination! Next I will be drawing and painting flowers and a portrait of a flower fairy from my imagination.

I am still taking a break from my portrait class, though. I am just really hooked on Katrina Koltes’s classes. I signed up for two more of hers which are both very short watercolor classes. I think I am just having so much fun learning from her that I want to eventually take everything she offers!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Fairy Journal Pages in Watercolor

And a close-up of this mischevious fairy

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I painted this 2-page spread in my fairy journal. I had a few new Daniel Smith Watercolor colors to try out. It was relaxing and fun. I wanted it to look kid-friendly since maybe someday we will have grandkids I can read to and do art with. I really miss those days of home-schooling our kids when they were grade school aged.

I have so much of my art saved from all these years of doing it, that I think I may just make my own art journals instead of doing big pieces on canvas from now on. But I do have quite a few blank canvases to use up for the course of Let’sfaceit2020 over the rest of this year. I just don’t want to invest in anymore. I can still paint with acrylics in journals and on smaller thicker paper, so my paint won’t go to waste either.

I am going to start on this week’s portrait today which is going to be in pencil, charcoal, and India ink. It should be interesting!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Fairy Journal in Progress

 

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The other day I got out some wrapping paper, and a few pieces of stationary paper from a stash I have been collectiing for doing mixed media.. Then I made my own envelope to put my letter to the fairies in.

This is a fun project. The second part comes out this Friday. And I still need to paint my portrait for this week for Let’sfaceit2020. But I like staying busy. I have been slowly getting back into exercising again which feels good, too.

I hope everyone is doing well. I am thankful that I am not working outside the home anymore. But if I didn’t have hobbies, I would go stir crazy! Hang in there everyone.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Fairy Journal Cover

 

 

Hello Friends!

Today I made the cover (front and back) for my fairy journal. First, to make the actual journal, I had to fold and sew my pieces of watercolor paper together. Then I glued cut cardboard pieces on the front and back. Next I glued the pink ribbon on to the outside of the binding and covered the whole thing with the flowery wrapping paper and tied the ribbon in a bow before gluing it to the side. Then after a few attempts, I finally painted a little girl fairy in a circle with watercolors, cut the circle out, and glued her to the cover.

I then put pink flowery washi tape around the circle. Lastly, I used a stencil to draw and cut a butterfly out of some yellow polka dotted wrapping paper and glued it in the upper left-hand corner. I also cut a few tiny green leaves from some other washi tape and accented the butterfly.

I think it came out okay, and now I feel anxious to get started painting inside of it! One of the first projects after making the journal is to write a little letter to our fairy as an invitation for her or him to visit us.

This workshop is really stretching my imagination for sure! But it is pretty fun to do and to see what others do as well.

Here is a close-up of my fairy.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

Poetry-Inspired Journal Art

Hello Friends!

On Saturday after some very quiet time, I found this poem as I looked through a book of poems we have. Then I wrote it in my art journal.

I thought the imagery was intriguing. So today I did a watercolor lightly on top of it.

Leisure

by W. H. Davies.

What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?

No time to stand beneath the boughs, andΒ  stare as long as sheep and cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass, where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance, and watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can, enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

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