Monthly Archives: April 2015

Trish’s Tuesday Tag: Tim Holt’s 12 Tags of 2015 April Tag

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag: Tim Holt’s 12 Tags of 2015 April Tag

Wow!  It is unbelievable how quickly a month can fly by.  Taking a vacation was awesome but boy do I notice that I missed a week of work, fun and creating.  It is April 28 and I am finally posting my addition to the 12 Tags of 2015 Tim Holtz monthly challenge.

As you know I am not a big sewer.  I love all the crafts and art with machine stitching it always seems like a big hassle to get the machine out.  Once it’s out. Then it is fun.  Maybe someday the sewing machine will have a designated place so that it is always available.

So, here is my tag inspired by Tim Holt’s challenge.  It was a stretch not because of the composition but because of the sewing machine.  I managed to break a needle and jam the machine.  I think it was a tension thing. Then it became my tension thing.   In any case, it is a lucky day that the tag is done.  I like how fresh it feels.  The tag I created ended up a little more themey (I know fur sur “themey” is a word) than I planned.  After the sewing machine hassle it seemed the sewing theme was appropriate.  What do you think?

Trish' Tag Sewing

Next month is literally only a few days away.  It is the first time in a long time that I don’t have to wait what feels like a looooooooooooooonnnggg time before the next challenge.  Can’t wait.  It’s onto the next.

Cheers,

Trish

Documented Life Project Art Journal Page Gelli Plate Monoprinting

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Documented Life Project Art Journal Page Gelli Plate Monoprinting

t’s a Documented Life Project Art Journal Page.  The challenge: Gelli Plate Printing.  I took this challenge to its max.  I printed every image, design, circle, dot on the page except for the black uniball pen and the key rubons.  I added the rubons after I adhered my page in my art journal as it seemed like I needed to create a cohesive page.  It looked like I had simply glued my art journal page to my art journal which is fine but I like a more cohesive look.  For an afterthought I very much like the keys.

The Gelli Plate is a really cool monoprinting invention.  Thank you Gelli Arts.  If you haven’t heard of Gelli Plates or haven’t used yours since you acquired it check out sample suggestions at the Gelli Arts Website.  There are tons of great tutorials and tips.

I must admit while I use my Gelli Plate I am by no means an expert nor do I use it as anything other than a tool.  I usually slap on some paint.  Smear it around with a brayer or my finger and place a piece of paper on top of the plate.  It is a quick way to add a background to build on.

In this DLP page I really pushed myself to use the plate differently than I normally do.  I put my stencils and detail work on the Gelli Plate and printed.  I have layers and layers on my page.  I love the look.  It reminds me very much of Rae Missigman.  She is a DLP instructor.  Her new stencils were featured and boy did I want to rush out and purchase them.  So fun.  So great.  So NOT cutsey!!!!!  Thank you Rae Missigman.  In any case, I was inspired to use some of her stamps on my Gelli Plate.

DLP Gelli Plate Art Journal Page

So try it out…you can paint, stamp, stencil, dot, scrape, stencil, polka dot, write on your Gelli Plate and print one after the other.

Cheers,

TRish

Trish’s Tuesday Tag: Creativity Happens: Quickly Collage a Tag

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag: Creativity Happens: Quickly Collage a Tag

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So sometimes creativity just happens.  Actually, creativity is like a muscle the more often you use it the stronger it gets.  So, when I am in my groove creativity just happens.  The above tag took all of ten minutes.  I love it for its easy home décor charm and its ease.  All the embellishments, ribbon and even the tag is all premade.  So, see anyone can create.  I didn’t draw, stamp or ink a thing.  I just collaged the pieces.

I fell in love with the ribbon and had to have some but had no idea what I was going to do with it just knew it looked like me.  The same goes with the little hanger. I mean when you see one of those in the store how can you say, “no.”

The dimensional heart , banner and globe stickers (The stickers were part of a dimensional embellishment packet from Simple Stories) and the metal butterfly were in my stash as was the black chipboard tag.  Layer it up ladies then call it done and Done.

Cheers,

TRish

April 20: What’s Up This Week?

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What’s Up This Week?

Monday: Laundry from Scout camping all weekend (ha!)

Tuesday: Trish’s Tuesday Tag: Creativity Happens: A super Quick Collage

Friday: Art Journal Friday.  Check out my latest DLP 2015 journal page.  It’s all about Gelli plate printing.  Also, I’m heading off for the second of three weekend Scout camping trips.

DLP 2015 Inspired Art Journal Page with Bird Tag

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DLP 2015 Inspired Art Journal Page with Bird Tag

Closeup of DLP Art Journal Page

Hi.  I am excited to share this Documented Life Art Journal Page.  It is the first spread in what was then my new art journal.  The challenge was posted on January 1, 2015.  I got to work immediately.  I wasn’t thrilled with it when I finished it but 15 weeks later I like it very much.  Time relaxes so many anxieties.

I used a tag I had created in 2014 (horror to be used in 2015) as an element in the layout.  I liked the juxtaposition of layering a tag on top of a pocket that holds tags with my goals for this year.  So far, I am doing okay with my goals.  Some I have achieved others not so much.  Luckily I have 37 weeks left.

Check out Art to the Fifth or Documented Life Project (DLP) to join the weekly art journal challenges.  They have been great springboards into my creativity and art journaling.

Cheers,

TRish

Trish’s Tuesday Tag: Bird Ephemera Tag with Texture Paste & Distress Ink

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag: Bird Ephemera Tag with Texture Paste & Distress Ink

Bird Tag with Texture Paste

Hi.  I am on vacation this week.  Lucky me!  In any case, despite some technical difficulties here is a pretty tag layered with bird ephemera, texture paste, stencil, distress ink, rub-ons and binding.  Check back on Friday to check out a DLP 2015 journal page using the bird tag as a page element.   I hope you enjoy!

Cheers,

Trish

Spring Banner

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It’s a Spring Banner!  It’s “springy” without being cutsey which I love.  I find it hard in my creating to stay away from cutsey.  My kiddos are older and we no longer need cutsey for them so now I am stretching into being less cutsey.  This banner is a great example of how project vision is often different from completion.  And most times, for me anyway, the final product is better than the initial vision.

So here is the initial starting tools.  Including string.

Spring Banner Start

String altered letters in rainbow

Gessod String Letters

Spring Banner Layers

Spring Banner Silk layerSpring Banner Rosette & Paper LayersSpring Banner with LayersSpring Banner Final "G"Hanging Spring Banner

Art Journal Featuring a DLP Prompt, Borders and String

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Art Journal Featuring a DLP Prompt, Borders and String

Hi.  Happy Friday.  It’s an art journal post.  As you probably already know I am taking the Documented Life 2015 Project Video Challenge this year.  I have really been enjoying the experience.  I like the challenges and the wit in the prompts.  As with anything else some weeks are better than others.  This week was really fun.  I have never zentangled but since the challenge was “borders” I was inspired by the idea of strong graphic black and white borders with a colorful interior.  I added a piece of black cording as part of the border.  I love the sneaky textural play.  I also collaged a crepe paper rosette and a new sew fabric flower.  I am pleased with this art journal page but gosh the border took an incredible amount of time.  I work faster than the zentangle patterns allowed me to.  I did however find a rhythm and found it relaxing.

The Documented Life Project (DLP) 2015 Borders Challenge.  See my string added to the border along the right side.

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You can see the crepe paper rosette under the zebra flower.

Detail DLP 2015 Borders Page

Detail DLP 2015 Borders Page

No sew flower detail image DLP 2015 Border Page

No sew flower detail image DLP 2015 Border Page

Cheers,

Trish

How Easter Messed Me Up or Trish Creates A Monthly Triumvirate Art Challenge

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Hi.  Easter messed me up.  That statement is not meant to be blasphemous nor an attack on Easter itself.  Rather, I wanted to drop my exciting new idea on April 1, 2015 as it was the beginning of the month and it seemed the right day to drop a challenge.  But I aslo had all these Easter ideas and projects that I wanted to share and it just seemed foolish to have 12 posts in one week.  Not that people don’t do it all the time, I just don’t have the bandwidth to do such.

So here is my hat…

Here is a ring…

I am officially tossing my hat into the Art Challenge ring!  Yippee!  I challenge myself to other artists challenges ( I have taken on many art challenges designed by others.  Some are weekly like the 2015 Documented Life Project, Life Book or monthly like Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2013,14,15) all the time to keep my art fresh and my skills strong. Plus as I am an avid skill collector I love to learn.  New Techniques.  The thing I like about challenges whether they are personal or shared, or are created for art or fitness or financial or whatever is that they often provide a paradigm shift or at least a shift in focus (isn’t that the same thing?).  I find that during the month that I am working on my Triumvirate Art Challenge (Should I call it Trish’s Triumvirate Art Challenge? seems a little egocentric but then if I weren’t sharing it on my blog I would be calling it “My Personal Art Challenge.) I am thinking of ways to incorporate the techniques in most every piece I create.  Often times I don’t use all three techniques but the techniques are at the forefront as I am creating. It keeps my creating fresh.

So, since I have been challenging myself for years (one year I challenged myself to a banner every month; one year it was an art journal page every week, etc.) I thought I would extend my challenge opportunity to others. This year I have a more complex monthly challenge.  Drum roll, please…

I picked three of my art/craft books by three different authors at the beginning of the year (I will share the book titles and authors in December).  I randomly open each book to a page.  So, I have three random techniques that have nothing to do with each other.  And I have three techniques to incorporate into my art during any given month.  Pretty fun!

So for April, the challenge is an interesting triumvirate mix:

1) String.  Incorporate string for texture or for strings sake

2) No-Sew fabric

3) Sewn crepe paper streamer rosettes

Check out some of the great art and crafts I have created incorporating these three techniques.  I will admit that the No-sew fabric technique was a big stretch for me.  I really don’t do much with fabric so incorporating it into my tags and mixed media was really uhhh, dare I say, challenging? As was adding string at first. Neither string or fabric show up regularly in my art unless it is home décor or banner art.  But now that I have the string technique only time will tell if it shows up in my art/crafts in the future.

I created a tag that was no-sew.  Check it out this Tuesday as my Trish’s Tuesday Tag.  I also incorporated string and fabric into an art journal page which I love in other peoples they just aren’t my natural  go to mediums.

Trish’s Tuesday Tag: Spring No-Sew Fabric tag with string and a crepe paper rosette.

Throwback Thursday: It’s a new wall hanging made with a silk scarf from the 1940’s. It was my first piece I made in this month’s art challenge.

Friday: Art Journal with string

Saturday: Spring string banner with rosettes and some no-sew fabric

I would love to see and share all the great art you make this month with the Challenge.  Next month I hope to have all my links set up so that you can post your art and share.

Hope you enjoy Trish’s Technique Tool Box (maybe that’s the name??)

Cheers,

Tricia