Recently, I found I have not been working in my art journal on a daily basis, but still dive in a few times a month. Instead, I take photographs every day (fairly consistently) and journal about my favorite one for that particular day on my blipfoto journal. This habit has become a wonderful creative outlet for me - obviously, as I just celebrated 4 years of keeping a daily, or almost daily photo journal . . .Read More
The table is now finished. See this post if you missed part 1. Actually, that would be part 1 of the second life of this table. Steven made the table 2 years ago, I stamped it & we actually used it so much that the finish had worn down. When I asked if he could re-do it for us, he gave me the opportunity to stamp it some more - and I did . . .Read More
I did some table stamping today, revitalizing a collaboration from 2 years ago. This is a table my husband Steven made and then I stamped. The top finish had gotten quite scuffed because we use the table so much. I asked Steven to refinish it with coats of polyurethane to bring the sheen back. But first, I decided to add more stamped designs! Here's what the table looked like prior to us working on it today, pretty simple. Steven had to scuff it with some fine sandpaper before I could add more stamping. When he refinishes it these lines will all melt away . . . you need to scuff it up for the finishing clear coats to adhere properly . . .Read More
Jupiter Artland is a wonderful place, an outdoor gallery that Frieda took me to when I visited her in Scotland in September. She just knew I would like it . . . and she was right! I have taken some of the photos I took and added them to my art journal as a way of keeping those memories alive. Jupiter Artland is an estate outside of Edinburgh where the grounds have been turned into a public art display. You can use a map provided to discover the pieces. I kept my map and brought it home with me. When I went to create this spread I scanned the map onto a transparency sheet and used my xyron to attach it to the page . . .Read More
Today I dove in and made changes, so the URL of my old creativelenna web site would point to my new Squarespace web site. After about 8 hours I saw my new site come up when I typed in creativelenna.com - so exciting! After that there were some errors, but that's pretty normal during a transition like this. It can take 48-72 hours to transfer or map existing domains. I'm happy to say that 12 hours later it looks like the new web site has my www.creativelenna.com address. It may take a little while for the servers to resolve the domain change everywhere, but so far it is looking good . . .Read More
I am returning to my visit with Frieda in Scotland last month. I've added more to my art journal about that glorious week! On the left, Frieda & I were walking in the fields near her house with her dogs. When I showed this page to Steven, he remarked how fitting it was that I chose to add hand drawn stitches around the photo of Frieda. She is very well known as an award winning Art Quilter and stitching is how she often speaks : )
I did not even consciously think about what I was doing, it just came to me as I was journaling...Read More
10/24/14 -If I don't have an idea to get me started working in my art journal, then playing with paint is a sure fire way to get me to dive in. Start by squeezing acrylic paint right on your journal page.Read More
Wow! I have been wanting to do this for quite some time. My son Decklin who turned 33 this year, originally created my website when he was just 14 years old, yes - I said 14! The site did go through a few updates during those 19 years and I even changed domains in 2004 from lennastamp.com to creativelenna.com. Since that time I've been updating the site myself, but could not deal with the old front page platform it was based on any more. The updates were difficult to do and the site content itself was very outdated.
So here we are, with a brand new squarespace website I'm excited about. I think it will help me to stay updated a lot more easily and feel proud of what I see on my site. I hope you enjoy it! I know I will! : 0) lenna
Frieda re-introduced me to the Gelli Plate when I visited her in Scotland recently. At my request we played in her painting shed! I felt a little rusty but I got started, which is the most important part. This play time with her had me wanting to do more printing. Here is what happened today . . .Read More
I like using my art journal to play and experiment. I thought, why not sponge a background? I used Dye-Na-Flow paint (very thin) and some spray dye in sunshine yellow . . .Read More
I've been to Scotland to visit my dear friend Frieda Oxenham, Art Quilter!
I will have more to add later, but wanted to share this one photo of the beautiful Talla Reservoir in the Scottish Borders. Frieda and her husband John took me here on Sunday 9/21/14. Visit Frieda's blog for more of our adventures Sept 15-22. We really had such a lovely time together!!! My travel journal on blipfoto begins on September 13th when I started my journey in Boston with my two sons and their wives. Start with this entry then mouse over the right side of the photo and click on the arrow to go to the next calendar day :))
Some of my favorite art journal pages that I did so far in August . . .Read More