Thursday, January 28, 2010

My Bowl Is a Perfect Fit

I think I may have mentioned I have been recently inspired by many different sources (notably this one and this one) to give an art journal a go.   And these last couple months I've been neglecting some of the fun challenge blogs I love to play along with, including Category Stories.  They have such creative prompts and I simply just had to play along with this month's which is "Perfect Fit".  

Now, I could think of all sorts of lovey-dovey perfect fits for which I have oodles of photographs I could use but I really wanted to do something in the art journal so I racked my brain for picture-less representations of a perfect fit in my life and this is what I came up with...

This is a combo of oil pastels, watercolors, and stamping. 

The fishbowl (which is supposed to look like it's got its reflection under it, which now looking at it I realize doesn't work but that's a whole other story...) is done with oil pastels.  I remember loving to use oil pastels when I was a kid so when I purchased my art pad I also picked up a new set of them.  And my memory was not disappointed...they're like fingerpainting.  I'm probably "doing it wrong" but I've always liked applying them with my fingers for the most part.  Otherwise I feel like they make too sharp a line.  Actually, I tend to apply lots of medium (paint, Stickles, etc.) with my fingers.  I feel like I have more control than with a brush and it's just more fun that way!!!!  The little fish is a Basic Grey stamp. 

The journaling says, "My husband says I'm a goldfish.  No matter what it, I expand to fit my allotment.  Maybe he's a little right...  But I say my bowl is a perfect fit." 

All the background area around the bowl is done with watercolors. 

I do concede maybe he's a little right sometimes.  I'm usually the last one to submit my layouts for my design team reveals and you could give me an empty Taj Majal and I'd fill that sucker to the hilt in no time at all, but I don't think I'll share with him that maybe he's right.  Nah!  We'll just keep that between us.  (You can keep a secret, right?)

Hope you liked my maiden foray into the world of art journaling.  I hope to keep it up because it is super fun!  (Like totalleeeee, ohmuhgawd!  Sheesh, when did I turn into a teenage girl??)  I am hoping to participate with the weekly prompts over on the Tyggereye Art Love blog.  This week's prompt is "under control".   Check it out!

- Heidi

p.s.  Torendi is back from CHA and they brought goodies!!!!!!!!  Jenn will be giving away various YUMMY CHA scores to Torendi followers at 125 followers, 150, 175, & 200!!!!  Check out this post to see all the swag.  Here's just a peek:

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Diana Fisher said...

Great post, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that "page"—it's really a work of art though!! I love the direction you're headed in. So fresh and fun and you must really like what you are producing. I can see a trend in your style!! hugs, babe!!!

Tyggereye said...

This is so neat! I love myself some goldfish so I think this is even cuter than the cuteness it is. Great page. Awesome. :)

Emily said...

Wow... I didn't know you did stuff like this!! Fantastic!! I love it!! I can't get over how awesome it is Heidi!!! BTW, we have a lot in common!

A Sarasota said...

Heidi, you are truly and artists! Incredible detail in your layout.
Although the title reminded me of that Steve martin/Lily Tomlin movie, All of Me ... "back in bowl, back in bowl..." Have a faboo weekend!! thank you for sharing your great designs!

A Sarasota said...

truly an artist, I meant, sorry for typos

euphoria said...

What a great and entertaining post!! Don't be hard on yourself, your fish bowl ROCKS, and it’s totally obvious that it’s a reflection!

LOVE IT so much! I wanna break into art journaling myself, but find it a bit intimidating!

PS- my lil word verifier thingy says "spank" HA! (yes, I found it amusing!)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

holy smokes woman....every time i think u can't outdo yourself...u totally amaze me!!! i loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee this sooooooooooooooo much! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

allyson joy said...

dang miss heidi ~ this is insane!!!!! so rad!!!!