Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Over at The Mixed Media Place the challenge is Architecture. I have always loved architecture and old buildings. This takes me back to school and my drafting and design classes. I had some old drawings that I had done in school and decided to use these in an art journal spread.

I started out by adhering some book text to my pages. I then covered that with a layer of absorbent ground.

I rarely use water colors and for some reason decided this would be a good page to use them on. I was going for a brick color here. My drawings are of a building on the Ohio University campus. The campus is known for it's brick buildings and walkways. I added in some dots with acrylic paint for added interest and texture.

Next I scanned in my drawings and printed them out onto tracing paper. I then painted the background of the tissue paper with blue and white acrylic paint. I adhered this to my page using Matte Medium.After the Matte Medium was almost dry I tore away the edges of the tissue paper leaving some blue and white paint behind.

I used some black India ink so the drawing were not just floating on my page.

Lastly I added in some stamping with a Tim Holtz brick stamp and Fired Brick Distress Ink.

I really had a fun time creating this page and it makes me wish I would have saved more of my drafting projects. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the challenge for more inspirational projects.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


I am back today with another week in review page spread. This one is all about Summer. We were able to visit with our nephew last week, as he was on summer break, and had a great time!

I started out with some white gesso and while that was still wet scraped some beige acrylic paint on. After that was dry I added some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.

I add some painted and inked corrugated cardboard, burlap, and some inked cheese cloth for some added texture.

I painted and inked some grunge board letters for the word summer.

Next came the pictures and a text sticker.

For my planner page, I decided to try to match the aqua blue in the pool pictures. i used some white gesso and Dylusions Inks.

I am submitting this to 2 Summer Challenges: The Frilly and Funkie It's Summer and Simon Says Stamp Summer. As always thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying the Summer wherever you are!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Celebrate Family

I am short on time this week, but wanted to get a bit inky. Here is what I came up with a quick week in review page spread.

I started by scraping some white gesso through a Tim Holtz Striped stencil. I then spritzed on some Dylusions green ink spray.

Next I added in some more stenciling with another Tim Holtz stencil and some Shabby Shutters Distress ink. I added in some orange Distress Ink to the edges of the page and a bit more here and there.

I then laid out my photos on the page and sketched around them with a black pen. I added in Celebrate Family with some paint pens and a black pen.

And here is a quick look at my weekly planner page.

I am submitting this to A Vintage Journey Celebrations Challenge. I hope you enjoyed my quick little page and as always thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, June 19, 2015


Over at The Artistic Stamper the challenge is Summer is On it's way. I remember as a child being so excited for Summer. Summer meant family vacations, riding bikes, no school, bare feet, camping out, and playing outside until it was dark. I decided to go through some old photographs and I chose 2 that had quite a bit of meaning to create my pages around.

I used masking tape on my background and then covered it with white gesso. My initial intent was to have some of the texture from the tape to show through, but you will see in the end it really did not.

Next I applied a layer of Golden Crackle Paste.

After the paste was dry I spritzed and drip some watered down acrylic paint and acrylic inks. I went with bright pink and orange to reflect bright summer colors.

Next I stamped and inked some white cardstock and tags. I then layered this together along with some burlap and stitched it all together.

I added in some more background stamps to my page for some added interest.

Now for my photos. This photo is my sister and I in our backyard down by the creek. We used to love going down there to splash around, go exploring, and cool off from the hot Summer Sun.

My Dad and Grandpa built my sister and I the best tree house ever. It had "real windows" that opened and closed, a slide out the back, and a back porch. We would spend hours playing in it.

So there you have it my Summertime layout. I hope you enjoyed my post and as always thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Window Tag

I am back today with a tag I made for a swap with The Art for the Creative Mind Yahoo Group.

Over at The Craft Stamper Blogspot the Challenge is Texture.  I decided this would be the perfect challenge for my tag - I do love texture. I started out by embossing my tag with a Tim Holtz Brick Embossing folder. I inked up the embossing folder to get the bricks red. You will see later that I went back over the raised areas with some black Distress Ink.

I used some blue acrylic paint and some Crackle Paint on my window for more texture.

I used a Tim Holtz Stamp for the butterflies. They are colored in with Distress Markers. The blue background is inked with more Distress Ink. I wanted to show you that my window is popped up from the background and I used a clear piece of plastic for the window area. It is hard to get a picture of this without getting the glare.

Next I added in some flowers and die cut branches.

Lastly I added in a metal embellishment that I painted and inked up.

I hope you enjoyed this post and as always thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


The sun is warming us up here in Ohio and we are very fortunate to have a place to cool off and enjoy family.

I started this layout with some Distress Ink. I then used a baby wipe and a Dylusions circle stencil to wipe some of the ink off.

Next I applied some modeling paste through another stencil. I really like how the ink came through the modeling paste.

I cut out various sizes of circles and then inked them with teh same colors of Distress Ink. I went around the edges with some Black Soot Distress Ink to pop them off of the page a bit.

Lastly I added in my photos.

I am submitting this to the Simon Says Stamp Don't Cut just Paste Challenge. I hope you are enjoying the warmer weather and as always thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A Lovely Day

I have been wanting to try out a Black Out Poem technique for a while now. I believe Austin Kleon was the inventor of this unique art. I decided to give it a go in my art journal.

I tore out some book pages and boxed in a few words. I then adhered them to my journal. I covered up the pages with a coat of white gesso, leaving those few words uncovered. The words say "As he walked a simple tune played. Yeah I hoped it was a lovely day".

I then applied a layer of modeling paste and while it was still wet made vertical grooves in it. This idea came from a France Papillon art journal spread.

I then applied distress ink around the edges of my page. I used some masking fluid on my uncovered words before I spritz with Dylusions Ink Spray and Daler Rowney Acrylic Ink. After the ink was dry I peeled off the masking fluid. As you can see the masking fluid worked pretty well.

I decided to go around the torn edges of my book paper with a charcoal pencil to add some more interest and texture to the page.

Lastly I sewed together some burlap and some cheese cloth. I used Black Soot Distress Stain to grunge up the cheese cloth a bit.

I am submitting this page to the 13 Arts Textures and Layers Challenge. Be sure to stop on over there for even more texture fun! As always thanks so much for stopping by.