Sunday, November 29, 2009

Playing in the Studio

I don't know about the rest of you guys, but my tummy could use a break from all of the eating that I've been doing for the past few days! LOL One of the things that I absolutely love about having Thanksgiving Day at our house...LEFTOVERS for the next few days! There is absolutely nothing like waking up after a kip and walking into the kitchen and making yourself another plate or a big fresh sandwich, popping in some old movies, and settling back in for another kip!

However, I did manage to get up to the Studio and work on ... "My Art Journals." My newest obsession. This lovely art form is such a relaxing and fun way to just let your mind and fingers play. There is no pressure, no final image that you have in your head, no rush, no agenda...it's just you and your Art Journal(s) having fun together. I have noticed that a lot of my pages that I start, just keep getting busier and busier. I like to get a bunch of pages down... collage papers, tissue papers, magazine pages, stencils, found objects to stamp with and of course stamps, before I start adding paint over the images.

As you can see from this picture, I have many Art Journals going at once. I strictly use my Moleskine (to the right), for my sketches and then I will go in and add paint, collages papers, etc. I also go back in and add more depth to my sketches and continue to add more elements to the pages.

This page here is not done...there is so much more to do with this page, but sometimes you want to move on to the next page...so you leave your page for awhile and wait for it to speak to you. This is the beauty of Art Journaling...no rush, just you and your pages whenever your muse speaks to you!

Here are some pages, that for some reason or another, loads up on Blogger sideways...Sorry...can't seem to fix this!






































Remember my "DAG" Journal that I had custom made...well over Thanksgiving Break...I broke it out and started adding paint, collage papers, etc. the pages...Magazines are great! You already have them in your arsenal, so why not use them!
























This Page I started laying down oil pastels on the pages. Get yourself a box of the Crayola Oil Pastels. You can get a box of 24 different colors for under $8.00! Mix them with paint, water and start finger painting...it's so much fun!





























I also did a bit of sculpting...I finished "Weeping Hag" I thought she needed some hair, but she informed me that she didn't want any...so she is bald!

This little thing is not completed. This is part of the 4 part workshop over at www.suziblu.ning.com that Suzi has offered us. My little Skull Girl. I should have her finished up by next weekend.

These little gals..."Alice"... have been in the WIP for awhile now. I am working on some sitter dolls and these are the two that came together over the weekend. I love how the crackle came out these gals. It's so easy to get this effect on cloth & clay. Make sure you get DecoArt One Step Crackle. This product seems to work best for me, but if you have another source...do share!

Okay, who hasn't seen "YOU GOT MAIL?" If you haven't get this movie and add it to your collection. This movie kept me company as worked away in the Studio! LOVE THIS MOVIE! LOL

I sure hope that my Art Journal Pages have inspired you to break open your Art Journals and get busy! Remember, there is no agenda...JUST HAVE FUN and REMEMBER WHAT IT WAS LIKE WHEN YOU WERE FIVE YEARS OLD...FINGER PAINTING!

UNTIL NEXT TIME

CHEERS!

16 comments:

Kaerie Faerie said...

your journals are amazing, been working too, and eating turkey LOL
thinking about taking a break and sewing clothes, maybe playing with some clay, gotta go back and view your art work again so much eye candy!
Karey

Caroline said...

Wonderful art!
Happy Belated Thanksgiving :)

Julie said...

It's always an inspiration to visit you and see how many amazing and lovely things you create. The art journals are awesome (I love the skulls especially) and your alice dolls are too cute. That crackle is my favorite too. I think I've actually stretched my stomach the last few days and can't stop eating! Aaaa...help! : ) xx

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hello Michelle,

I love that movie. I need to add it to my DVD collection. :0) And I love, love your journals..I'm always cutting out pictures or tearing out pages from magazines that speak to me. I really need to start several journals. I get distracted and need to move to another idea actually this is good therapy!! hehe ..I can see it's very meditative and creates focus.

Your creepy dolls are fabulous..one day I'm gonna find time to get in on some of these fabulous workshops. Oh, and I need to go check out your new website! YAY for you...I'm developing mine right now...

Glad you had a good Thanksgiving....we did too although it's just the two of us so we went out to eat but I bought Pumpkin Streusal Pie to bring home. :0)

Do drop by when you have a moment!

Scatter Bliss,
Stephanie

Sonia ;) said...

Amazingly wonderful as always....Java action at its best...he he he

xoxoxoxox

slommler said...

Art journals take the "fear" out of creating!! Great if you are in a slump too! Yours are wonderful!
Hugs
SueAnn

Cat (darklingwoods) said...

Wonderful journals, I'm almost afraid to try them... looks so addicting ;)

Brenda LaBell said...

I love your journals and I'm so glad you share them with us. I love to stare at them, so much to see!! I can't believe how much you have gotten accomplished this weekend!! Wow, love everything!!

Brenda

DellaRae said...

Everything looks wonderful...you are so creative. I wish I had been as busy as you. I had a wonderful Thanksgiving and ate a lot of leftovers. Now I'm working on getting the house decorated for Christmas....almost finished. I love this time of year!

Sue said...

Michelle, I always feel so inspired to try different things when I come to your blog. You are amazing - so well versed in so many art ventures.

Thank you for your welcome back post on my blog. Yep, I am really
glad to be back on my computer!

Hugs!

Mana Moon Studios said...

Oh I know it's been ages since I peeked my head in to your little studio and I see you're up to all sorts of new ventures! Love the journals, really fabulous and I see your art is progressing beautifully! Yes, I adore "You've Got Mail" just had that playing the other night as well, too cute!
Hugs♥♥

Gerushia's New World said...

Hello There:

I came to your blog from Vanessa's at A Fanciful Twist. Now, I realize I recognize your shop from Etsy.

Your journal pages are fabulous. I adore the way you tilted the head of the big skull! Of course, I'm a huge fan of anything surrealistic, and some of your art sure fits that category! Thanks so much for sharing.

If you have a spare moment, stop by my blog. I'm having a give-away for some of my curious art prints.

Thanks:
Kim
Gerushia's New World

Pattee said...

Michelle ~How do you amaze me let me count the ways.... oh wait there are too many amazement's!!!
I love your journals~
and I always love your dolls...

Pattee

Rosemary said...

Just found your blog.
I have seen You've Got Mail probably 100 times, and I never get tired of it.
Love your artwork!!
Rosemary

newagedolls said...

the journals are great, i wish i could see all of them!

icandy... said...

You are so talented and thank you for sharing your work... I love to see what you are up to!
XO
Christina

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