Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Art Assignments for Day 2

 If you've been following along in our FB group then you know all about my computer issues. Ugh!  My poor computer gave up. Ka-put, bye-bye, see ya' later.  We, on the other hand will be nothing like my silly old computer. No we won't. We will keep perservering and moving forward no matter how hard it gets. Right, girls?

 It is so fun seeing you all in the FB group. I love how a few of you have shared uplfiting messages and photos with us...and it is wonderful to see you all talking. That is my intention with the group...you guys rock.

So what did you think of our first class assignment? Those were pretty big questions weren't they? I mean when we really stop to think about what we really, truly believe about ourselves it can be frightening. Hopefully you jotted down a mix of both good and bad. For example I understand I I have a huge procrastination problem...but on the other hand I believe I am a very good communicator and love sharing with others.

Today's assignment should be a super fun one for you! We are gonna get out the paint, the stencils, glue, pens, stickers...whatever you feel like and create a couple of art journal pages.

My desk

Our theme for these pages is "She Believed She Could". When we believe in our abilities, girls...we can be as successful as we set out to be.


It's not who you are 
that holds you back, 
it's who you think
 you're not.  

~Author Unknown 


Be sure and reference your questions from yesterday and decide what positive answers you want to be on your pages. Nothing negative goes here! List your goals, dreams, any ideas you want to Believe you can accomplish this year {and beyond}. 

So with that theme in mind you can set out to create in your journals. Remember you have one notebook for your writings, assignment questions and anything else you wish to put in it. Your art journals should be the one that either has unlined pages OR your SMASH book. Again....these are guidelines...you us what you want:) 

Okay...open your journals to the first page. We will be using that page and the inside cover page. Look at photo above for example.

I realize many of you have never art journaled before. Soooo, look for my special "Page" up top with a crash course in art journaling...that should be up very soon:)

Take your favorite 2 or 3 colors and begin painting. I used watercolor for my background...


You'll want to use colors you like for this...we want everything about these pages to uplift and inspire us to "Believe We Can"!

Add a few stencils, texture, whatever you fancy.

Flower stencil





Many of my art journal pages have an old-fashioned girl on them. You can find these images all over the Web for FREE. I found hundreds of these styles last year at a yard sale for less than a dollar! It was my lucky day for sure.  Magic Moonlight Images is an excellent resource for FREE vintage images. While we talking about this...I know there's lots of blog talk about how these vintage ladies have been over used. That may be so but I happen to adore them...and since this is my own, private journal...I think I'll keep them in there:) USE WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY!


After I added the sweet girl I printed our theme  and Mod Podged it to her dress. The clock is chipboard I had in my stash and reminds me I need to use my time wisely so I can achieve what I what  in my life. The heart is by Making Memories...it seemed like the ideal spot to list what I want to make happen in the next year. 

Here is my finished 2-page spread...


Various elements helped me express what my heart was saying. After everything was down I took acrylic paint, stenciled a bit over everything and added a few more swipes of paint. 

I will be sharing more of this in the Page at the top of my blog...lots of ideas and photos to inspire you!

There are so many ways you can create this page...

*use one or two Words in bold so you can see at a glance what you want to bring into your life.
*use images to support your dreams...butterflies, birds, hearts...anything that encourages you to Believe You Can
*Use magazine images, photos of yourself or no images at all.

Here are a few more ideas I have created in the past...


This is a 2 page spread I did last October to honor my 45th Birthday. Along with images I Mod Podged phrases and quotes throughout to inspire me.


This is my Personal Manifesto canvas from January of this year. The goal here was to showcase Words I wanted to bring into my life for 2012. I love everything about this piece...the colors, the images and the words. 


Our last assignment  for this week is take the quote below and create a journal page with it....


People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
 but when the darkness sets in 
their true beauty is revealed
 only if there is light from within.  
~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Remember what I said yesterday? What if this is as good as it gets? Do we just stop living? Do we end up bitter old women? Really think about this quote...it's easy, peasy to sparkle and shine when everything is good. But oh when things go bad...do we become mean and nasty and vindictive. Or do we radiate a peace  and light from within?

I think there's lots of good imagery in this quote and can't wait to show you my pages.

Girls, you are all awesome. You are all beautiful, caring souls. Thank you for letting me share my heart with you. This is giving me such joy to share.

Oh....I almost forgot! Each week I'll have a little something to give away! Hooray!! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment in THIS POST. I will be sharing more later in the week...but only THIS POST is an entry in the drawing...here's what you will win!



*a Believe canvas created by me
*various ribbons and lace
*5 notecards to use in your journals or mail to a friend
*one butterfly stamp


Pretty awesome right?? You didn't know there would be prizes...but I LOVE to give stuff away!!

See you on FB!!:) Keep on sharing...oh and feel free to share YOUR pages with us!!!

Oh and one more thing...these are the last assignments for the week. However there will be more blog posts...just not assignments...and our next assignment will be Monday...Week 2.

49 comments:

  1. Great assignment Leslie...and I love your pages!!

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  2. Going to start working on it all later tonight. Thanks a bunch Leslie.

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    1. Can't wait to see your pages, Mary...I hope you'll share a few of them with us!!

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  3. i really need to find the light within, it sometimes goes out when im not looking , great start to the course these first two lessons, thanks for caring enough to do this Leslie....
    hugz bev

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    1. It does go out when we are not looking...we must be aware of our thoughts:) Thank you for being here, Bev.

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  4. I can't wait to get started on my pages ... I'm inspired by your great ideas!
    The prizes look fun, I'd love to win!

    Tina

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    1. Tina...thank you for being here. I hope you'll post some of your work in our FB group!

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  5. Great inspiring ideas -- anxious to start -- hope i win thanks for doing this :0)

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  6. I LOVE this assignment! I'm inspired by how I answered the questions and my ideas for my pages. Thanks so much for sharing yourself with us Leslie!

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  7. I had fun art journaling today. I will add more later but I did get a good start. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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    1. Yay, Vicki! So happy you are beginning a fun new crafty journey!

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  8. I am so inspired by you. You have no idea what this little discovery has done for me. Can't wait for more. Thank you so very much.

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    1. Awww, Cathy....thank you. So happy u are here with us.

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  9. I'm going to start on my pages tonight. Hmmm, a lot to think about. Great giveaway too! :-)

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    1. Joyce...I hope you share your pages...at least a few of them. I would love to see:)

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  10. You know what I love about this? You had us write first. Now I have material that is truly me to enter into my art journal. Fantastic! I have a direction to go in. And I love that quote! Right off the bat I got an idea. So sweet of you to be giving away prizes! Awesome!

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    1. So many times we may want to create something but we don't know what. I like to do the writing first. Glad you "got" this. Love having you here, Sarah!

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  11. I agree with Sarah! The writing came so easy and it led to images, words, etc that encompassed the word "Believe" and also was representational of my responses. I already have images in my head for my page and couldn't wait to start arting. Thank you for doing this program - I'm very inspired and excited for the journey.

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  12. I'm so looking forward to starting journalling. I totally agree with Sarah, it's great that you had us writing first, setting up to go forward. What a lovely surprise that you are doing a give away too! Looking forward to the next few weeks :)

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  13. Beautiful! Wonderful job on all of it my friend! xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Kristin. It means so much to me that you are here. I admire your work:)and LOVE your sweet spirit.

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  14. Lovely pages. I think my first spread will involve words I wish were said to me. The song running thru my head lately is Anna Nalick's BREATHE. I know that I shine most in the dark days, because I am so firmly attached to Jesus. But when times are mediocre, then I am dull, listless, always feeling unworthy and "less than".

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    1. Trece...that is a wonderful idea!! You should share this in the FB group:)

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  15. Fantastic!!! I can't wait to get started with my paints and mod podge!

    Selena

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    1. Looking forward to seeing your work, Selena!

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  16. I'm loving these assignments, Leslie, and look forward to getting started! I like your pace....I think that something every single day would just overwhelm me. Thanks for all of the work you are putting into this, and THANKS for the fantastic giveaway opportunity! An original work of art from you would be AMAZING!

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    1. Oh good! Yes...I wanted to give you just enough to do...nothing everyday...I couldn't keep up either...You are so sweet to say that about my art...thank you.

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  17. I am really looking forward to working on this art assignment tomorrow night! AND your Personal Manifesto canvas is AMAZING!!! Thanks for persevering and sharing all of this with us!

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    1. Glad you like the assignments...and thank you for the compliment. Made my day.

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  18. I love all that you've shared, both your writing and your art. Yea you! You rock!

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  19. your pages are awesome...i love how you pit lots of inspiring words on them...this stained class window quote is beautiful...i so want to get my hands dirty...i went to see Picasso the exhibit and only.just got back a couple if hours ago....i feel inspired to paint again...this weekend i will for sure...thanks for the inspiration...xxx

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    1. You saw Picasso's work?? Awwww, I am a wee bit jealous. Mandy...I always love you here. I know yo have so much on your plate...thank you for being here and your input.

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  20. Leslie, lovely pages! Very inspirational and empowering. Love that! I'm looking forward to getting messy and playing with these prompts. And prices too! You are very generous Leslie. Thank you! But mostly thank you for being you :)

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    1. So happy you are playing along, Ginette

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  21. Really great pages! I'm really enjoying this so far. Thank you for offering this work!

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  22. Okay - due to pain & interviews I am a few days behind. Getting caught up NOW!! Lots of stuff to work on. PS - this is sooo cool.

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    1. I sure hope your back is getting better. Glad to have you here, Nicole...and don't worry...you are never behind.

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  23. Would it entirely impermissible for me to use just one book for writing AND painting? I'm really not that artistically great or experienced with mixed media art journaling yet, compared to other people's skills, so this far, I've just been using composition notebooks, and they seem to be working well enough, till at least I can afford to invest in better materials.. like better paints, proper brushes, etc, etc... Still, if the separate book is what really helps "make" the whole project/idea, then I'm willing to go purchase a separate pad... and who knows? Maybe it will spoil me into appreciating the better quality paper?? ~tina

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    1. Tina...by all means...use what you want. That would be fine!!:)

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  24. I love all of the quotes you have been adding. Especially the last one about the stained glass. My Nana is 95 years old and she is starting to slow down considerably all of a sudden but she is still the most awesome woman I know! She has friends, goes out almost everyday(!!!), and I get to hang out with her once a week! She doesn't quite hop up into my SUV anymore but she still gets in there! She has that light inside of her! Thank you so much for everything that you are sharing with all of us!

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    1. Your Nana sounds just the way I hope to be at that age!! Happy you are here:)

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  25. Hi, I love your blog and feel like we have sooo much in common - like today when I read you liked Sarah Ban Breathnach's "Simple Abundance" and Cheryl Richardson's "Life Makeover" and watched Oprah faithfully ME TOO !! I did a whole year where I read Simple Abundance and journaled my thoughts each day and I like Debbie Ford too who has written many books after the one I read called "The Dark Side of the Light Chasers". When I read about your year and that there have been challenges I always wonder what is going on ;-) and hope it turns out well. I'll be enjoying your course and it's quote especially - hoping to make time to play along arting too. hugs.

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I appreciate your thoughts and ideas...they inspire me!! I will be visiting you soon. Have a CREATIVE day!!

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