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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.

2014-12-14 17.46.342014-12-14 17.44.53Although I haven’t been using the tip in as much, this week I decided to add in a fun Week In Review card just to document a bit about what’s been going on in our lives…. Life is good ♥.

Thanks for looking… I wish you a colorful week!

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.

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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.

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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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Documented Life – Week 50

This week, our weekly Documented Life Project challenge was to pick a fantasy vacation spot and create a packing list. Since I was fortunate enough to have had my main dream vacation fulfilled a few years ago, spending 3 weeks in Italy, with side trips to Germany, Austria & Switzerland, Spain is now at the top of my list.

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I wanted to keep this layout simple so to create the base I rolled Dina Wakley media acrylics in Ruby and Tangerine onto my gelli plate to get an ombre effect and pressed my journal, face down, onto it.

I then pulled a print using the Lace Doily stencil by Kaisercraft onto deli paper and cut out the Spanish couple using my Silhouette Portrait. A little fluid medium adhered everything to my journal and I added my packing list around the edges of the circle.

Thank for looking!

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. One thing to keep in mind though, is that more and more people seem to be getting a Virtual Mailing Address meaning they no longer physically see their post. However, this can still be fun to create for people that do still receive post.

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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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!

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