Thursday, April 4, 2013

Stretching my limits

This year I have a few creative goals. One of which is to journal and express myself more. I have a hard time doing this and tend to just create an art journal page without any real meaning behind it, or I create a scrapbook page and then have nothing to say but the facts - the who, what, when, and where. Not that there is anything wrong with this and I still plan on creating things for just the sake of having fun, but I wanted to stretch myself a bit more.  I needed a bit of prompting to do this so I decided to take a class by the wonderfully artistic Suzi Blu. Here are my first few pages.

Now you may be thinking I don't see that many words or feelings on here. Well you would be correct, however the two pages prior to this have all of my journaling. I said I wanted to create pages with true meaning behind them, but I am not really ready to share all of that with the world yet.

For the castle I used the Tim Holtz Artful Dwelling Die to cut out the towers. The base I just cut myself. I added a bit of texture with Wendi Vecchi''s Embossing paste and a mask I made with the Tim Holtz Brick die. I stamped the door and the roofs of the towers for some added dimension.

 The title is cut out of grunge paper and then inked with Distress Ink. I added some Distress Rock Candy Stickles over the letters for some added bling.

I drew my fairy princess and then colored her with Gelatos. I am still getting used to the gelatos, so my shading on her is not quite right. I am also still working on my drawing skills, so please be kind here.  I am submitting this to the Simon Says Stamp and Show anything goes challenge as this was a definite challenge for me.

My next 2 pages have a bit more writing on them, but again most of the writing is done on the previous pages. This was a journal prompt about an iceberg.

For the background I used Dylusions Pure Sunshine spray and Weathered Wood, Faded Jean, and Victorian Velvet Distress Stains in a spray bottle. I added several layers of the sprays until I was happy with it.

The iceberg is painted with white and blue acrylic paint. I really like the texture the paint gives, which is impossible to capture in a picture.

I hope you have enjoyed my first few pages and I have inspired you to stretch your creative self. Be sure to check out Simon Says Stamp and Show for a chance to win a gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp. Thank you very much for stopping by.


  1. WOW!!! I love to see your own work here! What fun and so cool! Love her...great pages! Thank you for sharing with our anything goes challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp & joke!!!

  2. Beautiful pages! What a super clever idea to use the Artful Dwellings die to make towers for the castle. Love the textures on the second page and the great ice berg. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!