Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Artist Playtime

Today was a great day. It started off with my daughter and I working (playing) on the Art of Silliness Class that I am taking with Carla Sonheim. She is the author of the wonderful book I mentioned in an earlier post. Well, the class is even more fun! There is a new worksheet to complete each day. The class is all about being silly in your artwork and I have to say we are being silly.

One worksheet the I found particularly entertaining involved drawing creatures from random squiggle lines. Here is the blank worksheet:
 Here is my interpretation of the meaning behind these squiggle lines:

 Here is my daughter's interpretation:
And here is my son's interpretation:
What a fun class! I highly recommend it just for the shear joy of laughing out loud. It's also really fun to check out what all of the other students in the class are creating by looking at the Flicker group photos.

So on to more fun and creativity today. I spent the day with my friend Allison painting, cutting, pasting, drawing and more! We decided to create journal pages using a Somerset Workshop called "Fruits of The Spirit: Lively Layers" from the May/June 2011 issue of Somerset Studio magazine.

It was really fun to do. I have to say it's one of the first projects that involved layering that actually looked layered when the page was complete. Here is my page:

In this last photo you can see one of the really cool techniques of using dye to color a paper towel, accordion folding it, and then sewing it to the page. Here is Allison's page:

I love how the colors Allison used are bold, but at the same time soft and muted. We used an old vintage French text book for the collage portion of the page.

Since I am an on line Ecourse junkie, I thought I'd show you my latest creation from 21 Secrets.  My daughter Madi and I spent mother's day together working on this class called Urban Layer Cake. The instructor's name is Tammy Garcia. Tammy has a great blog called Daisy Yellow a Vivid life with Kids. 

The class explained a process of painting over Fiber Paste using acrylic paints and a credit card. Here is my page:

I love the metallic acrylic paints. I used a embossing heat tool to create the bubbled up look.
Here is Madi's page:
You can really see the metallic paints on her page. She hasn't had the chance to write her words yet. Wonder what she will write? Maybe one of her quotes.

I hope that you enjoyed all of our Art playtime. Hope you find some of your own time to play!


Allison said...

What a great way to spend the day. It was nice to LAUGH, create and eat together... I really needed it!

I love everyone's creatures... very CREATIVE!

stacie said...

I enjoyed the day too. We definitely need to do that more! Especially after you have to start doing real work!

Renee @ where the grass is greener said...

Those look awesome! I love that paper towel thingie...I need more time in my life!!!!!!!

The Muse said...

I wanna come play at your house!

stacie said...

Whitney, you can come play anytime!