Thursday, February 26, 2015

Just a few favorites at the moment...

Is it just me or am I the only one that loves looking at the edges of the pages in my journal. All that color...aaaahhhh! Happiness in a stack of journals!

These are my absolute, all time favorite journals right now! I love the colors and crazy amount of texture. The one on the left is "My Style Journal" the one where I do most of my art journal peeks from. On the right is my lovely DLP...ain't she perty!

Oh under paper where have you been all my life! Truely on of the best things, out of many, about the Documented Life Project is that they introduced under paper to me. It's a perfect source of media to get color on a journal page and fast. It also helps when you are stumped and there is just one spot that needs some random color...BRING IN THE UNDER-PAPER!

I had this chalk board for forever and I wrote many a math problem on it when I played school when I was little. I hung it in our tree house and played school in there with it and now it has ended up in my studio. I had it stashed away in my room just for memory purposes but I thought I'd use it for wall decor. And what could be any more appropriate than to showcase my business "Clare Plantation". 

I have had this afgan stashed away for so long, I worked on it around Thanksgiving like mad but as every left after that holiday, it was like the button was turned off  to my crocheting machine. Now I pick it up every now to work on it and enjoy taking it slow. 

Oh Van Gogh...this was the best book purchase of my life! I have stared at his paintings for hours just marveling at his handiwork! I've studied and read everything that I could so far and have put a ton of his techniques in my paintings here of late.

Alright, time to get back to work. Hope you have enjoyed what I have been fawning over lately. Let me know what you have been loving here of late. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Week 8 | Documented Life Project - Repeating Elements

Hello, and welcome to week 8 of the Documented Life Project. 

February Theme
Layers You Will Love!
February 21
Art Challenge:  Repeating Elements
Journal Prompt:  It's Worth Repeating

I started this particular challenge spread off a little differently than I usually do. I created a process for myself that seems to work best for me. They are a series of steps that you can try out for yourself as well. But before we dive into the steps, I wanted to explain my page spread just a little more. The reason why I repeated the element of a deer is because I believe the personality of a deer is very similar to mine. It was kind of freaky when I realized it as well. So I painted the little beauties over and over again and made it official, the deer is my Clare Plantation trademark and logo! 

Four Steps in my Art Journal Creative Process:

1. Sketch It Out: Find an image of your choosing and sketch it out. Do it quickly and don't think about perfection. Organize where you want things to go and live. I choose to draw a mess of deer near the bottom right of my page and I did it quickly. I even drew one where that stamp of a deer is now, but I covered it up eventually with it. So draw quickly and don't get attached to what you draw because it may be that you cover it up later.

2. Block color: Here all you have to do is get the basic amount of color down, be it on your drawings or just anywhere on the page. I use paint at this stage and I used weird colors of paint on my deer too. It can be any kind of media you want such as oil pastels, crayons, watercolor, colored pencils, acrylic paint, markers or paint pens. Just take this time to get color down by way of your color producing media.


3. Scraps and Stamps: At this point I whip out my handy dandy under paper and layer with it like a mad women. It can be any kind of scraps such as, scrapbook paper, book paper, magazine paper, gelli print paper or any kind of scraps that you have. This just adds that random amount of color and shapes that you really couldn't get with just your color producing media. Then I use my stamps, my lovely hand carved stamps and have a party with them by adding them where ever they are needed the most on my page.

 4. Final Details: This part is my favorite because it acts, to me, like the sewing of the edges and bringing everything together. I generally use my paint pens, Sharpie White Out pens and Prismacolor drawing pens to add snippets of pattern and last little bits of color. You could use also pencils and any other color producing media to do this part but it's just a step that tells me that the page is almost finished. It also is like adding little bits of bejeweled bling all over my page.


These steps help me like crazy and I will more and likely be using them the most whenever I am stumped. I can also use these steps to help me just to get started. If I were to deviate from the steps and go back and draw something and them use stamps and then draw again, well of course that's okay. These steps are just a guild line for me to get started and not fall apart in the middle of the process. I hope they have helped and I hope you have enjoyed my pages.

If you are interested I have a video process on my YouTube channel CLARE PLANATION and you can watch how I create this spread from start to finish.

Also go and check out the Art 5 Academy for more inspiration and details about their amazing project...
The Documented Life Project!

Other than that, I hope you have a blessed day and HAPPY CREATING!

Monday, February 23, 2015

First and Most Recent | Art Journal Peek

I've been in a frenzy here of late to create as many art journal pages as I can. There is just something about having a new page or page spread covered in art journaling goodiness to run your fingers over and be proud of. This particular page spread I am very proud of and I like the result that I got because it was so different from my original thought.

Stay tuned for my next blog post where this art journal page spread gets featured in my newest video about my week 8 Documented Life Project Process. I created a new creative process for myself with this particular page spread and in the video I put the process to another test to create my week 8 challenge of repeating elements. Hope you stick around for more. 

For now I hope you enjoy my latest art journal peek.  

So I thought what would be really cool, is to set side by side my first art journal page and my most recent one. Look at the's unreal sometimes to watch how you change over time! Dig out your very first official art journal page and lay it next to your most will be surprised at what you see!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Another stage | Painting in Progress

So for those of you involved in the crazy mixtures of snow storms here lately, you know what it may feel like to have excessive cabin fever. I've been out only a couple times for work but for the most part we are quite stuck here at home. So I took my painting out again and started layering and layering until I became stumped...this is where I stand now.

I took a lunch break and studied what I could of crystals and gems through pinterest and it became a happy accident I didn't plan.

Van Gogh inspired swirly, starry night paint! LOVE!

I don't know how this painting will end up but I'm anxious to see the end just as much as I am ready for SPRING and the end of snowy cabin fever days!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Week 7 | Documented Life Project - 2015

February Theme

Layers You Will Love!

February 14
Art Challenge:  Cover Up Good Stuff
Journal Prompt:  Going Undercover
Hey guys, I finished my DLP week 7 spread today and I officially love it, after a few changes I made. 

I interpreted the art challenge "cover up the good stuff" to cover up the stuff that you particularly like. I had it figured, yes it stings to cover something up you like but, just imagine even better greatness coming after you cover it up. So there was a part in the bottom right hand corner that I really liked when I first started out, but if I didn't cover it, I wouldn't have gotten that bright forest scene. 

I was strolling through some of my photos on my IPad and I found a photo that my sister randomly and actually accidentally took of me. I was fluffing my hair at the time just before an Easter picture my Mom was trying to take of us. So I decided to paint...Me! I then used the Journal prompt and twisted it to the quote I wrote about myself, "Undercover Queen Of My Own Forest"

Of course I had to put a deer in and behind a tree. A friend of mine told me recently that when she sees the deer when strolling through the DLP feed on Facebook, she knew it was my work. Kinda cool trademark I think! 

Don't forget to head back to the Art 5 Academy HERE for more inspiration.

Week 6 | Documented Life Project - The Journal 2015

Soooooo, welcome back everyone to week 6. It was last week yes but, it took me a while to build up exactly what I wanted on my page. I interpreted this challenge like I approached in painting in college. My art professor asked us once when we thought a painting is finished. I answered that it never really was finished because you can always keep working on it. Then he, or course, gave the much better answer. He said you are finished with the painting...when you as the artist become the viewer. I really tried my best to feel becoming the viewer on the challenge.

February Theme
Layers You Will Love!
February 7
Art Challenge:  When Not To Stop
Journal Prompt:  "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough!" (Ooh)

So I went a little further and I thought a little personally about this page. I wrote in the very back before I put a drop of paint on the page that I look forward to when the man that I will love finally reveals himself out of the LAYERS of years that I have waited for him.

And directly beside my page is a sketch of a my Dads truck I drew in college for my senior show. There is no significance to this truck being next to this weeks challenge. I just like how the business of color in my challenge page contrasted with the less business in color in the truck and Dollie. They played well off of each other I thought and I just wanted it in my book as a little dash of memorabilia.

Hope you enjoy!
Don't forget to check of the Art 5 Academy site HERE for more inspiration!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Painting in the Works

I first started this painting with a simple stump with green moss growing in the middle of it. It had representations of glass globe ornaments around the stump that I kept seeing in the Grainery where they blow glass which is also where I have my studio. I liked it and some fellow studio renters next to my studio liked it but...I wasn't jumping up and down inside like I wanted to! So I studied more Van Gogh and kinda well destroyed it (in a good way) with layers and layers of paint! 

Here of late I have been OBSESSED with the combination of thick dried colored paint and brushing over top of it gold metallic paint with my fingers. The result is what you see below. 

        The painting it only half way done but I thought it would be a lot of fun to show you the process. It also has shown you what I have been fixating on while being MIA here of late! I've been busy staring at the painting and making it into something that makes me get excited! Hope you enjoy!