Sunday, March 25, 2012

Weekend Journal

I tend to go through "technique spurts", and this week it's been all about layering.  I created two more journal spreads using the techniques I shared in the last Tuesday Tips and Techniques.

The inspiration from these pages began with the magazine image of the woman running up her pharmaceutical stairs, and another magazine image of a tee shirt which reads " Why would you want to be like someone else?  It's exhausting just being yourself."  Amen!

My friend, Staci, gave me some magazines last week, and these pages were inspired by images from two of those magazines.

The predominant face is a black and white photograph taken by Andy Warhol.  The eyes captivated my attention and she demanded to be placed on the page - with a makeover.  I was also inspired by a headline which declared, "The Mind Has To Travel" - hence the bicyclist.  The fish and bird imagery evolved on their own.

I had a couple pages that had been smeared with magenta paint from a previous project, so I added more magenta, blue,black, and white in irregular geometric shapes.  It wasn't long before the pages began to take on a Piccaso-like feeling.  What else could I do?  I had to go with it!

The pages seemed a little boring to me, so I flipped through my newly acquired magazines and began cutting black and white patterns, words and letters to add some interest.  I couldn't pass on the mouth, and I like that it feels a little whacky and out of place.

Tapestry Cat

Keith and I finished our last puzzle of the "winter". ( I have to use the term "winter" lightly as I was absolutely roasting on Wednesday as the thermometer climbed above 80 degrees.)

I've enjoyed puzzles since I was a pre-schooler.  Each little piece is a miniature work of art in itself, and I love handling the pieces.  Even the sound of the pieces being poured from the box brings back a feeling of comfort and nostalgia.

Keith and I browsed puzzles on the Internet one evening, and as soon as I saw Tapestry Cat, I knew I wanted it.  Luckily, it was an appealing puzzle to Keith, too.  What wasn't appealing was the price - $16.00?  I don't think so!  I put Tapestry Cat out of my mind.  A couple days later, I was browsing the shop at a local senior center when what should catch my eye?  You guessed it - Tapestry Cat, and a steal at only 50 cents! (Yay - more art supplies for me)  It was a bargain even if there are four pieces missing!  Gotta love synchronicity.

Now that Keith and I are "empty nesters", it's a great way to hang out together after dinner and "coffee on the veranda".  We turn on our favorite 70's music station and recall "the good ol' days" as we work on the puzzle.   It's a great way to celebrate our lives, love each other, and create a pieced masterpiece.

I hope you've had a wonderful week filled with creativity, and I hope the upcoming week is wonderful for you as well!



  1. The out of sorts lady looks like I feel sometimes when I don't get to paint. Love your weekend work. That puzzle is wonderful. Lucky find. That may take awhile to put together. Patchwork collage cat in our future?

    1. Hey, Linda! Thanks for stopping by. I just took the puzzle apart today. It didn't take long at all to assemble - you know how well we artsy types put color together :o) did you know I'm thinking "collage cat"? :D

  2. Oh girlfriend that is soooo true! And that statement is something we can all learn from. Why "would" you try so hard to be like sommeone else, when it's hard enough just tryng to be yourself? I can truly relate to that statement. I've been trying so hard to get my artwork to look like someone elses' work that I'm getting all frustrated when things don't come out the same, instead of creating my own style!

    1. Hi, Carmel! I wish more people would truly realize that statement! I hope you'll celebrate your own unique and wonderful voice of creativity! Thanks for commenting!

  3. Oh wow, I love your journal pages! The middle one is my favorite, and I just love the mouth on your Picasso page!

  4. Hey, Denthe! Thanks, dear. The middle one is my favorite too! Ha! Glad you like the mouth - sometimes I crack me up! It still makes me laugh when I look at it :oD


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