Artsy Blog Hop – Part 2

Thanks so much to all of you who stopped by for the Artsy Blog Hop last week! I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about me! Also, thanks again to Amber  for asking me to participate in this blog hop!

In last week’s post, I showed you my partially completed “guardian” from Week 1 of the Life Book 2014 class by LB2014-Wk1Tam of Willowing Arts. My completed girl ended up being a little differently than she started out – the butterfly breast plate gave me fits! I think I had paint over it at least four times before I could leave it alone! I think that might be the hardest part for me right now – knowing when to stop. I get to a place where I think I’m done and move on. But then I look at the piece again and notice something I didn’t previously. Something that’s not perfect and I start “futzing” again. Once again, I find myself repeating my word (“fearless”) over and over and the challenge right now is to “fearlessly” embrace my imperfections. I’m trying!

I’ll eventually get all the weekly lessons done, but I’ve decided to do the most recent lessons first, so that I’m working with group. The next class I tackled was Week 25, by Effy Wild, called “Reverse Excavation”.

We started with a collaged background of torn papers, then added paint and doodles and stamps and then the girl. This was a bit of a challenge because you are trying to paint a face on top of lots of texture, but I have to admit I enjoyed the process quite a bit. You can see a couple of the stages in this little slide show.


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As I’ve said previously, art art journaling – has come into my life quite recently. Looking back on the last few years, I’ve realized there are a few artists who have played a significant role in my “unexpected journey” and I’d like to introduce them to you now.

Nancie Rowe Janitz was one of the instructors in the very first digital art journaling class I ever took. Not only does Nancie create lovely physical art – which she sells through her Etsy Shop and Society6 – but she also sells digital art products, designs fabric and has recently started a food blog!

Tangie Baxter is a full-time artist artist, graphic designer, workshop instructor and  for the past four years has been the “Tour Guide” of the Art Journal Caravan, (a year-long workshop for both digital and mixed medial art journalers) now sadly in it’s last year. Tangie’s a bundle of artistic energy  – and so creative!

Rachel Jeffries, known in the art journaling world as “Captivated Visions” is a mixed media artist that turns her amazing work into digital art journaling products. She has a wonderful, artsy style and her ability to blend layers and layers of goodness into fabulous-ness makes her work … well captivating!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and I hope you’ve enjoyed meeting these wonderful artists!

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