Friday, February 27, 2015

My Valentines Day Week

I am back to share my week in review pages form Valentines Day week.

Seeing how it was Valentines Day week I decided to go with red and pink. I scraped on some rose pink acrylic paint. I added in some masking tape and some deli paper that was stamped and painted.

I then added in some brighter pink paint. I sprayed some Dylusions spray ink through a stencil for some contrast.

I scraped some red paint onto my planner page and then added in my journaling, pictures and some Valentine's Day stickers that were on a card from my BFF.

The hearts were cut out of the same painted, stamped deli paper. I went around the edges with a white paint marker so they popped off the page more.

I then added in more pictures from the week. The words are a Valentine's Day letter that my very nice nephew wrote my husband and I. The note was on a blue sticky note that I painted pink and then traced over his letters - I wanted to keep it in his handwriting. I then cut the note up, inked the edges, and adhered it to the page.

And there you have it my week in review page. I am submitting this to 2 challenges. The Think Pink Challenge over at Mixed Media Place and the How I love Thee Challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous.  As always thank you so much for stopping by!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Water Bugs and Dragonflies

I was recently introduced to this story and was moved to create an art journal page.

I started out by writing the story out using Collage Pauge and a fine tip liner pen.

After this was dry I went over it with Dylusions Spray inks. I applied the spray inks and then wiped the page down with a few baby wiped to blend the colors.

Next I stamped in the dragonfly image with a Tim Holtz stamp and black Archival ink. I then colored the dragonfly images with Distress Stain and a water brush. I added in some shading with a blue paint pen.

For a bit more added interest I splatted some black and white paint onto the page.

Lastly I added in a title with a black pen and shaded around it with the blue paint pen.

I am going to submit this to the Simon Says Stamp Anything goes Challenge. As always thanks for stopping by and be sure to look out for those dragonflies this Spring.

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Love of Family

If you follow my blog you will have known that this particular week was a sad one. So I decided to go with some bright and cheerful colors for my week in review spread and look on the positive moments from the week.

I started out by spreading white gesso through a stencil. I then added a wash of  bright acrylic paints. You can see the stenciled design subtly peeking through.

I then added more stenciling on top of the colors.

Next I added in my planner page from the week. The planner page was painted with grey acrylic paint and then I used the same colors from the background to add splatters.

I then added in some happy photos from the week along with some rub-ons, torn paper, and embellishments.

Lastly I added in my saying with a black pen, acrylic paint, and painted letters. Family was the bright spot in this week. Hugs and Love were definitely being spread around.

I am submitting this to 2 challenges. The Craft Stamper Magazine is all about stenciling. Over at Inspiration Journal it is Love is in the Air. Be sure to stop in to both challenges for even more creativity. As always thanks for stopping by and taking a peek :)

Friday, February 20, 2015

A Great Loss

A couple weeks have now passed and I am ready to express my feeling through an art journal page. The world lost a wonderful, kind person and heaven now has another angel. There really are not enough words to describe Gram so I won't even try, instead I will just share the pages with you.

This started out as a simple spread. I wanted to create a few tags. I began laying them down on the pages to see how many I needed.

I decided to go with a dark brown background and smooched paint around with a pallet knife.

Now the hard part picking out the perfect photos. I could have filled up an entire journal with pictures, but eventually settled on these few.

I then started gluing down patterned paper to the tags. I wanted to paper to be subtle background, yet have meaning.

Next I started adding more layers - more paper, ink, stamps, pictures, lace, and embellishments.

I could not stop adding stuff to the page. The flowers are cut using the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Die and are cut out of crinoline and burlap. I died the crinoline flowers with Victorian Velvet Distress Stain. I then added pearls, buttons, and tiles to the centers.

I used alcohol ink to color the glass fragments.  I then stamped on a few saying that went with the pictures. This particular saying is perfect - Gram and Grandpa were two people that defined love and marriage.

And there you have it my dedication to Gram. I am submitting this to 2 challenges: The Frilly and Funkie Winter Blooms Challenge and The Artistic Stamper Love Challenge. AS always thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read all of this!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tropical Tag

I joined in another tag swap with the Creativeblock-Stampers Anonymous. The theme is tropical - kind of fitting as we are experiencing record low temps and more snow today.

It seems I am really into texture these days. I started out with some modeling paste. While the paste was still slightly tacky I stamped into it with a Tim Holtz Script stamp. 

Next I used several Distress Inks to give the tag some tropical colors. After I was happy with the tag color, I went over the raised areas of the modeling paste with more ink. 

I then stamped my image with Archival ink and a Stamper Anonymous Stamp onto some white card stock. I inked up the card stock with Peacock Distress Ink. I wanted the butterfly to pop off a bit so I used some Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and colored the in the butterfly. I also added some splashes of the Distressed Marmalade Ink. 

For even more texture I used corrugated cardboard. I first covered the cardboard with white Gesso and then went over it with some Distress Peacock Feathers Ink. I then flicked on some water to create a bit more interest. 

I used another Tim Hotlz Stamp , a piece of vellum, and black Archival Ink for the word Voyage. As we don't have any tropical weather here in Northeast Ohio I thought the word voyage was fitting. I used the a Stampers Anonymous Stamp to stamp the small butterflies onto vellum. Then I cut them out and adhered them onto the tag. 

And there you have it my Tropical Tag. I am submitting this to the Simon Says Stamp Paradise Challenge, I think my tropical butterflies fit right in with the challenge. As always thanks very much for stopping by. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Down the Rabbit Hole

I am a member of the Art for the Creative Mind Yahoo Group and this month's tag swap is Down the Rabbit Hole.  I decided to combine the swap tag with the tic tac toe challenge over at A Vintage Journey.

I felt like the rabbit hole might have alot of texture to it, so I started out with some Clear Granular Gel and metallic paint. I then added in some Distress Paint and black spray ink. I let the different colors run and drip together. So far I have paint and sprays in the tic tac toe board

After the gel was dry I went back over the top of it with some Black Archival Ink to accent the peaks.

I flipped through some of my collage images and came up with perfect Alice in Wonderland figure and adhered her upside down to my tag (as if she was falling off of the tag). I have no idea now where this image came from. I typed up the saying and then burnt the edges a bit with my heat gun.

The clock images came form the Graphic Fairy. I printed them out and then applied Crackle paint over the top of them. Once the Crackle was dry I inked them up a bit more and applied some Tim Holtz Clock hands that I painted and Spritz with Perfect Pearls Spray. I now have the Idea-ology box marked off. I added in some twine so the clocks looked like they were dangling from above. And I now have Tic Tac Toe :)

And there you have it my Down the Rabbit Hole Tag. I hope you liked it. As always thank you for stopping by!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Winds of Change

Over at the Mixed Media Place this month's Challenge is Intuitive Painting. I have been wanting to try this and the challenge gave me that extra push. So here is my final results.

I did not take any pictures of the process, but I can assure you this started out a one big mess. Hindsight, I really should have snapped a few pictures of the ugliness.

I used lots of layers of acrylic paint, some acrylic ink, paint pens, and some white Gesso. I thought the saying really fit how I was feeling after this was done. The umbrellas where an afterthought, because I thought that they fit the saying.

So that is it my quick little post on my first intuitive painting - I assure you this won't be my last and I hope to get a bit better at it. As always thanks so much for stopping by.