Saturday, January 19, 2013

Painted Fingers

 The supplies came out last night! Journals, rubber stamps, spray inks, paints, stencils, crayons, pencils...
While I have all these goodies and more in my own studio, sometimes it's fun to take a workshop and try the unexplored. Last night the visual journals came out at the Occasional Artist with artist, Dina Wakley leading the way.
The first thing I grabbed was my new Dylusions Creative Journal. It's perfect for paints and inks although I'm not sure I would use it much for collage.
We started out stamping then built up the layers with each step.
Getting me to use figurative imagery takes a lot of prodding but if I'm taking a workshop I should be willing to get out of my comfort zone. I was in a crazy hair mood.
Anything goes in a visual journal. One of our prompts was to draw. A Picasso wasn't required. Simple shapes would do. Here's a good start. The right side is ready to go with the left waiting for more layers of fun.
While I stamped and slapped color on multiple pages, this was the last of the almost finished pages. I held off on any journaling. The creating part of my brain and the writing part come out at different times.
I came home excited and inspired. Then after sitting for a moment in the studio the day caught up to me, lol. All my classes have been painting so it was a day full of color.
The temperatures are up again after a week of unusually freezing temps here in the desert. No spending time indoors in the studio when it's this nice but I plan on playing some more the next few evenings. First stop, revisiting some of my rubber stamps that haven't seen the light of day lately.


  1. I really enjoy coming to see what new art you are going to display. I love the color and techniques you used here. Beautiful!

  2. You are a creative artist! Looking forward to seeing more of your creations!

  3. How cool! I would love to be an artist!

  4. lovely, i love the circle/heart one...i use lots of circles too.

  5. I use circles most of the time. Even my students know it's my favorite shape, lol
    Thought I'd give the heart and star a try to do something different.