Thursday, April 17, 2014

pen pal project in the making...

pocket book 
upcoming event in our group- The Studio- artist community
Honestly... is there anything more inspiring than creating something 
with your hands and heart?! 
I am working extra hard on this SPECIAL project.
Creating an art demonstration of this pocket book, 
tweaking a few steps along the way, altering materials, and time duration; wish to make sure this art project (pocket book) will work for the group. Last, I will work on a simple binding for this book.  
Love the direction this art project is taking me... matter of fact, I just know this will be treasured once received. 
DO CHECK BACK, I will share a material list and the finish project in an upcoming post.
Isn't it exciting to get your hands and heart filled with colorful ideas? 
Interested in joining in the fun? It all starts here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheStudioAprilCole



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

in the studio

chipboard panels- the process of exploring these panels continues. 
I am having a wonderful time adding multiple layers, exploring with a verity of mediums is where the excitement begins...
this chipboard panel was explored using these elements: 
gelatos, watercolors, acrylic paints, stencils, stamps, charcoal pencil, collage elements, 
and distressed inks.
FUN. FUN. FUN. 
once again, I was not searching for perfection, just exploring and allowing the mediums to guide me through the process. 
enjoy! 





Monday, April 14, 2014

tag- stencil art

Big City... back from California.
where the sun never seems to rest. 
the heat was on while I was in Los Angeles, 85 degrees at 10pm. 
people awake and places still open past midnight...
to remember my travels, I decided to create a little art memorabilia!
from card-stock I cut out a city stencil, used acrylic inks, 
and a charcoal pencil (white) for the shading. 
oh my, those big city lights! 
honestly, I am a "city girl" at heart. 







Tuesday, April 8, 2014

in the studio...

textured panels
exploring more with these chipboard panels. 
no expectations, same attitude... different approach. 
Process:
layers of paint, ruff sandpaper, and joint compound... panels are holding up well. 
Art therapy time. 
These panels speak to me-  
showing me even after going through a difficult time; their beauty till shows through.

enjoy 
    


Monday, April 7, 2014

How about a little tea with your mail...??

mail art envelope- full of mixed media goodness!
theme tea cups & tiara's 
This month The Team from Altered Pages is promoting two incredible sites, 
I wish to share- unrulypaperarts.com and leakyshedstudio.com.
We were asked to create mail art with this theme. 
Exciting! 
Tea. Mail. Art. 
I'm in... now onto the art part. Enjoy. 
Layers of distressed inks, acrylic paint, stamping, charcoal pencil shading, watercolor, wash tape, and collage elements... these envelopes were up through the test. 
Held up well and made it through the entire process. 
FUN. FUN. FUN. 
I had an amazing time creating these mail art pieces.
Honestly... can you find ANYTHING more exciting than mail art?

~ In the end, throwing together some yummy layers of texture using paints, stamps, 

and of coarse my favorite collage sheets from alteredpages.com makes any day, a great day for tea!

enjoy









Friday, April 4, 2014

in the studio...

chipboard panels 
approaching these with a whole new attitude.  
with no expectations. perfection not allowed. 
exploring. playing. dreaming... art therapy time.
These chipboard panels can take a lot of abuse... I can pile on the layers. 
Texture heaven I tell you, adding tons of mediums and where it leads me... who knows!
I have a total of 8 chipboard panels: 
cut some of the boards different sizes, to add interest to the finished project. 
This just might make a wonderful art book, will post more panels as I create them. 

enjoy









Wednesday, April 2, 2014

journal spread

childhood 
Concepts, like individuals, have their histories and are just as incapable of withstanding the ravages of time as are individuals. 
But in and through all this they retain a kind of homesickness for the scenes of their childhood.
~ soren kierkegaard