"Go to Your Studio and Make Stuff" Fred Babb

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Art Journal Pages


Well, I finally cleaned and organized my workspace, so I feel more like painting in my studio now.  It's still in a bit of disarray, so I won't be showing it to you - Ha!  But, it's much better than it was. 

Here, I've done a quick journal page in acrylics and markers and it's about Bugs.  Because here in Florida, we have BUGS!  And I find their markings to be beautiful. 


This journal page came about because I was wearing my favorite blue earrings and well, I was thinking about them and I just started painting.  I don't wear orange though.  I just liked the contrast of the turquoise against the orange.  I do have darker hair now that I've let the blonde grow out.  And yes, I do have that white 'skunk' streak down the front.  This was done in acrylics with a jellyroll white pen.


Hmmmm - pastels feel like big thick crayons in my hands.  Even those slender stick ones feel awkward to me.  So, I've decided to try them once again.  I'm just loosely sketching with them and added a little water to my brush to blend them together. (These are not oil pastels)  I've found that I like them better using the water to blend with, but think I need a lot more practice before I can say I'm liking them.  I do think the oil pastels feel better, so will have to get them out next.  This is in my bigger repurposed book journal.  


The other day I met up with a new art friend and made some teabags to take over to her.  I buy loose-leaf teas and was looking for a way to take some samples over.  I found this tutorial on All Hans-on blog www.allhans-on.blogspot.com that is an excellent DIY with easy to follow photos.  I couldn't get it to link to the right page, but if you go to March and scroll down to the fourth post, there it is.  

I made these from a cone-shaped coffee filter.  They fold sort of like origami, so it was a lot of fun.  Next time I won't make them so tall!  I used some of my handmade paper to make a tag.

Love, Light and Peace ☮


Friday, April 14, 2017

Little Garden Paintings


I've been painting some goofy little canvases with a garden theme to give my Etsy shop a bit of a lift.  This one I titled Windowsill Garden.


This one is The Herbalist.  I've got a line with Grey-Haired Gardeners going.  :)


I think her gloves are my favorite part of this one.  These are all small 6x6 canvases with gallery wrapped and painted sides, so they're ready to hang right out of the box.


Chickens in the Garden


In the Greenhouse.  Well, you get the idea...


If you'd like to have a peek, the link to the shop is:  Backyard Jungle Art    


I hope you caught the glorious full moon a couple of nights ago!  

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Painted Planters


Our dogs eat a lot of green beans as part of their doggie dinners, so I decided to save some of the cans to use for plant cuttings or starting seeds.  Then I thought - well, I can spiff them up a bit with some paint...and that's how these Mexican flower motif planters came about.  


I like to repurpose books for art journals.  I found this smaller sized book and I love it because it has a spiral binding.  The spiral binding makes it stay flat so it's great to paint in.  Plus, this one was a journal-type book to begin with, so there isn't much on the pages. I love our thrift stores - can't beat the $1 price tag!


Here, I've been playing with the gelli plate, pulling some colorful prints to use in collage and other art projects.  Just seeing all those gorgeous colors makes me feel happier!  

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Paper Making


Here's my first attempt at making handmade paper.  I used a bunch of scraps from mostly white paper with little to no script on it.  It turned out pretty good for my first try.  It's quite thick, but I hope to improve.  And - homemade paper tends to be a bit thicker with texture - which is what attracts me to it in the first place :)  

I used geranium petals and rosemary leaves.  It's fun to forage for items to embed in the paper.  I'll try different colors of paper next time to see how it turns out.


Last month I spent writing letters for A Month of Letters or Lettermo.  It's always a lot of fun to receive mail from people all over the world.  I've been looking to find a wax seal for awhile now and finally found this bee.  It looks great with the bronze wax.


I bought a few different colors of wax, like this metallic blue.  I decided to put my seal on a paper inside the envelope instead of sealing the flap on the outside, as usual.  I think with the modern machines the postal service uses, it wouldn't be appreciated and would probably come off during processing.  I could take it in and have it hand stamped I suppose, but I live so far from the post office it wouldn't be very convenient.


I discovered a tea company that I haven't tried and put in an order for my favorite Harmutty Assam.  Of course, to get free shipping I ordered a few more items to sample and have been very happy I did.  


I used to collect cups and saucers as a kid and I've saved a few favorites.  I just happened to have this pretty violet teacup to try out my new violet tea in.  Sometimes things just work out that way!  


Peace All  



Saturday, February 4, 2017

Junk Journal


So, this is my version of a "junk journal".  I take any excess paint that I have leftover from a painting session and make little abstracts with it.  I've been using an old card deck for this, but I'm sure I could come up with other things to paint when the deck runs out.  

I can then stencil, sticker, paint, use pens, or whatever on top of the paint to add interest.  Then I seal them with a matte sealant and they're done.  Good for informal art swaps or even just for looking at when I want a blast of color therapy.

I think back on the days when I used to throw out excess paint.  WHAT!  I don't know where my head was at - but, then I'm not always sure where it's at on any given day, haha!  

Friday, January 27, 2017

Altered Rolodex Fun


I'm trying my hand at making altered rolodex cards.  What's a rolodex card you ask?  Yup, I know - this will date me considerably, haha.  Before computers, before cellphones, to keep track of contacts and their information, they'd be written or typed on a card set in a circular (or flat) holder that you could flip through.  Hence the notches at the bottom of the card.

Anyway, this is my first few altered cards that I've made and I have to say, I think I'm addicted!  I've been a bit conservative with my collages, but I feel like branching out and getting a bit more adventurous now that I've figured out how to go about it.  Those notches are definitely a little difficult to maneuver around.


This is the back side of the card above.  (It's true - I'm terrible with straight lines!)  The pretty toile paper above is some giftwrap that I had left over.  


This one I made as a little thank you to my art friend that inspired me to create these.  She was so generous to send me blank cards to get started!  There's apparently a device to cut out card blanks from cardstock that I'll be looking into.  Otherwise, you can maybe find an old rolodex set at a thrift store or maybe online.  

The hearts are cut from a gelli print that I did awhile ago.  I love being able to use up scraps of pretty paper.


This is the flip side. I really don't have a theme or even think about what these collages mean.  It's just stuff I have around that I like to use up.  I guess that's part of my creative process - seeing things emerge as I go.  

I apologize for the light glares on these phone shots.  My work table is tile and cleans up like a dream, but I'm finding that it glares quite easily.  I can fix that though in the future, no problem.

I painted the background with acrylics, used a marbled paper that I did with the shaving cream technique (older post) and some cutouts from magazines and a beautiful stamp one of my friends from England sent me.


Used an old book page for the background and some antiquing ink to age it a little.  I seal all of these with a matte sealant just in case the ink might come off on anything.  I'm not quite sure that it's necessary as I use permanent, waterproof inks, but I like the feel of it after it's been sealed as well.  


This is the other side of the above card.  It's also the bottom half of the image of the lady I used on the other side.  I don't know - why not, ha!  I added the rose because the title could be for either.  I'm not sure my antiquing was all that effective.  Does it look like it's just dirty?  

Well, it's always fun to try new things, especially when I discover them to be fun and a rewarding experience.  I hope you're trying new things too!  


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

ATC Swap


Here's a couple of ATC (Artist Trading Cards) that I made for a recent art swap.

The theme was Sealed with a Kiss, and the one requirement was to have "kissy lips" somewhere on the ATC.  Well, I guess mine doesn't really apply very well to the theme.  But, when I sat down to create - this is what came out. 

I use a lot of tribal imagery in my paintings.  I've always been interested in different cultures.  

I made these on a heavy watercolor paper.  Used a marbling technique for the backgrounds and finished up with stickers for the lips and acrylic paints.  These are 2.5 x 3.5 inches in size.