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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.

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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

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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

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

April 6: What’s Up This Week?

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First, Wednesday I have a big announcement!  It is going to be fun! You’re going to love it (picture jazz hands and someone saying “you’re gonna love it” in a sing-song voice)!

On Tuesday it’s Trish’s Tuesday Tag: Check it out…it’s a sweet oversized spring tag with no-sew fabric, string and a crepe streamer rosette.

Wednesday: BIG announcement!

Throwback Thursday: It’s a new wall hanging made with a silk scarf from the 1940’s. It was my first piece I made…(you will have to check back on Weds to see what I am referencing…

Friday: Art Journal with string, fabric and a rosette.

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

Do you sense a theme?  Check it out on Wednesday.

Art Journal Page Share

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Art Journal Page Share

I have worked in an art journal off and on for years.  Sometimes I work through a class, workshop or Internet prompt and sometimes I work on my own.  This year I am participating in the Documented Life Project.  I am loving the workshop.  Check it out at http://www.art5academy.com/the-studio/the-documented-life-project-free.  It seems to be a perfect mix of styles, artists and prompts for me.  Having just told you about DLP I am actually sharing a journal page not from DLP.  Aahh, the oddities of blogging.  So on goes the post.

I am sharing a page from an archived Art Journal.  I used tissue paper, acrylic paint, stains, magazine images and other ephemera.

When I first started Art Journaling I was in high school (which was just last year OR…maybe 30 years ago), back then I didn’t call it Art Journaling.  It was my sketchbook and into went everything.  Some of it was mixed media, some was technique, some pencil drawings, some reflections. Sounds just like an Art Journal, but it was a sketch book (ha!).  I think there are many fine artists that carry a sketchbook and journal, draw, write, save ideas, etc in it.  Whatever you want to call it.  It’s a great tool to provide you with a creative outlet that needn’t be perfect.  . Enjoy my joy and imperfection.

Cheers,

Trish

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Glitter Easter Egg Banner

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Glitter Easter Egg Banner

Hi.  Hey, I think I mentioned that I was going to share my burlap Easter banner that was published in Somerset Studios’: Holidays & Celebrations but I seem to have misplaced it.  I took it to a creative event and can’t remember where I put it for safe keeping.  Note to self, stop putting things in a “safe spot.” I have another great Easter Banner to share with you.  It is a true Banner in a Blitz.  It took no time at all.

In any case It’s getting to be that time, you know, the time to decorate your home with a few holiday pieces.  To that end, I created this super fast, super easy glitter Easter egg banner.  It can’t much simpler than this.

It took a sum total of 15 (maybe 20) minutes to make.  First I purchased a sleeve of glittered Easter eggs from Target.  The eggs cost $5 bucks.  When I got home I strung skinny metallic gold ribbon through each egg.   Then I glued the glitter eggs together to so they wouldn’t separate while hanging.  Then I cut out flag shape or long triangle shape pastel scrapbook paper to use as the layering piece between the glitter eggs and the gold letters.  I used metallic gold letters I purchased from Target at the same time I picked up the eggs.  Of course, you may make this banner more elaborate if you would like by cutting and glittering your own letters or adding more layers between the eggs and the letters.  But you can’t beat the impact of this banner.

Here the banner is hanging above my dining room table.  I keep the star garland and the silver ball chain up almost all year and just add a seasonal banner to them.  Sometimes this layered look works better than other times.

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Happy Easter decorating!

Cheers,

Trish

So Grateful My First Ever Art Journal Share

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My first Art Journal post and my first PUBLIC Art Journal display.  Wow!  I had no idea the pressure I would feel trying to pick the first public appearance of my art journaling (I had tons of pages to choose from).  I have been of the mind that my art journal is for me and not for my friends, family or students, but really if anyone ever asked I shared my pages and sometimes when I was especially pleased I would share my page out of pure joy.  And of course during family art journal time we all see what each other creates.  Okay, so all that being said I picked the below image as my first Art Journal post as it sums up how I feel most about my creativity and ability to grow and share.  It is certainly not my best art journal page but really art journaling isn’t about good or bad it’s about creating pure and simple.  So, here’s my first every art journal share…

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Cheers,

Tricia

PS I am not sure when this page was created I think spring 2013.  Possibly even for a Life Book Prompt.  If it is from a Life Book Prompt every intent is made to give credit where credit is due.  Thanks.

Trish’s Tuesday Tag: A Glittered Blue Bird Tag and a Little Gift Pouch Tag

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag: A Glittered Blue Bird Tag and a Little Gift Pouch Tag

Love today’s tags!  There is a great tag with a glittered blue bird and a great tag with a little gift pouch.  I created them at the same time and love how each of them stands on their own but are even more fun when photographed together.

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The gift pouch tag is sophisticated mix of art and function.  As so often in art or in creating anything, I didn’t set out to create a functional piece, I set out to create a piece using my leftover Cricut die cuts and a tag from my stash.  The tag was created from the cardstock that is behind the ephemera in those fun little creative embellishment packets). I had a few itty-bitty craft paper shopping bags and some glitter.   What I got was a beautiful gift tag with the perfect mix of rustic and glittery.

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The glittered bluebird was more intentional.  I was experimenting with Tim Holt’s Distress Glitter and wanted to create something that was seasonal and earthy but also with a little celebratory bling to it.  I cannot decide which tag I like better. Can you?

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Enjoy your spring-like (I hope) days!

Cheers,

Tricia

Surf’s Up! A Friend For Shamrock Skull

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Surf’s Up! A Friend For Shamrock Skull

So after I made the Skull Shamrock piece and hung it on the wall I thought it would be great to create a companion piece.  I thought a St. Patrick’s Day piece would be great.  I could put the art up seasonally together and take them down together.  I just wasn’t sure what the piece was going to be…another graphic piece…a shamrock? a favorite Irish proverb or saying? something witty? what?

Then as happens so often, the companion fell in my lap.  My older boy was required to clean out his drawers as they were stuffed.  He dumped a pile of t-shirts on my bed that were too small.  Guess what was in that pile?  A skull t-shirt.  wow!  yippee!  so fun!  Clearly we went through a phase (maybe we still are?) of skull t-shirts–must have been or is a trend.  I am now addicted!  I secretly am keeping my open for skull t-shirts that I can cut up and hang on my wall.

Here is the Shamrock Skull’s companion.  Cool!  If I can find another it will be a triptych.  I will hang it for not only St. Patty’s Day but also Dia De Los Muertos.  So fun!

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Yipppeee!  Love it when everything falls into place!

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Cheers!

Trish

 

 

Trish’s Tuesday Tag: St Patrick’s Day Ginormous Tag

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag: St Patrick’s Day Ginormous Tag

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Hope your wearing your green!

When I think of tags I most often think of small pieces of art. I know that often I use tags to learn or teach a new technique or when I want to create a piece of art that, in theory, will be less time consuming than if I were creating a journal page, a canvas or a banner.

However in this case, I created a ginormous tag–okay maybe not ginormous, but the tag is 71/2 inches tall without the pretty green ribbon.

A while back, as in a few years ago, I purchased some ephemera in a packet that was backed with a cool tag with a scalloped top. I put the tag in my tag bin (yes I have a bin o’tags). For this project since it was St. Patrick’s Day and all about good fun I decided to alter the ginormous tag.

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Tag to be altered

I was inspired by the lush, ubiquitous green fields of Ireland.

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But then I decided I liked the back side of the tag better. It was more cohesive and the green glittered “IRISH” letters stood out better.  I also transferred a magazine image of three “pints” of beer.  I thought that was very appropriate.

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If you haven’t transferred an image yet–fear not!  It’s as easy as 1,2,3.  First you locate and image and trim it up (or not); then you smear some gel medium ( I use Golden’s Gel Medium) onto the image.  Then, you place the image, image side down onto the paper or in this case tag that you want to transfer the image to.  Then you do something else for about an hour while you are waiting for the gel medium to dry and the transfer to take place.  In this case I glittered letters.

Then as a final step you squirt water onto the gel medium and rub the paper away.  I will do a time lapse video of such so that you can see it.  Super easy.  Super fun.  You just need a little courage because even though it seems highly implausible, it will work.

After the beers transferred, I decided that the tag needed something different than I was planning.  I liked the door knocker(which I acquired while shopping at the Rose Bowl Flea a few weeks back) at the top of the tag–Super cool–super tarnished brass piece fit perfectly under the scalloped edges of the top of the tag.  I wanted to tie the brass into the tag more.  So I added gold embossing.  I had been working on Tim Holtz’s March 12 Tags of 2015 “enameled” tag and still had the embossing powder on my desk.  So I stamped script over the entire tag and embossed it gold.  I like the tie into the brass knocker and the idea of Leprechaun’s pots of gold.

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Now what?  I didn’t like the lettering laid out as planned.  So I bunched it up and added a quick “posy” of stick pins.  Covered the gluey part with a lovely brass shield and a bit of ribbon that matched the tie top ribbon.  Glued down a green striped grosgrain ribbon and called it a focal point.  I love the whole embellishment.  Rich, stylish, silly and pretty (just how I like my men-j).

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Now, that the letters were bunched up I had to decide how to finish the tag.  I let the tag hang on my wall for a few days (sometimes quick art aint so quick). I was putting up my shamrock garland when I came across the perfect sized little shamrock.  I attached it to the tag and called it done and done.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Slainte,

Trish