Wednesday, October 26, 2016

IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT…CHANGE IT...


Does this ever happen to you?  
You start a collage and don't finish it because you know something is not right.  
You wait for inspiration to come but it never does.  
Then finally inspiration strikes…only to take you in a completely 
different direction! 

I started the page below over a year ago and didn't complete it because the 
colors and composition just didn't "speak to me."  
I love bright colors...it's no wonder that the neutral tones just seemed blah!  
Also, I felt that the composition was boring because the oriental people 
are too much the same size…it needs a large focal point to add interest.  
Soooo…it demanded a "do over."



Soooo...out come the bits and pieces of collage material and before I know it…
I have completely transformed the boring collage!

Finished collage with added pen work.
 
transformed collage prior to pen work



That's all for now folks!  Thanks for joining me and until next time…

Hugs,
Ginny











Thursday, October 13, 2016

ONLY IN DARKNESS CAN YOU SEE THE STARS.



This is one of my favorite collages.  I think that it is because of the dark background.  It's bold…it's rich…and it demands your attention.  I just love contrast!  Don't you?

Here is a tip that I would like to share:

The white lettering is done using a UniBall Signo UM-153 pen which is a water soluble gel ink that sometimes rubs off the page through handling with damp fingers.  Has this happened to you?  If it has a great solution is to use Tim Holtz Distress Glaze.  Distress glaze is a water resistant sealer that is for use with distress inks, markers, stains, watercolor and other water reactive paints.  It has a greasy/wax like consistency that you rub over the painted surface using your finger and buff when dry.  Thus...making the surface water resistant.  I love this stuff!  It is a bit pricey for a little 1 oz. jar but I have used it on everything and hardly put a dent in it.  It should last a long time.


Those of you who are fans of Teesha Moore's work will recognize bits from her collage sheets.  The face is borrowed from my own art work.

THE FINISHED COLLAGE

COLLAGE PRIOR TO PEN WORK
Well, that's all for now…

Until next time…

Hugs,
Ginny

EVERYTHING CHANGES


"Everything changes when you start to emit your own frequency rather than
 absorbing the frequencies around you, when you start imprinting your intent 
on the universe rather than receiving an imprint from existence."

I will be posting over the next few days several collages that I finished many months ago and for some reason just didn't get around to posting.  Maybe life got in the way or maybe it is because I have moved onto another art medium. Whatever the reason…I am going post them now and close the book on collage making for a while as I pursue other art forms.  So stay tuned for some new and fun things.



THE FINISHED COLLAGE

COLLAGE PRIOR TO PEN WORK

THAT'S IT FOR NOW FOLKS!

Until next time….

Hugs,
Ginny



Sunday, May 29, 2016

THE CUPCAKE GIRLS


I call these the "cupcake girls" but I really should call them the "paper napkin girls" because that is what they are made from…decorative paper napkins!

I first painted the background with acrylic paint and next painted the faces and hair.  Except for a few doodles in the background, everything else is patterned by using napkins.  Easy peasy!

The technique for the faces are borrowed from Danielle Donaldson's book " Creative Girl."



The technique for the faces below are borrowed from Karen O'Brien in her book "Imaginary Characters."


I am soooo thankful for the generosity of artists like Karen and Danielle who share their techniques with others…they are an inspiration to us all!

Until next time…

Hugs, Ginny

WHATEVER YOU ARE..BE A GOOD ONE.


"Whatever you are…be a good one."


Sorry….I have been "MIA" for a while and I have lots to share with you all.  

First, I have been finishing up my "Teesha style collage journal."  Which is taking FOREVER!  I think that I have been struggling with it because my interests have changed.  I have been exploring different medias such as watercolor and acrylic abstract.  Never, ever would I have dreamed that I would be interested in abstract painting…well, I am here to tell you that I have a 36" square canvas hanging over my fireplace just waiting for me to add more layers of paint and to call it finished.

I sometimes wish that I was an artist that concentrated on one media and style but I want to do it all!!!  Watercolor, acrylic paints, inks, crayons, pencil, abstract, collage, whimsical, portraits…all of it!  

Second, I have been busy taking Danielle Donaldson's "All Creatures Lovely And Small" on-line watercolor class and fell in love with watercolor again!  I have her book "Creative Girl, Mixed Media Techniques For An Artful Life" but Wow...her video's are so jam packed with techniques and tips that I somehow didn't pick up from the book.  Don't get me wrong….the book is fantastic and I would recommend anyone interested in painting like Danielle to add it to their library but also think about taking one of her classes because seeing how she actually paints her girls and little animals will get you painting in no time!  More about this fantastic teacher and her class in a future post.

Now…on to "Swamp Girl."  lol.  Those of you who have ever ordered anything from Teesha Moore will recognize the donut packing tape (or something similar) at the top of the page…I save everything for future use!  Also, there are a few pieces of her collage papers here and there.  And…of course, swamp girl needed a few "worm" doodles dripping down the page to make it complete. 

Finished collage

This is the collage prior to the pen work.  I hope you can see that it really didn't take a whole lot of pen work to change it up.

collage prior to pen work
Until next time…..

Hugs,
Ginny

Sunday, December 27, 2015

KITCHEN REMODEL

Ok...I said that I would post pictures of my kitchen remodel so here goes…

This is my kitchen before the remodel.  It had pickled oak cabinets, tropical brown granite countertops,  dated wallpaper, a soffit and built-in bench seat.  It really wasn't too bad but when I started to think about all the things that didn't work…I decided that it needed a total gut job!  Things such as...you could never find anything in the pantry, a drawer opened into the stove handle (why do builders do that?), and the corner cabinet was completely useless as it did not have a turn table and the door was only 12" wide.  I could no longer fit my aging body in there to extract things located towards the back.



So this was the plan…get rid of the soffit, bench seat and pantry.  Put in new 42" cabinets that reach to the ceiling in a darker, richer color with a lighter countertop and wood floor.  Add new stainless steel appliances, extend the countertop and add lots of lighting for ambiance and doing tasks.

Now that it is done, I live in my kitchen!  It is soooo functional.  The new appliances are awesome and the big peninsula is perfect for working on large art projects.  I gained a lot of space by getting rid of the pantry, moving the stove a foot, extending the counters and cabinets into the breakfast room and utilizing a counter depth refrigerator.  Although, I lost the pantry…I don't miss it one bit as the huge drawers make it much easier to see everything stored.  Hopefully this will cut down on wasted food that was always getting lost or hidden in the old pantry.

All the finishes came together perfectly.  I found the perfect fabric from Joann's for the valance over the sink, the stone and glass tile backsplash mirrors the lines of the shutters and match the granite and the teal accent wall with the chalkboard doors add a bit of contrast and whimsey.

Are you ready to see the final result?  Here it is…ta-dah!




Well…I hope that you enjoyed the tour and until next time….

Hugs,
Ginny

Sunday, December 6, 2015

BEAUTY IS NOT IN THE FACE...


"Beauty is not in the face…beauty is light in the heart."

Every now and then I get super inspired and race to finish the collage….
forgetting to take photos of the collage before the pen work.  
Yup!  That's what happened to this one!  
No before photo.  Sorry!



Enjoy….and until next time…

Hugs,
Ginny