Thursday, February 28, 2013

Letter Box Love

I have a friend, Boo, that I met on Facebook. We share the same love of Art Journaling and Mail Art, and all sorts of paper arts really. She saw my recent Wordless Wednesday post which featured a photo of a large Australia Post mail box and asked me if it was alright if she included it in a journal page she was working on. Of course, I said I would be delighted! I love mail boxes and try to take photos of the most interesting ones I can find, which is pretty hard around here. I love all the mail boxes Boo has included in her page. She's a bit clever, our Boo.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Light Box Lettering

This was a lesson I really enjoyed. I always loved using the light boxes we had at school and they just make doing repetitive designs so much easier to reproduce. Funnily enough, I don't actually own a light box, and I think that's what made this project just a little more exciting.

For this particular project, we were to take a word and draw it up as nicely as possible. Make it really special. Then we were to pop it onto the light box, or light pad (much flatter and easier to use) and copy it another two times. With these copies we could colour them any way we wanted to. I chose to use Sharpie marker with a little white Signo pen for highlights for one, fine line doodling for number two and water colour paint for number three. What made my project so much more fun was the fact that I used the sun shining through the back sliding door as my light box! I simply masking taped my original design to the glass, then taped another sheet of paper over the top. The light shone through brightly enough to trace my design onto the paper. There's nothing more fun than improvising in art!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Lettering With Hot Glue.

I can never think of imaginative titles for my blog posts. I sat here for ages trying to conjure up a fabulous title and this is all I could come up with! But really, that's beside the point, because really, I am here to tell you about lettering with a hot glue gun.

Part of the lettering course I am taking (Letter Love 201 with Joanne Sharpe), has required us to bring out the hot glue gun and do some lettering with it. Now, I had heard of people using their hot glue guns in art journaling but not for writing with! This was really thinking outside the box for this one. So, we were to think of a word, or two if we chose to, and use the hot glue gun to write it. It could be sketched first so we could use an outline to go by, or just wing it. Being the perfectionist that I am, I chose to ever so lightly pencil it first. I had about five practice shots and after I had become comfortable with the gun and it's trigger sensitivity, I got stuck into my final piece.

To highlight the word, and it's texture, we were to watercolour the background. I had previously been afraid of using watercolour paints, but after buying my pan paints recently, I was pretty keen to use them again for my background, and this is the final result...

This (above) is a scan of the finished piece. I really love how the light from the scanner highlights the glue. The next two images were taken on my phone and you can see the texture of the glue a bit more clearly.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Do What You Love

I've fallen a bit behind in my lettering course. I struggled with a couple of the tasks and others I have just simply chosen to take my time with. The beauty of this course is that it's open forever for me, so I can take all the time I need and even go back for a refresher lesson if I choose to.

I spent a couple of days working on this one. The task was to choose a quote, set out the lettering, then use water colour for the background. I always believed I wasn't very good with water colour paint. I have tubes of water colour paint and I've always just made a terrible mess with them. The other night I had an epiphany! Use pan watercolours instead! So the next day I bought myself some pan watercolours and set to work. Success! They are so much easier to use! I was quite pleased with my efforts for this project.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Cereal Box Journal

Today, I've taken a break from the Letter Love course and have done a little bit of work on some Mail Art and a few other projects that have been neglected lately. I needed a change of scenery. I'm getting so involved in the course that I'm missing the other projects I was working on prior to it. After today, I'll be back to working on the course again! It's nice to have a little distraction though.

A while ago, I found a tutorial on YouTube on how to make an Art Journal using recycled cereal boxes. The girl in the video used boxes for everything in her journal, including the pages, but then I saw another tutorial (I can't remember where now) where the lady used envelopes and brown paper bags for the pages of the journal she had made. Seeing as I only had one small cereal box, I proceeded to make the cover (which is kind of warped because I went nuts on gluing it), then spent some time gathering envelopes and paper bags for the pages. It was taking a long time, so I decided to mix it up a little and use other kinds of paper like, brown paper, pages from old books, tracing paper and graph paper. I even found that the brown paper mushroom bags at the supermarket were a really cool addition!

I finally had enough paper to make three signatures for the journal, although it could have handled up to five. I stitched it all together and, VOILA! One complete art journal where I can gesso over my pages and create wonderful new art filled journal pages!

If you would like to check out the YouTube video on how to make your own Recycled Cereal Box Journal, just follow this link: I'm really looking forward to making another one now, but I have to start my collection of paper bags and envelopes again. That's ok, I don't mind. :)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Op Art!

I have fallen a little bit behind in the Letter Love 201 course, but I'm not letting it bother me. Of course life is going to take priority, and the last few days I have been a little on the busy side, so I haven't been able to be as creative as I'd like. PLUS! I've run out of some supplies. Oh dear, I guess I'll just have to go and buy some more. :) Tomorrow, I should be able to get back on track with things though. The beauty of this course is that there is no pressure to get all your assignments done by a particular time, and to relax and enjoy the class and let it really soak in.

So, I've been working on doing some lettering for the course. I have spent my time on this assignment, but a more recent assignment was to do a little Op Art.

"Op art, also known as optical art, is a style of visual art that makes use of optical illusions".

We were to think back to the 60's and 70's (which is giving away my age), and of the psychedelic letters and colours of that era. And this is what I came up with!

GROOVY, huh?

Friday, February 8, 2013

When Life Gives You Lemons

...Make Cupcakes! This is the quote I chose for Lesson 8 of the Letter Love 201 course. It was all about composition, the placement or arrangement of visual elements in a work of art. We were to use an imaginary letter 'S' shape in our word placement. The 'S' shape is a flow that is visually pleasing for our eyes to follow.

A Positive Negative

Today, Lesson 7, in the Letter Love 201 course, required us to use negative spaces by colouring a section in marker or paint and using a white Signo pen to write a main word. Then using the same pen, fill all the empty, or negative space around the word with more writing, thus turning a negative area into a positive area!

I loved this assignment! I chose 3 of my favourite words, 3 of my favourite colours and decided to add some doodles to my text as well. I loved filling in the gaps by making my letters different shapes and sizes. It really was a lot if fun. With each lesson, I discover so much more potential that I'd either forgotten I had, or didn't know I had.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Shaping It Up

Lesson 6 of the Letter Love 201 course. I was in a shocking mood today. It wasn't in anyway helpful to the assignment I had to do, and it affected my project greatly. After starting it several times, I was finally happy with a layout. I stopped for a lunch break and decided I should probably just walk away from it for a few hours. Upon returning to it, I felt better and began to colour it in.

I'm happy with the end result but I know I could have done much better. We are our own worst critics though...

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Word Play

Lesson 5 of the Letter Love 201 was to take a series of our favourite words and artfully write them all over the page. Each word needed to touch another word and the idea was to write one word, then turn the page 90 degrees, write another word, turn 90 degrees again and so on until the page was filled with words.

Again, I had a great time working on this assignment. I never realized I was capable of turning my own handwriting into something so creative!

For more information about the Letter Love 201 online course, click HERE.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Letter Love 201 Lessons 2, 3 and 4

I have to say that I am thoroughly enjoying the Letter Love 201 course. (Click HERE and HERE to see previous posts on the course). It's fun, its challenging and its really sparked a desire to take more of Joanne's courses. I think the next on my list will be her Artful Alphabets course.

So, Lesson 2 proved to be quite a challenge and I spent so much time on it. It was required of us to write a series of quotes using the most creative forms of writing we could come up with. Some of the works shown on the Letter Love Facebook page have been simply outstanding! I don't really use a lot of quotes in my art, so I was grateful a list had been supplied for us, although, I did use one of my favourite quotes: Do More Of What Makes You Happy.

Lesson 3 asks us to create between 6 and 8 of our own 'Artful' Alphabets. We have been given some time to finish this assignment, which is good because at this stage, I have come up with only one design. Ideas are brewing though and I should have this completed in a few days.

Lesson 4 was to create an Alpha Vortex. Imagine holding a handful of letters and then drop them on a page. How would they land? This task was great fun and I am geared up for Lesson 5 now! Bring it on!

If you want to know more about Joanne Sharpe's courses, click HERE to check out her Whimsperations blog for all the details.

Friday, February 1, 2013

My First Homework Assignment!

So I've watched the first lesson if the Letter Love 201 course and I've even finished my homework ON TIME! Why couldn't I apply such diligence in high school? Lol.

The first part of the course was to design the cover of our journal. I chose to do mine on a separate piece of paper and will fix it into a journal when the course is finished. I also improvised on a couple of the techniques, partly to make it my own and also because I didn't have the right materials. I'm still happy with the outcome and confident I've stuck to the guidelines of the task. There is no 'wrong' way to do it. Now I'm looking forward to Lesson 2!

I Love To Doodle

During the recent school holidays I looked after a friends son for a couple of days. He and my daughter get along wonderfully and it was saving his mum from some rather expensive child care. Today she presented me with a small gift of appreciation. I had noticed her own copy of the book some time ago and commented on how cool I thought it was so I was absolutely thrilled when she presented me with my very own copy of it today. As well as being a fab source of inspiration, its going to be so much fun to do! I was like a little kid this afternoon. I've got my very own activity book! Lol. Below are images of just some of the cute little activities inside.

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