Archive | May 2016

Prompt 22, Kindness

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Kindness is a gift we all have that we can give to others. It has the potential to be spread from one person to another creating a real difference in the world.  For this week’s prompt journal with art, digital medium, words and/or your own photographs, about ways you have touched others lives with kindness or how you have experienced the gift of kindness from others.

 

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Using a wax or white crayon fill in lines of the stencil. The crayon marks will create a resist effect, the paint will only adhere to the paper where the crayon isn’t.

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Paint the surface of your paper with water colors to show the image created with the crayon. I painted over one image at a time to help get an idea where each image was being placed in relation to another.

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After I painted over the image with a lighter color I placed the stencil back over the image and added some darker colored paint for contrast.

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I used Lindys Stamp Gang Magicals for my journal page. I love the vivid colors of this product and a little bit goes a long way.

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Kindness has wings to spread around the world.

Prompt 21, Acceptance

Acceptance is the theme of this week’s prompt. The type of acceptance we are journaling about is acceptance of yourself. We offer our acceptance to others, to situations in our life, it is also important to offer it to ourselves in a positive way.

I was reading a book by Maeve Binchy, there is a character that announces what he sees as his faults to everyone he meets. An older woman he is working with says to him “Stop apologizing-like yourself-others will take you at exactly the same value as you put on yourself.” He listens to her and his life is changed for the better.”

You can respond to this prompt using art, digital, your own photographs and/ or writing. If you would like, select a symbol that reinforces positive thoughts and acceptance of yourself. I  created a personnel Mandala. I added words that are positive to me and reinforce uplifting thoughts about life and myself.

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The Process:

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I have been on a Pan Pastel kick lately! These are supplies that I have had for about 3 years. About 2 years ago I taught a class about using them at my local craft store. I used the pastels to color copied images and stamped with Perfect Medium,then used Pan Pastels to reveal the image. In this piece I only used the Pan Pastels with a Crafter’s Workshop stencil and used stamps with the Perfect Medium technique. I worked on a large sheet of mixed media paper. The paper is smooth with no tooth to it. Pan Pastels are great they are even erasable, I used a Magic Rub eraser, which works best.

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When using stencils it helps to tape the stencil on place.

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Pan Pastels are fantastic for layering. I used a tissue, paper towel, cotton swab or makeup sponge to apply. DSC01604

After I stamped the image onto the paper with the Perfect Medium I used the cotton swab to add the pastels to the image.

Prompt 20, Letting Go

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Most people have something they need to let go of. It might be something from your past, a habit you are not happy with, emotions and feelings about certain situations or relationships. These feelings and thoughts are usually very personnel and private. Writing these thoughts in a journal is a great way to release some of these emotions. To keep them private, only you will know they are there, you can paint and or collage over your writing. For this prompt consider using some symbols of letting go in your art or writing. Butterflies, flower petals drifting away, flowing water, flying birds are a few examples of this type of symbolism.

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I started off with a blank page and wrote some thoughts about the process of letting go.

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Next I used acrylic paint to stencil the image of a women using a Dina Wakley stencil.

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I wanted to give the impression of being caged in by thoughts. This stencil is a design from Julie Balzer.

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Then I stared to add symbols to the composition. Arrows to show the process of choosing a direction and birds to symbolize the release of what I am holding on to.

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For the final steps I add some water color to the page. If I was writing about my feelings and emotions I would have used a heavier layer of paint.

Prompt 19, Thankful

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One of my earlier memories of my mother was her sitting at the kitchen table at my grandmother’s house, she would spill some salt into a pile in front of her, smooth it out and start to draw. As she was doing this my grandmother and she would talk. I never tried to interrupt her as she did this, somehow it was enough to just sit and watch her.

This is my first Mother’s Day without her. Looking back over the years we had together, I realize how much she influenced me to adopt a creative life style. Sometimes her attempts didn’t work out that well, like the time she sprayed painted an old sofa. It was a little bit uncomfortable to sit on afterwards. It still taught me to think out of the box and not to be afraid to try something.

Going through boxes of memorabilia I found birthday cards she made out of construction paper and magazine images. She would always add funny captions too. I know she would have love scrap-booking and mixed media collage.

For this prompt think of  a reason you are thankful to your Mom or a person that had those qualities of nurture and encouragement in your life. Maybe another relative, a friend or a teacher.

In this art technique Pan Pastels and/or Pastel Chalks are used with Perfect Medium

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This tag was created using Perfect Medium applied to a stamp using a tissue Pastel Chalks were rubbed over the stamped image created with Perfect Medium. I used a cotton swab and applied additional chalk to the flowers. I then finished the tag by adding blue and yellow water color for the background.

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For the Mother Earth tag I used Pan Pastels and the Perfect Medium. I added some additional color to the tag with glitter pens and Pitt Brush Markers and watercolor.

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This the Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamps I used for the tags. The images are fantastic!

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Perfect Medium has a tacky consistency. It can be found in most craft stores.

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Pan Pastels come in many colors. Two contrasting colors would be enough to complete any project.

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Chalk Pastels are not as bright as the Pan Pastels. They also have a lighter consistency to them. If you like a neater look this is the product to use.

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After I stamped with the perfect medium I applied some Pan Pastels to a tissue and rubbed gently over the stamped image.

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The image becomes more pronounced  as you add more pastels.

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These flowers were done on watercolor paper. I stamped the flower image on with the Perfect Medium and then used the chalk. I then painted with watercolor. What I like about this method is it gives a softer look than stamping with ink. This works well with watercolors.