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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

An Art-Filled Christmas Eve

After literally running around like a maniac for the last three weeks or so, all of the Christmas preparations are finished (other than the meal tomorrow) and I could relax today and take time for myself and to just play ~ creating without a goal or a deadline.  It was heavenly!  

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Glue It Tuesday

This Glue it Tuesday page was fun to create.  I laid down a base of red acrylic paint mixed with gold glitter down through a stencil, then painted the spaces with green Twinkling H2O watercolor.  I glued down a magazine image then experimented with Heritage A-Line Markers, more Twinkling H2O's and Loew-Cornell pastels over the image.  Finally, I glued a gold poinsettia embellishment in her hair.  In the morning, I'll spray the page with fixative.  I always do that outside, due to the strong fumes.

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Art Journal Pages

This page actually developed over several weeks.  Layers of stenciled acrylic paint under a cut out acrylic "smooth" painting I did at a Golden Acrylics class I took at MOCA last month.  I stamped over that element with black archival ink using Stampin' Up's dictionary stamp.  Then I glued down a magazine image and outlined the elements with a Sharpie paint pen.  The text consists of several layers of pens and paint as I struggled with my lettering ~ an area that needs a lot of work.  I aspire to improve my hand lettering in 2014 ~ inspired by architectural style alphas.  Practice, practice.

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This page also took many weeks to evolve.  The background consists of pieces of card stock, some plain and some salvaged from junk mail, which I covered with layer upon layer of stenciled acrylic paint.  The sparrow is Viva Colour stone effect paste through a bird stencil.  The moons, disco ball and polka-dot circles are magazine cutouts.  The paper flowers were part of an old scrapbook kit.  The elements and page itself were outlined and detailed with Marvy Uchida duct tape pens (I LOVE those things).  Finally, the flowers were embellished with dollar bin rhinestones from Michael's.

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My resolution for 2014 (among several ) is to create more art!

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Merry Christmas!