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Art Marks, Week 3

Good morning & Happy Friday. Week three of Art Marks is done and it was another great one! I don’t know that I’ve ever felt as much creative energy flowing as I do now. This challenge has really helped me open up, have fun and just enjoy the process for what it is.

If you didn’t jump in on this round, and kinda wish you had, I encourage you to do it. It’s not too late to grab your journal and go at your own pace. If you’re on Instagram, tag me @ArtandWhimsy and I’ll be there to cheer you on.

Day 15 – Transparent

Day 16 – Half

Day 17 – Pinpoint

Day 18 – Striped

Day 19 – Encircled

Day 20 – Open

Today’s prompt reminded me of how I used to struggle to cover things up in my art journaling. Sometimes it was bits of “precious” ephemera that I’d hoarded since the beginning of time. At others, maybe a particularly juicy spot on the page where the paint had pooled just so.
I used to be so resistant. What if I didn’t like it after I covered it? What if I ruined my page?
It took me a long while to learn to Be Open to other possibilities in my art… Open to other outcomes. Even to Be Open to not liking the end result, but learning something in the process. Nowadays I don’t let that old hesitation stop me. There will always be more ephemera and paint. I’ve learned to trust in myself, enjoy the process and embrace those learning moments when they present themselves. 💖

Day 21 – Parallel

Thank you for following along. I wish you a weekend full of art and full of whimsy!

xo,

Belen

Art Marks, Week 2

I can hardly believe that we’re already at the halfway point of the Art Marks (Part 2) Challenge. I have to admit that I’m a bit proud of myself for managing to keep up on the daily prompts, which is a huge accomplishment for me. I think that limiting how much time I give myself on each prompt has had a lot to do with making this art challenge manageable for me.

If you want to get in on the fun, there’s still time! New people are joining everyday, so grab you Painty Papers Journal and jump in! You can find all the challenge details on Rae Missigman’s blog.

Day 8 – Filled

Day 9 X’d

Day 10 – Horizontal

Day 11 – Just One

Day 12 – Erased

Day 13 – Sketched

Day 14 – Vertical

Thanks for following along and sharing in my art journey. I wish you a wonderful week full of Whimsy.

xo,

Belen

Painty Papers Journal Tutorial

Hello hello! I know that it’s been a while since I’ve posted here on the blog. Between special projects, art challenges and playing in my planners, time just seems to fly! There’s lot’s going on in the world of Art & Whimsy, but blogging is something I’m going to be better about from here on out. Today I’m excited to share a fun and super easy Painty Papers Journal tutorial with you. But first, a little about what I’m using mine for.

If you’re on Instagram you may have seen that a couple of months back there was a 30-day art challenge hosted by Rae Missigman called ArtMarks. If you missed it, you can read more about it on her blog. I didn’t participate in that round, but she decided to host another beginning April 1st, so I decided to jump on board. My decision to participate was rather last minute so I decided to just whip up a journal rather than buy one and I’m so happy i did.

There are countless methods for making mini journals to be found online, but this is what I came up with and was able to put together in a short while. Please keep in mind that my sewing technique is what you’d call “wonky” at best, but I didn’t let that stop me and you shouldn’t either. There’s something glorious in the wonkiness that makes it “imperfectly perfectly” once it’s done. So let’s get started, shall we?

I started by gathering painty papers. Some I had in my stash, either created by me or shared with me, and others I whipped up right before I started. Now, while I call this journal a Painty Papers Journal, you can add nearly any kind of substrate you’d like… canvas, specialty papers, recycled packaging… etc.

I added more texture, color, and visual interest to my painty papers using stencils, like these here from StencilGirl Products. Some of my current favorite are:

Next I tore the painty papers into my desired size and arranged them in the order I wanted them. I also separated them into 3 signatures (groups of pages) of 5 pages each. While this particular art challenge is 30 days long, this set up will yield 60 individual pages. It’ll give me some flexibility to do single or double page spreads, or even go back and complete the first round of ArtMarks, if the mood strikes me. Once you have your pages arranged, use clips to secure them in place.

Using a ruler and pencil, find and mark the center of each of your signatures. This is going to be your stitch guideline.

Stitch along your line. If you don’t have a machine, or if you’d prefer to do this step by hand, that works just as well.

Repeat for each signature.

Now that your signatures are stitched, this is a great time to add a few more layers and details to your painty pages. You can use stamps, washi, other papers, ribbon, etc.

Once that’s done it’s time to fashion a cover for your mini journal. In my stash I had this piece of gelli printed canvas that I created using the Circles Circles stencil from StencilGirl. I may add more paint & pen work to my cover as the month progresses, but it’s a good start.

I roughly eyeballed the size that I needed my cover to be and stitched the edges using my machine.

Next, I trimmed my canvas down to size and stitched on some bits of my Hand Dyed Ribbon to use as a closure,

For the last step, I needed to stitch the signatures to the inside of my canvas cover. You have the option to use your ruler, find the center, and draw a line, then draw lines on either side, to use as a guide when stitching in your signatures. Me, again embracing the wonkiness of it all, I just eyeballed it. A few quick stitches to the top and bottom of each signature, and done!

And there you have it, a unique, handcrafted Painty Papers Journal just waiting to be filled.

It’s not too late to get in on the ArtMarks fun, over on Instagram. If you decide to make your own journal and jump in, please please TAG ME so I can see your glorious work!

Thanks for following along, I hope you’ve found this tutorial helpful. I wish you a beautiful week.

Happy Arting!

xo,

Belen

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Happy New Year from Art & Whimsy

Hello lovelies! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. It’s been a while since I blogged but I wanted to take a moment to wish you a Happy New Year and to thank each and every one of you for your support and inspiration, both here and on social media.

It’s been quite a year with some fun opportunities presenting themselves to Art & Whimsy. I look forward to being able to share more about them at a later date, so stay tuned.

For 2017 I’ve decided to take part in the Joggles Art Journal Adventure, which is a prompt based, weekly art journal challenge. it looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun and easy to keep up with.

You can  join the 2017 Joggles Art Journal Adventure Facebook group for more info and also check out the 2016 prompts on the Joggles blog.

A few of other things I’m excited about doing in 2017 is digging into these books that I received for Christmas from Patrick.

If you follow me on social media you probably know that I’m a huge fan of Flow Magazine. Well Flow came out with their first ever Mindfulness Workbook! it’s an activity book that revolves around different mindfulness questions and activities. And of course, in true Flow style, it’s full of pretty paper, stickers and gorgeous Flow artwork. You can find it at Barnes and Noble or directly from Flow.

The Flow Book for Paper Lovers is another book I’m eager to dig into. It’s basically an entire book filled with wonderfully illustrated paper, stickers and posters. It’s just perfect for us paper crafters and mixed media artists. This one you can sometimes find at your local Barnes and Noble but if you don’t come across it, they can order it for you. You can also order it from Flow.

The third book is 52 Lists for Happiness. It’s a book for “list lovers everywhere to discover the keys to their own unique happiness and bring more joy and balance into their lives.” . If 52 Lists for Happiness is anything like it’s precursor, The 52 Lists Project it’s sure to become a fun part of my year.

I’m excited to ring in 2017 and see what it has in store for me. I hope you’ll continue to follow along in my adventures and maybe even join in on a few!  I wish you the Happiest New Year ever. Let’s get out there and create new memories!

xoxo,

Belen

 

NaNoJouMo 2016


Hello and happy November! It’s been a while since I’ve posted here on the blog. Hopefully you also follow me on Instagram, as I post there daily.

As we greet November it’s also time to kick off NaNoJouMo. I hope that some of you will consider joining me. If you’ve followed me for a while you may remember that I participated last year.

NaNoJouMo is a free, 30 Day art Journal challenge organized by Dawn Sokol as means to help us commit to opening our art journal every day and doing something artsy… drawing, painting, mixed media, etc. You can learn more about it on Dawn’s blog.

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If you decide to join in on the fun, be sure to use #NaNoJouMo2016 on Instagram & Twitter so we can all share in your month-long journey.

If you decide to do it in private, that’s okay too. All that’s important is that you commit to opening up that art journal for just 15 minutes. No rules, no expectations.

Whether you choose to follow the prompts that Dawn has provided or do your own thing altogether… it’s your space and your time. Enjoy it and have fun.

xo,

Belen

Celebrating My Everday

All too often we celebrate the more significant things in life, the special occasions, and forget to celebrate the everyday.
Running errands, time spent reading, hanging out with our loved ones or even just time spent applying a dead sea mud mask. These moments are the bulk of our lives, the precious every day things that can all too easily slip by unnoticed until something big happens to shake us up.

For the month of July, I’ve made a personal commitment to #CelebrateMyEveryday. To stop and take notice of all the moments that make up my life.

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There are no rules. I may art on my page, I may not. I may jot down just a few lines or I may document enough to fill up a page or two. How much I write isn’t important. How pretty my art is, isn’t important. What’s important is to #CelebrateMyEverday and I’m so excited about this month.

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I’ll be documenting my everyday in this Compendium Write Now Journal and using my Polaroid Zip Printer to add some photos of my daily life, yes even something as mundane as me in a dead sea mud mask!

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You can follow my month-long journey on Instagram or jump in with a celebration of your own!

xo,

Belen

 

New Art Journal Page: A Thing Called Life…

… sometimes it’s messy as fuck.

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But most of the time it isn’t. We are imperfect, we make mistakes, sometimes we are less than our best selves. Apologize when you’re wrong, do better the next time, be a good human, grow from those days that are just plain messy and remember to cut yourself some slack. We don’t have to have it all figured out.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend.

xo,

Belen

Curious Creatures – A Transformative Experience

I recently took part in an online journaling class taught by artist and illustrator Roxanne Coble, also known as By Bun. Her class is called Creatures and encompasses various mixed media techniques to guide us in creating a 2 page spread in an altered book, regardless of your experience level.

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I was a bit intimidated to begin since her unique style is such a departure from my own but I decided to just go with it and take it slow. I ended up working on it a little each day over the course of a nearly a week.

The book that I worked in for this spread is one that I picked up at a used book store for a couple of dollars, called “Legends; The Century’s Most Unforgettable Faces”. It’s available on Amazon, HERE.

Below is the evolution of my first “Creatures” spread, enjoy.

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The creatures are coming, the creatures are coming!

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I have to say that I’ve never been a doodler, but I really enjoyed all of the doodling and mark making that went into this spread. I found it to have a meditative / centering effect on me, which I didn’t expect.

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My finished Creatures spread. I called it “Curious Creatures” because rather than these creatures seem dark and scary, they look to me like they’ve been dropped into someone’s crazy colorful dream unexpectedly. They appear to be looking around, wondering where they heck they are. They’re a little nervous but a whole lot curious and ready to explore just as soon as their other buddy arrives, he hasn’t landed yet.

This was such a fun and transformative process for me. I felt so out of my element at the start. To feel myself loosen up and begin to just roll with it as my spread developed and revealed itself to me was such an empowering experience and I’m so thankful to have had it.

I encourage you to check out Roxanne’s class and take part if you can. I think you’ll be amazed at what you can create when you embrace the creatures within.

Thank you for reading. I wish you a beautiful week.

xo,

Belen

Just. Start. Somewhere.

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When you don’t know where to start, Just. Start. Somewhere.
I’ve never been one that’s good at balancing the various obsessions I have going on at any given time. I’m usually an “all in” kind of girl.

What that sometimes means is that I will go through periods of time where I don’t create any art while I lose myself in a new video game or the latest obsession.

When that happens I often have a hard time getting back into my art groove, not knowing where to start.

This morning I told myself Just. Start. Somewhere.

It’s not finished and by no means is it a masterpiece, but it’s a start and that’s Something.

Wishing you a beautiful week.

xo,

Belen

NanoJouMo – Week 3 In Review

I hope that today finds you all busy with plans for a fabulous day tomorrow. However you choose to spend it, whether you celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday or not, I wish you a day filled with love, laughter and something yummy to eat.

This month has flown by and it’s hard to believe that I’m already sharing Week 3 of NanoJouMo with you!

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Day 17

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Day 19

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Day 20

Day 20

Often times we wait for the huge moments to be thankful, leaving the moments in between… the everyday, ordinary moments… to slip by unnoticed. Creating this page prompted me to remember to take time to be thankful for each and every one of those ordinary moments as well; they’re called LIFE.

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Thank you for looking and sharing in this experience with me.

xo,

Belen

 

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