Thursday, January 28, 2016

18/52 Art Journal Project - Topic 5 | January 28th

So we made it through month one! You guys have been spot on with your topics and picking such great supplies! Your pages are just...Amazing! I know I say that a lot but you guys have got some mad good talent!

Round of applause for the Clare Plantation Drawing Room!
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So I asked the members of the CP Drawing Room if they were interested in switching supplies every month instead of every three. I got similar and then different replies. So here is the deal... The 18/52 Art Journal Project is like a jumping off point with quote un quote guildlines to follow that are perfectly able to be altered to fit your specific needs. There I think that's a good diplomatic answer.

In other words HAVE FUN!

Alright so here is Topic 5...

January 28th

So I've been eye balling this piece of under paper with piled up gorgeous paint from a previous project. I've always had in the back of me nogin to cut them up in little gem like shapes.

So...I did.

So how does one make dirt. Well I tell ya. You get old under paper with swatches of gold paint, crinkle the bajebes out of it and glue it to the page.

VOLIA, you have dirt! But I wanted the edges to disappear, so I added gesso around the edges to make it look as if this is dirt coming up and out from somewhere.

Man I love all that texture! Now I just used my finger to apply the gesso and it worked nicely because it added this frosted aged look over top of the raised wrinkles. After that I stuffed the little pieces of cut out dried piles of paint into the nooks and crannies to look as if it were hidden in dirt.

I had to use piles of glue just to make sure these babies weren't going anywhere. So like a member said in my Facebook group, she just wanted to try something she didn't know would work or not. This one I'm really experimenting as I go. It's something I've never really done before.

So I thought I was finished until I muled over what I could do to make these little paper gems pop if but only a little.

I had to take it home to finish it but the very last thing I added was a bit of watered down charcoal and graphite to grunge it up some. I've been inspired by Roben-Marie Smith to grunge things up here of late. It's a dirty looking mess but I kinda like it so that the paper gems will stand out in all their loveliness.

So I don't really know if I'm going to change any of my supplies or to change them once or three times a month. I'm a gonna mule it over and we will see were it goes.

Alright guys happy creating and I can't wait to see what you spruce up this time! 

God Bless You and May You Bless God!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Studio Tour

Good Morning Everyone. I thought I might share a studio tour with you guys. It was a lot of fun to film and when I saw it in my planner to film it last week, I got very excited. My studio has always been a childhood dream of mine and to see it just the way that I want it, is a dream come true. Hope you all enjoy!

God Bless You and May You Bless God!

Clare Plantation's Currentlies

Good Morning Everyone! I'm getting more on a role with having a blog post and video on my channel and eventually Patreon posted every Monday, that I'm getting close to actually setting it in stone.
I sure am having fun with it and I promise much more is to come, I've got so many plans this year and I can't wait to share them with you all.

But for now I thought I might kick off a new segment called "Clare Plantation Currentlies". I thought I might just share what I'm currently listening to, reading, creating, eating...all that jazz.
Although it is a used idea to share a few things within a blogger or youtubers life but heck it's something I've never done and my likes are always different from everyone else's...right.

Alright so let's get started.

First off, I have been working so hard on this afgan and it has been such a pleasure draping it over my lap to keep warm whilst working on it. I usually don't care much for crocheting in the summer months as far as big cozy afghans go, but in the winter I yearn for it and have literally become addicted. My sister and I will watch movies while I work on it and it truly has been a marvelous way to pass the time when I want to keep my hands busy.

Here in Virginia we got a good solid foot of snow which has happened before and can be expected but here lately it's rare and exciting. So we have been enjoying or shall I say I have been enjoying the heat stove downstairs since I freeze in 70 degree weather. I do feel a bit lethargic though after a long period of time downstairs but at least I'm toasty warm.

I built the fire real good a couple of days ago, I could watch fire all day. It's a hypnotic kinda of thing to me.

I hadn't seen the first season of Once Upon a Time for a long while so I banged out the entire season while stuck at home during the snow storm. I only skipped to the parts about Snow White and Prince Charming, DUH! For those of you who don't know, it's a TV series based off of the original fairy tale characters that get sent to our world by an evil curse. Delicious fun!

While I was happily stuck at home, I had a few bits and bobs of work left to do...I think the binder says it all. 

This planner has saved my life getting all my lists for three jobs organized and helping getting things done properly. You can thank this baby for helping me get videos and blog posts up every Monday.

If you are looking for a book to read just before you go to bed to ease your doubting or stressful mind, this one is the book for you. I have been following Jefferson Bethke online for a while now and was excited that my brothers girlfriend let me borrow this book. I'm a slow reader but what I have read, it just makes me feel good and stronger about my faith in Jesus Christ. I understand who He really is and what being a Christian is all about even more clearly. Check it out because there truly is so much more than just going to heaven when you die.

I've also been listening to some great pastoring by Clayton Jennings. I've been following him for a while and he has truly helped me in my faith. He's bold and fearless for Christ and it's beyond refreshing! I turn on his revivals, crusades and short videos on YouTube and listen to him in my studio when I just wanna hear God talk and I'm telling ya, God speaks loud and clear through Clayton. Please put him in your prayers as well, he's got battles that I can't even imagine an evangelist goes through so lift him up. Check out some of his videos HERE you won't regret it! This video in this picture is especially good!

My aunt got me sucked into making granny squares. I'm nailing it with ever square I make and getting faster to but still I've got a bajillion left to go. Wheeeew!

My sister got me into this one song by Lauren Daigle called "Revival". The harmony is mad good...go check it out if you haven't already.

The 18/52 Project is going so well HERE at my Clare Plantation Drawing Room Facebook Page. Gosh that's a mouth full. CPDRFP...yeah that's still ridiculous. Even though it looks crazy as a title, check it out HERE on my blog if you haven't learned about the project yet.

But it's been fun so far. I truly am loving using only so little. I've been wanting to downsize a lot here lately and this project just feel really good in so many ways. And I truly love my cover.

It's a secret but plans have begun here in my sketchbook and of course just some good old fashion sketches are happening here and there. I'm trying so hard to make sketching a routine thing but I worry so much about making a mess out of the sketch and it not being perfect. Hopefully I can overcome that especially in a place where mistakes are suppose to happen.

Apart from artsy things, this lotion has been a loyal companion to my dry hands this winter. It smells good, it works good and the bottle is pretty. Hehehe!

Speaking of super dry hands, my aunt gave me this homemade body scrub for Christmas that works wonders too.   It smells like sugar cookies...yum yum!

So this year I'm gonna face my fear, singing solo in front of a large crowd. My choir director thinks I can do it and I'm gonna do it so I've been running over some notes to get it in my head. It also had to be a Mozart piece that I decide to face my fear with...good one Miranda, good one. Hahaha!

Enjoying the comforts of home here of late. I've been working like a mad women and being trapped at home never sounded better. We have relaxed and enjoyed ourselves way to much. 

So if you haven't seen these on Facebook, I took a few pictures around my house after the snow storm and I just thought you might enjoy seeing them.

I hope you have enjoyed a slight peek into my little life. It was fun to share just a few things that have been tickling my fancy. It only takes little things to make me a blissful girl. Have a warm and safe week everyone!

May God Bless You and May You Bless God!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

"A Late" 18/52 Art Journal Project - Topic 4 | January 21st

This snow storm really just threw me out of my system. I didn't plan well and I do apologize! But here it is as promised, Topic 4!

January | Topic 4

Everytime I think of the word Queen, I think of Queen of the Forest. Deep down I just enjoy that fantastical, magical side of the forest. There was a pin on Pinterest once that had all these scenes of romantic moments in Disney movies all happening in the forest pilled up in one long pin and at the bottom it said, "I need to hang out in the forest more"

So, let's just say that this little 24 year old who just loves the mystery of the forest, hopes to find her Prince Charming one day.

I'm trying to sketch so much more here lately so I started off with this Renaissance styled queen in a forest.

Then I took a charcoal pencil and darkened the background to add to the mysterious look. Now before I drew the figure I planted a pile of gesso on with my finger, so when I added more charcoal...

...remnants of my finger print markings in the gesso shined through like wood. Wouldn't have learned that had I used a smooth brush. 

But I decided to calm it down some by spreading water over the gesso. This way I got a more misty look as if she stood in a cloudy day in the forest.

Then of course, she needed some color to brighten it up a bit. So I used blue and green acrylic paint for her dress and hair pieces and then gold acrylic paint for her hair and shimmer in the twig crown cause what Queen doesn't want shimmer in her crown.

But it was looking a bit dull so I took one of my pens and defined the figure and crown more.

I'm really liking how this project has forced me to not stress over making the pages perfect. It's so quick and simple working so limited in supplies and journal page space. 

This page spread was a success for me and I hope yours are going well too and you are getting something out of it. Our first month is almost up and your pages are looking beyond STELLAR! Keep it up guys!

May God Bless You and May You Bless God!