Tuesday, February 21, 2012

scraps and gesso

I don't feel like I have a lot to say on this quiet Tuesday evening, but wanted to show up here and post a few pictures of journal pages in-progress.  

Tonight I've been sitting on the couch looking at artsy-creative books.  In the pile next to me are The Confident Creative by Cat Bennett, Drawing Lab by Carla Sonheim, Water Paper Paint by Heather Smith Jones, and Beatrix Potter's Art by Anne Stevenson Hobbs.  All are fantastic and have me on a bit of inspiration overload.

Friday, February 17, 2012

down-and-dirty art

This is what I do when I have leftover paint on my palette.  Often these sketches and blobs of color have a much more expressive quality than the pieces I'm actually trying to paint.  Funny how that works.  :-)

Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

a place for scraps

Here are some pics of a "life scraps" journal I started awhile back.  It's really not meant to be a pretty journal, as my goal was just to have a repository where I could collect these scraps quickly. 

One of the reasons why I started the journal was because, one day, I discovered a grocery list caught in some other papers and it was at least two years old.  Usually I put them in the recycling after I get back from the store.  So, it was fascinating to see what I was cooking/eating two years ago and it made me realize that it might be kinda cool to have a few groceries list (and other random notes, maps, etc) to look back on when I'm old. 

Washi tape and staples are my primary tools of attachment.  I tried to avoid glue, since the paper in this Moleskine journal is so thin.  In the photo below you can see the adhesive tabs I used to make it easier for me to flip through the booklet.

Sketches of our various remodeling ideas ... mostly trying to figure out how to rebuild our steep staircase.

For me, it's all about balancing my love of scraps with my desire to keep the clutter under control.... Happy Thursday!