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*Giveaway Now Closed* Happy Mail Give Away!

Because I’m really good at avoiding things I don’t think I’ll do well at, I’m in procrastination mode today.

So, let’s embrace that procrastination and have ourselves a Happy Mail giveaway!!

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I have a total of 6 happy mail envelopes with a various assortment of artsy bits created by yours truly.

The first 6 followers of my blog that leave a comment on this post will have one mailed out to them this coming Monday. Just make sure that I have a way to contact you to get a mailing address.

Thanks for looking & have a great weekend!

Gel Medium Resist Prints

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of spending the day with a group of local San Diego artists and leading them in an afternoon of Gelli Plate fun. We spent hours mark making, pulling prints and sharing in one another’s creative energy. While there, one of the ladies in attendance asked if I had ever done gel medium resist prints. I had not, but I couldn’t wait to research this technique; and research I did!

Gelli Arts has a great video that can be found HERE, which illustrates how the technique works with Distress Stains over gel medium. It’s a good video and I recommend watching it.2015-01-11 09.32.26 What I’d like to do with this blog post, is to show you is how the same gel medium resist technique works with different mediums. 2015-01-11 10.48.40For the purpose of this post, I used Dylusions Spray (upper left), Jacquard Lumiere Halo paint (lower left), watercolor (upper right) and Color Bloom Spray mists (lower right).

Just for funsies I also tested Walnut Ink and Mister Huey’s Color Mist on a couple of ghost prints, which you’ll see towards the end of the post. 2015-01-11 09.38.44 I started by adding gel medium to my gelli plate and using a brayer to spread it. Think of it as colorless “paint” and apply it just as you would any acrylic paint onto your plate. 2015-01-11 09.40.21 I placed a stencil over the wet medium and laid paper down to pull my print. For this demo I used Strathmore watercolor postcards. Burnish your paper, as usual and pull your print. 2015-01-11 10.31.44 After giving it a couple of minutes to dry, I sprayed my first “invisible print” with Dylusions Spray and watched the magic happen as the gel medium resist image appeared. 2015-01-11 10.49.10 So far, so good. The Dylusions Spray yielded a crisp, vibrant resist image! 2015-01-11 09.48.39 I repeated the same process using a different stencil. This one was part of my StencilGirl monthly subscription, Aug 2014. 2015-01-11 10.49.24 The next medium that I used was Jacquard Lumiere Halo paint  Again, the resist image came through wonderfully. 2015-01-11 10.49.16 The third test was done using a template by Crafters Workshop, for the resist print, then watercolor over the top. You can see that the resist image did come through, but it’s a bit more subtle than the previous two mediums that I tested. 2015-01-11 10.49.31 For this test I used Prima Color Bloom Sprays. This also resulted in a clear resist print. 2015-01-11 10.35.17Just because I was curious, I tested the technique  on book paper and used the Mosaic Swirl stencil by DIna Wakley to create the resist print. When it was dry I gave it a wash of with Daler Rowney Liquid Acrylic Ink. Again, a good print emerged.

2015-01-11 10.51.01 I pulled a few ghost prints as well, just to see how clear they would turn out, and figured I’d introduce a couple of different mediums while I was at it.

The top left was sprayed with Dylusions and the bottom right with Prima color bloom sprays, both of which I showed you already, but the top right I sprayed with Walnut Ink and the bottom left with Mr Huey’s Ink.

All of the mediums tested yielded good resist prints, but I’d have to say that my favorite results were from using the sprays, especially the Dylusions Sprays. The colors were vibrant and the resist image nice and crisp.

I hope you enjoyed this post and found the content useful. Whichever mediums you decide to use, go for it and have fun. Be curious and experiment; see which ones work best for you. If for some reason you find that you aren’t getting satisfactory results, check to see if you’re using enough gel medium on your gelli plate. Remember that for this technique you’ll use it just as you would acrylic paint.

Thanks for reading and thank you, Susan, for inspiring the post.

Wishing you all an art filled week!

Recycled Art

What’s a girl to do when she receives a delightful Harry & David Gourmet Gift Box? Why, take out the packaging and create art, of course!

I enjoy the challenge of creating something out of ‘nothing” and it’s always nice to seize an opportunity to repurpose recyclables.

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These are the materials that were used to package the contents of the gift box, just look at all of them!

My Beloved couldn’t resist a chuckle as my inner craft hoarder emerged and I excitedly unwrapped pears and smoothed out their wrapping. I was especially excited by the gold foil & just couldn’t wait to use it. I really can’t say at this point what excited me more, the edible goodies or these “found” ones, but I’m leaning towards these, my trashcan treasures!

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For this layout, I gathered up my found objects, some of my hand carved stamps, acrylics and a few of my favorite pens and I just played.

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I got great texture from incorporating layers of the gold foil and paint.

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It was an enjoyable page to create and I have to say, that although its but a small contribution, it feels good to further my current recycling efforts and incorporate some of it into my art.

Wishing you a wonderful week!

 

 

Making Whimsical Shrink Plastic Jewelry

I hope that every one of you enjoyed a wonderful holiday, observed in whichever manner which made you happy. Ours was quite enjoyable. We were able to spend time with some of my family, as well as some of my Beloved’s family, who visited us for a few days. We enjoyed some wonderful meals together, walked on the beach, did a little shopping and just enjoyed each others company; it was a really nice few days.

With our Christmas festivities having drawn to a close, I couldn’t wait to get back to my art studio and create something to share with you, my lovely followers.

Last week I shared with you how to create shrink plastic gift embellishments, which can be found HERE. Well today I’m going to share with you how to create some easy and fun shrink plastic necklaces. I gave a few as Christmas gifts and they were very well received.

2014-12-13 17.22.57This is a set that I gave to a friend, it’s a whimsical butterfly ring and necklace, created using a stamp from Dina Wakley’s Scribbly Insects stamp set.

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These are the supplies that I used to create my necklaces. I also used organza cord necklaces, which is what you see in the example above.

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Today I’ll show you how to create your own and also share a few others that I made using Dina Wakley’s Scribbly Birds stamp set.

2014-12-27 01.19.07The first thing you’ll want to do is stamp your design onto the rough side of your shrink plastic, using StazOn ink. As I’ve shared before, you can buy different types of shrink plastic, both in the stores and online, so find whichever works best for you. I purchased mine at my local craft store.

If you are using shrink plastic that isn’t pre-roughened, you’ll want to lightly sand one side of the plastic with fine sandpaper then rinse and pat dry. I find it much easier to just buy shrink plastic that has already been pre-roughened. Some people prefer not to rough it up, and if that works for you, that’s totally ok. Find what works best with the mediums that you’re using.

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2014-12-27 01.05.19I recommend trimming your stamped images down to a more manageable size before you start coloring them in. For this step you can use sharpies, acrylics, various inks, even colored pencils, but one word of advice is don’t feel you have to overdo the color. Once you bake your plastic the shrinking process intensifies the color significantly.

For the butterfly necklaces I used a fine brush and Daler-Rowney FW Acrylic Pearlescent Inks. Oooh how I LOVE these inks! The colors are wonderfully luscious with a gorgeous pearlescent sheen to them.

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Once your image is painted and dry enough to handle, trim around the edges with scissors but be sure to leave room to punch a hole to thread your chain or ribbon. You MUST punch your hole before you bake!

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Be sure to follow the instructions for the shrink plastic that you buy, mine said to pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for approx 1 minute, but I found that I only needed to bake them for about 35 seconds.

You’ll see them curl up as they shrink, then flatten out. When they flatten is when you want to pull them out with a non-stick spatula and if they need it, give them a light pressing, using a smooth book or the back of a notepad, to flatten then out.

Once that part is all done just add a small jump ring and then thread a chain, ribbon or cord through the hole and you’re all done, your whimsical jewelry is ready to wear!

You can make necklaces, earrings, bracelets, even rings, as you see here on the right.

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These fun little scribbly bird necklaces were created with Dina Wakley’s Scribbly Birds stamps, as mentioned above, painted with regular acrylic paints and hung from a black ball chain.

Thanks so much for looking, I hope you enjoyed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Making Shrink Plastic Gift Embellishments

With Christmas just a few short days away, it’s time to get those gifts wrapped!

This year I really wanted to make it a “handcrafted holidays” as much as possible, so it seemed only fitting that I create my own wrapping paper design and gift embellishments as well. I know that this is a busy time of year for many people, but I wanted to take a few minutes and share a quick post with my lovely followers on how you can create your own pretties to tie onto gifts and platters of baked goodies.

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The other day I shared a holly leaf stamp that I carved, that’s what I’ll be using today. You can use any of your favorite stamps. keep in mind that this doesn’t have to just be for Christmas. You can just as easily create pretty gift embellishments for any occasion using your different stamps.

2014-12-13 08.48.482014-12-20 21.51.14You can buy different types of shrink plastic, both in the stores and online, so find whichever works best for you. I purchased mine at my local craft store.

Using StazOn ink I stamped the holly all over the rough side of the shrink plastic then used some Dina Wakley acrylic in Ruby and an eraser to stamp the berries.

Allow the paint to dry. You may be tempted to speed up the  drying by using your heat tool. I don’t recommend that as you can inadvertently start to shrink your plastic.

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2014-12-20 22.13.53Once the paint is dry, trim around your stamped images with scissors, making sure to leave enough room to punch a hole so you can thread some ribbon through.

Be sure to follow the instructions for the shrink plastic that you buy, mine said to pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for approx 1 minute, but I found that I only needed to bake them for about 35 seconds.

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You’ll see them curl up as they shrink, then flatten out. When they flatten is when you want to pull them out with a non-stick spatula and if they need it, give them a light pressing, using a smooth book or the back of a notepad, to flatten then out.

You’ll find that the colors are much more vivid now and that your plastic has thickened considerably. Your embellishments will cool in a few seconds, but as always, be careful when handling hot plastic,

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Thanks for reading & Happy Holidays!

 

Handcrafted Holiday Gift Wrap Using Your Gelli Plate

2014-12-13 14.26.48This year, I wanted to make my own gift wrap to go along with my handcrafted holiday gifts, so with Christmas fast approaching, I decided it was time to get started.

You can use this same process to make wrapping paper, but I needed gift bags, so that’s what I’ll share with you here.

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When I have the time, I like to carve my own stamps, but you can use any stamps that you have on hand. For this project I carved some holly then used a pencil eraser dipped in red paint for the berries.

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I started by putting a few dabs of acrylic paint onto my gelli plate. I’m not a huge fan of traditional Christmas red & green, but use whichever colors that you like.

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Using a brayer, roll your paint out, covering your gelli plate. Next come the fun part…mark making. You can use stencils, or any number of mark making items that you can find around your house. You can get as elaborate as you’d like here and if you have the time, build up layers.

For this bag I used a silicone pot holder, pressing it randomly over my plate, creating marks in the wet paint.

2014-12-13 14.12.47I placed a plain white lunch bag on top and burnished it with my hand. Depending on the size of your gelli plate, you may have to work in sections to cover your bag. I have an 8×10 plate, so there is about an inch at the top of the bag that doesn’t get printed. You can either pick up your bag and press it down in an area of your plate that still has paint or leave it. In my case, that part of the bag will get folded over and no one will see it, so I left it.

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Since you’re using a thin layer of paint on your gelli plate, the bag will be pretty much dry by the time you print both sides, but if you need to, hit it with a heat gun for a few seconds.

Next, I took another of my own hand carved stamps and did a little stamping around the edges of the bag.

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I stamped my holly on a piece of white cardstock, added some berries and cut it out.

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Using my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, I stapled the holly to the corner of my bag for a little extra holiday cheer.

2014-12-13 14.22.12 2014-12-13 13.42.04Here is another bag that I made, using my gelli plate, a texture stamp by Darkroom Door, and a hand carved circle stamp created by me.

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If you don’t have a gelli plate, you can still create unique gift bags using the same white lunch bags and any stamps that you have on hand. Add a couple of sheets of tissue paper and you’re done.

In just a few short minutes you can make unique, handcrafted bag for gifts and baked goods that let the recipient know just how much they mean to you.

Thanks for reading!

 

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Stitched: Creating Booklets From Your Gelli Prints

Hello my lovely followers, I know that many are busy with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, but I do hope you’re still able to carve out some time to make pretty things and keep that creativity flowing.

Today I’d like to share with you a fast and easy way to transform some of your yummy gelli prints into cute stitched booklets that are just the right size to tuck into your bag.

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Use them for jotting down to-do lists, grocery lists, as stocking stuffers or create a few to carry around for doodling. They can even be used in promoting a business, just google saddle stitch booklet printing to find out more.

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The November Stencil Club stencil from Stencil girl was used to create this gelli print.

To create these, I used a paper trimmer, plain white printer paper, a few gelli prints that I had in my stash and my sewing machine.

Since my paper and gelli prints are the same size, I just cut them in half. One print will create 2 books for me, but you can cut and size your gelli prints and paper to you liking.

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Once it was all cut, I aligned my paper and the half of a print that would be the cover, folded it and gave it a quick score with my bone folder, just to give myself a guide for stitching,

One thing I’d like to point out here is that not all sewing machines or needles are created equal. Some machines can handle a thick stack of paper, others can’t. I recommend that you play around with yours and see what works. My booklets contain 8 pages plus the cover.

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Once your paper and cover are aligned and you’ve given it a light score, you’re ready to stitch.

2014-12-06 15.54.41Use whichever machine settings you feel comfortable with and stitch right down the center, using the score line as a guide. Don’t worry if your stitching isn’t straight. Wonky stitching can give your project great character.

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Trim your thread, close your booklet and run your bone folder along the spine to help define the fold. At this point, you can prettify it even further by adding a little stamping, doodling, more stitching or just leave it as is and let the gelli print shine.

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I stamped some lettering to the front cover of this one and added some wonky stitching.

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Stencil used to create the gelli print is “Art deco Leaves” by Crafters Workshop

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Something else I’d like to point out is that you don’t have to limit yourself to just using gelli prints. These can just as easily be created using scrapbook paper, envelopes, even your “under paper”. This booklet shown here was created from a happy mail envelope that I received from my good friend and talented artist, Jana Freeman. There was no additional stamping or doodling done by me. It was gorgeous as is and I wanted her art to shine. You’ll notice that my stitching bunched up at the top and created a tangle. Well I decided that I rather liked the character that the tangled thread gave the booklet, so I left it.

That’s the great part of these little books, you can really make them your own; there are no rules. If your machine can do the job, you can stitch it. If it can’t, you can stitch it by hand. Make big ones or small ones, create them in whichever way is pleasing to you, just have fun!

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Create Pretty Mail Art Envelopes In Just Minutes

2014-12-07 09.30.01I love mail art happy mail! It’s a beautiful thing to open up your mailbox and find, in a sea of bills and junk mail, a gorgeous work of art sent in the spirit of kindness and generosity.

The thing is, as much as I enjoy sending it, I don’t always have a lot of time. However, late last night inspiration struck as I was pulling prints off my gelli plate!

If you’re like me, you have gelli prints piling up faster than you know what to do with them, because once you get started… well you know how it is!

That being said, I’m always on the lookout for fun and different ways to use my prints.

2014-12-07 09.03.17So last night I grabbed my envelope punch board from We R Memory Keepers, a few gelli prints and cranked out some mail art envelopes in literally just a few minutes.

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If you want to add additional elements to your envelopes you can, but you certainly don’t have to. This is an envelope that I created from a leftover print I pulled for last week’s DLP challenge, “trace a hand”.

2014-12-07 09.06.35Here’s another one made using a print that I pulled a while back using a stencil from Traci Bautista, again no additional stamping, painting or doodling; it’s ready to go as is.

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I’m so excited, I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner! I’ll definitely be able to get more mail art out now AND keep my stock pile of gelli prints down to manageable levels.

I got my envelope punch board from Amazon, details HERE, but if you don’t have one, you can find an envelope template online and cut your own.

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed the post. Wishing all my lovely followers a fantastic, art filled week!

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Handcrafted Books Can Be A Cinch

I spent the other morning in my art studio crafting books with my Cinch Book Binding Tool, by We R Memory Keepers. I created a few different types of books in a short period of time and thought I’d share with you just how fun and easy book binding can be with the Cinch.

I received mine a few months ago and have used it a few times, but with the holidays fast approaching, I thought it would be a great opportunity to whip up a few gifts and make it a handcrafted holiday.2014-11-27 09.27.33

2014-11-28 15.53.17There are a couple of different versions of the Cinch available; one punches round holes, the other square. Mine was purchased from Amazon and I opted for the square holes. You can find more info about it HERE .

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This first book was created with a mixed media background, using dictionary paper, alphas, paints, inks, stamps and pens.

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For the inside of the book I used heavy drawing paper and incorporated a few extra bits like a mini file folders, a few journaling cards, a mini paper bag and although you can’t see it in the photo, I added in a few of my own gelli prints cut down to size.

You can add a variety of different elements to your books to really personalize them, like calendars, artwork and even photos.

If you are into mixed media and using a gelli plate, this is a fabulous way to use up some of the gelli prints that you likely have piling up. You can incorporate them into a junk journal.

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The other type of book that I made, the one I’m most excited to share with my fellow scrappers, is one that I created using my stash of Project Life cards!

With my focus more on mixed media these days, I find that I’m doing fewer scrap layouts, yet I have more kits than I care to admit just collecting dust. This is a great way to use some of them up.

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2014-11-27 16.45.41For the demo I’ll show you here, I chose the Sunshine core kit and selected both 3×4 and 4×6 cards.

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Taking care to align the cards properly, I inserted them into the Cinch to punch the holes.

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Next, using wire cutters, I trimmed a Cinch binding wire to the appropriate size, placed it on the pegs along the side of the Cinch and threaded my cards onto it.

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To jazz it up a bit, I added some ribbon along the wire binding and there you have it, a Handcrafted Holiday gift that is sure to touch someone’s heart.

These little books make great gifts because of their versatility. They can be used as Smashbooks, photo albums, day books, recipe books, even small art journals; the possibilities are virtually endless.

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A view of the inside of the book.

Thanks for looking!

 

 

Got 15 Minutes? Create Mixed Media!

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I get asked a lot, “how do you find the time to do art”?

I try to create art every day. Whether it’s creating a layout in my art journal, practicing face sketching or just laying some backgrounds for future use, I do my best to allow myself that creative time each day because it’s good for my spirit.

Art makes me happy, relieves stress, and through the process of self-expression, art has helped lead me to some insightful conclusions about myself.

So how do I find the time? My short answer is that I make the time, I just don’t always have a lot of it. Sometimes all I have are a few minutes before work, but I assure you that you can do a lot with 15 minutes and I’ll share some tips so that you too can maximize those few minutes that you can carve out between work and family life.

  • When I have 15 minutes for mixed media I usually work in a 5.5 x 8 Strathmore journal, like this one HERE, but you can choose to work in whatever sized journal you’d like. It doesn’t even have to be a journal. It can be an ATC, an index card, whatever you’d like.
  • Generally, I’ll work with just 2 or 3 colors for the sake of time. In this example I used red, yellow and orange.
  • I set my timer for 15 minutes and begin. I don’t feel rushed, I just do what I can in the time that I have.
  • To prep the page I scrape some gesso on with an old gift card. I apply my base layer of paint in the same manner, then use a dry brush to blend. Applying in thin layer allows for fast drying. Typically, by the time I’m done blending one side of my page, the other has already dried. Side note: because I’m using such thin layers of paint during this process, I use mainly Dina Wakley media paints because they offer good coverage and are deliciously vibrant.
  • I use rubber stamps, such as the ones from Paperbag Studios that I used here and various pens to make doddles and marks.
  • If I’m going to journal, I add just a few words in disguised handwriting, rather than lots of writing or worrying about making it fancy.
  • Another tip is to clean off your brayer, paint brushes, even your stencils onto your blank journal pages when you’re arting, so that when you sit down to 15 minutes of mixed media, you aren’t starting from a blank page. I do this mainly in my face sketching journal, but it sure comes in handy.

With these few simple tips, you too can create mixed media art in just a few minutes!

I was first inspired to create in just 15 minutes by the very talented Rae Missigman. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to check out her blog and videos which can be found HERE. You’re sure to be just as inspired as I’ve been to see the magnificent things she can accomplish in just 15 minutes; she’s amazing!

Oh! While you’re there, check out her new rubber stamp line, NATURAL ELEMENTS, they are fantastic and sure to be a great addition to your mixed media projects.

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I created this art journal entry on Thursday morning before heading to the office; it took me just under 15 minutes.

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By the time I was done with this layout, I felt energized and ready to face the day. I find that, for me, these few minutes in the morning really help set the tone for the rest of the day.

I encourage you to give it a go, I think you just might be surprised at what you can do with just 15 minutes. Enjoy and Have Fun!

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