Thursday, April 16, 2015

Stop and Smell the Roses

Sometimes I need a reminder to slow down and take a deep breath in.

I started this art journal spread out with lots of layers of acrylic paint and white gesso.

I decided to experiment with a new idea I had. I traced my own handmade stencil onto the journal page. and then  painted over the stencil lines with Regular Gel medium. The idea behind this was to add in some thin lines of texture.

After the layer was dry I painted the flowers. I placed my hand cut stencil back over the roses to add in the shading and highlights. I also tried to go over just the raised textured areas with some darker red and some white paint.  I am not totally convinced that I like the texture of the Gel Medium, but I think it was worth a try.

Over at the Mirror Crack'd the challenge is to make and use a masterboard. I created my masterboard by cutting strips of gelli printed deli paper and book pages. I then adhered those strips to a piece of copy paper.

Next I cut out my vase shape from the masterboard. I used a few flower and border stamps to add some extra interest to the vase.

I also used pieces of my masterboard to adhere my quote to.

Using my handmade stencil I added in some more roses with black acrylic paint. And lastly I added in the saying with some painted letters.

I hope you enjoyed my art journal spread and I hope you take some time to stop and smell the roses :) As always thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 13, 2015

My Peeps

I know Easter is over, but I wanted to create a Spring Art journal page and I had already used flowers, rain, and birds on previous pages. I was trying to think of what else symbolized Spring and thought of Easter - which then lead to bunnies - which then lead me to the saying I used - which lead me to Peeps. So I decided to just go with it.

I can't share a lot about the techniques used on this page because it is my take on one of Donna Downey's Inspiration Wednesday lessons.

I decided to combine the lesson with the Mixed Media Place Creative Gym Typography Challenge. I used my Cricut to cut out the word Peeps in several sizes and then adhered them to my background.

Here's a closer look at the background. I really like how the words blend in, but still pop off the page. I also really, really love all of the texture.

So there you have it, Peeps! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my page.

Friday, April 10, 2015

My Best Friend

My best Friend came into town for a really quick visit this week. She reminded me of a photo of the 2 of us taken several years ago. I decided to create a page using this photo.

I used several colors of distress ink through some stencils to create the background. I then added in some ink splatters using Dylusions Spray Inks. For some more contrast, I stamped some background stamps with black Archival Ink.

I layered some patterned paper behind the photo so it popped of the page a bit.

Lastly I added in a few embellishments.

I am submitting this to A Sprinkle of Imagination anything Goes Challenge. You can find almost all of the products I used on their website. Thank you for stopping by and I hope I have inspired you to create a page about your Best Friend.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

A is for...

...Aqua and Art Journal. Over at Simon Says Stamp this weeks challenge is A is For

I pulled out several Distress Inks, some acrylic paint, and a few Dylusions Spray inks all in an aqua color. I used watered down acrylic paint as my first layer allowing it to drip down the page. After that was dry I applied the Distress inks to the background through several stencils. Next I splattered some ink onto the page. The final layer on the background was some white gesso applied through another stencil. 

Next I layered some patterned papers and my photos. I added in an inked up tag and my title. The pictures are my family getting together to coloring eggs. I made the mistake of getting glitter this year and it was everywhere. I must say we had so much fun despite the mess - hence the title :) 

This is a look at my planner page from the week. I used Distress Ink and water for the planner and then added in my journaling and photos from the week. 

That is all for now. I hope you enjoyed my post. As always thanks so very much for stopping by. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ribbon and Birthday Wishes

I am back today to share a week in review page. I decided to combine 2 challenges for this page. Over at the Filly and Funkie blog the Challenge is Put a Ribbon on it. At the Simon Says Stamp blog the challenge is Happy Birthday (which worked out well since we celebrated my nephews birthday this week)

I used several stencils and Dylusions Spray ink for the background.

I printed the photos in black and white for a more vintage feel. I decided to add some frames to the photos to make them pop off a bit more. The frames are grunge paper cut using my Cricut. I then gessoed  and sprayed them with the Dylusions Spray ink. I decided they were a bit to bright, so I embossed and inked them (again for a more vintage feel).

Next I added in the various colors of  ribbon, another frame, and a wishes sticker.

Lastly I added in my weekly planner page. I used black and white Dylusions Spray ink on the planner, along with some paint markers.

So that is it - a quick little post. As always thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Beauty begins...

...the moment you decide to be yourself. - Coco Chanel

I love this quote and decided it would be very fitting for an art journal page. I started by adhering some ephemera to my page and then wrote the quote out using a hot glue gun.

Next I added in some pastel blue an green acrylic paint.

I then added in a glaze of pink. I really like how the glaze sticks to some areas and highlights the texture.

I used a handmade stencil for the flower.

I shaded the flower with Pan Pastels and Derwent colored pencils. I added in some more white acrylic paint for some highlights.

The background still needed something so I added in some stamping and black acrylic paint.

I am submitting this to the Simon Says Stamp Pastels Challenge. It is getting really hard to take good pictures of this art journal as it is very thick. Almost done with this journal and I think the next one I won't make quite so thick. Anyways - I hope you enjoyed my post and as always thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


I am back today to share a week in review page spread.

St. Patrick's day was this particular week so I decided to use green as my background color. I used various green Distress Inks and Stains, along with some background stamps.

I had some pink ink run onto this page from a previous page so I added in several layers of white paint to cover it up. I heated up the paint until it bubbled for some added texture.

This is a look at my planner page.

I added in a few pictures and some swirl stickers.

Lastly I added in some lettering. The white letters blended in a bit too much so I went around them with a black pen.

And that is it - pretty simple, but I am quite happy with it. I am submitting this to the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Go Green challenge. Sadly this is their last challenge, so be sure to stop on over to see more inspiration. As always thanks for stopping by!