Friday, September 30, 2016

Gel Press® and The ART of well being

Art provides a sensory experience that can restore our spirit, soothe our soul and tame the inner beast. 

 I am equally right and left brain balanced.
 I learned that I feel off  sometimes ( especially when it comes to art ) by being centered. Think that is weird? I do! I knew something was different about me when I began scrapbooking many, many years ago and everything being asymmetrical was very popular. While I loved the look of it, and I tried to do it...  I found that I kept putting things back in 
So while I liked it ( right brain ),
 I could not do it ( left brain ).

Now many years down the road I have come to terms with the fact that I love dozens of techniques and ideas but have come to grips with the fact that I cannot institutionalize them into my art work. Abstract art being one of the hardest things for me to master but by using the Gel Press® plates I can create abstract art..
it frees my left brain!
And this makes me feel wonderful!

How I made my interactive journal page
( the brain opens up on the page )

I first began my making my brain by...
1. folding a piece of paper in ½ and drawing a brain on the top and cutting it out
2. Used my Gel Press® plate to create the colorful right side to symbolize creativity, feelings, dreams etc.
3. Using stamps with letters and numbers for the left side of the brain to signify logic, puzzles facts etc.
After I made the brain I drew the shape of a head over the top of a gel print page that I had created in my journal with Tim Holtz® Distress Ink Pads. Using some words that correlate with right and left brains I wrote them along the shape of the head. ( Left brain words on the left ½ of the head and right brain words on the right ½ of the head. )

Then I wrote the results of the Right Brain Left Brain test. If you want to take the test and see where you are on the right or left side of your brain then go HERE

 And now I have to say something before it kills me....

This is your brain. This is your brain on Gel Press®.

OK, I feel better now. LOL

Links for the blog hop :)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Just be silly...

Sometimes, it's just fun to let loose and just do something for fun :)
 A good old fashioned distraction from things like...oh...let's say politics! I am so over the anger, the bashing and name calling...and no that's not the politicians I am talking about, that's my "Facebook friends" I am referring to. I have unfollowed so many of them lately because of their political bullying. 

I needed to do something light hearted and silly and with Halloween around the corner I decided to play with my Beatrice Coron - Danse Macabre stencil from Artistcellar. I wish I could tell you I layered everything in the correct order, but nooooo, you know me...let's do everything backwards! lol I did have a paint brayered background to begin with and then I used the stencil, which I used 2 different ways. I outlined it for the "man" and painted the back of the stencil in black paint and pressed it down for the the 2 dancing "goblins". 

Next I tore apart bits of a Gel Press print to create the floor...and yes, I had to cover up parts of what I had done previously because ...well, because I seem to just do things in that kind of order, so after I glued down the "floor" I had to back over with the stencil and redo the bottom part of the legs.

Then, I stenciled the brick background...not so easy stenciling around the skeletons so at least give me points for perseverance! At least I waited and added the Netflix head from their mailing envelope after the background was made...whew, right?

And the last things I did was to stamp and write the journaling along with stenciling some magical bubbles...and doodling a little bit with my white Signo pen...still by far, my favorite white pen!

I am entering my art journal page of pure silliness in

Butterfly life list

Looking at my list you notice it's not very long but I have 2 stipulations, 1. I must have a photo to prove it and 2. the photo must be taken by me! But I did get to add 2 more to my list this summer and that makes me happy :)

Butterfly Life List:
1. Monarch
2. Pipevine Swallowtail
3. Silver Spotted Fritillary
4. Tiger Swallowtail
5. Black Swallowtail
6. Appalachian Azure
7. Silver Spotted Skipper
8. Variegated Frittillary
9. female Sachem Skipper butterfly
10. Viceroy

female Sachem Skipper butterfly


Saturday, September 24, 2016

The "occassional sidestepping" journey of art

Have you ever had? then lost it? then regained it? in your art? 
I can see some of you nodding your heads and saying
"oh yeah"...
I know I am not alone. 
The "art" to this process is sometimes walking away ( sometimes for a LONG time, like weeks ) but, and this is the hard part...never giving up!

Here is the finished journal cover

The journey
Several weeks..OK, maybe more like several months ago I began working on a cover for my current art journal. I had a pretty good first layer and then I had the bright idea to see if I could drop some alcohol inks on top of the first layer and I liked the results for the most part but it seemed unfinished...and I was regretting the alcohol inks...yet I liked it

Then I thought I would take this piece of text paper and do a collage around the outside edge of the cover and this is where I go off in the little art abyss where I know I am in trouble but I cannot stop myself. ( kinda like wiggling your legs in quicksand, you know your making it worse, but you just do it anyway! ) I began covering up all the stuff that I really liked....wth? ( insert big sigh here ) and this is where I should have walked away...should have, should have...oh why didn't I?
But noooooo...well, I messed up big, BIG time. I used way too much alcohol ink and it just made a super big YUCK over everything!

I frantically spritzed the cover with alcohol and tried to wipe everything off as best that I could considering the frame of mind I was in by now, and then I very calmly walked away from it. Cleaned up my work space and admitted that I was defeated...for now

Then after months of glancing at the disaster every time I opened up my journal to work in it: the idea resurfaced...and it all started with last night's dream
 ( which was really weird and I wish I could remember all of it, hence the words ) 

 So while my dream flitted around in my head...( segway into the afternoon ) 

I was sitting on the couch opening my mail and sorting it into piles...what to keep, what to pay, and lastly my favorite, what to re-cycle into handmade paper when I came across some "fan art" that Netflix ran a contest for ( and which I sadly didn't enter ) big regret now, but oh well...I immediately cut the image out and laid her on top of the journal cover and it just fit...and I knew I wanted to use it along with the words above...very simpatico! 

Sometimes the journey in art is a straight path, and sometimes it is the long, winding backroad that you get lost on...and when it's all over it doesn't seem so painful and ridden with seems to be just something you had to go through to get where you are.

Friday, September 23, 2016


without interest, vigor, or determination; listless; lethargic:
a lackadaisical attempt.
lazy; indolent:
a lackadaisical fellow.
...lethargic, listless, lazy, uninspired....sigh...

Some days I just can't think of anything that I want to paint...or draw....or anything. I just don't feel inspired, but I feel like I should do something. At least if I was motivated to go work in the garden, walk around the park or even ( heaven forbid ) clean house, then at least I would be doing something!
 I'm bored, bored, bored
I did spend a few minutes this morning requesting that my library invest in some more art's the least they could do to rouse my muse, who seems to have disappeared on me...yet again. 

So I wandered back into the art studio and pulled out my Gel Plate® and just played, with absolutely no goal in mind. That's usually the best time to do abstract art...maybe it will be a background for another piece or perhaps it should be left alone?

What do you do when your muse abandons you?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Scrapbooking again

I use to scrapbook...a lot.
And now I have no excuses not to do it again because Gel Press® has come out with a 12x12" plate for scrapbookers!
awesome, right?
I mean this fulfills 2 needs
1. To record precious moments of my grand-nephew
2. to art! I love making my OWN background papers and all my letter coordinate too which is a bonus, no need to buy everything trying to get it to all match!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Just don't...

I've practiced Blind Drawing throughout my life, even as a child I would draw animals and flowers with my eyes closed, not trying to be blind but seeing if I could remember where I was spatially on the paper without looking. I used to put notebooks on top of my head and draw....I know, I was a weird child.
It's been utilized as an adult when trying to record dreams while still in the dream state under the covers of my warm bed by blindly writing down my recollections while I can still remember them.

So when I saw Carolyn Dube put out the challenge for Blind Painting, I thought I'd give it a go, but I did opt out of using paint and chose gelatos instead which made it a little less messy. I also chose only 2 stencils and 2 colors of gelatos and began on a brayered background of acrylic paint in my journal. I also had to let the gelatos dry so I got to open my eyes and see what it looked like and was very pleased. After it was dry I came back with my gel pens, closed my eyes again and drew a very wonky flower. Looks like something a toddler would draw and I just went with it and colored in the blocked areas with different colors.
Then as I sat looking at my little tiny flower the words "Don't take anything for granted in life" just came to me so I stamped them along the side.