Posts Tagged ‘artjournaling’

Documented Life – Week 51

“Arrows” was this week’s DLP challenge and I had such fun creating these pages. It was a wonderful opportunity to document feelings of love and gratitude for my Beloved and all that he has brought into my life. Getting to play with the fun arrow stamps that I purchased from Paperbag Studios wasn’t bad either! They can be found HERE and HERE.

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To begin, I brushed on a base of fuchsia, blue and lime green acrylics, then a light layer of diluted gesso over it, to soften the transition between colors a bit. Not too much, you know how I love my vibrant colors!

Once that was dry, I misted on a bit of Dylusions Ink Spray in Bubblegum Pink over the Dina Wakley “Plastic Canvas” stencil.

Something I’d like to point out here is that unless you seal your Dylusion inks really well, they’ll activate with other wet mediums. When using them in mixed media, you’ll want to give some thought as to what mediums you’ll be layering over them.

To give my background a little more texture I used a silicone pot holder and black StazOn ink to stamp the pot holder’s honeycomb pattern onto my pages.

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I stamped the arrows onto some book pages, cut them out and ran them through my Xyron. I know that I’ve said it before, but I LOVE my Xyron and highly recommend it. It comes in so handy for art journaling.

2014-12-14 17.47.15Next, I stamped one of the faces from Dina Wakley’s “Face The Crowd” set onto a book page and painted her using gelatos and white paint.

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For her body, I hand cut a gelli plate print that I had in my stash and stenciled a design over it with an older stencil that I have in my collection, modifying it a bit to add in a few arrows. I don’t recall who makes it, but I believe that bought it at my local art supply store a couple of years ago.

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I added the sentiment using some Tiny Text stickers by Cosmo Cricket.

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Thanks for looking… I wish you a colorful week!

Documented Life – Week 48

This week’s Documented Life challenge was to depict gratitude in a creative way. I had such much fun creating this layout, the challenge just may be my favorite one so far! It was a wonderful opportunity to sit and think about all the many things that I have to be grateful for.

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For my base I used torn pieces of sheet music and added a layer red and orange acrylic over it. For the flowers, I hand cut the petals out of gelli prints that I had previously pulled and stashed away for future use.

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2014-11-23 15.24.53I finished it off with a few more pieces of torn sheet music, a bit of stamping, some doodles and marks, a bit of paint sponged over a piece of punchinella and of course all the many things that I am grateful for.

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!

Documented Life project – Week 47

This week’s challenge was to incorporate a map of our state or the world. I must’ve stopped reading after “attach a map”, because I missed the “of your state or the world” part and used a map of downtown Seattle, a trip that I took with my Beloved a while back.

No matter, I decided to roll with it anyways. It was a wonderful trip and I’m happy that I got to add some of those wonderful memories to my art journal.

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I’ve opted to no longer incorporate the planner page for DLP so I had 2 pages for my layout.

I used a leaf shaped cut out from a gelli plate print that I previously pulled, various pens for doodling and some of my new Paperbag Studios stamps.

I also got to use my new sewing machine for the first time to sew the Seattle tag which I created out of baby wipes! As you can see, I’m a total sewing novice, but it was fun. It’ll be great to be able to add more stitched elements to my layouts from now on.

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The heart element underneath the Seattle tag I created from a brochure that we got while on a tour during our trip. I placed a heart shaped stencil over it, gave it a little airbrushing then cut it out.2014-11-16 17.14.11

For the tip in I used a scrapbook journaling card and added a photo us that I took this weekend.

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Documented Life Project – Week 46

This weeks challenge was to incorporate fabric onto our page. What I had planned to create isn’t at all what turned out, but I’m happy with what resulted, despite having had some issues with the white dimensional paint. It was also a fun opportunity to try out some of my new stamps from Paperbag Studios!2014-11-15 01.24.33 2014-11-15 01.26.18 I used a Traci Bautista stencil and my gelli plate to pull a print onto canvas then cut it out. I used fabric dimensional paint, gel pens and fabric markers to give it some color then added the one word that I’ve been carrying with me for a week now… Grateful. 2014-11-15 01.25.30For this page I turned to my box of happy mail and this card, sent to me by my friend, Jana, jumped out at me. I cut some hearts out of the left over canvas to give it a pop of the turquoise color and week 46 done!

Soothing The Spirit Through Art

I recently had to undergo some medical procedures and wait, not so patiently, for the results. It was a difficult time and try as I might to not think about it, sometimes the fears and worries would start to take over. The results are in and while I still have some things to take care of, the major scare is over, but this post isn’t about that. It’s about my profound sense of gratitude.

I’m thankful to be able to pursue my creative passions and more grateful than ever that my Beloved not only supports me, but encourages me to turn to my art during those times when I need to soothe my restless spirit.

I spent a lot of time in my art studio during those days of waiting, often times with no other intention than to just keep busy, to not think. And while Patrick is incredibly supportive and offers me a great deal of comfort, there were times when I just needed to lose myself in my art for a while and that’s something he understood. It’s just one of the many reasons I love Him so.

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Yesterday I received a gift at work that had this “Every Day Is A Gift” tag attached and it really resonated with me so I went home and sat down to play in my journal. The only thing I knew was that I wanted to incorporate the tag, the rest just developed from a combination of stamps, doodle, paint, a love of art journaling and a whole lot of gratitude.

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My recent scare and this tag is a great reminder that Every Day Is A Gift and I plan to live each one of them Out Loud!

Documented Life – Week 45

This week’s challenge was to incorporate a Tab onto our page, so in an homage to Dyan Reaveley, who will be adding to our DLP fun for 2015, I created a collage using an image of a bottle of Tab soda and a face that I printed from the internet.

The background was made with Dylusions Inks, some stencils I had on hand, “collaged hearts” stamps by Dina Wakley, acrylic paint and my own doodles. Lastly, I stamped on a personal affirmation.2014-11-02 09.59.39

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“Be Bright”

The process of art journaling, for me, can be very therapeutic. It’s something I can turn to when I need to explore emotions or experiences that are bigger than me and I find that more often than not, by the time I’m done, I’ve managed to work through the issue, leaving it behind on the pages of my art journal.

This week I’ve been exploring some old baggage that I’ve been lugging around for quite a while now, so after a tough week, a little Friday night art therapy was definitely in order!

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I started by scraping on a layer of Dina Wakley’s media acrylic (I LOVE her paints) in turquoise into my journal with an old gift card and adding some texture by using a pallet knife to spread modeling paste over a stencil.

Once that was dry, I used fluid medium to adhere layers of torn paper and a few embellishments, to give the page movement and create even more texture. I finished it all off with some stamping, strips of my own homemade washi tape, and a few doodles using Posca metallic paint pens, which are awesome, by the way.2014-10-04 08.58.35

This was a fun page for me, I like how it turned out and best of all, I walked out of my art room feeling brighter and just a little bit lighter yesterday.

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