Thursday, January 24, 2013

PPF: Paintless and Upside Down

Happy Paint Party Friday! I'm sharing my latest batch of dry or paintless art journal pages that I made for an online class offered by Kelly Kilmer. I think this first one, celebrating the joy of making art is my favorite for today.  For me, it strikes the proper balance between simplicity and clutter.  I do like both simple and busy styles, but they are sometimes hard for me to get right.  I do like this simple page I made:
It's about keeping focused on and holding tight to what is paramount in my life.  And though this next page was fun to make, it feels a bit too cluttered to me:
It's a few thoughts on my daily gratitude practice, and my favorite thing about it was using an upside-down focal!  My last two pages are also a bit cluttered for my taste:
Both of these use a technique of reflecting focal images (one right side up and one upside down). For the top page, all about mothers and daughters, I paired a photograph of my mother with a photograph of me (plus added a photo of my grandmother and great grandmother). The journaling is all about me and my daughter, Clara.  The last page is about how I could use some more time to reflect.  I used two (slightly different) photographs I took of an angel statue and a post card made my by friend the amazing digital artist Ingrid Pomeroy.
I hope you found some ideas here to inspire you.  To check out other entries in this week's paint party, check out this link.

35 comments:

froebelsternchen Susi said...

wow Maria! You have been busy - and one piece cooler than the other.. I love this dynamic collage style! GREAT!

HAPPY PPF!

see you soon!

Netty said...

Loving all your fabulous pages Maria.
Enjoy the weekend, happy PPF, Annette x

scapmanufaktur said...

Wow, a lot of wonderful collages, ove them all!

Sharon Evans said...

Great collages, I know what you mean about clutter. I have a tendency to be too busy. Although I got to say these don't look cluttered to me. I suppose it is a matter of taste.

Missus Wookie said...

Fascinating to see how much the swap of the position of the focal point makes me look so much more carefully. Glad you are ensuring you have time to create and explore things - making it paramount.

Spent some time at the hospital yesterday waiting, opposite was the cancer ward - so sat and held you all in the light.

Giggles said...

Amazing pages full of wonderful bits. I can't help but wonder if the pages aren't a reflection of what's in your life or mind. Journal pages really do speak to us if we listen!! Put them away for a bit, then look at them later without your inner gremlin breathing down your neck!!
I think the mothers and daughters is so special!! Happy ppf!

Hugs Giggles

scrappyjacky said...

I really love the reflection pages....they are busy....but also very ordered....so they don't seem cluttered at all.

Linda said...

Oh I love the reflections too! I was only thinking as I lay in bed last night, I should take more time just to reflect - especially on my gratitudes. I love all your pages Rinda, busy and simple:)

Disha said...

Your collages are so very beautiful. Happy PPF. Following you now. Try to pay visit to my blog here http://designdecoranddisha.blogspot.in

Sian said...

Having trouble leaving comments today - I'm going to try again!

What I love about these pages is that they have me wanting to reach out and touch. I'm imagining that welcoming crackle you get from pages with lots of bits added to them

Carolyn Dube said...

Loving that upside down focal point thing! That is an eye grabber! These are fabulous pages!! Happy PPF!

Mary C. Nasser said...

Your pages are utterly delightful, Rinda!!
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

craftattack said...

Beautiful pages! Valerie

Elizabeth said...

I love all your art pages. When do you find time to do so much art work? You have a busy family, and you have a job. What's your secret? I'm retired and can't find the time to do as much as I want to.

Kim said...

These pages are fabulous. I love how you mirrored the images and the layers give the eye so much to see and take in. Also am a fan of Ingrid's images! Happy PPF!

Nordljus said...

I really like your pages, there's so much story in all of them. And I like the upside down/reflected idea. Amazing that it's done all without paint! Really inspiring.

Stephanie Corder said...

Gorgeous pages! I LOVE the first- it has such a great compostition! And the second page is wonderful to me too-but, I'd almost like to see it as two or three different pages because there are so many gorgeous ideas there, but it's a little hard to focus on them all as one page. (I hope you don't mind me saying that- I always appreciate constructive crit...if you DO mind just ignore it please;)) Bottom line is; your work is gorgeous and I'm now your newest follower 'cause I can't wait to see more!
Happy PPF,
Stephanie

Gloria in CA said...

Wow Rinda. You are really getting into the journal thing. I have to force myself to draw in my journal. Great job. I like them all. It took s lot of thinking to get them just right. Yay!

Alicia C said...

love these! the photo pages are quite eye catching

Enejy clemens said...

Your pages are gorgeous, love them!! but the first one is my favorite. Thank's for sharing!!
Have a great day!
Nora

Alison said...

Lovely pages Rinda.....I'm so glad you have this outlet for your feelings!
Alison xx

Linda said...

your pages are fantastic Rinda!! You may think they look cluttered but I feel they have nice composition.Love the reflections too!

Lynn Cohen said...

I really love the last two...am big on generations and self time too. I find your hand writing to be vert artistic ! HPPF!

Nathalie said...

I love the upside down feature in those pages and ESPECIALLY the one with you and your mother!

Tracey Fletcher King said...

I am loving the paintless pages... you are creating such interesting textures...xx

Carol L McKenna said...

They are all wonderful ~ so creative, expressive and flowing ~ Carol of:

(A Creative Harbor) ^_^

krisatlarge said...

I really like the reflected elements - one right side up, one upside down. Nice use of them!

Karen said...

Although I like the first page very much, I'm intrigued by the one with the photos of you and your mother. Love it.

Cris, Oregon Artist said...

I like the last two pages too. Fun to be able to do this. HPPF

Beverly said...

Rinda, I very much like the first one and the mothers and daughters one is fabulous, so creative and powerful to me.

Anne Manda said...

Really wonderful collages, lovely compositions! The one that spoke mostly to me is the last; so beautiful! Great mix of images, lovely design and the color range makes it harmonious! <3

Jessica Sporn said...

Fabulous collages. Especially the one with the photos of you and your mom. What a wonderful process. Happy PPF!

Gina Sismilich said...

Your pages are wonderful - it's funny how you can like one "style" more than another and yet someone else will love your more "cluttered" piece. My mom passed away last October and I am very inspire by your journal page on mothers and daughters. Happy PPF

soulbrush said...

Love all this collage. The thing about it is that it always seems cluttered to me- one of the reasons I don't do it. But I love seeing others work. Happy PPF>

Gail said...

They all look wonderful Rinda but I especially like the 2nd one.