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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Paint Party Friday- April 29.

I know a lot of you have already heard me talking about the Sisterhood of the Traveling Sketchbooks, and that is what I worked on this week.  Because......this is IT!  They're starting their travels TODAY!
SO, I had a lot of bits and bobs to finish and do touch ups on....
Like; my sign in page- here it is finished:

And a spread dividing the sign in from the "personal info" page:

The personal page was supposed to be reflective of our favorite color represent a sense of who we are:
  I've been hearing a lot about projects people are doing with 21 Secrets (I'm REALLY tempted to sign up....:)) anyway, one technique that really resounded with me was to cover your journal page with writing before you add anything else.  Being the kind of person who usually chooses the hardest way to do things, I decided to do my writing with white souffle gel pens.  It was a little like writing with invisible ink- but the results were SO cool when I did my watercolor wash over the writing- like a watercolor resist! With my words, I was basically rambling on in a rather ADHD sort of fashion about color and colors I like.....
I painted over this with a rambling of turquoise, lime, blue and purple and then once that was dry, I went over it with blue-black; using liquid watercolors.
 I trimmed out a print of my (now infamous) self portrait and played off of a quote from my favorite movie; Ever After"- something Danielle said about choosing a favorite book; "I'd sooner choose a favorite star in the heavens!"  since I love this movie AND books I thought it was kind of neat to include a bit of it in my spread.
random-naming of colors
 Then on the back of the personal spread, I wrote a journal entry basically saying the same thing I've said here, so I didn't take a picture of it.  By the time most of you read this, my little "baby" will have started her journey- first stop is the UK!
The other thing I worked on this week was finishing my angel for the Angel Faces auction.  I'm really happy with how it turned out!  I'll be posting more about the auction today or tomorrow and it starts Sunday for anyone whose interested in obtaining some artwork for an amazing cause!.
Be sure to go see what everyone else was up to this week at Paint Party Friday-  I know I'll be spending the day visiting!
Happy PPF- I can't believe, I'm early for once!
Stephanie

34 comments:

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Wow..fabuous work Stephanie..gorgeous..stunning and powerful! and wow..I love the last painting as well..the flowers and face.statue..amazing..I really am drawn to it..muste be the garden soul that I am..stunning work!I love the contrast and the beauty it carries!
Shine on my friend and congrats on all the amazing work you are doing!
Victoria~

artangel said...

Stephanie it's amazing!! It's full of charm and colour and whimsy and character! I love the white writing on the dark background, and the line about "my house is turquoise but wants to be purple when it grows up" made me actually laugh out loud! Wonderful piece of work! :)

I'm impressed at how you work so well in different styles - your angel is soft, serene and classical, and equally lovely :)

Fallingladies said...

totally love your sketchbook, I can't wait to see it! I love the idea of writing first and covering some up. I may have to try that too soon!

Yvonne said...

In love with your sketchbook project. Wonderful work Stefanie! Happy PPF.

Hybrid J said...

Lovely work full of details. Just fantastic! Wonderful! ;)

Kim Mailhot said...

I love a splash of lime !!! The pages look fab, Stephanie ! I can't wait to see them close up.
Isn't this fun ?
Have a great weekend !

Healing Woman said...

I can see you put a lot of work into the sketchbook project and got wonderful results. It will be fun to see the progress on this traveling extravaganza!

Carmen said...

That must mean I'm getting to see it firsthand... FIRST? EEEK! How exciting., I'm yet to finish my sign in pages but where we have a couple of days here that are bank holidays (due to the royal wedding and May Day) I wouldn't have got it sent in time anyway!

Such stunning pages Stephanie!

Netty said...

Terrific sketchbook and loving your angel picture, that is so magical. Annette x

art2cee2 said...

Wow, such beautiful work. You sketchbook is just amazing! I love the quote about books too! :-)

Kristin Dudish said...

Such great pages for such a fun project... so exciting!

Your auction piece is beautiful :)

Happy Birthday (I saw it was you birthday on Jaime's blog... enjoy!)

xo
Kristin

Roban Studio said...

Oh my Stephanie, I love how you did this page! Especially with your famous self portrait! Lucky are those who get to play with you in this project! Happy PPF! :-)

Roban Studio said...

P.S. The piece for the Angel Face Auction is awesome as well!

La Abela said...

Angel's face is wonderful .... I love it. Greetings

Gloria said...

You've done some very good work. I love that travelling sketchbook. Lots of details, very fun. Great weekend to you.

toadinaboat.com said...

The angel is wonderful! I knew it would be.

Tammie said...

yes, your angel is wonderful. As is the sketchbook, how fun and beautiful!

Pam Tucker said...

I LOVE seeing these journal pages! Thank you! The sign in page is awesome with all of the faces. Love those. And the personal info page was so cool! I like the idea of writing white over a dark background. I may have to try that! It looks fantastic! And your angel IS gorgeous. All beautiful work, Stephanie! Always fun to see what you've done. :)

Marlene said...

This is a great sketchbook and is going to be such a great keepsake. I can see your grandchildren (someday) going through it and you talking about it....I am a little envious of all of you that are in this project. I love the statue and flowers, it is gorgeous.

Carola Bartz said...

Oh Stephanie - those blues!!! They're amazing! The way you describe your process makes it even more stunning - I like the writing with the white jelly pen and painting over it (did I get that right?). It looks so beautiful, and that trimmed self protrait in there is fascinating. This is simply fantastic work!

Rosie Kaplan said...

The journal pages are so gorgeous I am ALMOST tempted to do some myself If only my writing wasn't so sloppy!

Annabelle said...

Lovely angel and the sketchbook is just wonderful work.Like the way you wrote the words and then slightly covered them....this technique always creates curiosity and intrigue to a piece of work. You have done it well in your work.

Christine said...

nice work this week.

Mary Hysong said...

oooh your sketch book is sooo cool! I really like that resist effect you achieved and I LOVE your self portrait! Happpy PPF

Gerri Herbst said...

Just adore yr sketch book, it has such a wonderful flow. The colors and script are amazing. Also checked out yr Renaissance pics...such fun. Happy PPF even though its Sunday. LOL. take care, gerri

Pointy Pix said...

Your sketchbook looks amazing - so much detail - I especially love the signing in page - how intricate all the little boxes look!!

The angel turned out beautifully (as of course all your work does!)

Anne said...

Your angel is stunning! And your sketchbook is wonderful! So detailed and personal. What a fun project!

Lynette said...

The text and layering, plus the lovely portrait make this a wonderful piece of work. Congratulation!

Sunshineshelle said...

Love your blog (& art) I have a couple of EMPTY sketchbooks, I am totally inspired by this to get one out (if I can find it), gotta tell you it's so funny your house wants to be purple when it grows up LOL, love it!!!

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

How thrilling! You are so enthusiastic about it I´m as excited as you are about your sketchbook starting its voyage.
Loved the "paint over writing" background.

Kharlie Bug said...

I love the angel. So beautiful and your traveling journal pages are so awesome! I'll have to try the souffle pens and watercolor one of these days in my oh so neglected art journal

EVA said...

Super, Stephanie!! I can't wait to see it in person!

lisa fulmer said...

great journal!

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

I am running soooo late for PPF! Just like running late for my sketchbook!

This is soooo great Stephanie! I know exactly that quote in Ever After. You've played it up perfectly. I just can't wait to see it in person either :)

toodles!