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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

Free Christmas Planner Printables

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and you know what that means to many of us planner girls… we get to deck not only the halls, but our planners too! I’ve added a touch of Holiday Cheer to some of my inserts to help keep us organized and on track during this busy holiday season.

Enjoy!

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All of my free planner inserts can be found HERE and are yours to enjoy for FREE. All I ask are that you:

  • Please don’t sell them or try to profit from them in any way
  • Please help me spread kindness. If you come across a fellow planner addict that might benefit from their use, please tell them about my blog and where to find the printables.

Oh! Just one more thing… I would love, love, love it, if when you use the printables and post photos to social media, if you would give me a shout out so I can show your post some love and see my creations in action.

IG / twitter: @ArtandWhimsy

Facebook: ArtandWhimsy

Thank you and Happy Planning!

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 16

Day 16

Day 17

Day 17

Day 18

Day 18

Day 19

Day 19

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

 

Free Planner Printable: A5 2-page Vertical Insert

Hello planner lovelies. I created an A5 2-page vertical insert for myself. I thought I’d try it out this week, see if it’s a good fit for me in my personal home planner. Of course, you know that I had to share it with you too, so here it is, Enjoy!

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You can find this new insert and all of my free printables HERE. This particular insert the first one on the page.

As always, you don’t have to be a follower of my blog to download these printables, but I’d sure appreciate it. All I ask in return are a couple of things:

  • Please don’t sell them or try to profit from them in any way
  • Please help me spread kindness. If you come across a fellow planner addict that might benefit from their use, please tell them about my blog and where to find the printables.

Oh! Just one more thing… I would love, love, love it, if when you use the printables and post photos to social media, if you would give me a shout out so I can show your post some love and see my creations in action.

IG / twitter: @ArtandWhimsy

Facebook: ArtandWhimsy

Thank you and Happy Planning!

Also, if you enter your email on the home page you’ll get an email notification when I add new content for you to enjoy.

Enjoy & Happy Planning!

xo,

Belen

NanoJouMo – Week 2 In Review

Hello lovelies! I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable week with plenty of time to pursue your passions and spend time with loved ones.

Despite a busy work week, I managed to keep up with the NanoJouMo challenge and am finding that it has helped me feel much more relaxed and at home in my journal.

Here is week 2 in review.

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Day 9

Day 9

Day 10

Day 10

Day 11

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Day 12

Day 12

Day 13

Day 13

On a somber note, much of the world mourned the senseless, tragic events that took place in Paris last week. Many in the art community, myself included, turned to their art as a means of expressing their feelings and support.

I was soy touched to have received a couple of messages from IG followers in Paris that just wanted to say thank you for the support. So while our art was seemingly a small gesture, I think we managed to send a big message to not only each other, but hopefully to the people of Paris… “We Are With You”.

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“Paris, We Are With You” – Day 14

Wishing you a healthy & happy week.

xo,

Belen

NanoJouMo – Week 1 In Review

A couple of weeks ago I shared that during the month of November I’d be participating in NaNoJouMo, a free daily art journal challenge organized by Dawn Sokol. While the basis of NaNoJouMo is to challenge ourselves to spend 15 minutes each day creating an art journal page, Dawn also encourages everyone to make of the challenge what they wish. We can follow her daily prompts or not, we can limit the time spent to 15 minutes or choose to allow ourselves more time. The loose guidelines are really meant to just help get us creating.

With much of my focus on other projects and a general feeling of “meh” towards my art, I’d been really uninspired to play in my art journal for a while. Thanks to NaNoJouMo, the challenge has helped hold me accountable, if only to myself, for spending a few minutes each day getting my art on and I’m Loving it!

I’ve opted to not use the daily prompts, but I have embraced the 15 minute limit and have challenged myself to complete a page in that time frame. I’ll admit that I felt a bit awkward and rusty the first few days, but little by little I’ve started to feel like I’ve got my groove back. I also think it’s been a great way to warm me up in preparation of Wanderlust 2016.

Here is my first week in review.

Day 1

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Day 2

Day 3

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Day 4

Day 4

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Day 6

Day 6

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Thanks for looking.

Wishing you a week filled with color!

Pocket Letter Love

Hello all. I trust that you’re having a wonderful week and have been able to carve out some “me” time to spend doing something that fills you with Happy.

Me? I’m still enjoying the art high from last Saturday’s Dina Wakley class and all the fun I’ve been having playing in my planners. Yes, I’ve officially embraced the planner craze. Like I need another obsession, right?! 🙂 I haven’t blogged about them yet, but something is definitely in the works, promise!

Yesterday, as I was editing some images, I realized that there were a few Pocket Letters that I’ve created but not yet shared here on the blog. So. I thought I’d do that today. If you follow me on social media, you may have seen some of these already.

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I’ve really enjoyed being able to incorporate my love for mixed media into Pocket Letters. Using my gelli plate, favorite stamps, stencils and die cuts makes creating them all the more fun for me. As you can probably see, with the exception of the cat themed PL, my latest swaps have all been mixed media style. I really only accepted the themed swap because… CATS!

Thanks for looking & I wish you a Happy week!

xoxo,

Belen

 

 

 

Fun With Barcodes

Hi all! Hope you had a fun and safe holiday.

I spent this morning having some fun with my new Barcode stamps and wanted to share them with you. They were designed by France Papillon for Stampotique.

I can already tell that they’re going to be a fun element to add to my art journals, happy mail & pocket letters.

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The stamps are sold separately and there are currently 3 that make up the set.

Barcode Stamp

Barcode Text

Barcode Text #2

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These are fun and different, and I like the tags that I made with them so far. Here’s one that I made for a pocket letters that’s going postal tomorrow.

IMG_20150705_091025This was a plain white pre-made tag that I used some gellatos on, for color. Then added a bit of Deli Paper Washi

One thing I will say is that I found a stamp positioner to be crucial to my being able to successfully align the text under the barcode. I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig Stamp Positioner, which I’d seen around before and never thought I would have a need for. Well let me tell you, wow, it makes things SO much easier.

Here is a short tutorial, by France Papillon, that shows you how to use the Barcode stamps. You’ll see that she too uses a stamp positioner.

 

And here’s quick tutorial, from TheMadStamper, which explains how to use a Stamp-a-ma-jig

If you’re not familiar with Stampotique you’re in for a treat. They have a great team of designers and the stamps are fun, fresh, and like nothing I’ve seen in the local stores. They are a home based business, based in Arizona, and their stamps are in high demand. This doesn’t quite make for the speediest of shipping times, but they’re well worth the wait. I already have my eye on a few more!

Thanks for looking and I wish you a wonderful week!

Happy Mail Art Envelopes

Who doesn’t LOVE happy mail, right? Well I’ve been having fun making a few of these Art Envelopes to offer in my Etsy Shop. They’re made from prints of my original artwork and are perfect for happy mail, letters, and greeting cards.

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Front

Add a label and you’re ready to make someone’s day just a little bit brighter!

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Back

Thanks for looking!

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