Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Falling Behind and trying to Love the Journey

I am so very far behind in keeping up with my Art Journal. The month of July is flying by and while I have had a lot of fun, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. I am having one of those weeks where I must remind myself that life is fun and these are some exciting times. So I decided to create a page about this - Love the Journey seemed to just fit.

When I feel a bit stuck creatively I like to turn to France Papillon's You tube channel. This video seemed to catch my attention and I thought the hearts just seemed to go with my theme. I started out my background with some torn masking tape, white gesso, Archival ink, and some circle stamps.

Next I used some homemade acrylic paint sprays, more torn masking tape, some golden high flow acrylic paint, and a heart stencil I made.

I then added some modeling paste like France did in the video. My second layer is modeling paste and drywall tape. The heart is cut out of grunge board and painted. I used Tim Holtz rub-ons for my saying. After the modeling paste and paint layers were dry I went over the top with a black Archival ink pad to accent the raised textured areas.

I thought the background needed just a bit more so I added in some more stamping. I really love how the drips of paint go right through the hearts.

I am submitting this to the Simon Says J is For Challenge. My J is for Journaling and the Journey. I am very happy with how this turned out and it will be a nice little reminder to enjoy Life's beautiful Journey. As always thank you so much for stopping by.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer Fun in...

...Utah. I am back to share a journal page layout I made from our trip to Utah. Such a gorgeous state!

I started out with some gesso, acrylic paint, and distress ink for my background.

I then cut out squares of scrap paper. I rouged up the edges of my pictures and the paper for a more rustic look. I also inked the edges of the paper so it popped off the page a bit more.

Next I adhered the paper sqaures and pictures to my pages. It needed just a bit more of a Summer feel so I fussy cut out some butterflies. While hiking we encountered a great deal of butterflies, I am not sure why we never captured a picture of them.

Lastly I painted, sanded, and inked up some Grunge board letters for the word Utah.

I am submitting this to the Inspiration Emporium Blog Summer Fun challenge. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you are having lots of fun this Summer!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Create with all your Heart

I have an entire bin filled with Tim Holtz Alcohol inks that I rarely use. So for this art journal spread I decided to pull then out and experiment some.

My journal is made of watercolor paper so in order for the alcohol inks to work I need to add a glossy medium to the pages. I used Heavy Gel Gloss for my first layer. After this was completely dry I squirted on some Alcohol Blending solution and then various colors of alcohol ink. I then tip my page around to blend them together. I also used a can of air to spread the ink around. I repeated this until I was happy with the background.

Next I painted some papers using the Tim Holtz Distress paints.

I then die cut out the hearts form the painted papers and adhered them to my background.

Next I inked up a tag using the same alcohol ink method as the background. I then added my saying to the tag and adhered it to my page.

I am submitting this to the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Tag Your It Challenge. Be sure to pop on over and check out the design teams projects. As always thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Saturday, July 19, 2014


I am back with a quick post to share my week in review page spread. I am a bit behind with these - so this is a few weeks back.
I started out with some paint, spray ink, and stencils.

Over at Simon Says Stamp the challenge is spots and dots, so I decided to use lots of circles in my background. I used a Claudine Hellmuth stamp, acrylic paint, more stencils, and some paint markers for doodling.

I then added in my pictures from the week and a bit of journaling. Thank you so very much for stopping by and I hope you are having a great week.

Friday, July 18, 2014


I have created a journal page based on 2 challenges: One Little Word Evoke and Simon Says stamp Faces.

I love adding texture to my pages and I decided to glue down some leftover pieces of muslin. After this was dry I went over it with several layers of white gesso. I used a palette knife to spread each layer around.

I then started adding layers of paint.  I added in some Distress and Stampendous Embossing powder along the edges of the fabric so it really popped off.

Next I used a stencil that I made a while ago to add in my face. I wanted the layers to still show through on the face so I used a wash of paint.

Lastly, I added in the quote with a black marker and highlighted it with a white pen.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope I have evoked inspiration.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fabric collage

I am back today with another swap project for the Art For the Creative Mind Yahoo Group. I was pretty far out of my comfort level on this one. This was a fabric collage swap and I am no means a seamstress plus all of my fun patterned fabric is packed away.

After searching around on Pinterest I had an idea. What about using paper towels that I had leftover from wiping up ink, paint, and my stamps? I have a ton of them. Here is the post that started the idea. I also recently watched a Jennibellie video where she glued paper towels together to make them into a fabric like material. After gluing all of my towels I decided they still needed a bit more stiffness so I used some heatbond and adhered some muslin to the back. The picture below shows a sample of some. They really are pretty pliable and fabric like.

Next I transferred on my patterns and started hand embroidering. This took a while - remember I am not a seamstress.

After hand sewing for a few days, I decided to doodle in the fine details with some gel pens. My fingers were getting quite sore and I was a bit afraid I would mess up my progress.

I then adhered the patches to an 8x8 chipboard panel covered with canvas. I added a die cut flower to the center and then stamped and inked the edges.

I was actually quite happy with my finished piece. This won't be the last papertowel/fabric collage I do. I am going to submit this to the Stampendous Handmade/Heartfelt Challenge. I hope i have inspried you to step out of your comfort zone and try something new.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Mixed Media ATC's

I am back today with a few ATCs I created for a swap at the Art for the Creative Mind Yahoo Group.

I started out with some layered backgrounds. I used various scraps of paper, cheesecloth, mesh, and some masking tape.

After this was dry I applied gesso over the layers and added some more masking tape.

Once the gesso was dried I tore off some of the masking tape for a distressed look. I then inked one of the ATCs with Peeled Paint and Dusty Concord Distress ink.

 I applied various acrylic paints to the other ATC. 

On the inked ATC I used the Gel medium transfer technique and applied my bee image to it. I then die cut out a crown using a Tim Hotlz Die. I painted the crown and then scraped away a layered of paint for a distress look. Then added some stickles to the crown because every Queen Bee needs some sparkle on their crown.

On the painted ATC I adhered an image from The Graphics Fairy. I also added some stickles to her crown. I then went around the edge with some Distress Embossing Powder.

And there you have it my 2 mixed media ATCs. I am submitting these to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Around the House. Be sure to stop on over and take a peak at the blog for more wonderful techniques. As always thank you for stopping by.