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April 30, 2016

Zentangles Mardi Gras shoes

Recently I had the opportunity to tangle some shoes for a friend who is part of the ‘Muses’ Mardi Gras crew.  They hand out (not throw) decorated shoes rather than beads.  I finished doing 6 shoes for her.

2016-2-2 Margi Gras shoes 4x6

The first shoe I did was a black heel using a gold metallic paint pen for the tangle design I planned following the contours of the shoe.  I also tangled on the heel itself.  Then I used gold paint on the inside and black with gold specks alphabet letters to adhere the word “Muses”.

11-2 shoe black heel front

11-2 shoe black heel heel

Then I did a light pink canvas shoe whereupon I followed the stitching to plot out my design.  A black Sharpie marker worked well on the outside.  I also painted the inside with black paint and used various colored Sharpies for decorating the patterned bottom of the shoe.  I later added black paint to the area of the bottom which is still gray in picture.  Again the word “Muses” is on the shoe.

10-25 pink shoe side

10-25-pink shoe Stitched

I followed much the same process for the tan heel and the blue canvas shoe.

Finally, I was fortunate to tangle one of my partner’s baby shoes which she had just found.  A black Sharpie worked beautifully on both the shoe and the shoelace after being washed.

12-27 baby shoe tangled front   12-27 baby shoe tangled side inner

Making these shoes for the Mardi Gras Parade was a new and intriguing project for me.  I enjoyed the creativity and imagination needed to decide the pattern for each shoe so it flowed in a natural way with the actual physical design of the shoe.

I have used these pictures in both my Project Life album and for The Documented Life Project.  In addition, they are now a part of my partner’s memoirs.

 

 

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February 11, 2015

Negative Space Acrylic Layering

I had just seen a wonderful video entitled “Mixed Media Negative Planets” by Dana C on a Youtube Pinterest post and was really intrigued by the idea of working with negative space.  Then the prompt for The Documented Life Project was “Layering; when not to stop” so it seemed like the ideal time to try the new technique resulting in this final set of pages:

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However, I started by gessoing the center fold of the pages so no paint would seep through.  Then splotched on acrylic paint and gesso, stencil and stamps, dabs of this and that, winding up with this hodge-podge.

2-7 DLP layers 1

The next step was to take my circle stencil and make a few circles over interesting areas in pencil.  Then took a mix of light purple and gesso and painted over it all except for the circles.  This was the result:

2-7 DLP layers 2

Then with the circle stencil again I added a few more circle in pencil that generally touched the ones I had already.  Then painted with a slightly darker purple acrylic over everything but the old and new circles and the left side of the page where I plan to put a planner and journal leaving this:

2-7 DLP layers 3

Again, the same thing of making more circles generally touching those already there before adding a dark purple over everything but the circles and also adding a border on the left.

2-7 DLP layers 4

Started to outline the circles with pencil to have them stand out and have some shading as well as adding in date circles on the left.  This picture shows it as much bluer than the pages actually are.

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Finishing touches of pen and charcoal around the circles and begin the planner/journal, which is so wonderful in organizing one’s thoughts and events.  In time, this journal will become a memoir for me and my family.

But couldn’t stop – still needed to add something else – stars.  But first I added black acrylic paint splatters, then silver acrylic with a stencil and added in stars and finally the tip-in for the month’s Art Challenge and Journal Prompt, resulting in these pages ready for more journaling and planning as seen at the top.  Here is a close-up of the “planets”:

2-9 DLP layers even closer

I was amazed by how the thought process of negative space is so very different from what one usually does in painting something.

September 24, 2014

Week 33: Document Life Project – use underpaper or paint wipes

The Week 33 prompt was to use underpaper or paint wipes as part of your art for the week.  My tip in used baby wipes and under paper cut into turtles placed all over.   I added two pictures I had taken of turtles who had visited my garden.  Washi tape is used to connect the extra page to the regular moleskine pages.

DLP underpaper turtle 1 page
The top turtle on the left, showing the month on the planner page below, is from under paper whereas the other numbered turtles are made from regular painted paper.

8-8 DLP turtles 2 pages

This then developed into the 3 pages with the back of the tip-in showing wonderful pictures of turtles from Pinterest along with a fictionalized ‘Legend’ of Turtle Time with Mother and Father Turtle.  This, along with the clock washi tape, provides their sense of long-lived, slowed-down time. Planner and journal are now ready for the week’s events and feelings.

8-13 DLP turtle time 3 pages

September 9, 2014

Week 32 Document Life Project Process

I am always intrigued how almost every prompt has coincidentally allowed for me to document my week in a meaningful way.  It happens again and again.  The prompt of “Use a Chinese fortune cookie saying” for Week 32 just happened to follow a week where I brought home the fortune – a practice I don’t usually do.  And not that the fortune was outstanding – it just seemed like a good idea.  I had brought home a paper placemat as well.  Since it was from a Chinese restaurant I was looking for an Asian themed background.

One of the gelli plate ages I had already done didn’t turn out very well.  The colors were darker than I like, but when I looked at the design, I saw it had an Asian look to it with a trellis background.  I added some stencil flowers of orange acrylic along with some vines of green and yellow.  The fortune itself was pasted on a piece of colorful orange from another project.

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I cut off the key design from the menu and used it as a side and top embellishment along with some orange washi to divide for the days of the week.  It was a great exercise in recognizing there are no mistakes in art that can’t be improved upon.  Just re-layer/re-paint.

On the back of the tip in I did some gelli plate printing and added a long ago picture of myself wearing a Chinese-style dress gotten in Panama.  On the center section I gessoed an interlocking block stencil which also added to the trellis look.

8-5 DLP fortune cookie 3 pages

Everything was then ready for planner page and journaling along with some memoir writing about the dress and Panama.  The fortune?   “From now on your kindness will lead you to success.”  This came in a week when I wondered whether kindness was worthwhile at time.  In a world where some people feel okay about spewing out their opinions and yet don’t want anyone else to express theirs in return, I sometimes momentarily wonder about it all.

It is an issue that brings to mind the saying: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?  Most people seem not to bother with the first question, much less the second and definitely not the third.  If they think something, it is necessary to opinionate it.  My father more accurately called it “diarrhea of the mouth.”

These pictures of the pages also then became printed out and included as part of my Project Life album.

 

 

August 7, 2014

Art Journaling Journey

For years I have been intrigued by the pictures of various art journals, both the images and the ideas expressed.  Usually the ideas are a phrase or a quote.  But I  also like to process and journal my feelings and patterns I discover within and without myself.  But for some reason I never attempted to actually art journal, keeping my journaling and memoir writing separate from any artsy stuff I would do.  I realize I never thought I could really do the “artsy stuff” myself.

A perfectionist artist father both gave me some tools for art and discouraged me from doing art, or even thinking of myself as an art person.  Soul Food Café facilitated by Heather Blakey, was the first internet site that really drew me in with its writing prompts and information on how to set up a blog. The group was inspiring and encouraging to someone just starting out.   I loved writing as I wove in memoir and experiences with the fantasy stories.

These became part of my blogging (see blogs starting at the beginning in 2008) and proceeding onwards for those writing regarding trips to Lemuria and Riversleigh.  Shortly afterwards I came across SoulCollage (formulated by Seena Frost) and Kaleidosoul (facilitated by Anne Marie Bennett) which really resonated with me by having both aspects of the collage making and journaling to specific questions from the collage picture made.  The questions used (see my SoulCollage-Kaleidosoul page for the list of questions) are as if the collage picture itself is speaking, allowing the unconscious to come forth at times.  I also used the collages I made as part of my posting in the Soul Food Café and Riversleigh posts.

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SoulCollage and Kaleidosoul questions and answers combined into Project Life cards for my album in addition to photos of my everyday life and special occasions.  Project Life has provided a rich tapestry of daily life in photos and words.  Some pages had more journaling than others, but generally was limited by the size of the inserted cards, even when using the back of the cards.

Wounded child card

Document Life Project took  everything one step further and really got me I into art journaling.  The prompts were inspiring for a page or two of doing art, as the Art to the 5th Academy website and Document Life Project facebook page had wonderful videos and instructions for learning how to use the wonderful tools of art available.  The moleskin journal recommended also included a page for planning (left side) and a full page for journaling (middle page) as well as the added yip-in art page (right side of gesso, acrylics and stencils).  This all truly combined my love of journaling with playing with art – a true combination of visuals and words.

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(Pinterest has been an ongoing arena for inspiration for all of these, and other, projects.)

August 4, 2014

Tribute to My Mother

For one of my art projects, I started with a red and white background made from using a gelli plate. There was a slightly elongated light white area which, somehow, reminded me of a picture of my mother taken shortly after I was born. I added the cut out picture of her standing next to the radio, a piece of furniture everyone had in their homes at the time (pre TV) and then added some stenciled flowers in white gesso. I later added this SoulCollage piece to my moleskin art journal for Document Life Project.   I also used this as a large  insert covering a few pockets for Project Life.  Of course, journaling about my memories of her and what I learned from her and have carried within to this day are part of both the Document Life Art Journal and Project Life album.

Mom w-flowers stencils

January 9, 2014

Healing the Wounded Child

My time in Riversleigh has helped me get further along in my journey of healing my wounded Inner Child.  It has been one of the aids along the way: others include spiritual meditation, processing and mulling, art therapy using SoulCollage and Project Life, writing and journaling including memoir, Soul Food and Riversleigh activities, SoulCollage and Project Life.  My Wounded Child, depicted in the lower left of this SoulCollage card, has been able to transform and access into the upper right part of the card.

collage-wounded child transforms (2013-10-4)

Writing the SoulCollage “I Am the One Who” has assisted in the verbalizing the process after much meditating and mulling.   Riversleigh has been a place of retreat for me to mull in between adventures.  It has symbolized the quiet silences in the spaces between activities.  I have stayed in Riversleigh even as others left: as a shape shifter I could adapt and blend into whatever was happening and whomever was there.

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The quiet time has been necessary, but then there comes a time to be with others again, to share in each others’ lives and appreciate the growth patterns we all have undergone.

December 16, 2013

“Wounded Child” Project Life page

This then became my final part of combining SoulCollage cards and Project Life.  I added a picture taken from Pinterest for the color and the quote along with copies of a birthday card, inside and out, I made for my brother and some memories.  And we found a turtle that same day so added that picture for color, content and date, along with a journaling card about the interactions with the turtle before we let him go back into the wild.

11-25-13  PL page wounded child turtle

This colors of this page balanced well together and with the other side of the album (which is not shown).  Journaling, personal pictures, handmade greeting card, and SoulCollage all combined into Project Life.

December 7, 2013

Combined Project Life & SoulCollage

This is another example of where I have combined making a SoulCollage card into a Project Life 4×6 card.  I do this frequently as I can then keep track of what I am creating and my thoughts on the “I Am the One Who” reflections about the card in one place.

First comes the making of the collage card, using either digital Pinterest images or photos or magazine pictures or a combination of all.  (See previous post for the card)  Words may or may not be included.

Then I fill in the “I Am the One Who” sheets I have on the  computer to express what the card is saying to me.  Frequently during this process, new  ideas or patterns appear from the unconscious regarding the topic.

I then print out both items to fit  into my Project Life album so I can further reflect on the collage, the writing and place it all in context of what else is happening in my life at that time.  Or I make a Project Life card reflecting the process with a synopsis of the “I Am the One who” aspects.

Wounded child card

All comes together in appreciating the healing wholeness and holiness.

October 16, 2013

Wounded Child Transformation

Years ago I did a Wounded Child SoulCollage card but have not been able to find it.  Recently, events inspired me to do another when I found one of the pictures I had used on the first SoulCollage card and saw a series of related documentaries.

collage-wounded child transforms (2013-10-4)

I Am the One Who came into this life wounded from past lives; was conceived, gestated and lived early years in an atmosphere of a wounded World War II world; was subjected to the woundings from wounded people around me.  I Am the One Who grew up wounded even though there were many moments the Divine Child manifested: both potentials that  could move positive or negative.  I want you to recognize your processing which helped you to transform beyond that Wounded Child even while appreciating and honoring her.   Remember: we are all struggling souls.  I give you the capacity  to forgive where necessary, both others and yourself.

I have used this card in my Project Life album to commemorate my further healing of my Inner Child.

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