The 2015 Pattern Folio
2 weeks ago
This is the first, wildest, wisest thing I know: the soul exists...it is built entirely out of attentiveness.
|Journal Prompt 46: Fonts|
One thing I am learning is that "font making" is like illustration…it takes practice and it takes TIME. Unless you plan to just "trace" fonts, you have to take time to learn some new ideas about printing and writing. Not interested in calligraphy…just interesting font-making.
I was in charge of the journal prompt on Nov 11 and so I challenged members to work with fonts. Since then there have been two challenges and I'm not on top of them. One is about birthdays and one is about special celebrations in your life. I should be able to put those together, don't you think???
The journal prompt is now coming to the close of their first year together. Some folks have dropped out, others plan to drop out but there is a core group still left for next year.
My goal is to post twice a month…combining prompts together if I can and if not, then picking my favorite. I also plan to use a larger journal at least 9 x 12. Doing it weekly was just too much pressure. But I learned a lot. I also learned at 5 x 7 journals do not give me enough wiggle room!
Am going to try to find a little more studio time in the holiday rush of things. We are in the middle of a kitchen remodel too…but no excuses. This evening my goal is to write my Christmas letter (long over due) and decide what art work will go with it.
I am also trying to search out a mechanical pencil that holds a .3 mm lead (normal is .7). I am thinking I need to visit Office Depot first. Been enjoying Danielle Donaldson's book Creative Girl Mixed Media techniques for an Artful Life. Her graphite work is gorgeous.
Hope you all had a lovely lovely Thanksgiving and next Sunday is the first Sunday in Advent. My tree is up. I am keeping decorations VERY simple this year with the kitchen construction happening. Decorating with a lot of nice pungent piney candles and a live poinsettia and just some favorite little Christmas table cloths and runners. Just enough. Now to find the Christmas CDs.
Ever since I discovered that my portable sewing machine case had begun to deteriorate…I've been planning on making it look a tad better. First I thought I'd just paint it. But soon I began thinking of something a little "wonkier". You know me.
All those scraps of gelli-print paper…I know just the place for them. These are collaged on with heavy gel medium. I chose the heavier medium as I didn't want it running all over and the heavy medium stays put when you put it down and the papers also wrinkle a little less.
Now that it is bone dry, I'll coat the whole thing with Modge Podge clear coating to seal it well and give it some resilience. Now where I store it in the studio will at least make it "fit in" as a piece of art work!!!
In my small space, there is no where to "put it out of sight" and I so I just needed it to "fit in". Voila.
|Using Dimensional Paint|
|Using Acrylic Glazing medium|
Okay so I am in this online class with Jane Davies.
This is a first for me. Never done anything like this before.
I am not sure how many folks are in the class but I know it filled last April in 48 hours.
She establishes a private blog to which we all post our lessons each week. I think it's 6 weeks but right now I can't remember.
Folks in it are from all over the country and other countries too…I remember seeing The Netherlands and Canada and Great Britain..I forget where else. Very fun.
At this point Jane is having us begin to learn how to create different textures on the Gelli plate for collages. I won't bore you with all the things but here were two I especially liked.
Have been a busy bee in the studio lately…also getting ready to post my first prompt to the journal group on Facebook. Makes me nervous to think I am in charge of it next week! Yikes.
Thanks to Cynthia, who gave me inspiration, I think I have it written the way I want it now. Hope I remember to post it!
Life is crazy here. After 3 weeks of not feeling well…I am almost back to normal (if ever I am normal). We are busy remodeling our kitchen, and I have several classes I am teaching…watercolor next Monday and then Zentangle Tuesday the 17th. So prep work ongoing there. Everything slightly behind!
|9 x 12 Journal page, acrylic and multi media with photo.|