Friday, September 12, 2014

There's a Fire Starting in my Heart

I am back today with a quick post. The challenge over at the Mixed Media Place is all about Adele's song "Rolling in the Deep". I love Adele and I love this song. I decided to create a page based on the first few lines in the song: "There's a Fire starting in my Heart. Reaching a Fever Pitch and it's Bringing me out of the Dark."

I wanted the page to have quite a bit of texture and depth so I used some crumbled up napkins for the texture. I sprayed Dylusions inks over the napkins. I then added in some stenciling with more Dylusions Ink Sprays.

I wrote the lyrics on an old library card. I used a Dwerent colored pencil to go over the lines and inked it up a bit for a more grungy look.

The heart is colored in with a black Gelato and then I went around it with a white Gelato to pop it off of the page. I love how you can still see the ink colors and the Gelato really brought out the crumbled napkin texture. I added some drip of acrylic paint down the page to add in a bit more red.

I think I captured the song pretty well. I was trying to depict the rage, but also overcoming the rage and "coming out of the dark". As always thank you so much for taking the time to stop by. Be sure to stop on over and check out the challenge.

Monday, September 8, 2014


Over at the One Little Word blog the challenge word is Lost. When I found this quote I knew exactly what I wanted to create.

I started out with a dark background, because it just seemed to fit with the word lost. I kept adding layers of black, white, grey, tourquiose, and quinacridone nickel azo gold paint until I was happy with the results. After the layers were dry, I went over the entire background with a thin layer of Carbon black paint, let it dry briefly, and wiped it back off in spots.

Next I wrote the quote out onto white cardstock. I wiped a very thin, diluted layer of black paint over the white cardstock with a baby wipe. I cut out the words and then adhered them to my page. Sorry the words are a bit hard to read, it was difficult to get a good clear picture.

A bit of a back story here - Several years ago I bought a copper weather vane for my husband. He always wanted one,but at the time we never got around to putting it up. Skip ahead to today with the building of our new house, we now have a place to put it. He was so very excited to see it up the other day.

Now back to the journal page I digitally altered the photo and transferred it onto my page using matte medium.

I was pretty happy with how the image transferred, but you could really see the edges of the original photo. So I used some more black paint and blended the edges in. The word lost is grungeboard letters painted with acrylic paint.

I was really happy with how this turned out. I think it may be one of my favorite journal pages to date. Not sure if it was how I related to the quote or using a picture of the weather vane or if I was just pleasantly surprised with my work - but in either case I love it and I rarely say that about my work. I might even have to make a canvas out of this someday. I want to thank you for reading all the way down to here and I hope you enjoyed my journal page spread as much as I do. As always thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Bright and Bold

I am back to share a bright and bold art journal layout with you.

I was inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Bold Challenge. I started out with lots of background stamping.

I then watered down some fluorescent acrylic paint and brushed that over the stamps. I did not want a thick layer pf paint covering up my stamps. I spritz the paint with water while it was still wet so it dripped down the page.

I then adhered in my photos from the week and added in some journaling.

I decided the page still needed something and came across some foil tape stars. The stars were originally silver and that did not really go with the page, so I colored them black with a Copic marker.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed my Bright, Bold Layout!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Celebrate Summer

I am back today and still working on getting caught up from July. I am sharing a bright Birthday memories journal spread with you.

For the background I used yellow and purple acrylic paint and scraped it around with an old credit card. I then took a Claudine Hellmuth Stamp and some fluorescent pink paint to add some flowers to the page. I used another Claudine Hellmuth stamp to divide my page up into the 7 sections. I added a flap to the page with some washi tape.

Next I adhered my pictures and cards down. Here is a view with the flap open

I used some tissue paper that one of my Birthday gifts was wrapped in for the days of the week. I then adhered that to the page. Once the glue is dry the tissue paper becomes clear, but you can still see the polka dots on the tissue paper.

I used some black cardstock, a fluorescent pink paint pen, and a white pen  for the titles on my pages.

I am submitting this to the Stampendous Summer Memories Challenge. Thank you for stopping by and taking a peek.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Where does the week go?

I am posting twice today! I started this page at the beginning of the week and just got back to finishing it today. Not sure where the day goes - but boy do they flying by.

I started the page out with a layer of gesso and then some bright green acrylic paint. While the paint was still wet I laid some stencils down, spritz them with some water, and then wiped away the paint.

I then added a few more colors of paint using this same technique.

I kind of had an idea of how my photos would layout, so I scraped on some black paint where my focal point was going to be. I added in some stamped circles with black paint and an old lid.

I then adhered the photos to this page and added in some journaling with a white pen.

I created my own washi tape by stamping with some black paint and a hand carved stamp onto some medical tape. I then cut the tape into thin strips and used this as the divider for my days of the week.

Lastly I added in my photos and journaling for the week.

I am submitting this to the Inspiration Journal Everything Goes Challenge. Thank you for stopping by today!


Ever have one of those days where it feels like nothing is getting done and all you are doing is spinning in circles? Well that is how one of my days went this week. I decided to create an art journal spread to get me out of the nothing is right kind of mood.

I started with some Distress Stain and splattered it on my page. I then added in some circle doodles with a black pen.

Next I cut some circles out of black felt, inked up paper towels, and painted canvas. I then attempted some free motion stitching. As I had never done this before it was a learning experience and while I enjoyed myself I need some more practice.

I used alcohol ink, a Tim Holtz scratched stamp, and Stazon ink to color the buttons. Speaking of buttons the challenge over at Craft Hoarders Anonymous is - Buttons.

Lastly I added in my quote - which is a song lyric from Spinning in Circles by Rachael Yamagata.

I was happy with how my page came out and in a much better mood afterwards. Amazing what a little art can do. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Modeling paste and a homemade Stencil

The Challenge over at the Mixed Media Blog is Modeling Paste and Stencils. I use this technique quite often in background sand decided to challenge myself and use the technique as the focal point on a layout.

I started with some book pages and white gesso.

I did not really have any stencils that I thought would qualify as focal points so I made my own.  I sketched out a design on some cardstock and the cut it out with an exacto knife.

Next I applied the modeling paste through the stencil. Once the paste was dry I used a wash of watercolor paint to add in some color.

I then went over the raised modeling paste with some Pan Pastels. I added some shadow to the flowers with a black pen so they popped off even more.

I  added some drips down the page and some stamping at the bottom of the page (so the flowers weren't floating in mid air)

I can't decide if my page needs a quote or not - for now I am leaving it as is. As always, thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the challenge for my inspiration.