Category Archives: Life Book 2016

Life Book Week Six Your Quirky Amazing Life

Hello my artsy peeps!  Here I am again with another exciting post, LOL!

Week Six was taught by the amazing Tamara Laport

We were to think and write down about all the things we are grateful for and how we would depict our family.  Since this week was about quirky bird, I first thought about what the different personalities make up my amazing family, then I sketched them.

Here’s the sketch:

My daughter is a Yoga instructor and is always meditating, my son loves the drums and was in a rock band, now he works at a music store.  My husband  was hard to sketch, but I thought a toucan would be a good representation, and I’m the chick with the umbrella.

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Here we are!  I also added my grandsons whom I adore!

I created this project on a 11×14 watercolor paper and used watercolor pencils, crayons, markers, acrylic paints, molding paste, stencils and love!

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As I mentioned before, my daughter is a Yoga instructor.  I made her a Yoga outfit and the glitter all around her is her aura.  She’s such a loving, giving, and caring person!  She’s meditating and going “Ohmmmmmm” LOL

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The Rock Star!

My son has been playing drums since he was grade school and later was part of a group.  Now he’s in his 40’s and he’s feeling the results of again!  His elbows hurt, he can’t hear very well, etc.

I tried to make him as flambouyant as possible, but not over the top.  I gave him a KISS face.  I added an ant so there would be five characters.  He’s holding a tiny heart and a leaf.

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Next up is my husband.  Originally he was going to be a Toucan, but after adding his feathers, I don’t know what he is, ha ha.  He does have a heart of gold!  He is very giving, loving, and caring also!

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My oldest grandson has been hiding behind people lately; I don’t know why, but he is the one in the family who also loves music and has the sweetest voice you’ve ever heard!

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My youngest grandson is a jock!  He loves playing baseball and wants to be able to play professionally one day.  My husband has been encouraging him to do well in school and perhaps he can get a scholaship to go to College.  He’s already been admitted to Humboldt College in California.  We’re so proud!

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Last, but not least, the chick representing me!

I put glasses on her because I like to read, and the umbrella is for when I go out in the ministry on a sunny day.   I’m one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and do volunteer work teaching the Bible and helping people get to know it better.  I added Zentangles to the umbrella, which I also draw to relax.  I also added doodles all over the pages and a few quirky stamps.

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And that’s the project for this week, friends!

Thanks for coming by and I hope you leave me a comment.  I love comments!!

Carmen

Life Book Week Five – A Vessel Full of Tenderness

This week’s lesson was with Pauline Agnew who followed the theme of the fearless fun. She showed us how to create a beautiful vase of flowers using as our collage papers a map of the area we were born.

I was born in Mexico in the state of Tlaxcala – a Nahuatl name –  pronounced (Spanish About this sound [tla(k)sˈkala] ), in the city of Calpulalpan (cal pull al pan).   Don’t you just love it!  It’s almost like a tongue twister.

I googled the city and state, but it’s such a small community it was difficult to find just the right map.  So I opted to print the map of Mexico and the state of Tlaxcala.

The state of Tlaxcala is located in East Central Mexico, just east of Mexico City.

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Google found “Cómo llegar a Tlaxcala.”  How to get to Tlaxcala.

Looking at the state, the city is in the lower left corner.  There is a big highway nearby and I think this is the one my uncle, Salvador Galindo, who was an engineer, was involved in building back in the late 1940’s .  My uncle hired my dad to be the accountant and to be responsible for paying the workers.  Wherever the highway went, we went.

According to Wikepedia, Tlaxcala is one of sixty municipalities in the state of Mexico.  My mother didn’t like the city because it was so small.  She told me that there was a big Agave farm nearby where they extracted the juice from the center of the plant, called Pulque, with an elongated gourd used as a tube.  She told me a friend talked her into trying a sip, but she became sick to ther stomach because all she thought about was that the sap was sucked out with a tube and there must have saliva in it.  Ugh!!  Well, later she found out the reason why she got sick and that is because she was pregnant with me and everything she was eating made her want to puke!

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I also found out that Tlaxcala was one of the places Hernan Cortez passed through on his way to Tenochtitlan, the capital of old Mexico.  The inhabitants of that area, the Totonecas, were fierze enemies of the Aztecs and joined Cortez in the fight against them in his conquest.

Now on to my project!

First thing I did was cover my 11×14 watercolor paper with different brush strokes of acrylic paint, keeping in mind that it was going to be a bouquet of flowers on a vase.

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I then collaged pieces of my maps and covered the paper with more strokes and several more layers of paint later, this emerge, but I wasn’t done yet.  I did manage to leave a piece of the map with the name of my birthplace showing on the vase.  I used some primary colors and a bit of gold.

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Then after several more strokes and stencils, I finished my creation.  It is not as abstract as it was meant to be, but I did enjoy the process!

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Here is a close up of the bouquet and the vase,

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and the leaves

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…and one more close up of the middle of the flowers,

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I’m calling this project done!

Thanks for visiting and I appreciate your comments,

Carmen

 

Life Book Week Four And Dina Wakley

Fearless Art With Annie Hamman

This lesson was a lot of fun since I allowed my inner child to come out and play and make a mess on my art.  It really took me out of my comfort zone, but I was able to let it go and I didn’t spend too much time trying to make it perfect.

Annie had the collaboration of her four year old daughter, Tallulah.  Actually, Tallulah has been collaborating in her mother’s work since she was a year old when she would go into Annie’s workshop and try to mess around.  After several attempts at getting her to stop “bothering” her, she decided to allow her daughter to play along with her and as a result there’s been sensational pieces of art created by both of them.

I first took a face from a fashion magazine and made my sketch.  I chose this one because the features were very detailed, although I left the glasses off.

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Then I stared adding the acrylic paints and worked on it for a while.  This is the first few layers.  I used a few stencils and added lots of color to her hair.  This piece of art went through several changes as you will see because my “inner child” wanted to change things and I allowed her.

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Then, the inner child came out to play.  She wanted feathers in her hair and apparently she didn’t like the hair so she put in different strokes even over my pretty flower stencil.

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So I went back and added another big flower on her hair.  My inner child came back and used more stencils and more paint, and then I decided that was enough out of her.

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I went back and just changed the stencils and hair and worked on her forehead a bit and gave her new eyebrows and eyes with eyelashes even!  I also used a stamp and a white jelly roll pen to give her a few gray hairs and added details to the flowers and leaves. I left the collaged butterflies on her neck and on the top. I’m really happy with her and I hope to play like this once more.

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That is it for this lesson and I’m so looking forward to next week.  So many people have signed up for Life Book 2016 that it’s hard to keep up on our secret Facebook page.  I love all the different interpretations and the art work is amazing.  There have been some beautiful, beautiful, pieces shared that intimidate me, but I have to keep thinking about the word I chose for this year “Beautiful.”  Everything I create is beautiful!

Art Journal Color Courage with Dina Wakley and Amy Jones

I’ve been meaning to post some of the backgrounds I’ve been creating after watching Dina Wakley and Amy Jones in the Interweave Store through the Cloth, Paper, Scissors. Shop.

I bought her book,  Art Journal Courage, through Amazon and I was hooked!  There is nothing like seeing the artist at work that’s why I decided to buy the videos.

She is truly fearless when it comes to playing in her journal.  I bought her bird stamps while they were on sale at the JoAnn’s online store.  Now I can’t wait to use them on the backgrounds I created.

This background was mostly created with ink sprays and stencils.  She has a great line of stencils, but I made my own and used some I had on hand.

These were also created with spray inks, but she introduced acrylic paints too.  To me it looked very busy, but I have to go back and finish watching the video so I can see how she fixed it.

 These were created on deli paper.  It’s amazing to me that I didn’t have to use my Gelli Plate, but I’m sure in one of her classes she’ll take it out to use it!

 

And Finally, the piece de resistance (spoken  with a French accent).   These were my favorite pieces because the colors are just so vibrant!  I used the sprays on the bottom and the stencils on top.

 

Now, to watch the rest of the videos and see how I can use my new sketchy bird stamps.  Thank you all for stopping by today and I look forward to your comments.

 Until next time, play, play play!~

Carmen

Life Book Week Two

Bonus Lesson With Ivy Newport

Patch It Up – Make it Shine

This was an amazing lesson, and at the same time very frustrating for me.  We had a similar lesson last year, but we collaged the main image’s hair, face and dress.

We began with a short writing exercise about what we want to leave behind in 2015.  Whether it be fears, anger and other things that limit our creative process.  I cut out some images from magazines as well as words I wanted to highlight in my journal and pasted them on top of the writing to keep it secret.

I used an 11×14 watercolor paper and then chose a color palette to work around the image . Ivy does a superb job, but I’m still working on blending the paint around the girl’s face.

The purpose of the image and the words was to incorporate them into a representation of our intentions and goals for 2016.  We added metalic paint and glitter  at the end to illuminate our creation.

I took a long time going through magazines looking for just the perfect image of a girl, the background, and the words to go along.  I found a page in a fashion magazine of Greek columns and the models sitting around in various poses and that is what I used for my background.

I finally found a picture of an actress in another fashion magazine with a contrasting color palette.

This was my plan before I started gluing everything down.

My plan was to have a heading with New Year New You and how to achieve it, but I ran out of space because I wanted to add more words.

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So instead, I made the quote “it starts with a dream…” and then Make IT Happen,” followed by having a Game Plan.  The first thing would be escape from the past and ignite the moment and stay forever strong.

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Since the word IT was in turquoise, I added that color to the background and the columns to make it more cohesive.

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Here is the left hand side column I fell in love with.  I didn’t have the whole column running across the top of the page, so I used my acrylic paints to add another column to the top and a floor to the bottom.

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Since we’re to make our project shine, I added some vines with metalic gold acrylic to the columns on either side.

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I’m still working on incorporating the paint to the gir’s face in the color pallete I chose, so instead of the colors Ivy used, I chose more earth tones.  I applied clear gesso on her face, but when I started using the color pencils after the gesso dried, the gesso came off so I stopped after I outlined her features.

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In this corner I used a lighter color of her skirt to blend in the background.  I like how the arms and hands came out after I outlined them.

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And, finally here is the completed collage after adding metalic gold acrylic paint around the words and glitter around her face and several other places in the background.

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I really enjoyed the process in this one eventhough I got a little frustrated when I was doing her face.  But I am not going to let the inner criticto rob me of the joy of creating this piece.

Bonus Lesson with Tamara Laporte

“This year I’m letting go of…”

This was so much fun!  I zentangled the butterfly after I applied several coordinating color sprays.  I also used a stencil and sprayed color through it as well as use the negative to add texture.

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After I drew the butterfly, I sectioned the wings and added zendoodling in black and a bit of while on the left hand side that portion was very dark even after I lightened the butterfly to make it pop.  I started zendoodles or, zentangles as they are also called, about five years ago and found the process of the repititive pattern very relaxing.

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After the butterfly was completed, I then drew a flight trail and wrote some of the things I want to let go of.

The butterfly flying toward the sun is very symbolic, indeed, because it signifies what I’m striving for in 2016.  Once again, I used the beauty to remind me that everything has beauty even the things we want to let go and the things we want to achieve.

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I hope you enjoyed looking at this week’s interpretation of the bonus lessons we were presented with.

I wonder what Week Three has in store for me.  We just have to wait and see.  Until then,

keep creating and having fun my crafty friends,

Carmen

 

And It Begins: Life Book 2016

Hello again, crafty friends!

I put together my projects for Life Book 2015, but there were so many pages, I had to make two albums.

I made the covers out of hard white mat board and covered them with the designer paper.  I didn’t want to make holes in my pages, so instead, I made some corners where the pages would be inserted, and glued them to the 11×17 paper I found at JoAnns.

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This is when I found out I couldn’t put any more pages in the album even though I used three inch rings.

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As you can see, I made a lot of art last year!

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Life Book 2016 – Week One

Now, I start on Life Book 2016.  I’ve been working on my projects as fast as I  can so I don’t fall behind.  This year I want to conscientiously make all the projects because I’m still learning and I’m finding what I like.  I don’t want to get into a rot, so I feel that if I try all the different classes, I can learn new styles and more techniques.

The Warm Up

Tamara Laport, the genius behind Life Book has been conducting this series since 2012.  This will be my second year, and I enjoy going to my craft room and playing with all my crafty stuff.  I’ve also been able to take out different tools, paints, and stencils I haven’t used before.

Tam, is a very gentle, gracious, and giving person.  You can tell by her lessons and the details in each that se really enjoys teaching others what she knows.

The first week she did a warm up lesson about our word for the year.  I am struggling with overworking my art and so I figured that imperfection is better than getting frustrated.

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A closeup of the lotus:

I used a variety of stamps to make it imperfect.

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I stamped the word beautiful and the lotus with a Unity Stamp kit.

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These two are also part of the kit.

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Main Lesson, Happy Traveler.

I chose a lamb and an eagle to be my traveling companions.  I gave the eagle a little bit of attitude!

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A closeup of my little lamb.  Yes, she’s blue, but she’s happy.

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A closeup of the eagle leaning on the tree.

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A closeup of the the traveler’s face.  Notice the doodling I did on her hair to add some dimension.

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I also did some doodling on the bottom left corner with a white marker and other doodles with the black one.

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And used a stencil on her cape and on the upper right hand corner.

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Tam added a pouch to her traveling companing, but I didn’t add one to mine because I fuzzed too much over my lamb and I just wanted to finish.

I’ve been working today on Week two, and will post the homework tomorrow.

Until then, happy crafting!

Carmen