Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Documented Life Project... first few weeks

 one of my goals for 2015 was to share more of my work
and specifically, more of my DLP journal.
interested? Sign up via Art to the 5th HERE!
For those that don't know, it's a group that is free to join and 
you get an art prompt and a journal prompt a week to journal.
I choose to do way more than that....
so starting from the top here - that's the most 
recent pic... done, but not finished last night
 this piece was done the night before.
 My friend got a book called Wall Art and all the pages 
are of walls of buildings. I stole a few pieces and am using 
them in the journal.
 the prompt for this for art was a color wheel and the 
journal was a Georgia O'keeffe quote
 this little card just helps me remember what 
the prompts are for the week and they get checked off when done.
 below is the leftover paper from the Georgia O'Keeffe prompt above
just cut into a heart.
 Above is vellum that became a page divider
 these two lettering pages were done at a learning workshop we did at
Kuretake in Sacramento
 the art prompt was gesso for this piece below
and the journaling prompt was what it shows on the page
 this amazing piece - shine like the stars was done by
my 27 year old daughter. She is awesome huh?
the page below was done because i have been so 
inspired by all the gold i see everywhere. Done
with a ZIG painty twin pen
 the page below and above were done in honor of the horritic attacks 
on France last week. That's the front and the back

 the egg paper was the front and back of a piece of scrapbook paper.
the little girt was done on the front. Love the way it paints up.
Hair and faces are something i want to learn how
to do better this year. I will be focusing on more this year.
 I got new Derwent Inktense pencils for Christmas,
a little gift for myself
this was a tester page.
 Above the word for the year... for me anyway
is FUNK.
 I downloaded a cool calendar off the internet because I 
don't need a very big one. You can always find me 
here... coloring, hahah. The art prompt was bookpages.
 Above the theme was Goal Keeper so there were a few of my goals
for 2015 and they are now in INK!
 THis is the title page. I always make that first. Then i come 
up the cover idea when I get a bit more of a feel for the overall
feel and theme of the book. I will sew a cover because I made it in
 a ring binder.
Hope you guys enjoy.
Email me if you have any questions...
I was planning ona video but i had some dental work
done today and I am not speaking well. I will do a video 
on the next batch.
ok... happy art journaling!

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Monday, January 19, 2015

and here we go... again!

 It's Martin Luther King's birthday today
and I too have a dream.
It has been a long time coming, but i decided to take the plunge and 
hire an agent. I signed the contract tonight. It's a big step for me. I work full time, I am tired all the time... not sure how to make it all work - but when you are filled with 
the crazy art that floats around in my brain until I pour it out
onto the pages.... it will all work out!
So... what next?
Not sure that I have any idea
but I am sure going to enjoy the ride!
 These are a few pages that 
I just sent in to art journaling magazine.
 from my good fortune journal
 and my idioms journal
yes indeed...
the sky is the limit!

Friday, January 9, 2015


On my way driving home yesterday I had this vision of a journaling page I wanted to create. I did all my boring chores when I got home... took down the Christmas tree finally, paid bills and got read for CHA; then i painted the big black circle and waited for it to dry. I got my Painty Twin pen. I have been singing this Marc Ronson / Bruno Mars song non stop recently and this fits for me so much for this new year. I penned this in minutes. It just had to get out of my head. I made this super cute little collage and posted it proudly - on the ZIG website (Kuretake), because you never know they might see it and offer me a big job (hahaha) and on instagram and facebook. So proud, right? Well.... finally, about 28 comments later someone noticed the spelling error. Did you find it yet?

Well, I am a perfectionist and had to correct it. Got the black paint and painted over Belive and fixed it to say BELIEVE. I have been having stuggles lately with making alot of mistakes at work and in my life in general. I wish I could take paint and just paint over all of them as easily as i fixed this one!

STAY TUNED here and on my facebook page (Lindsay Ostrom.creator of cuteness) for pics of my trip to CHA - the Crafts and Hobbies Association show. I leave Saturday and there are always amazing things to see there - including my new line from AdornIt!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

BLOG HOP with Mountain Plains Crafters and AdornIt

art play paintables

This past year... i was honored to create some amazing art for my friend Carolee McMullin and her company AdornIt. They are called Art Play Paintables. She printed them on some fabulous watercolor type paper and they take well to watercolor, colored pencils and markers. They come in 12 x 12 sheets like is shown below.

 You can choose to use some of the larger prints (like the 8x10 boots picture shown above) can be put directly into a frame, used in a scrapbook or you can mount it on some of their wood shaped surfaces.

This is one of the little 4x6 cards that can be made into a greeting card or I colored it and layered it onto some of AdornIt's  Blender Basics papers - which I love! I justed sewed a few layers together and hung it from a hanger

 the hangers have not been available for a long time but are now being made again by I believe Hampton Arts new mixed media collection and they are a must have.

 I colored these with just some basic watercolors using a niji waterbrush pen and then highlighted the flowers on her dress with Stickles crystal glitter glue.

This one is just the same as the Go Girl card. It can get hung, or put on an easel
I added in a felt snowflake when i was sewing it together because to me,
hearts and snowflakes scream winter!

Here is another 8x10 style and i chose to just color and layer again using the Blender Basics papers. 

 I added a felt casing and a dowel to hang it from. A few ribbons on the side, a bit more glitter glue and you are good to go.

The home plaque shows how you can layer AdornIt's 
wood shaped surfaces.  I painted the larger in a deep rose and the the smaller in a bright blue, not normally my colors but I like how this turned out. I used the Blender Basics papers again to add in the circles to make it look like a penny rug. Lastly I added my signature wire hanger with beads.

For this piece, I found a fifty cent frame at a thrift shop. Got out the acrylic white paint and finger painted the whole thing. When it dried, i used a sharpie to add some wording to the edge.

 I added in another 4x6 paintable that I watercolored -
fast and simple gift idea for a friend!

 This one below showcases another of AdornIt's 
wood shaped surfaces with a scalloped edge. I painted it up and sewed some fabric to the back of a paintable 6x6 piece with my favorite theme.... vintage trailers!

I outlined the edge with a white Signo pen for a bit of detail and added some Diamond Glaze over the moon and stars. It ran a bit... so i added in more and tossed in some micro beads in clear on top of the Diamond Glaze.

You can see the micro beads here. When the Diamond Glaze is wet ( it takes about an hour to dry ) - you can just toss them on top. Kinda love them!

 Here is another 8x10 piece on a wood surface. I added some solid color paper strips to the surface and then popped up the quote with some pop dots, added some colored twine and a pretty bow.... good to go.

 Last but not least... here is a 4x6 piece that I made into a card or a little art piece that you can stand up on a table or a desk. Who wouldn't love getting a sweet card like this in the mail from you?

Thanks so much for playing in this BLOG HOP.... so now you need to go to the next blog. Don't forget the clue is LOVE so you can WIN WIN WIN!!!!  When you are done here... head over to check out Terri Burnson's blog   - - - she is your next stop on this BLOG HOP!!!. And it's a super cool gift and prize from me and AdornIt!