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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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Guest Designer on StencilGirl Talk

Hello & Happy Friday! I have some exciting news to share with you today! A while back I was asked by StencilGirl to be a Guest Designer on their blog and create something using their awesome stencils. I made a canvas Travelers Notebook! My post goes live today.

I invite you to head over to the StencilGirl Talk blog to see my step by step tutorial showing how you can create your own.

Planner Charm by Posh Pieces by Melissa on Etsy

Special thanks to my friend Angel for offering me the TN suggestion. What a great way to blend my two loves, mixed media and planners!

Thank you and Happy Stenciling!

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

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

Mixed Media Tutorial: Stitched Journal Spots

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Hello lovelies. I have a pretty cool tutorial to share with you today, but first a little background. This past Christmas I received a wonderful package of hand crafted goodies from a friend and fellow artist in Canada. She’s working on getting a website up, but in the meantime check her out on Instagram. She goes by FiveFingerArtStudio. In the package she sent me she included some of her journal spots that she created using a paper bag and a colored photocopy of one of her backgrounds. I was in love with them and when I used them all up I jumped at the chance to make my own version. Five Finger Art Studio was sweet enough to let me share my take on her journal spots with you. I hope you enjoy.

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For this project I used this round journaling stamp from the Dylusions Write Between The Lines stamp set but if you don’t have one, you can just as easily draw a circle.

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Using a permanent ink, such as StazOn or Memento Luxe, stamp your circle onto whatever paper you want your base to be. I used my 2 favorite things, underpaper and book paper.

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Once your circles are stamped, use a permanent pen to doodle flower petals or a scalloped edge around the circle. The advantage to using underpaper is that your journal spots will already have fabulously random color.

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If you use book paper you’ll want to give your spots some color. you can use your media of choice. I went with Faber-Castell gelatos.

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While your media of choice sets or dries, use that same round stamp to stamp onto white paper or card stock and cut them out.

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Next cut around each of your flower journal spots.

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Using glue or gel medium, affix the stamped circle to the middle of your cut out flower. I used my handy dandy Ranger Glue Stick.

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Once the adhesive is dry, use your sewing machine to add some wonky stitching. If you don’t have a sewing machine you can draw on stitching or add doodles of your choice. I have a very reasonably priced Brother Sewing Machine that’s perfect for my mixed media projects.

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I like to leave the threads long for a more organic look, but that’s entirely up to you.

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And that’s it, your very own unique, stitched, and oh so cool journal spots to add to your art journals and other mixed media projects.

Thanks so much for reading and a big thank you to Five Finger Art Studio for the inspiration.

Wishing you a beautiful day. Remember to make time for play.

xo,

Belen

Please note that while my posts may contain affiliate links, my reviews and opinions are my own. I purchased all of the supplies listed here and only recommend products that I personally like.

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

Art Supply Throwdown: Black Ink Pad Comparisons

Hello dear friends! A couple of days ago on Instagram, I shared a photo of an ink pad that I tried for the first time. It’s Memento Luxe by Tsukineko. I received so many questions about it that I thought I’d post a quick comparison between the black inks that I currently have on hand.

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As an art journaler who enjoys using stamps in her mixed media projects, I’m always on the lookout for permanent black ink. I like it to be juicy, dark and most of all, I want it to stay put when I brush wet mediums over it.

A few months ago I switched from StazOn to Hero Arts India Ink just to try something different. They both work great but I wanted something that stamped a little darker. Stumbling across Memento Luxe gave me the perfect opportunity to try something I was unfamiliar with.

For the purposes of this comparison I tested 3 different black ink pads.

I stamped the images onto white mixed media paper.

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Per the directions, I hit the Memento with a blast from my heat gun. I did it for about 5 seconds then brushed on Golden matte gel medium. As you can see here No Drag. Also, note how nice and dark the stamped image is!

For both the Hero Arts and the Archival ink I stamped the image on that same piece of mixed media paper and gave them 2 minutes air drying time before brushing Golden matte gel medium over.

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You can see here that there is definitely some drag going on and the stamped image isn’t quite as dark.

I’ve previously used my Hero Arts India ink for many months and have liked it. I hadn’t noticed drag, but my stamping is always over layers of paint. This test having being done on white mixed media paper allowed me to really see that it wasn’t staying put.

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The Archival Ink appears to have produced an even less dark stamped image with more smearing that even the Hero Arts.

To be honest, I haven’t used this ink too much in my art journaling as I’ve always felt that the stamped images weren’t quite as dark as I wanted them to be.

I’m currently out of StazOn ink so I didn’t include it in this test. I do have one on the way though. When it arrives I’ll be sure to test it and share the results.

Based on the three inks tested, I think you can see that the Memento Luxe produced a darker image that stayed put much better than the other two. Yes it means an extra step of hitting it with my heat gun for a few seconds, but that’s not an issue for me at all.

Before I wrap this up, just a couple of things to keep in mind with the Memento Luxe…

You’ll want to set it with your heat gun as soon as you stamp so you don’t accidentally smear it. Since the ink is so thick and juicy, it takes longer to just air dry on its own and you run the risk of running your hand over the wet ink.

Also, due to the thicker consistency of the ink, it isn’t well suited for fine detailed stamping. you’ll want a different ink pad for that, but for the types of stamps that we use in mixed media, this is a great ink in my opinion.

As I said previously, I think each of these are fine inks and have their place in your art supply stash. Me personally, I’ll keep using my India Ink from time to time but the Memento Luxe ink pad has definitely moved itself to the forefront.

Thank you for reading. I hope you’ve found this comparison helpful.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend!

xo,

Belen

 

Please note that while my posts may contain affiliate links, my reviews and opinions are my own. I purchase all of my own art supplies and only recommend products that I personally like.

 

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