Friday, November 15, 2013

Bad Blogger, Bad!


(Look, that Art Journal I promised to Share)

You know it's been too long since you've posted if you have to log into your account in order to do so. In my defense, life's just not as free as it was before homeschooling the rug rat. My arting these days comes in two forms: either quick, late-night sketches or long spurts of creativity often fueled by a deadline. . . . 

But, here I am. Finally finished with that Art Journal I spoke of like, um, a month ago. The majority of it was created while on vacation with my girlie friend Daniele, but it was tossed aside when I got home awaiting the inspiration - and time - to finish it. It was Daniele's idea to add photographs to the spreads that were screaming for something more, but it wasn't until I saw that process shots of our work together that I realized how right she was. So, without further adieu, here it is in it's entirety, pictures and all:

Cover (with decorative paper from World Market)

First spread using elements from Mindy Lacefield's new stamp line. The picture shows how each of us used the same materials, both with very different results. 

Detail shot includes a defination from a vintage children's dictionary and some bubble gum wrappers.

Second spread using the new "Frames" stencil from Jessica Sporn for Stencil Girl Products.

This process shot shows how we each used decorative napkins in our layouts. 

The third - very green - spread.

A pencil sketch added as an element to the page (with a Stickles Glitter heart).

And features a picture of our make-shift "studio" on the floor.

The fourth spread is a play on pink and includes another dictionary definition, a lot of washi tape and a  piece of a ripped Starbuck's bag.

A bunny with a Swarovski Crystal necklace.

 And a lot of molding paste pushed through a stencil and painted with pink acrylic gouache.  

The last spread features more decorative napkins (the Dutch girls), molding paste and an Amsterdam stencil and the only color photograph.

(My favorite bit is the piece of Caran D'Ache crayon wrapper added as a collage element to the page).

This picture shows the view from our balcony on our last day. 
(We were treated with a beautiful blanket of snow upon our departure ;)

And the final element? A plastic spoon with the letters, BBFF to mirror Daniele's published article in Somerset Memories of our last adventure together to Art & Soul, Portland.

There you have it! Done & done. And my next trick? To find a way to blog more. Thanks for your patience as I navigate my way through this beautiful, crazy year . . . .



To love and art, 
Kristin xo

20 comments:

Joanna said...

Wow, this art journal is stunning! Such a lovely way of recording your creative time with your friend.

xx

Valerie-Jael said...

Fantastic journal - nice to see you around again! Valerie

Marianne said...

Lovely journal. What a feast of colours!

Sharon Fritchman said...

Oh Kristen! I am in awe of every single page you posted here. Your art is so inspiring. I especially love the eyes you create - they are amazing and so full of emotion! Thank you so much for sharing your art journal with us.

missy k said...

An inspiring 'come back' post!!!!

I always love seeing what you create...

I adore the 'Kristin colours' you have used :)

Karen x

Linda said...

welcome back! You have returned in grand form with an explosion of gorgeous pages and color-wow! Love all the collage bits added to the pages and especially your sketchings-those girls are beautiful.

Mary Ann Potter said...

Color! Wow! What a delightful journal you created! Makes me anxious for the next summer of color. I'm currently doing a "winter of color" journal. Will be posting photos on my blog.

Something really cool has happened to me--- page 85 of the current issue of Somerset Studio features a photo of my work, a little Art Fairy canvas. Wooo hoo!

Carin said...

Wow! Fantastic Kristin! Such amazing use of colours...and you know I love the use of personal photos in journals. Glad to see you back and well too :)

MeOfCourse said...

Great to see you back. This is a beautiful journal. Great job. Way to go!

julie said...

Amazing. Love that you shared your process. I like seeing the evolution.

Giggles said...

Gorgeous creations...you are missed.

Here is a suggestion, why not set up a blog for your little nugget from the ground floor up thinking up the name for it and how she wants it to look...showing her how to manage it and post to it....have her make art along with some of her projects and post it. Encourage some writing on with different themes! You could keep it private...or open. You could help her edit it. Then once it gets going both of you could work on blog posts together routinely! Just a thought!!

Hugs Giggles

Annie Claxton said...

Blimey Kristin, these are wonderful! I love the vibrant colours, the textures, the quirky details and your personality just shines from them!

Christine said...

lovely vibrant work, nice to hear from you!

Terri Corona said...

Boy, when I called you a tease last time, little did I know! But so worth the wait! I just love all the color, and texture, and contrasting elements, and those black and white shots, what a great contrast. And most of all, the fun you were having just totally shines through.

Jenny said...

Oh and Kristin... it is gorgeous... beautiful colors... stunning artwork... and deliciousness... love the contrast of the added sketch to your vibrant page too...

Jenny ♥

SanDee1899 said...

wow amazing colour fantastic drawing amazing Project totaly love it! such an inspiration!
xoxo SanDee1899

denthe said...

What a wonderful, colourful journal this is! Certainly something to treasure!

Ophelia said...

Your pages just ignited a joyous fire in me!!! I love all of the color and just pure fun!!

Carmen said...

Gorgeous journal - an explosion of colour! I just love the way you use it!

I didn't know Mindy Lacefield had brought out stamps! Mustn't look. Mustn't look!

I totally get where you are coming from with blogging - I'm so behind on my reading let alone blogging. Where is that time going? Determined to keep it up though and not let it fall by the wayside, love my blog.

How's the homeschooling going? Still enjoying it?

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