Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hello Fall

I am back today with another fall art journal spread. It is just so pretty this time of year it is hard not to celebrate it.

I spritz my page with water then added in some blue, green, and white Distress Stain and let the colors blend together while tilting my page. I love my Distress Stains and don't use them as often as I like.

I then pulled out a round plastic canvas piece to use as a stencil with some Dylusion's spray. I added in some more stenciling and some stamping with some dark orange acrylic paint.

Next I took out some orange, red, and yellow Distress Stain and inked up a plain white piece of cardstock. I then tore that into strips and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I wanted to add in a bit of texture so I mixed some brown paint with modeling paste and applied that through the Tim Holtz Burlap stencil. I then added some burlap ribbon, my photos and journaling from the week, and some label letter stickers for my "Hello Fall"

I am submitting this to 2 Challenges the  Frilly and Funkie Autumn Colors Challenge and the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Happy Fall Challenge. I hope you are enjoying this time of year as much as I am and as always thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Over at Simon Says Stamp the Challenge is O is for. I was thinking about using the word observations, but when I came across this quote, I changed the word to just observe. The previous night my husband and I were talking about how comparing one's self to others is never a good thing and usually leads to hurt feelings. And I thought this quote fit right in with that train of thought and decided to create an art journal spread.

I already had some masking tape on this page so i added a bit more and then applied gesso over it. I decided to get out my Gelatos and used a yellow one for the background color.

I then colored some sticky back canvas with more Gelatos. I picked out a Tim Holtz stamp with positve words and sayings about being an individual. I randomly stamped this onto the canvas.

I then cut the canvas into strips and adhered them onto my background in a random pattern. I shaded the edges of the strips with a green Derwent Inktense Pencil and added some more stamping in.

Lastly I added in the quote with a black pen.

And there you have it a little reminder to be kind to yourself. As always thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop on over to Simon Says Stamp for more wonderful creations.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Enjoy the Ride

I am back to day with a quick week in review page share.

I started out with some gesso, book pages, and acrylic paint. You can see soem of the text poking through the acrylic paint.

Next I added some watered down acrylic paint and dripped it down the edge of the first page. It seems that I really can't get enough of Fall colors. I truly love this time of year!

I then added in my dates, journaling, and photos form the week. For the dates I cut out circles form white cardstock and then went around them with black and blue pens.

I wanted my picture to stand out on the second page so I added in some white gesso wher the picture would be. I then added some stamping with a Tim Holtz background stamp and Archival ink. Lastly I added in the saying with a paint marker.

I am submitting this to the Simon Says Stamp Falling in Love with Challenge. As I said earlier I love this time of year and the colors that go with it! Thank you for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying the Fall as much as I am.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

True Love

Last week my husband and I celebrated our Anniversary. I love looking back at how it all started. Boy were we young! I decided to create a art journal page looking back at all of the good times.

I used acrylic paint, a circle stencil, distress ink, and a Tim Holtz stamp for the background.

I decided to print the pictures in black and white to keep them all uniform. To make them pop off the page a bit I added the red shadow.

I added some simple text to express my feelings. The picture below is one of  our first pictures together. Funny after all of these years we are still the same goofy, in-love couple.

I am submitting this to 2 challenges: The Artistic Stamper Memories Challenge and A Sprinkle of Imagination Color Challenge. As always thank you for stopping by!

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Mask I Wear

Over at The Mixed Media Place the challenge is Sting's "Shape of My Heart" Song. I listened to the song several times and then looked up the lyrics. One line really stuck out for me - " The Mask I Wear is One". I interpreted this as putting on a mask to cover up feelings so no one knows how you are truly feeling, which I tend to do.

I was having a hard time coming up with a picture of myself that I thought incorporated this idea. So I digitally overlaid one picture on top of another.

In the video the band is dressed in all black and the red cords kept popping out to me. So I decided to keep may background pretty dark with pops of red. I used Dylusions and Perfect Pearls Sprays for my first layer.

I then added in some background stamping with black Archival ink and some red Pebeo Paint through a Tim Holtz Burlap stencil. I really like how the Pebeo paint shimmers.

Next I mixed some Dylusions Spray with modeling paste and applied that through the Tim Hotlz Bubble stencil.

I then added in some more texture with some hot glue. Once the glue was dry I went over it with some gold Inka Gold medium and more Dylusions Spray.

Lastly, I added in the lyrics with some Grunge block letters that I painted, sanded, and inked up.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Trust Your Journey

I am back today with a week in review page spread. This particular week was a bit trying. There have been quite a few ups and downs with the building process and we are doing our best to be patient - Some days it is easier than others.

I used some Vintage Photo Distress ink on my background. I stamped and blended with the ink and then spritz some water over it to blend it a bit more.

Over at the Craft Hoarders Anonymous blog it is all about using School and Office supplies. I decided to dig out some ledger paper. I used a Tim Holtz stencil and some orange paint, along with some Inka Gold, Lumiere Paint and more Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I then cut out as few strips of paper with the Tim Holtz Torn Notebook die and layered more papers together.

Next I added in my journaling.

Lastly I adhered down my photos from the week and my little saying.  I added in a few staples for some added interest.

Thanks so much for stopping by and remember to Have Patience and Trust Your Journey!

Friday, September 26, 2014


This is my favorite time of the year. I love it when it starts to cool off and the leaves change color. There is something about the Fall that just makes me happy. I came across this canvas by Anna-Karrin and was blown away. I love the composition and arrangement of the piece. I did not have any canvas handy so I decided to create an art journal page instead.

I had to tweak several things because I did not have all of the supplies she used and I wanted my page to lay flat and not have too much bulk to it. I created my background with Gel medium through a hand made stencil. Once the gel Medium is dry it creates a resist. I then Golden Van Dyke Brown Hue and Transparent Red Iron Oxide over the gel medium. Before the paint was completely dry I wiped it away with a baby wipe.

For my window I used a white cardstock and free handed a window. I then painted it with Distress Stain. I scuffed up the edges and then added in some Walnut Stain.

I cut my leaves out of cardstock using the Tattered Leaves Die. I used a dictionary stamp and some archival ink to add some interest to the leaves. I then lightly spritz the leaves with water and crinkled them up. The water allows the paper to bend a bit easier. I unfolded the leaves and went over them with Walnut Stain Distress ink - Taking the ink pad and lightly hitting the raised, creased areas to add texture to the leaves.

The picture is of our backyard at the new house (still under construction). I digitally altered the picture so it was a bit more "artsy".

Lastly I added the saying in with a Copic maker and a Soufle pen.

And there you have it my Fall art journal page. I am submitting this to a few challenges:  Inspiration Journal Fall is in the Air Challenge and The Eclectic Paperie Fall Challenge