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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

Art Marks – Week 1

My first week of participating in the Art Marks (Part 2) Challenge has been such fun and I’m excited to share it with you. If you follow me on Instagram you may have read that I post daily there and allow myself 15 minutes for each daily prompt. My Painty Papers Journal has been such a treasured place to just play and have fun with some of my favorite pens, paints and stencils.

It’s not too late to join the party!. You can find all the details on Rae’s Missigman’s blog.

Day 1 – Clustered

Day 2 – Repeating

Day 3 – Layered

Day 4 – Stacked

Day 5 – Round

Day 6 – Black & White

Day 7 – Arrow Like

Thanks for following along. I wish you a beautiful week & Happy Arting!

xo, Belen

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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In My Art Journal

This is a departure from my usual style but it was fun and seemed to help sort out the stresses of the work week.

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I used gesso in black and white, acrylics, modeling paste and a few different stencils, including a Dec 2014 StencilClub stencil from StencilGirl.

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Thanks for looking!

Mini Stencil Storage Solution

I love using stencils in my art projects. I have all sizes of them and currently store them in a 3 ring album with 12×12 page protectors. It’s a system that really works for me and I love it.

Where I struggle is with storing the mini stencils, those small Balzer Bits and the 4×4 stencils that come as part of my monthly StencilGirl subscription. They usually end up all jumbled up and lost inside of a large page protector, which makes finding them difficult and using them unlikely.

That’s why I’m so excited to share that just now, while organizing my art studio, I stumbled upon the perfect storage solution for them… page protectors with 4×4 pockets! I had some in my scrapbook stash and find they’re a perfect fit!

I got them from Scrapbook.com and can be found HERE.2015-04-12 12.17.48In my excitement to share my discovery with you, I only snapped this one photo of my 4×4 StencilGirl stencils (yes I gave each line of mini stencils it’s own page because I’m crazy like that ) but Balzer Bits fit just as well.

It’s going to be so much easier and time efficient to find and use these smaller stencils now!

For more information about StencilGirl products and their Stencil Club, you can visit their page HERE.

Thanks for looking and have a happy Sunday!

 

 

 

Beautiful Soul

Being sick this weekend left me with lots of time for arting so I’ve been busy in my studio creating. That’s still considered “resting”, right? 🙂

2015-04-05 12.49.01I started with a gelli print that I pulled using a StencilGirl stencil, from the November 2014 monthly subscription and adhered that to my journal page.

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I recently discovered some wonderful Donna Downey stencils on Esty and couldn’t resist. I used one of my favorite, Poppy Collage and stenciled that over the gelli print using night, a really dark blue acrylic.

Since my print was a tad smaller that my journal page, I used Faber Castell gelatos, some markers and paint to fill in the edges around the print and give the page a more cohesive look.

Next, for some added texture, I used some punchinella and randomly dabbed another layer of paint through it.

2015-04-05 12.47.24The page was almost done, but I felt it that it needed a pop of something so I used that same piece of punchinella and some old book paper to add a little embellishment to the corners and then finished it off with a sentiment that I had in my scrapbook stash.

Thank you for looking and however you chose to spend this day, I wish you a great one.

 

Art and Whimsy Published in heART Journal Magazine!

Happy Monday to my lovely followers! I have exciting news to share today. I was just published in heART Journal Magazine!

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To celebrate, heART Journal Magazine has a given me a free issue bonus code to share with you.

Get your free issue of heART Journal Magazine today!
Simply download the app on iTunes https://bit.ly/heARTMag or Google Play http://bit.ly/Heartjournal
Then on your device follow these directions using subscriber code : art4heART (case sensitive)
• Install the App on your device
• Launch the Magazine App
• On the Home Page, Tap on the Yellow subscribe button
• Tap on the Current Subscribers button
• Enter this: art4heART (case sensitive)

or go to our cart for a pdf version choose Issue12 (March) and use coupon code art4heART in the check out process.

You will now be able to access your free issue. Remember, the code is case sensitive. For help with the coupon code, email heartjournalmag@gmail.com This code is good until March 31st.

If you’re already a subscriber, I hope you enjoyed the article.

Thanks for looking and I wish you a wonderful week.

March 2015 #30Lists, Day 1

Today was Day 1 of my 30 Days of Lists challenge and our prompt was “Why I make Lists”.

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I made this tag using various paints, Derwent watercolor pencils, Ohto Fude Ball pen, a white Uni-ball Signo pen, grungy circle stamps by Dina Wakley and a diamond pattern stencil from my monthly StencilGirl stencil subscription.

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.

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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!

Thanks for reading!

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